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Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Spit flying folk fun

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Any genre goes here, as long as it's acoustic. You might hear bluegrass, klezmer, flamenco, and a few folksingers, all in one week. The intimate semi-circular seating arrangement ensures that even those in the back row can see and hear the spit flying onstage.

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In the upper room

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Nestled back on the second floor of a gallery/coffee house complex in the burgeoning cultural center of downtown New Pontiac, this cozy, live-music venue offers top-notch national and local acts, predominantly in the alterna-twang and adult alternative veins. It's also an excellent listening room, with round club-style tables and great...

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Coming up

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The Shelter hosts a lineup of national and local touring bands that are not quite popular enough to play upstairs in St. Andrew's Hall. The venue provides an invaluable opportunity to check out fledgling alt-rock bands before they hit the 'big time.' An added bonus is the pool table, where bands have been known to shoot a few rounds before taking the stage.

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Blues mining

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Odetta. Even her name demands respect. Odetta has been performing for 50 years. Fifty. One of the guiding lights in the folk boom of the early ’60s, Odetta performed a distinctive brand of gospel-folk-blues with regal authority. Her husky voice was perfect for such grassroots epics as Pete Seeger’s "If...

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Wicked memories

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

You can play a neat game with these tracks by trying to remember in just what horror flick you heard them before. That’s a tough job, though. Some are almost unrecognizable when stripped out of the movie environment and left to hang on their own as pieces of music. Luckily,...

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High lonesome rose

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Sally Timms is known for her estimable vocal contributions to the Mekons, a 20-year-old punk-turned-reggae-turned-country-turned-avant-garde-rock group that continues to record. Her voice is one of the high points on classic Mekons recordings, such as So Good It Hurts and Curse of the Mekons. On those records, Timms’ singing stands out...

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Some call it emo

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Nobody likes labels, especially when they get stuck with one that they can’t shake. Way back when, somebody came up with a tag called "emo." The details are shaky at best, but for what it’s worth, it’s short for emotion and is generically applied to bands who came out of...

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Attempted sellout

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Complete artistic control, working with Brian Eno again, critical praise for the first time in almost 20 years, living to see his 50th birthday – you’d think David Bowie would have been happy with his last two outings, but he’s not. Bowie just wants to be a rock star again....

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What's with Watt?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Confident that they were still songwriters and not beat junkies, singer Tracey Thorn and multi-instrumentalist-arranger Ben Watt let dance floor artists Todd Terry and Spring Heel Jack take them into the middle-’90s. They aided and abetting the duo on Walking Wounded (1996) – a record that utilized rather than aped...

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Jazz in the details

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Can’t let ’99 roll out without a nibble at one of this year’s overlooked morsels: tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s soothing, funky, melodious session released back when the snows were still upon us. A veteran of Chico Hamilton’s quintets – in which thick guitar chords replaced piano backup – Lloyd homes...

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