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Music, Hear This Return of the Art Bitches

Return of the Art Bitches

Leave it to a bunch of Brazilians to bring a party vibe to the ongoing '80s music redux. A multicolored gob toward the legions of dour Cure copyists, CSS has been offering up its contagious electropop to the global dancefloor…
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Music, All Shook Down

Plugged in, ASD's music picks for Saturday, June 9 -- Chrome, CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy)

The Visitation: Chrome, at the Hemlock. $12. "In the late 1970's, under the innocuous name of Chrome, two San Franciscans — Damon Edge (vocals, synths, etc.) and Helios Creed (vocals, guitar, etc.), with part-time rhythm-section assistance by the Stench brothers…
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Music, BeatBox Brazilian electro-poppers CSS rock the big frickin' afterparty

Brazilian electro-poppers CSS rock the big frickin' afterparty

Vernon, France's Wax Tailor (aka JC Le Saout) was the "Official DJ and Audio Curator" of the recent Cannes Film Festival. The honor was remarkable since he favors abstract soul over mainstream pop in his DJing and original productions. Wax…
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Music, Sister Act

Sister Act

ESG (Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold) was formed in the South Bronx in 1978 by teenage sisters Renee, Valerie, Deborah, and Marie Scroggins. Their mother, keen to keep them off the streets and out of trouble, had bought them a drum…
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Music, Hear This

Confectionary Danish pop vs. making a Mark Bolan entrance

I first heard Danish band Mew at the Spot Festival in Ã…rhus, Denmark, when it headlined over a sea of Scandinavian talent (including fellow countrymen the Figurines, who have since become a breakout act in the United States). Live and…
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Music, BeatBox Gettin' Super Heavy on a Thursday night

Gettin' Super Heavy on a Thursday night

Every fourth Thursday, the sound system at the Madrone Lounge serves up confectionary indie rock with sides of dancefloor sweets. Super Heavy Duty DJs are fans of alt rock's top of the pops (Kasabian, the Subways) with crossover club hitters…
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Music, The Boys (and Girls) From Brazil

The Boys (and Girls) From Brazil

Though nowhere near each other atlas-wise, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco, and Rio de Janeiro share at least two traits. Each is home to an original form of bounce music that captures an insular place and pace. And they all…
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