Poetry slams and rap battles: The former led to the latter for Milwaukee's Melissa Czarnik. A listen to her StrawberryCadillac
debut makes it clear how that evolution came about. Though alt-soul
ladies such as Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott are easy enough to hear as
influences, so are Ani DiFranco (complex, feminist folk) and Edith Piaf
After years of vetting vintage R&B records at his Riverwest store, Lotus Land Records, and spinning rare funk 45s at his monthly "Get Down" event, Andy Noble says he's pinpointed the qualities that make a song stand the test of time.
"I'm in touch with how music ages," he explains. "There are certain elements of music that hold up, like rhythms. Good dance rhythms hold up forever.
Robo-voiced rapper/crooner T-Pain guested on so many singles last year that he gave Timbaland a run for his money. If you didn’t hear T-Pain on his 2007 hit “Buy U a Drank,” then you almost certainly heard him on R. Kelly’s “I’m a Flirt,” Chris Brown’s “Kiss Kiss” or Kanye West’s “Good Life.” T-Pain started 2008 equally . . .
I ducked out of the office for a couple of hours today to catch Barack Obama�s afternoon town hall appearance in Waukesha. The candidate was running a bit late�apparently an auto factory tour in Janesville went long�so I had plenty of time to take in the music his campaign broadcast before his rally. Anybody who�s ever seen a presidential candidate knows the type of music I�m talking ...