Arts & Entertainment

Dave Matthews Band Shows Their New World

Four years have passed since the Dave Matthews Band released their last studio album. After filling in the time with two live albums, an interview album and a popular acoustic tour with Tim Reynolds, the Dave Matthews Band have finally released, “”Everyday.”” “”Under The Table & Dreaming”” was the first major release that introduced Dave and his band to the rest of the world. “”Crash”” was released in 1996, and by then the entire world was familiar with the eclectic acoustic guitar sound, Matthews’ smooth and sexy vocals and the lively sounds of the rest of the band. In 1998, with “”Before These Crowded Streets,”” the Dave Matthews Band began to explore new ground with their sound by including a gospel choir and experimenting more with their melodies and their sound. But they remained distinctively Dave Matthews songs. Their recent release of “”Everyday”” continues to show the progression of the Dave Matthews Band and the evolution of their sound. The album may be difficult to listen to at first because it doesn’t have the obviously catchy tunes found in previous songs like “”Ants Marching”” and “”Crash.”” The chord progressions are more complex and the melodies are a bit more difficult to find. Much of the pop edge has been wiped away and it reveals a much broader sound that requires a little patience. Carter Beauford’s drums have not changed much; they are one of the most varied and eclectic of any drummer in music today. Bass player Stefan Lessard is the youngest member of the band, but he has developed into quite a talented bass player. There is even a touch of keyboard in many of the tracks Saxophone player Leroi Moore and violinist Boyd Tinsley have been pushed to new musical levels. Moore adds the flute and the contra-bass clarinet to his usual duties on the baritone, alto and tenor sax. Tinsley actually used a wah-wah pedal to push the tones on his violin to new heights. Tinsley even offers his vocal talents on various songs, especially on “”I Did It.”” The most obvious change in the latest evolution of the Dave Matthews Band sound is the use of electric guitars by Matthews. The lush acoustic sound has been slowly replaced by the rough edge of electric guitars and even a baritone guitar on several tracks. Here is a track-by-track listing of the new album by the Dave Matthews Band: Every song on “”EVERYDAY”” “”I Did It”” This song has been getting a lot of radio play and is heavily bass-driven. “”I Did It”” sets the tone for the rest of the album with its thick bass line and guitars. The chorus has a melody that is vaguely reminiscent of Aerosmith, and Tinsley drops a little spoken-word element into the middle of the track. “”When the World Ends”” This track also follows the pattern of a thick bass line. There is definitely a smooth groove to the song, but it seems to follow the same formula and flavor of “”I Did It.”” “”The Space Between”” The electric guitar is very apparent in the first few seconds of this track. It is distinctly different from the acoustic ballads of previous Dave Matthews songs. The chorus has some Toto-esque elements with cascading and atmospheric guitar riffs. “”Dreams of Our Fathers”” With the first three notes you automatically think “”Satellite,”” but with the pace of and vocal complexity of “”Too Much.”” There is also a Police-like feel to the guitar part. “”So Right”” A funky guitar jam opens up this track and it can be the perfect song to cruise down the city streets with the top down. The vocals are strong and soaring, but the lyrics a bit too simplified. “”If I Had It All”” The acoustic guitar makes its first appearance in the early moments of the track, but then returns to the heavy bassline. “”What You Are”” Riverdance comes to mind with the string arrangements in this song. But the song offers a lot of beautiful harmonies and dark undertones in the chorus. “”Angel”” A soft saxophone drives this entire song. “”Angel”” stands as one of the strongest tracks on the album, with a relaxing beat and vintage Dave Matthews singing; the kind that makes you swoon. “”Fool To Think”” There is a blatant “”Message in a Bottle”” vibe to this song. It seems as if the band took the first notes on the guitar riff of the famous Police song. Even the drum beats and the rim shots are straight from the Police school of thought. “”Sleep to Dream Her”” Dave Matthews’ sultry vocals are prominent in this song, which is backed by weeping strings and a soft syncopated, almost ska-like guitar part. Then it gives way to a theatrical string arrangement and showcases the plaintive saxophone of Moore. “”Mother Father”” This song features Carlos Santana and percussionist Karl Perrazo. The lovely Spanish guitar softly picks in the background with Santana’s trademark electric guitar. There is a definitely a Latin flavor to this song that makes for a solid song and a future radio hit. “”Everyday”” The uplifting title track has the support of the gospel choir sound, which was introduced in “”Before These Crowded Streets.”” This is much lighter than the rest of the album and it returns to the classic acoustic guitar sound. It’s a song that makes you glad that you were patient enough to listen to the entire album. Once you’re done, try the album again and you’ll find that these tracks really grow on you. ...

