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CRITIC'S CHOICE

Bootsy Collins and His New Rubber Band, Saturday, October 29, at the Ogden Theatre, with Dread Zeppelin, is back, baby--but he never really went away. A star-eyed superman who brought his otherworldly personality and mastery of the space-bass to the JBs, Parliament/Funkadelic and his own wonderful solo work, Collins hasn't had his name above the titles of many albums lately, but he's become a sideman supreme: He's on the latest discs by the Golden Palominos, Praxis, Umar Bin Hassan and the Soup Dragons, among several others. Moreover, Bootsy is the subject of a recent, and invaluable, best-of collection issued on the Warner Bros. label. But the real news is Blasters of the Universe, a new double-CD manifesto (issued by Rykodisc) that serves as a reminder of just how loopy, danceable and original Bootsy's music is at its best. With funk making a comeback, it's only appropriate that the musician who gave the music its thump should return as well. Free your mind and your ass will follow.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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