Many Shades of Gray
Shrubsall deconstructs the banjo’s complex cultural symbolism
Steven Robert Allen reports on the banjo’s complex cultural symbolism and Wayne Shrubsall’s 70th birthday party.
Illustration by Mark Beyer
Expanded online April 2013 scene report
Music writer, DJ and DIY promoter Derek Caterwaul shares his April 2013 local music memories.
¡Mayday! • Demrick • DJ Stigmata • Septicemia Records • rap, hip-hop
I’m not sure that the concept of “genre” is really relevant anymore in the realm of music. The days of “pure” music are long gone, and while this might leave some “old-heads” grumbling over message boards about the loss of “real rap” or “real jazz,” I think that for the most part this is a good thing. The possibilities are more abundant than ever before as artists dip their fingers in any number of genres and traditions. ¡MAYDAY! is one group embracing this diversity in their quest for success…