Metro Weekly

Music

  • Beat Boys

    Singer Jeppe ''Senior '' Laursen loves ''his little following of gays '' always at his performances. So he's down with male groupies? ''Well, yeah, I...

  • Soundwaves

    WORLD'S BEST POPULARITY CONTEST… Mumbler rapper 50 Cent has been crowned the “World's Best Artist 2003.” And, somehow, he's also the “World's Best R&B Artist.”...

  • Siren's Lament

    After a decade of perfecting her mojo of refurbished blues, jazz, R&B, and contemporary pop, the magic of Cassandra Wilson's music threatens to lose its...

  • Soundwaves

    DANCE ON THE RADIO… “For dance music to flourish in America, acts need more radio play,” according to one of dance music's biggest movers, DJ...

  • Mixed Blessings

    Oftentimes it's resilience more than consistency that distinguishes someone as a true diva. Riding the waves of changing music impulses has long dogged Aretha Franklin's...

  • Growing Pains

    In the liner notes to Erykah Badu's ambitious if perplexing EP Underground Worldwide, she writes that several tunes were inspired by her ''Frustrated Artist Tour...

  • Diva Fatigue

    When any half-pint pop singer can call herself a diva in song, something is woefully wrong. Becky Baeling sings -- no, shouts -- ''I'm a...

  • Soundwaves

    CREATING A NEW BUZZ… DC nightlife watchers were abuzz last week over the return of Buzz to Nation after a yearlong exile in Baltimore. Buzzlife...

  • Soundwaves

    POP POWER PRODUCERS… When a pop star needs a hit, she turns to a hit-making pop producer. A pop producer does basically the same work...

  • Mixed Memories

    Had she not perished forty years ago in a plane crash, legendary country singer Patsy Cline would have been 71 this week. At the time...

  • Soundwaves

    GUSGUS'S DANCE FLOOR RUSH-RUSH…  Most dance-music compilations simulate the music heard at peak hour on the dance floor. The rest tend to simulate radio. Mixed...

  • Soundwaves

    WHERE THE GRAMMYS DON'T SHINE... The Grammy Awards are always a hit-and-miss ceremony, but every winner is a hit, commercially speaking. How, then, to even...

  • Rap+Pop = Alt-Hip Hop

    The Black Eyed Peas Elephunk A&M Records Appearing Live: 8/25 MCI Center The Black Eyed Peas There's only so much love to go around, obviously,...

  • Soundwaves

    CAREER SPEARS... Britney Spears and her publicity machine are in overdrive, working to keep her name in the headlines -- from now until the end...

  • Soundwaves

    DIAL 1-900-DIXALOT… From the land of Big Butts comes word of new material (or new ass-ets, as it were). Remember Sir Mix-A-Lot? Eleven years ago,...