New Orleanian Dwayne Michael Carter
Jr., better known to the world at large as Lil Wayne, has jammed a
couple of lifetimes into his first 30 years, but that’s bound to happen
when you sign a music contract at age 9. That’s when Wayne linked up
with rapper B.G. to form the duo the B.G.’z and became part of the
renowned Cash Money roster.
Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has the
kind of Blues backstory that would never translate to the silver screen
because no one would believe it. As a singer, songwriter and guitarist,
Slim’s history stretches back to the early ’70s, when he released Merry Airbrakes, the only full-length Vietnam protest album recorded by an actual Vietnam veteran.
The stylistic range in Detroit that was once defined by the distance between Motown and The Stooges has become less extreme over time but, as always, there are fascinating examples of the scene's diversity and health. A potent case in point is Conspiracy of Owls, a band with a name that screams Emo (it's actually the title of a track from Robert Pollard's 'Fiction Man' album) but whose musical output couldn't be more unexpected.
When discussing the greatest Rock bands of all time, The Beach Boys are often mistakenly dismissed as a mere vocal group. “There are some bands that have a lead singer and maybe some harmonies that are iffy,” explains Mike Love, The Beach Boys lead singer. “The thing that distinguishes The Beach Boys from any other Rock band is the sophisticated harmonies and arrangements.” They play Friday and Saturday nights at the Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun.