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Music

DANCE
Ann Arbor feet keep tapping out t

Bands
Continued from Page 8
scratching and deft, hurricane back-
beat swirls like the Tasmanian Devil
in full spin.
Dissonant guitar gurus Spahn
Ranch add zip to their live shows
with interesting home movies. The
group doesn't do too many live per-
formances, but when they opened for
Sonic Youth last year, the Ranchers
flashed untamed movies of a band
member's naked girlfriend writhing
in close proximity to bizarre
scenery. Musically, the group's
sonic explorations are also always
interesting.
Another of Ann Arbor's most
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popular bands is the Folkminers.
You'll probably pass lead singer
Sam Lapides many times under the
West Engineering Arch - he's the
guy strumming the acoustic guitar
nice and sweet. While much of the,
time Lapides' golden guitar flour-
ishes and easy-going croon remind
listeners of REM, the group actually
has an extremely multi-faceted
repertoire. Occasionally their music
sounds like a Beat generation re-
union with introspective rap-session
lyrics and jangly guitars, while at
other times they rock with a
drunken, brow-heavy buzz, like the
Replacements after eight beers in-
stead of 15. Definitely a band worth
checking out.
Despite an extremely pretentious
moniker, The Difference packs in
prodigious crowds. The highlight of
their live shows is the pure talent of
Randy Martin, whose big, funky
bass-spanking and slick, snake-like
dance moves bristle with furious,
funked-up energy.
The Iodine Raincoats add to Ann
Arbor's raucous fray with their hip,
college music chart covers. Joy Di-
vision, Bauhaus, and the rest of the
gloom-doom classics are well mixed
with originals that sting like

merthiolate on an open wound.
Juice, The Fugue, and especially
Flashback all elucidate the psych-
edelic-LSD-elight of the Grateful
Dead's mellow, spacy roots-riffs.
Guitar jams that burn colorful three-
dimensional trails sooth and tingle
the mind while the rhythms take you
on exhilarating acid-trip rainbow
rides. The people at these shows are
earthy Dead Heads who make their
own tie-dyes, frenetically flop their
free-flowing hippie hair, and eat
blotter-acid tabs like they were Wild

Cherry Lifesavers.
There is no doubt that Ann Arbor
has a lot of unrecognized musical
talent - "Unrecognized" meaning
local bars shun certain bands because
they will not necessarily pack the
house. But as long as young, tal-
ented bands like the above-mentioned
continue to devote their creative time
and energy to music, Ann Arbor's
alternative music scene will forever
thrive. These bands deliver a solid,
steel-toed kick in the ass to lame
promoters everywlere. I guess I'm

still waiting for Iggy Pop to bring
his ugly mug up to the greeting-mat
sized dancefloor at the Count
(upstairs at Charley's), grab full
Corona beers off people's tables,
smash them on the floor, reach
down for a nice-sized fang-wedge of
broken glass, and then top it all off
by jabbing viciously at his forearm
until blood squirts and gushes all
over a nicely dressed pack of horri-
fied guys and gals. Typical Iggy,
huh? In the words of Alice Cooper,
"Welcome to my Nightmare."

BY JOY DAS GUPTA
"Gotta dance?"
You've come to the right place.
Ann Arbor has dance classes galore
with an exceptional variety of styles.
If ballet is your
bag, the CAS Bal-
let Theatre School
specializes in Rus-
sian ballet tech-
nique and offers pas
de deux and pointe.
The Community
School of Ballet also features Rus-
sian technique, with pointe and
partnering available.
In addition to ballet, modern, and
jazz, Dance Gallery Studio offers
ballet floor barre, a class concentrat-
ing on floor exercises which stretch,
strengthen, and align the body.
If you want to make music while

you dance, Studio 1 School of Dance
offers tap, along with various levels
of ballet, pointe, jazz and musical.
theatre dance.
Are you mostly modern? Check
out the People Dancing's studio at
Performance Network.
Or how about taking a partner
over to Dance Theatre Studio to fi- -
nally do that tantalizing tango in a
ballroom class? Also available are
tap, jazz, and ballet, and an exciting
new course, Dance Composition,
allowing participants to construct
their own dances.
If you're anxious for some inter-
national spice, try Congolese dance,
taught by Congo native Biza Sompa
at the University's dance school, or
Israeli folk dancing at Hillel.
If you dare to wiggle, Middle
Eastern Beledi (belly dancing) is at

Radio0
Continued from Page 8
think maintaining Detroit's rock tra-
dition means playing "Old Time
Rock and Roll," "Stranglehold,"
"Old Time Rock and Roll," a cut
from Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits,
and "Old Time Rock and Roll." This
lack of respect for local heritage
should be a capital crime.
Another puzzling thing about lo-
cal stations is the absence of "new
music," i.e. English Pop music. For
example, Echo and the Bunnymen
sold out Pine Knob a year ago but
have never received local airplay.

Local radio does have a few
bright spots. WRIF has "Get the Led
Out," a guaranteed dose of three Led
Zeppelin songs, weekdays at 6 p.m.
WRIF relaxes its programming re-
strictions after midnight for the
"Rock Cafe," an excellent mix of
rare classics and progressive tunes.
WCSX features "Album Archives,"
an entire album from CD, weekdays
at 11 p.m. Don't expect to find good
music during the many "request"
time slots though. For each person
who requests "1969," five idiots will
suggest a Whitesnake single.
What we need is for one of the
stations to go belly-up and start over
with a program director brave

Alarm " Bauhaus * Cure " Depeche Mode
Echo & Bunnymen e Fear " Grateful Dead " Hendrix
INXS e Joy Division " Killing Joke e Led Zeppelin
Marley 9 New Order " OMD " Pink Floyd
Queensryche e REM e Smiths " Talking Heads * U-2
Violent Femmes e Who " XTC e Youth of Today " Zappa
From A thru Z we have them all!
European Music Posters - Music Tour T-Shirts
TAIRWAYTO HEAVEN

THEmm UNIVERSirY OF MIGHCAN GILBERT AND SULUVAN SoCIETY
invites you to
Audition
for the Fall production of U
Gilbert and Sullivan's
Utopia Limited
Singers as well as persons to work on sets, props and
costumes, are invited to a Mass Meeting
Sunday, September 11 at 8:00 PM
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
for information call 761-7855

enough to scrap the Bon-Journey-O-
Styxwagon corporate-classic-CD
rock, the various White Zeppelin
poseurs, and Greatest Hits albums.
WLLZ and WIQB are too stable for
their own good and won't be chang-
ing at all. WCSX has a small audi-
ence, but it consists of upscale
boomers, so CSX should be finan-
cially sound until they all go deaf.
WRIF has been having internal fits
lately and their ratings fell, which
makes them a candidate for change.
The most desperate station has got to
be WDTX. Constant changes and
low ratings make this the most likely
savior of real local rock music fans.
Record
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meditation, relaxation, guided im-
ages, creative moment. Come listen
in. Relax." Okay.
The store carries a wide selec-
tion of music from the highly elec-
tronic to the Far Eastern guru style.
My favorites are the recorded sounds
of cascading waves rolling in from
the beach and the rustling of squir-
rels through the leaves. They didn't
have an extended mix of the combi-
nation of the -two sounds with
drowning squirrels, though - that's
obviously another rare album.
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