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    Rotations 11

    Various Artists For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson (MusicMasters/BMG) Harry Nilsson was to the Seventies what Warren Zevon was to the Eighties. Imagine Randy Newman, but suave. Now imagine Randy Newman, suave and drunk as hell...

    on June 29, 1995
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    The Vodou They Do So Well

    The telephone connection crackles with static as Theodore "Lolo" Beaubrun, Jr., front man for the Haitian roots band Boukman Eksperyans, shushes the half-dozen children who happily scamper about his father's Port-au-Prince home. "It's 'vacation noise...

    by Jim Murphy on June 29, 1995
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    Rara Raveup

    Rara Raveup Boukman Eksperyans Libte (Pran Pou Pran'l!) (Mango) For listeners whose perception of "voodoo" has been formed through the distorted lens of Hollywood, Libte (Pran Pou Pran'l!), the third release by Haitian rasin band Bo...

    by Jim Murphy on June 29, 1995
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    Rotations 9

    Esquivel Music From a Sparkling Planet Space Age Bachelor Pad Music (Bar/None) Between 1958 and 1967, Mexican pianist-bandleader-arranger-composer Juan Garcia Esquivel recorded and released a series of wonderfully bizarre orchestral a...

    on June 15, 1995
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    Believe the Buzz

    At the opening-night talent showcase for Billboard magazine's Latin Music Conference, held here last week, Cuban singer Albita Rodriguez was the obvious star attraction. A crowd of about 450 recording executives, distributors, producers, promoters, j...

    by Judy Cantor on June 15, 1995
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    Franklin Mint

    "Jim is one of those people who has absolutely no idea what he's capable of." Brian Franklin sits in the corner of a nondescript North Miami Beach fast-food restaurant, munching on French fries and talking about his friend and sometime-musical collab...

    by Jim Murphy on June 15, 1995
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    Rotations 8

    John Prine Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings (Oh Boy) Many listeners discovered A or rediscovered A singer-songwriter John Prine with The Missing Years, his brilliantly crafted 1991 album (produced by Howie Epstein, of Tom Petty and the Heart...

    on June 8, 1995
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    Frankly Speaking - Zappa wasn't in it only for the money

    There's nothing like an artist's early death to prompt critical reconsideration A and the reputation of Frank Zappa, who succumbed to cancer in late 1993 at the age of 52, has gotten a major boost as a result of this phenomenon. At the time of his pa...

    by Michael Roberts on June 8, 1995
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    Now for Some Good Muse - This local band makes musical news by doing things differently

    Artists and musicians, even those regarded by most as unorthodox, sometimes choose to do things by the book. But if the South Beach-based band Muse were sticking to the book, it would be a tome from the lost city of Atlantis or the wreckage of some U...

    by Georgina Cardenas on June 1, 1995
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    The Future of Rock and Roll - We've seen it in a crystal ball and the pictures aren't pretty

    The calendar says it's 1995, but the vibe in rock and roll these days is decidedly mid-Seventies. As the Jimmy Page-Robert Plant juggernaut makes its way across the land, we're reminded that the biggest draws in last year's fair-to-middling concert s...

    by Jim Murphy on May 25, 1995
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    Rotations 6

    Morphine Yes (Rykodisc) This is one of those albums you respect much more than you like. You know -- the kind you listen to over and over in an attempt to let it grow on you, before slipping it quietly into the CD rack where it will remai...

    on May 25, 1995
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    Hot Milk and Bow Tie Goatees - Driving home the point at the Southeastern Music Conference

    "Fuck it, we drove." Milk Can's Joel Schantz didn't mean to encapsulate the mindset of the entire Dade County delegation in attendance at the recent Southeastern Music Conference in Tampa with his offhand remark. But as anyone familiar with Milk ...

    by Todd Anthony on May 18, 1995
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    Shooting for the Pop - Tommy Anthony refuses to take the easy way out

    Tommy Anthony doesn't look like a pop star. He has the rough-hewn features and stocky build of an ex-football player. (In fact, if you pry a bit he'll admit he played a little semi-pro ball with the Miami Storm.) The bandanna he frequently sports ...

    by Todd Anthony on May 11, 1995
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    Rotations 4

    Kenny Neal Hoodoo Man (Alligator) Kenny Neal is a bluesman through and through. He won't knock you out with guitar gymnastics a la Buddy Guy or stun you with his voice like Luther Allison or cause you to do double takes on his harp licks ...

    on May 11, 1995
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    Children's Ward - A song, a video, an oportunity to help kids affected by AIDS

    A corridor on the second floor of Miami Children's Hospital in southwest Miami is set aside as the Observation Unit, a part of the sprawling medical center where sick and dying children are treated. At the end of the hallway on a recent afternoon, a ...

    by Greg Baker on May 4, 1995
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    Straight Jacquet - The Texas Tenor train keeps a-rollin', next stop Illinois

    "Well, I'll tell ya," drawls tenor-sax great Illinois Jacquet by phone from his home on Long Island, "they say you always return to the scene of the crime." Jacquet is referring to Fort Lauderdale, where he will perform with his big band on Satur...

    by Bob Weinberg on May 4, 1995
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    Contents Under Pressure - On spring break with the women of Luscious Jackson

    Over the years, Miami has had trouble living down its bad boy image, even among rock stars. A besotted Jim Morrison was so disgusted by the vibe here that he flashed the natives his weenie. Bob Marley did him one better by croaking here. And Bruce Sp...

    by Steven Almond on April 27, 1995
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    The Anderson Tapes - Laurie Anderson continues to scale the heights of performance art

    Laurie Anderson's first CD/ROM, The Puppet Motel, just released by the New York software company Voyager, offers six hours of music and talk during a tour of 30 virtual rooms. Entering these meticulously detailed 3-D environments, which she designed ...

    by Judy Cantor on April 20, 1995
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    Rotations

    Toadies Rubberneck (Interscope) One month ago in Austin, Texas, during the annual South by Southwest Music & Media Conference, Toadies singer-songwriter-guitarist Todd Lewis tested the working order of a peculiar-looking two-microphone setu...

    by Bob Weinberg on April 13, 1995
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    Family Affair - Those older fans in the audience are with the band

    It's almost ten o'clock on a Saturday night, and 77-year-old Emilio Mario Valdez is planted firmly in front of the stage at Churchill's Hideaway, waiting for the set by I Don't Know to begin at the rough-and-tumble, turn-it-up-full-blast rock dive in...

    by Jim Murphy on April 13, 1995
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