Babes in Arms

Detroit's The Go fights to save the soul of rock 'n' roll

Krautner knows just how lucky the group is to have found such a perfect combination of personal and musical chemistry so early in its career: "Being the very first band for all of us, it's really unique how it all worked out. It's actually kind of strange in a way."

Some would point to the group's reliance and heavy emphasis on tradition as backward-looking, that The Go's vibe is much closer to 1969 than 1999. It's a fair and almost undeniable assessment -- even the group members' long hair, leather-and-shades appearance suggests retro Detroit greaser rock. But Krautner says that's all part of the band's mission, one whose overriding emphasis isn't to change or revolutionize rock 'n' roll, but simply to help lift it out of its doldrums. "Rock 'n' roll doesn't need to be changed, it needs to be better. If rock 'n' roll was better 30 years ago than it is now, then, hey, that's a good place to start."

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The Go is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, November 2, at the Green Room in Tempe. Showtime is 9 p.m.

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