Stereo three-sixty: Enjoy Your Life Poolside - The press kit boasts of influences like Nirvana, Cheap Trick, Split Enz and The Cars. LA power pop! We like! "Superstar", "Automatic", "Plastecine" are a few of the cool upbeat tunes you can find on this CD. We wanna see this band live!!! www.stereo360.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

Dexter Danger: Written in Blood - From the press photo these guys look like they are in danger of being out after curfew! From San Franciso, the tracks are riddled with harmonies, on-pitch screams and ripping guitar chords. www.dexterdanger.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

The Citizens: Are We There Yet? - Michael Stipe sounding vocals blending harmonies can be found on this cd. Dreamy tunes...a Beatles collision ending on "What's Happening". "A Thing For You" speeds up a bit with the continuation of tempo throughout the balance of the CD. This group can best be described as "The Strokes doing Coldplay and Big Star in a big way." Reviewer response card was not included....sorry guys! www.citizensmusic.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

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Serah at The Derby

I have to say I've never seen so many instruments on one stage at one time, but Serah gave a great performance. Her mellow vocals were well complimented by the backup vocals in a mix of African chants and the powerful voice of her highly animated backup singer. The music was beautiful and the show a great display of musicianship. (Stephanie Fitch)

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Lee Rocker: Bulletproof - Gauranteed toe-tapper! Rock-a-billy with swinging Lee Rocker lyrics! "Blue Suede Nights" is a bluesy song that's velvety smooth, while "Nervous Little Angel" is surrounded with Lee's hic-cuppy sexy vocals. A must for all you rock-a-billy lovers! www.leerocker.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

Pretty Suicide: Pretty Suicide - From NYC, Pretty Suicide's singer Courtney's "Benatarish" vocals mixed with the 80s pop-metal tunes makes for a good listening session for those who like a heavy sounding session. www.prettysuicide.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

 

KELLY MANTLE

Well, they say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! And the debut CD from baseball legend Mickey Mantle's androgynous nephew Kelly Mantle shows that there may be another star in the family. "Ever Changing," produced by Pansy Division's Chris Freeman, features 15 melodic, folk/pop/rock songs that showcase Mantle's rich voice, strong songwriting skills and flair for lyrics that strike a careful balance between sincerity and sentimentality. Highlights include the lilting "You Cast A Spell On Me," the propulsive "Mathematics Of Love," and the wistful "She's Got You." These sexually ambiguous tales of love and desire make for a promising first effort out of the boxbut what would 'The Mick' think?! (W. C. Moriarity)

Fooled by April: Fooled by April - This CD passed the Dert! 15 second test which is better than most! The songs have a Brit pop feel throughout all the tracks. "Nobody Knows" starts off this 3 song demo and it has A&R potential. "Don't Want you Around" has Cindy Pop's head bouncing! Produced by Mike Daly of Whiskeytown. www.fooledbyapril.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Joseph Patrick Moore's: Drum n Bass Society "Volume 1" - Great if your on peyote is the general thought of this group of reviewers. The tracks on this CD seem to be all cover songs like "Down Under" (Men At Work), "Ghost Town" (The Specials) , and "One Thing Leads To Another" (The Fixx). If your having a bbq - you gotta have this on the boom box! www.josephpatrickmoore.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

Jeff Gutman: Cold Cold Town - From northern California, the tracks are filled with subtle, relaxing songwriter tunes for mellow music loving folks. www.mrknees@earthlink.net (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

Spun Smith: Spun Smith - Parisian Smith, sings of rain and pain in first song "Give Me 5". A cross between a multi version of Bread for the 21st century. No website or email contact but here's their phone contact number: 310-967-4616. (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

ellee ven: The One - A non game player with a no initial cap name! Opener for the Dixie Chicks, this gal sings a mellow tune. www.elleeven.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

The Mod-est Lads: Trouser Load of Love - Checky lads from Iowa who deliver an entertaining "trouser load" of 60s sounds on this cd. You can envision the go-go dancers with each melody. Contact: mod_estlads@yahoo.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

