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Easter Bunny

POP MUSIC | POP EYE

March 23, 1997|Steve Hochman

If you stay up very late--or get up very early--Easter morning, you'll have a chance to see one of the most sought-after rabbits around. No, not the cotton-tailed fellow with the basket full of eggs, but Rabbit in the Moon, a Florida-based electronic dance-music combine that may be the act most coveted by record labels hoping to get hopping in that much-discussed genre.

Rabbit in the Moon, which combines colorful performance-art theatrics with enticing grooves, will be the centerpiece of a rave carnival running from 9 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. next Sunday at the Shrine Exposition Hall. And it's a good bet that a healthy showing will be made by representatives of the many record companies that are trying to sign the act.

Part of the group's appeal is that it's a home-grown presence in a scene dominated by English imports. It leads a pack of unsigned U.S. artists that also includes San Francisco's Dub Tribe and Hardkiss.

But Rabbit member Monk wants to downplay that status.

"It's pie in the sky until something actually materializes," he says, sounding indifferent to the contracts that have been proposed. "We'll hear people out, but it's not really on our agenda [to sign with a major label]. Our agenda is to keep doing what we do."

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