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Daily Herald (Newspaper) - June 21, 1996, Chicago, Illinois Daily Herald Friday June 211996 KMFD Music Section 9 jrnful foretelling of the apocaJ KMFDM Xtort Inky and dismal the night swal lows you on your walk home Clouds silently roll over the moon You hear a small animal scuttle behind you As the sky bathes you in glaring light the steel jaws of an obscure animal clamp onto your leg That animal is Xtort KMFDMs sev enth album With a blitzkrieg of nearspeed metal and haunting vocals the al bum foretells of the apocalypse As usual evildoers like plagiarists and powerhungry politicians are scorned KMFDM seems ab solutely positive that these heinous people will get theirs Liz Armstrong Teen music reviewer someday Besides the German technology and hardheaded rant ing found on every KMFDM album Xtort features Bill Reiflin of Ministry and Revolting Cocks Wax Trax allstar Chris Connelly and spokenword artist Nicole Blackman Although the album seems like an excuse to namedrop the con tributors actually make a differ ence For example Dogma the track featuring Blackman crosses over the strictly hardcore indus trial line and on the side of purely frightening music Power the first single contains a lecture about the holy wars KMFDM fre quently sings about However the truly explosive track is Son of a Gun with blunt phrases and fierce guitars Xtort is the kind of album that makes you feel good about being a menace After listening dont be surprised if you have a craving to watch an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie marathon In fact dont be alarmed if you get an urge to be Schwarzenegger himself Gods Child Aluminum If Bon Jovi came from England Aluminum is the album they would make Despite the fact that Gods Child hasnt mastered the use of the apostrophe the music is laced with little scraps of wit CONCERT PICKS Continued Jrom Page 4 been moonlighting as members of the reconstituted Big Star with Chilton Luckily for us they havent forgotten about the Posies and the groups new Amazing Disgrace album is full of pleasures for fans of poplaced rock n roll with the new rhythm section of bassist Joe Sky ward and drummer Brian Young giving the Posies a slightly harder edge than in the past Why these guys arent as big as say Matthew Sweet is beyond me Alejandro Escovedo Whiskey Town 10 pm Saturday at FitzGeralds 6615 Roosevelt Road Berwyn 708 788 2118 A veteran of the original punk wars Austin Texas Alejandro Es covedo has turned into one of Americas best singersongwrit ers The veteran of Rank and File and the True Believers has re leased an impressive series of al bums since going solo that include 1994s 13 Years and the new With These Hands and that re sist easy categorization Escovedo draws from his MexicanAmerican roots folk country and rock n roll resulting in music that covers plenty of stylistic ground while al ways retaining plenty of heart and soul Escovedos live act is said to be a killer Screaming Trees Salt pm Saturday at Metro 3730 N Clark St Chicago 312 549 0203 The Screaming Trees are hoping to reclaim their place in the Seattle rock pantheon with the release of their first disc in four years Dust The band is warming up for their stint on the Lollapalooza 96 tour with a handful of small venue dates including this one Expect to hear plenty of hardhit ting grungeish rock from the new album as well as favorites like Nearly Lost You from 1992s Sweet Oblivion Opening is the Swedish group with the track Bluster David Gates 7 pm Sunday at the Arts Center Mainstage at the College of DuPage 22nd Sreet at Park Boulevard Glen Ellyn 708 9424000 David Gates was the lead vo calist in Bread the 70s group whose songs like If Make It With You and Everything I Own virtually defined the softrock genre In recent years Gates has turned to country and his latest album Love Is Always Seven teen contains collaborations with hot country singer Billy Dean Peter Wolf pm Tues day at Park West 322 W Ar mitage Ave Chicago 312 5591212 Longtime J Geils Band front man Peter Wolf returns from limbo to promote yet another comeback album Long Line This time around on his fourth album since the Geils Band splin tered in 1983 Wolf has come up with a good collection of tunes that will remind you as much of Dylan as his old band Wolfs Mick Jag gerish voice has remained in good shape and is particularly ef fective on the acoustictinged songs here Expect to hear some thing old something new and per haps some chestnuts in the shade of blue Willie Nelson 8 pm Tues day at Ravinia Festival Lake Cook and Green Bay Roads Highland Park 847 R AVINIA 01 grizzled Willie sure has been busy of late with various musical projects The subject of a recent tribute album by a bunch of Seat tle grunge rockers Nelson pre sents a strippeddown affair fea turing minimal accompaniment on his