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    Mo' Jazz Mo' Better

    Pioneering entrepreneur Mark Soyka knows it isn't easy selling live jazz in South Beach, a place where the throbbing pulse and synthetic drone of DJ-spun techno is the preferred soundtrack, and where what little live music you can find is of the rock...

    by John Floyd on February 13, 1997
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    The Pharaohs Awakening (Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity) The Pharaohs In the Basement (Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity) Like James Brown on a psych-jazz bender or Charles Mingus dabbling in avant-garde funk, the Pharaohs cut a singular path up ...

    by Steven Almond on February 13, 1997
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    Reverb

    It's no mere coincidence that the lineup for this year's Miami Latin Jazz Festival spans the gamut of Afro-Cuban music history. That's exactly what organizer Arturo Campa had in mind for the second annual staging of the blowout, which is being held S...

    by John Floyd on February 13, 1997
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    God and Junk

    Christian rock. The very name suggests something sterile, lame, weak. There's something not right about it. Like a middle-aged man crashing a rock and roll teen party, busting a dance-floor move in a hopeless attempt to show his kids that he's still ...

    by John Floyd on February 13, 1997
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    Graham Parker Acid Bubblegum (Razor & Tie) Acid Bubblegum is meant to be a return to form for Graham Parker, a reprise of his classic Seventies days as a bitter, punky pub-rocker. The album is certainly filled with bitterness, and for a w...

    by Michael Yockel on February 6, 1997
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    Her Blues

    If you could genetically engineer the perfect human female to interpret the decadent Twenties-era cabaret music of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, you would probably come up with Marianne Faithfull. Faithfull, whose fresh blond beauty as a Sixtie...

    by Susan Whitall on February 6, 1997
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    Reverb

    Last year about this time I wrote a fairly scathing diatribe for New Times about the sorry state of reggae, which ran to coincide with the third annual Bob Marley Festival. It generated some heated letters, as well as a few nasty phone calls, but aft...

    by John Floyd on February 6, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Tonight (Thursday, February 6) South Beach's Bash (655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-2274) hosts the launch party for Generation X, the new Saturday-night what's-hot-what's-not TV show (check your local listings for channel and time). The hourlon...

    by Liz Martinez on February 6, 1997
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    Snoop Dogg Howls Again

    Snoop Doggy Dogg's new album, Tha Doggfather, was meant to herald a new phase for gangsta rap's biggest star, but not under such sad circumstances. The murder of Tupac Shakur, a peer, a friend, and the only other artist close to Snoop's stature at th...

    by Danny Alexander on January 30, 1997
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    In the Key of Paquito

    Rain is falling lightly when piano player Paquito Hechavarria gets the bum's rush from a Coral Gables restaurant. The musician is three nights into a gig accompanying a blues singer at Mike's Hideaway, an upscale eatery that boasts a pristine white b...

    by Judy Cantor on January 30, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Bid your fondest farewell to Lua (409 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 534-0061), the South Beach club that has provided much of the pomp and circumstance on the beach for the last three years (that has to be some kind of record on South Beach). On Saturda...

    by Liz Martinez on January 30, 1997
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    Various Artists Enzso (Epic) How to describe this record? Well, let's begin with the basics. This is a compilation of songs by the Eighties New Zealand pop band Split Enz, original home to Crowded Houseniks Neil and Tim Finn. The song...

    by Rickey Wright on January 30, 1997
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    Hardcore Gets Soft Edge

    Lou Barlow first appeared as an unsettling blip on the radar screen of Eighties postpunk. As the tape-looping bassist for Dinosaur Jr. and then as the original lo-fi bedroom bard of the early Sebadoh records, Barlow seemed like nothing more than an a...

    by Stephen Tignor on January 23, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Tonight (Thursday) help celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Sunshine Jazz Organization of South Florida at South Beach power haunt Amnesia (136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-5535). An unforgettable evening full of legendary tunes awaits when the ...

    by Liz Martinez on January 23, 1997
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    RuPaul Foxy Lady (Rhino) Like gangsta rappers, RuPaul -- a black drag queen/diva/talk-show host -- is into beats and poses. And like all the best gangstas, RuPaul Charles is most interested in using his funky beats and flamboyant pose to ...

    by Lee Ballinger on January 23, 1997
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    Into the Night

    Get ready for radical times as party promoter Bobby Radical churns out some new nights. Start the weekend off early at Polly Esther's (841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 535-5633) tonight (Thursday) at "Phunky"; you'll find two decades are better than...

    by Liz Martinez on January 16, 1997
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    Lonnie Smith Trio Purple Haze: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (MusicMasters Jazz) The first time I saw Jimi Hendrix, at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1967, he was just what his legend says he is: an exploding orgasm, pulling notes and sound...

    by Michael Yockel on January 16, 1997
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    Rude Boy Invasion

    If it seems like there's a ska show coming to South Florida every week, maybe it's because there is. For the last two years, ska bands from across the country -- from Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, practically everywhere but the music's home...

    by John Floyd on January 16, 1997
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    Reverb

    Careerists are rare in punk rock, but not as rare as you might think. The Queers, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and Minor Threat/Fugazi auteur Ian MacKaye have all been entrenched in this fickle, youth-obsessed genre for well over a decade, and th...

    by John Floyd on January 16, 1997
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    Reverb

    Bill Orcutt's new debut solo album is both a reiteration of Harry Pussy's complex noise experiments and a move away from his main band's barely controlled sonic assaults. Issued last month on the mighty fine NYC indie label Audible Hiss, Orcutt's unt...

    by John Floyd on January 9, 1997
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