Afghan Whigs- Do to the Beast
Apr 10, 2014
Nadja Benaissa, born April 26, 1982, found fame as a member of No Angels, the German version of The Spice Girls. The band formed in 2001, producing popular hits like “Daylight In Your Eyes” and “Still In Love With You.”
After No Angels broke up in 2003, Benaissa began her solo career, focusing on songs with German lyrics instead of English. She released her debut, Schritt für Schritt, in 2006. In her album, Benaissa ventured away from the Pop genre, delving into R&B and Soul instead.
No Angels picked up again in 2008. The next couple of years changed Benaissa’s life and her reputation.
After years of drug abuse and alcoholism, doctors diagnosed Benaissa with HIV in 1999 during a pregnancy test. She gave birth to her HIV-free daughter, Leila.
In August of 2010, Benaissa sat in a courtroom, facing charges for failure to disclose her HIV status to several sexual partners before intercourse. She transmitted the virus to one of her partners after they had unprotected sex.
German law states one who fails to disclose he/she has HIV to a partner before sex can serve six months to 10 years in prison. If the victim dies during imprisonment, the sentence can extend from 10 years to life in prison.
Judges found Benaissa guilty of grievous bodily harm and attempted bodily harm. She received a suspended sentence.
Benaissa left No Angels for good after the trial and released a biography, Alles wird gut, written by Tinka Dippel.
Jermaine Stewart was an R&B singer and dancer throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. He performed on the iconic show, "Soul Train," during his teen years before going on to be a back-up singer for stars like The Temptations and Boy George. He went on to sign a solo deal in the mid ‘80s. During this time period, he had three top five R&B hits.
Ironically, his most popular song didn’t top the R&B charts. “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” rose as high as number five on the pop charts, but was not well received by the R&B community. Gym Class Heroes of course sampled the song later in their chart topper, “Clothes Off.” The song featured Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump singing the infamous refrain.
Sadly, Stewart fell prey to the AIDS virus. He passed away in 1997, losing a fight with Liver Cancer related to his AIDS condition. He was only 37 at the time.
As the lead singer and lyricist of one the most influential pop bands of all-time, Queen, Freddie Mercury was radiant in pop music’s spotlight. However, Mercury tragically died of bronchial pneumonia, a result of contraction of the AIDS virus in 1987.
One of the greatest entertainers in rock history, Mercury managed to separate his personal and professional life, so much so, that he died one day (11/24/91) after first publically admitting to having the HIV-AIDS virus. Mercury is responsible for some of the most widely known hits in music history, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Bicycle Race,” “Killer Queen” and “We Are The Champions.” His magnetizing aura affected the music scene greatly; his utilization of harmonies and vocal cadences influenced many bands performing today.
Due to how highly regarded Mercury was, his death from the AIDS virus raised awareness infinitely, similar to how Magic Johnson’s contraction of the virus raised awareness in the sports world. His stage presence was only eclipsed by his societal presence; Mercury’s word was scripture for music enthusiasts, to this very day. T
he Mercury Phoenix Trust, to aid research of the disease, was set up in remembrance of Mercury, and has raised millions of pounds towards research. Freddie Mercury was a shining example of charisma and pride, his impact on music and culture will never cease.
Eazy- E, who was better known as, the god-father of “gangster rap,” was born on September 7 1963. He was a solo rapper, and was a part of the famous rap group, NWA. He grew up in Compton, California and began rapping in his parent’s garage in the 80’s. Eazy-E's debut album, Eazy-Duz-It, was released on September 16, 1988, and featured twelve tracks. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States and reached #41 on the Billboard 200. After NWA broke up in 1991, Eazy- E began feuding with Dr. Dre, who was a fellow member of the NWA group, and lasted for a few years with each side creating tracks aimed at the other.
On February 24, 1995, Easy- E was diagnosed with AIDS, and he announced his illness in a public statement on March 16. When Eazy- E was diagnosed with AIDS, many magazines covered the story and released information on the topic. Since he was well-liked and respected by both fans and the music industry, his revelation about his diagnosis with AIDS came as a shock to everyone. He died due to "complications from AIDS" one month after his diagnosis, on March 26, 1995. However, before his death, he made amends with Dr. Dre.
Since Eazy-E’s death, many books and video biographies have been produced about the rapper. A new documentary created by Sergio Hernandez, entitled, Ruthless Memories, is about the rapper’s life, and will contain exclusive interviews from people who knew the rapper best. The documentary will be released on December 21, and according to Electronic Urban Report, those who pre-order their copy before December 7 will see their names appear in the film’s ending credits.
Check out: "Sad Dream" from her new Ghost EP
What I’ve found in my past times listening to Frightened Rabbit is nothing less than an emotion-filled jumble of clever lyricism and catchy riffs. State Hospital proves to be everything you’re used to as a seasoned fan while still finding something beautiful in every word professed.
Check out: "State Hospital" from their new album State Hospital
Birds of Chicago, according to their website, isn’t just a band – it’s a collective. Its main players may be JT Nero and Allison Russell, but they have a twelve-piece band standing behind them as well, bulking up their vocals and acoustic guitars with pianos, accordions, percussion, trumpets, and saxophones. Nero and Russell have been accused of being “the most compelling new voices to the American roots movement”, and after a few minutes of listening to their new, self-titled album, it’s not hard to see why..
“Birds of Chicago” is 53 minutes of classic American roots sound; gentle vocals glide effortlesslyoverinstrumentals that are sometimes upbeat and funky and sometimes more subdued, each complimenting the mood of the story being told and never taking away or overpowering Nero or Russell. In “Trampoline”, the two main members of Birds of Chicago work together to drive the song, sometimes taking the lead and often supporting the other with harmonizing vocals. Later in the album Russell slows it down for “Before She Goes”, quiet enough to fall asleep to and yet powerful enough to keep you up at night. The change in pace and mood in the album is incredibly balanced, at times feeling light-hearted enough to dance to and others making you slow down to think; it’s an album that reminds you how powerful artists in the American roots genre can be, and how brilliantly music can sound when talented people are behind it.
CHECK OUT "Trampoline" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcPkUjoL-wE
Hailing from Third-Man Records, Jack White’s record label, it’s hard not to expect something interesting an original. Willy Moon (William Sinclair), bursts onto the scene swaddled in a dapper collaboration of sharp suits, retro blues, train tracks and some superb whistling.
CHECK OUT "Railroad Track" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF479nQ-s8E
Concerts for the week of Sept. 24 - Sept. 30
Waterstreet Music Hall, Rochester, NY
Sept. 26 - The Antlers @ 8 p.m.
Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Sept. 25 - Thee Oh Sees & Ty Segall @ 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Das Racist w. Le1f, Safe @ 7 p.m.
The Grog Shop , Cleveland, OH
Sept. 25 – Melvins Lite & Tweak Birds
Sept. 26 - The Henry Clay People / Tracy Morgan Freeman / Wooly Bullies
Sept. 27 - The Antlers / Port St Willow
Sept. 28 - Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s / Lost Jon & the Ghosts / Lowly, The Tree Ghost / Extra Medium Pony
Sept. 30 - Langhorne Slim & The Law / River City Extension / Hive Robbers
The House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
Sept. 26 – Santigold w/ The Teen – The Stage Room – 8:30pm
Sept. 27 – Big K. R. I. T. – The Scene Stage at House of Blues– 8:30pm
Sept. 30 – Firepower Tour Feat: Datsik, Delta Heavy, Bare Noize & AFK – The Scene Stage at House of Blues– 9:00pm