Hiatus Weekly Calendar

All tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (619) 220-8497 or by going to http://www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. 8 Thursday Orange County punk band Agent Orange will perform at Canes Bar & Grill. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $10. The all-star fusion band Jazz Is Dead will breathe life into the music of the Grateful Dead at the Belly Up Tavern. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $15. 9 Friday Popular San Diego groove band B-Side Players will perform at Blind Melons tonight and at Winston’s Beach Club on Saturday night. Call (619) 222-6822 for tickets. Ronnie James Dio may be best-known for filling in for Ozzy Osbourne as the Black Sabbath frontman. Dio will perform at 8 p.m. at 4th & B. Tickets cost $22. 10 Saturday Hardcore punk band The Locust will play with Vue and The Pattern at the Che Cafe. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $5. Call (858) 534-2311 for more information. Canadian pop-punk band Gob will be at the Mira Mesa Epicentre. With Jason Priestley as their promoter, Gob has been touring in support of their latest release, “”The World According to Gob.”” Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $7. Call (858) 271-4000 for more information. 11 Sunday Cutthroats 09, Tori Cobras and Drunk Horse will be at The Casbah. Call (619) 232-4355 for more information. 13 Tuesday Hootie and The Blowfish are blowing through San Diego. They will be performing at 4th & B at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. 14 Wednesday Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus will be at Canes Bar & Grill at 8 p.m. His sound is still modeled after the wonderful indie-rock music of Pavement. ...

