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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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    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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    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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    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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    I Wanna Be Distorted

    "When punk started in the Seventies, it was like a runaway train -- nobody knew where it was going to end up," Social Distortion guitarist Dennis Danell says. "Punk was more dangerous and threatening back then than it is now. I think rap and the whol...

    by Georgina Cardenas on July 31, 1997
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    Remember the Alaimo

    "I was absolutely ahead of everything everybody did," Steve Alaimo says matter-of-factly. It's not uncommon to hear such boasts from a music industry bigwig. It's rather characteristic, actually. But in Alaimo's case it's hard to argue: As a recordin...

    by George Pelletier on July 31, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Tired of the summer music festival frenzy? Even though it goes to the soul of rock and roll (and money), it can be a bit much. A nice change is a down-to-earth homegrown summer music event that has taken hold on a farm in the middle of nowhere. On Sa...

    by Larry Boytano on July 31, 1997
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    Mirabal Robert Mirabal (Warner Western) Robert Mirabal has two main cultural threads in the cloth of his being. One is a traditional Native American flute maker and player. His flutes are on display at the Smithsonian, he's recorded and tou...

    by Eddie Hankins on July 31, 1997
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    Live and Let Creativity Die

    As it turns out, the nuts were right. Paul is dead. Creatively, at least, the Cute Beatle met his maker in about, oh, December of 1970. And, despite all the corporate pandering and hollow hoopla, Paul's latest effort, Flaming Pie, is just ab...

    by Steven Almond on July 24, 1997
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    A Little Help from His Friends

    Bass player Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera recorded a couple of tunes with his quintet, the Latin Jazz Crew, in a Kendall studio on a recent afternoon. For the first time in three decades, the tips of his long, elegant fingers blistered. Rivera has hardly to...

    by Judy Cantor on July 17, 1997
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    Genius + Soul = Jazz/My Kind of Jazz Ray Charles (Rhino) Long before Quincy Jones was a magazine owner (Vibe, the Source) or the producer of Michael Jackson's multiplatinum efforts, and even long before he produced Lesley Gore's proto-femin...

    by Eddie Hankins on July 17, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Party culture in South Florida spreads in many directions. One more outpost for nightlife begins tonight in an area that most do not consider an evening fun zone. Just west of downtown you'll find Malaga (740 SW Eighth St., 858-4224), a restaurant an...

    by Larry Boytano on July 17, 1997
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    The Band Stripped Bare

    Carey Peak wants to start a revolution. A rock and roll radio revolution, that is. Sitting in a tiny Fort Lauderdale rehearsal space dominated by a set of drums, Peak explains that he and his band the C60's are striving to deviate from the cliched so...

    by Georgina Cardenas on July 10, 1997
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