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March 5, 1990 | CRAIG LEE
"Afro-acid rock" sounds like something Hugh Masekela might have experimented with in the late '60s, but actually it's the term the group Tribe After Tribe uses to define its style. Led by South African expatriate Robbi Robb, the Los Angeles-based power trio played the Shamrock on Friday as if the east-of-Hollywood neighborhood bar was the Forum, inspiring at least one onlooker to flick his Bic.
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March 5, 1990 | CRAIG LEE
"Afro-acid rock" sounds like something Hugh Masekela might have experimented with in the late '60s, but actually it's the term the group Tribe After Tribe uses to define its style. Led by South African expatriate Robbi Robb, the Los Angeles-based power trio played the Shamrock on Friday as if the east-of-Hollywood neighborhood bar was the Forum, inspiring at least one onlooker to flick his Bic.
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January 22, 1994 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tribe After Tribe's fine fusion of hard rock and South African rhythm landed the trio in a kind of mystic realm Thursday night at the Coconut Teaszer, to a shimmering, complex sound somewhere between the epic noise of Led Zeppelin and the modern world beat of Peter Gabriel. That trip came via some long instrumental jams between the verses, as if to further demonstrate the always astonishing power of a single guitar, bass and drum kit.
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July 29, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER
The Pearl Jam apparel and memorabilia being sported by many of the audience members at the El Rey Theatre on Friday were a tip-off: It was the L.A. debut of Three Fish, a side project spearheaded by Pearl Jam's bassist Jeff Ament. The blend of Middle Eastern-flavored rock and loud, fervent angst came across with mixed results.
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June 15, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"So many songs about (copulation)," singer Pat Dubar mused at one point during Mind Funk's show at Bogart's Thursday night, as he introduced "Bring It On," one of the band's frequent explorations of the libido. Mind Funk's version of sex had nothing to do with the puerile fantasy you get from the airhead wing of heavy metal--the Kisses, Poisons, Warrants and Motley Crues.
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June 7, 1996 | SARA SCRIBNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Eddie Vedder's struggles with fame have been well chronicled, but what do the other members of Pearl Jam do when success overwhelms them? Bassist Jeff Ament resorted to a mental trick. "For a while I was wearing a rubber band around my wrist," he says. "Whenever I would find myself speculating too much about what was going to happen, worrying about the future, I would snap the rubber band and say, 'Right now!' The rubber band reminded me that I should be living for the moment."
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September 21, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Oppression is often the leavening of art, philosophy and spirituality, and Robbi Robb knows this well. As guitarist, singer and main creative force behind South African rock group Tribe After Tribe, Robb has a head full of painful, first-hand memories of censorship and brutality. Although Tribe After Tribe, which performs tonight at the Coach House, moved from Johannesburg to Hollywood six years ago, seminal experiences in his conflicted homeland still feed Robb's outlook and artistic muse.
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