September 23, 2003

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden & Walker Arts Center: Minneapolis, MN

If you ever find yourself in the twin city vicinity, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Walker Art Center are both a must-see. Featuring work from masters past and present including Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenberg, there is never a dull moment within these artistic confines.

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Bonnaroo 2003 DVD and CD Out 10/21

As eclectic as the festival itself, a two-disc CD release and a DVD commemorating this year’s second Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tenn., will showcase everyone from the Dead and Emmylou Harris to Sonic Youth and the Polyphonic Spree. The audio set “Live From Bonnaroo” and the DVD “270 Miles From Graceland – Bonnaroo 2003” will be issued Oct. 21 via Sanctuary.
John Alagia (John Mayer, Keller Williams) produced the 23-track CD compilation. It includes such highlights from the June 13-15 event as the Dead’s “Sugar Magnolia,” Warren Haynes’ “The Real Thing,” James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and Ben Harper’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.”
“For all my previous films, I was the main cinematographer,” Clinch says in a statement, recalling such features as “Pleasure & Pain,” his 2002 Harper documentary. “For shooting something of this magnitude — four stages, 80,000 people — I hired cinematographers who I could trust to translate the feeling I was trying to capture… a classic hand-held documentary style combined with adventurous framing and point of view.”
The film will receive a theatrical premiere Oct. 8 at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater.


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“Born To Run” Tops Zagat Album List

Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 breakthrough album “Born To Run” (Columbia) ranks No. 1 on the most popular albums list in Zagat Survey’s first Music Guide.
Best known for its surveys of restaurants, hotels and other leisure pursuits in major cities, Zagat queried more than 10,000 listeners to create a list of the 1,000 top albums of all time, as well as dozens of other tallies across more than 20 genres and eight decades of music.
Four albums by the Beatles, two by U2, another by Springsteen and releases by Miles Davis and Pink Floyd round out Zagat’s top 10 most popular albums.
“Born To Run,” which peaked at No. 3 and spent 110 weeks on Billboard’s album chart, is also on top of the rock and classic rock lists and No. 5 on Zagat’s overall quality tally. Springsteen & the E Street Band rank eighth on the list of most influential artists, which is led by the Beatles.
Davis’ 1959 release “Kind of Blue” (Columbia/Legacy), No. 6 on the most popular list, is the No. 1 album for overall quality and the top jazz album.
The top hip-hop album is Public Enemy’s 1988 classic “It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back” (Def Jam). The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1972 set “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” leads country albums, Massive Attack’s “Protection” ranks as the favorite electronica set and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Moanin’ in the Moonlight” is at the front of the blues class.
“We knew this survey would be especially challenging since musical taste is so personal and top picks of all time stir passionate arguments,” publishers Tim and Nina Zagat said in a statement. “To our delight, participants showcased their tastes with a depth of knowledge that stands up to the most critical musical ear — these are people who know chapter and verse on their preferred genres and they avidly shared memories and associations that their favorite recordings evoke.”
The Zagat survey found that fans listen to music 24 hours each week, more than five of which is conducted on computers and MP3 players. Participants spend an average $343 per year on music to stock an average collection of 516 titles; 53 percent download music from the Internet and 55 percent burn their own CDs.

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O.A.R. To Play Colleges This Fall

Aterna/jam band O.A.R. will be hitting the college circuit this fall. Following the university run, O.A.R. will step things up and headline a string of dates at larger venues, including a two-night stand at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom. O.A.R will also be opening for 311 on two nights in November in Providence, RI and State College, PA. The band just wrapped a stint aboard the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour where they shared the stage with N.E.R.D., Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and The Roots. In addition to rocking the mic, O.A.R. have seen the single “Hey Girl” from their major label debut, In Between Now And Then, hit the Top 40 chart.

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Headbangers Ball Returns To TV and Stage

When “Headbangers Ball” returned to TV sets earlier this summer, metal fans rejoiced. Now, MTV2 – the show’s new home – is putting a little more icing on the cake and sending three bands out on the road to give some headbanging lessons in person. Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, and Shadows Fall will rotate and co-headline the MTV2 Headbangers Ball tour, which explodes onto stages starting October 28 in Canada. Confirmed dates stretch into the beginning of December and more are expected to be added. Opening act Unearth will perform for the first leg of the tour, with God Forbid tackling the second part.
Fans can study up on their current metal by catching “Headbangers Ball” as it airs on MTV2 every Saturday night at 10 p.m. EST, or by picking up the MTV2 Headbangers Ball album.

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