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    Zaftig Beats

    Delano security is acting a bit nervous. It's a beautiful afternoon in the hotel's artfully sculpted grassy back yard, but today's lounging guests look very different from the usual run of schmoozing businessmen, high-rolling European tourists, and H...

    by Brett Sokol on July 1, 1999
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    Clean and Sober Psychedelia

    Wayne Coyne is no madman. Julian Cope may have fried his brain and come out the other side barely intact, but Coyne (rock's other modern-day psychedelic warrior) makes it a point to soberly lead the Flaming Lips into the studio playground to tweak an...

    by Rob O'Connor on July 1, 1999
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    Method Men

    The Beta Band fits approximately nowhere. Signed to a label known for spearheading the pop-electronica invasion in America, the band's records feature nary a danceable track. Beta's music bears some resemblance to the hip-hop folk of Beck, but the gr...

    by Alec Hanley Bemis on July 1, 1999
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    Rotations

    Rubberoom Architechnology (3-2-1) Like Public Enemy in the late '80s, Staten Island's Wu-Tang Clan has cast a long shadow over the '90s hip-hop scene. Public Enemy's great innovation was to speed up the beats pioneered by rap artists such a...

    by Ted Reichman on July 1, 1999
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    Rotations

    Miles Davis Panthalassa: The Remixes (Columbia) When the Star Wars trilogy was updated for re-release over the past few years, George Lucas's crew at Industrial Light & Magic tooled around with added special effects to modernize those sci-f...

    by David N. Cassuto on June 24, 1999
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    Kulchur

    Kiss the Cameo Theatre goodbye. That's the word from Chicago-based developer Ken Smith, who has just signed a ten-year lease to take over the operating reins at the Miami Beach venue. The winner of a fierce bidding war for the site, Smith intends to ...

    by Brett Sokol on June 24, 1999
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    Sworn to the Drum

    Percussionist Francisco Aguabella is emphatic when asked whether anyone else can perform the types of rhythms he has been playing since he came to the United States from Cuba in 1957. "No," he says in his heavy Cuban accent, "nobody else can play the...

    by Ezra Gale on June 24, 1999
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    Brian's Kids

    The sophomore slump is a popular phenomenon in modern music. A band's debut release does well; the next album falls short of expectations as the group stumbles to re-create the magic that brought fans into its realm in the first place. Maybe this lac...

    by Mark Watt on June 24, 1999
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    Kulchur

    The word crossover hangs in the air at this year's MIDEM Americas 1999 conference, which rolls into Miami Beach next week with a series of daytime panels and evening music showcases, all spotlighting Latin, Caribbean, and African artists and the reco...

    by Brett Sokol on June 17, 1999
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    Salsa Hard and Fast

    On one typically addictive track of trombonist Jimmy Bosch's upcoming album, piano and brass embrace like an inspired couple on the dance floor, shimmying together then breaking apart for some saucy solo moves. Congas keep the rhythm, and a male chor...

    by Judy Cantor on June 17, 1999
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    Rotations

    Faust Ravvivando (Klangbad) For aficionados of the genre known as Krautrock, Faust is a big deal. A style that flourished in the early '70s, Krautrock was an attempt by (mostly) German artists to fuse two major streams of twentieth-century ...

    by John Floyd on June 17, 1999
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    One Nation Under a Groove

    In California a crowd of 10,000 shakes the Santa Monica Pier for the last free concert of the summer. High school kids, industry types, the homeless, cholos, black, white, and brown all make elbow war for room to dance. Ozomatli pounds its sound out ...

    by Josh Kamensky on June 17, 1999
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    Rotations

    Vinicius Cantuaria Tucumo (Verve) Maybe Brazilians are just musically superior to the rest of us. It's food for thought not only because the leading lights of Brazilian popular music -- artists such as Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, who d...

    by Mark Watt on June 10, 1999
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    Boy Wonder

    At a recent well-attended reading, a fan asks writer Nick Hornby about the influence of music on his work, asserting maybe a bit too strongly that his personal soundtrack directly influenced the text. Hornby steers the question a bit, answering it, b...

    by Thomas Crone on June 10, 1999
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    The Once and Future King

    In the summer of 1953, a shy Memphis teenager steals up enough courage to go into a local recording studio, pays eight dollars and twenty-five cents, and, accompanied only by his rudimentary guitar playing, cuts two ballads: the pop standard "My Happ...

    by John Floyd on June 10, 1999
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    Fingers of Fury

    On a recent afternoon, pianist Chucho Valdes gives a master class to students at Havana's Instituto Superior de Arte. Valdes sits casually before a worn grand piano in a large classroom on the conservatory campus, overlooking the palm-shaded tangle o...

    by Judy Cantor on June 10, 1999
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    Kulchur

    When drum and bass first washed up on these shores from London in the mid-Nineties, there was rampant talk that it would rejuvenate hip-hop. Drawing on the same Jamaican traditions of toasting MCs, cut-up DJ moves, and the manic street-level sensibil...

    by Brett Sokol on June 3, 1999
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    Buena Vista : New Music from the Old Club

    Before Buena Vista Social Club gained fame as the title of the best-selling Cuban-music album of all time, it was an actual social club, a prerevolutionary gathering place for black residents of Havana's working-class Buena Vista neighborhood. An ear...

    by Judy Cantor on June 3, 1999
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    Rotations

    Carlinhos Brown Omelete Man (Metro Blue) Omelete Man, the wide-ranging new album by Brazilian singer and multi-instrumentalist Carlinhos Brown, may surprise listeners whose image of Brazilian music is confined to the sophisticated bossa nov...

    by Alec Hanley Bemis on June 3, 1999
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    Hip-Hop Goes Back to the Streets

    When Time placed Lauryn Hill on its cover this past winter, it seemed at first glance like an affirmation of hip-hop's creative strength. Years after Yo! MTV Raps had become a staple of middle-American viewing and teenagers of all races had adopted t...

    by Hobey Echlin on June 3, 1999
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