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10 1Monday, May 12, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
What's Happening in Ann Arbor

Jazz player at The Ark
May 16 at 8pm
Otis Taylor, an award-winning
African American bluesman, will
be performing his renowned,
experimental music this Friday.
Enriched by varying styles such
as psychadelia and trance, and
rooted in the traditions of the
artist's heritage, his music has
drawn acclaim from all over the
country. Not bad, considering he
used to be an antiques dealer.

Augustana at Borders
May14 atl12:30Opm
Augustana will be making a
quickstopat BordersthisWednes-
day as part of a tour promoting
their new album Can't Love Can't
Hurt. The band still runs under
the radar a lot of the time, but
their acoustic, emotional sound is
definitely worth a listen. Expect a
small, intimate atmosphere, and
probably a chance for getting sig-
natures or photos.

Comic band takes flight

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Kiwi duo gets great
reception at the
Michigan Theater
By DAVID WATNICK
Daily Arts Writer
"This show's been amazing so
far."
That was Jermaine Clement's
semi-sarcastic conclusion exactly
one song into Saturday evening's
Flight of the Conchords concert
at the Michigan Theater, and
remained fairly accurate for the
rest of the night. Perhaps "amaz-
ing" is a touch generous, as Clem-
ent and partner Bret McKenzie
had high expectations to live up to
thanks to the success of their HBO
show - expectations that were
probably impossible to live up to.
But the fact remains: Flight of the
Conchords is in the midst of a hot
streak and Saturday's audience
was lucky to be on the receiving
end.
Considering that on the show
the duo has about one fan, it was

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amusing to see them take the stage
in real life to thunderous applause.
But jumping immediately into
a poised performance of "The
Distant Future," the two proved
themselves right at home under the
bright lights, breathing more life
into the song than what the two-
dimensional world of television
would ever allow. Their apt come-
dy soon followed in between-song
banter, or, as they called it, "pro-
fessional talking," and they made it

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work using both clearly rehearsed
bits - typically ridiculous stuff
like explaining why whales can't
dial 911 - and their own knack for
improv.
Playing for nearly two hours,
they primarily showcased songs
from their TV show and current
release Flight of the Conchords,
while also premiering new songs.
And though the new numbers went
over well, especially one in which
Bret McKenzie climbed into the
audience for a hilariously con-
ceited keytar solo that wouldn't
be stopped even when the
instrument became unplugged,
it was, of course, the older tunes
that won over the crowd. "Busi-
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