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Monday September 20th

Arts & Culture


Malkmus' Clever Sarcasm, Charm Enthrall Audience

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Cat's Cradle Sunday, Nov. 11 4 Stars It's hard to take Stephen Malkmus too seriously. Heroin-thin and with hair in his eyes, the ex-Pavement frontman was the star of the show Sunday, but he never acted the part. Indie rock icon Malkmus was comfortable and comedic on the Cat's Cradle's stage. His signature speak-singing delivery and his Philly falsetto were in fine form, and he screeched his slacker yelp whenever he could fit it.

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Spreading the Word

Magic Dirt, Big Blue Monkey, Milkweed and Collywobblies. Rape Vaccine's had a razor blade taped to it. These bands' records and press material are in an overflowing box tucked out of the way at Sub Pop Records. This dreaded dead-end is labeled "unsolicited demos and other free stuff." Similar promotional graveyards are at most entertainment publication and performance venues, where CDs and press kits pile up.

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Dive Recommends

- Roland Orzabal, Tomcats Screaming Outside The former lead singer and songwriter of Tears For Fears returned this year with his first solo album. Boasting an energetic blend of ambitious pop, grunge and menacing ambience, Orzabal's signature production and unparalleled vocal range make this album one of his best ever. -

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Teen Queen Looks to Janet for 'Not So Innocent' Inspiration

Britney Spears Britney 3 Stars Whether anyone likes it or not, Britney Spears is an icon. Or at least she's built a career alluding to those who have reached such status. With Britney, Spears is making her play for relevance. The album is her equivalent to Like a Prayer and Janet, and the icons she emulates on it are equally powerful. Spears has recast herself using the angry sexuality of "Butterfield 8"-era Elizabeth Taylor, the media savvy of Courtney Love and a Madonna-esque mission to make her dance music say something meaningful about society.

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Tour Combs Campus for Covert Art

They number in the thousands, lurking in the corners, hanging in the shadows, just waiting for anyone to walk by -- "hidden art" pieces are all around campus, ready to be discovered. To showcase these various forms of art across campus the Carolina Union Activities Board held a tour of hidden art on Tuesday afternoon. The tour included oil paintings, charcoal works and etchings owned by the University, the artists or private donors.

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IMAX Theater to Open in Raleigh

The ear-shattering, jaw-dropping power of IMAX is coming to Raleigh. After three years of planning, Raleigh's Exploris museum, located at 201 E. Hargett St., is opening its new IMAX theater Friday. The Exploris facility is the state's second such theater and adds to the more than 225 in the world.

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Local Band Hits Road For Tour

Michael Triplett, vocalist and guitarist for local band Fin Fang Foom, stumbles out of his tour bus late one morning, complaining of the cold and tired of the road, but excited -- his band has finally broken new ground. Fin Fang Foom has had a cult following of its eclectic sound -- but the release of the band's first full length LP,Texture, Structure and the Condition of Moods, represents a major stepping stone on a path it has been travelling for a long time. The band boasts an interesting mix between psychedelic distortion and talented riffs and rhythms.

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Setting the Date

It's 2:30 p.m. on a sunny Tuesday afternoon, but no sunlight reaches down a steep and narrow stairway. A man named Mouse is hard at work beneath Franklin Street. It's dark. Mouse lights a cigarette, puts a jazz compact disc on the stereo and listens intently. Mountains of folders, papers and photos are spread out before him. He looks down at the mess. "It's all propaganda," he says with a laugh. Mouse has what some people would say is one of the most important jobs in Chapel Hill.

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Electric Bus Gives Patrons Education, Entertainment

Entering the circus-like tents of the Experience Music Project's Electric Bus, the museum-goer is met with a cacophony of sound. Hank Williams wails about "your cheatin' heart" over the pop strains of Britney Spears singing " ... Baby One More Time," as Jimi Hendrix's piercing guitar fades into the background. As the ears become more accustomed to this assault, people can turn their attention to the exhibits.

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Experience Music Project's Electric Bus Comes to UNC

The Experience Music Project's Electric Bus isn't your typical 18-wheeler. After all, a smashed guitar is a far cry from bleating livestock. And the average truck driver wouldn't be carrying handwritten lyrics by legendary singer/songwriters including Kate Bush, Bob Dylan and Chuck D. The Electric Bus' four-day pit stop at UNC begins today, allowing students to view its artifacts, hands-on exhibits, film and photos. "If you are into music, you can learn so much there," said John Morrison, the Electric Bus Director of Touring and Logistics.

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