Winterfest 2001

Winterfest is the biggest festival at UCSD that isn’t named “”Sun God,”” and it has gradually grown to invite bands that tend to have small but very strong fan bases. Courtesy of Hollywood Records UCSD’s first Winterfest in 1998 capitalized on the ska and swing revival, bringing the Dance Hall Crashers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Goldfish to town. The lineup for the following year was successful with the popularity of one-hit wonders Digital Underground, and the past-their-prime Violent Femmes and Southern-California-act World Tribe. They were able to carry the show with the anticipation of Digital Underground’s “”The Humpty Dance”” and the enduring quality of “”Blister in the Sun”” by the Femmes. Buck-o-Nine, Ozomatli and Coolio came to last year’s Winterfest with the power of a small but strong following that fueled the energy of the show. Courtesy of Hollywood Records Sprung: Sprung Monkey will open Winterfest 2001 with their punk rock styles dealt straight from San Diego. Even with all the skepticism about the show and the lineup, Winterfest has traditionally been able to fill RIMAC arena up to capacity and Winterfest 2001 is not expected to be any different. Following the tradition of having a balanced lineup, Winterfest will feature Juvenile, Lucy Pearl and San Diego band Sprung Monkey. We will have to wait and see this Friday if the selection of bands will bring out the masses. As for now, your friendly hiatus editor will happily give you some background on the bands that will grace our lovely campus. The Bands Juvenile Bio: Juvenile was born Terius Gray and for the past 15 years he has he has been honing his style. He came on to the music scene about a year ago with a hit song called, “”Ha.”” His last full length album, “”400 Degreez”” is expected to be quadruple platinum. “”Tha G-Code”” has also been met with positive reviews. The New Orleans native started out working at a local gas plant to support his family and rapped on the side. He was able to successfully blend hip-hop and “”bounce”” music. The success of his tune, “”Bounce For the Juvenile”” led him to a deal with a small New York record label. The deal eventually soured and turned Juvenile away from the music industry. Juvenile eventually came back into the music scene after he realized that he could emerge as a rapper that did not adhere to the West coast or East coast rap formula. “”We didn’t have a New Orleans rapper that straight up used our language and rapped for our people,”” Juvenile stated. “”Everybody wanted to be either East coast or West coast. That’s where I came in.”” Juvenile eventually caught the attention of Cash Money Records and in 1997 released “”Solja Rags,”” which was an underground hit. Eventually, “”Solja Rags”” reached a half-million sales and with that recognition, Cash Money Records was able to reach a distribution deal with Universal Records. Juvenile’s second album with Cash Money and Universal earned the Billboard award for “”R&B Album of the Year”” in 1999 and the single, “”Ha”” won “”Single of the Year”” from the Source Awards. Juvenile is expected to release his new album, “”Project English,”” March 27. What to Expect: The fact that Juvenile doesn’t conform too much to the West coast and East coast formula is refreshing. He may not have the hit of the year in 2001 but he definitely knows how to entertain. Lucy Pearl Bio: Take jazz-funk singer Joi, Raphael Saadiq from Tony! Toni! Tone!, mix them with Ali Shaheed Muhammed from A Tribe Called Quest, and you get the talented group known as Lucy Pearl. Originally formed in the summer of 1999 with Saadiq, Muhammed and former En Vogue vocalist Dawn Robinson, Lucy Pearl immediately worked on its May, 2000 self-titled album. Lucy Pearl seemed to be a new supergroup on their way to the top until Robinson left the group early in November. Robinson went on to sign a solo recording contract with Q Records. Lucy Pearl did not falter, and recruited the talents of Joi, who has released three solo albums of her own. Her last album was released in 1996 and since then she has worked with Fishbone, Organized Noise, Dallas Austin and the Goodie Mob. Saadiq was the bassist, singer and songwriter of the popular group Tony! Toni! Tone!. After Saadiq left the group in 1998 he went on to work with John Mellencamp, the Bee Gees and D’Angelo. Muhammed picked up the sax at age 13 but turned his musical energy to the turntables. During high school he met up with rapper and writer Q-Tip and with another rapper, Phife, A Tribe Called Quest was born. Muhammed was able to seamlessly fuse R&B and jazz with hip-hop. Muhammed was also part of the team that helped put together D’Angelo’s 1995 album, “”Brown Sugar.”” Joi is officially on tour with Lucy Pearl and she will also be featured on next Lucy Pearl album. What to Expect: In spite of former En Vogue vocalist Robinson leaving the group last November, you can expect Lucy Pearl to put on an amazing show. Lucy Pearl offers a smooth combination of hip-hop and R&B along with seductive vocals and funky grooves. The songwriting, singing and musical talent of Saadiq, Muhammed and Joi cannot be ignored. Sprung Monkey Bio: San Diego punk band Sprung Monkey debuted in 1995 with their album “”Swirl.”” They eventually signed to Hollywood Records and released another album in 1998 called “”Mr. Funny Face.”” Their hit song was “”Get ‘Em Outta Here,”” a summer anthem in 1998 with their tales of San Diego girls and the trouble that they get in to. After their hit in 1998 they did not release another album but they toured extensively in the United States, Australia and in New Zealand. Sprung Monkey also made a trip to Japan with Kottonmouth Kings and traveled extensively in Europe with The Offspring. Monkey have also made numerous television appearances and contributed to soundtracks and radio shows. Sprung Monkeys did find their way into the studio to work on a new album. Their new album produced by Jim Wirt should be released in late October and it is tentatively titled “”Get a Taste.”” What to Expect: Sprung Monkey adds the guitar-rock element into Winterfest 2001, making it a well-balanced show. Their extensive touring schedule has led to a polished live act that should energize the crowd. ...

