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 Nov 18 - 24, 2004 
Darkest Hour

Music Magnified

Darkest Hour

with Between the Buried & Me, Cattle Decapitation and Fear Before the March of Flames

By Michael Henningsen

Tuesday, Nov. 23; Launchpad (all ages, 7 p.m.): Darkest Hour are the band Metallica might have become if they hadn't gone all egotistical, drug-addicted pussy on us. Then again, “might” leaves a lot of room for speculation.

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Kartik Seshadri

Music Magnified

Kartik Seshadri

Classical music of India

By Michael Henningsen

Saturday, Nov. 20; Outpost Performance Space (all ages, 8 p.m.): If your idea of sitar music is George Harrison plinking away at the instrument while seated in the Lotus position during the recording of Revolver, you need a new idea. Cool and exotic as it may have sounded to those who were alive and listening intently to popular music back in 1966, the sitara lute-like instrument with seven playing strings and up to 13 that resonate sympatheticallydates back at least 700 years, and the music created on it within East Indian culture dates to ancient times and has a richness and history that neither Harrison nor Sir George Martin could ever hope to recreate.

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Holiday Music

'Tis the Music For the Season

Fa la la la la, la blah, blah, blah ...

By Michael Henningsen and Jason Serinus

Don ye now your gay apparel, because the holiday season is upon us and you're going to have to listen to at least some holiday-themed music over the next six weeks whether you want to, like it, or not. So we figure you might as well spend your time listening to the good and avoiding the bad. That's why, for the past 11 years, we've gone to the trouble of listening to the most recently released batch of holiday albums and painstakingly compiling our thoughts on them. A little holiday music is good to have around just in case you decide to throw a little party or gathering, or a bunch of creepy relatives show up for an unannounced yuletide visit. And some of this stuff really ain't that bad!

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