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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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    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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    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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    "If you want to get energized about dance music, go to London for a few days," declared DJ Times editor Jim Tremayne at the opening panel for this year's Winter Music Conference. "It's the mainstream there!" Of course Tremayne could have just stepped...

    by Brett Sokol on April 1, 1999
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    Van Morrison Back on Top (Pointblank/Virgin) Van Morrison can only blame himself for the daunting expectations that greet his every move. How else to approach a man who penned the all-time garage classic "Gloria," wrote one of the most dist...

    by Bob Tarte on March 25, 1999
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    Going Home

    Dusty Springfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. Queen Elizabeth II made her an officer of the British Empire this past December. But the woman with the husky voice that conveyed unendurable sadness and left an indelible...

    by Rob O'Connor on March 25, 1999
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    Churchill's owner Dave Daniels was pleased to find his bar -- a focal point for Miami's underground rock scene -- immortalized in Elmore Leonard's new crime thriller Be Cool. A sequel to Leonard's Get Shorty, this latest installment returns to the li...

    by Brett Sokol on March 25, 1999
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    Free Radio Miami

    If any Cuban musician is poised for stardom among Latin audiences in this country, it would appear to be Adalberto Alvarez. His music is already familiar to Spanish radio listeners, though they probably don't realize it. Alvarez's work is the most wi...

    by Judy Cantor on March 25, 1999
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    Able Hands on Deck

    Rob Swift has fat ambitions: He wants to change the way you hear the turntable. To him decks are not to be relegated to backstage wick-wick-wacking and dope beat pumping; instead he wants to scratch out respectability for the turntable as a musical i...

    by Matthew Hilburn on March 25, 1999
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    Just Call Him Slim Shady

    On a cold Thursday night at Detroit's Wired Frog nightclub, a who's who of the Motor City's hip-hop scene checks out the weekly talent showcase put on by local rap group Da Ruckus. Attention turns to the video screen when Eminem's "My Name Is" video ...

    by Hobey Echlin on March 18, 1999
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    Mr. Airplane Man Mr. Airplane Man (Altitude Records) Digging into the old school for inspiration and authenticity is increasingly popular, but the Boston duo Mr. Airplane Man need make nary a scratch: They've already found some deep roots. ...

    by Bob Tarte on March 18, 1999
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    Roots That Matter

    Philadelphia's greatest contribution to hip-hop, the Roots, like to open their CDs with a snatch of dialogue. It's their way of introducing a new set of themes, of offering a kind of preamble to the state of the union message that's on the way. ...

    by Gilbert Garcia on March 18, 1999
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    Lullaby and Good Night

    From his Cambridge, Massachusetts, home, Morphine's Mark Sandman speaks slowly and lazily, his baritone voice rumbling over the telephone wires on a weekday afternoon. The bassist and vocalist sounds a bit worn down, or maybe it's just his overwhelmi...

    by Mark Watt on March 18, 1999
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    Boogie Nights, Business Days

    "Dance music has always been treated like a stepchild in this country. But now the music industry is seeing that this culture is at the forefront in addressing issues that affect the entire music industry," says Winter Music Conference founder Bill K...

    by Hobey Echlin on March 11, 1999
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    Electric Avenues

    From March 13 to March 17, DJ culture looms large as more than 4000 participants descend on Miami for the annual Winter Music Conference, a worldwide gathering of the dance-music industry. During the day most of the action centers around the Fontaine...

    by Brett Sokol on March 11, 1999
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