Hip Hop/Rap Louis Fowler
Before Kanye West went off on his screaming, no-wave punk nonsense, he
was the only honest mainstream rapper, mixing high-quality, production
with heart-wrenching lyrics exploring the more truthful aspects of
Rock Louis Fowler
When you get to a movie early, you have to sit through numerous ads.
Among the most entertaining are for the National Guard: Strong,
determined individuals kick in doors and save children from raging flood
waters while a specially made tunefrom Nickleback or Hinder blasts in the background, providing a fist-bumping soundtrack to these heroes’ courageous acts.
Jazz Louis Fowler
A swanky, ’60s cocktail vibe permeates Oklahoma City jazz guitarist Maurice Johnson’s Peace, Love & Jazz, right
from the opening track, “In and Out,” which could have been the theme
song to a heist caper starring Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood. It sounds like BurtBacharach meets George Benson, with smooth melodic grooves hinting at just a little bit of underlying danger.
Indie Zach Hale
Most bands don’t make their “mature” album until they’re, you know, mature. Chicago trio Smith Westerns is like the indie-rock equivalent of Robin Williams in Jack: just a few years removed from high school, yet appearing to age more rapidly than the majority of their contemporaries.