Arts & Entertainment

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. ...

Album Reviews

Jennifer Lopez “”J.Lo”” Epic Records C- :: Let’s be honest: If Jennifer Lopez recorded with only a harmonica, put her picture on the cover and called it the best record she has ever made, chances are it would be successful. So is the case with “”J.Lo.”” It is not very promising, but it will, in fact, be a hit record. This actress-turned-singer released her first album in 1999, which was a success. Lopez’s sophomore album, “”J.Lo,”” confidently hit the pop chart in late January. It has since seen its first single hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. But is it good? Well, let’s just say it could be better. In mixing teen pop and Latin beats with ghetto flair, the majority of this album is destined to be heard on dance floors or will at least show up on the next “”What’s Hot NOW”” compilation CD in about three months. “”Love Don’t Cost A Thing”” is the first pop hit off this album, with lyrics such as, “”If I wanna floss, I got my own.”” I think this one speaks for itself. Lopez goes back to her Puerto Rican roots with “”Si Ya Se Acabo.”” Although this isn’t the only track Lopez has done in Spanish, the song is the soulful highlight of the album. I like Lopez — I really do. The bottom line, though, is we have been around the pop-princess block before, and it is not getting any better. –Tara Jones Goldfrapp “”Felt Mountain”” Muse B :: The last time you heard Alison Goldfrapp’s voice was on Tricky’s album “”Maxinquaye,”” which was released back in 1995. She has also worked with Orbital. She is strangely seductive and very charismatic. “”Felt Mountain”” is one of the most amazing debut albums I have heard in ages. Composer, vocalist, whistler and keyboardist Goldfrapp collaborated with composer Will Gregory and created a sound that combines the beauty of the past, the present and beyond. This is avant-garde pop that is easy to listen to. Goldfrapp takes familiar sounds from movie soundtracks and ’60s French pop, combining them with haunting James Bond-esque vocals and alluring electronic sounds. Take this album with you on an alpine trip or perhaps on a secret spy mission in Prague. This album evokes the feeling of being a daring and romantic spy saving the world from imminent destruction. With “”Felt Mountain”” as the soundtrack to my I-want-to-be-just-like-James-Bond fantasies, I can zoom around the freeways of San Diego pretending that I am eluding the Commies in East Germany. With lyrics like “”I forget who I am, I forget, fascist baby,”” there is no way you can resist Goldfrapp’s charm. She can even make songs about paper bags sound sexy. “”Felt Mountain”” was recorded in a very large bedroom, and its lush rhythms and jazzy soundscapes bring you to a point of warmth and the strange distance of a black and white film. This album is perfect for rainy days. If that isn’t enough, countless magazine surveys of famous rock musicians’ favorite albums indicate that Ed O’Brien of Radiohead and the illustrious Moby have given their praise to Goldfrapp. This beautiful release can border on cheesy, but this will be one of the best debut albums to make its way into your CD collection. — Joseph Lee ...

More Than Meets the Eye

We can all remember a time when we were young and sat glossy-eyed and transfixed in front of the television. OK, so maybe some of us still do that now, but back then, our short attention spans were completely diverted to our favorite cartoons. “”The Smurfs,”” “”Thundercats”” and “”Rainbow Bright”” were immensely popular with boys and girls when we were young, and we stared in awe as they passed off corny plotlines and cheesy dialogue as wholesome entertainment. Cartoons have evolved a lot since then, but alas, it was too late for me. I personally blame the old cartoons of the ’80s for permanently destroying millions of my brain cells with such animated catastrophes as “”Superfriends”” and “”GoBots.”” Actually, the cartoons of today should also be held responsible for the idiocy of American youth with shows like “”Digimon: Digital Monsters”” and “”Sabrina: The Animated Series.”” These programs look and move a lot better than their older counterparts, but the premise of all cartoons remains the same: to provide kids with mindless entertainment “”robots in disguise;”” classic good-fighting-evil prototypes. It’s a concept still used today — automatons that have the ability to shoot lasers with the adaptability of disguising into an inconspicuous, common vehicle, such as a Lamborghini ambulance. But beneath the Transformers’ adventures for peace on screen lay a corporate juggernaut bent on raking in cash with its subliminal half-hour toy commercial. For Hasbro, the producer of Transformers figures, it was a spectacular success. My friends and I bought almost every robot so we could re-enact their television adventures without 1:100 scale models of the patriarchal leader Optimus Prime, the aggravating Starscream and the hilariously useless Bumblebee who, playing the perfect foil, constantly found himself in trouble. Of course, the show always gained new characters, like the “”Constructicons”” (five earth-moving robots that made one gigantic earth-moving robot) and thus, there were more toys to buy. When Transformers were introduced in 1984, there were perhaps 30 Transformers total. By the series’ end, the number grew to approximately 23,000 mechanized warriors. Transformers episodes are being released on VHS and DVD by Kid Rhino. But ultimately, we all know that it was the high cheese factor of these cartoons that won our hearts and brainwashed our minds. “”My Little Pony”” was a popular show aimed at girls that taught them how to be, well, girls. Petite, saccharine horses that were either painfully shy or hopeless romantics — girls were suckers for these pastel-coated equines and bought stampedes’ worth of these totally immovable ponies that just posed there looking stomach-churningly cute. In the show, the ponies had three human friends — Megan, Molly and Danny — whom thanks to their opposable thumbs always saved the ponies from life-threatening danger, like being tied up in rope or being too far in the deep end. The ponies always had celebrations and parties for no apparent reason, and incessantly preached for love and kindness until maple syrup poured from the viewers’ ears. But the toys’ popularity dwindled, and the ponies went straight to the glue factory. Only “”My Little Pony: The Movie”” can be seen on the hard-to-find VHS by Vestron Video, and the episodes have not yet been released by Sunbow Productions. Old cartoons have been rising in nostalgic popularity, as many series and movies are being re-released in some way or another. Oldies like “”SilverHawks”” (a spacy version of “”Thundercats””), “”Yogi Bear’s Treasure Hunt”” (in which all of Hanna Barbera’s characters are featured), and “”Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers”” are all on syndicated rerun on the Cartoon Network, Boomerang and the Disney Channel, respectively. “”G.I. J.O.E: The Movie”” is also now available on DVD. It’s always good to take a break to stroll down memory lane. We’re older now, but we can always fondly reminisce about our young, stress-free lives when we sat too close to the television with a large bowl of Froot Loops and bathed in TV’s animated glow. ...

