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    Attack of the 50-Foot Band

    Veteran punk group Antiseen has been described as ugly, revolting, and obscene. (Hey, thanks for the compliments!) Since 1983 the North Carolina quartet has been performing what they call destructo rock: straight-ahead punk loaded with chain-saw guit...

    by Georgina Cardenas on April 18, 1996
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    Snap, Crackle, and Power Pop

    As the Derek Cintron Band hits the final note of its deceptively buoyant "Song for Nothing," most excellent squeals and screams and whoops erupt from the dozen or so votaries, more than half of them young women, sitting at the large table directly in...

    by Michael Yockel on April 11, 1996
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    They're All Crazee Now

    Answering a musical question that few have asked, Rhino's Youth Gone Wild begs for an explanation. Even those with the longest of cultural attention spans are not yet leaping at the opportunity to revisit the still-twitching corpse of pop metal, as d...

    by David Dudley on April 11, 1996
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    Subtropical Homesick Blues

    Five snare drums, each of them precisely tuned to a different pitch, are positioned around a grand piano in the Center for the Fine Arts. When composer Alvin Lucier hits certain notes on the keyboard, the heads of one snare drum or another rattle in ...

    by John Floyd on April 4, 1996
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    Riding Western

    The woeful state of mainstream country music was a hot topic among the artists who took part in the recent HighTone Records Roadhouse Revival. The package tour showcased the Oakland-based independent label's roster of new-country trailblazers, includ...

    by John Floyd on March 28, 1996
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    Dread Zeppelin No Quarter Pounder (Birdcage) According to official legend, Elvis Presley once remarked, "I may not be Led Zeppelin, but I can still pack 'em in." This was in the mid-Seventies, when Led Zep was the biggest band in the worl...

    by John Floyd on March 28, 1996
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    Living in the Past

    "Who's that freaky old man?" "It's Jethro Tull!" "No, no. It's Aqualung, the guy in the song. Snot is running down his nose!" Truth be told, you can't actually see any snot on the cover art to Jethro Tull's fourth and best album, from 197...

    by David Dudley on March 28, 1996
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    Down with P

    Bill Orcutt is on the phone, sounding perplexed, bemused, and slightly exasperated. "We're like the 2 Live Crew of noise bands now," complains the guitarist and vocalist who makes up one-third of Harry Pussy, the lords of Miami's small but noisy avan...

    by John Floyd on March 21, 1996
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    Curtis Mayfield People Get Ready!: The Curtis Mayfield Story (Rhino) Although this lavish three-disc set is devoted to the musical achievements of one man, it also acts as a kind of rhythm and blues history. As much as James Brown, Cur...

    by Stephen Tignor on March 21, 1996
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    Good Enough for Mama

    Nil Lara doesn't know where he is. He's not even quite sure what state he's in. "Nevada?" he screams into the phone when pressed for his exact location. "California?" This is what it's been like recently for Lara, who, it turns out, really doesn't...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 14, 1996
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    Twin Picks

    Sixteen years ago record company executives scoffed at the idea of marketing the work of genre-fusing acoustic guitarists Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah. So after one too many rejections, the duo decided to release their first album themselves. N...

    by Raymond Tuttle on March 14, 1996
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    Miles Away

    Striding across the polished marble floors of the lobby of the posh Hotel Inter-Continental in downtown Miami, miles vocalist Tod Oenbrink sticks out like a sore thumb. Tall and lanky, decked out in a flannel shirt and long cutoffs, with a shock of p...

    by Georgina Cardenas on March 7, 1996
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    Stereo Tonic

    Three television camera crews, about a dozen radio DJs and print journalists, and some bilingual college students convened in a hospitality room at the Miami International Airport Hotel early one morning in February to await the arrival of the Argent...

    by Judy Cantor on March 7, 1996
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    Son Voltage

    Pay attention everyone/To play son/You don't need to be strident/Or make too much noise/If you mark out well the beat/With rhythm and with harmony/You'll see that you're playing son/With joy, in the Cuban way. "El Orgullo de los Soneros," Septet...

    by John Floyd on February 29, 1996
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    The Mermen A Glorious Lethal Euphoria (Mesa/Bluemoon) The Aqua Velvets Surfmania! (Mesa/Bluemoon) The problem with most of the latest generation of surf revivalists isn't only that they inevitably must suffer in comparison wit...

    on February 29, 1996
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    Water, Water Everywhere

    Surveying the landscape of today's rock and roll underground, it seems hard to imagine a time when there wasn't any surf music around. Once the twangy, reverb-soaked, early-Sixties commodity that drove Frankie and Annette bonkers as they rode the Hol...

    by John Floyd on February 22, 1996
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    The Repilicants The Replicants (Zoo) You belong to a fashionably obscure band, yet you're yearning for more press. What to do? How about joining forces with a bunch of like-minded alt-rockers and releasing a disc of quirky covers? That's ...

    on February 15, 1996
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    Michael Hurley Wolf Ways (Koch International) The hermit shows his face, puts his name on a CD for the first time in close to a decade, and unveils a grand total of three new songs. I guess he was busy doing . . . well, whatever it is he'...

    on February 8, 1996
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    Lively Up Itself

    It's a late April night in Memphis, Tennessee, 1990, and the pint-size reggae innovator Toots Hibbert is standing tall on the stage of the Skyway room in the Peabody Hotel, surveying the crowd gathered in front of him in a slippery, fleshy knot. He's...

    by John Floyd on February 8, 1996
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    The James Harman Band black & white (Black Top) Like many other artists, James Harman makes the most of little, everyday discoveries. Accordingly black & white, his latest release, highlights the Alabama harmonica player's offbeat songwri...

    on February 1, 1996
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