I am the local-music-show DJ at WUFI (the FIU radio station), and I was appalled to read that someone who "supports" local music could be so outright prejudiced toward some of Miami's newest bands that are also on the cutting edge. Aside from their beliefs and promotional ideas, these are still only two bands out of a sea of local music. If it weren't for New Times, some local bands would get little or no coverage, making the thriving Miami local music scene even more obsolete, on a national level.

I respect her opinion as an individual. But I do ask her to please be more open-minded toward new music and realize that in the real world: a) drugs and sex will always be a part of our society, thanks to the way our country glorifies them; b) normal is not always good; and c) please go crawl back under your "pop rock."

Arleen Garcia

I have a few things to say in response to Kathy from Miami. If she thinks that Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids are a disgusting band, she shouldn't go to their shows. It's that simple. Doesn't she realize that no one cares about her opinion?

If what she says is correct, and they do promote drug use and abnormal sex, I suppose that would make all their fans acid puppies who have sex with barnyard animals. If the band members really were acid freaks, that would also make them hypocrites, as I've been personally lectured by at least two members about the evils of drug use.

I can't understand why this obsession with sex (normal or otherwise) could bother anybody. It's not as if they drag their fans into dark corners and brutally rape them. I don't see them as a detriment to today's youth, as they don't push their views on anybody who doesn't want to listen. Marilyn Manson is not out to currupt anybody for life (only temporarily). The band members merely want to have a good time, which is exactly what they give their fans.

Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids is one of the most exciting and entertaining acts I've seen in a long time. Call it what you will, it's a matter of preference. They are not completely immoral. They're just honest. The boys themselves are a bunch of fun and (somewhat) down-to-earth guys. I think Kathy should get to know them before she shoves her negativity down other people's throats. And fortunately for her, the world of madness is a lot bigger than the world of sane.

Gypsey Sybil
Fort Lauderdale

Despite Greg Baker's unnecessary and compulsive detour into the realm of the pro-life/abortion issue ("Program Notes," September 4), when he keeps his notes within the bounds of the local music scene, he seems to have matters well in hand. Especially valuable is his advice that locals sample the local-club offerings available on a regular basis rather than always consuming the more expensive (and carefully packaged) concert offerings. Following Baker's advice, the local-music consumer will find some delightful entertainment in spontaneous settings and at very affordable prices (zero-to-six-dollar covers and beer for less than three dollars).

The scene includes "destination bars," like the always popular Tobacco Road, with nonstop upstairs/downstairs music and a wonderful patron mix of yuppie slummers and hard-core R&B fans, and the less crowded Shuckers, where you can have a beer while looking out over the Intracoastal between sets; less isolated walk-in bars, like the Clevelander and Tropics on the Beach, where you can listen to great music and watch the beautiful people and Rollerbladers move among the crowd; Cactus Cantina, which features some of South Florida's best and serves as headquarters for the local R&B Blues Society, an organization dedicated to giving local R&B efforts needed support; and the delightful Blarney Stone biker-and-blues bar in Homestead.

Most weeks all year long these bars offer music like the throaty vocals and rhythm of Lynne Noble and the Survivors, the award-winning R&B of the Roach Thompson Blues Band, the overwhelming enthusiasm of Wendy Pederson and Bob Hemphill in the Big Art Band, the variety of Little Nicky and the Slicks, the refurbished and always popular Iko-Iko, and the Road's constant "upstairs sampling" of the best R&B and zydeco the country has to offer.

Call me an R&B groupie, but please realize that South Florida has become a great place to be one.

Don Atwood
Key Biscayne

I have been reading New Times since it first appeared on the streets of Miami. It is fun, informative, and somewhat "trend setting"! New Times allows many to speak out on a variety of topics and doesn't discriminate. Now I live in Broward County and find it much more difficult to get a copy of New Times. Like banks and gas stations, you have boxes on many corners in Dade. Hey, get with the program! You have as many readers in Broward and could get even more. New Times has much to offer and it should be shared with all of South Florida. Get more boxes of New Times in Broward and Palm Beach. I understand you only have about ten percent circulation up here. Expand for both you and the readers!

Joel S. Slotnick

Pembroke Pines


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