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    A Grande Arrest - Sidebar to "Courting Disaster"

    The recent arrest of a juvenile-court employee displays the scope of problems in Miami-Dade's system of selecting court-appointed lawyers. On December 9 the State Attorney's Office charged Thomas Grande, a 31-year-old judicial support specialist, wit...

    by Tristram Korten on March 23, 2000
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    In Clubland - Freddy Cole and more

    Clubland is all electric this week for the Winter Music Conference. The Beach is saturated with DJs, about a zillion of whom are listed on this page and the next, so take your pick. (Plus see "Music" for more in-depth coverage of select events.) Bu...

    by Larry Boytano on March 23, 2000
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    Journey of the Mekons - An enduring "lack of success" story

    Formed more than two decades ago, the Mekons have established a rabid following, pursued whatever they pleased with no regard for prevailing trends, consistently changed the face of music with ideas and execution that took years for anyone else to fo...

    by Brian Baker on March 16, 2000
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    Franco - Originalit (RetroAfric/Sterns)

    Franco Luambo Makiadi, better known as Franco, was the most influential musician in the history of African pop music. But he doesn't have a single American-label record in print. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experien...

    by Bob Tarte on March 16, 2000
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    Morphine - The Night (DreamWorks)

    After the opening title track of Morphine's now posthumous studio release fades into darkness, this much becomes clear: Band leader Mark Sandman's unexpected death onstage at a European festival last summer mercilessly pulled the plug at a pivotal mo...

    by Mark Watt on March 16, 2000
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    In Clubland - Club Space juices downtown

    Are you sick of going out to the Grove or South Beach? Why can't the party atmosphere in Miami feel like a real city? Sure we have the Wallflower Gallery downtown. It's a cool space and it features great bands, but the strongest thing to drink in the...

    by Larry Boytano on March 16, 2000
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    Erin Go Merengue - Is merengue's next standout an Anglo?

    The tattoos marbling Patrick Shannon's arms offer glimpses of his past. The one with Bugs Bunny banging on a drum is emblematic, he says, of his postadolescent years in a speed-metal band. The one with the words Semper Fidelis illustrates his stint i...

    by Karl Ross on March 16, 2000
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    Blue Skies over Willie - Exotic sounds, imbued with heartache and romance

    He's easy to take for granted, the weird-voiced singer named Willie Nelson. He's been at it for so long it's hard to imagine a time when there wasn't a Willie Nelson around, writing some of country music's most enduring classics, revolutionizing the ...

    by John Floyd on March 16, 2000
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    Too Many Chiefs? - Sidebar to "Cop Out"

    The search for Acting Chief Vivian Monroe's successor as the head of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools police is well under way. After receiving 38 applications, Nelson Perez, the administrator who supervises the police department, winnowed the li...

    by Ted B. Kissell on March 9, 2000
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    Tommy Womack - Stubborn (Sideburn)

    After taking a spin through Tommy Womack's latest album, Stubborn, it's obvious to see the guy can do practically anything. The Nashville-based wordsmith has the heart of a rocker, the fatalism of a seasoned troubadour, a wit that rivals that of Bap ...

    by John Floyd on March 9, 2000
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    Femi Kuti - Shoki Shoki (MCA/Universal)

    "To the left/Don't slow down now," commands Nigeria's Femi Kuti. "To the right/Don't come too fast." The lyrics, announced authoritatively in "Beng Beng Beng," the catchiest, most pop-oriented song on Kuti's Shoki Shoki, well describes the basic feel...

    by Alec Hanley Bemis on March 9, 2000
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    Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss - Springsteen still can prove it all night

    Bruce Springsteen's career, onstage and on record, arguably is the most consistently brilliant of any artist of the past 30 years. But his latest tour is unlike the recent embarkments by rock's other aging legends: the biannual Rolling Stones and Who...

    by John Floyd on March 9, 2000
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    In Clubland - Bandemonium 2000, blues, and bruisers

    If you're not a tourist, the thought of going to the Hard Rock Caf (401 Biscayne Blvd; 305-377-3110) in Bayside Market Place can sound vile. But on Thursday the Hard Rock makes it a little easier to stomach with Bandemonium 2000, featuring Marcy Pla...

    by Larry Boytano on March 9, 2000
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    The Other Merry Pranksters - Sixties duo Coyle and Sharp revisited

    What would you say if two men approached you on the street and asked if they could drill a hole into your head to record your thoughts? This is the kind of situation that Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe inflicted on scores of innocent pedestrians as the pai...

    by Mike Hovancsek on March 9, 2000
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    Call Me Negro - Grupo Niche says it loud and proud with salsa

    In polite Colombian society, well-meaning mothers tell their children in hushed tones: "Don't say negro, my dear; say moreno." One word means black. The other means dark. Jairo Varela, leader of Grupo Niche, Colombia's most successful salsa orchestra...

    by Celeste Fraser Delgado on March 9, 2000
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    The Incredible Shrinking Roster - Sidebar to A Shakey Machine

    When the season began, the Florida International University men's basketball team had twelve players. In December Sylbrin Robinson joined the team. And yet at season's end, the Golden Panthers are suiting up only eight warm bodies. With so many troub...

    by Ted B. Kissell on March 2, 2000
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    A New Spin on Elevator Music - Curd Duca versus percussionitis

    Curd Duca carefully swallows a forkful of his quiche lunch and begins speaking in his thickly Austrian-accented English. "I have never understood why being avant-garde equaled being tense and unhappy," he says with obvious frustration, the distinctiv...

    by Brett Sokol on March 2, 2000
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    Fashion Shoots and All That Jazz - The always tasteful jazz of Diana Krall

    Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, Donna Karan. These are just a small sample of the upscale clothing retailers often mentioned when critics deride the imagery adorning jazz pianist/singer Diana Krall's latest album, When I Look in Your Eyes. Gran...

    by Nina Korman on March 2, 2000
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    Oh No, He Can't! - Old Fontainebleu fave Sammy Davis, Jr.

    The career of Sammy Davis, Jr., was long and strange -- laced with tragedy, blessed with success, loaded with contradictions, and defined, for better or worse, by his ceaseless determination to live up to his marquee epithet, Mr. Entertainment. He ...

    by John Floyd on March 2, 2000
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    Mamadou Diabate - Tunga (Alula Records)

    We all know Africa gave birth to the blues. Identifying the father has been a favorite game of recent CDs, which try to match John Lee Hooker's DNA to a specific West African style. Taj Mahal traded songs with a six-piece Malian folk ensemble fronted...

    by Bob Tarte on March 2, 2000
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