Boo, socialism! Boo, death panels! The most polarizing political issue of 2009, health care reform has angered and confused pretty much everyone. But perhaps no one is feeling the hurt more than struggling musicians.
It’s hot, it’s dangerous, it’s isolated, but it’s home. With bands like Baroness, Kylesa and Blacktusk turning up the volume, Savannah, Georgia has gotten a whole lot heavier. So grab your earplugs because the South is rising again.
Spin Magazine, December 2009
From their lo-fi, high-energy traveling circus to their cockroach-like longevity to the hand-lettering of these very words, Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips are in complete control of everything they touch.
Fun Fact: That’s me opening the door behind the video screen. Look very closely and you can almost see my fingers struggling to close it.
Seeking Redemption, Creed returns with an album and tour
Asher Roth‘s struggle to overcome hip-hop’s enduring color line
All the Jackass star ever wanted was to be famous for doing insane stunts. But after a suicidal flame-out landed him in a psych ward, what’s a kinder, gentler self-mutilating exhibitionist to do?
Five years ago, Justin Hawkins was fronting the U.K.’s biggest band–until he succumbed to the very cliches the Darkness were lampooning. Now, as he tries to kick-start Hot Leg, he’s hauling his own gear, sleeping on floors and trying not to make the same mistakes twice.
In 1992, sex-biz entrepreneur Dennis Sobin went to prison. Nearly two decades later, he’s brandishing a guitar and preaching the power of music and art to rehabilitate the nation’s incarcerated masses. But should we listen to him?