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State of the Airwaves

Injustice, Invasion, and Indefinite Suspension

By Dan Katz

Staff Writer

Here, concerts, concerts ... Concerts? Where are you? There’s slim pickings this week, but the Airwaves Show of the Week honors go to Canadians Great Big Sea and the Push Stars. They’re playing a St. Patrick’s show tonight at the Avalon that promises to be lively, entertaining, and musically cohesive. For more hardcore tastes, the Donnas arrive at the Middle East tomorrow, and Luna hits the Paradise Rock Club on Thursday. Or at least they would have if the Paradise hadn’t managed to get their liquor license suspended indefinitely ... the show’s been moved to Axis. Despite this loss of a venue, the club concert scene should perk up again as April rolls in. 3 Doors Down, the Charlatans UK, Stereophonics, and The The are all making local appearances.

I caught the Apollo 440 show at Axis a few weeks ago. The band played an excellent set, cranking out breakbeats and drum n’ bass on live drum kits, fusing massive guitar parts and DJ sampling, and generally putting forth unbelievable energy. It kind of makes me wish they toured the States more often ... well, it turns out my prayers have been answered. They’ll be joining Filter (another band that puts together rock and electronic music beautifully) for a tour that’ll be hitting the Worcester Palladium next month. Tickets go on sale this weekend. I suggest you snap ’em up.

Then again, there are some bands that just shouldn’t open for each other. Blink-182’s big summer tour features two opening bands: Fenix TX (I can handle that) and Bad Religion. Dear God. Bad Religion are punk legends who shouldn’t be opening for anyone, much less formulaic punk-poppers Blink-182, who, like Green Day, accomplish more entertainment in single music videos than they do on entire albums. If there’s any justice, the loudest sound at these concerts will be a stampede of people leaving between the second and third set.

25 days until ON’s Shifting Skin. Mark your calendars, it’s gonna be great.

I’m fairly sure that nobody cares about the results of the Juno Awards (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys) except me, but there’s some significance in the victories of two Canadian artists that I keep waiting to see break in the US. The Matthew Good Band managed to defeat Our Lady Peace, Moist, and the Tea Party, all of whom have released albums in the US (although the latest efforts from Moist and Tea Party haven’t been imported yet) with their album Beautiful Midnight, driven by the single “Hello Time Bomb,” which I still say is itching to be a hit down here. Even more impressive is Chantal Kreviazuk, who beat Album of the Year winner Alanis Morissette for the title of Best Female Artist. Chantal is married to OLP frontman Raine Maida, has a great voice, and is no doubt going to be recognized as a major pop star in America one of these days.

Static X’s “I’m With Stupid.” Um, it’s loud, it’s hard to understand, and it kinda scares me. That’s all I’ll say about that one.

Oh, and this is a totally ridiculous thing to bring up, but it is my column ... I just happened to watch Third Eye Blind’s video for “Losing A Whole Year” online for nostalgic purposes, and you know what? That was a great video! That’s all I wanted to say.

But I am sad to admit that you, the MIT newspaper-reading public, have disappointed me. I put out a call last week for songs on the radio that annoy the hell out of you and received no responses. This is your chance to vent, people! Get angry! Send those tirades, along with any other correspondence regarding this column and the world of rock music to All e-mails are read carefully and thoughtfully, and every seventh one wins a pony (while supplies last.) Until next time, keep expanding your horizons.