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    Best Punk-Rock History Lesson - Killed by Florida

    "I gave you Quaaludes/I held your cock/We spoke in diphthongs/ Clubnite!" Update the drug of choice in this bitter early Eighties anthem from West Palm Beach punkettes Sheer Smegma, and it's clear some things haven't changed in South Florida's nightc...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Jazz Artist - Keshavan Maslak

    Whatever you do, don't refer to saxophonist Keshavan Maslak as an avant-garde musician. "You know what an avant-garde musician is?" scoffs Maslak. "It's somebody who's starving!" That may be the reason Maslak finally bailed on his adopted home of New...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Street Preacher - James Kendrick

    The fallen in search of a strong dose of that old-time religion should skedaddle posthaste to a particular stretch of strip mall in Hialeah. It's there on most Saturday afternoons, near the corner of East Tenth Avenue and NW 62nd Street, outside the ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Latin Rock Band - Pepe Alva and Alma Raymi

    Latin rock veteran Pepe Alva and his band Alma Raymi ("soul celebration" in Quechuan) spent much of the past year in the studio, working on the follow-up album to 1997's Pa' Mostrarte Mi Amor (MATT Entertainment). With a new disc tentatively titled C...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Caribbean Band - Hal Anthony and the Millennium Band

    Chances are if you've heard any of the big-name Jamaican toasters or crooners in concert here, then you've heard Hal Anthony and his Millennium Band backing them up. The ensemble of choice for visiting vocalists holds up quite well on its own. Playin...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Star Wars Tribute - New World Symphony

    While the rest of the free world consumed itself in the anticipatory hype over Star Wars: Episode One -- The Phantom Menace late last spring, the precocious members of the New World Symphony staged a more twisted salute to the glories of Chewbacca:...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Rock Concert In The Everglades - Phish

    As South Beach slowly filled with New Year's Eve revelers looking to ring in the millennium underneath a glitter ball, a far more curious spectacle was unfolding deep within the Everglades swamp. There, on a swath of semidry land inside the Seminole ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Blues Radio Program - Portraits in Blue

    Live blues seems rather common in South Florida clubs. Blues on the radio is another story. Jazz DJs such as WDNA's Frank Consola, WLRN's Len Pace, and WTMI's China Valles occasionally spin the blues, but full shows are sparse. WDNA's weekly program ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Female Radio Voice - Tracy Fields

    Saturday night, eyes bleary, rain slapping hard on your car. You turn up your radio to hear her silky narration, the aural equivalent of hot chocolate during a snowstorm. Although Fields, who studied broadcasting and journalism in college, makes her ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Songwriter - Raul del Sol

    Many a fan of local Latin pop band Rock'n Son have heard tunes in the group's repertoire played by other musicians. That's because the band's keyboardist and writer, Raul del Sol, still has a soft spot for songs he has peddled to other artists. Durin...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Posthumous Live Album - Live

    Few local bands were ever more misunderstood, or more hated in certain quarters, than Harry Pussy, whose squalling feedback-drenched performances managed to clear rooms across Miami for a memorable chunk of the mid-Nineties. The more this no-wave tri...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Acoustic Performer - Victor Manuel "Chocolatin" Casanova

    In 1979 Victor Manuel Casanova left Peru with a group of musicians for a tour of the United States that never ended. Over the past twenty years, this Afro-Peruvian singer, guitarist, and caja or "box" player, has performed for Miami's ever-growing Pe...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Caribbean Band - Bahamas Junkanoo Review

    Some say the Bahamians built Miami. Early immigrants, they laid down the first roads and then laid out the towels and sheets for the area's first tourists. The drums and horns of Bahamian junkanoo music certainly have marched willy-nilly through the ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Silicon Bitchin' - Alt-rockers don't die. They go online.

    People in Buenos Aires protest that the world never gives Argentines credit for their inventions: the radio, the bus, the ballpoint pen. Charly Alberti, retired drummer of South American pop phenomenon Soda Stereo, has a hi-tech version of an old com...

    by Celeste Fraser Delgado on May 4, 2000
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    Panther, Panther Burning Bright - MC5: Gun-toting revolutionaries say the darndest things

    In the case of MC Brother J.C. Crawford, it was a legendary 1968 Halloween night call to arms at Detroit's Grande Ballroom that launched both his and one particular garage band's meteoric rise to cult stardom. "Brothers and sisters!" Crawford extol...

    by John La Briola on May 4, 2000
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    Blackalicious - Nia (Quannum Projects)

    Blackalicious doesn't pay lip service to the false gods of commerce, name-drop hot clothing labels, seek celebrity endorsements, or pray fervently for a solid-gold single to drop from the sky and deliver them from obscurity. The Bay Area duo, compose...

    by Todd Gilchrist on May 4, 2000
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    DJ Cheb i Sabbah - Shri Durga Maha Maya: Shri Durga Remixed (Six Degrees Records)

    The fusing of ancient Eastern mysticisms with the Western muscle of modern technology, while a noble concept, is one rarely accomplished to a satisfying artistic effect. For example bhangra, originating in the farms of the Punjab in the Indian subcon...

    by Ravi Baskaran on May 4, 2000
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    Kelly Hogan - Beneath the Country Underdog (Bloodshot)

    There's something gracefully modest about the ten-year career of Kelly Hogan, a postpunk diva from Atlanta whose mastery of songcraft is rivaled only by her artistic range as a writer and interpreter. Her work in the early Nineties with the Jody Grin...

    by John Floyd on April 27, 2000
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    Still Stompin' at the Savoy - Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    Just call Wynton Marsalis the Terminator. No, he's not replacing strongman-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a homicidal cyborg in yet another sequel to the sci-fi action-adventure flick. But to some the 38-year-old Marsalis -- virtuoso trumpet player...

    by Nina Korman on April 27, 2000
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    A Percussion Jam with Plenty of Masala - Zakir Hussain performs with the Masters of Percussion

    "Percussion is one aspect of musical culture that needs to be highlighted," insists Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain, on the phone from his Peoria, Illinois, hotel room only minutes after arriving there from a sold-out stop on his current Masters of...

    by Ezra Gale on April 27, 2000
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