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    Punklitical Aspirations

    South Florida's youth isn't known for its radical political activism, especially when it comes to creating art. So how's life in Miami for the politically conscious ska-flavor punk band Against All Authority? Just fine, especially because they're not...

    by Larry Boytano on May 6, 1999
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    Rotations

    Lester Bowie Brass Fantasy The Odyssey of Funk & Popular Music (Atlantic) William Hooker The Distance Between Us (Knitting Factory) Delightfully audacious in both concept and execution, the new albums by revered jazz avant-gardist...

    by Alec Hanley Bemis on May 6, 1999
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    Rotations

    The Beta Band The Three E.P.s (Astralwerks) It struck me as odd to discover that Britain's hottest new "techno" act, the Beta Band (in the States they're on Astralwerks, a label shared by the Chemical Brothers, Air, and many other hip Euro-...

    by John Floyd on April 29, 1999
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    Havana Comes to the Heartland

    Cuban bands have been touring the United States with such frequency these days that their appearances in American concert halls, at festivals, and in clubs almost seem commonplace, even in the politically charged environs of Miami. After all it was o...

    by Judy Cantor on April 29, 1999
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    The Bones Are Still Rockin'

    They've been in self-parody mode for so long it's safe to write them off these days, but give credit to the Cramps for this: They've steered numerous punk kids and hipsters toward some of the greatest lost classics in the pantheon of trashy rock, biz...

    by John Floyd on April 29, 1999
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    Kulchur

    "I thought I could find him before the police did," Gary Indiana says with a laugh from his upstate New York home, referring to his initial attraction to the media spectacle that was the Andrew Cunanan manhunt. With the killing of Gianni Versace, how...

    by Brett Sokol on April 22, 1999
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    Turning Japanese

    Until recently the designation "big in Japan" was, for all intents and purposes, a slap in the face to most pop and rock musicians. Now with heavyweight trendsetting labels such as Matador and Grand Royal capitalizing on Japan's newfound, growing, an...

    by Matthew Hilburn on April 22, 1999
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    Cassandra Wilson Goes for Miles

    The word "cool" connotes many things, but when singer Cassandra Wilson uses it to describe her musical approach, she has a specific reference in mind. "I speak about coolness in terms of the Yoruba definition," Wilson elucidates. "It's a word th...

    by Jason Kriveloff on April 22, 1999
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    Rotations

    Blur 13 (Virgin) Around 1991 America was bracing itself for the dark antipop of grunge; Blur was not. "Taking the fun out of everything/Making me run when I don't wanna think/Taking the fun out of everything/I don't wanna think at all," Dam...

    by Kino McGregor on April 22, 1999
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    Kulchur

    Country music isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the name Wyclef Jean, whose work with the Fugees as well as numerous remixes for others has left an ubiquitous stamp on pop music. Still there he was, performing alongside the Mav...

    by Brett Sokol on April 15, 1999
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    Rotations

    Various Artists Roosevelt in Trinidad: Calypsos of Events, Places, and Personalities 1933-1939 (Rounder) The 1930s were a tumultuous decade. The Great Depression took hold. Hitler rose to power. King Edward VII abdicated. And Atilla the Hu...

    by Mark Watt on April 15, 1999
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    The Once and Future King

    Next to Coolio, Prince Paul may be rap's best sport. Consider the Handsome Boy Modeling School, a duo featuring producer and ex-Gravedigga Paul (a.k.a. Paul Huston) and Dr. Octagon's the Automator (Dan Nakamura), and its inauspicious showing at the 1...

    by Jeff Niesel on April 15, 1999
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    Sad Songs Say So Much

    Given the subgenre's infatuation with honky-tonk fatalism and singer/songwriter angst, it's no wonder the roots rockers who populate the landscape of altcountry are such a sad, mopey, inward-thinking bunch. Few of the ironically dubbed "No Depression...

    by John Floyd on April 15, 1999
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    Take it to the Bridge

    At first glance it looked like the everyday scene in the lobby of Havana's stately Hotel Nacional. Foreigners in khaki shorts and sundresses were standing around the buzzing high-ceilinged hall or loading up at the vast breakfast buffet in the cafete...

    by Judy Cantor on April 8, 1999
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    Bikes That Go Boom

    While the making of music and the making of sculpture are unquestionably considered art, the making of new musical instruments falls into a grayer area. It's a no man's land German artist Trimpin understands. "Twenty years ago people didn't know how ...

    by Robin Edgerton on April 8, 1999
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    Blues Power

    Although the legendary Blind Willie McTell spent time here in the '30s, Miami has never been a major blues center. In fact Miami is unusual in that a thriving soul and R&B scene actually preceded a blues scene of any importance. In the mid-'60s R&B f...

    by Tony Guzman on April 8, 1999
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    Kulchur

    Churchill's, the Little Haiti nightspot famed for underground rock, has always relished its reputation as a club situated on the wrong side of the tracks. The locale adds a bohemian tinge that gibes well with owner Dave Daniels's insistence on mainta...

    by Brett Sokol on April 8, 1999
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    Return of the Living Dead

    "It's an adventure you can still have in America, just like Neal Cassady on the road. You can't hop the freights anymore, but you can chase the Grateful Dead around," Jerry Garcia explained in a 1989 interview. "You can have all your tires blow out i...

    by Brett Sokol on April 1, 1999
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    Rotations

    Jimi Hendrix Live at the Fillmore East (MCA) The Jimi Hendrix catalogue has been revamped and remixed so many times you may be forgiven if you lost interest somewhere along the way. Currently the Hendrix family itself is involved in reissui...

    by Mark Watt on April 1, 1999
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    Here Comes the Funk

    Weekday evenings, Al B. Sylk hosts the most effective ten minutes of urban community radio in Miami. During Sylk's nightly "roll call," teenagers from Kendall to Opa-Locka phone in to rap about their names, their neighborhoods, their friends, and wha...

    by Judy Cantor on April 1, 1999
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