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Tuesday, February 29, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 105

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Small Craft Advisory, Japanic display local scene's brilliance

By Christine McCreary
Daily Cougar Staff

Kicking off an awesome weekend of local band shows was the "420Radio.com Showcase," which took place at Emo's this past Friday and featured three must-see bands: Simian Revolt, Simpleton Music and Small Craft Advisory.

Headlining the evening was the funk/blues/rap-influenced band Small Craft Advisory. They put on a great performance, as Lori Russell enchanted the audience with her soulful Joplin- esque voice and played the guitar.


Lori Russell (lead vocals/guitar) of the band Small Craft Advisory performed at Emo's Friday.

Christine McCreary/Daily Cougar

Opening was Simian Revolt with its post-evolutionary sound. These guys rocked, especially when they broke into their song "45," with frontman Dan Oviedo tearing it up on vocals (this track, by far one of the band's best, can be heard at 420radio.com).

Simpleton Music, stole the show with its non-stop funk/rap flavored style. Brian Clements, former Taste of Garlic frontman, was on vocals. These guys could have played all night!

If you missed seeing Simpleton this weekend you can catch the band again this Wednesday at UH when they play at the UC back patio, if the weather is good.

Saturday night retro/ new wave rock band Japanic also put on a noteworthy performance that took place at the SideCar Pub.

Lead singer Tex thrilled the crowd when he jumped over the balcony and slow-danced with a woman in the audience, proving that this band deserves to be more than just an opening act.

If you missed this show, you can check out the pictures at www.entertainmentwatch.com.

So what's in store for the local scene this week?

Thursday, local reggae-rock-steady group Sound Patrol will be playing at The W. Alabama Ice House from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., if the weather is good. The show is free.

The cool thing about the W. Alabama Ice House is that you can play basketball while listening to the music.

The W. Alabama Ice House is located at 1919 W. Alabama Street.

Thursday at Fitzgerald's the Old 97's will play upstairs. The cost for this show is $10. Downstairs the band Edgewater will take center stage. The cost for this show is $5. Fitzgerald's is located at 2706 White Oak at Studemont.

Also on Thursday Soundawake radio host Jeffrey Thames, the "King of Grief," will interview Japanic about the upcoming release of the band's CD Red Book. The radio show will also feature an advance listening of some of Japanic's new tracks. The three-hour show begins at 1 a.m. on 90.1 FM KPFT.

Friday at Rudyard's, Austin alternative rock band Kissinger will open for local psychedelic rock band Dune, TX. Rudyard's is located at 2010 Waugh.

Bring your ID because all shows at Rudyard's are 21 and older!

Also taking place Friday at the Ashland Street Theatre is yet another 420Radio.com Showcase. This showcase will feature Hollister Fracus, Gerth, De Sangre and Mexico City band Punzo Cortante.

The Ashland Street Theatre is located at 2610 Ashland Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the cost is $6.

Friday at Fitzgerald's upstairs, the legendary blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin of the group Howlin' Wolf will take center stage. The cost for this show is $10.

Saturday the Traktor Pilots and the Sperlings will play at Mary Jane's, which is located at 4216 Washington Ave.

Also Saturday upstairs at Fitzgerald's, Crash Worship Extra Action Marching Band and Bo Patt will play. This show is 18 and older, and the cost is $8.

Remember all shows, dates and prices are subject to change, so be sure to check with the venue.

Once again, if you are involved in a local band and are wondering how you can get onto the pages of The Daily Cougar, you can e-mail me at JUDIjtsn@aol.com.
 

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