Former Cleveland Cavaliers beat reporter for Cleveland Scene, write news/policy cover stories & music features at magazines and alt-weeklies nationwide.
New artists jump up every day in the rap game, but often, they disappear just as quickly. It's an understood fact that few people have the ability to stay on top and build a career, hit after hit, even as rap changes and evolves. Born in the South Bronx, Fat Joe is an exception to the rule, not just as one of the few Latinos to forge a legacy in hip-hop but also as a performer who can write in a variety of styles. He and his band, Terror Squad, now boast the No. 1 song in the country, the bubbling club hit "Lean Back."
The Academy Is ... was formed by a group of teenagers in Chica go's blooming, post-millennial pop-punk scene. Forging friendships with the members of Fall Out Boy and Plain White T's, among others, the quintet produced a batch of early work that percolated like fresh coffee, its harmony-rich songs
After exploring the boundaries of this sound for a handful of alb ums, Of Montreal began experimenting with dancier rhythms on its fifth effort, Aldhils Aboretum. In 2003, Barnes got married, broke up his band and began recording the critically feted, synth-driven Satanic Panic in the Attic by himself. Diving into a new disco-electro-glam-funk sound, Barnes has released three more well-regarded alb ums under the Of Montreal name, 2005's The Sunlandic Twins, 2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? and this year's genre-hopping Skeletal Lamping. City