Fantastic Negrito is the stage name of Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, an Oakland-based singer songwriter who just dropped a new album Please Don’t Be Dead in June 2018. From his Facebook page, and I couldn’t have said it better than this, “Fantastic Negrito is black roots music for everyone, Blues with a punk attitude from Oakland”.
It is the best kind of dirty, soulful blues rock and man, if I hadn’t just missed seeing him on tour here, I wouldn’t have even heard of this cat. And now I’m kicking myself for missing out. Don’t make the same mistake, catch him on tour and pick up Please Don’t Be Dead, it will reinvigorate your soul.
My favorite feminist fuzz punk duo Deap Vally is back with their sizzling sophomore album “Femejism”, just released on Nevado Music. There’s a little less bravado and a little more confidence in the music this time around, like they have less to prove and more to say. It’s a solid, mature album from a group on the rise.
Check out songs like “Royal Jelly”, “Gonnawanna”, and maybe my favorite song on the album, “Smile More”, which is the epitome of the newfound maturity and unsubtle message of this killer duo. Cheers Lindsey and new mother Julie!
Pick up Femejism now at all the typical locations!
A little bit of Gwen Stefani, a little bit of Janis Joplin, and a whole lotta Led Zeppelin and White Stripes make up the blues punk fury of LA’s Deap Vally. I had the pleasure of witnessing the power of the jumper-clad duo at the Chapel in San Francisco on the eve of their tour in support of none other than Marilyn Manson. The energy level started at 100% and never let up through their three-song encore, and gave me hope for the future of pure attitude rock & roll. Formed in 2011 in LA after the duo met in a needlework class of all things, Deap Vally have been successfully carving our their niche ever since. Their debut CD Sistrionix is a great collection of rockers, and only slightly more sedate than their high energy live show. Catch them if you can, and definitely pick up Sistrionix and file it next to your White Stripes discs. Good luck and have fun on tour Lindsey and Julie!