Bucky Sinister is a comedian, spoken-word artist, poet, author, and a recovering substance abuser. His 2007 CD, What Happens in Narnia, Stays in Narnia, is an insightful and hilarious look at recovery groups, attitudinal video clerks, raw food, Courtney Love, Craigslist dates, and more. His new book, Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos, is a self-help screed that could give us all a better understanding of our vices. Most importantly, Bucky Sinister is one helluva clever entertainer. And, despite his chosen last name, they don't get much nicer than Sinister.
You can (and should) read all about Lyrics Born's impressive career stats in a profile by Eric K. Arnold in this week's paper. The short story is that the world-renowned MC has risen in stature to host music festivals in Australia, release records on Anti- (home to Tom Waits, among other heavies), and rock the party like no other performer in the Bay Area. We're thrilled to announce that Lyrics Born's appearance at this year's Music Awards is twofold: He'll be getting the crowd rowdy as the evening's big headliner, yes. But first we'll be honoring him with a special Independent Spirit award, making note of his ascent from membership in the groundbreaking Solesides crew to his place as a singular solo artist mixing funk, rap, hip-hop, and R&B.
The Heavenly States
If the endearing, technically gifted wunderkinds of Richard Linklater's School of Rock were transported to the rock dives of the Bay Area, they might well have grown up into the Heavenly States. Harnessing upfront riffage, keyed-up roots rollicks, plus a coy, violin-banded counterpoint, the quartet used 2008 to release Delayer, its third and finest full-length. Delayer is indie-pop that's polished without being overly pasteurized, at times folky but never flighty. The Heavenly States' influence goes far beyond San Francisco, too: The band was hand-picked by Spoon to open for the Austin act's three-night run at the Fillmore last month.
From old-school standbys like Jamaican dancehall to newer hybrids such as British dubstep, Surya Dub is tuned to an international frequency. The party launched with a boom in 2007, snagging our award for Best Club Night before year's end. The DJ collective brings its worldwise blend of bass-heavy rhythms and colorful dancers to Club Six every fourth Saturday of the month. Surya's own mixmasters DJ Amar and Maneesh the Twister spin the tunes at this year's music awards ceremony.
Icer Air Rail Jam
Every fall, Icer Air brings winter sports to San Francisco, as skiers and snowboarders perform feats of strength and fearlessness alongside BMXers and skateboarders. As a warm-up to its Oct. 18 event at McCovey Cove, Icer Air will be showcasing some of its athletes at Ruby Skye during our music awards. Watch as the hottest pros from the streets to the slopes flip aerial tricks of the sort you never see at a club (no matter how much booze you've imbibed).
The Bay Bridged
Dis-Joint Records/Groove Merchant
Distortion 2 Static
Budget Rock/Hook or Crook Records
Hard Rock Cafe