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THE JUMP OFFS

THAT MURDER SOUND
Their first show was only in October of last year. It was drummer Bob Deeter’s first stage performance. Not just with The Jump Offs but, well, ever. Even now, “I’ll forget when we have shows,” Deeter admitted. And during practice on a late Friday night, Deeter paused in search of a drum key. “This happens all the time,” said bassist Luke Aguinaldo, who joined the band soon after that first performance and is “The one who really got us plugged in,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Landon Tom. “One time for a show Bob forgot his stool. Or drum sticks. Something obvious,” Aguinaldo continued, smiling but shaking his head. Yet, “He’s probably the best one to watch on stage,” said Tom. Along with guitarist and backup vocalist Oliver Boes and keyboardist Chris Gima, this band of lanky young men mostly from Aiea make up The Jump Offs. Read more…

HIP-HOP CHEMISTRY

KAVET THE CATALYST
Kavet Omo personified his nickname “The Catalyst” through his radio show at the University of Hawai‘i between 1997 and 2001. In chemistry, a “catalyst” is a substance that modifies and increases the rate of a reaction without being consumed in the process. Read more…

THE LITTLEST, BIG CITY

JULES GAYTON FLOURISHES IN HONOLULU
Jules Gayton doesn’t really regard Honolulu as a full-fledged urban scene. Considering that the Leilow creative director/Hypebeast.com blogger/DJ resided in some of the Western Hemisphere’s most popular urban sprawls—like London, New York and California—O‘ahu’s South Shore doesn’t feel like a big city to the stylish Englishman. Read more…

JENNY LEWIS

THE SONGSTRESS
My Dad likes Jenny Lewis. So do my weird hipster friends. And apparently so do Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello. No matter what your opinion, you must admit that the girl has got range. The alt-country songstress known for her co-captain duties in Rilo Kiley and collaborations with the Postal Service has also made a name for herself through her solo work. Read more…