Prime-Time Sublime Community Orchestra: The Prime-Time Sublime - The collage artwork on the cd cover matches the "songs" on this cd. Atmospheric collage type sounds meshed together to resemble nothing cohesive. Frank Zappa does the Planet of the Apes soundtrack. A keeper for one of the reviewers. If you've read this far and you can guess which reviewer kept this CD we'll send you a Dert! goodie bag! www.primetimesublime.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

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Live at COACHELLA 2002:

Let's just start off by saying, two days too much! The Coachella Music and Art Festival in Indio, IN A DESERT! Despite getting deep fried, dehydrated, and experiencing near-death by exhaustion from running across a 10 mile stretch of grass from one great gig to the next, the music was amazing... what else can I say with headlining bands like Iggy and the Stooges, Beastie Boys, Queens of the Stone Age, Sonic Youth, the White Stripes, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Not to mention the talented and upcoming bands Coachella-goers we so priviledged to witness before those bands fullfill their rock star destiny. IMA Robot, Interpol, the Music, the Libertines, Hot Hot Heat, the Polyphonic Spree-- bands like these are going to bring rock back to where it oughta be... in your face! I'd have to say Interpol and Queens of the Stone Age were by far the most shockingly good bands to experience, seeing them both for the first time. Primal Scream rocked the festival like they do and Blur bandmembers looked like they themselves were "blurred" on stage. Very unlike them if you hadn't seen Blur before Coachella. Heat exhaustion? No. Just Brits in a desert... but then again the Hives were pretty damn pumped and where are they from again? Cold rainy Sweden? In fact, there were so many good bands on at the same time, I don't even see the point of anyone who really loves music going to Coachella. Save your money and see each and every band on the roster when they come to your hood. Back when the festival was only one day in all was just the right amount of time anyone can deal with so much good music, so much excitement, so much beer, and so much heat! (Stephanie Fitch)

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The Warbrides: Issues - From the brrrrrrrrrrrrr state of Illinois, the press release promises that the proceeds from the sale of their CD will be donated to Amesty International. Dire Straits country tuned! www.thewarbrides.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

Next Big Thing: Radiate - From the start of the first track "In The Stars" your convinced they are from New York. Leslie West (Mountain guitarist) endoreses this group. www.nbtmusic.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

Memphis Radio Kings: No Band In The Happy Place - Yee-haw roots with a bit of Replacements mixed in. Good grooves. www.memphisradiokings.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

frencheryk: It's All The Same - Besides releaseing a charity song for the Rainbow Family Trust in their spare time, these English boys sing in a free flying style throughout the tracks. Cat Stevens meets XTC and had a baby called Elvis if you can conjure up that mixture of sound. www.frencheryk.co.uk (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

Pond Rock: House of Peace and Love - Holy granola! We couldn't quite understand why one of the guys was in an unattractive dress. A white one at that. Grateful Deadish feel on all of the songs - so if you like Grateful Dead, you'll probably enjoy this CD. www.pondrock.com (Mark Englert, WC Moriarity, Dawn Laureen)

Freax: Freax - From Brazil, the bands bio throws questions out like "Do you like a little pain with your pleasure?" etc. And after opening this press pack and checking out the cd artwork we had to immediately slap this puppy in the cd player! Together since 1985 - which is a very long time, Freax's opening track sounds like a possible semester project at the Guitar Institute. We challenge any Dert! reader to let us know what their lyrics are! Track 4 - Lennon is alive. Track 6 - The sound you can not hear anywhere else is Stevie Wonder and a flanger. After 15 tracks we weren't sure where the latex s&m payoffs were. If you like it heavy, this is for you! No website - but here's their email address. louf@powertelusa.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Blacklist: 3 Song Demo EP - From Missouri, these guys have been together for a year and are already recording their first album (which they are holding a contest for artwork for their cd)! The opening track of "Opening Eyes" (clever?) on their 3 song EP has a"rage lite" feel then kicks in with a sitarish, mystical vibe on the following song "Think". Want more? Go to www.blacklist.tv (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Rick Andersen: Little Fish - With Rick's lyrical delivery and a harmonica present on most of the songs, this disc makes for a real "Dylan feel". Couldn't help skipping to the final track of "Baby Maker" to see what the song was about. Answer: a variety of questions directed toward women. If you love Dylan, you'll love the tracks on Little Fish. www.rickandersen.net (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Raymond: Raymond 01 - Mysterious black cd cover with "Raymond" written silver...hummm...got our curiosity. This disc of indie pop with sounds of punk was engineered by Brian Bwon (Juliana Hatfield, Pilot to Gunner) and offers listeners a slight sinister taste of scream to whisper vocals on song "Nonsense", while "Trust Me" has an intensity of frustration and guilt. Recommended. www.raymondrock.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Living Space: Fade into Existence - From first track "19 Lines" to ending track "Boo Moe", the musical vibe of the songs have a Hootie-Blue-Oyster-Cult sound. The beginning of the instrumental section of track 5 "Don't Be Long" is cool, and the vocal delivery is effective too. Track 7 "Officer, he made me do it" is the one track on this disc that has the biggest indie rock sound. For more go to www.darkmatters.net (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

