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by Ryan Snyder

Slow-cooking Mcs like a pound of baby backs

What goes better with a juicy rack of slow-cooked ribs slathered in Sweet Baby Ray’s than hits from a washed-up early ’90s rapper? I can’t think of anything, which is why it makes perfect sense that Vanilla Ice (www.myspace.com/vanillaice1031) is part of the entertainment at the 5 th Annual Twin City Ribfest. It’s happening June 11-14 at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds and Ice’s set will take place at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 12. Full disclosure, however: I have seen the Iceman twice and it wasn’t a bad show. Granted, it was in the late ’90s, when he was doing the rap-metal thing for those eight minutes when it was sorta cool. He opened with a pretty wicked cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” that instantly surpassed the basement expectations that I had coming into the first show. Flash forward 10 years and he’s still doing rap-metal, despite it being possibly the most reviled genre of music since disco died. What can you say about the man other than that he’s just keeping it real? Maybe I’m just being hard on him; by all accounts he’s a good guy who’s just in need of some heartfelt brand counseling. Admission for the festival is just $6 and there are actually tons of great entertainers of the schedule, including Money B and DJ NuStylez of Digital Underground, though neither was hung upside-down from a ledge by Suge Knight.

From ice to icey’s prot’g’ No, this has nothing to do with a toddler falling down a well. Anyone in search of mindless beats need look no further than the Greene Street Club this Friday. DJ Baby Anne (www.myspace.com/madbassgirl), sometimes referred to as “The Bass Queen,” will be playing a long night of her original mixes that combine electro, Miami bass and heavy breaks. Her biggest influence is the prominent Orlandobased breakbeat artist DJ Icey, whose entire tracks she’s occasionally known to play from end to end while dancing to them. She does have her own stuff — aside from Icey, her musical influences range from break progenators Dynamix II and AfroRican to old school electronic masters Kraftwerk and 808 State. So far, she has put out 10 mix albums, most notably the Bass Queen in the Mix series. Her newest album, GroundnPound was released in July of 2008. The show is an age 18-and-up performance and will start at 10 p.m., though ticket prices have yet to be made available.

It’s so hard to say goodbye to nine inch nails

Trent Reznor has decided that he’s had enough. He’s stated that the current Nine Inch Nails tour will be the last before the band goes on what he believes will be a permanent hiatus, but a word of caution is in order: He’s no Ozzy Osbourne, Don Henley or any other artist who’s prone to a dozen “farewell” tours. Reznor’s word is as serious as a heart attack. He’s not interested in the money; the fact that he encourages his fans to steal his music is indicative of that. He’s brought Nine Inch Nails on the road for one final throwdown with several of his friends, those being Jane’s Addiction and Street Sweeper Social Club. While the former is instantly recognizable, the latter shouldn’t be dismissed, especially since it consists of the Coup’s Boots Riley and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. This one is the equivalent of musical porn for anyone raised on hard music in the ’90s. Unfortunately, there are only a couple of US shows left coming into this weekend. The last NIN show stateside will be at the Bonnaroo Festival, but the last nonfestival gig happens the day before and just so happens to be in Charlotte at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre. Tickets are obscenely cheap for this; you can get two lawn tickets for $15 before fees and a four pack for $25.50. Seats run from $34 to $79.50 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Ryan is going to Bonnaroo! Follow his Twitter feed all weekend long @YESRyan.

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