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The Phantom Menace
Yep, we've seen it. But George Lucas
won't let us print the review until
Wednesday. Check out Daily Arts next
0 week for a full review of "Star Wars."


Monday f
May 17, 1999 7

Matthews & Co. rock Palace one day early

By Jessica Eaton
h)ay rs Wririr
0 When the NBA playoffs forced the
Dave Matthews Band to move its May
14 concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills
up one day, from Friday to Thursday,
rumors of the band's reluctance to
change the date and complaints about
the change from
the fans threatened
to make the previ-
ously sold-out
DaVe show a less-than-
Matthews spectacular event.
Palace But Matthews
May 13. 1999 didn't disappoint
the thousands who
showed up for the
Auburn Hills stop
of his 1999 sum-
mer tour.
Performing for
nearly three hours,
the band made the
nnoyance of rescheduling very worth-
The opening act, Corey Harris and the
SxS Band, began the show with a funky

Louisiana-style blues performance,
heartily endorsed by Matthews himself
as Harris entered and exited the stage.
Though Harris and his band started
slowly, the selections from Harris's new
CD, "Greens from the Garden,"garnered
applause and got the audience on their
feet for. Matthews' stage entrance at 8
Matthews and his band then began
their portion of the show in full force,
exciting the audience with a perfor-
mance of "Don't Drink the Water" fiom
their most recent CD, "Before These
Crowded Streets." Drummer Carter
Beauford quickly won the audience's
favor by putting on a Red Wings jersey,
an act that sparked yells and chants of
"Go Wings!" for several minutes.
But even the periodic updates of the
Wings' sorry performance circulating
throughout the upper sections couldn't
bring down the high emotions of the
crowd, who staved on their feet as the
band played selections from "Before
These Crowded Streets" and "Crash," a
few new songs and random covers.
The only time the mood dampened

slightly was when Matthews launched
into a couple of long acoustic interludes,
more appropriate for a small club than
for the mobs at the Palace. It was clear
that Matthews would rather have been
performing a smaller, more lal-back
show that night, as he made a point to
insert the slow acoustic tangents into his
performance despite the audience's clear
desire for more powerful, dance-able
numbers. Some of the slower radio
songs, however, such as "Crash Into
Me," were a hit with the crowds, who
combined the use of cigarette lighters
with the set lights to make the entire
arena sparkle.
Despite the occasional sleep-itduc-
ing interludes, the band's Thursday
night show was a success because of the
variety of material,. As he was not pro-
moting a single new release, Matthews
was able to pick and choose selections
at random, and both older songs and
brand-new selections were featured.
The encore, a Jimi Hendrix cover, had
the audience on their feet for the show's

courtesy of RCA Records
Dave Matthews Band might have gotten checked to Thursday, but they still came
out on top.

Violent 'Mask' fails

Riot plays punk extremes

By Jonah Victor
l)aily Arts Writer
"Here, catch this severed arm!"
This is the type of humor that is
woven into this week's slick new
Hong Kong action movie, "Black
Mask." This violent, gory fantasy
stars the already big in Asia and up-
and-coming in the U.S. martial arts
actor Jet Li, who had his U.S. debut
in last summer's hit, "Lethal Weapon
Li plays a former member of an
elite military force in China who was
medically treated to feel no pain. He
fled this life and
takes on the role
of Simon, an
un assumin g
Black Mask librarian. When
Simon learns
from his friend
Detective Rock
At Showcase (Lau Ching
Wars, "Angel
hunter") that a
renegade gang
of Simon's for-
mer militarv
unit has come to
fHong Kong to
lil ail the dru' lords. he knows he is
the only one who can stop them.
The gangs leader. who at tildes
rioks lski. Joshrn Leirnon, relishes tire
ol srs'essss buibs ard distieits-
bermest in his plant ts sake over Hone
\\en the asi strikes. Siroti

By Jason Birchmeier
Daily Arts Vriter
A t a r i
Teenage Riot
.r create some of
the best intoler-,
Teenage Riot able music ever
60 Second heard. If hard-
Wipe Out core punk rock,
**g heavy metal or
drum 'n' bass
Dgital Hardcore aren't extreme
enough for your
musical tastes
then "60 Second Wipe Out"may be

the album you've been waiting for.
Alec Empire and his German com-
panions take the ideals and cones
behind ultra-aggressive, grtndtng
punk rock and add modern technol-
The computerized final product
should be listened to with caution.
Various forms of rhythmically pro-
grammed static, distortion and
unbearable noise accompany gui-
tars. The female screams and male
shouting of Hanin Elias and Carl
Crack get digitally altered until
anarchical lyrics such as "revolution
See RIOT, Page 11

Couesyof sssanii e cio lc," c M a,
Jet Ui gets ready to open a can of wup ass in his new action flick, BakMs.

Zorro-like crime fighter who wins
the acclaim of the people to the sha-
grin of Detective Rock:
It cores down to Simon choosing
between his former flame Yeuk-Lan
(Francoise Yip, "Rumble in the
Bronx") who tries to murder him and
the lady librarian who loves him.
"Black Mask" is disgustingly and
needlessly violent, but at times amUs-
ing with its tongue-in-cheek humor.
Both innocent and not so innocent
lirrblic get Shot rUp.ripped upart with
srassr biadecs arid blowis up fromritire
Unlike Jackie Chan, L.li ses visUal-
is enhanced fightintumoves. Even in

likable. For those who are up to see-
ing this high caliber violence fest,
"Black Mask" makes for fair enter-
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