Music: The Garage Door Opens

Dance music from the U.K. is sneaking up on us

It's a sunny Thursday afternoon, and Craig David is adding a little garage to the penthouse of midtown Manhattan's hip Hudson Hotel. David, 19, is a star of U.K. Garage, a dance-music genre that is even more popular in Britain than trading gossipy stories about the Countess of Wessex. The genre is looking for a U.S. breakthrough. Americans, however, have long had mixed emotions when it comes to British imports: the Beatles were great, of course, but we're understandably concerned right now about foot-and-mouth disease and Weakest Link host Anne Robinson. And don't get us started on the Spice Girls.


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