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THE SALLY ZITO PROJECT at Highland Grounds


Singer-songwriter Sally Zito recently brought her strong storytelling skills and literate lyric writing to an overflowing audience at Hollywood's Highland Grounds. Much of her material touches on the various struggles that often accompany the search for love and acceptance in a complicated world. And a tight band--including husband-and-wife team Brady and Tricia Steel on upright bass and congas, Zito herself on keyboards, and her famous baseball-playing brother Barry contributing his guitar-playing talents--really helped to make the material come alive. By the end of the show, the appreciative, standing-room-only audience made it clear that Zito had definitely hit one out of the park! (W. C. Moriarity)

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Willie T and Doctor X: Hogs on Ice - Great cd graphics - tourquise blue, white and black carituratures of the bandmembers as little pigs kicking back, downing brewskies! These guys have a great folky songwriter style to their songs - so much that we could phantom the possibility of this band opening up for "Blues Traveler". While there's no website address, here's their email address: wdr1@aol.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Kat Terran: Lion and Blue - This folk goth rock artist originates from Seattle. No grunge here! Delicate vocals surround acoustic guitar notes and various stringed instruments on song "Aspen Tree" and it continues throughout songs like "Baltic Soldier". Moody and pleasantly dark Kat Terran gets a thumbs up! They's be a great opening act for Rasputina. What radio station would you probably hear these tunes on? KCRW yes - KROQ probably not. www.katterran.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Null_Objct: Null_Objct - First off, TRICKY BAND NAME! A band name with an underscore in it??? Hey! What'da expect from an experimental erratic instrumental indie rock project headed up by guitarist and composer Gary Hebert? Sitarish guitar sounds are abundant on songs like "Retinal Scar", "Hiding Bridges" and "Disconnect" If any of these songs were blasted over the speakers in a movie theater we would not be unhappy! www.nullobjct.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

The Beers: The Beers Hotel - We luv the band name! Will satisfy your thirst for good alternative rock. www.mp3.com/thebeers (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

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Sky Saxon & The Seeds and Spindrift at Spaceland

Spindrift (bandmembers include some of the infamous Brian Jonestown Massacre players) set the very dimly lit stage on fire with cool spagetti western instrumentals. Toward the end of their set, they banged out the classic song "I'm Tripping on Herion" and then Sky took over the stage playing all his cool songs, including of course, "Pushing Too Hard". At one time, a "know-it-all" walked on stage through the back stage door and said some negative things to the bass player who then publicly announced the senario that just took place with the jokster and good thing the guy bailed, because the crowd was in disagreement with him. In the middle of the set, I was given the boot ("ouch!") because Sky's wife didn't want any videotaping of the show. (Dawn Laureen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Dawn Laureen

