Monday, July 28, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
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tons. Perhaps I'm a buzz kill, or
perhaps these head-bangers are
just pretending to have fun; it's
probably a combination of both.
Still, going apeshit over an avante
garde band was surely too juicy an
incentive for some to pass up.
This phenomenon also occurred
at Public Enemy's complete per-
formance of It Takes a Nation of
Millions to Hold Us Back on Friday
night. Sure, it was a perfectly note-
for-note run-through of a perfect-
ly seminal hip-hop record, but as
throngs of white suburban high-
schoolers decked out in American
Apparel gear raised their clenched
fists in triumph, part of me sus-
pected that they lacked the col-
lective experience to share in the
political passion expressed by the
Bald Men with Beards.
There's no better way to mag-
netically attract attention at a
music festival than to do some-
thing erratic and, if possible,
absolutely absurd. So when a man
spontaneously set up a chair and
began offering sloppy, off-the-
cuff $2 haircuts for anyone brave
enough to offer locks to his shears,
of course a huge audience descend-
ed on the scene. And when a man
with a microphone clipped to the
hair of his bared chest began inter-
viewing concert-goers on camera,
he, too, pulled a crowd. Interest-
ingly, both of these hooligans were
bearded bald men, which means
they very well may have been Les
Savy Fav singer Tim Harrington.
But I have difficulty distinguish-
ing bald bearded men. Except for...
Is there an outfit better at coax-
ing out the fun-in-the-sun vibe at
a summer festival than wiz-man
Schneider's The Apples in Stereo?
With its jubilant, sweaty, none-
too-serious spacey pop-rock in
nearly 100-degree heat on Sunday,
it gave me serious doubt. Slicing
through oppressive UV rays with
attitudes as giddy as itsvocals, The
Apples reminded everyone why
we bother with sun, mud, rain,
crowds, lines and over-priced sus-
tenance to hear our favorite bands
all in one place.
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mits. And the only constructive
thing to be said about Steenbur-
gen is that, if she were going for a
completely wooden and unemo-
ing to hear she vetoed that whole
"line-memorizing thing" and
went instead for reading off cue
cards for the entirety of filming.
At one point in the film, Breen-
an remarks to Dale, "Imagine if
we had these at twelve," while
Dale's response? "It's even better
we have them when we're forty!"
Perhaps it's time these charac-
ters learned that not everything
gets better with age. Watching
grown men battle over drum
sets and parental love is just not
that clever or even entertaining.
If that's not enough to deter one
from seeing "Step Brothers," let
it be stated that someone actually
hired Horatio Sanz (TV's "Satur-
day Night Live") for a cameo. If
that's not a sign of a sinking ship,
I don't know what is.
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