It's easy to see why Twista has had so much success in the rap world. The guy spits lyric tongue twisters faster than that Micro Machine dude and has material for days. Even Kanye West admits that he can't do it as fast as Twista. High praise from someone who is self proclaimed the "greatest of all time."
Twista's worked with everybody. West, Diddy, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Waka Flaka Flame, Pharrell, etc ... and this Saturday (3/11) he brings over 20 years of experience to the Mesa Theater Main Stage.
The World's Fastest Rappers hasn't slowed down a bit on his latest mixtape, "Twista Reloaded."The Chicago rapper takes on classic hip hop topics (money, swag, girls, and hustle) with unprecedented speed and clarity. To really understand Twista's unique flow check out the contrast between him and AB-Soul on "3rd Eye" (warning foul language alert). It's stunning just how quickly he can go through a verse.
Fresh off a regional tour with nu metal rock group Taproot, one of Grand Junction's biggest local bands is set for a homecoming gig tomorrow night at the Mesa Theater and Club.
The band, of course, is Intertwined. Since their formation in 2004 they have grown steadily. The alt rock band with hints of metal has released multiple albums and toured extensively. What's next for the band? Making a career out of playing music full time.
Don't be too surprised when it happens.
"Since last playing the Mesa Theater we have grown to a new level," says Intertwined guitarist Colin Cummings. "Touring with Taproot helped Intertwined to ascend some of the more trivial problems and to focus on our mutual goal; to create and play music for a living. Every one of us feels more certain about that goal than ever now."
Touring in different parts of the country with Taproot and Boy Hits Car has been a great experience for Cummings and the rest of the band. From partying with Texas club owners to stoping by the memorial for Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, the band has grown a lot. Not only has their fan base increased, but Intertwined now feel more confident about their sound and appeal as a band.
"It's really neat to know that we are bringing a style and a sound to people who have never heard anything like us," Cummings said. "One of the nicest surprises was hearing people say 'I've never heard anything like you guys, and you kicked some major ass!'"
For tomorrow's show expect a refined ass kicking power punch from Intertwined.
"Being on the road and seeing what goes into being a 'professional' in the industry has taught us a lot," Cummings said.
From stage set up to the performance itself, Intertwined is dialed in and ready to take the band to new heights.
Adult Swim and Dr. Pepper have teamed up to release a free music compilation called "Garage Swim."Lot's of fuzz guitar here as this little freebie features some excellent music from The Black Lips, JEFF the Brotherhood, Thee Oh Sees, and Bass Drum of Death. Snag the free download or stream it here.
So who’s pumped for the Hazel Miller Art and Jazz Festival? That’s what we are calling it now, right? I just assumed so because she’s headlined this thing longer than it took me to finish college ... twice.
I’ve got to say, I had to do a double take when I saw this year’s lineup. I thought I was looking at the 2012 festival lineup, or the lineup from the year before that, or the year before that.
Well, as it turns out I had the correct announcement. Miller is headlining, again.
Not to take anything away from Miller and her band, she is a great singer, but we’ve seen that act and know how it goes. This year’s Art and Jazz Festival is the same as it ever was, and I’m not impressed.
Complacency is not good enough. There is no buzz, no thrill around the Art and Jazz Festival. This thing is dead on arrival.
All the things that make music festivals great, mainly anticipation and unpredictability, are missing. All the things people love about jazz music — improvisation, creativity and enthusiasm — are missing. Rolling out another predictable and tired line up is just not good enough.
Over the last four years, I’ve been to more than 250 live shows and 12 music festivals across the country. The thrill of live music, and the reason I keep going to see bands play, is variety. I want to see something fresh and inspiring, something stunning, something outside of my imagination. Mostly, I want to be entertained, and I can’t see that happening at this year’s fest.
The organizers of the Art and Jazz festival owe us an explanation. This event has the potential to bring vibrant, radiant energy to Main Street, yet it has languished in mediocrity for far too long. What’s going on here?
Isn’t this supposed to be a marquee event for downtown Grand Junction? It sure doesn’t feel like it.
Why, exactly, should I get excited about this? At face value, this year’s event is no different than the last four. In fact, besides a beer garden, the difference between the Art and Jazz Festival and the summer Farmers Market on Main Street is negligible.
If we are not committed to bringing new performers and fresh energy to the Art and Jazz Festival, then what’s the point of having it at all?
Meanwhile, back in Grand Junction, we are getting the same event over and over.
Imagine how quickly we would be bored with Country Jam if it booked the same headliners year after year. No one would tolerate it, so why do we do it with Art and Jazz?
Those in a position to influence the Art and Jazz Festival have a responsibility to the community to put on a show that we can get excited about. How does the event ever grow if we never demand anything more than what’s already been established?
My hope is that the Art and Jazz Festival can become more than a glorified road block between Orchard Mesa and Grand Junction. I want this event to be special and something we eagerly look forward too each year.
I love downtown Grand Junction and I’m a huge supporter of live music but I’m telling you here and now this isn’t good enough.
Our expectations for this event need to be raised. We can do better.
Local pop/synth group Starship Romance just dropped their latest single "Dirty Little Secret" for streaming today.
"We're really stoked to finally be releasing Dirty Little Secret," Jeremy Poland said. "We've put in a ton of work to make sure it's awesome from every angle. Not just the song, but the video, album art, promotion materials, everything needs to be as five-star as possible."
The band teamed up with Dallas producer Loren Moore aka IDestiny for "Dirty Little Secret," which is heavily influenced by the four on the floor sound currently dominating pop radio.
If you are new to the band Starship Romance have been performing in the area for sometime and have developed a legion of fans in the process. One of the more impressive live shows I've seen from a local band, Starship Romance don't skimp on production. They've got more lasers and lights than just about anyone else in this town and they aren't afraid to use them.
This June Starship Romance will be on the Sonic Invasion Tour starting out on the East Coast. Poland promises that exact dates will be posted on the band's Facebook page within the next couple weeks.
Check out the single "Dirty Little Secret" for yourself. Stream the song live on their Facebook page or click on the link below.