Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Stella's not alone

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

I can’t think of too many other bands with a name that better describes the type of sound the members are stretching for than the Brothers Groove. An extremely talented Detroit threesome, these musicians are about as tight and locked into each other as it’s possible to be without drawing...

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Delicately stuffed squid

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Our reviewer, Elissa Karg, was impressed that the waitstaff at Hong Hua writes orders in Chinese characters. You can't get much more authentic than that. "Fine Chinese Dining" reads the menu, and in many respects, that promise is fulfilled. The well-spaced tables are covered with white linen and set with white china. If you like quiet, this is a setting that will please.

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Harmonious hybrid

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The dhol, the tumbi, the alagozi — a sneaky trio to be sure. You see, each of these Indian folk instruments is partially responsible for one of the most infectious musical hybrid smuggling efforts ever undertaken — bhangra. Born in the rural North Indian region of Punjab, it was...

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No big noise

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Pavement, Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. each laid large tiles contributing to the (under)groundwork of that gloriously lo-fi independent, slacker, noise-guitar rock sound that ruled the ’90s sedimentary layer of popularity. But now in our DSL culture where we already look back on the decade that ended just more than...

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Masterful retelling

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Aficionados of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, take note. O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the sound track to the Coen Brothers’ cinematic retelling of The Odyssey as a Depression-era convict caper, provokes the same sense of musical discovery as your first time hearing those initial volumes of...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2001

A Detroit thing

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Stewart Francke has changed his spots. Sort of. On the one hand, the singer-songwriter has shed the mantle he’s worn so long for some new duds. On the other hand, any baby boomer born and raised in Detroit is never more than a half-step away from Motown. That’s what...

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Chamber Jazz Champs

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

A true downtown (that’s NYC, natch) aesthete, trumpeter Dave Douglas connects modern improvisation and modern composition like they were just made to walk hand in hand. And maybe they were. In 2001, it’s no big deal to link the jazz dive and the recital hall, blending the lessons learned...

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Ladyman nonballads

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

It’s all wink-wink, nudge-nudge, boys’ club-style at the top of the pops these days, what with Eminem’s violent verses and Limp Bizkit’s he-man machismo earning Grammy nods and money wads faster than their defenders can feebly say “artistic freedom.” Musical misogyny certainly isn’t new, but it’s no less disturbing...

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Modern memory

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The first movement of “Century Rolls,” John Adams’ new concerto for piano, starts like a wind-up machine. Delicately clinking and squeaking in syncopation, it sounds as if two American musical inventions, minimalism and jazz, came together to make a music box. Though the jazz is of the George Gershwin...

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Rocket riddims

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Wading through Lee Perry’s sea of a discography is a bit daunting. You have to put in a few laps, taking the hits with the misses, mostly because of all the tapes floating around and landing in the wrong hands. So when Techno Party with its butchered, pixely, PhotoShop...

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