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ARTS
Friday, February 5, 1988

Page 7

The Michigan Doily

R

y .

Showdown

Four

local

bands

battle for

Video

By Michael Fischer
Tonight you'll have the rare
chance to take in four of the more
popular live acts on the current Ann
Arbor pop music scene. The Michi-
gan Video Yearbook is throwing a.
'shindig at the Michigan Union, a
"battle of the bands" contest between
local groups The. Blue Meanies, The
Difference, Folkminers, and Martin
with the Kites. The winner receives
a cash prize plus a video spot in this
year's edition of the Yearbook. A
group of five judges, including
members of the Video Yearbook
staff and local judges, will decide the
victor.
Here's the line-up of the bands to
appear tonight in order of scheduled
appearance:
Martin With the Kites
Martin Kierszenbaum:
vocals/keyboards/guitar
Dave Corradi: guitars
Dan Carroll: bass/percussion
Dave Proly: drums
Kierszenbaum is the guy whose
posters are plastered on every kiosk
4n town. But his music, a rather
eclectic blend of engaging pop
styles, is far more friendly than his
advertising methods. In fact, his de-
but cassette-only release, My Thing,
° has sold 100 copies so far and has
been acclaimed by local critics.
Recording that collection and his
hew tape, Grow (which is released
today), singlehandedly on a basement
four-track recorder, Kierszenbaum
gounds up his band, the Kites, for an
odd gig every month or so. Yet this

Yearbool
system in particular. Indeed, The
Blue Meanies are an uncommon lo-
cal group in that four of their five
members are Greek. Known mostly
for their cover versions, they can be
expected to dip into old Pretenders as
well as other favorites for a variety
of material - a crowd pleaser is The
Jacksons' "I Want You Back." The'
band's set ranges widely through
genres, playing everything from hard
rock to disco.
The Difference
Ramsey Gouda: guitars/vocals
Tina Marcaccio: keyboards/vocals
Marty Heger: saxophone
Randy Martin: bass/vocals
Tom Campbell: drums
Commercially the most successful
of the four bands featured, The Dif-
ference have built up an impressive
live following over the last two
years, regularly filling the Blind Pig
and Rick's as well as Detroit's spa-
cious St. Andrews Hall (they also,
have released a cassette entitled The

k spot
Difference). It's not surprising, con-
sidering the band's appealing hand at
pop melodies as well as their in-
strumental skill, rare in its sophisti-
cation for a local band. The Differ-
ence conjure up a complex array of
textures, sounds, and especially
danceable rhythms, playing a set
composed mainly of distinctive - if
at times syrupy -originals. Look
also for a few interesting covers,
perhaps an extended version of Falk
Talk's "Life's What You Make It,"
or a funked-up go at U2's "Seconds."
The concert begins tonight in the
Union Ballroom at 9 p.m. (dbors
open at 8:30 p.m.) with an opening
set by The Holy Cows. The evjnt
will offer the chance to do a little
comparison shopping; the -$4
admission will also gain you access
to other diversions in the Union and
the U-Club. A double-stage ar-
rangement (not to mention one very
busy sound technician) will be in
place to keep the show running con-
tinuously.

The Difference is one of four bands competing for a spot in this year's Video Yearbook. The
Difference is the most commercially successful band in the competition, but they will be seriously
challenged by others who may not be as widely known in the bar scene.

is the debut of a revised line-up from
the Kites' last appearance in Octo-
ber; an additional guitarist will free
up Kierszenbaum to play more key-
boards, allowing the Kites to play
some dance numbers for the first
time in their all-originals set.
Folkminers
Sam Lapides: vocals/guitar
Tom Dunham: bass
Randy Sabo: drums
Marty Fletcher: guitar
The release of their EP entitled
Folkminers solidified this band's
stance as more than a local cover

band. Lapides has scribbled six
poetic tales on the EP that range
from the deliberately slow,
strongly-strummed "Knockin' On
Wood," to the straightforward, in-
terweaving guitar lines of "So
Tired." Along with their line-up of
originals, the Folkminers have been
known to spice their live shows
with covers, but the band never loses
their own sound. The Folkminers
certainly won't knock you down
with flash, but their music truly hits
you with quality.
The Blue Meanies
Sue Cantor: vocals

Jeff Berman: guitar
Alec Miller:keyboards
Jeff Lapin: bass
Ira Weisman: drums
Together for about one year, The
Blue Meanies are a busy live band;
playing about a set a week in local
clubs as well as fraternity and soror-
ity parties. The band has developed a
good following among the Greek

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confrontation, they're pursued by his

Nazis

Must

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Given the title and the showtime,
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you'd expect; it's attractively pho-
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