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ROUGH MIX

Bed spins: The Erotics enjoy their heavy rotation.

GO WEST, YOUNG MEN: The Erotics will play their last local show for a while at Valentine’s on Saturday, ’cause then they’re off on a monthlong 14-city U.S. tour that will take them all the way to sunny L.A. The hard-rock “gutter glam” cats recently released 21st Century S.O.B. on Fast Lane Records to raves, and they’re determined to spread the wealth with the masses. Head on over to Valentine’s and wish them well, won’t you?

ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME BRYAN: Soul rocker Bryan Thomas follows up his 1999 debut, Radio Plastic Jennifer, with the newly released Ones and Zeroes—recorded at his home-studio—and it’s available at online retailers CDBaby.com and Amazon.com. According to the man’s press, “The sound reflects a somewhat darker take on Thomas’ favored themes of sex and race and art and God and the end of the world.” What else is there?

I LOVE ROCK & ROLL: Rob Skane, passionate purveyor of garage, folk and rock & roll melodies, has been chosen to play a showcase at this year’s North by Northeast—the Canadian version of South by Southwest (twice the mullets, twice the fun). The event takes place June 7 at Toronto’s Free Times Café. In more Skane news, “How Many More Times,” a single off his upcoming release, SelfNoise, hit no. 1 on the MP3.com Indie Pop/Lo Fi chart recently. Join Skane in celebrating the new arrival at the Ale House on June 22.

I SAW THE LIGHT: Ex-Clay People Mike Guzzardi (guitar), Dan Dinsmore (drums) and Brendan Slater (bass) have found themselves a singer in Dan Cohler, and the quartet are calling themselves the Illuminati. The group will tape a Sounding Board episode on June 2, and they’ll make their live debut as openers for the Living Colour reunion show at Northern Lights on June 16.

Where the boys are: Jupiter Sunrise.

THE SUN ALSO RISES: Jupiter Sunrise are one-eighteenth of the way through a U.S. tour that looks like it’ll never end. The foursome played Valentine’s on Mother’s Day, after the beginning leglet of their expedition that took them to Pennsylvania, Connecticut and various New York state locations. The best is yet to come, with stops planned in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Texarkana, Texas, and Albuquerque, N.M. The lads have been playing shows with Dashboard Confessional, Piebald, Legends of the Rodeo and the Conversation. July dates are planned for the West coast.

POST TIME: John Brodeur, one of the hardest working men in show business (such as it is in our humble hamlet), is taking his band, the Suggestions, to New York City club Downtime tonight, and The New York Post saw fit to run a teensy preview blurb on Tuesday (May 14), mentioning, “His Tiger Pop is full of songs with an amusing take on matters of the heart. It’s funny in a bittersweet way.” John Brodeur and the Suggestions are working on an EP slated for a June release.


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