Hiatus Weekly Calendar

Courtesy of www.kevynlettau.com 8 Thursday Ska punk band Home Grown will bring their Orange County surfer attitude to Canes Bar & Grill. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $10. Call Ticketmaster for more information at (619) 220-8497. Flying Blind feature their guitar-driven power pop style at Brick by Brick. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $6. Call Ticketmaster to purchase tickets at (619) 220-8497. After rising up from singing in the streets of Del Mar, Kevyn Lettau will play at Dizzy’s in support of her new album, which covers classic Police songs. Showtimes will be at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and tickets cost $12. Call (858) 270-7467 for ticket information. 9 Friday Zosia is only 15 years old, but she can sing the blues. She brings her sound to Dizzy’s at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $8. For more information call (858) 270-7467. The Holiday Matinee Winter Tour will be at the Casbah. This tour will showcase some of the best indie rock bands. Death Cab for Cutie, The And/Ors and The Jealous Sound will perform. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. For ticket information call (619) 232-HELL. Scratch and Dice Raw have toured with The Roots with their human beatbox skills. They have broken off to support their solo material and they will perform at the Belly Up Tavern at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 and they can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (619) 220-8497. Dave Howard is one of the premiere songwriters in San Diego. Howard will play his hook-laced acoustic guitar songs at the Rhythm Cafe in Oceanside. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information call (760) 631-4466. 10 Saturday Check out San Francisco blues musicians Robben, Patrick and Mark Ford at the Belly Up Tavern. These well-traveled musicians have been playing the blues since the late 1960s, backing up Charlie Musselwhite and Muddy Waters and playing in their own bands. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets cost $12 and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at (619) 220-8497. 11 Sunday As part of the Celebrity Series at the East County Performing Arts Center, Neil Sedaka will perform the hits that made him famous through the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Call (619) 440-2277 for more information. 14 Wednesday David Lindley has grown up playing the fiddle and banjo and has performed with various blugrass groups. He has released three solo recordings and has played in the studio with Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and David Crosby among others. Lindley will perform at the Belly Up Tavern. Tickets cost $15. Call Ticketmaster for more information at (619) 220-8497. ...