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The Clumsy Lovers: Under the Covers - This group comes straight from Canada. They're not the Canadian Pogues but you certainly can drink to them! If you are into cloggin and upbeat notes, this cd is a must have! Traditional bluegrass with touches of country, celtic and rock. Worth it for the cover songs like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" where they give Bono a run for the money! Surf version cover of Norwegian Wood woke us up, so they get 5 stars! www.clrpro.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Charlie Nice: Charlie Nice - This cd lives up to their "good time" authentic rock motto and reminiscent Jack Daniels logo. Definite southern flavor abound on tracks like "Straight To Hell" and "My Mind Told Me". Get the J.D. out now! www.charlienice.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Louden Swain: Overachiever - Recorded at the infamous Swinghouse studios in Los Angeles, this Tuloca Lake band is very KROQ friendly with a heavy pop sound on songs like "Cast Off," Neurosis" and "Codependent." We like! www.loudenswain.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Lauren Braddock: Lauren Braddock - Ahhhhh! A flower child from Nashville...who would have thought? Whimsical acoustical flavored songs meshed with light vocals on songs like"Four Letter Word" (we're guessing it's not FREE!), "Ignorance is Bliss" which is reminiscent of Sheryl Crow, and the song "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" fools the listener by starting the song with Tammy Wynette's version of this song with traditional country slide guitar twangs and then the band kicks it in on a rocking note. Lauren Braddock would be right at home in the Austin city limits that's for sure! www.laurenbraddock.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Munkey Juice: Her Absence - Hailing from Newark, Ohio (the state the boasts such talents such as Devo! and Roy Rogers) We were wondering what the heck was going on with Track 1 - they almost lost us waiting for the song to kick in - wondering if there was a song - but once it did kick in on "Diana" it was cool...kind of punk primitive rock - everybody singing - no pretentious silliness here. "W.'s Corporation Investigation" did not insult us. Recommend for sure. www.munkeyjuice@hotmail.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

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Rancid at House of Blues

     

Photos: Dawn Laureen

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Sarah Fimm: A Perfect Dream - At first glance at the cd artwork, one thinks "ah-ha...a gathering of gothic fairytales. Not quite so. The lyrics on opening track "Be Like Water" gives recommendations on what to do and not to do for one's life...and ask questions such as "Why can't I be the answer you want?" "Wrong Side Up" has a bit of a the piano Tori Amos "Cornflake Girl" feel. Sarah Fimm's overall vibe can best be described as Enya meets a mojave desert which we like. www.sarahfimm.com (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Ricky Michael: A Diamond In The Rough - From Ghana, Ricky Martin's "diamond" seems to be pretty darn polished. This 3 song disc has a mellow groove through out the tunes like"Where Are You Now". Nice sound, and there's even a bit of a breathy Michael Jackson vocal sound happening. www.jsintl.web.comartist (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Carol Blaze: introMonius - Not too many lyrics to contemplate the meanings of behind the dark gothic sci-fi, psychedelic ambient music. Perfect ear pleasure for a David Lynch soundtrack. We like! www.mp3.com/carolblaze (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

Rickie Mann: The Little Things - At a first glance at the cd cover you think Stevie Ray Vaughn...and when listening to songs like "Getting Used To Lonely" and "Last Time Blues" on this disc, Vaughn's influence along with a bit of Steely Dan sound is present on the tracks. Overall, enjoyable music to listen to while downing your Coors lite in addition to great musicanship! No website address but here's an address: Rickie Mann PO Box 173, Jamestown, KY 42629. (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen)

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Photo:Oliver Ray

TOTAL ABANDON AT THE GETTY (a night with Patti Smith)

Patti was at the Getty and this tired jaded rock & roll heart needed to see her. Her voice saved me those late dark Philly nights years ago. She gave me direction then and I was lost so right now her timing was perfect. She was in town to talk at a synposium about her friend, Harry Smith and this evening was a night of poetry and music for Harry. There was excitement in the air and the audience was friendly. She came onstage with her son, Jackson, who sat quiet as she opened with Piss Factory (the first thing I ever heard her do). It was heaven. She read poems, sang songs, played guitar, made mistakes, cussed, spit, looked for lost pieces of paper, and told stories about Harry and her family. Jackson joined her on guitar, they made jokes at each other, we were in thier living room. The encore was one of the most rocking raw versions of Dancing Barefoot ever. There was a private reception afterwards for Patti at the Bel Air Bar and Grille. I talked to her briefly. (How do you speak to an angel?) She apologized to a mom who had brought her kid to the show cause she had cussed on stage. She was tired, it had been a long day, she said she was suppose to stay in LA longer to do some TV dates but her mom was really sick and she had to go home. It was a sweet surreal night. The Angels can come and get me now without a fight. - Cindy Pop

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