And the Smooth Shall Become Rough...

Smooth jazz fans want answers. We've got 'em.

Aqueduct put on the best set I saw this year at South by Southwest (it had to be good; I waited through Harvey Danger to see it). Band leader David Terry looks like Kevin Smith and plays the sweetest keyboards this side of Elton John. At SXSW he and his band (his albums are solo affairs, but he tours with a three-piece) opened with the Geto Boys' "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta." Even better were originals such as "Hardcore Days and Softcore Nights" and "Growing Up with GNR," poppy geek-rock gems that sounded like tough They Might Be Giants. They're at Cicero's Thursday opening for Kansas City's Golden Republic. Go.

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