B-Sides clears up any confusion between metalheads Celtic Frost and Irish folkies Celtic Woman.

Then we talk action and politics with Brooklyn Afrobeat aficionados Antibalas.

Indeed. On Security, you don't even hear any words until most of the way through the second track. You're ten minutes into the album before you hear a human voice.

If you want to read into that, that tells you something about the concept of action. Sometimes doing is more important than saying. We lead with action. Words enhance; words confirm what we already know between us. But that feeling is in the music.

Beyond the sonic elements, one thing I think you have in common with people like Fela is a transcendent quality, a feeling of being jolted or lifted out of the mundane.

Mike Gorman
Antibalas: "We lead with action."
Antibalas: "We lead with action."


Celtic Frost at Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois. 7 p.m. Friday, April 13. $22 to $25. 618-274-6720.

Celtic Woman at the Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. $47.50 to $57.50.

If you focus on the sound, the rhythm, the solos, the interaction of the guitars, the repetition of the bass, the punctuation of the drums — if you listen to that for the ten or fifteen minutes that our songs will often be, I think it has a deeper effect on you than if you listened to it for three minutes. It's a sort of massage for whatever node in your body receives music. — Jason Toon

9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. 314-727-4444.

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