Album Reviews

Rod Stewart “”Human”” Atlantic C :: Rod Stewart has always successfully adapted his music to fit current music trends for more than two decades. Once again, Stewart tries to update his vocal talents with his latest release, a pedestrian album “”Human,”” which blends rock ballads with a mix of R&B, soul and Motown. With his name fading, Stewart has nothing to lose by changing his music once again. He made the change from rock to pop, but this time his attempt is not as successful. From the first track, it becomes clear that the album is rough. Rob Dickins, an R&B and pop producer, worked with Stewart on his latest attempt to change his style. Dickins is best remembered for Cher’s “”Believe.”” It may have worked for Cher, but Stewart is not as good at combining his rock ballads and new music. Unlike Stewart’s previous albums, “”Human”” does not achieve this blend successfully and has a hard time matching his raspy voice to the R&B sound. It’s not an awful album; it’s decent, but there are no memorable songs. The last track, “”I Can’t Deny It,”” has a pleasant and mellow tone that makes it the most commercial and upbeat song on the album, but it cannot compare to “”Maggie May”” or any of his earlier works. On the other hand, Stewart’s music is smooth, warm and polished, showing that his style has aged gracefully. As a result, the slower ballads are much better than the other R&B-tinged songs. Stewart has shown that he is a versatile singer who is able to keep up with the current trends, but he is starting to show his age. — Charlie Tran Idlewild “”100 Broken Windows”” Odeon/Capitol B :: Idlewild are the best band you have never heard of. Idlewild are the quiet place in the novel “”Anne of Green Gables,”” but they are anything but quiet. These lads from Edinburgh made the mistake of putting together a punk rock group at the height of Britpop in 1995. While groups such as Oasis and Suede were making a splash in the British and American music scenes, Idlewild were left on the side. But now the wail of their Nirvana-esque guitars and their Pavement-like wit have finally made heads turn. Although they say they are influenced most by American indie-rock bands, they are able to retain a distinctively British sound within their songs. This is due in part to the production efforts of Dave Eringa, who has also produced the music of the Manic Street Preachers. Lead singer Roddy Woomble reaches for beautiful harmonies that edge into an angst-filled scream powerful enough to shake a bottle of Evian off your desk. Woomble’s favorite singer is Morrissey. The two singers’ emotional depth is comparable, but Woomble makes sure you know that he is the front man of a punk band. However, beautiful ballads such as “”The Bronze Medal”” make you wonder if they are edging toward a R.E.M.-esque sound. Their first single was released in March 1997 on the same label responsible for early Eugenius and Chicane singles. Successful airplay on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 1 Evening Session gave them more exposure, which led to working with the Fierce Panda label, which has released singles from Mansun, Placebo and Embrace. Idlewild’s most recent effort, “”100 Broken Windows,”” is a powerful album that experiments with emotive drum beats and smooth harmonies. This isn’t just three-chord punk rock, but an intelligent, hard-hitting style of punk that is new and intense. “”Little Discourage”” is their first single and was an instant hit in the United Kingdom. Other tracks such as “”Actually It’s Darkness”” and “”Idea Track”” round out the solid album. If you believe Blink 182 is punk rock, then you need to let Idlewild take you on a sonic ride into honest punk rock, recalling the quality sound of punk rock in the late ’70s and ’80s. “”100 Broken Windows”” will be released March 13. Idlewild will be peforming at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles on March 14. — Joseph Lee ...

