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Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Wonderful wonderful café

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Ann Arbor’s Café Felix is practically poetic. The tradition of a European café holds true to form. There is a prime wine assortment as well as coffee drinks and delicious food. Every finishing touch within the butter-colored walls is indeed, as the French say, "Au point."

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Alice

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Tom Waits fans are used to having their man all to themselves. It’s been fairly easy so far. Waits has been perfecting his role as the irresistibly creepy medicine man for nearly 30 years. He’s the kind of sly huckster who attracts not just the gullible, but also those...

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The Bloodthirsty Lovers

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2002 at 12:00 AM

In 1999 Dave Shouse was fronting Those Bastard Souls, whose well-received V2 album Debt & Departure was as vividly progadelic as Shouse’s earlier work with Memphis lo-fi kings the Grifters was bluesily avant-indie. But working on the next TBS record a year later (significantly, with only the band’s rhythm...

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Storytelling

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Pretty doesn’t even begin to describe it. Belle and Sebastian have cornered the market on late ’60s Gallic/British Invasion twee since early 1996, and the group just gets better. The album started life as a sound track for the Todd Solondz movie Storytelling. Some of the band’s original material...

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Major Stars

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Nebula Dos E.P.’s Meteor City The kids don’t know, but the old record collectors understand: While clueless, college-age record store clerks freeze up like spotlit deer when you utter the dreaded phrase, “Do you have any psychedelic music here?” and start praying some techno-hunting hipster will tap ’em on...

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The Well

Posted on Wed, Jul 10, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The Well is a favorite hangout for after-work revelry. For a really amazing time try one of the bartenders special "Purple Rains."...

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Sherry Rich & Courtesy Move

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Sherry Rich deserves to be a big alt-country star with major league talents akin to such luminaries as Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, or Maria McKee. She pens stellar autobiographical lyrics about longhaired user boyfriends (“Is That All You Wanted”), her disdain for wasteful self-destruction (“Beautiful, Talented, And Dead”) and...

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Chrome Flies

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2002 at 12:00 AM

While the rest of Detroit does the sweat-soaked garage-rock thing, the Chrome Flies tap into timeless, Beatle-esque songwriting and Stones-y grooves on this debut disc. It’s loftier and tougher territory, but with a lineup that includes local music-biz vets Mike and Andrew Nehra (Second Self, Kid Rock, Robert Bradley’s...

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Return Of Citizen Wayne

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Known the world over for his seditious and groundbreaking contributions as chief flamethrower of the incendiary MC5, brother Wayne Kramer has steadily evolved into one of the most important and underrated lyricists and songwriters ever to draw a breath — this after a prolonged and classic battle back from...

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Out in California

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Dave Alvin has been, for some, a hard man to pigeonhole. His résumé includes his founding roots barnstormers the Blasters (recently anthologized on Rhino’s superb two-CD collection Testament ) in the late ’70s. Later, he was a member of both X and that group’s country alter ego, the Knitters....

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