BASS & TREBLE
Sumo is the name given to high stakes wrestling in Japan; it is now also one of the best up and coming bands in Southern California. Music lines get blurred and genres take different forms and Sumo are doing their part.Timo, their aggressive and multi talented vocalist, is making it happen up front. “We got together over eight years ago but within the last year we decided to get back together and make it happen.” Their sound is different to say the least, going from one style to another even within one song.“I write each song about a particular person and I do not want to be confined to one style,” confided Timo. “I like to think about my relationship with them and my experiences with them.” As far as their style is concerned, “I want to be as diverse as possible and still sound like us which is what we wanted all along.” Audiences have been more than receptive to Sumo’s ambitions. “Our audiences really dig us and every person has their favorite song and it seems they are always different.” The radio opportunities seem to be opening up as well. “We sent them a CD and they played it the next week and also asked us to come and do their show as well,” Timo says after asking about being on the KROQ locals show. Sumo mixes an eclectic blend of ‘70s alt pop with edgier ‘80s and ‘90s sounds along with today’s hardcore; diversification that any listener can devour. myspace.com/sumola - by Jeffrey Easton
Kevin DuBrow, the controversial vocalist for Quiet Riot, passed away in his Las Vegas home. He was only 52. QR became the first metal band to have a debut album hit #1. Kevin lived very much in the “now” but he never ceased paying tribute to his friend and former bandmate, late guitar legend Randy Rhoads. It’s nice to know that they’re jamming together again.
2007 American Idol Jordin Sparks debuted on the charts at #10.That’s pretty damn good but it’s been panned for being the lowest entry to date for an album by an Idol winner.With 119,000 copies sold, artists everywhere would probably give their left nut to be in the Top 10 but in our finicky society it’s deemed a failure. Go figure.
Silly Akon, Tossing’s for Salads
Young Abby Rosa said she suffered a concussion when hip hop star Akon tossed a teenager off the stage and onto her during a concert.The incident was later revealed to be staged, however poor Abby wasn’t in on the joke. Someone always gets hurt in the manufacturing of bullshit!
A Christie’s auction of rock memorabilia made a killing recently. How ‘bout $4,000 for a Rolling Stones’ T-shirt? A 1973 Led Zeppelin shirt for $1,625? Then there was the Yardbirds shirt worn by a rock journalist to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival that brought $3,000! Wow! Who wants to buy the Snoop Dogg shirt I wore to Hot Topic in 1997?
For 21-year-old Reed Dollaz, hip hop is more than just a hobby; it’s a way of life. The Philadelphia native has been perfecting his lyrical skills since he was 11, when his rapping mentor, Nino Brown, saw a musical flare in the young MC.“It was just something that came natural to me,” Reed says. “Everybody was rapping on the corners and stuff, so I was always surrounded by it.” Reed Dollaz currently has the highest sold mixtapes in Philadelphia and the tri-state area but his success doesn’t stop there. Having performed on BET’s 106 & Park on Freestyle Friday, Reed Dollaz is now signed to Beyond Bars Records and just finished his first studio album, Then Came Reed. “I’m trying to bring something different to the game,” Reed describes. “I don’t degrade women in my work and while everybody else is rapping about cars and jewelry, I’m bringing it back to the old days when rap was about more of what’s going on in life.” Reed’s lyrical style and approach to hip hop is being recognized across the nation, with the help of websites like MySpace and YouTube, where you can see videos of his various rap battles. But success hasn’t changed this humble rapper from the streets.“Fame has only changed me for the good,” he says.“Yes, it’s brought me things but other than that, I haven’t switched up on the people that helped me get here.” So, what’s next for hip hop’s next big thing? “Only God knows.” myspace.com/reeddollazmusic215 - by Kristie Berucci
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No, he’s not talking about Mexicans!
Morrissey is suing a UK magazine, claiming it took a recent interview out of context, making him appear racist. He was quoted as saying he would no longer live in Britain because an “immigration explosion” was stripping his native land of its identity and went on to elaborate. Big deal - if the article insinuated Morrissey was homophobic,THEN I would question its validity! email@example.com
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