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    The Hollywood Sound Williams/London Symphony Orchestra (Sony Classical) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been awarding Oscars for best original score since 1934, but do its voting members know what they're doing? Not alwa...

    by Rickey Wright on July 3, 1997
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    Into the Night

    If George Washington had envisioned this country's birthday parties revolving around guys dressed like girls, guys that want to be girls, guys that like guys, and women that could beat up most guys, he might not have crossed the Delaware. Squeeze (2 ...

    by Larry Boytano on July 3, 1997
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    Dion The Road I'm On: A Retrospective (Columbia/Legacy) He's best remembered for the string of brilliant doo-wop hits he had in the Fifties with the Belmonts -- swaggering, salacious cuts such as "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer" -- but Di...

    by David Cantwell on June 26, 1997
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    As the Tapeworm Turns

    Building a successful business from the ground up is never easy. It usually takes a lot of work and a whole lot of money. Sometimes it even takes axes and cymbal stands, homeless men with ladders, naked guys with bags over their heads, guns, rats, an...

    by Georgina Cardenas on June 26, 1997
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    Bubble Burst

    Everything made sense until the Beatles broke up. Rock's audience expanded explosively at precisely the same time the music lost its popular and aesthetic center. The Beatles had demonstrated that what was popular could be art; in their wake, some ar...

    by Bill Wyman on June 26, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Usually it's tragedies that happen in sets of three, but this week it's anniversary parties, all of them in Miami Beach. Lost Weekend (218 Espanola Way, 672-1707), the Abbey Brewing Company (1115 Sixteenth St., 538-8110), and Twist (1057 Washington A...

    by Larry Boytano on June 26, 1997
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    Into the Night

    What are two of the most oft-heard cliches about South Florida? It's a cultural wasteland, and the Design District is the next cool boom spot. Tonight (Thursday) Power Studios (3701 NE Second Ave., 576-7567) starts the weekly party Madame X to contra...

    by Larry Boytano on June 19, 1997
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    HellFest

    Music festivals come straight from Satan. It's the only way to explain them. People have been complaining for years that rock is the devil's music, but they've got it all wrong. Standing around all day sweating in the hot sun in an endless sea of hum...

    by Rob O'Connor on June 19, 1997
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    Peter Jefferies/Jono Lonie At Swim 2 Birds (Drunken Fish) Out of print since its 1987 release in New Zealand, an obscurity to even the most fervid Kiwi-noise devotees, At Swim 2 Birds has been the missing link in the long, weird history of ...

    by David Cantwell on June 19, 1997
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    Reverb

    This column wasn't supposed to be an obituary, although it was meant to sound a knell of finality, if not death. This is my last column for New Times; I've decided to go back home to Memphis to work on a project that seems too good to pass up. After ...

    by John Floyd on June 19, 1997
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    It's Alright, Ma

    Bob Dylan didn't die. Apparently the state of his condition following his May 25 hospitalization for histoplasmosis was greatly exaggerated by the news media. ("DYLAN COULD BE IN FIGHT FOR LIFE," wailed the headline from the May 29 edition of the New...

    by John Floyd on June 12, 1997
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    Various Artists Ultra-Lounge: On the Rocks, Parts One and Two (Capitol) I've marveled at the sonic gimmickry and the compositional and arranging genius of Juan Esquivel, I've basked in the cheesy tropical splendor of Martin Denny, and I've ...

    by Raymond Tuttle on June 12, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Join owner Digby Leibovitz in saying goodbye to Swirl Shop this Saturday, June 14 (1049 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-2060). Leibovitz muses darkly about Swirl's demise: "People aren't supporting the small local places. And if they don't, everyth...

    by Larry Boytano on June 12, 1997
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    Sweet Dreams of Success

    The attack is a bit "sweeter" this time around for Matthew Sweet. Instead of the usual jabbing guitars flexing up the straight-forward pop, the singer-songwriter has decided to tone things down. "Up until recently Matthew gave guitar players all the ...

    by Rob O'Connor on June 12, 1997
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    Reverb

    Despite all the recent press talk about the demise of rock and roll and the glorious advent of electronica, I've neither subscribed to the former nor believed for a minute that insipid doodlers like DJ Spooky will become anything close to the Next Bi...

    by John Floyd on June 5, 1997
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    What's Soul Got to Do with It?

    Despite her success, Tina Turner has done her best to obscure the fact that she's a great singer. It doesn't help that she just launched her latest solo album, Wildest Dreams, and her first U.S. tour in six years at the same time one of her most ince...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on June 5, 1997
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    The Joy of Struggle

    The musical dynamic of Ed Matus' Struggle was once described by a fan as "a train coming, then all of a sudden someone pours fudge on top of it." The Miami quartet -- comprising lead guitarist/songwriter Juan Montoya, singer/guitarist Scott Nixon, dr...

    by Georgina Cardenas on June 5, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Unfolding under this Thursday evening's new moon (and every Thursday to follow) is an event that sounds so much like Miami it's almost cruelly coincidental that it was transplanted from New York: Cafe con Leche at KGB (637 Washington Ave., Miami Beac...

    by Larry Boytano on June 5, 1997
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    The Monks Black Monk Time (Infinite Zero/American) Everything that's great about the Monks is right there on "Monk Chant," the lead cut from the group's 1966 underground classic Black Monk Time, reissued on American's Infinite Zero imprint ...

    by Steven Almond on June 5, 1997
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    Reverb

    A few words on Pete Moss from some people who knew him. Moss, a fixture on the local music scene for more than ten years, died early last week. No cause of death has been announced. Hal "Boise Bob" Spector, musician: "We met while he was playing...

    by John Floyd on May 29, 1997
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