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The Ann Arbor Art Center will be featuring
interactive, computer-generated art in its
"New Media and the Spectator" exhibit,
showing through June 21.

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June 8, 1998

'Sonic'
rocks 7th
House
By Jewel Gopwanl
Daily Arts Writer
Radio hits turn the competitive
world of music. When a band makes it
big on the airwaves, stardom is
inevitable.
When Semisonic, a band currently
undergoing star-
dom, hit the
.f stage of the 7th
House last
SemisoniC W e d n e s d a y
night, image
7th House took a back seat
Sass a3 to fun melodies,
satisfying lyrics
and musical
bliss.
received high
acclaim for its
debut, "The
Great Divide."
But when it came time to record the
follow up "Feeling Strangely Fine,"
Semisonic took a different route to cre-
ating an equally good album.
"On 'Feeling Strangely Fine,' we
had the least possible preparation,"
said Drummer Jason Slichter in a
reent interview with The Michigan
Daily. "The spontaneity takes advan-
tage of our experience as a live
band." Semisonic's second effort not

Dan Wilson of Semisonic sings his
heart out to "Closing Time" at 7th
House last Wednesday.
only used the band's live talents but
seemed to make Semisonic a better
live band.
Opening for Semisonic on this tour
is Athenaeum, who "comes highly rec-
ommended," Slichter said. "We really
dig what they do." Even though
Athenaeum's single "What 1 Didn't
Know" is only receiving sporadic radio
airplay, the crowd was pleased with the
band's effort.
As an opening act, Athenaeum did
its job of warming up the crowd. The
welcoming audience enjoyed the
band's set, especially after the energetic
performance of its single.
Semisonic began its set in style,
playing the best songs from both
albums. Captivating the audience for
five straight songs, Semisonic took
to its emotional side with "Singing
See SEMISONIC, Page 10

Beck plays biggest gig ever
By Alexandra Ruh
For the Daily
When attending a Beck concert,
audiences have grown to expect to be
inundated with groove, innovative
music, a touch of soul, incredible
lighting and some mean break-danc-
ing.
Beck did not disappoint at Pine
Knob last Tuesday. He gave the filled- "< <\
to-capacity crowd a brilliant perfor-
mance.
His set included a good number of
songs from his first release,
"Mellow Gold." These included
"Beercan" and the popular hit
"Loser," to
which the crowd
went wild.
Beck also
Beck included tunes
from his current
Pine Knob r e i e a s e
June 2 "Odelay," and
"Deadweight,"
from the "A Life
Less Ordinary";^
soundtrack.
The audience4
was fortunate--
enough to hear
a few new
songs, which put to rest any fear
that he might slack after his hugely
popular sophomore release.
At one point in the show, Beck STEVENGERTZ/Oady
informed the audience that it was Beck pulls out his best plaid suit in honor of the largest show he's ever played
the largest crowd he had ever played last Tuesday at Pine Knob.
for. As exciting as that news was, it Although the crowd was packed huge venue, Beck gave a praiseworthy
was also the cause of the only major in shoulder-to-shoulder, dancing performance worthy of his smaller
downside of the Pine Knob show. and singing along with the pop cul- shows. He wore his usual unique and
Beck is famous for his showmanship ture hero, there was still a lack of ever-stylish clothes, had creative light-
at his concerts. From break-dancing to energy. ing and offered a magnificent display
record-scratching, his energy and stunts This can be attributed to the fact that of DJ prowess.
are unparalleled. But they are also easy a majority of the audience could not Beck s band members also con-
to miss if you don't havea good view of even see the movement on the stage tributed to the superb showmanship
them. and was forced to watch the concert on of the performance, as when his
Tthe nature of his shows requires a huge screens. drummer ascended into the upper
smaller venue where audiences can get Going to see a live show only to reaches of the stage at the conclusion
up-close and personal with the perfor- watch it on television-like screens is of the encore.
mance. disappointing, taking much of the Combining excellent music with
Pine Knob, because of its Apansive- thrill out of the performance. Concert- stellar showmanship, Beck proved that
ness, caused some of the vibe that usu- goers might as well stay home and no matter where you go to see him, it
ally contributes so heavily to Beck's watch MTV is sure to be a great concert experi-
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