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    Rotations

    Radio Kings Money Road (Bullseye) Dance crazes will come and go. Rock musicians will alternately grow their hair long and shave it off, according to fashion dictates. Entire new genres of music will spring up out of the fertile imaginations...

    by Robin Myrick on April 2, 1998
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    Meeting Raul

    Raul Di Blasio, the Argentine pianist, is brandishing a knife. He is not trying to teach a nosy journalist a lesson, nor is he attempting to maim himself. The piece of silverware he wields can do little harm. It's a butter knife. He is sitting outdoo...

    by Nina Korman on April 2, 1998
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    Emilio Vandenedes (1957-1998)

    Disc jockey, musicologist, record distributor, sometime bodyguard, and friend of Cuban musicians everywhere, Emilio Vandenedes was a pioneer in the dissemination of contemporary Cuban music in the United States. As a DJ in the early Eighties, he brou...

    by Judy Cantor on March 26, 1998
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    Five Days That Kind of Shook the World

    "We're the next big thing, see," Botswanas frontwoman Eileen Ziontz mock-declares from the foot-high stage at Emo's Jr., where her New York City-based band (by way of New Haven), not long into its 40-minute 1:00 a.m. Friday night/Saturday morning set...

    by Michael Yockel on March 26, 1998
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    Anarchy Is Okay

    Dunstan Bruce, a member of the eight-person anarchist collective and pop group Chumbawamba, is pressing the flesh with various music industry types at a sports bar in Milwaukee on a recent Thursday afternoon. Though Chumbawamba has been on a world t...

    by Rafer Guzman on March 26, 1998
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    Rotations

    Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers Switching Gears (Blind Pig) A quote from Jimmy Thackery appears on the shrink-wrap of teen guitar sensation Jonny Lang's 1996 debut Lie to Me: "He plays so good I want to break his fingers." Thackery plays so ...

    by Adam Heimlich on March 26, 1998
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    Salsa's Past as Prologue

    When Buena Vista Social Club garnered the award for Best Tropical Latin Performance at the recent Grammy ceremonies, American guitarist Ry Cooder, who produced the album of traditional Cuban music performed by a seasoned supergroup in Havana, took ho...

    by Judy Cantor on March 26, 1998
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    Musicians in Glass Houses

    "I love the sound of breaking glass" goes the refrain to the 1978 pop song of the same name written and sung by British rocker Nick Lowe. The tune climbed into the Top 10 in England but didn't receive much airplay in North America. That could account...

    by Nina Korman on March 19, 1998
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    A River Runs Through Them

    Ted Lahey, vocalist-guitarist for the band Day by the River, is speaking from a pay phone outside the town hall in Northampton, Massachusetts, his feet soaking in the slushy aftermath of a sleet storm. He has some time to chat before Day by the River...

    by Larry Getlen on March 19, 1998
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    Rotations

    Kristin Hersh Strange Angels (Rykodisc) Although not at all revolutionary, Throwing Muses created a distinct form of postmodern rock, full of propulsive bass lines, hypnotic guitars, and abrupt instrumental redirections. The band hit a high...

    by John Lewis on March 19, 1998
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    Ball of Confusion

    In 1997 the Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince and Currently Known as a Pretentious Hieroglyph was lying low. It's all relative, sure, but last year was the first since 1983 that hadn't seen a single record released by the F...

    by Ben Greenman on March 19, 1998
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    Truth Serum

    Hanging off the end of Crystal Ball is The Truth, a dozen new songs that are bound to be eclipsed by the larger set. It's a shame. Full of passionate singing and compelling guitar work, The Truth is a mostly acoustic album that combines deep-blue pop...

    by Ben Greenman on March 19, 1998
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    Born to the Blues

    Dr. Ivan Petrovich Pavlov could have easily predicted how the tune broadcast from an ice cream truck would affect most people. Let a few bars of that familiar melody resonate through a neighborhood, and everyone screams for ice cream. The brilliant P...

    by Adam St. James on March 19, 1998
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    Cultural Glasnost, Miami Style

    Young, old, white, black, Latin, in suits, shorts, cowboy hats, and platform shoes, with long hair, shaved heads, or balding -- people packed together at tables and wedged on the stairs, mingling, relaxed. The crowd gathered in the restaurant space o...

    by Judy Cantor on March 12, 1998
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    Between Punk Rock and a Hard Place

    Sam McBride takes the telephone receiver from his wife Suzy and grunts a quizzical "Hello." Slightly out of breath, he's just walked in the door of the couple's East Bay duplex, and he explains somewhat apologetically that things have been hectic in ...

    by Michael Yockel on March 12, 1998
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    Rotations

    Ted Hawkins The Ted Hawkins Suffer No More (Rhino) Ted Hawkins The Final Tour (Evidence) In many ways the late Ted Hawkins, who spent the bulk of his career singing for tips on the Venice Beach boardwalk just outside Los Angeles,...

    by Adam St. James on March 12, 1998
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    Psychotronic Reaction

    Currently being posited as an alternative to the mournful noisy rock out of the suddenly loathed Northwest are all kinds of Good-time Joe's Toe-Tappin' Jug Band-type nonsense -- as though the opposite of morbidly paralyzing introspection were witless...

    by Curt Hopkins on March 5, 1998
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    Master of Mixology

    Imagine, if you will, music that is beheld. Imagine stepping into an orchestra and experiencing it from the inside. From that vantage point the view is inseparable from the notes. It's not watching like one watches television, but rather seeing in th...

    by Adam Heimlich on March 5, 1998
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    Rock of Ages

    Kelly Mason, age sixteen, recalls with glee a recent Christian rock concert she attended. "It was the first time I'd been to a Presbyterian church with a mosh pit," she says, "and you'd step out of the pit and there's blood on the floor. And I'm like...

    by Rafer Guzman on March 5, 1998
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    Rotations

    James Iha Let It Come Down (Virgin) On his first solo release, Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha eschews his band's more wrenching form of heart surgery in favor of the tender Neil Young-style ballads that are often washed down with whi...

    by Curt Hopkins on March 5, 1998
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