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Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians thrilled two Blind Pig audiences
this year with their wacky, engaging musicality,
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volvement in music encompasses composing,
performing and criticism.
We offer friendly service and are available for
We feature a thorough and comprehensive col-
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To enhance our recordings, we will also carry
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Join us in our enthusiasm for music.
Over the past year Ann Arbor has
been the site of a countless number
of performances which fall all along
the pop/rock spectrum. Campus
dwellers have seen it all: From Black
Flag, to Air Supply, to Robyn Hitch-
cock, the Replacements, the Del
Fuegos, Game Theory, Lonnie Brooks
Green on Red, Buddy Guy, and so
much more. The town is a veritable
hot bed for your relatively popular
performers as well as players who are
definitely "off the beaten track." Af-
ter all, Ann Arbor is a big college
town; one of the biggest. Because of
this status, like any college town, Ann
Arbor is a place where people come to
learn; and if they're learning about
musicians they've never heard of
before, that's all part of the deal.
Luckily, this University environ-
ment offers more than a chance to ob-
serve others - it's a chance to do it
for yourself. Throughout the year,
local bands have been featured at
every club in town. Some seem to be
regulars, and will open for a larger
act or receive their own single billing.
While our area artists seem to be in a
constant state of flux, it is reasonably
safe to assume that bands like It's
Raining. The Urbations (recently
signed to New York's Celluloid
Records label), Tracy Lee and the
Leonards, Map of the World, The
Watusies, Steve Nardella, and many
others will still be gigging this fall.
Several of these players - such as It's
Raining, Map of the World, and
Surreal Estate - have released their
own independently produced records,
which are available in local record
stores. And for up and coming
musicians, the University itself offers
Quadrangle Studios, an eight-track
recording studio owned and managed
by the East Quad Music Co-op.
So take advantage of the Ann Arbor
scene. As you will find, there's an
abundance of bars and clubs in this
town. And don't let the 21 year-old
drinking age scare you away; entran-
ce can be obtained by proving you're
of age 18. Drinking is another matter.
But we'll let you figure that out for
Below is a list of bars, clubs, and
concert halls which promote various
sorts of music - be it your favorite
national band, or your own.
The Nectarine Ballroom: Although it
usually serves as a disco/dance-floor-
playing 'most of the top dance hits
and Euro-dance, etc. - this rather
tacky club is also a frequent host to
visiting artists. This past year the
Ballroom (situated on Liberty St.,
close to campus) was the site of per-
formances by The Del Fuegos, Golden
Palominos, Kid Creole and the
Coconuts; and Black Flag, as well as
holding an Afrikka Babmaataa guest
DJ night. It's kind of strange seeing
players like these amidst the mauve
and green neon lights, mirrors, and
disco-reflecto-ball on the ceiling.
Nonetheless, in addition to being one
of the most successful dance floors in
town, the Ballroom does manage to do
a decent job with the live gigs.
By Jim O'Kane
WCBN (88.3) - Radio free Ann Ar-
bor; all genres of music including
talkshows, feature, radio shows
(reggae, gospel, folk, hardcore, etc.),
freeform shows, local announcemen-
ts, and concert info in the A2 area. The
University's student run FM station.
WEMU (89.1) - Lots of jazz and
Blues along with freeform music.
Frequent news, talWzows, and an-
nouncements concerning the Ypsilan-
ti scene. EMU's national public radio
WDTR (90.0) - Detroit school
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ts, news, jazz, and easy listening music; includes news, information,
music. and call in contests.
WUOM (91.7) - The University's Z95.5-Top Forty, although a bit
national public radio member station tougher than WMJC playing more
playing classical and jazz music, rock and roll, pop oriented Top Forty.
handles public affairs, talkshows and WHYT (96.3) - Streamlined rigid
news. Top Forty; claims to "play the hits"
WNTM (92.3) - New radio station and rarely airs music outside the Top
which plays solid adult contem- Forty format.
porary pop appealing to the young ur WJOI (97.0) - Relaxing music for
ban professional crowd. easy listening but throws a bit of
WCKL (93.9) - Billed as the country and pop music while main-
"Motown Sound;" Mixes Motown taining it's easy listening format.
classics with other classic oldies from WLLZ (98.7) - Claims to be
the same era into its format. "Detroit's Wheels" of Rock-n-Roll.
WMJC (94.7) - Top Forty music Plays classic album oriented rock
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Michigan completes its renovation
Crisler Arena: Crisler is large and
acousticly lousy; and fortunately
hosts more sports events than music.
This year it featured a "performan-
ce" by Motley Crue - one of
rudest, crue-dest events of the season.
