May 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
Last week The Stepkids not only shared a pair of sly covers; they unveiled a different, less technicolored time warp than fans of their unhinged-soul debut might remember them for.
Chalk the suits up to time spent on the road with Stones Throw label-mate Mayer Hawthorne, perhaps, but the West Coast cool of the late ’40s that Miles helped birth is just a shot of the broader jazz chops the three-piece often mentions in interviews. It also came up when HASH Magazine first sat down with The Stepkids more than two years ago: Still readying their self-titled first album, the trio was already enthusiastic about material they’d started for the follow-up, which was announced earlier this month. Troubador is loosely slated for release this fall, again on Stones Throw, and as some early indications suggest, it’s suffused with decadent nods to Funkadelic and mid-’70s Steely Dan.
May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Last weekend we gathered a small group of friends and artists for the first of what we hope will be many live video sessions at Room 17, a warehouse recording studio in Brooklyn. We’ll be developing footage in the coming weeks, but for now check out some of the stills recently posted by HASH photographer Joshua Sarner.
Artists pictured included Bronx M.C. MaG, A Va Va—a Brooklyn three-piece releasing their delightfully raw, off-the-cuff debut later this month—and the subjects of our last two cover stories: Kelli Scarr and Rafiq Bhatia (whom you can catch tonight, opening for Colin Stetson at Le Poisson Rouge.)