R. Kelly might have serious pipes, but his magnum opus, the multi-part, multi-character, multi-crazy-plotline soap opera in song Trapped in the Closet, came out of little more than what he called "silliness.""I don't have a job," he said at last night's premiere of new Trapped installments in New York, "so I sit in the studio all day and think of something stupid to do."The twists and turns taken by Trapped — in which a one-night stand opens the door to a vat of intrigue — only get wilder in these new parts. They focus primarily on characters played by Kelly, including Sylvester, whose hiding in the closet began the whole sordid affair, as well as the stutter-prone Pimp Lucius, the crotchety Randolph, the hucksterish Rev. Mosley James Evans, and a few new characters, including a gangster with a Don Corleone rasp and bullets for his teeth. (Michael Kenneth Williams, a.k.a.
Monday night was the final installment in vitaminwater and Fader's "Uncapped" series, during which the fortified-beverage maker and magazine bring together artists from disparate genres for free shows and social-media-assisted brand awareness boosting. Of all the bills on this mini-tour (Little Dragon/Big Boi in Austin, Matt & Kim/Nas in Detroit), the double bill at New York's Angel Orensanz Center had the most star power: R&B darling Frank Ocean (fresh from the VMAs, SNL, and ATP) and reverb-cloaked Midwesterner Bon Iver (who'd just come off a run at the storied Radio City Music Hall). But are the two acts really all that different? Justin Vernon's band won the Best New Artist trophy at this year's Grammys; Ocean is a lock to at least be nominated for the 2013 edition.