You can either thank or blame Sublime for all the bro-reggae acts out there who think that ska was born on a SoCal beach, but once in a while a band comes along with something more to talk about than sex and sand. Florida’s ¡MayDay! just dropped their most Miami-centric album to date, South of 5th, released via Tech N9ne’s aptly named Strange Music label. It was preceded by a well-received single for “Next to Go” that unfolds a surprisingly Zen account of how MCs Bernz and Wrekonize rationalize pursuing their artistic visions, despite Florida being full of unbelievers and underachievers, always telling them to expect the worst. Tech N9ne himself is heard on the track “Run Up,” which manages to express affection for Miami even while warning how dangerous it is for cars to take the “wrong” exit. Other tracks include “Time Is Up,” featuring rising Miami singer-songwriter Stige, and an ode to reliable drinking buddies, “We Ain’t Sleeping,” with guest vocals from Miami singer Danny Acosta. The final song, “Close So Far,” features unplanned backing from Common Kings, who made an unscheduled social visit to the band’s Little Havana studio Poppa’s House one day for what turned into a full party-turned-recording session. The support tour that hits Winstons on October 18 includes a horn section, so hopefully the club will plan the seating to include plenty of room for dancing.
- Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 8 p.m.
2501 Kettner Boulevard,
$15 - $18
In 2002, singer-guitarist Lindsey Troy was part of local duo known as the Troys, alongside her sister Anna. They were signed to Elektra Records on Lindsey's 15th birthday. However, the album ended up going unreleased, and the siblings soon embarked on solo careers. Lindsey’s debut EP, Bruises, dropped in late 2006, but things didn’t start taking off until she relocated to L.A. and teamed up with Pity Party drummer-singer Julie Edwards to form Deap Vally in 2011. Their blend of garage rock and blues riffing has found favor on virtually all the tastemaker blogs, beginning with their 2013 major label full-length Sistrionix and continuing through their not-so-major-label sophomore release Femejism, produced by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and recorded while both women moonlighted as bassist for other bands (Troy with White Lung and Edwards with JJUUJJUU).
Oddly, they’ve had much more success in the UK than the US. Well, maybe not so odd, as they made their London debut the same month their debut single “Gonna Make My Own Money” dropped, and by 2012 were playing England’s Leeds and Reading Festival, as well as appearing at a BBC Radio Rocks Week concert and having one of their singles declared Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1. Touring with British headliners such as Muse and the Vaccines has further built their overseas fan base, but next month they’re embarking on a US tour that brings Troy back to her hometown for an October 23 date at the Casbah, where you can expect to hear their newest single, “Get Gone.”
- Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8 p.m.
3615 El Cajon Boulevard,
$12 - $14
San Francisco-born, Brooklyn-based Nick Perloff-Giles, aka Wingtip, probably represents where disco music would have gone if Donna Summer hadn’t been born again. By that, I mean he specializes in using contemporary laptop recording techniques to create highly funkified dance grooves steeped so heavily in electronic effects, all built around catchy pop grooves, that it’s almost impossible to listen for more than a few measures without bopping your head along to the beat like the two SNL schmucks from Night at the Roxbury. It’s only been a couple of years since his “Young & Free” single nearly broke Spotity with over 12 million streams, and other computerized creations circulating online include “Keep You Warm,” “Wonder,” and “Rewind.” Spinning each track in order of release indicates a songwriter and producer who shows ever increasing skill and ambition, even if reaching for 1990 Michael Jackson on a 2010 Sly Stone budget can result in a sparseness of sound that, at least in lo-fi incarnations, rings tinny and somewhat unfinished. His December 8 appearance at Soda Bar will apparently be preceded by a new release due soon from Republic Records.
- Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
3350 Sports Arena Boulevard,
22 year-old R&B singer Queen Naija had her first taste of what now passes for fame with a lovey-dovey Youtube channel featuring her and her formerly devoted husband. Their divorce led her to instead pursue her first love, music, with a self-released single that defied all the odds and nearly made her a household name. “Medicine” tells her side of the failed romance, an autobiographical account that suddenly took her to number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, despite being unsigned and less than a month into her new career as a one-woman hit machine. A resultant video for “Medicine” has something like 60 million views, but her draw and ability as a stage performer remains mostly a mystery in advance of the Birth of Queen Naija Tour currently set to start next month before wrapping at Soma on December 15. Judging from her just-released self-titled Capitol Records EP, which has already spawned hit singles with “Karma” and “Bad Boy,” you don’t need iHeartRadio to tell you that this is truly an Artist on the Verge well worth checking out, especially on a Midway District sidestage.