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Cookin' WIth Coolionew

Rapper and chef Coolio teaches Charleston City Paper how to cook a panty-dropping meal.
Charleston City Paper  |  Rex Steckel  |  09-23-2015  |  Profiles & Interviews

Where so many J Dilla tributes get it wrong, Charleston's Dillamental gets it rightnew

Over the course of James Dewitt Yancey's short life, the producer, better known as J Dilla, worked with some of hip-hop's finest, from A Tribe Called Quest to De La Soul, MF Doom, Common, and the Pharcyde.
Charleston City Paper  |  Patrick Wall  |  02-05-2014  |  Profiles & Interviews

Octopus Jones' Phantasmagoriais terrifyingly twisted, toked-up, and top-notchnew

Like a gymnast sprinting down the mat toward the pommel horse, Octopus Jones built up a lot of momentum before they hit the springboard for their full-length debut, Phantasmagoria.
Charleston City Paper  |  Chris Parker  |  01-29-2014  |  Music

Bluegrass great Peter Rowan scales new heights thanks to a Tibetan mantra singernew

When Peter Rowan was a guitarist and singer with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, the legendary mandolinist gave his young protégé some invaluable advice. "He knew I wanted to play other stuff, and he told me, 'Pete, if you can play my kind of music, you can play any kind of music," Rowan says.
Charleston City Paper  |  Stratton Lawrence  |  11-07-2013  |  Profiles & Interviews

Afroman and the dangers of puff-puff paranoianew

He kept staring out the curtains, certain the cops were watching him. Of course, this shouldn't surprise anyone. After all, one of the known side effects of getting high is paranoia.
Charleston City Paper  |  Chris Parker  |  02-20-2013  |  Profiles & Interviews

Yardwork Sounds Positive on Newest EPnew

It seems like every write-up about Charlotte band Yardwork employs, in some way, shape, or form, the word "positive." Look. We just did it right there.
Charleston City Paper  |  Susan Cohen  |  01-16-2013  |  Profiles & Interviews

Daryl Hall is suddenly cool again thanks to online seriesnew

Daryl Hall and John Oates were two of the biggest pop stars in the world during the early days of MTV, thanks in part to a string of R&B-flavored hits including "Your Kiss Is On My List," "Private Eyes," and "Maneater."
Charleston City Paper  |  Chris Parker  |  12-12-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Flogging Molly finds hope in the darkest placesnew

Flogging Molly frontman Dave King is an Irish Springsteen. He writes songs that celebrate working-class values and the everyman's indomitable spirit. Not surprisingly, the songs are occasionally dark, especially when King recounts his impoverished Irish upbringing ("Life in a Tenement Square," "Screaming at the Wailing Wall"), but even these tunes are hoisted by the vitality and hope at their center.
Charleston City Paper  |  Chris Parker  |  11-28-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Singer/songwriter Julie Slonecki adds new flavors to her soundnew

Julie Slonecki doesn't need a menu to know what she wants to order at Waffle House. Cup of coffee. Grilled cheese. And hash browns, diced and covered.
Charleston City Paper  |  Susan Cohen  |  11-21-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Juicy J finds a second life rapping about the herbnew

Some music rains down on us from above in Bieber and Rihanna-sized droplets. Other sounds bubble up from the streets. That's where Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J got his start. Juicy J, a.k.a. Jordan Houston, worked his way up with his buddy DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard) the old-school way, beginning in the early '90s.
Charleston City Paper  |  Chris Parker  |  11-21-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

The twisted tale of how two killer clowns brought Skwirl Grinda togethernew

What in the bloody hell is a Skwirl Grinda, you know, aside from one of the Holy City's heaviest heavy metal acts?
Charleston City Paper  |  Chris Haire  |  10-05-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

A Dog's Lifenew

The guys in Archnemesis dish about their 42-city tour and their biggest fan.
Charleston City Paper  |  Katie Kimsey  |  09-19-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

McKenzie Eddy raps about the Charleston music scenenew

McKenzie Eddy was bitten by the hip-hop bug at a young age, so young in fact that she can't recall not loving it.
Charleston City Paper  |  Chris Haire  |  09-19-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Bobby Bradford and Marywood Kate of Statue of Liberty's Genre-Blending Folk Popnew

Bobby Bradford and Marywood Kate are nomads. Five years ago, this Boulder, Colo., folk duo formed Statue of Liberty, and they've been bouncing around the Midwest and Rockies ever since.
Charleston City Paper  |  T. Ballard Lesemann  |  09-19-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Ben Folds eats humble pienew

Ben Folds is in his mid-40s. But when it comes to his songwriting, that doesn't mean what you'd think it means.
Charleston City Paper  |  Paul Bowers  |  09-12-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

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