BILOXI -- KC and the Sunshine Band have been shaking booties more than 40 years with hits such as "Get Down Tonight" and "Boogie Shoes." Coast residents will surely be dancing in their seats when the band hits the IP Casino Resort at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The title of Freakwater's first album in more than 10 years, "Scheherazade" (Bloodshot), name-checks the Arabic storyteller and future queen of "One Thousand and One Nights" fame. You won't find Sinbad, Ali Baba or Aladdin mentioned in the lyrics, but singers Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean are adept storytellers, and they know how to spin yarns about resilience and fortitude in the face of life's innate cruelty. Yes, Scheherazade, who was fighting for her life each of those 1,001 nights, would've understood.
"A War" is a film done exactly right about a situation gone horribly wrong. A powerful foreign language Oscar finalist, it proves yet again that agonizing moral dilemmas make for the most effective cinema.
Mavis Staples had only one request when some A-list artists were approached to write songs for her forthcoming album, "Livin' on a High Note" (Anti). "I wanted joyful," she says. "I've been making people cry down through the years, and this time I wanted to make them smile."
Jesse Kivel and Michael David have toured the world in their electronic pop bands Kisses and Classixx, performing and DJ-ing to all kinds of festival and club crowds. But the show with the elephant in the audience was a first.
Across the Los Angeles River, in a warehouse of ghosts and corrugated steel, King Cuerno fastens his mask and strides bare-chested past girders and broken windows toward the ring, where wrestlers spin in pinwheels and dance on ropes in a frenzied ballet of peacock colors and flying head scissors.
Clinton Sandifer has been releasing a steady stream of music for five years. He'll tell you he's greatly affected the Chicago hip-hop scene for the better, and is the first to admit his new, as-yet-released material is arguably the most contemplative, fully developed of his career. And yet the 30-year-old Chicago MC remains filled with a constant, sometimes profound sense of self-doubt and insufficiency.
An interview with Aimee Argote, frontwoman for the Pittsboro, N.C., duo Des Ark, begins on a tragic note. In late 2013, the singer-songwriter and a friend were driving late at night on U.S. 15-501 outside of Chapel Hill when they came across what looked like a bundle that had fallen out of a truck.