Formed nearly a decade ago in Wichita, Spirit of the Stairs has consistently evolved in unexpected but always fascinating ways. From its earliest days as a guitarless trio to its current incarnation as a guitar-heavy quintet, the all-instrumental ensemble has never disappointed.
Patti Smith was America’s first punk poet. Influenced by beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs as much as by rock and roll and classic literatureincluding French symbolist poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur RimbaudSmith’s emergence from the New York punk rock scene of the 1970s ushered in a new era in popular music in which academic intellect and street smarts were equally appealing.
Formed in 1991 by brothers Tjinder and Avtar Singh with their friends Ben Ayres and David Chambers, Cornershop fuses the music of India with British rock and pop as well as electronic dance music with an incomparable sense of humor.