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    It Had to Happen James McMurtry (Sugar Hill Records) In 1995 two songs came out that were sharp expressions of the burden that the freewheeling Sixties left its children: the Charlie Sexton Sextet's "Plain Bad Luck and Innocent Mistakes" an...

    by Steven Almond on September 18, 1997
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    After the Fall Mary Coughlan (Big Cat Records) Ever since the Beatles and Dylan began performing their own songs, critics and fans have placed as high a value on songwriting as performing. Indeed, singers who perform material written by oth...

    by j. poet on September 11, 1997
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    Hair of the Pop That Bit You

    "Ninety-nine percent of the songs are born here," says 24-year-old Jeff Rollason, mastermind of the whimsical pop collective known as the Curious Hair. He lifts and drops his arms to indicate the organized chaos that pervades his bedroom in his paren...

    by Hans Morgenstern on September 11, 1997
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    Arc of a Moron

    In recent weeks these pages have not been kind to classic rock acts. In fact, they've been downright hostile. First, Steven Almond charted the creative crash and burn of Paul McCartney (July 24). Then, I went after the Who for selling out (August 14)...

    by Ben Greenman on September 11, 1997
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    Elegantly Wasted INXS (Mercury) It's sort of endearing the way Michael Hutchence thinks he's still sexy, kinda like that fading jock who gets all decked out for a sandlot game and insists on hitting cleanup. The ball may not carry as far as...

    by Rickey Wright on September 4, 1997
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    Sickly Sweet Baby James

    The line that separates evocative rock and roll romanticism from facile pop blatherings is too thin for just anyone to navigate, and it's one that James Taylor has never treaded with much grace. The possessor of an occasionally affecting voice, and a...

    by John Floyd on September 4, 1997
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    MoJazz No Mo'

    On MoJazz Cafe's last night, this past Sunday, owner Mo Morgen looked like a man in his element. His club was packed close to capacity, the music was sizzling, and cigarette smoke clouded the air so densely that Morgen could barely find the microphon...

    by Georgina Cardenas on September 4, 1997
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    Big Trouble in the Mystery House of Joy The Fool (The Fool Records) For two years running, this New York quartet has played the H.O.R.D.E. tour, without so much as an indie label deal. Nice trick, huh? Wanna know how they do it? Well, it ce...

    by Lee Ballinger on August 28, 1997
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    Hanson Rules!

    In underground rock and roll clubs, they are referred to in snarky tones as Marilyn Hanson. The Internet is infested with hate pages aimed at them. And media outlets such as VH1 found ways to simultaneously bitch-slap the boys of Hanson while playing...

    by Greg Baker on August 28, 1997
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    Building a Better Label

    Guitarist Scott Nixon sits strumming in the pin-drop quiet of the Space Cadette recording studio. Behind him the blue and beige burlap-covered walls display a mural -- an intricate depiction of human bones and machine gears. In the control booth, as ...

    by Georgina Cardenas on August 28, 1997
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    The Unexplored Horde

    I've never been an especially ardent fan of rock festivals. They strike me as a prolonged pretext for public vomiting, what with all the suds and the sun and the jostling. This, dear reader, is a subject about which I know a fair good bit, having spe...

    by Steven Almond on August 21, 1997
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    Cuba's Finest Banned

    When the Cuban dance band Los Van Van played the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in June, festival president Dick Rosenzweig told the Los Angeles Times that the audience reaction was unlike anything he had seen in the event's nineteen-yea...

    by Judy Cantor on August 21, 1997
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    Never Bet the Devil Your Head Subrosa (Sony/550) Never Bet the Devil Your Head is a debut album that will likely be seen as a sophomore effort. The record bears the indelible stamp of the band Subrosa used to be, For Squirrels. As local fan...

    by Keith Lee Morris on August 21, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Are you in the mood for live music? If so, Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE 2nd Ave., 757-1807) has the perfect mood enhancer: the Miami Rocks Festival, all month long. They're already halfway through the musical marathon; about 50 bands have played, bu...

    by Larry Boytano on August 14, 1997
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    My Degeneration

    In writing about the Who, it's tempting to open with a description of the band's legendary prowess, both on record and on-stage, and then make a series of snide comments about the profound irony of witnessing the very public dotage of the band that o...

    by Ben Greenman on August 14, 1997
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    That's Entertainment

    Finger paintings, glitter gowns, hula girls, and yellow-haired angels. Handmade rugs and electric-tape frames. Colorized photographs, round-eyed saints, oils, crayons, and mud-based paints. It's all folk art and it's in abundance at the Hollywood apa...

    by Emma Trelles on August 14, 1997
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    The Courier Cinnamon (Island/Soap) The Cardigans are the obvious frame of reference for this Swedish outfit's blend of indie and lounge pop. The guitar-driven Courier also has some of the charm of the Sundays and Altered Images, though with...

    by Rob O'Connor on August 14, 1997
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    Straight Outta Boone County Various Artists (Bloodshot Records) Straight Outta Boone County is Bloodshot Records' fourth anthology of artists playing insurgent country (the label's own name for a subgenre elsewhere hailed as no depression o...

    by Keith Lee Morris on August 7, 1997
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    Death of a Bandleader

    Elio Reve was an obstinate man who refused to miss a beat. In more than 40 years as bandleader of Orquesta Reve, his celebrated troupe, Reve remained as consistent a presence on Cuban stages as the inevitable pair of timbales he banged on-stage. And ...

    by Judy Cantor on August 7, 1997
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    Into the Night

    South Beach is well-known for its cultural diversity. and fortunately this is reflected in the local music scene. Sometimes that diversity is displayed better than others, and this weekend is one of those times. Friday night the Van Dyke Cafe (846 Li...

    by Larry Boytano on August 7, 1997
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