Top Five Phoenix Music Stories of the Week
The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants.
So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories from the week of August 27-September 2.
Was This Arizona Juggalo Denied Custody of His Son Because of His Love for ICP?
Shawn Wolf is a Juggalo -- one of countless fanatics of rap outfit Insane Clown Posse. But outside of his punk appearance, there isn't that much that's unusual about the 31-year-old. Sure, he sports a three-inch goatee and his hair is buzzed into a slicked-back mohawk, but he's a remarkably normal guy: He's currently enrolled in online classes at Full Sail University, he encourages his kids to participate in sports, he likes to grill with Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce, and he likes dogs (cat dander makes his tear ducts swell up).
Like any other Juggalo worth his salt, Wolf and his wife Esther made the trek from their home in Cottonwood to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, two weeks ago for the annual Gathering of the Juggalos. The 1,545-mile drive proved to be extra-special as Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope unveiled "probably the biggest announcement of our career."
At the festival, the duo declared that they would be launching a lawsuit against the FBI for branding Juggalos a hybrid gang last year and aiding fans who have been adversely affected by the classification. Spin Magazine caught Wolf breaking down after the announcement, reporting, "He'd lost custody of his young son solely because of his ICP fandom." But that's not exactly accurate. "The magazine got it wrong," Wolf says. "They said I lost custody of my son. I did not lose custody of my son. Basically, I never had custody."
Read more about the story of this Arizona juggalo.
Twin Shadow: Songwriter Trades in Gauzy New Wave Honesty
George Lewis Jr., who records and performs as Twin Shadow, sounds distant over the phone. His voices sounds weary, which we're willing to attribute to his constant touring schedule. He's worn-out but sharp, his mind seemingly on a constant rush. It's a fascinating world, the life of a musician, especially one whose perceived eccentricities have played a huge role in his rising star.
Lewis Jr. draws inspiration from personal stories about relationships, both present and past, and experiences on the road. Sometimes, it's difficult to separate the man in the music from the man who creates it.
His full-length debut, Forget, sounds accomplished, a confident highlight from a musician who seems well versed in his creative process. With his forthcoming release Confess, Lewis Jr. appears to be on a constantly evolving quest to expand and explore his creative palette.
Up On The Sun caught up with Lewis Jr. for a quick glimpse into his fascinating mind. We spoke about the spontaneity and commitment to making honest music.
Up on the Sun: You've been to Arizona a few times. Tucson's the last show I remember, how was that?
George Lewis: I don't remember much from that show, but it was cool. I actually got the guitar I play now from a store in Tucson.
Have you been to Arizona for something other than a show before?
Yeah, actually one time I was playing bass for a band and we were in Tucson and hung out for a couple of days, and I did some hiking there. It was fun.
Read the entire Twin Shadow interview.
-- Ade Kassim