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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 18, 1994 - 9

-Fishbone's one happy family

COCTEAU TWINS /THEVELDT

3y TED WATTS
"We try to get together mostly the aspect of family.
'3rotherhood, sisterhood, familyhood, looking ateverybody
is one. We gotta deal with each other on that level instead
>f on the separatist political level that always fucks shit up
.. Getting rid of that racism, man, gotta get rid of it." So
paid Walter Adam Kibby II, trumpet player for Fishbone
*ibout his band's thematic paradigms. This is hardly
urprising, considering the various anti-racism songs in
he group's quiver of tunes, such as the specifically anti-
;kinhead "Fight the Youth" or the system-indicting
'Properties of Propaganda." However, it's good to
nlighten the uninformed about this long-running sextet's
iarious aspects.
Here are the basics. Ever since their debut 1985 EP
Party at Ground Zero," Fishbone has made their own
rand of funk, ska, rock and jazz-influenced partying
*nusic. They've proved themselves to be one of the most
Jiverse bands of recent memory. Their most recent release,
'Give A Monkey A Brain And He'll Think He's The
.enter Of The Universe," is the best example of this.
Kibby explained: "We listen to everybody, it makes no
lifference. (And when) you like different styles of music
and you're a musician, then you want to play them. Why
be restricted to doing one style of music or one brand or
whatever when you can do them all?"
In addition to being highly respected for their studio
0work, Fishbone has a tremendous reputation as a live
band. Their shows are rumored to be one of the most
2nergetic phenomena to be seen in mid-sized clubs. "It's
what we do, it's what we grew up doing, so it's just a
natural thing for us. It's what we like to do most; get on

that stage and rock it for a few hours." Recalling the sense
of family, Kibby said, "We get to deal with the people, the
people get to deal with us, and we just get to deal together.
We can actually touch them."
Touching the fans was much more difficult for the
group at Lollapalooza last summer than at the average
Fishbone gig. However, the biggest complaint of the band
was the "political bullshit that rolls around Lollapalooza,"
according to Kibby. "Other than that, it's nothing but a big
picnic that needs more educational things in it." Their
opinion on the Milan Dragway water-tainting debacle last
year is: "That's more political bullshit to make you spend
your money. Now you all need to protest."
Despite the water poisoning, though, Fishbone swam
through Lolla' to hordes of moshing fans. People really
got into them and after an interval of overseas touring, the
same seems true now. "(The current tour) has been going
well. Most of the places have all been selling out and the
crowds have been looking good. The kids have been
getting hyped up." Of course, the intensity of the opening
metal bands Biohazard and Kyuss is certainly a handy
work-up factor.
"We were looking for someone to go out and party
down with us. Those cats were available to do it, they
wanted to do it, now they're out here doing it. Rocking and
rolling. Showing us their style. Giving us that flavor."
You've gotta love a band that can refer to Biohazard as
"cats."
FISHBONE will be rocking with Biohazard and Kyuss
at St. Andrews in Detroit on Saturday. Sorry, youngin's
- it's 18 and over only. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 961-
MELT for details.

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Prepare to be swept away on a tide of musical bliss: it's the Cocteau Twins and special guests, the Veldt, tonight at
the State Theatre. The Cocteaus have been around for what seems like forever, honing their trancey, shimmering
music and helping to pioneer the important British art-rock record label 4 AD. At their best, on such albums as
"Heaven or Las Vegas," and "Garlands," they stand head and shoulders above their contemporaries; bands such as
My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse, and His Name is Alive owe at least some of their career to their hazily beautiful
music. One of the most interesting bands they have influenced is the Veldt, who blend elements of rap, soul and
trance-rock to innovative effect; one hears parts of Echo and the Bunnymen, Love, the Jesus and Mary Chain and
Sly and the Family Stone masterfully blended into something different altogether but with a familiar, timeless feel.
Their album, "Afrodisiac," is a real discovery, including such gems as "It's Over," "Soul in a Jar," and
"Revolutionary Sister." Unlike many bands heralded as "revelatory," the Veldt is actually quite good and very
listenable. So bliss out at the State Theatre tonight; call 961-5450 for details.

BUFFALO
Continued from page 8
though it's a huge audience and it's a
very successful band, I think that they
have always had a sense of integrity
and a sense of intelligence about them.
I think that's the only thing that saves
us, we can go out and play with people

like that and people should respond to
it. But we could go down in flames,
you never know. It'll be fun no matter
what."
GRANT LEE BUFFALO will open
for Pearl Jam at the Masonic
Temple in Detroit on Saturday and
at Crisler Arena on Sunday; doors
open 7 p.m. for the Crisler show -
GLB hit the stage at 8.

Picture it. Eight beautiful
women. Eight beautiful voices. No
instruments. Just those eight voices'
filling Rackham Auditorium. It's a
beautiful image, isn't it? Well,
brace yourselves. This image will
become a reality on Saturday night
when the Harmonettes take the
stage for their Spring Concert.
The famous sub-group of the
Women's Glee Club - Cindy,
Angela, Trish, Jen, Rened, Rachel,
Patty and Lauren -is back after a
rock 'em, sock 'em, bring-down-
the-house performance at Monsters
of A Capella, and their Spring
Concert promises to be just as
exciting. Their unique blend of a
capella harmony, strong vocals and
fun personalities has made them a
.favorite across campus.
And you can have all this for
just $5! We know, you're thinking
it's too good to be true. But we jest
not. So run - don't walk - to the
Union Ticket office, and then get
your fanny to Rackham on Saturday
night. It's general admission, so
get there early for a good seat.
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across from Nickels Arcade
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University of Michigan
School of Music
Thursday-Saturday, March 17-19
MFA Dance Thesis Concert I
Tickets: $5 (763-5460)
Betty Pease Studio Theatre, Dance Building, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 19
Digital Music Ensemble
Stephen Rush, director
Frank Zappa's Bebop Tango, plus student works featuring infrared
sensors, improvisation software, and computer animation/video
McIntosh Theatre, School of Music, 8 p.m., free
Sunday, March 20
UMS Faculty Artists Concert
Michigan Chamber Players
Boccherini Oboe Quintet; Ponchielli Quartet for Winds and Piano;
Mozart Piano Quartet in E-flat; Saint-Satns Septet
Tickets: University Musical Society (764-2538)
Rackham Auditorium, 4 p.m.
Guest Recital with Tubist Dan Burdick
Works by Telemann and Koetsier
Recital Hall, School of Music, 12 noon, free
Digital Music Ensemble
(See Saturday)
McIntosh Theatre, School of Music, 4 p.m., free
Monday, March 21
Michigan Youth Ensembles
Christopher Creviston, Jerry Blackstone, Dennis Glocke, Shelley
Axelson, and Michael Webster conduct the Michigan Youth
Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Band, Symphony Orchestra
Hill Auditorium, 7 p.m., free
Tuesday, March 22
University Philharmonia & Symphony Orchestras
Donald Schleicher and Vincent Danner, conductors
" Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Sun-Young Oh, soloist)
" Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Hill Auditorium, 7 p.m., free
Wednesday, March 23
Indiana University Soul Revue
Dr. William C. Banfield, director
Music of urban black America, including Motown, soul, funk, and
recent styles, performed by vocalists, rappers, dancers, and band
Rackham Auditorium, 8 p.m., free
Thursday-Sunday, March 24-27
Mozart's The Magic Flute
Opera Theatre Production; sung in English

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