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Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Caffeinated atmospherics

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2000 at 12:00 AM

With wood floors, large bay windows that look out at the Detroit skyline, and a menu that holds up with anywhere in the 'burbs, this second-floor coffee spot immediately makes you feel at home. A great spot tucked away on Woodward, Bittersweet deserves to be made into your regular day or nighttime hangout.

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Emolution

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Can I say "emo" without being flogged publicly? I’ll take my chances. From the band that has come to epitomize emo(tional) rock comes what is perhaps its most ornate and inspired album yet. For those who insist on using how long they’ve listened to certain bands as leverage to...

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Shattered

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2000 at 12:00 AM

So here’s what we know: The members of Glassjaw are young. Very young. They’re on Roadunner (which equals insta-cred in the aggro world), and they feature an incredibly gifted, ambidextrous drummer, Sammy Siegler (of Gorilla Biscuits and CIV fame). Even though they don’t look like an aggro band, they very...

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Now voyager

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Throughout Europe his records are filed under "N." He’s Africa’s biggest star. However, in the United States, you’ll still find his music in the back of the store in the small African section. Fifteen years ago, Youssou N’Dour broke onto the international scene opening for Peter Gabriel on the So...

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Spirits of ghosts

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Within the realm of avant-garde jazz, the very name of the late saxophonist Albert Ayler strikes fear in the hearts of most modern improvisers. A gutty, visceral player with a remarkable tone and earthshaking vibrato, Ayler helped turn jazz on its ear back in the mid-’60s with his strange melange...

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Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Double identity

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The question about James Carter has never been whether or not he can play his horn; he is one of the most amazing saxophonists of his generation. It’s not just because of his technical proficiency, which all by itself is enough to terrify the faint of heart, but Carter...

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Double identity

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The question about James Carter has never been whether or not he can play his horn; he is one of the most amazing saxophonists of his generation. It’s not just because of his technical proficiency, which all by itself is enough to terrify the faint of heart, but Carter...

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Heir apparent

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Man, talk about the anxiety of influence – just imagine the slabs of inhibition Ravi Coltrane, son of John, must have had to bust through simply to pick up a tenor saxophone, let alone take it on stage. No wonder he waited until he was in his 30s to record...

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Kickin' up

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Since 1995, the Deftones have steadfastly established themselves as one of the new-school leaders of the hip-hop nation/aggro-rock world. Originally accused of being a poor man’s Korn, the band defied all odds by securing a huge touring base for themselves through their relentless roadwork. In the past five years, the...

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Well-oiled machine

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 12:00 AM

There’s no way to get around it: The Damage Manual is an industrial supergroup. Just listen to 1 once, and you can’t help but hear that these guys are somebody. This band is brand-spanking-new, formed this year and composed of a slew of heavy-handed hitters, all sprouting out of influential...

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