Articles by David Hopper

Collin Shook Trio featuring Aubrey Logan live stream from Austin

July 29, 2020 by

Singer/trombonist Aubrey Logan joined the Collin Shook Trio as part of the Monks Jazz concert series on Thursday, July 30. The trio donned masks and streamed live from East Austin Piano Shop on YouTube and Facebook. Logan, who gave an exclusive interview to 360°Sound last week, announced that she was invited to sit in with […]

Ben Sisto Knows ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’

July 27, 2020 by

July 26th is the 20th anniversary of the release of Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out.” To mark the occasion, 360°Sound spoke with Ben Sisto, the world’s foremost expert on the song. Sisto began researching “Who Let The Dogs Out” 10 years ago, when he stumbled upon the song’s Wikipedia page. He was intrigued […]

Q&A: singer/trombonist Aubrey Logan

July 25, 2020 by

In this 360°Sound exclusive, we spoke with jazz and pop singer/trombonist Aubrey Logan about her music and career. Logan, 32, recently moved to Austin, Texas from Los Angeles. She grew up in the Seattle area and attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. In 2009, she won awards at the Montreux Jazz Festival […]

Fall release for ‘Ice Ice Baby’ doc

July 24, 2020 by

Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) announced on his Instagram account yesterday that the documentary Ice Ice Baby: The Truth will be released this fall. Last month, 360°Sound interviewed Frank Licari, who directed the film. Licari told us the film will “tell the truth on all sides” about Van Winkle’s meteoric rise, sudden fall and current resurgence. According […]

Ice Cream Songs You Need To Hear

July 19, 2020 by

I scream. You scream. We all have good reason to scream these days. Today, let’s hear it for 360°Sound’s best ice cream songs. Today is National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday of every July since President Ronald Reagan made it so in 1984). We offer our picks for the best songs about ice cream. […]

James Brown and the Birth of Funk

July 17, 2020 by

Come here, sister Papa’s in the swing He ain’t too hip ‘Bout that new breed thing He ain’t no drag — Papa’s got a brand new bag Funk music (arguably) began on this day, July 17, in 1965 when James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. […]

The Church of Jazz – an interview with author Vaughn Booker

July 16, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Vaughn A. Booker, assistant professor in the Department of Religion, including the Program in African and African American Studies, at Dartmouth College about his new book Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century. The book discusses how jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington […]

Author Maria Sherman Wrote the Book on Boy Bands

July 14, 2020 by

In this 360°Sound exclusive, author Maria Sherman discusses her new book Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS. The 28-year-old Brooklyn resident has written extensively about music and popular culture for many publications, including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly. Sherman is currently a senior staff writer for the […]

A Toast to Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King

July 1, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Evelyn “Champagne” King! The R&B singer/songwriter/producer turns 60 today. Despite placing 14 singles in the R&B Top 20 in the 70s and 80s, I feel like King is under-appreciated. To many, I think she’s an “I know the song but not the artist” type. For those who aren’t familiar with Ms. King and […]

Reggae Spotlight: Jimi Watusi interview

June 30, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Jimi Watusi, vocalist, keyboardist, percussionist, producer and songwriter of the long-running Texas-based reggae and world beat group Watusi. Jimi recently returned to his home in Rockwall, near Dallas, from his annual stay in Costa Rica. Every winter for the past six years he’s gone to the west coast of Costa Rica to […]