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Wednesday, March 29, 2000

For those who still rock

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Since the release of AC/DC’s last record, Ballbreaker, the hard-rock world has been turned on its head. Not that it really matters all that much to Angus Young and Company because, even though Korn, Rage Against The Machine and Limp Bizkit now the rule the aggro-rock world, for these Aussie...

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Wednesday, March 22, 2000

Burning the midnight rubber

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Go Kill Mice is what happens when worlds collide. Comprised of Northern Californians transplanted to the heart of Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood, Starlite Desperation is that rare, freakish rock ‘n’ roll animal that stands astride garage-punk tradition and howling, postmodern paranoia, and actually manages to pull the best from both...

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Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Fast & furious

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2000 at 12:00 AM

How many musicians does it take to make 11 songs worth of thrash-happy, head-snappy, party-on-Garth rock ‘n’ roll? Answer: Two. No joke – SWiG’s big sound consists of one vocalist (David Bierman) and one guitarist-bassist-drummer-producer (Glynn Scanlan). Scanlan lays down the ever-so-lively rhythm and riffs, giving each track its...

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Short but sweet

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2000 at 12:00 AM

If only Weezer and Spike Jonze hadn’t already thought up that "Happy Days" video idea! It would’ve been the perfect setting for the sound track this EP provides. Slightly cheesy keyboards. Sugary background harmonies. Clever lyrics about true love and lonely nights and teenaged angst and new beginnings. Cute...

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Words thick like paper

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2000 at 12:00 AM

'I've known rivers / ancient dusky rivers / my soul has grown deep like the rivers" -- these are words written by an 18-year-old Langston Hughes, performed by a 51-year-old Hughes, and a fitting opening for an immense collection of African-American spoken-word performance spanning nearly a century. Rhino/Word Beat's...

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Drunken elephant walk

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Detroit’s own Fez seems to understand that the lines between musical boundaries start to blur after that first fifth of gin. The quartet also knows that the devil’s music didn’t start with rock ’n’ roll. It oozed up from the swamp blues, the beer-garden polkas, the gypsy dances, backwoods...

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Larger than life

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2000 at 12:00 AM

In some bizarre Brit-pop alternative universe, the Atomic Numbers are huge rock stars. Scores of go-go-booted teen queens are queuing up for their latest record release at the mall. High school jocks in Podunk, Idaho are sneering, De Niro-style, vainly copping drummer Matt Aljian’s wiseguy grin. And the boys...

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Drum fire

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Hindsight is 20/20. An old cliché, to be sure, but it’s never seemed so ridiculously brilliant as when applied to Persona, aka Eric Cook. The question at hand is, how did one man – one drummer, specifically – go from an improvisational noise trio (Gravitar) and a straight, fast...

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A jewel is a stone

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2000 at 12:00 AM

On the title track of songwriter Brian Lillie’s remarkable third album, a town gathers to bid farewell to the departing fire chief. Among the crowd is the local mortician – an odd woman who "remembers the faces but buries the names" – and the town sheriff, who’s drunk. They...

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Futurism without the future

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Based on the evidence presented at the installation-art extravaganza of the same name recently held at detroit contemporary gallery, The Forgotten Sounds of Tomorrow explores the fruition of a well-honed minimalist take on bass and beats, one that rarely breaks its regulated clip for vocals, samples or even nonbeat-oriented...

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