Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

We're All Ears for Music in the New Year

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

We're All Ears for Music in the New Year

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Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer

In 2002, Eminem officially assumed the throne as King of All Media, so it's natural to wonder if, like onetime king Howard Stern, the Detroit rapper will fade into the footnotes of popular culture right after his big coming out party.

That seems to be the way it works lately. Eminem is right, however, that the music world feels a little empty without him. So if Em falters in 2003, the popular culture bullpen had better be ready to send a fresh arm to the mound.

Could the reliever be none other than Limp Bizkit? The Jacksonville band has been uncharacteristically quiet ever since their Put Your Guitar Where Your Mouth Is tour apparently failed to replace departed guitarist Wes Borland. Nevertheless, the band has been hard at work in the studio.

It's hard to say what Bizkit 2.0 will sound like. But because the rap-metal sound that propelled the band to superstardom has become passe during their absence, the new Limp album (reportedly titled Less Is More and due in April) will be a test artistically and a make-or-break affair commercially.

In the meantime, the garage-rock scene (which helped kill rap-metal) shows no signs of relenting, with the White Stripes, Hives and Strokes getting bigger all the time.

By now the music industry image-makers have had ample time to manufacture their own sterile reproductions of these bands, so keep your eye out for a grungelike army of mediocre acts who play stripped-down rock that shamelessly apes the standard-bearers.

I'm sure all the new acts will say they've been playing this kind of music in their basements for, like, ever. Caveat emptor, dear reader -- the ghosts of Silverchair and Candlebox haunt us still.

Anyone can see that rock is evolving mighty fast these days, leaving a lot of bands behind. …

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