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The Michigan Daily Tuesday, December 12,1989

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Page 9

Beyond 'Dylan-esque'
Shawn Colvin gives individualism a good name
BY FORREST GREEN III

SHAWN Colvin has an individual
strength that isn't for everyone, but
if you like the first taste, then you'll
probably get hooked on her. She is
sort of a varied guitarist/singer, mu-
sically experienced in folksinging,
"hard" rock, bluegrass, and country
swing, and although every halfway
lazy critic would be tempted to grant
her the cliched adjective "Dylan-
esque," comparisons to Tracy
Chapman, Peter Gabriel, and
Michelle Shocked come to mind.
Her debut LP, Steady On, has
lots of subtle nods to the whole of
the pantheon of pop-rock as we
know it, such as the helping hands
of Bruce Hornsby on piano in
"Something To Believe In," or the
opening arpeggio to "Shotgun Down
the Avalanche," which sounds very
much like the beginning to "Over
the Hills and Far Away," or the as-
sistance on drums of Rick Marotta,
who did play with Gabriel for a few
albums. Add T-Bone Wolk of Hall
and Oates fame on bass guitar, and
you've got an impressive cast to add
lots of subtle nuances to this Ameri-
can standard of music.
Shawn's voice is the first hook.
Described elsewhere as a "lilting
alto," the range seems alternately re-
stricting and engrossing. And

Patty cake, patty cake
Sounding like a combination of Zen Arcade-Husker Du and the inflammable Stiff Little Fingers, Montreal
rockers the Doughboys appear at the Blind Pig tonight. According to group members, Doughboys are "AC/DC
meets the Beach Boys," but then again they also describe themselves as "a loud punk band with a power
pop edge." Take your pick. The group is on stage at 10.30 p.m. Tickets are $3.
Cinematic students show off

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BY ALYSSA KATZ
ITH the imminent end-of-term
campus film scene void, it's nice to
know that those in need of a
cine/videomatic study break don't
have to leave the cozy confines of
the University. This Saturday night,
the three undergraduate Film/Video
production classes - 300 (super 8
film), 301 (introductory video) and
401 (intermediate video) - will be
presenting a marathon screening of
their work.
"You'll see stuff from the politi-
Cal to the avant garde to multimedia
and multi-image videos," says Fred
Adler, a student in 301. He adds, "A
lot of students are doing this for the
first time." He stars in "Alternative
Futures," a video "work in process"

he made with Wendy Piepenburg,
Michael Stratton, Eric Dome, and
Scott Cuthbertson. Student Matthew
Zacharias sums up the spirit of the
class: "Jonnie (Dobele, the instructor
for all three of the courses) gives us
the technical information we need
and the artistic freedom to do what
we want. In a course like this, one
needs artistic freedom."
The students of Communications
530, Film Production Workshop,
will be holding their own diversion
on Friday. The class, consisting
mostly of graduate students in the
Telecommunications program, will
be screening about ten short black-
and-white 16 millimeter films, ac-
companied by unsynchronized sound-
tracks.
Both of these screenings are great
opportunities. Student theater, stu-

dent music, and student art are pre-
sented all the time, to the point that
most of us take them for granted.
Student film, on the other hand, has
a long way to go around here - but
this weekend's shows are on the
right track.
FILM/VIDEO 300, 301, and 401
will hold its screening on Saturday
from 6-9 p.m. in room 2025 in the
Frieze Building. The presentation
for COMMUNICATIONS 530 will
be in MLB Auditorium 4 on Friday
at 7:30 p.m.
UM News in
'he Daily
764-0552

Guitarist/singer Shawn Colvin crosses musical
people cross the street.
although she sometimes sounds as if mate piec
she might shrivel up, that's actually ality whi
the effect she has on you, the lis- to draw o
tener. Need this critic tell you that for that
Shawn Colvin has her own legiti- strum?

boundaries like most
e of the inner-outer spiritu-
ch every folk singer hopes
n when she or he reaches
plectrum and begins to
See COLVIN, page 12

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