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DOWN HAVANA WAY: The baseball game between the United States and Cuba wasn't the only groundbreaking event last March--American and British musicians met with Cuban president Fidel Castro at a post-concert reception at Havana's Karl Marx Theater. Joining local musicians onstage were Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Jimmy Buffett, Mick Fleetwood, Michael Franti (Spearhead), Lisa Loeb, Joan Osborne, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), and Duncan Sheik. The concert came at the end of a week's worth of songwriting pow-wows between U.S. and Cuban musicians.... SWITCHING TO 6-STRING: Former L7 bassist Jennifer Finch has forsaken the 4-string in her new band, OtherStarPeople. Stepping into the role of guitarist and co-vocalist, Finch and the other OtherStarPeople showcased new material from their upcoming Interscope release at this year's South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference. Also at SXSW was GP Editor in Chief (and cranky record producer) Michael Molenda who moderated the conference's "Recording Strategies" seminar.... Y2KAOS: What'll you be doing when the year counter clicks over to 2000? Waiting in your basement for the great computer melt-down? Well, climb out of your bunker and rock in the new year with Metallica and Ted Nugent at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The bash will be a homecoming of sorts, as both Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and the Motor City Madman are Michigan natives. Tickets go on sale October 23 through Ticketmaster, or charge by phone at (248) 645-6666.... ANARCHY IN THE U.S.: Break out the safety pins, spike that mohawk, and don those steel toes before heading out to this summer's Social Chaos Punk Festival. Old-school bands such as the Misfits, the Exploited, GBH, U.K. Subs, D.R.I., Murphy's Law, D.O.A., Poison Idea, Dr. Know, and Fang are taking their show on the road, teaching the kids how it's done. …

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