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2003 Stories by Bob Tarte

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  • Tub's Dubs

    published December 18, 2003

    The next time some bore at the coffee shop starts expounding on the contributions of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring to postmodernism, you can... More >>

  • Genre-Bending Gems

    published November 20, 2003

    Surprises often lurk in unlikely locales. That's what makes them surprises, of course. An Irish band known for reshaping local folk genres... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 20, 2003

    Forget about Robert Plant. Or better yet, thank him for the wide exposure that his presence on Festival in the Desert will give the mainly... More >>

  • The Reptilian Wedding Dance

    published October 16, 2003

    If you're a member of a not-too-ambitious weekend rock band in a Great Lakes city like Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, or Detroit, the handwriting is... More >>

  • Try This, Try That

    published September 18, 2003

    Purists sniff at world-music anthologies. Samplers are bottom feeders, after all, subsisting on recycled material. Few have sufficient flow to wet... More >>

  • Can of Worms

    published August 21, 2003

    In the early Seventies, while the American flower-power movement of the Sixties withered and blew away, hippie culture invaded West Germany. In... More >>

  • In Search of "Oh!"

    published July 17, 2003

    Tired of listening to the same old stuff, you plod into the world-music section of your friendly neighborhood CD store. The cover of a Tuvan... More >>

  • Jolt of the Joik

    published June 19, 2003

    For just a few moments near the end of "Boadan Nuppi Bealde," Mari Boine briefly launches Eight Seasons (NorthSide) into the... More >>

  • Raw and Uncooked

    published May 15, 2003

    After Bob Marley's death in 1981, Island Records was keen on signing another international black artist whose appeal would slice across ethnic and... More >>

  • African Electrification

    published April 17, 2003

    Despite a star-packed backing band boasting Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Pharaoh Sanders, Gigi owed its success on the European world... More >>

  • Glorious Gamelan and Jaipongan Jive

    published March 27, 2003

    You won't confuse Indonesian songstress Idjah Hadidjah with Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, or any other American singer. The verse-chorus... More >>

  • Hot and Cold Ferrer

    published February 20, 2003

    You can't blame Ry Cooder for wanting to try something new. It's been six years since the original Buena Vista Social Club sessions and almost 50... More >>

  • Sellout Redeemed

    published January 16, 2003

    When you think of Pink Floyd, if you think of it at all, overblown stage shows and progressive rock clichés undoubtedly come to mind. And... More >>

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