Issue 635

12th April, 2007 - 25th April, 2007

Get Lucky, Break Down or Die

Say what you will about the decline and fall of rock n' roll, but within the dying embers is a flicker of hope that smolders in back road honky-tonks, small clubs, and summer festivals. It is an almost cultish phenomenon that flourishes in isolated pockets across the nation.

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Blues man Ronnie Baker Brooks is starting to get familiar with the Tri-cities. On Saturday, April 21, Brooks will return to headline the State Theatre in Bay City where he sold an audience with his playing, vocals, and showmanship, just four years ago opening for Larry McCray.

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Ethereal.  Of another world.   That is one way to describe the Blue Man Group.  Formed in 1987 as a totally comprehensive creative experience it has become a franchise in its own right.

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My Chemical Romance is a concoction of five pale, aimless, and introverted musicians that have become one of the biggest and most theatrical acts to hit a stage since Alice Cooper de-commissioned his guillotine and Duran Duran hung up their lip-gloss.

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When the first issue of Frank Miller's five-part graphic novel "300" appeared in comic book shops in May of 1998, longtime Miller fans (who are more zealous than Scientologists) knew it would never become a movie.

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The Review received an email from Dennis Beson of The Sinclairs, noting the group's original founder and bass player, Dr. Greg Bever, passed away at the age of 54. Bever's untimely death was the result of a rare neurological malady called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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From Woodstock to the Fillmore, Leslie West has made a mountain of a career in music. Taking a break during the day last week to have a laugh on the phone, the legendary guitarist and vocalist was just coming down after a night of sitting in with the Allman Brother's Band on April 5, as a special guest during an evening that also included Dave Mason from Traffic jamming with the legendary group as well.

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Driving down Marlbourne Road, you are confronted by a great divide between nature and industry.  From a distance, Marlbourne Road seems to dead end within the grey heart of the R & R cement plant, then veers sharply to the right.

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"Saginaw Rules" was a lead I planned on using when I sat down to write a column on the Michigan High School Athletic Association's boy's basketball finals, which were held at Michigan State University's Breslin Center March 24.

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