Hiatus Weekly Calendar

All tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (619) 220-8497 or by going to http://www.ticketmaster.com, unless noted. 22 Thursday Flamenco Vivo presents Noches Flamenco. This passionate San Diego dance troupe will heat things up at Dizzy’s. There will be a performance at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. The cover is $10. Call (858) 270-7467 for ticket information. Eve Selis, who is often compared to Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow, blends different styles of American roadhouse rock to create her own distinctive style. Selis will perform at the Belly Up Tavern at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5. David J, who is one of the founding members of legendary Goth band Bauhaus, is now behind the turntables spinning an eclectic musical concoction ranging from electronic to Billie Holiday. He will perform at The Casbah at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8. 23 Friday Enjoy the Kenny Dorham Tribute featuring an evening of music by this underrated bop trumpet player. The show will feature Gilbert Castellanos, Gary Lefebvre, Rob Thorsen, Paul Keeling and Brett Sanders. There will be shows at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The cover charge is $8. For more information call (858) 270-7467. Greg Hetson from Bad Religion, Eric Melvin from NoFX, Derrick O’Brien from Social Distortion and Mike Watt from The Minutemen and Firehose will be your band for about two minutes at The Casbah’s Punk Rock Karaoke. Tickets are $10. Sign up before the show to get the chance to be on stage. Check http://www.emperorsnewfoes. com/songlist.html for the complete songlist and lyric sheets. 24 Saturday Cindy Lee Berryhill along with Joy Eden Harrison will perform at Dizzy’s, each showcasing her own acoustic-folk style. The show starts at 8 p.m. Call (858) 270-7467 for details. Texas band The Gourds are already successful in Europe and are looking to break into the American scene. This five-piece band recently released an album titled, “”Bolsa de Aqua.”” Fans of Phish might enjoy this group. Tickets cost $8. The show is at the Brick by Brick and starts at 8 p.m. 25 Sunday The eclectic hip-hop stylings of Jurassic 5 will be at 4th & B. This Los Angeles-based group has been together for the past six years and it has definitely given a very vibrant and positive spin to hip-hop. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $22.50. 27 Tuesday George Winston is a solo piano artist whose style comes from 1950s pop instrumentalists. His most recognizable works are probably the soundtracks for the “”Charlie Brown”” cartoons and “”The Velveteen Rabbit.”” Winston will be performing at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $30. 28 Wednesday Girls Against Boys opened for Garbage at RIMAC Arena about a year ago, and to put it simply, they were very good. This Washington, D.C. group bases its music on thick, crunchy guitar and driving drum beats. It will be supported by Autolux and Drop Science at The Casbah. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $8. Henry Rollins, former frontman of the Rollins Band and Black Flag, will be at 4th & B talking about his life on the road and his humorous reflections on politics and touring around the world. Tickets are $15 and the event starts at 8:30 p.m. ...

'Sweet November' Evokes Sour Taste

It is difficult to describe “”Sweet November”” without comparing it to a “”Love Story”” redone for the millennium. That’s exactly what it is, and I don’t mean that as a compliment. It is a remake of a 1968 film called “”Sweet November.”” Only now, everything is awfully cute and politically correct. Cue entrance of token gay neighbor/drag queen with amazing job — because gay people can have important positions, you know. Of course, we would all love to be vegan animal lovers living out our dreams in the most expensive city in the world, mysteriously affording a lush apartment without actually working. Of course we should all live as if money doesn’t matter. Soft-focus lenses and colored light would be a plus, too. I fundamentally disagree with the treatment of the majority of the underlying issues in this film. Additionally, it is boring. I don’t like chick flicks, and “”Sweet November”” reminds me why. Boy-meets-girl-and-almost-loses-girl ad infinitum. But I won’t give away the ending in case you like Keanu Reeves and want to see it, just for the pleasure of seeing him as the rat-race-loving ad man, Nelson. Reeves can’t act. Sorry, but he just can’t. Charlize Theron saves the day as the woman whose task in life is to “”save”” men. I’m sure a lot of women will identify with this aspect of the film. The film should come with a warning label that says, “”This is a film, not a representation of real life.”” Cue hundreds of females rushing out to save the first and best traumatized male in their immediate environment. Gals, don’t go there. It doesn’t work that way in real life. ...

