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    Bliss on This

    Fireworks boom and crackle outside, smoke fills the streets, and bottle rockets emblematic of revolutionary bombs burst in the air. Inside, four young men -- members of the band Orgasmic Bliss -- are sitting in a sprawling Florida room. However, inst...

    by Georgina Cardenas on July 20, 1995
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    Elvis Costello Kojak Variety (Warner Bros.) Robert Forster I Had a New York Girlfriend (Beggars Banquet) As a result of his huge rep as a songwriter, Elvis Costello's talents as an interpreter of others' work often has been ov...

    on July 20, 1995
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    Dust to Dust

    The technology gremlins have been playing hob with Lycia. During a show in Philadelphia two and half weeks ago, the band's keyboards, a critical ingredient in its dark, ethereal sound, winked in and out. Then, during the same set, without any apparen...

    by Michael Yockel on July 13, 1995
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    Sponge Rotting Pinata (Chaos/Sony) You've heard the jaunty title track (possibly the only song in pop history to use a pinata as a metaphor for a cowboy's broken heart), the gripping "Plowed" (with its riveting "in a world of human wrecka...

    on July 13, 1995
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    Seldom Seen, Often Heard

    Thanks to the regional college radio success of their single, "I'm Beautiful," the Wilcoxes have gained a reputation among local scenesters for being a band that hails from some supercool bastion of alternative rock far, far away. Not so. The Wilcoxe...

    by Georgina Cardenas on July 13, 1995
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    That Was Then. This Is...Then

    Up on stage, John Tenaglia looks satisfied. The boxy WSHE owner holds a microphone in one hand, shields his eyes against the glare of the spotlights with the other as he beams out at the crowd of about 200 -- station personnel, advertisers, local ad ...

    by Michael Yockel on July 6, 1995
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    Cake Motorcade of Generosity (Capricorn) Ever get the feeling alternative rock is on the verge of collective suicide? I do. All the hot new bands sound so bedraggled with Weltschmerz it's a wonder they have the energy to pound out the sam...

    on July 6, 1995
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    KISS and Tell

    Paul Stanley, king of the nighttime world, just woke up. And you can tell. His voice has little of the distinctive arena-rock urgency that one somehow can't help but expect after hearing all his rousing stage patter between tunes on Alive!, KISS's ep...

    by David Dudley on July 6, 1995
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    Rotations 11

    Various Artists For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson (MusicMasters/BMG) Harry Nilsson was to the Seventies what Warren Zevon was to the Eighties. Imagine Randy Newman, but suave. Now imagine Randy Newman, suave and drunk as hell...

    on June 29, 1995
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    The Vodou They Do So Well

    The telephone connection crackles with static as Theodore "Lolo" Beaubrun, Jr., front man for the Haitian roots band Boukman Eksperyans, shushes the half-dozen children who happily scamper about his father's Port-au-Prince home. "It's 'vacation noise...

    by Jim Murphy on June 29, 1995
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    Rara Raveup

    Rara Raveup Boukman Eksperyans Libte (Pran Pou Pran'l!) (Mango) For listeners whose perception of "voodoo" has been formed through the distorted lens of Hollywood, Libte (Pran Pou Pran'l!), the third release by Haitian rasin band Bo...

    by Jim Murphy on June 29, 1995
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    Rotations 9

    Esquivel Music From a Sparkling Planet Space Age Bachelor Pad Music (Bar/None) Between 1958 and 1967, Mexican pianist-bandleader-arranger-composer Juan Garcia Esquivel recorded and released a series of wonderfully bizarre orchestral a...

    on June 15, 1995
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    Believe the Buzz

    At the opening-night talent showcase for Billboard magazine's Latin Music Conference, held here last week, Cuban singer Albita Rodriguez was the obvious star attraction. A crowd of about 450 recording executives, distributors, producers, promoters, j...

    by Judy Cantor on June 15, 1995
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    Franklin Mint

    "Jim is one of those people who has absolutely no idea what he's capable of." Brian Franklin sits in the corner of a nondescript North Miami Beach fast-food restaurant, munching on French fries and talking about his friend and sometime-musical collab...

    by Jim Murphy on June 15, 1995
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    Rotations 8

    John Prine Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings (Oh Boy) Many listeners discovered A or rediscovered A singer-songwriter John Prine with The Missing Years, his brilliantly crafted 1991 album (produced by Howie Epstein, of Tom Petty and the Heart...

    on June 8, 1995
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    Frankly Speaking - Zappa wasn't in it only for the money

    There's nothing like an artist's early death to prompt critical reconsideration A and the reputation of Frank Zappa, who succumbed to cancer in late 1993 at the age of 52, has gotten a major boost as a result of this phenomenon. At the time of his pa...

    by Michael Roberts on June 8, 1995
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    Now for Some Good Muse - This local band makes musical news by doing things differently

    Artists and musicians, even those regarded by most as unorthodox, sometimes choose to do things by the book. But if the South Beach-based band Muse were sticking to the book, it would be a tome from the lost city of Atlantis or the wreckage of some U...

    by Georgina Cardenas on June 1, 1995
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    The Future of Rock and Roll - We've seen it in a crystal ball and the pictures aren't pretty

    The calendar says it's 1995, but the vibe in rock and roll these days is decidedly mid-Seventies. As the Jimmy Page-Robert Plant juggernaut makes its way across the land, we're reminded that the biggest draws in last year's fair-to-middling concert s...

    by Jim Murphy on May 25, 1995
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    Rotations 6

    Morphine Yes (Rykodisc) This is one of those albums you respect much more than you like. You know -- the kind you listen to over and over in an attempt to let it grow on you, before slipping it quietly into the CD rack where it will remai...

    on May 25, 1995
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    Hot Milk and Bow Tie Goatees - Driving home the point at the Southeastern Music Conference

    "Fuck it, we drove." Milk Can's Joel Schantz didn't mean to encapsulate the mindset of the entire Dade County delegation in attendance at the recent Southeastern Music Conference in Tampa with his offhand remark. But as anyone familiar with Milk ...

    by Todd Anthony on May 18, 1995
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