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    Best Music Video - Clambake 2000

    In real life Sean "Birdman" Gould is a Southern boy who came to Miami Beach to make rock and roll and pick up chicks. In this exuberant clip, the Clambake singer-guitarist portrays a Southern boy who comes to Miami Beach to make rock and roll and pic...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Best Local Latin Album - Cuba Libre

    Willy Chirino's feel-good nostalgia album showcases the chops of local Latin talents such as Arturo Sandoval, Albita Rodriguez, Jon Secada, and Roberto Torres. With a little help from his friends, Chirino departs from his formulaic pop-salsa format t...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Best Recovery - Al's Not Well

    Only months ago Al's Not Well was on top of the local rock hill. The exotically coiffed and coutured crew's blend of pulsing rhythms, psychedelic meanderings, and solid New Wave sounds had landed them a deal with Tommy Boy's Beyond Music imprint, tou...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Best Shocking Performance - Amanda Green

    While her drummer Derek Murphy remained in New York working on other (read: well-paying) gigs, and bassist Matthew Sabatella concentrated on his own impressive musical projects, everybody's favorite silly little girl-genius kept a hand in by performi...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Best New Band - Chlorine

    We like 'em young. Especially when a gang of whippersnappers exudes so much raw talent that within months of their band's formation, they are being booked to record at Criteria under the aegis of local supermanager Rich Ulloa, releasing a subsequent ...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Best Concert Series - Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse

    A coffeehouse without a screeching espresso machine? Sans cigarette smoke and incessant chatter? Could it be? It is, in a suburban Kendall neighborhood where a house doubles as Temple Beth Or, the main sanctuary of which is transformed every other mo...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Best New Music Trend - Concerts by Cuban bands

    A boisterous crowd gathered outside the Miami Beach Convention Center in August to protest a performance by Cuban musicians invited to the MIDEM music conference. Inside a more joyful noise was heard as the show went on right in the face of bomb thre...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Best Haitian Band - Magnum Band

    Some years ago Magnum Band was part of a spirited Little Haiti scene, when there were clubs and cafs dotting the neighborhood and attracting dancers and partiers of the most festive sort. Now the lights in Little Haiti have dimmed, and some local mu...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Best Band To Break Up In Past Twelve Months - Fay Wray

    Is it really the end? We fear it is. On a Saturday in February, guitarist Rob Coe and producer Jeremy DuBois are in the upstairs room of North Miami's Tapeworm studio, mixing songs for a new Fay Wray album. The following Thursday the fiery, clever, a...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Best Hell Raisers - The Holy Rollin' Hellfires

    With song titles such as "1 Horse Town" and "Cowboy Ways," the Holy Rollin' Hellfires are a little bit country, but a bootload of rock. After a series of rhythm-section changes, the Beach-based Hellfires solidified, released an eponymous CD, and can ...

    on May 13, 1999
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    Turn to the Left and Cough

    Combining techno and organic music is not exactly a revolutionary idea anymore. Plenty of groups, from Dubtribe Sound System to Medeski, Martin & Wood, have successfully merged the dance-driven grooves of the turntable underground with the in-the-mom...

    by Mark Watt on May 6, 1999
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    Kulchur

    The population of accordion players in South Florida nearly triples this weekend when the Cajun/Zydeco Crawfish Festival 1999 arrives at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Don't be put off by the goofy ads for the event, which focus on the multitude of foo...

    by Brett Sokol on May 6, 1999
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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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