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Friday, June 1, 2007

Plugged in -- ASD's music picks for Wednesday, June 1

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2007 at 9:14 AM

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Piano Jazz: Rachel Z -- 8pm at Pearl's

"Rachel Z’s weird persona as a sex kitten/fusion keyboard whiz has sometimes overshadowed her brilliance on the acoustic piano, but that’s fully corrected on her new album Dept. of Good and Evil. Inspired improvisations and solid note choices fire the album, such as the flurries in “King of Pain,” the chordal melody of “E.S.P.” and the delicate touches of “Lakme.” Dept. is certainly accessible, from Z’s generous piano lines to the buoyant drumming of Bobbie Rae." --Philadelphia Weekly

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Afrobeat: Aphrodesia -- 10pm at Elbo Room

"The Bay Area's answer to Antibalas, Aphrodesia makes music with enough vim and vigor to make Fela's spirit proud. On this self-produced debut release, Aphrodesia adds traditional East African, dub reggae, and American funk and jazz influences to the Afrobeat bag, creating an album that truly deserves the multiculti tag." --East Bay Express

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Dorkcore (Symphonic Rock): Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation, Kylesa -- 730pm at Slim's

"[Within Temptation's] operatic goth metal is very theatrical and pompous at times, but it stuck with me anyway, because of the terrific arrangements and melodies." --Release Magazine<

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