Music: Meet The Hives

WITH A SWEDISH ACCENT AND AN AMERICAN LAUGH TRACK, THE HIVES MAKE OLD ROCK THE NEW FLAVOR

When The Hives are onstage, they aim to look like a gang of Swedish pimps working the world's most elegant street corner. All five band members wear identical black dress shirts and trousers, set off by white shoes and fluorescent white ties folded to look like ascots. Offstage, the Hives prefer black T shirts that blare their individual rock-'n'-roll pseudonyms--Chris Dangerous, Dr. Matt Destruction, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson and Vigilante Carlstroem--in big block letters. They are not courting anonymity. Nevertheless, shortly before their concert last week at Chicago's old Metro theater, the Hives walked past their fans in the theater...

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