Sad news from the road: on Fri. Nov. 4, just days after performing in Charleston during Redux's Sawaguzo! Festival, the members of Japanese rock band DMBQ suffered a terrible wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike. The band was on the way to a show in Brooklyn when their van was struck by a motorist. Drummer Mana "China" Nishiura (also known for her work with Shonen Knife) was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. The other members --Shinji Masuko, Toru Matsui, and Ryuichi Watanabe -- suffered injuries. Tour manager and Panache Magazine writer Michelle Cable remains hospitalized with head injuries. A Paypal account has been set up for donations to help with medical fees for the band and Cable. Send donations to email@example.com via PayPal or to Lovepump United, P. O. Box 3241, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603. Brief updates are available online at www.dmbq.net. --T. Ballard Lesemann
They've been together for a decade. They haven't yet decayed. They're, perhaps, one of the longest surviving "together groups" of the Charleston music scene. The Blue Dogs mark a 10-year anniversary with a return to the Dock Street Theatre on Fri. Nov. 25. In 1995, the band recorded their debut live album, Live at the Dock Street Theatre. Look for singer-guitarist Bobby Houck, lead guitarist David Stewart, upright/electric bassist Hank Futch, drummer Greg Walker during a matinee performance at 6 p.m. and an evening show at 8:30 p.m. City Paper certainly hopes to feature the Blue Dogs in an accurate light during their big 10th Anniversary activities but we need feedback from the band's fans and otherwise to do so. Please send any thoughts and amusing anecdotes this way. --TBL
Hey you, thief! Whoever stole Defilers guitarist Arleigh Hertzler's Gretsch Orange Top last week better 'fess up ... right now, dammit. --TBL
Local ha-ha-hip-hoppers White Boy Crazy have been steadily building a reputation throughout 2005, culminating in their brand new official debut CD, Thighs 2 Da Challenge. The boys will have freshly-pressed copies of Thighs at their Tues. Nov. 22 Cumberland's show, where they open for VCR and Snack Truck (yes, two different bands). Frontman Power Talker (a.k.a. Kevin Taylor) also recently completed the band's first video, for "Up In My Ride," available at http://homepage.mac.com/kevinearltaylor/iMovieTheater4.html. --Sara Miller
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