Alec Hanley Bemis

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  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    "To the left/Don't slow down now," commands Nigeria's Femi Kuti. "To the right/Don't come too fast." The lyrics, announced authoritatively in "Beng Beng Beng," the catchiest, most pop-oriented song on Kuti's Shoki Shoki, well describes the basic f...

  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    Ani DiFranco To the Teeth (Righteous Babe Records) In her rise to independently wrought stardom, Ani DiFranco created a sound and a persona designed for maximum impact. She may have gently dubbed herself "the little folksinger," but to everyone el...

  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    Beck Golden Feelings (Sonic Enemy) Midnite Vultures (DGC) While the hype already has begun on Midnite Vultures, Beck's new major-label effort, understanding Los Angeles's premier boho boychild-cum-mack-daddy is sharpened considerably by listening ...

  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    Beck Golden Feelings (Sonic Enemy) Midnite Vultures (DGC) While the hype already has begun on Midnite Vultures, Beck's new major-label effort, understanding Los Angeles's premier boho boychild-cum-mack-daddy is sharpened considerably by listening ...

  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    In the waning years of the '70s, Arto Lindsay "sang" and "played guitar" for DNA, and his musicianship deserved the quotes. Emerging in the wide-open aftermath of punk rock, DNA was part of what was dubbed the New York "No Wave," a movement of ban...

  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    "A DJ should do everything -- body tricks, beat juggling, all that," Miami's own DJ Craze told Urb magazine in 1998. "You've gotta show that you're a DJ in the full essence and have that total package." Hmmm. Remember that guy in your high school?...

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