Sound and the Fury

Sound and the Fury

By Gilbert Garcia

a week on the scene

Synth 13

Sin 13 celebrates its second anniversary on Friday, April 2, with an all-out showcase of retro European synth-pop, in the form of German underground band Wolfsheim. Although the group formed in 1987 - making it more of a peer than a disciple of the electronic bands of the '80s - its music was not widely available in this country until 2001, when Metropolis Records released Spectators, Wolfsheim's American debut. Consider this band a Prussian Depeche Mode, with a moodiness exemplified by titles like "For You I'm Bleeding," "Scars Remain," and "Heroin, She Said." Doors open at 8 p.m. for Sin 13's anniversary bash. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show. Opening the show will be Iris.

April Madness

Final Four weekend will carry some March Madness into early April, and it promises to eclipse the hysteria created by the premiere of The Alamo (major difference: In place of Jason Patric and Dennis Quaid sightings along the River Walk, we'll get anonymous beer-bellied dudes in Oklahoma State and Duke T-shirts).

Vying for attention amongst all the hoops action will also be two weekend music gatherings. The World Music Festival - previously known as the Bob Marley Festival - claims to showcase the geographical and stylistic breadth of the reggae leader's impact on contemporary music. Spread out over two days (April 3 and 4) at Sunken Gardens, the lineup includes King Cobra & the Bush Doctors, Cosmic Force, Michael Black, and Twista.

On Sunday, April 4, in conjunction with the Final Four, Sunset Station hosts the Dasani Fest, an event that sounds like the mutant offspring of ESPN and the Food Network. While college basketball coaches compete in an epic culinary war known as the Slam Dunk Skillet Showdown, the music stage overflows with journeyman bands who made their mark a decade ago and are now capitalizing on some of that premature mid-'90s nostalgia (remember that golden era when the only Bush we had to worry about was a sorry-ass, Nirvana-clone band from England?). After a noon performance by SA's own Grupo Vida, the lineup looks like this: Sister Hazel (1:30 p.m.), Better Than Ezra (3 p.m.), Blues Traveler (4:30 p.m.), and Train (6 p.m.). Hootie and the Blowfish were apparently too busy golfing to make it. •

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