It's MY Party

"Yesterday I got so old it made me want to cry" "Come to wish me an unhappy birthday" "Like a birthday, or a pretty view" Etc etc… The theme of growing another year older is a popular one for new wave pop, apparently. Such was the case last Friday night, when I had the auspicious […]

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Charming Snakes

Show Date: July 12, 2002

Can I mention how hot it is in the Bad JuJu Lounge? And only slightly more distracting and disturbing, it is DAYLIGHT. And you know, the new velvet sofa and chairs are quite nice. So I'm sitting in here alone, talking with a new friend Eric, who tells me they have food at the Bad […]

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The Simians

Show Date: July 12, 2002

We had a few minutes, so Mom and I headed over to the Vera stage to hear what was playing. And behold to our ears… it's hillbilly indie-rock! Or as the Simians called it, "Roots-Revival." imaginary Dana's Mom:  I rather liked them; they were distinguished from other things we've heard today. You know, I liked them too! […]

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Ripley

Show Date: July 12, 2002

While Hells Belles were helling and belling on the main stage, I headed over to the Vera Stage, where another rockin' girl, Jessie S.K. and her band, Ripley, were performing a most solid set. Ripley is oft-compared to Throwing Muses, so I headed to the show in eager anticipation. And you know, I didn't find […]

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Hells Belles

Show Date: July 12, 2002

Here's a question: can a cover band transcend its material? When it comes to Hells Belles, the answer is a resounding YES. Well, I take that back. The answer is, sort of. Allow me to elaborate. Hells Belles put AC/DC to shame. I'd call it undeniable. Singer Om Johari is sexier, mightier, scarier, bolder and […]

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Peter Parker

Show Date: July 14, 2002

"This song is called 'Fanfare for the Common Man,' and it's for you guys!" declared Peter Parker frontman Matthew Parker. This song was played in ¾ count, an indie-rock waltz, a distorted, crescendo-ed waltz. It started off a bit plodding, ahhh, then it picked up, and away we go… Wait. Then it was plodding, plus […]

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The Catheters

Show Date: July 16, 2002

It's the Catheters! And my Mom is here!! I am watching the *Catheters* — with my MOM. Hoo boy. And it's L O U D. Ear-shatteringly, devastatingly, loud. {Mom} He sounds like a crow, stuck in an… I don't know. Where do crows get stuck?{/Mom}  DID YOU SAY SOMETHING, MOM?? Cause I can't hear you […]

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