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By Jason Keller
June 8, 2006
If he wanted to create something truly unique, he succeeded…In fact, he might just be one of the must-see acts of NXNE.
Asbury Park Press
By Stephen Bove
July 21, 2006
Layering slinking beats over the sounds of his squeezebox, Julz-A … rewrites nearly every rock precept laid down before him, ushering a new realm of artistry and experimentation into the hip-hop pantheon.
Jezebel Music January Feature
January 23, 2007 – 11:16 pm
Posted by DanDIppolito
Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up! For the pleasure of your ears and eyes is a man who came to entertain. Accompanied by accordion (hence the title of his first album, "Squeeze Rock") and donning a vested suit, Julz A’s catchy compositions are a colorful time-trip mash-up. Taking the stage like a rock/hip-hop turn of the century carnival, Julz will amuse at the January 24 Songwriter Showcase.
Julz A is a showman whose persona is made unique by his high-energy formally-attired performances, humorous attitude, and entertaining feats. On one live highlight video, Julz is seen playing a ‘baby accordion’ in one song, performing as an almost vaudevillean lounge singer in another, and breaking out a solo dance routine to top things off. In 2006, Julz performed on Showtime At The Apollo.
According to his website, Julz A has been described as "a rapping version of Jimi Hendrix on the accordion." To get an idea of his sound, consider influences such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, and OutKast. Julz’s own description of his music as being "fundamentally alternative rock" is accurate — the backbone of his compositions echo 90’s alt-rock song structures, chord changes, and tempos.. except that from behind his bowtie Julz raps most of his lyrics, and accordion, ever-popular in rock and roll, is the predominant accompanying instrument.
The Herald-Dispatch, EDGE:
Julz-A brings his funky accordion to Huntington
By Dave Lavender
February 25, 2007
When Julian Hintz was 16, the San Diego, Calif., teen put his classical-music-trained hands on an accordion and he did what felt good — squeeze the box and finger-hustle-up a little Jimi Hendrix’ “Purple Haze.”
“It probably sounded a little klunky but it rocked and all my friends at the party loved it,” Hintz said. “That kept me going.”
And it still does.
By Jedd Beaudoin
March 22, 2007
[Julz A] owes certain aesthetic debts to hip-hop and klezmer music, despite being white and Lutheran. … Take a quick spin through [Julz A’s] recent Squeeze Right EP and what you’ll hear is dark and desperate pop that has much more in common with Robert Johnson than Sir Jimmy Shand. Not that it’s all sturm und drang — ‘Play Your Ax,’ for instance cleverly balances levity with lethality; ‘Where in the Words’ plays with rhetorical conventions (the magic of the word ‘if’) over a danceable goodtime beat. …