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26B@-.- The Mich~s igay jet of Ann ,bor 1998 -dThursday, April 6199 I8 -

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Best of Music
Daily music staff shares the lowdown
on te best venues, shows and bands

Best Venue:
The Magic Stick
Conveniently located upstairs from
the Majestic in Ferndale, The Magic
Stick is a small venue with big-time
versatility. The concertgoer can find
bowling lanes, a lovely bar and, most
importantly, a rather good-sized
stage. Throw in The Majestic, and
you've got double the bowling-alley
fun, an additional restaurant and
another superb place to experience
live music. Never- mind the pool
tables (or the low-lifes that seem to be

glued to them), but do make sure you
get there early - space goes fast.
Worst Venue Staff:
St. Andrew's Hall/Clutch
Cargo 's (tie)
Not only do these Neanderthal
bouncers have no idea how to proper-
ly contain large crowds, they also
smell like landfills and are only able
to communicate via a strange hybrid
of grunting-meets-gargling, which is
never pleasant to endure, much less

while waiting in a line of hundreds to
get into a show. Even if prior arrange-
ments for tickets or inclusion on guest
lists have been made with the record
company, anything and everything
will most likely go wrong at both of
these concert halls, simply because
both staffs are mind-blowingly
incompetent and non-user-friendly.
Unless the headliner is well worth
your time and effort, you might as
well skip the hassle and rent "This Is
Spinal Tap" instead. You'll have a
much better time. Clutch Cargo's is in
Pontiac, St. Andrew's in Detroit.
Best Live Encore:
Morrissey: "Paint A
Vulgar
Picture "/"Shoplifters of
the World Unite"
Returning live to the United States
for the first time in more than six
years, Morrissey delivered nothing
short of a hysteria-drenched religious
experience at Hill Auditorium this
past September. The unexpected
inclusion of both of these Smiths
songs as encores was as thrilling as it
was sublime, partially because Moz
sang both songs in, of all things, a
Michigan swimming T-shirt.
Legendary.

Courtesy of The Indiana Daily Student
The Verve's Richard Ashcroft transmits his musical aura.

Best of Entertainment
~.' Students choi
4 k r vanet of mu
Best Local Band:
Space Cowboys
' Word around town is this band is a
lot of fun. Space Cowboys grooves it
up like nobody's business and
!f sounds even better after a few beers.
Best Dance Spot:
Nectarine
There's a night for everyone at
Nectarine. For those searching for an
alternative to "Grease" megamixes
and Tone Loc, try disco night on
Wednesdays. For all you ladies out
there looking for a night free of ogling
and bad pick-up lines, try boys' night
every Tuesday and Friday. Just remem-
ber it's the Nectarine in Ann Arbor, not
NYC 's Tangerine.
Best Concert:
r<: kAdam Sandler/Counting
Crows
g It's a tie between the obnoxious guy
4. from the East Coast and the white guy
with the bad dreads. Maybe Sandler
could join up with Counting Crows
and they could do a weepy ballad ren-
dition of "Piece of Shit Car."
Best Festival:
Ann Arbor Art Far
This annual event is the best place
.,...::: .. "1 " ; { tto go for great sidewalk sales and
k "">:::: : "even better people-watching activi-
/ ... ~ ~ .ties. Whether you're looking for art
or really cheap shoes, Art Fair has
something for everyone.

Cheapest Place to Catch
a Local Show:
Michigan League
Underground
Even though this place is basically
just a corner of a cafeteria, the music's
usually not too bad and more times
than not, it's free too. Don't expect
any pop stars to grace the "stage," but
do look forward to a cheap evening of
good clean music.
Most Disappointing
Concert:
Adam Sandier, Hill
Auditorium
He only played for approximately 50
minutes to a rather anxious sold-out
crowd. It was bad enough that Sandler
was noticeably intoxicated before dur-
ing and after the show, but he was so
off his head that not even "The
Hanukkah Song" retained one ounce of
genuine humor. Stick with the movies,
buddy. Disappointing, indeed.

Come visit our NEW location located on Church St.
between Hill and South University

Best Concert:
Various
As it is virtually impossible to
select only one best concert, we shall
instead list a few exceptional high-
lights. Such moments of raw splendor
included: The Verve at St. Andrew's,
Morrissey at Hill Auditorium, Roni
Size at St. Andrew's, Catherine Wheel
at Clutch Cargo's and The Pietasters at
St. Andrew's. Now that's versatility.
Worst Concert:
Third Eye Blind and Smash
Mouth at The State
Theater
We didn't even need to send a reporter
into the maelstrom of teenybopper melo-
drama to find out how bad they are.
Comfortable with its love-to-hate-'em
niche in the current world of rock, Third
Eye Blind won't need to get continuous-
ly booed off the stage too many more
times before the thought of group suicide
kicks in. We should only be so lucky.
Hielpus
make this
the best
summer
Daily in
history.
Jlust call
763-2459
and you're
on your
wray.

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Top: Courtesy of Geffen Records
Bottom: EMILY NATHAN/Daily
Counting Crows performed to an excited and satisfied crowd at Hill Auditorium in the fall (top). The Nectarine is a popular
evening entertainment for students (bottom).

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