Ten Best: Myspace Bands

by Jordan Green

S. Burns

URL: Myspace/sburns Descriptor: Alternative/progressive/indie Motto: “Hiatus de Rigueur” Location: Greensboro Most popular song: “King’s Protg” Next show: Aug. 19, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro Influences: “Everything minimalist to progressive” Number of friends: 1,251 Total plays: 13,504 Notable fan comment: “who’s a happy girl… ME!! yay more s. burns shows. I can’t wait” (Desiree, July 12)

Johnny Otis Mama

URL: Descriptor: Acoustic/punk/soul Motto: “Crazy gal with a bad soul and a half decent voice” Location: Charleston, SC (actually Greensboro) Most popular song: “Soul Track” Next show: None listed Influences: “Billy Bragg, Hope For Agoldensummer, Otis Redding, the Temptations, Bad Religion, Tori Amos and Crass. Anybody with a fucking soul.” Number of friends: 31 Total plays: 1,149 Notable fan comment: “I always told you that you had a beautiful voice, blues lady!” (Courtney, Feb. 5)


URL: Descriptor: Neo-soul/R&B/soul Motto: “I’m a celebrity in my own mind” Location: Greensboro Most popular song: “Confused” Next show: None listed Influences: “Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, Kameela, Shelby Johnson, DaHitman, Matt Duckworth…” Number of friends: 220 Total plays: 1,190 Notable fan comment: “Boooooooooooogieeeee!!!! YOu betta sing girl!!! I didn’t know you had it like that, I only heard you background with the group, but I love the two songs and yall killed that duet!!!” (Cody “On da star status” Bowens, July 12)

Hope Massive

URL: Descriptor: Reggae/hip hop/rock Motto: “Always positive, always forward – Hope Massive” Location: North Carolina Most popular song: “I Am What I Am” Next show: July 19, with Joseph Israel, the Orange Peel, Asheville Influences: “Progressive thoughts and positive actions” Number of friends: 3,929 Total plays: 14,378 Notable fan comment: “Keep it burning… Jah” (PAT, July 9)

Shelby J.

URL: Descriptor: Soul/funk/R&B Motto: “Shelby J. from NC… 2 da NPG! Word! J” Location: United States (Greensboro native) Most popular song: “Dreamer” Next show: Aug. 1, with Prince, 02 Arena, London Influences: “The Staple Singers, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Prince, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight, Donny Hathaway, D’Angelo, Miles Davis, the Isley Brothers, Otis Redding, James Taylor, Weather Report, Tower of Power, Aretha Franklin, & my ‘supa-talented mama’ Mamie Johnson!!! 4sho!” Number of friends: 1,006 Total plays: 12,641 Notable fan comment: “Oh my gosh! It’s so much soul funk and spirit up in here, make yo eyes water up. For real. I gotta put you in my top friends. I want more people to hear this. UNDENIABLE!” (Pharlon, Unkle Bangs Funk Collective)

Blank Blank and the Wilson Street Warriors

URL: Descriptor: Indie/psychedelic/rock Motto: “Call the cops! He-Man hit me!” Location: Greensboro Most popular song: “Marching Through the Forest” Next show: None listed Influences: “40s, winking owl” Number of friends: 518 Total plays: 6,864 Notable fan comment: “jerry and scott want to play a show with you, too!!! you name the place… it could be salisbury… it could be greensboro… it could be on the moon!!!” (Tall Scott, May 30)

Carla R

URL: Descriptor: Funk/glam/jazz Motto: “At iTunes and Carla R ‘Strap On!'” Location: Greensboro Most popular song: “Close Words” Next show: None listed Influences: “PRINCE, PRINCE AND PRINCE! Miles Davis, Queen/Freddie Mercury, Thelonious Monk, Jodeci, George Clinton, Parliament/Funkadelic, Hendrix, Dave Navarro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phillip Glass, Dvorak, Verdi, Slide Hampton, MFSB, Tina Turner and many more….” Number of friends: 659 Total plays: 4,340 Notable fan comment: “hi carla i miss u so much, ooo how is the music going, i hope well, well u know i had to show some love”(7-N-Girard, July 5)

Jew(s) and Catholic(s)

URL: Descriptor: Indie/rock/electronica Motto: “God’s Trash, February 17” Location: Winston-Salem Most popular song: “Casino Lights” Next show: Aug. 10, the Werehouse, Winston-Salem Influences: “Insomnia, volume wars, feedback issues, controversy, furiously bowed cavern symphonies, hot beats, Schmulewitz and Gomez, scrambled eggs, eggs in general really” Number of friends: 1,183 Total plays: 12,210 Notable fan comment: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (His Beatitude, July 3)


URL: Descriptor: (none required) Motto: (none required) Location: High Point (at least officially) Most popular song: “When I See U” Next show: None listed Influences: “Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross” Number of friends: 228,464 Total plays: 6,618,205 Notable fan comment: “i guess living under a rock but I never heard of u til the other day when i heard u. now im a huge fan! keep doin wut u doin!” (Dan)


URL: Descriptor: Powerpop/pop punk/rock Motto: “Puttin’ the balls back into a neutered game” Location: Greensboro Most popular song: “88s” Next show: July 23,Warped Tour, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte Influences: None listed Number of friends: 17,767 Total plays: 416,873 Notable fan comment: “I’m so excited about Farewell tomorrow :D. Yay for new merch. I wonder if I bring something neat, will Marshall make it cool looking? Questions, questions, questions.” (Katherine, July 12)