Thursday, May 28, 2009

Music Menu: Stephen Marley, Pride Parade and Benji Hughes

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Stephen Marley

A son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Stephen spent his early years with elder brother Ziggy and the Melody Makers and many more behind the boards as producer and idea generator on numerous reggae, hip-hop and R&B recordings. Stephen Marley's debut solo from a couple years back, Mind Control, showcased his love and understanding of roots reggae infused with dancehall, rap and soul. Amos' Southend (Samir Shukla)

Pride Parade

This is some heeeavyyy rock. Could be the triple guitar assault kicking ass with an unholy mix of garage, punk, and psychedelic hard rock. The Athens, Ga., outfit's barrage is honed with just the right shade of growly vocals and rhythm. The band's recording from last year, Descendants, is a six-string rock monster further unhinged with the help of Harvey Milk's Kyle Spence's engineering touch. With Reverser and Chamelon. Milestone (Samir Shukla)

Benji Hughes

Charlotte scenesters have known of Hughes' considerable songwriting chops since his days in Muscadine (alongside his co-Alice in Indieland, Jonathan Wilson, who's also doing quite well for himself these days) and the slow-honkin' The Goldenrods. Why, then, is Hughes just now beginning to get his just rewards (late night TV, Chuck Klosterman articles in Esquire, solid-if-unspectacular record sales)? To these ears, it's because the Pete Seeger of Plaza Midwood's artistic and musical boundaries, ever loosely-penned, are now sketched completely in invisible ink. Having spent time in LA's hipster-thick Silver Lake neighborhood, Hughes, freed from need, followed his muse outside the bar and up the spiral stairs into his own head. His lyrics, always as well-penned as any this town has ever boasted, are now matched with an eclectic musical ear that isn't afraid to use all the crayons in the box – or, if you will, records in his record collection. Long may he languidly lounge. Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret (Timothy C. Davis)

Stephen Marley

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