“How many of y’all drink 151?” asked Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, half-way through his set at Tipitina’s Friday night. The crowd responded convincingly. Bruner laughed, made a friendly joke about New Orleans, and moved on with the show.
Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner is one of the best bassists in the universe, but he is arguably better known as a goof than a god. His bromance with Eric Andre, his absurdist Adult Swim-style videos and the fact that he’s usually dressed like he’s on his way from a Renaissance fare to a cosplay convention only exacerbate the situation.
Until recently, Esperanza Spalding hasn’t found her name restricting. Under it, she released four jazz albums including Chamber Music Society, which earned her the Grammy for Best New Artist over Justin Bieber, Florence + the Machine, Mumford and Sons, and Drake.
Bassist Victor Wooten is driving to his son's school outside Nashville, and a baby deer just ran in front of his car. The car's okay, which is more than can be said for the deer. He's a little shaken and understandably sad. "Well, as my mom would say, the Good Lord knows about that, too."
One of the advantages of being Harry Shearer? If you want to play music with somebody, there’s a good chance you can make it happen. When the comic actor and filmmaker wanted Fountains of Wayne to help him cut a song for his radio program Le Show mocking the way famous, rebellious musicians find second lives selling high-end liquor, he got them.