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    Various Artists - Republica Dominica (Putumayo)

    Just a few years ago, releasing an anthology of music from the Dominican Republic that wasn't dedicated to merengue would have been unthinkable. Now it's all bachata, a working-class meat-and-potatoes music that hit the big time with Juan Luis Guerr...

    by Bob Tarte on May 25, 2000
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    MC5 - The Big Bang! Best of the MC5 (Rhino)

    From its affiliation with the White Panther Party to its political platform that called for "Rock and Roll, Dope, and Fucking in the Streets," Detroit's MC5 was among the most incendiary rock and roll bands of the Sixties. As both harbingers of Seven...

    by John Floyd on May 25, 2000
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    Habla Carollo - The mayor took to radio recently. And boy was it interesting!

    Miami Mayor Joe Carollo has made some outrageous statements recently during dozens of appearances on national television. He's been even more outlandish in Spanish, regularly taking the microphone at Radio Mamb (WAQI-AM 710) to tout his Cubanidad an...

    on May 18, 2000
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    Three Is Still the Magic Number - The return of the classical Latin trio

    "Mama, I want to know where the singers are from," announced the Trio Matamoros in their most famous song, "Son de la Loma." Eighty years later that's still a good question. At the Billboard Latin Music Awards this past month, three young men from ...

    by Celeste Fraser Delgado on May 18, 2000
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    Got Those Cowpunk Blues Again - The songsmithery of Alejandro Escovedo

    A man is alone and drunk, stumbling around the emotional prison that is his bedroom, his heart completely shattered. Another man is haunted by the memory of an ex-lover he knows he's better off without, but he's haunted nonetheless. Another throws sh...

    by John Floyd on May 18, 2000
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    In the Shape of His Father - Femi Kuti: The next generation of Afro-beat

    Anyone who's ever complained about the difficulties of escaping the shadow cast by a parent should be shamed into silence by the story of Femi Anikulapo-Kuti. After all, Femi's dad, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, wasn't just a star in his native Niger...

    by Michael Roberts on May 18, 2000
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    Miles Davis with John Coltrane - The Complete Columbia Recordings (Sony)

    The tremendous new Columbia box set Miles Davis with John Coltrane -- The Complete Columbia Recordings, quite simply is the compilation of one of the most influential and unique partnerships in jazz history: the stay of tenor saxophonist John Coltr...

    by Ezra Gale on May 18, 2000
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    J-Shin - My Soul, My Life (Slip 'N Slide/Atlantic)

    Plenty of masculine R&B and hip-hop is little more than narcissistic posturing -- a sweaty platform for self-styled superheroes who feel the need to tell you over and over again why they're the toughest, the hardest, the sexiest, the most street. J...

    by Michael Roberts on May 18, 2000
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    Geek Love - The men behind this season's best shows -- and biggest failures -- blame it all on Regis

    The voice-mail message begins with the caller identifying himself in a clear, sharp tone: "Hey, this is Chris Thompson, executive producer of Action and Ladies Man, and I hear you're trying to get ahold of me...." Long pause. "For some ungodly reason...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 11, 2000
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    Best Rock Vocalist (Female) - Gigi DeNisco

    A South Florida native who rocks, singer/songwriter DeNisco has been playing guitar since childhood and performing professionally for thirteen years. Now living in Dania Beach, she's a regular on Miami-Dade stages. Riding the wake of her first CD, 19...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Rock Vocalist (Male) - Gil Bitton (Endo)

    No other Miami frontman can carry you through a tune like Endo's Gil Bitton. First, understand the jet-fueled rock Endo belts out lands somewhere between Rage Against the Machine and Limp Bizkit. Second, realize Bitton puts everything he has into a p...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Venue For Live Music - The Wallflower Gallery

    This welcoming second-floor rabbit warren of rooms located in the heart of downtown Miami was ahead of the pack in the area's renaissance. In fact it's still way ahead of everyone else. Opened in the late Nineties by David Haskin, the Wallflower was ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Rock Band - The Holy Rollin' Hellfires

    Forget everything you've heard about Lynyrd Skynyrd's snarling Floridian frontman dying in a fiery 1977 plane crash. He's alive and well, just as pissed off as ever about the sorely maligned Southern Man, and presently heading up local outfit the Hol...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Concert Series - Barnacle Under Moonlight

    Music by the light of the moon -- an intoxicating combination. Certainly something that's gone on forever and a day. But on a regular basis in Miami? Apparently not. That is until 1995, when Barnacle State Historic Site park manager Terry Coulliett...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Latin Radio Program - Invasin Latina

    The usual kudos go to perennial winner Fusin Latina at WDNA-FM (88.9), but for those whose tastes are not exclusively tropical, the University of Miami's Invasin Latina with Liliana Rodriguez is the only outlet in town for Latin alternative music. ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best New Rap Artist - Lee Williams

    As hip-hop continues down its path toward world domination, cash registers ringing loudly all the way, it seems in increasing danger of calcifying. For more and more up-and-coming rappers, pursuing their art often appears simply to be a matter of cho...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Album Of The Past Twelve Months - Pass Out

    There's an easy way to weed out the musical heavyweights from the merely mediocre. Regular songwriters craft works about love, loss, and universal experiences. Boring. True visionaries turn their attention to more pressing matters: their own trials i...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Dealer-Sponsored CD - Con Alma y Vida

    Gaby Gabriel is best known as the long-time leader of the house orchestra at the Fontainebleau Hilton's Club Tropigala on Miami Beach. The exuberant Cuba-born singer/percussionist has developed a musical repertoire to match the diversity of his audie...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Electronica Artist - Phoenecia

    If ever an album title seemed appropriate, it's Ischemic Strokes, the moniker Phoenecia slapped on its most recent collection, which gathered up kindred souls recording for their own Schematic label and placed them alongside the duo's own skittering,...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Solo Musician - William "Max" Maxwell

    Drawing from a stock of blues standards, William "Max" Maxwell lends Miami Beach's Lincoln Road a touch of cultural credibility. Many the fashion-savvy beachcomber ignores this "old school" busker while he haunts the stretch between Lenox Avenue and ...

    on May 11, 2000
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