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'Folk core' singer Elbow Finn uses the Internet to bend ears

So, I have this e-mail account that I am addicted to.

I check it out every five minutes.I'll stop whatever it is I'm supposed to be doing to see if anyone wants to talk to me via my computer.

Once upon a time, I was very popular. I would get messages all day from people. Now I just get computer notes from my dad, my sisters and my cousins.

Even as I am writing this column, I'm looking over at my little iMac, the new blue, Fisher-Price computer, wanting to click the e-mail icon, log on and see if I have any new messages.

It's an illness I tell ya, an illness!

This is how I find validation.

This is also how I get columns.

Hence, the inspiration for this week's star, Elbow Finn.

Yet another local veteran who has been developing a strong following via the Internet.

Ahh, the wonders of the 21st century.

Elbow Finn has songs on a site called Mp3.

I received a message telling me that if I wanted to check out any of the new music Finn has put out, I should click and listen.

I clicked.

Evidently E.F. has 400 songs on Mp3, and he's gotten about 1,400 hits. What that means I'll never know.

Unfortunately, I couldn't download the songs.

Of course, I probably did, and I'm so iMac illiterate, I wouldn't know it if the file bit me on the knee pit.

So I had to call the guys to get a sample of their very seasoned music.

Elbo Finn sings about political stuff, like misuse of wilderness, Utah urban sprawl, prison . . . .

The music has been labeled "folk core." You know, folk music with a hard streak.

Hopefully, you've all learned that anything with "core" in it means louder, harder and more metal.

I have.

My ears are still ringing from the last "core" thing I heard.

But actually, Elbo Finn isn't that bad.

I would say that E.F. is actually more garage-grunge-folk.

When I listened to the sample CD, I thought, Seattle, Pearl Jam, the movie "Singles."

I didn't think "folk core."

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a grunge-folk band. Nothing.

It is a heck of a lot better than being a "Hootie and the Blowfish" protege.

I'm sorry if I've offended those of you who listen to that saccharine stuff, but come on, people. There's a reason we never hear about the frat-party group anymore.

Flash in the pan.

Grunge, on the other hand, was the music that defined my generation.

So did flannel.

Thank the powers that be, all flannel has been banned as a fashion yes.

I'm sure some of you are saying the same thing about grunge.

Elbo Finn members Jayson Gates, Josh Bjorn Crowther, Maurice Hille and Jake McCandless have put out some really great albums.

Three to be exact.

"Thimble and the Wheel," "Cryptogamy Kills Cowboy" and "Obscurity."

At least, those are the titles listed on the site the guys sent me to.

If I'm wrong, I hope they e-mail me.

I will be checking every five minutes.