FROM THE STREET (Key-tar Rockstars)

"'Music is a business that requires devotion,'" I said, throwing one of Daylight District's lyrics back at the front man, Frank. "You have to give the people what they want, and what they want is for a hip-hopper to rock out a goddamned key-tar.

"I'll look into it," Frank said.


We were in the green room of The State Theatre, which reeked of herbal greenery. Frank had just finished playing his set for the CL In Concert Series, and I was brimming with ideas on how the band's fusion of rock and hip-hop could go big time. Although Frank has never played a key-tar, after our talk, no doubt he'll soon be prancing around stage, breaking hearts while working his strap-board with suggestive hip thrusts.

Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander kicked off the night, playing fresh off a CL review touting the band's cowboy rock as "Rock 'n' Roll without the sex and drugs." The projectionist who painted the theater with moving images must not have read the review about the group's Christian roots, as a video of a woman stimulating herself played behind the band for a moment. Being an understanding person, I'm willing to believe that maybe the projectionist considered the clip an instructional video on how to preserve the integrity of one's virginity.