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    Presidents' Daze

    They chose their name as a joke, but the trio of rock and roll goofballs known as the Presidents of the United States of America has been the object of intense media questioning about their intentions in Campaign '96. Therefore the band has released ...

    by Steven Almond on May 9, 1996
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    Bad 'N' Ruined

    The artistic demise of Rod Stewart is a cataclysmic event in rock and roll history, a betrayal of his abilities and potential that has been written about many times by many esteemed rock scribes. No piece of criticism, however, better illustrates the...

    by John Floyd on May 9, 1996
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    Lost in America

    When you flip through the CD racks and see compilations of who-cares Eighties bands such as Wire Train and Translator, it's tempting to think that nearly every sound and aural nuance ever committed to Edison cylinder or magnetic tape is now available...

    by John Floyd on May 9, 1996
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    Rotations

    Iggy Pop Naughty Little Doggie (Virgin) Wayne Kramer Dangerous Madness (Epitaph) As punk rock's generational cycle spins ever onward, with last week's angry young thing replaced by this week's rabble-rousing shaver, it's reass...

    by Jennifer Przybylski on May 2, 1996
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    The Boss of Bossa Nova

    Some songwriters spend their entire careers hunkered over a keyboard or a guitar, scribbling words and fiddling with melodies in hopes of obtaining that most elusive of songwriting trophies -- the standard, the kind of song that worms itself so deepl...

    by John Floyd on May 2, 1996
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    Soul on Nice

    Billy Mann figures he's lost more day jobs than the average person will hold in a lifetime. He's delivered pizzas, hawked futons, worked as a photocopier, and during an early-Nineties stay in Miami he sold classified ads for this newspaper. Despite t...

    by John Floyd on April 25, 1996
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    Bang a Bong

    DJ Muggs is tired of talking about reefer, so if you don't mind could you give it a rest, please? With an unmistakable hint of exasperation, the turntable whiz and musical mastermind behind Cypress Hill says yes, the members of the Southern Californi...

    by John Floyd on April 25, 1996
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    Rotations

    Aimee Mann I'm With Stupid (DGC) Aimee Mann has been hauling her dented and dinged heart around for more than a decade now, pulling it out of a box for show-and-tell on three albums by her old band 'Til Tuesday, and on two solo records, 1...

    by Steven Almond on April 18, 1996
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    Attack of the 50-Foot Band

    Veteran punk group Antiseen has been described as ugly, revolting, and obscene. (Hey, thanks for the compliments!) Since 1983 the North Carolina quartet has been performing what they call destructo rock: straight-ahead punk loaded with chain-saw guit...

    by Georgina Cardenas on April 18, 1996
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    Snap, Crackle, and Power Pop

    As the Derek Cintron Band hits the final note of its deceptively buoyant "Song for Nothing," most excellent squeals and screams and whoops erupt from the dozen or so votaries, more than half of them young women, sitting at the large table directly in...

    by Michael Yockel on April 11, 1996
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    They're All Crazee Now

    Answering a musical question that few have asked, Rhino's Youth Gone Wild begs for an explanation. Even those with the longest of cultural attention spans are not yet leaping at the opportunity to revisit the still-twitching corpse of pop metal, as d...

    by David Dudley on April 11, 1996
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    Subtropical Homesick Blues

    Five snare drums, each of them precisely tuned to a different pitch, are positioned around a grand piano in the Center for the Fine Arts. When composer Alvin Lucier hits certain notes on the keyboard, the heads of one snare drum or another rattle in ...

    by John Floyd on April 4, 1996
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    Riding Western

    The woeful state of mainstream country music was a hot topic among the artists who took part in the recent HighTone Records Roadhouse Revival. The package tour showcased the Oakland-based independent label's roster of new-country trailblazers, includ...

    by John Floyd on March 28, 1996
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    Rotations

    Dread Zeppelin No Quarter Pounder (Birdcage) According to official legend, Elvis Presley once remarked, "I may not be Led Zeppelin, but I can still pack 'em in." This was in the mid-Seventies, when Led Zep was the biggest band in the worl...

    by John Floyd on March 28, 1996
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    Living in the Past

    "Who's that freaky old man?" "It's Jethro Tull!" "No, no. It's Aqualung, the guy in the song. Snot is running down his nose!" Truth be told, you can't actually see any snot on the cover art to Jethro Tull's fourth and best album, from 197...

    by David Dudley on March 28, 1996
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    Down with P

    Bill Orcutt is on the phone, sounding perplexed, bemused, and slightly exasperated. "We're like the 2 Live Crew of noise bands now," complains the guitarist and vocalist who makes up one-third of Harry Pussy, the lords of Miami's small but noisy avan...

    by John Floyd on March 21, 1996
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    Rotations

    Curtis Mayfield People Get Ready!: The Curtis Mayfield Story (Rhino) Although this lavish three-disc set is devoted to the musical achievements of one man, it also acts as a kind of rhythm and blues history. As much as James Brown, Cur...

    by Stephen Tignor on March 21, 1996
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    Good Enough for Mama

    Nil Lara doesn't know where he is. He's not even quite sure what state he's in. "Nevada?" he screams into the phone when pressed for his exact location. "California?" This is what it's been like recently for Lara, who, it turns out, really doesn't...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 14, 1996
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    Twin Picks

    Sixteen years ago record company executives scoffed at the idea of marketing the work of genre-fusing acoustic guitarists Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah. So after one too many rejections, the duo decided to release their first album themselves. N...

    by Raymond Tuttle on March 14, 1996
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    Miles Away

    Striding across the polished marble floors of the lobby of the posh Hotel Inter-Continental in downtown Miami, miles vocalist Tod Oenbrink sticks out like a sore thumb. Tall and lanky, decked out in a flannel shirt and long cutoffs, with a shock of p...

    by Georgina Cardenas on March 7, 1996
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