latest album Spirit The low key work finds Willie in an intro spective mood with his gutstring guitar sister Bobbie Nelsons piano and Johnny Gimbles fiddle adding color to his new tales of loves lost and found Whats next for albumbelieye it or not The Moody Blues 7 pm From the smoothedout guitar smite and the purposely raspy voice youd think the whole point of this band was to attract women just like Bon Jovi However the honest poetic outlook of Gods Child somewhat negates the fe male magnetism the lyrics let you know that they mean what they say Love it makes you dont make you strong croons singer Chris Seefried in Need Wednesday at the New World Music Theatre 19100 S Ridge land Tinley Park 312 5591212 Just before Timothy Leary died the Moodies rerecorded their chestnut Legend of a Mind changing the lyric Timothy Learys dead to Timothy Leary lives Moody Blues purists may scoff at that revisionist attitude but thats the sort of thing that has carried the Moodies from the psy chedelic 60s and allowed them to remain a dependable concert draw well into the 90s Expect plenty of former flower children and their own Gen X kids in the audience lapping up standards like Tues day Afternoon and Nights In White Satin Dwight Yoakam David Ball 8 pm Thursday at the Rpse mont Theatre 5400 N River Road Rosemont 312 559 1212 While Garth Brooks fans may disagree there isnt a more excit ing stage performer in country music than Dwight Yoakam chronicled on last years Dwight Live album Yoakams concerts arc highenergy affairs full of rockin country hits like This Time Turn It On Turn It Up Turn Me Loose and his Elvis trib utes Little Sister and Suspi cious Minds with righthand man Pete Anderson adding the guitar firepower The man in the skin tight jeans and everpresent Stet sons latest album is Gone and this is Dwights first full tour in two years Opening is David Ball who scored big time last year with Thinkin Problem Leon Russell 9 pm Thurs day at Harper College Building J Theatre 1200 W Algonquin Road Palatine 847 925 6100 The reclusive Leon Russell emerges from the shadows for this onenighter Russell was a major star in the early 70s when songs pettaiadyand one of the bands many songs about the definition of love Al though the content seems con trived from the diary of a lovesick teenager the music destroys the potential for silliness Like the rest of the album Need looks at the world with starry eyes On the ridiculous side though Female Elvis attempts to remake Aero smiths Dude Looks Like a Lady in a Generation X fashion True the openmindedness is a necessi ty in society but the flippant atti tude definitely drags the song down Basically the debut album of Gods Child contains all the feel ings of a typical American Anger the sadness the downright disap pointment and the joy are all wrapped up in a nice little package of brown paper music and deliv ered by a band who listens to a lot of British bands And the attempt to reach the atypical American is a valiant one but Aluminum sim ply lacks the holding strength Grunge No way Seattles Posies will play hardedged pop tonight at Metro in Chicago iJ ppers Thenrhe disap peared from airwaves and concert stages Russell began to get active again in the mid80s touring with pal Willie Nelson and sporadically recording albums though hes never quite reached his former lofty perch If ever there was an artist ready for a Don Wasstyle makeover a la Brian Wilson or Waylon Jennings its Russell Son Volt 7 pm Thursday and next Friday at Metro 3730 N Clark St Chicago Thursday is sold out 312 549 0203 One of two groups to rise from the ashes of downstate Bellevilles Uncle Tupelo Jay Farrars Son Volt has if anything eclipsed for mer partner Jeff new band Wilco Farrars laconic Neil Youngish vocals on the bands debut Trace album highlight tracks like Route and Drown which have received plenty of air play locally Farrars songs alter nate between acoustic country tunes and electric farmbelt rock ers and are equally potent in ei ther mode The Tragically Hip Clarissa pm Thursday at Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Chica go 312 5591212 If youve ever seen Canadas the Tragically Hip in person its hard to understand why they still ret a riveting if somewhat ungainly figure on stage and the bands hardhitting guitarrock sound ap peals at the visceral level The band is touring to promote its new Trouble at the Henhouse album All concert information is sub ject to change Please call the individual venues to confirm times tickets prices and avail ability Check The List for a complete schedule of the weeks music events EXOTIC PET FAIR SALE BUY SELL OR TRADE Dogs Cats Birds Reptiles Small Mammals and Exotic Pets of All Kinds Plus Food Supplies Cages Everything For Your Pet SUNDAY JUNE 23 10 AM to 3 PM Lake County Fairgrounds IL
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