Sinkane Called for Revolution on the Dance Floor at Gasa Gasa

[Updated] When Sinkane wants revolution, it folds The Beatles’ “Revolution” into one of its own songs, “Ya Sudan.” Frontman Ahmed Gallab went there Wednesday night at Gasa Gasa after telling the story of revolution in his home country of Sudan—the only time Gallab stopped to explain anything. Otherwise, he let his songs speak in the broadest ways, which was more effective than that might sound.

Early in the set, yeyboard player Elenna Canlas sang:

Jäh Division Dubs Again

Jäh Division’s Dub Will Tear Us Apart … Again tells the story of a band in nine songs. It began in 2003 as a laugh when bassist Brad Truax and synth player Barry London had a funny name and idea—Jäh Division, playing dub versions of Joy Division songs—and found it stayed with them until they realized they had to bring it to life. The superfluous umlaut suggests that we should take the idea as a joke, but that would be wrong.

Dustan Louque is Finding His Place in New Orleans

[Updated] I struck a nerve with Dustan Louque

When the Atlantic Records’ imprint Lava released his 2004 album, So Long, he was presented in a press release as simply “Louque”—a Louisiana artist who called his music “faya,” a blend of “dub, dancehall, electronic and alternative music.” So Long, the press release announced, was “bar none, one of the sultriest albums of 2004.” 

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds Fly South

[Updated] “For a while, there was actually a rumor going around on the Internet that we’re from New Orleans,” says Arleigh Kincheloe of funk-rock band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, laughing. “We would go to shows and people would introduce us that way, and we’d be like, ‘Well, uh, we’re from Brooklyn. Don’t know where you guys keep hearing this.’” Kincheloe is Sister Sparrow, a petite, feisty frontwoman with a throaty, soulful voice that could easily be mistaken as southern.

Yeasayer Has a Fresh Scent

“I hope whenever the fucking shitty movie is made about Brooklyn in the ‘00s, it’s going to be more like Justice League. And I want to be Aquaman,” Ira Wolf Tuton of Yeasayer says. And Brooklyn musicians don’t actually have a “rock and roll clubhouse in Prospect Park,” he adds. Bands from this New York City borough might get grouped together often, but the guys in Yeasayer like to keep their toys to themselves.