-- By Brett Stillo
Rock & Roll guitarist Lonnie Mack died the same day as Prince. Call it fate, call it show business... whatever, but the death of a big name celebrity will always overshadow the death of a lesser name. C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Farrah Fawcett, or Groucho Marx all were pushed to the back pages as well.
Lonnie Mack and Prince share a connection beyond a date in an obituary. Both of them played the electric guitar like proverbial bats out of hell. They were players among players with a command of the instrument beyond mere technique. Indeed, their fingers seemed electric, boosting the sound and texture of their guitar solos to stratospheric levels.
Mack, born in 1941, was a first generation Rock and Roller -- part of an echelon of pioneer guitar heroes of the early 1960s that included Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, and Link Wray. Among his peers, however, Mack was ahead of the curve with a cutting-edge guitar style born from the formative sounds of Blues, Gospel, and Bluegrass. Mack took these traditional elements and supercharged them to create a raw, electrifying sound that screamed from his trademark Gibson Flying V, “Number 7” (the seventh model to come out of the factory in the Flying V’s original run in 1958).
-- By Brett Stillo
-- By doubleay
Antwon’s Double Ecstasy EP is the merging of an artist’s influence, style, and sound, cohesively culminating into a formula for success. Antwon’s roots lie in San Jose’s punk scene, and his tone and delivery are reminiscent of Hip-hops’s big bodies like that of Biggie Smalls, but his music is completely original. Since first coming onto the scene in 2011 with projects My Westside Horizon and Fantasy Beds, Antwon has undoubtedly never released anything subpar. Over the past five years he has indulged in new frontiers via intercontinental touring and connecting with artists at different platforms such as Lil Ugly Mane, Wiki of Ratking, and producer Hot Sugar, all while improving his craft. These experiences and connections have allowed him to develop a wider source of content to draw from in his music.
The video for Antwon’s break-in record “Helicopter,” from his 2011 Fantasy Beds Mixtape:
It seems many long and wild evenings in Europe’s night clubs have influenced Antwon on Double Ecstasy, both in terms of lifestyle as well as production. The EP displays rap music’s familiar turn up content but in a scene foreign to the average American rapper. Several times he cites accounts of partying, debauchery with females, and drug use in European clubs, which express and reflect his recent lifestyle. Meanwhile, the progressively drilling 808’s, almost more comparable to electronic dance music than Hip-hop, shape the upbeat yet atmospheric sound of the album (“Club,” “Luv”). Ignorant, fun, and accurate, Antwon is really rapping how he’s living on Double Ecstasy.
Hang on to your burgers! Total Trash Productions' two-day festival of rawk & roll, Burger Boogaloo, is back for it's 7th year in Oakland's Mosswood Park June 25-26, and its line-up, special guests, and good times are gonna blow your mind.
Joining the festivities this year will be film legend Traci Lords, who will be hosting a "meet & greet" (just $10 to meet her), and return host John Waters. Also returning this year after last year's triumphant reunion are Bay Area greats The Mummies, and reuniting for the Boogaloo this year are all-female San Francisco surf punk legends The Trashwomen! The festival also welcomes The Flamin' Groovies w/ Roy Loney (50th anniversary of their first show), King Khan & The Shrines, Thee Oh Sees, Seth Bogart, Intelligence, Shannon & The Clams, and SO many more (see below)!
Get your tickets HERE and find out more about the festival HERE!
BURGER BOOGALOO 2016 LINEUP
The ninth annual Switchboard Music Festival returns to Brava Theater in San Francisco on June 18 from 1-9pm. The eight-hour showcase of innovative music from the Bay Area and beyond features 12 sets by over 50 performers, ranging from raucous rock to a capella chorus to amplified mouthpiece-less saxophone to bona fide pop music! The line-up includes headliner Tyondai Braxton, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Del Sol String Quartet with composer Daniel Wohl, Aaron Novik’s O+O+, JacobTV’s GRAB IT!, violinist Alisa Rose, Religious Girls, Tonal Masher, Dominique Leone’s San Francisco, ZOFO piano duo, a new project from Majel Connery & Ken Ueno with The Living Earth Show, and Julius Eastman’s Stay On It.
-- By doubleay
As grime continues to blow up globally, Skepta seems to be comfortably sitting at the top of the game after the release of his fourth studio album, Konnichiwa. Although North America has been fairly aware of prominent UK MC’s like Wiley and Dizzy Rascal, the hard hitting, nitty gritty grime scene has been popping off in the UK since the early 2000’s. Ushered in by Skepta and his Boy Better Know crew, there has been a massive boom in North America for the sub-genre, almost coinciding with the 2014 release of Skepta’s “That’s Not Me (feat. JME)" single.
As North America finally began catching on to the UK’s hottest Hip-hop sound, Skepta did not slow down. From 2014 to the release of Konnichiwa (2016), singles like “That’s Not Me,” “Shutdown,” and “It Ain’t Safe (feat. A$AP Mob’s Young Lord)” all charted in the top 50’s on the UK singles chart, while simultaneously running up millions of SoundCloud plays. Through the great success of his recent music, his association with A$AP Rocky’s A$AP Mob, and a historical performance with Kanye West at the 2015 BRIT Awards, Hip-hop fans everywhere are Skepta’s for the taking.