Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Fancy in Ferndale

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 12:00 AM

If you're in the know about metropolitan nightlife then chances are you've heard of the Bosco, the trendy bar lurking behind frosted glass windows in downtown Ferndale. Open for not quite two years, the spot's so stylish that even the lack of signage isn't keeping patrons away. On a Friday...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Five Pillars of Soul Vol. 5

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Roll over, Sadie Mae, and tell Uncle Charlie the news: Glam-slammin’ Bloomington punk combo John Wilkes Booze has dropped the final installment in their year-long Five Pillars Of Soul EP series. Vol. 5 is dedicated to none other than Yoko Ono — but why? The first four volumes paid...

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Der Bote

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Valentin Silvestrov Leggiero, Pesante ECM New Series Sometimes the mistakes we make take a long time to get corrected. In the case of two sets that ECM released last June, it’s taken me almost a year to find the occasion (maybe the courage) to write about the emotions they bring...

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My So-Called Life

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Unfortunately, despite the promising album title, this is not hunky Jared Leto’s band. Judging by the inset photos, not a single one of these guys can even hold a candle to Jared Leto’s yumminess; in fact, From Zero are rather ugly. Not to be superficial or nothing, but when...

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Here comes a regular

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Like most holes in the wall, Gusoline Alley has gone through its fair share of alterations, but a bar like Gus', it never really changes. If it did, it would die. For a joint whose history reads like a family tree of burned out ex-rocker-cum-starry-eyed hopeful, Gus' has been both...

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Seven Easy Pieces

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Everybody’s favorite bar band and standard-bearers for the Detroit garage-rock archetype, those fabulous Detroit Cobras have gathered the gang for another run at reinventing a stack of dusty obscurities. And don’t let that sound dismissive when you read it. What the world needs now sure as shit ain’t another...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Club, nay …Pub, yah

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

From the outside, Bailey’s Pub ’N’ Grille may look like your run-of-the-mill bar — and, once you get inside, you’ll be glad to discover that it still has some strong remnants of the workaday watering hole. For anyone who’s sick of the growing trend of having to dress up...

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Fire

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The Electric Six have, after seven years of generally exciting and specifically confusing audiences, released their legitimate debut album. Fire begins by demanding that “you must obey the Dance Commander” and ends with an invitation to “trip on my synthesizer” and rocks like a hurricane in between with detours...

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Also Rising

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Psychedelia? While the last hippie was killed off in a hail of Altamont-Manson Corp. cue sticks over thirty years ago, lingering visual images of flower-powerish garb and dippy little twirly dances continue to dog the genre. But don’t expect incense ’n’ peppermints pop at a SubArachnoid Space gig. As evidenced...

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Generations

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Of all the divergent subsets of contemporary religious music, none is more explosive, intense or subversive than underground Christian hip-hop. Since the dawn of the movement in the early ’90s, Uprok Records has been on the creative vanguard, constantly pushing the envelope with artists like the Tunnel Rats, LPG and...

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