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May 04, 1994 - Image 13

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Wednesday, May 4, 1994 - The Michigan Daily - 13

*Luna to bare their glorious musical assets in Detroit
By Andy Dolan "Bewitched" also features several thing like, 'This is a Velvet Under- I don't feel as much pressure to blow all sitting down and saying that it's
Throughout their brief career, Luna guest musicians, such as Grasshopper ground album.' Tome,that'sjustlazy." the audience away, because it's not going tobe different." That seems ra-
has created some of the most subtle yet (of Mercury Rev fame), keyboardist Another aspect of Luna's music really our crowd," he admitted. sonable, as Luna seems to have gotten
provokingly beautiful music around. John Baumgartner, trumpetist Frank that many fans have found endearing As far as the future is concerned, it right the first time around.
Founded in 1991 by former Galaxie Londonand guitaristSterling Morrison are Wareham's sensitive yet slightly Luna'smembersdon'tseetheirunique LUN performs wit specia guests
500 member Dean Wareham, Luna, of the legendary Velvet Underground. warped lyrical stylings, which may styleundergoingmuchofachange.As LOWSaturday, May 7at St. Andrews
also including percussionist Stanley Morrison contributes his trademark to find Wareham singing a line as grip- Wareham explained, "Idon't thinkit's Hall. Tickets are $6.50 in advance,
Demeski, guitarist Sean Eden and bass- two tracks on the album, "Friendly ping as "Why can't we smile like we necessary to think about the next step. Doors open at 9p.m., and you must be
ist Justin Harwood, has kept some- Advice" and "Great Jones Street." used to?" one moment and singing There was enough of a change be- 18 to get in. Sorry. Call 961-6358 for
*thing of a low profile despite their "We met Sterling when we opened about "watching the telly" the next. "I tween our first two albums without us more information.
talent for elegantly crafted guitar pop. for the Velvet Underground on their don't know about the emotional side,"
Luna's latest album, "Bewitched," tour in England," Wareham explained. Wareham admitted. "It's more about
finds the band experimenting with dif- "When we play ['Friendly Advice'] images, and the images generate emo-
ferentmusical arrangements while still live, I don't even try to play his solo at tions, I guess. Sometimes the lyrics
remaining true to the magical simplic- the beginning. When. I play it, it's just don't make any sense at all."
ity that made up their debut album, totally differentfromthewayheplayed Luna has just begun its first head-
"Luna Park." it." he stated. lining tour, but the band has toured
AsWarehamexplained, "[Record- Perhaps not surprisingly, with the Screaming Trees, the Sun- A
ing] is kind of a haphazard process for Morrison's appearance along with the days and The Cocteau Twins in the
us ... we just like to see what happens simple musical structures of Luna's past. Their live shows often find some
*with different things, like when we songs have led to more than a few ofLuna'smellow atmosphericsgiving
rented the vibes for a day and they Velvet Underground comparisons. waytoatharsher,moredramaticsound.
endeduponacoupleoftracks.It'snice "The comparisons don't really bother "I don't think that's very unusual. I
howtheycut through the songlike they me," Wareham said, "buttI don't like it think a lot of bands do that," Wareham
do." when the English press says some- said."Whenweopenforbands,though,
Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet, pop alternative purveyor extaordinare, is touring around in support of his new EP, "Son of
Altered Beast." Ever since his album "Girlfriend" became a hit of some kind a couple of years ago with the help
of a spiffy Japanimated video for the title track, Sweet's been a whacky one to watch. His last full album, "Altered
Beast," was named for a Sega game, for heaven's sake. The man has even expressed the opinion that he is trying
to be as weird as he wants. Well, that's just dandy, my collegiate colleagues. We all need to be told that it's OK to
be weird. Of course, he's weird and good, so maybe he has a little more leeway than everyone else. Well, no
matter, really. The super-cool thing is that he's playing at the Blind Pig on Friday, May 6. Doors open at 9:30pm,
and advance tickets are a mere $12.50. Such a big star in such a small place. Can you imagine such a thing?

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