Album Review

Oasis “”Familiar to Millions”” Big Brother A :: Amid all the fighting between brothers and band mates, a new bass player and a new guitar player and getting kicked off airlines and canceling tours, Oasis still stands as one of the best live acts in music today. Their last two studio albums, “”Be Here Now”” and “”Standing on the Shoulder of Giants,”” seem overproduced and layered with just one too many guitars. They seem like they are trying too hard. But with their recent live album “”Familiar to Millions,”” Oasis prove that they are more than just a studio band trying too hard. This two-disc set shows off the raw talent and energy of Oasis pumped through Noel Gallagher’s Marshall stack amps. You can feel the electricity as throngs of people at the famous Wembley Stadium chant “”Oasis! Oasis!”” until a massive applause greets the opening bars of “”Fucking in the Bushes,”” an instrumental guitar solo that simply rocks. The return to the band’s more rock roots show that they are defined by more than just a “”Wonderwall”” or “”Champagne Supernova.”” After front man Liam Gallagher dubs the hallowed Wembley Stadium a “”shit hole,”” they kick off with their most recent anthems “”Go Let It Out”” and “”Who Feels Love.”” After the success of their first two albums, “”Definitely Maybe”” and “”What’s the Story (Morning Glory),”” Oasis have been criticized for losing their touch with their last two studio albums. Liam makes the offhand comment, “”You should write more of these songs, Noel,”” before heading into “”Supersonic,”” a classic from their first album. Oasis run through brilliant B-sides like “”Acquiesce”” and “”Step Out”” while throwing in old favorites such as “”Wonderwall”” and “”Live Forever.”” All the while, Noel shows his prowess on the guitar with classic rock solos and lush riffs. Noel stands as one of the most underrated lead guitars players. Forget about the canceled tours, the fist fighting and Liam’s insatiable urge to kick Robbie Williams’ arse. This live album shows off the band’s gorgeous melodies and the inherent ability of Oasis to completely capture an audience.”” –Joseph Lee Sade “”Lovers Rock”” Epic Records A :: The woman who fueled the ’80s with casual sex and slicked-back hair is back after a near decade of self-imposed seclusion. Helen Folsade Adu, otherwise known as Sade, follows her 1992 “”Love Deluxe”” (which carried the hit “”No Ordinary Love””) with “”Lovers Rock,”” an album that masterfully blends her soulful voice with today’s electronic rhythms. Soft saxophones give way to delicate acoustic licks in classic fashion. But the album also offers some recent flare with beats master-stroked by Massive Attack and Everything But the Girl, helping propel the diva’s pipes into the 21st century. All in all, however, the tone and temperament on “”Lovers Rock”” remains resolutely the same, from the lush melancholy of “”King of Sorrow”” to the dub-inflected sensuality of the title track. Seemingly negligible lyrics come across as distant and lovelorn, making the words just as palpable and delicious as the music. More than worth its price. — David Lee ...

Breakdown to Heartbreaks at Porters Pub

The UCSD DJs and Vinylphiles Club will launch its first event of the quarter at Porter’s Pub, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is aptly titled “”Heartbreaks.”” With the event being exclusive to and free for UCSD students, there is hope that there will be a strong student support for the show. Event coordinator Robin Duong hopes to see a lot of people attend the show, which will showcase new members of the DVC as well as the talents of the more experienced members. Duong is excited about the event because it will give the new members a chance to play on a large system in front of a large crowd. Heartbreaks will feature two areas of music, themed “”Heaven”” and “”Hell.”” The Heaven area will be located inside the Pub and appropriately decorated with angels, stars, clouds and other Heaven-esque themes. Hell, of course, brings out the darker side with devils, fire and brimstone. The contrasting themes in the areas also separate the styles of music. Heaven is focused more on house, breaks and NU-NRG, while Hell has an obviously darker mood with jungle and hardcore DJs. Capacity is limited to 500 and early arrival is suggested. The event is free for UCSD students and there is no need to obtain tickets before the event — just show up with your student ID. This is most likely the DVC’s only event this quarter. AREA 1: HEAVEN (House, breaks and NU-NRG) Wonderboy, Ladykilla, tommyboy, DJ Evil B, Kurt Hectic, Adam Mercury, Spartan, DJ Sam and L4. AREA 2: HELL (Jungle and hardcore) Crime Lab (Tag Team: Crazy and Otterpop), Degenerate, DJ Elated, DJ XL, Flip! and AlterEgo. ...

To Some They're Still Giant

Alternative band They Might Be Giants played to an enthusiastic but diminutive crowd at San Diego’s 4th and B. Last year the band toured to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of their album, “”Flood.”” The 2001 tour is in reaction to the high turnout they received last year, yet last Sunday’s San Diego show did not sell out despite the band’s recent notoriety as the performers of the theme song to the sitcom “”Malcolm in the Middle.”” The band catered to an audience composed of overwhelmingly die-hard fans by playing a good number of their older and more bizarre songs and B-sides like “”Minimum Wage”” and “”Fingertips”” along with such hits as “”Don’t Let’s Start”” and “”Particle Man.”” The band’s principal members John Linell and John Flansburgh, and their three back-up musicians — all named Dan — still managed to keep the crowd on its toes, introducing five unreleased songs and lapsing into improv segments. At several points the musicians facetiously emulated free jazz and incorporated the audience into the performance in a command-response relationship. These moments of spontaneity lent the show to a sense of freshness despite the fact that the audience could sing along with nearly all the material. But all too obvious was evidence of the alleged rivalry between Linell and Flansburgh. While Flansburgh, the rhythm guitarist, exhibited the jovial attitude that the band is known for in his on-stage banter, Linell stood behind the keyboard and performed with a self-mocking tone. The two seldom made eye contact, even when they were alone on stage. This didn’t disappoint the crowd, as the band was coaxed out for two encores. But the conclusion the audience seemed to draw was that after 17 years and multiple permutations, the band might be losing some of its original gusto as it moves into a slightly more commercial sphere. Fortunately, the focus of this tour is the commemoration of that which set the band apart from the beginning. While the band is producing material that looks less and less like what made them famous, they’ve proven that they can still rock like they did almost two decades ago. If you’re not familiar with TMBG material, check out their greatest hits album, “”Severe Tire Damage”” ...