18B - The Michign Daily Best of Ann Arbor I99T- Thursday, April 1T, I997
The Michigan Daily Best of Ann Arbo
Best of Music
Dylan, King top off best concerts;
Bush stinks up Palace in worst show
Best of Entertainment
Hash Bash tops local f
proves popular in an 'a
The Magic Stick
Upstairs from the Majestic, The
Magic Stick is the small venue with
big-time fun. Here you can find bowl-
ing lanes, a bar, lots of pool tables and
a good-size stage. If we throw in the
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Majestic, you've got another bowling
alley, two restaurants and another,
bigger, place to catch a show. You
don't even need a band to have a good
Worst Venue Staff:
St Andrew's Hall
Unbelievably rude, these bouncers
have no concept of crowd control other
than demanding a straight line from
anxious concert-goers. In the past, they
have been known to send ticket holders
who get a little too close to the doors to
the back of the line. But, without a
doubt, if you are ever on a guest list for
a show (don't even think about photo
passes), you will never get in, even if
you talk to the manager. While St.
Andy's has good shows, the hassle often
ain't worth it.
Best Live Cover (tie):
Cake, "I Will Survive ".
Erasutre, "Heart of '
Though both Cake and Erasure did
cover versions of '70s songs, Cake took
a more traditional path by including
their slower, funkier Gloria Gaynor
cover on their album, "Fashion
Nugget:' Erasure's Blondie cover was a
little more impromptu and equally
entertaining. Who knew that Andy Bell
could sing falsetto just as well as
Damon Albarn of Blur
Lead singer and poster boy for
British sweethearts Blur, Albarn is
infinitely cuter than any Gallagher
brother. He doesn't even have a mono-
brow. While Justine Frischmann of
Elastica may have Albarn's heart, any
of the rest of us girls would happily
take his body.
Best Local Band on
Now seen regularly on MTV's "120
Minutes," the Suicide Machines have
broken out of Detroit and hit the big
time with a vengeance,. Multiple piere-
ings and all, these local boys are ones to
look out for both on TV and around
Cheapest Place to Catch
a Local Show:
Though not all of the shows are free,.
they're usually cheap enough to make it
worthwhile to head out to the Michigan
League Underground. Recent shows
have included George Bedard and the
Kingpins and Jawbone, both for a
Best Local Band:
Like every other cookie-cutter music
troupe to come out of Ann Arbor, these
guys hope to make it big in the music
world (ite. become the next Iggy Pop).
Of course, it's been around 30 years
since an A2 sensation has amounted to
anything more than typical high school
ear fodder, so just keep plugging away at
the Blind Pig, Rosewells. Nirvana once
played there, you know.
Best Local Festival:
Woodstock? Ha! Monterey Jazz? No
way! Hanukkah? Are you kidding?
Nothing, that's right,.nothing can match
the spiritual superiority of Ann Arbor's
grand poobah of festivals which just
this year adopted the motto: "We're too
cool for Sha Na Na!"
Best Dance Spot:
The Nectarine Ballroom
The popular night club's many dif-
ferent-themed evenings sure can
a wily college student bop-bop-I
ping in his boot-boot-booties all vx
long. And it offers a great break f
the crazy frat party scene, too: Ins
of dancing in a hot, dark, overcro
ed room with a bunch of dr
strangers for free, the Necta:
makes you pay.
Best Concert in
The Artist provided one of the best performances of the past year.
A holdover from the never-publi5
"Best of Detroit" issue, this hot b-
avoided Ann Arbor like the plagu
rock the State Theater down
Best Place to go Whew
in an Altered State:
Something about Mother Nature
chilly nights in the forest has attra
disillusioned college youth to the
for dec'ades, making it this categc
perennial victor and helping it edge
Cibo Matto, The Shelter
First, they were late. Then, they only
played for about 30-45 minutes tops.
On top of all that, one Daily staffer had
to pay S20 to get into the venue.
Disappointing and expensive.
Rather than pick one person's No. I,.
we'll instead list several best concerts.
These include include: B.B. King at
Hill Auditorium: Bob Dylan at Hill
Auditorium: The Artist at the State
Theatre: Oasis at the Palace of Auburn
Hills and Rage Against the Machine at
Bush (with guest
Veruca Salt), Palace of
We don't even have to send a
reporter out to know that Bush sucks.
Shameless Nirvana imitators, we won-
der how people can still be suckered
into seeing this trash live. While
Gavin Rossdale may turn a few heads,
it's not worth being subjected to their
music for two hours. And that's not
inciuding~ the half hour of irritating
chick rock opener Veruca Salt. Pure
Chris Perry, of Austin, Texas, plays bongos in the Diag during Hash Bash.
will be back again
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