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Youssou N’Dour

SAY NO TO WAR: Senegalese-born vocalist Youssou N’Dour, whom a Rolling Stone critic once dubbed “a singer with a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it,” was to have performed at the Egg next month as part of a seven-month tour of North America. The singer and UNICEF ambassador has canceled all of those gigs, in 38 cities, in response to the war. “It is my strong conviction that the responsibility for disarming Iraq should rest with the United Nations . . .,” N’Dour has said. “I find it impossible to imagine playing concerts in America when such grave issues are confronting all the peoples of the world.”

Tom Burre (far left) with fellow Bone Oilers

STILL SAY NO TO WAR: When area trailblazing musician Tom Burre, leader of the art-rock group Bone Oil and the live improvisational project Ghost Names, isn’t hard at work recording or performing live, he’s learning Web design. You can check out his new skills at his page dedicated to the Feb. 15 war protests in New York City:
nowar.html. The site features photos of that day, words about war and peace, video clips and myriad useful and informational links on the topic—including many ways to get information on the war without having to wade thorough our mainstream media’s slop heap.


The Maynard Brothers Band’s Nasty Packages

BATTLING WITH BANDS: Local blues-rock band the Maynard Brothers recently returned from Memphis, where they competed head to head with other bands in an international competition that took place in nightclubs on that city’s Beale Street. While they weren’t the reigning band in that competition, they placed sixth in the Plainfolks Award—a prize based on songwriting skills. The Brothers, who were asked to play the awards ceremony in Los Angeles but couldn’t get themselves there, competed among more than 100,000 entries—and they placed with their song “Down to the River,” from their debut release. The Brothers seem to be on a roll, as another one of their songs will be featured in the upcoming film Live Thy Neighbor with Roy Scheider. They recently released Nasty Packages, and will play a slew of dates behind that in the summer.

THE POWER OF THE SUGGESTIONS: The Suggestions have recently released the EP Mix Tape, on their own Mr. Duck records, and they’re touring like madmen behind it. Frontman John Brodeur, bassist Keith Hosmer and drummer Jason Schultz will officially head out on the road on Sunday (March 9) and return in late April-early May, with 22 stops in between—including a slot at the International Pop Overthrow festival. Go to for information about the band, the CD, the tour, the meaning of life, and such.

HAVE (NEW) CAR, WILL TRAVEL: Those cow-punk guys we love to love, the Coal Palace Kings, are selling their tour vehicle, a 1986 Chevy Suburban bus. It’s got a new exhaust, new tires, new paint and 176,000 miles. According to bandleader Howe Glassman, “It runs like a goddamn top.” Interested buyers should contact 446-9940.

—Kate Sipher


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