Jonny Is All Grown Up Now

As I walked into the intimate Dreamcatcher Lounge at Viejas Casino, I decided to take a seat and subtly listen to comments made about the blues performer of the evening. Praise for him reached me in the form of a one-shot-too-many older man who bluntly said, “”This guy fuckin’ rocks! You excited?”” Courtesy of Paul Calis Blues: Over the past four years, Jonny Lang has played with Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and blues legend B.B. King. Now, at 20, he has continued to mature and develop his style. Um, yeah, but I did not need a random man to inform me of Jonny Lang’s talent; I had heard and believed all the hype from day one. Four years ago, “”child prodigy”” was the best description of Lang. He kept his listeners in awe with his amazing blues singing and guitar playing. Lang was a huge 50-year-old black man from Mississippi hiding inside the body of a lanky 16-year-old white boy from Minnesota. The music industry took notice. Since his debut album “”Lie To Me,”” Lang has been invited to tour with B.B. King, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and Blues Traveler. He has also headlined a world tour. Four years after his debut, Lang has left the heading of “”child prodigy”” and taken his place among the blues elite. He has also released his second album, “”Wander This World.”” Straying from purely blues to include a touch of R&B and rock, this album received more acclaim than the first. Yet, in trying to distance himself from other flashy musicians who tend to focus on high drama, Lang stayed true to his musical influences like bluesmen King and the late Luther Allison. He describes his music style as the “”simple kind of full and dirty sound.”” One might assume Lang’s fan base would be limited to twentysomethings, but he has fans of all ages. At Viejas Friday night, the average fan was a middle-aged male. With no opening act or grand entrance, Lang and the rest of his band nonchalantly walked onto the stage. As the fans screamed and clapped, Lang smiled and waved casually to the crowd and began to effortlessly strum his guitar. The performance lasted about an hour-and-a-half, and Lang had the crowd in the palm of his hand the entire time. The audience followed Lang’s emotions throughout; it listened intently to Lang’s self-written ballad “”Walking Away.”” People danced in the aisles to Lang’s upbeat “”Lie To Me.”” Lang also introduced fans to a couple of new songs from his latest album. The show was incredible. Fans, including me, walked in with the intention of seeing a great show and left knowing we had witnessed one of the most incredible musicians of our time. ...

