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    Rocket's Punk Blare

    "We play a lot. That's what we do." Rocket From the Crypt head pilot John "Speedo" Reis is pragmatic about the San Diego punk group's nonstop touring schedule and prodigious output. In the five years they've been together, Rocket has cranked out ...

    by John Floyd on August 1, 1996
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    Into the Night

    With South Beach undergoing a strange summer regeneration of sorts, new parties are springing up all over while old (in SoBe terms) haunts are still hanging on. On Friday, Society Hill (627 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-9993) hosts a big blowout ...

    by Liz Martinez on August 1, 1996
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    Lollapaloser

    Screaming Trees had just ripped into "Nearly Lost You" when I spotted him -- a dusty-haired kid of about fourteen, standing alone, mouthing the words to the band's 1992 hit. He was like a lot of the other people who gathered in West Palm Beach last T...

    by John Floyd on July 25, 1996
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    Into the Night

    Nightlife, it's the right life. And this weekend, it's also a meltdown of music and mayhem. Tonight (Thursday) begin to relive the glamour and elegance of Havana in the Forties and Fifties as Yuca Restaurant (501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 532-9822) s...

    by Liz Martinez on July 25, 1996
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    Reverb

    Before the road dust had even caked on their vehicle, Coral Gables jazz-rock eccentrics the Jongleurs were forced to cut short their first full-scale tour when their Ford Club Wagon van took a nasty tumble. The quintet was leaving Savannah, Georgia, ...

    by John Floyd on July 25, 1996
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    Rotations

    Keb' Mo' Just Like You (OKeh/Epic) Alvin Youngblood Hart Big Mama's Door (OKeh/550 Music) California-born bluesmen Alvin Youngblood Hart and Kevin Moore (Keb' Mo' for short) share more than just a label and a birth state. Both...

    by Raymond Tuttle on July 25, 1996
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    Rotations

    Metallica Load (Elektra) Soundgarden Down On the Upside (A&M) For headbanger careerists like Metallica and Soundgarden, heavy-metal angst can present some real artistic problems when all those bad vibes and bad-ass guitar riff...

    by Roni Sarig on July 18, 1996
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    Grunge History 101

    Way back in 1983, when the loud-fast acceleration of hardcore punk had turned the music into an atonal sonic speed race, a little-known band named the Melvins decided to slam on the brakes. Formerly a garden-variety, slash-and-burn combo, this Aberde...

    by John Floyd on July 18, 1996
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    All the Young Dudes

    Futuristic glam-rock unit Psychotica is always one step ahead of itself. They signed a recording contract -- with Rick Rubin's American Records, no less -- before playing their first public gig. They are touring -- on the bill of Lollapalooza, no les...

    by Georgina Cardenas on July 18, 1996
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    Into the Night

    Believe all the stress of hurricane threats and beach-bound traffic jams by traveling to another world. Marsbar (8505 Mills Dr., Town & Country Center, Kendall, 271-6909) celebrates 720 days of terrestrial occupation on Saturday, July 20, with compli...

    by Liz Martinez on July 18, 1996
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    Reverb

    "Radio has pretty much disappeared as an art form and it's getting worse day by day," says Greg Baker, the former music editor for this paper and, along with Steve Alvin, host of The Beast & Baker Show, quite possibly the best thing you'll find on th...

    by John Floyd on July 18, 1996
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    Rocky Horror Stage Show

    Kembra Pfahler is a self-proclaimed rock goddess. And why not grant her the title? As the cofounder of the arty glam-punk New York City ensemble the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, the subversive singer, songwriter, multimedia artist, and weirdness...

    by Georgina Cardenas on July 11, 1996
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    Still the King

    For more than a decade, Elvis Costello has been toiling away in the gap that separates blind ambition and tedious experimentation -- a willing slave to the concepts and conceits of high art, a poster boy for creative indulgence, able to rock out only...

    by John Floyd on July 11, 1996
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    Rotations

    Los Lobos Colossal Head (Warner Bros.) All artists show their influences in their work. What separates the sublime from the hapless in this regard is the ability to do it without being crass. And there's certainly nothing crass about Colo...

    by Michael Yockel on July 11, 1996
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    Styx and Groans

    This is going to be difficult for me -- for all of us, I expect -- because this isn't going to be some misty recollection, but rather the dredging up of a very specific and humiliating sliver of the past. Which means what we're dealing with is, in es...

    by Steven Almond on July 4, 1996
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    Even Major Labels Get the Blues

    "The blues is alright" goes the refrain of the anthem of the same name, a regional Southern hit back in the mid-Eighties for its writer, vocalist/guitarist Little Milton Campbell, a 40-year veteran of the blues club circuit. The song has become Milto...

    by John Floyd on July 4, 1996
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    Spunky Junkies

    Michael Timmins readily acknowledges the irony surrounding the biggest hit to date by the Cowboy Junkies, the Canadian group for which he serves as guitarist and songwriter. Said hit -- a mournful cover of the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" -- cam...

    by John Floyd on June 26, 1996
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    Rotations

    The Specials Today's Specials (Virgin/Kuff) You can't say the time isn't right for the triumphant return of the Specials, the English group that way back in the late Seventies combined punk's rant-and-roll dynamics with the slippery grooves...

    by Raymond Tuttle on June 26, 1996
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    Five Variations on a Theme by Barry White

    Your First, Your Last, Your Everything: Four years ago, before his umpteenth comeback, before his 1994 The Icon Is Love album and its "Practice What You Preach" single both went to number one on the R&B charts, Barry White, the grand pooh-bah of le m...

    by Michael Yockel on June 26, 1996
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    The Greening of Amanda

    A lot of things seem weird to Amanda Green. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter uses the word a lot to describe, in general, her personal life and, in particular, the confluence of professional events ranging from her first club gig last August (a solo...

    by Jim Murphy on June 20, 1996
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