Who Are These Girls & Guys?

That's a bigger question than usual in our 1996 new music poll.

           Peter Johns, The Edge: 1.Colfax Abbey
2.Cooper 3.G.I.V.E. 4.Likehell 5.Dylan Hicks.

           DJ JT, producer of Rev 105's Industrial Revolution: 1.Chris Sattinger 2.Shampoop
3.Auto-Kinetic 4.DJ Slip 5.Autumn--Chris Sattinger is making techno records that shake the earth's core. Shampoop play pure adrenalized punk rock, complete with idiotic stage presence. Auto-Kinetic: Local techno production duo coming to terms with their own niche. DJ Slip: another under-recognized techno producer coming out with hard, abstract grooves. Autumn: Did somebody say Sisters of Mercy?

           Stephen Knight, Kamikaze magazine: 1.Epa
2.Ring 3.Mine's Clarence 4.Arch Stanton
5.The Cashmen--You've probably never heard of any of these artists unless you're hip to the Twin Cities' budding Christian music scene. You say, "Who cares?" Well, you might care, once you hear the in-your-face hardcore/ rap/rock stylings of Mine's Clarence or the pop-punk rock candy tossed out by Ring. Veterans like Epa just keep getting better and better, just check out their brand new CD, Jewel Box. And fresh faces like Arch Stanton are starting strong with their debut, Simple Green Holidays (produced by PFR's Mark Nash). With an all-important showcase at First Avenue June 30 now behind them, Minneapolis's Christian artists are finally threatening to break into the mainstream.

           Chris Lambe, Loring Bar: 1.40 Oz. Superhero
2.Own 3.Who Are Those Guys 4.Francis Gumm 5.12 Rods.

           Ali Lozoff, Radio K: (no order) 12 Rods; February; Semisonic; Stuart Davis; William and the Conquerors.

           Mary Lucia, Rev 105: 1.Seth Hogan and the Buck-Fifty Boys 2.Detroit 3.Ether Bunny.

           Jim Meyer, Star Tribune: 1.12 Rods 2.All the Pretty Horses 3.Detroit 4.Sandwiches
5.Tubby Esquire. (Honorable mentions: The Pins; Carolyn Pershing; the Joint Chiefs; Wallace Hartley & the Titanics; Happy Apples, a.k.a. Duets for Traps and Reeds; and a tie between Kid Dyllin' Hicks & the Big Dicks and dylan davis.)

           Jason Parker, Extreme Noise: 1.The Strike 2.Dillinger 4 3.State of Fear 4.Empty Set
5.Man Afraid--The Strike have two and a half 7-inches out and various compilation tracks (one English, one American, and one Japanese) on par or possibly better than SLF, the Clash or the Jam ever were. Dillinger 4 can fill a basement with kids in about one minute. State of Fear are a supergroup featuring ex-members of Disrupt, Deformed Conscience, and Human Greed. Empty Set made a slight member shift and name change from Impetus Inter; sorta like Drive Like Jehu on crack, or Rorshach with better hair. Man Afraid plays '90s political hardcore like Born Against used to do, but with an added touch of early-'80s D.C. hardcore (Minor Threat et al.). All of the above regularly play all-ages basement shows, have 7-inches and/or 12-inches and can be found with a track or two on the Minneapolis Punk Comp No Slow...All Go!

           Jackie Rocket, delicate hot-house flower, editor, Billygirl: 1.Flatstor 2.Vic Volare and His Orchestra 3.(tie) Rhinestone Chassis, Magnatone 5.Hot Water Beagle--Four of my favorite barflies and their awesome drummer have managed to recreate that intimate basement keg-party atmosphere in bars with Hot Water Beagle. When Speedway broke up, I was crushed. Then from the ashes arose not one, but TWO awesome bands: Rhinestone Chassis leans into a sort of grrl honky-tonk, while Magnatone cruises right into surf and punkabilly. What happens when a not-so-new band keep their astonishing vocals and pare down to just a single guitar? Flatstor manages to completely mesmerize me every time. And with their harmonies in the spotlight even more so now, they sparkle. The Front has recently been pushing the whole "Cocktail Nation" theme with Saturday's Club Velvet and their current star of Tuesday nights, Vic Volare. Vic has the perfect amount of lounge lizard smarminess to set off his group of talented backup boys. And when he grabs his, um, sax--watch out. Runners up: The Darlins (awesome country with Scotty Shanks belting em out) and The Exotics (mind-blowing surf from a Milwaukee Band that plays here often enough to be local).

           Brent Sayers, Universal Parliament of Hip Hop: 1.Beyond 2.Atmosphere 3.King IXL 4.DJ Stage One & The Sureshot Brothers
5.Black Herbalites--First of all, if any of these names seem unfamiliar to you, either you don't know shit about hip-hop or you have never checked out KFAI's Strictly Butter (Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.) or The Underground Railroad Video Show (Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on channel 33). Now that I got that off my chest, Beyond's steady flow hits your dome piece like a blast from a shotty. With his commandeering presence and thought-provoking lyrics, many will label him Minnesota's KRS-One. If you've never seen Atmosphere around town, you've probably seen Slug sittin' in with numerous local bands or any other stage with a mic on it. If you're looking for that new high, Atmosphere's lyrical tactics will take you exactly there. King IXL: the Technic technician, Minnesota's number-one turntableist. Charismatic personalities and freestyles from the tables to the mic make Stage One and the Sureshot the pure essence of hip-hop. Last but definitely not least, you can catch the Black Herbalites rockin' stages and gettin' crowds hyped at every Universal Parliament of Hip Hop event from here to NYC.

           Christina Schmitt, Minnesota Daily A&E: 1.12 Rods 2.Skinner Pilot 3.Saltines 4.Dwindle 5.Clog.

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