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MUSIC REVIEW

State of the Airwaves

Judith, Jailbait, and Juggalos

By Dan Katz

Staff Writer

Yes, on a pleasant spring [morning/afternoon/evening], there’s nothing like sitting back in your [dorm room/ILG/monotonous lecture] and relaxing to the smooth sounds of the Airwaves. Let’s get to the concert update. Tonight, the highbrows and lowbrows careen sharply away from each other, as critical darlings Built To Spill play the Roxy, while the clever but more tasteless Bloodhound Gang hit the Avalon, accompanied by underrated humor-punk band Nerf Herder, who make this concert the Airwaves Show Of The Week.

Those who would rather not be categorized are invited to stay in Cambridge, make their way to TT The Bear’s, and check out local faves The Gravel Pit. Monday and Tuesday, Third Eye Blind and Tonic are on stage at the Orpheum, and Tuesday night, the Insane Clown Posse continue to misunderstand what makes pro wrestling entertaining: after being drummed out of all three major federations for general idiocy, they’re touring their own “Juggalo Championship Wrestling,” sure to combine bad rapping with bad wrestling. (And if you think that’s a tautology, deal with it or stop reading my column. No, don’t, I was kidding!)

For anybody who’s been wondering for the last year how Blink-182 got so Top-40 all of a sudden, I offer the following conspiracy theory: Pressured by their management to become more marketable, the trio lent their name to a more mainstream-sounding band, and the actual Blink-182 changed their names to Fenix TX. Fenix, who have toured with Blink before (and will again this summer, third-billing the Blink-182/Bad Religion debacle) nicely capture the poppy but speedy punk that first won Blink-182 its fans in “All My Fault,” a song currently receiving high airplay on the radio and MTV, and featured in MTV’s new TV-movie, Jailbait. (The M stands for Movies now, kids!) Sure, doubt my theory now, but just wait until the next Fenix TX album, where their tempos grind to a halt and they tour with a new Dread Pirate Roberts -- I mean punk band.

Grrr ... I spent all that time testifying to what an incredible album ON’s Shifting Skin is going to be ... and Epic Records has delayed the release of the album indefinitely. At this point, I’ve heard almost every track on the disc, and it’s a great piece of work; if you know Failure, this is a little less heavy, but more melodic and orchestrated. There’s no report on why Epic is holding the album back, but hopefully it’ll get the chance to reach its audience in the very near future.

Glad you appreciated your birthday present, Katie. Just goes to show you that when Dan Katz gives a woman a piece of meat, [the remainder of this crude joke has been deleted in response to recent allegations of sexism toward The Tech, most of which was directed toward “Fun With Clip Art,” which, by the way, consistently fails to entertain me as well].

Forget Ozzfest, Warped Tour, Dave Matthews Band, Santana, or any other summer tour I may have previously hyped in blissful ignorance. The ticket of the summer is the just-announced bill of (I’m not making this up) Metallica, Korn, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000, and System of A Down. If you’re gonna be around here for the summer, they hit Foxboro Stadium (the first stop on their tour) June 30.

And, since it wouldn’t be Airwaves without my complaining about a song, I segue to “Judith,” by A Perfect Circle. I expect more from Maynard Keenan, the man who leads Tool, than this trudging drudgery. I want to hear another “Aenima.”

It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s the Airwaves e-mail system! Just put <airwaves@the-tech.mit.edu> in the To: box, “I love you, man” in the subject box, and tell me why. Your input is valued and makes me feel like a better person. (Note: negative commentary is graciously accepted as well, but you’ll have to figure out your own subject heading, Mr. Complainer.) ’Til next we meet, have a week, come see Dramashop’s Tartuffe, and keep expanding your horizons.