Clubs in Limbo: Mournfully missed,
even nearly two years after is demise.,
Joe's Star Lounge. The site of the best
local and national underground rock
talent, Joe's fell victim to urban
renewal and persists only in the form
of Joe's Star Lounge in Exile, which
surfaces infrequently in various
venues for special events. Joe is
1g* looking for a new place, but fate and
'70s and '60s. Also concert info. and
WDTX (99.5) - The wave of new
music; Europe/U.S. new music with.
it's format ranging from Camper Van
Beethoven to The Cure. New music
info and concerts etc. Recently polled
as the No. 1 Radio Station in the Best
of Ann Arbor Readers Poll.
WRIF (101.0) - Classic album
orientated Rock-n-Roll (e.g, Who, Led
Zepplin, Rash) from the '60s to the
'80s. Also, news , concert info, current
WDET (102) - City of Detroit's
Public Radio; news, features,
local street associations haven't been
cooperative. Pray it returns. Also
missed is Mr. Flood's Party, the
memorable live haven for local
music. Like Joe's, it's listed as closed
temporarily, but with a questionable
Daily Photo by JAE KIM
Motley Crue raised quite a ruckus last fall when they played to a packed,
fist-waving crowd at the Crisler Arena.
The University Club: The Univer-
sity Club (dubbed U-Club) is open
during the day as a chic dining spot
for the "lunch" crowd, but at night it
alters itself for the student scene.
There are dance parties on weekends
with town DJ's "Jacqui 0" and Tom
Simonian, favorites among the cam-
pus crowds for their hip dance music
and reggae nights. But the U-Club is
also the the site for many a gig by a
local band, and has hosted out-of-town
acts such as Swamp Thing, from
Madison, Wisconsin, and others. The
Club is a swell place for sitting at a
table and drinking pitchers of beer,
dancing to the latest synth-pop, or
slamming to a local band's cover of
"Ballroom Blitz." Entrance requires
proof of age and a student ID.
The Halfway Inn: Situated in the
basement of East Quad, the Halfway
Inn attracts a surprisingly large
share of local arts action. During
most days and evenings the Half Ass
(as it is affectionately known) main-
tains a laidback coffee house-like at-
mosphere; but frequently gives way
to widely varied special events.
Frequent happenings include
readings by student poets, perfor-
mances by local and Detroit-area
bands, and open-mike nights. While
no alcohol is served, the Half Ass
maintains its popularity with its
friendly clientele, anti-decor, and
Rick's American Cafe: Located on
Church Street, just behind East Quad,
Rick's is the site for many an "Animal
House-esque," campus party going
scene. The place can be quite
crowded, but everyone seems to be
enjoying it. Rick's has been the site
for shows by "Blues Brothers" band
player Matt "Guitar" Murphy (an
annual act not to miss), Lonnie
Brooks, Buddy Guy, and 10,000
Maniacs. The stage is small and the
dance area, unfortunately, smaller. If
you ignore the closely-pressed at-
mosphere, Rick's can be a great time
And if you like that kind of environ-
ment, even better.
The Blind Pig: Some know the Blind
Pig as a haven for local rock and
blues. Others know it as the bar that
picked up the pieces after the painful
dissolution of Joe's, in presenting new
national rock talent. However you
look at it, the Pig is a clear favorite on
the Ann Arbor scene. With a nice mix
of student and local clientele, and its
dark, unassuming interior - as well
as "The West Side's biggest dance
floor" - The Pig appeals to many,
whether they come to quaff or bop. the
site of many of the past year's most
memorable shows such as Robyn Hit-
chcock and Alex Chilton, in a uniquely
Hill Auditorium: Hill Auditorium
boasts perfect acoustics, a lovely in-
terior, and a good view from almost
any seat in the house. Those charac-
teristics alone make it unique among
the medium-sized venues in the Ann
Arbor area. Hill hosts many events
with both local and national impact,
such as the Ann Arbor Folk Festival,
and is home to many local classical
music groups, including Ars Musica
and University bands and orchestras.
National pop acts also stop by Hill.
Featured over the past year have
been Elvis Costello, INXS, Simple
Minds, and Lou Reed.
The Michigan Theater: Like Hill,
the Michigan Theater is also a
popular medium-sized venue. In ad-
dition to a regular schedule of films,
the Michigan hosts a number of
special local events and national pop
performers. Recently, the Michigan
has featured thelikes of Laurie An-
derson, R.E.M., and the Violent
Femmes. While its acoustics may not
be as astounding as Hill's, its old
theatre ambience makes it a popular
site for shows and an Ann Arbor in-
sitution. Look for sweeping im-
provements this fall when the
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It's Raining, a popular local band, is a frequent item at many an Ann Ar-
bor club. Look for a new single by them this fall. Picutred above is
guitarist/vocalist Matt Smith.
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