- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2002

No need to pinch the five band mates of New Found Glory. After watching their most recent album, "Sticks and Stones," rocket to the top echelon of the Billboard charts and spending their summer headlining the Warped Tour, these guys realize they're no longer dreaming. What they are doing is living out every young musician's fantasy. The group's fall tour makes its way to Nation tonight.
Cyrus Bolooki (drums), Chad Gilbert (guitar), Ian Grushka (bass), Steve Klein (guitar) and Jordan Pundik (vocals) are just in their early 20s, but they're already seasoned veterans when it comes to understanding that all-important crossroads where artistry merges with commerce.
The art directors for the band's self-titled 2000 release assembled a striking collection of Generation X and Y pop-culture icons, including a "Star Wars" action figure, roller skates, an Atari 2600 joystick and a tattered copy of Playboy magazine tucked beneath the bedclothes. The images gathered on the cover inspire nostalgia among the target audience, a group that clearly understands when it's being marketed to and manipulated.
The packaging and the product within a whiny-voiced narrator griping about bad relationships surrounded by a foundation of glossy pop-punk achieved their goals. The single "Hit or Miss" found its way to the FM airwaves, and the tantalizing cover helped sell more than 500,000 copies.

The phrase "shut out" evokes a wealth of negative connotations: rejection, emptiness, loneliness. India.Arie felt all of those emotions and probably many more after she failed to win any of the seven 2002 Grammy Award categories for which she was nominated.
One by one, the golden awards were presented to Alicia Keys, who claimed the prize for best new artist, song of the year, best R&B; album, best R&B; song and best female R&B; vocal performance. Miss Arie's hot-selling "Acoustic Soul" album lost to another multiple award winner, the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. At the end of the telecast, U2's Bono attempted to console her by signaling for Miss Arie to join his band onstage. She humbly declined, allowing the record of the year winners to enjoy the spotlight.
Less dedicated musicians might have given up their craft after such a disappointing night. Miss Arie, however, whose deeply introspective and inspirational songs propelled her from unknown to industry darling, returns with a new CD, "Voyage to India." She'll perform tracks such as "Little Things," "Headed in the Right Direction" and "Power of Words" as well as her breakout hit, "Video," during a show tomorrow at DAR Constitution Hall. The Detroit hip-hoppers of Slum Village, touring in support of their album "Trinity (Past, Present & Future)," appear in the opening slot.

What exactly is Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam? Think of it as a touring version of ESPN's hugely popular "X-Games," led by skateboarding's reigning king. Mr. Hawk is to his profession as Bill Gates is to software or Michael Jordan is to professional basketball. Just as millions of admirers try to emulate Mr. Jordan's moves, young skateboarders challenge themselves to match Mr. Hawk's boarding action. Now he's taking the Tony Hawk attitude to arenas all over the United States.
On Sunday, he'll transform MCI Center into an extreme-sports mecca. Throughout the event, Mr. Hawk and 12 other athletes among them freestyle motocross star Clifford Adoptante, BMX bikers Dave Mirra and Mat Hoffman and Mr. Hawk and fellow skateboarder Bucky Lasek will showcase their skills on a huge customized ramp.
What's important here is the opportunity to hear Social Distortion playing live to ratchet up the adrenaline level and chances are the band's gritty, working-class punk rock will drown out the soundtrack. The Southern California group, together since 1979, is best known for its hits "Ball & Chain" and "Bad Luck." The Offspring, Face to Face, Good Charlotte and '80s new-wave innovators Devo supply the tunes in other cities.
So that explains the concept. But what exactly does Boom Boom HuckJam mean? On the tour's Web site (www.boomboomhuckjam.com), Mr. Hawk explains that "huck" is a slang term for launching into the air, "jam" is a collection of talented athletes and "boom boom" refers to "the music or the impact of the experience."

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