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Music

Get into the groove

@Street Text:I try to make it funky," Philadelphia singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mike Brenner tells Street over a cup of coffee in Old City.

by TAMI FERTIG

Editor's picks

Tami Fertig: Smokey Robinson Smokey is Motown. Listening to him sing those timeless love songs in that easy-on-the'-ears voice of his, I almost consider paying the $5 billion dollars to see him play live at Trump Plaza --the Atlantic City venue that caters to the octogenarians of New Jersey.

by 34TH STREET

Albums

Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder At any given Incubus show, a concertgoer could run into a vicious teenage headbanger, a 30-year-old, beer-drinking male and an 11-year-old girl enamored with Brandon Boyd's exposed abs.

by 34TH STREET

That was a crazy game of poker

Backstage at the Electric Factory, the quintet known as O.A.R., all clad in blue jeans and assorted rock 'n' roll t-shirts, could easily be mistaken for a group of college kids -- the same crowd that makes up the majority of the band's fanbase.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

Editor's picks

Tami Fertig East River Pipe "Times Square Go-Go Boy" The man behind East River Pipe, F.M. Cornog, has suffered from alcoholism, an emotional breakdown and homelessness -- in New Jersey.

by 34TH STREET

Lamp desk spotlight On: Eric T. Miller

Name: Eric T. Miller Position: Editor & Publisher of MAGNET Magazine Recent Cover Stories: B.R.M.C., Interpol, Tom Petty, Wilco, Stephen Malkmus More information: www.magnetmagazine.com What Eric Says: What is MAGNET Magazine? I always like to describe it to my parents, for instance, as a magazine about a bunch of bands you've never heard of.

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Errico and Co.

It's 3 p.m. on a Sunday, and Mike Errico is at Penn Station in New York City waiting for the train home.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Don't You Forget About Simple Minds

Out of the spandex-loving, big-haired days of the '80s came the Rat Pack, cheesy movies and bands like Simple Minds.

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Still representing Montreal

You were hanging out on St. Catherine Street?" Hamelin replies when Street mentions our encounter with a Chilean prostitute in Montreal.

by KEVIN LO

Best of 2003

2003 was a great year for music. Despite issues within the industry over file-sharing, album sales and the future of the business, the albums released last year put all that aside and really dove into the work.

by 34TH STREET

Hello, Is Anyone There?

:Frontman Justin Williams, who has "been playing in bands since [he] was 14, traveling since [he] was 15," joined The Talk about two years ago.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

Christianity Rocks

Across the country, the United Fellowship of Christian Rock Bands has searched to package together the greatest Christian Rock Band to grace God's earth.

by MEL GIBSON

Jesus Chords

Unbeknownst to many Penn students, there's a religious concert venue in Philadelphia other than the First Unitarian Church.

by ISAIAH THE PROPHET

The book of gangsta

Few rappers have the experiences of Paul da Aposta. From his days as a McDonald's fry boy to his current nationwide church tour, Paul is bringing a unique blend of hip-hop to people who see a bit of choirboy in him.

by JUDAS ISCARIOT

War in the Ambulance

For many fans, disillusion ensues when their favorite band makes the dreaded jump from an indie to a major record label.

by ZACH SMITH

I Want My MTV

If MTV's 30 second video clips of Beyonce and Britney don't do it for you anymore, the Directors Label is here to help.

by JOHN CARROLL

Girls On Film

No Greatest Hits DVD would be complete without topless female mud-wrestling -- at least that's how English synth-junkies Duran Duran see it. This collection compiles nearly two decades worth of glitz, from 1981's self-titled debut to 1997's Medazzaland. The glam band's biggest success laid in constant MTV rotation, and these music videos emphasize their expert exploitation of the medium. 1980s music specialized in cheesy special effects, synths, heavy beats and weird hair.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

After the Gold Rush

Angie Aparo's got a beef with the record industry. The singer/songwriter -- known for hits "Spaceship" and "Hush" off 2000's The American -- is currently between labels and has been unable to garner radio play.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

Cash Money

Faced with slumping sales, the record industry has tried new methods -- like including a bonus CD or DVD with albums -- to provide consumers with incentives to buy rather than download.

by CLAYTON NEUMAN

Blink and You'll Miss It

Punk rock is quite an amusing genre, especially because of its fans. They'll support their groups whether the crowds have five people or 100, but once you start inching towards 200, well, you're a sell out. Blink-182 is one of many punk bands who slaved away at making mediocre punk rock before hitting it big with a poppier album.

by JOHN CARROLL

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