CD Previews

There are many new releases to look for and many future releases to look forward to, but there have been a great deal of recent records that will make you cringe. An older-looking, long-haired version of the Backstreet Boys released “”Black & Blue.”” Limp Bizkit exposed their trite rap-metal sound with “”Chocolate Starfish & the Hotdog Flavored Water.”” And that Britney Spears keeps releasing those damn singles. But, on the other hand, U2 finally released, “”All That You Can’t Leave Behind”” which is arguably the best U2 album to date, with its blend of past and present sounds. Radiohead’s “”Kid A”” may have been a bit difficult to digest for the pop world, but conceptually, the album is genius. A number of greatest hits collections made it much easier for many to experience the sonic beauty of Lenny Kravitz, the wit of Blur and the nostalgia of The Beatles. Therefore, your friendly hiatus editor has taken the liberty of highlighting some of the recent releases you should pick up and the albums that you should look for in the near future. BS 2000 – “”Simply Mortified”” (Grand Royal)= BS 2000 is the pet project of Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz and his old-time buddy and hardcore drummer Amery Smith. “”Simply Mortified”” was released earlier this week and, sonically, it is a turn to some retro-style dance music with outdated drum machines. All this is under Horowitz’ socially conscious lyrics, which also take the occasional jab at Eminem-style rappers. David Gray – “”Lost Songs 95-98″” (IHT) In case you have never heard of David Gray, he swept through the UK this year with his hit album, “”White Ladder.”” He is also beginning to climb the American charts under Dave Matthews’ record label. Gray is finally getting some acknowledgment, considering the fact that “”White Ladder”” was originally released back in 1998. “”Lost Songs 95-98″” is a collection of heart-tugging acoustic songs that were recorded before the epic “”White Ladder.”” Even though it was only released this week, “”Lost Songs”” has already been nominated for this year’s Brit Awards, the across-the-Atlantic equivalent of the Grammy Awards. “”Lost Songs”” is simple and sweet with just an acoustic guitar, piano and Gray’s vocals that evoke memories of Bob Dylan. John Frusciante – “”To Record Only Water For Ten Days”” (Warner Brothers) John Frusciante has recently released his third solo album, which may be difficult to swallow, but shows the true genius of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist. This collection of songs is raw and based on rambling riffs and rough drum patterns. Layered over these melodies is Frusciante’s husky voice, which often strains to a falsetto. “”To Record Only Water For Ten Days”” is very honest and at times crude because it isn’t over-produced, but it shows the stark clarity of Frusciante’s talent. Dave Matthews Band – “”Everyday”” (BMG/RCA) “”Everyday”” is the title of Dave Matthews’ first LP with his band since “”Before These Crowded Streets,”” which was released in 1998. “”Everyday”” is slated to be released Feb. 27. Between 1998 and 2001, Dave Matthews collaborated with Santana and went on a wildly popular tour across the country and back with longtime friend and collaborator Tim Reynolds. Matthews was able to keep fans happy with his 1999 all-acoustic release, “”Live At Luther College.”” “”Everyday”” is partly influenced by Reynolds’ eclectic musical style and will stand as one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Depeche Mode – “”Exciter”” (Mute) “”Songs of Faith & Devotion”” was released in 1993. Four years later, Depeche Mode released “”Ultra.”” Now, four years later, Depeche Mode will release their first proper studio album since 1997. Depeche Mode were able to tide their fans over with the release of their amazing singles collection from their early years up through “”Ultra.”” Depeche Mode’s new album, “”Exciter,”” is slated to be released in late May and members of the band have stated that they are very proud of their work in the studio. Vocalist David Gahan has expressed that the track “”Freelove”” is on par with the pop sensibility of “”Enjoy the Silence.”” The official Web site for Depeche Mode, http://www.depechemode.com, has offered small bits of their songs in MP3 format. The tracks reflect the catchy tunes of classic Depeche Mode along with a cutting-edge electronic sound. Radiohead – “”Amnesiac”” (Parlaphone) Radiohead followed up “”OK Computer”” with the very avant-garde electro-styling of “”Kid A.”” Now, less than a year after the release of “”Kid A,”” Radiohead are already set to release another studio album. “”Amnesiac”” is expected to be released early in June. The set of songs found on “”Amnesiac”” are from the “”Kid A”” sessions, but the band consider the songs more radio-friendly and melodic. This album is sure to set off proper promotional duties for Radiohead, including the release of singles and a long-awaited world tour. Some of the songs expected to be released have already been performed live, and those live versions have been circulating around the Internet for months. “”Knives Out”” is a Smiths-esque track that should be one of the singles on the album. “”True Love Waits”” is a deeply emotional song that was supposed to find its way onto “”OK Computer.”” “”True Love Waits”” has been one of the more popular songs among Radiohead bootleggers. “”Follow Me Around”” was introduced in their movie “”Meeting People Is Easy”” and it may find its way onto the album. “”Egyptian Song,”” “”Nude,”” “”Lift”” and “”Dollars and Cents”” are among the other tracks rumored to be on the new album. Radiohead’s “”Amnesiac”” is guaranteed to be one of the most anticipated albums of the summer. ...

