Editorial: Stop giving R. Kelly your admiration

“You can separate the art from the artist.” Somehow, that’s what R. Kelly’s fans are still trying to tell themselves.Following an extensive and exhausting investigation, Buzzfeed News reporter Jim DeRogatis published his breaking story Monday morning alleging that R. Kelly is reportedly holding girls hostage in a ‘sex cult’. Several former members of R. Kelly’s […]

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Brings that Funk

Outside the doors of the Visulite Theatre, all was quiet. You would have had little to suspect was going on inside, but the marquee above the doors read, in all capitals, “YO MAMA’S BIG FAT BOOTY BAND,” and anyone who knew the Asheville funk sextet knew that the quiet wouldn’t last for long.

Grand Performances with Buyepongo and Sidestepper

(Los Angeles)It was dance, dance, dance with  LA-based polyrhythmic cumbia-rock-funk-merengue band Buyepongo and electroacústica Colombian music group  Sidestepper.  Both dance pavilions at the California Plaza were elbow to elbow with writhing crowds that spilled over into the VIP seats and the picnic areas, rocking out to music that just wouldn’t let you stay seated.  

LOCAL BOY TOOK THE PHOTOGRAPHS…Stereophonics

When I heard that the Stereophonics were going to play at the Plymouth Pavilions as one of two warm up dates before their run of festival appearances, I instantly purchased a ticket. I was one of the lucky ones who had seen them play at the Pavilions a few years previous and that was an amazing night, but this time it was to be even better.

Reinventing the genre with The Japanese House

Spotlight on The Japanese House and her new EP, Saw You In A Dream In case you haven’t heard, The Japanese House is just starting to take the world by storm even though she’s been cranking out tunes since 2015. I first stumbled across The Japanese House a couple years ago on a random “Ones to […]

Column: LA/LA LAND – Intro

LA/LA LAND Patrick O’Heffernan Welcome to LA/LA Land, a new weekly column about music in Los Angeles. Why LA? LA is the undeniable business capital of the music industry in America and, some would say, also its creative capital, although given what is going on in the Nashville music scene now, I think the two […]

Primus with Clutch and a Little Rain Dancing

My Name is Rain….. Charlotte style. Photos by: Richard Thigpen Photography The other night we were drenched with sweat, rain, and rock and treated to a show with Primus and Clutch. The veteran bands came to party. We should be impartial and not even interject Shutter 16 if we were doing an impartial journalism piece […]