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 V.18 No.2 | January 8 - 14, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

Save Bleeding Eardrum

For more than two years, Michael Burke has worked his ass off to provide a place for bands to rock without worrying about pissing off the neighbors.

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Courtesy of Pato Banton

Music Interview

Pato Banton

Reggae for your mamma

Pato Banton was born in a home plagued by violence.

When his family separated, Banton and his five siblings were placed in government care. It took more than two years for his mother to get all her children back under one roof. "It wasn't ideal," Banton understates. "There were times I can remember that I went to look for food in the cupboard and there wasn't any."

In those economically oppressive times, Banton found solace in music. "For a young kid in England who didn't really stay in school very often, music was really my only escape," Banton says. "It was what I knew."

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Taste the Rainbow

The Coma Recovery, The Cherry Tempo, Nose Whistler and His Holiness star as Green, Red, Yellow and Purple this Friday, Jan. 9. The part of Orange will be played by Winning Coffee Co. (all-ages, $5) at 8 p.m. (LM)

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Franks and Deans
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

Buoyant and Rambling

Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal

At some point during the progression of meta-ultra-postmodernism, it was only natural that a band covering Rat Pack tunes revisioned as rambling ska paeans or blisteringly buoyant punk anthems based on the imbibing and love-making habits of dudes like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would rise from the rocanrol cauldron. Well it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks & Deans. They've succeeded by inflecting the sweepingly romantic, sometimes melancholy and nearly always self-referential ditties of these post-war, pre-rock vocal heroes with good-natured rhythms and danceable guitar leads—as well as an updated fashion sense that seems to borrow more from ZZ Top's summer style guide than from Robin and the 7 Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer, Hoss and Sampson await your indulgence at Low Spirits on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the admission price of $5 sure as heck beats dropping “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
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