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    Everyday People

    For someone who considers himself an expressionist, Khadir frontman Lino de la Guardia has had a hard time expressing himself -- or rather, he's found it difficult to get the sounds in his head captured on tape. His frustration is evident when the 32...

    by John Floyd on May 22, 1997
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    Rotations

    Guy Clark Keepers: A Live Recording (Sugar Hill) Keepers is exactly right. The title of Guy Clark's latest disc suggests that what we have is a collection of a legendary songwriter's best songs, recorded live. And we do. But what makes this...

    by Michael Yockel on May 22, 1997
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    Into the Night

    The party brigade takes charge with yet another benefit as The Undercover Ball rolls into Salvation (1771 West Ave., Miami Beach, 538-4137) tonight (Thursday) for some serious dancing and drinking. It's all for a good cause, though, as the proceeds g...

    by Liz Martinez on May 22, 1997
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    Mourn Free

    Jay Farrar writes songs from the tangled backwoods of the soul, in a dimly lit recess where what little light shines only illuminates the despair that dogs him. In the seven years since he introduced the first of those songs as one-third of the semin...

    by John Floyd on May 15, 1997
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    She Works Hard for the Love of It

    It's good to be known as the queen of something -- especially something widely and wildly influential -- even if that something is long gone. Donna Summer doesn't mind being called the Queen of Disco, but she wants to be known for more than her class...

    by Georgina Cardenas on May 15, 1997
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    Reverb

    It's not easy selling Miami on avant-garde music. Sometimes you even have to give the stuff away. Gustavo Matamoros knows this. The artistic director of the South Florida Composers Alliance's annual Subtropics 9 New Music Festival -- and a respected ...

    by John Floyd on May 15, 1997
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    Rotations

    Buick MacKane The Pawn Shop Years (Rykodisc) The best way to distinguish the solo work of Austin singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo from his side-band excursions with Buick MacKane is to cue up the first cut on The Pawn Shop Years, the Ma...

    by Steve Kistulentz on May 15, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Beginning Sunday, May 18, South Beach music venue Stella Blue (1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 532-4788) adds a Latin rock night to its already varied agenda. The cozy club gets down and dirty as party bands Khadir and El Duende bring on the rhythm....

    by Liz Martinez on May 15, 1997
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    Accidents Will Happen

    The most interesting thing about ZZ Top is that on the surface there doesn't seem to be anything at all interesting about them. They've sold millions of records, lasted into their third decade, and continue to draw loyal herds no matter how their new...

    by Rob O'Connor on May 8, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Zen (1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-2817) expands its party parade with two new/newish one-nighters. Tomorrow night (Friday) party promoters Jeff Hubert and Carlos Gonzalez catch the crowds with Pump, a deep-house dance party where DJ Eddie X...

    by Liz Martinez on May 8, 1997
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    Rotations

    NuYorican Soul NuYorican Soul (Giant Step/Blue Thumb) Never underestimate Puerto Rico. True, the island's treasured salsa has been eclipsed by Dominican merengue and other rhythms. But the sonic highway that brought so much great music from...

    by Debbie Gilbert on May 8, 1997
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    Reverb

    The music of southern Louisiana has been described in many ways, but "progressive" isn't a word you often see thrown in the direction of the myriad zydeco and Cajun bands that set the region's culture and mores to music that ranges from reeling to ro...

    by John Floyd on May 8, 1997
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    'Lectric Warriors

    Robert Price is not a happy man. At least not now. It's the day before his band Kreamy 'Lectric Santa is set to embark on a monthlong club tour that will take them through the South, across Texas, and up and down the West Coast from Los Angeles to Se...

    by John Floyd on May 8, 1997
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    Farewell to the White Improvisers

    If you will, indulge me in these two recollections: (1) Sometime in the hot summer of 1993, three friends and I were sucking down beers at the local punk club in Memphis, Tennessee, a scummy little stinkpit called the Antenna. Between band sets a...

    by John Floyd on May 1, 1997
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    Noise for Tots

    As grunge teeters on the brink of extinction, with Soundgarden hanging up its flannel, Nirvana but a lingering memory, and Pearl Jam a hermitish ensemble that will most likely call it quits, Australia's teenage power trio Silverchair is hoping to fig...

    by George Pelletier on May 1, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Those of you who love to complain about Miami the cultural wasteland now have no excuse for missing the scene at Backstage (12202 NW Seventh Ave., North Miami, 688-1898), an artist-friendly place hosting live performances Wednesday through Sunday. To...

    by Liz Martinez on May 1, 1997
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    Rotations

    The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death (Bad Boy) Though the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut offered a portrait of rich potential snuffed by despair, Life After Death fights such despair hard, from beginning to end. This epic of an album begins wit...

    by David Cantwell on May 1, 1997
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    Forever on the Outside

    Jim Lauderdale calls them "recording-artist horror stories," and he can reel off a litany of them based on his own experiences as a singer/songwriter who's steeped in raw honky-tonk as well as blues, rock, soul, bluegrass, and R&B. "The longer I'm in...

    by John Floyd on April 24, 1997
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    Rotations

    Rahsaan Patterson Rahsaan Patterson (MCA) At the 28th annual NAACP Image Awards on February 8 in Los Angeles, Prince was honored with a "Special Achievement Award," presented by Stevie Wonder. Prince told the attendees that he first heard W...

    by Raymond Tuttle on April 24, 1997
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    A Righteous Babe

    Meritocracy is not a word that leaps to mind when I think about the music biz. Merit, after all, has never counted for much in the face of balls-out profiteering. Which is just one of the reasons I joined the cult of Ani DiFranco about four years ago...

    by Steven Almond on April 24, 1997
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