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Demolition Derby

Tuneful trumpeters of the ass, er, rather, gospel-soul-sludge-punk din minimalists, the Demolition Doll Rods are gearing up for the release of their fourth full-length called There is a Difference (out mid-April on Swami). In support of Difference, the band leaves town March 22 for a tour through Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, France and Switzerland, followed by dates on the West Coast and in the Northeast. DDR's official Detroit release show is Friday, May 5, at the Magic Stick.

The new Gar Wood (Hot Snakes, Beehive and the Barracudas) recorded album includes such Hit Singles-approved ditties as the rousing Richard and the Young Lions classic "Open Up Your Door," "Booty Call" (which finds Danny Doll Rod getting all Keef on our asses by howling lead) and "Take You Home." Margaret Doll Rod's tree-shredding come-on makes the latter song 2006's first great, not-so-metaphorical fuck-me anthem. And then there's the distortion fest of "Amazing Grace."

You should also note a change in the Rods lineup: Seems drummer Christine (Margaret's sis) retired her stool, but not before recording all the drums on the new disc. Why'd she quit? Seems she fell in love, is getting married and having a baby — which, by the way, is due to drop in late May. Cigars for everybody! Christine's replacement is one Tia, a stick-wielding lovely Danny says he met "in an attic." He explains: "She was up there jamming on Rolling Stones songs, playing drums. We didn't even try out anybody else. And meeting her seemed to be of divine providence."

NOMO becomes Ubiquitous

They're just one of more than a dozen bands representing the D this week at SXSW in Austin. But NOMO has also just announced that the respected San Francisco label Ubiquity — home to tons of totally bitchin' hip hop, soul, rock, and funk both old and new — will release the octet's latest album, the appropriately-titled New Tones. Produced by Warn Defever, Tones will feature NOMO's normal onslaught of brass, percussion, Afrobeat sickness. But Hit Singles is always primed for surprises whenever NOMO comes around, and it sounds like New Tones won't disappoint. Bandleader Elliot Bergman tells Ubiquity there's an "arsenal of homemade percussion" on the record, including "electric sawblade-gamelan, no-tone shakers and the nu-tone cymbals." Bring on the dance fever, and just in time for summer.

Beaver Hunt or Riff Randle?

The last of three casting calls for 101 WRIF's "Riff Rock Girl" search will be held at Oakland Mall on Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ladies, this is your last chance, because you have to attend at least one of these events to be eligible. If you win, you'll represent the station at concerts and events, be paid a salary and receive a one-year lease on a new car, not to mention the love and affection of every Sevendust fan in southeast Michigan.

To help WRIF with its valiant search, we came up with the following tutorial for rock girl hopefuls. If you can answer these questions (and don't mind Drew & Mike leering at you all the time), you just might be Riff Girl material. But don't call it a pop quiz — it's all about the rock, chick.

1. Zakk Wylde: Cool or schmo?

2. Just how does one monkey down with the sickness?

3. Explain the shocking phenomenon of Nickelback, starting with Chad Kroeger's hair.

3. Playing the air guitar is totally metal. True or false?

4. Finish this lyric: "Here I go again on my own/Goin' down the only road I've ever known/Like a ..."


Bump releases its debut full-length, Incredible Consequence, on April 14, to coincide with a show at the Majestic Theatre. Ann Arbor's Tally Hall is Grand Prize Winner for Session II of the 2005 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for "Just Apathy." That's the second time Tally scored the Lennon nod. And there's more: The band's "Banana Man" can be heard in not one, but three episodes of this season's Real World, and its "Good Day" made an upcoming episode of Fox's The O.C. Sheesh, get your performance royalty papers together, kids. Lastly, we're diggin' Detroit's Most Wanted's Tricks of the Trade Vol. II: The Money is Made (Special Anniversary Edition), a killer, tweeter-tweaking two-CD set of old and new tracks from the Detroit rap instigators.

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