But Galaxy Girl's one of a kind
THU 10/20 "I have a home studio. Inside there, it's a mad place!" warns lovely electronica artist Jeannette Romeu, a.k.a. Galaxy Girl. Her Weston pad houses "12 synthesizers, four computers, a supernova, access virus that's an instrument! guitars, violins..." And the cool thing is, "I can play all those." GG holds degrees from a string of Russian conservatories and is sponsored by Steinway pianos but uses her skills to crank out hypnotic dance tunes.
Ms. Girl, who plays the Winter Music Conference alongside Paul van Dyk and Tiësto every year, describes her live show as "spontaneous composition. I'm not thinking before I get there what I'm going to do, and it'll never happen again. I like to take chances, be aggressive with my sounds. I play house music, trance, breakbeats, drum 'n' bass, jazz. It's just fun, exotic, full of love, powerful dance music. I like to make people happy." On stage, she wears customized light-up clothing that blinks and glows because "Galaxy girl has to wear life like the stars." Why are we not surprised when she adds, "The girl that makes these outfits has a Ph.D. in physics"? Galaxy Girl performs at Mansion (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) to celebrate the release of her new CD, Recharged. Admission costs $20 to 25. Call 305-532-1525, or visit www.galaxygirl.tv. Deirdra Funcheon
Do You Like Mic?
Get laughed at
THU 10/20 "If you want to spend your life going from airport to club to strip club to ATM back to strip club and then masturbating in a hotel room, then this is the career for you." So says Dave Attell about the comedy business. But really, "The only advice I have is this: Go to your local comedy club and go up on an open-mic night, and keep doing it over and over. There are no shortcuts or words of wisdom; it's different for everybody." The first step on the path to Comedy Central could be tonight's open-mic contest at the Blue Note Cafe (201 U.S. Hwy. 1, Jupiter). Do it for love, not prizes; the winner gets to open for two comedians at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre for a whopping five minutes. The show starts at 8 p.m. Call 561-748-3212. Deirdra Funcheon
Qwelling the Devil
Holy hip-hop comes to Sonny's
SAT 10/22 After a preliminary round of the Blaze MC battle in 2000, native Chicagoan Qwel's repeated slamming put the fear of God into well-known MCs Slug (of Atmosphere) and fan favorite Aesop Rock. Saturday night, Qwel comes to South Florida at Sonny's Stardust Lounge (5181 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale), touring behind the high-minded Harvest album, which examines the fate of man and the truth of the battle between God and the devil. But Qwel's not alone Saturday; the extensive hip-hop extravaganza also features Stick Figures (Robust and Prolyphic), the Secondhand Outfit, PFM and Kems, Wrekonize and Goblen ( as the Bagabons), Seven Star, and DJs Karakter Haviken Hayes, Kems, Lumin, and Sire as well as a horror movie showcase, a record sale, and a costume contest thrown in by Audio Thrift Shop Records. The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $7. Call 954-776-6082. D. Sirianni
Now, Where Did I Leave My Thugs?
SAT 10/22 Nobody taught Kijani Amari, a.k.a. Que, how to be an MC. He just spat rhymes until J.T. Money invited him to record on the song "Where My Thugs At?" and guys like Trick Daddy and Pitbull let him share the stage. Tonight, Que gets extra credit from the school of DIY for independently releasing both an album (Minority Report) and a book (State of the World). Celebrate with him at China White (109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Visit www.handsomenruthless.com. Deirdra Funcheon