Hiatus Weekly Calendar

15 Thursday Julia Fordham has released six studio albums and has worked with producer Hugh Padgham, who has produced for The Police and XTC. This British songwriter has been called a modern-day Joni Mitchell. She performs at Brick by Brick at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased from Ticketmaster at (619) 220-8497. Guitarist and songwriter Shawn Colvin stepped into the public spotlight with her hit “”Sunny Came Home,”” which won a Grammy. Colvin will be at the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (619) 220-8497. 16 Friday Super DJ, producer and remixer Paul Oakenfold will be at Club Montage in San Diego. Oakenfold has remixed New Order, Mansun and Radiohead. He has held residencies at British superclubs Ministry of Sound, Cream and Home. The event starts at 9 p.m. Buy tickets through Ticketmaster at (619) 220-8497. You can find out exactly who Jill Scott is at the Belly Up Tavern. Scott’s incredible voice and soulful music has pushed her to become of the most popular newcomers in music. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. and tickets cost $30. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (619) 220-8497. 17 Saturday Eve 6 won’t be at UCSD for Winterfest, and their show at the Mira Mesa Epicentre is one of the reasons why. After signing a major record deal while they were in high school, Eve 6 wrote a hit song about hearts in blenders. Eve 6 will be supported by Vast. Call the Mira Mesa Epicentre for ticket information at (858) 271-4000. Listen to some straight-up jazz with tenor sax player Steve Feierabend at Dizzy’s. Feierabend has performed with The Four Tops and The Temptations. The show starts at 8:45 p.m. and tickets are $8. Call (858) 270-7467 for more information. The Insane Clown Posse almost released an album under a Disney-affiliated record label, but they were quickly dropped. Their violent rap-metal sound and lyrics were picked up by Island. These Clowns will perform at Cane Bar & Grill. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $20. Call Ticketmaster for tickets at (619) 220-8497. 18 Sunday The Neville Brothers are in town all the way from New Orleans. Their spicy funk sound will be at 4th and B. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $25 from Ticketmaster. 19 Monday Don’t miss the festivities at the Bob Marley Day Celebration. The festival features the life and sounds of Bob Marley as well as a showcase of the top acts in reggae. The lineup includes Judy Mowatt, Don Carlos, Shaggy, Ras Michael and more. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the San Diego Sports Arena. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for $25 to $35 at (619) 220-8497. 20 Tuesday The mission of the Ground Control record label is to bring the culture of hip-hop into the foreground, which includes MCing, DJing, beat boxing, graffiti and break dancing. With this determination, Ground Control records brings Ed O.G., Aceyalone and Rasco to Canes Bar & Grill. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $15. Call Ticketmaster for more information at (619) 220-8497. 21 Wednesday The father of modern funk, George Clinton, will perform at 4th and B at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased through Tickemaster at (619) 220-8497. ...

Winterfest is Here

The festivals coordinators of the A.S. Council have announced who will be coming to Winterfest. Next week we will have a complete rundown of the bands and the event. And the winners in alphabetical order are: Courtesy of sprungmonkey.com Sprung: Natives of San Diego, Sprung Monkey is one of the acts performing at Winterfest. LUCY PEARL Lucy Pearl was formed in the summer of 1999 after Raphael Saadiq left the group he co-founded, Tony! Toni! Tone! Saadiq then teamed up with DJ Ali Shaheed from A Tribe Called Quest and with ex-En Vogue member Dawn Robinson. Courtesy of cashmoney-records.com Tough: Gangsta rap artist Juvenile will peform at Winterfest next Friday. Last November, singer and songwriter Joi replaced Robinson as the lead singer. Joi has received much praise for her debut album, “”The Pendelum Vibe”” in 1994 and “”Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome”” in 1997. JUVENILE Terius Gray is better known as the gangsta rapper, Juvenile. After meeting with the owners of Cash Money records, Juvenile released “”Solja Rags”” in 1996, which was an underground hit. In 1998 he released “”400 Degreez”” and with his popularity growing, “”Solja Rags”” was rereleased. Juvenile’s new album “”Project English”” is expected to be released March 27. SPRUNG MONKEY San Diego punk band Sprung Monkey is led by vocalist Steve Summers and released their first album “”Swirl”” in 1995. After signing with Hollywood Records, their next major release was in 1998 with “”Mr. Funny Face.”” You may remember the hit radio song, “”Get ‘Em Outta Here.”” Winterfest will be Friday, Feb. 23. UCSD students get in free with a can of food and there will be a limited amount of guest tickets available. ...