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  • Set It Off - A St. Paul hip-hop crew looks to the next stage

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    Set It Off - A St. Paul hip-hop crew looks to the next stage

    Though August Wilson used to write plays in Sweeney's, the St. Paul neighborhood bar sits on the "white side" of Dale Street, and it might be the last place you'd expect to find a hip-hop showcase. But tonight, the upstairs is filled with playas of...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on August 26, 1998
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    Be My Baby

    Elliott Smith X/O Dreamworks He looks like death warmed over. He covers John Lennon's "I'm So Tired" in concert. He is meek, tender, and fey. He's a wimp, he's a hunk, he's an angel. He's a rainbow. And, as fluke would have it, he might be ...

    by Jon Dolan on August 26, 1998
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    Amend Your Trousers

    IF YOU'RE THE sort of person who owns a copy of The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock, published last year as a supplement to the now out-of-print Trouser Press guides of the mid-'80s, chances are you've already waded hip deep into music your mom/ne...

    by Sally Jacob on August 26, 1998
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    Krime doesn't pay

    Trash cinema Singer-songwriter Susan Sandberg may have the most prominent film soundtrack tie-in of any local act since the Hang Ups graced Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy. Her song "Hey Batter," with lyrics inexplicably lifted from Western standard "...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on August 26, 1998
  • Tony Rich: Birdseye

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    Tony Rich: Birdseye

    Tony Rich Birdseye LaFace/Arista LIKE HIS PRODUCER Babyface, Tony Rich is more than merely respectful of women. He's almost anthropologically fascinated by them: their desires, their thoughts; the way they do their hair and the way they do th...

    by Keith Harris on August 19, 1998
  • Blonde Redhead: In an Expression of the Inexpressible

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    Blonde Redhead: In an Expression of the Inexpressible

    Blonde Redhead In an Expression of the Inexpressible Touch & Go KAZU MAKINO, BLONDE Redhead's demure Japanese singer-guitarist, doesn't quite sing--she comes. Live, her orgasmic vocal tantrums lead to full-body seizures, but somehow, Makino m...

    by Joshua Westlund on August 19, 1998
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    Bio Ritmo and Squirrel Nut Zippers

    Bio Ritmo Rumba Baby Rumba! Triloka/Mercury Squirrel Nut Zippers Perennial Favorites Mammoth HERE'S A LESSON in late-'90s music-business marketing: If your group looks like a swing band--based, say, on its number of members, its use o...

    by Roni Sarig on August 19, 1998
  • Mary J. Blige: The Tour

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    Mary J. Blige: The Tour

    Mary J. Blige The Tour MCA FOR YEARS NOW, Mary J. Blige has worn the tag "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul." And while it's become about as universally accepted as James Brown's well-worn moniker "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," it barely doe...

    by Chris Herrington on August 19, 1998
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    Just So So Stories

    Jermaine Dupri Life in 1472 So So Def Life in 1472, the blockbuster debut album by Atlanta-based hip-hop and R&B producer Jermaine Dupri, might be packaged to look like an "original motion picture soundtrack," but it feels like a slab of hi...

    by Jon Dolan on August 19, 1998
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    Bye-bye, Yoko

    Bye-bye, Yoko After a particularly grueling two weeks as your local music scribe, I was looking forward to meeting spunky Japanese rock tourist Yoko Sawai, whose enthusiasm for Minneapolis music is famously infectious. Sawai stayed a month in tow...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on August 19, 1998
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    Back in Black

    REGULARS AT RYAN'S looked up from their Miller cans in bemusement last Wednesday as ebony-clad goth girls began floating through the front door of the legendary metal bar. The downtown St. Paul live-music oasis has certainly evolved since its Drive...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on August 12, 1998
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    Prairie Blues - A Native band plays slave music on the great plains.

    The notion that rock 'n' roll is, by definition, what you love but your parents hate might be somewhat dated in these, our nation's VH1 years. But the idea that four sibling teens would start a blues band under their dad's tutelage and continue it ...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on August 12, 1998
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    Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

    Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road Mercury LUCINDA WILLIAMS IS an extraordinarily gifted songwriter blessed with a voice that's a lethal combination of girlishness and growl. She's also got a reputation as a pain-in-the-ass perfec...

    by Tom Finkel on August 5, 1998
  • Charlie Feathers: Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69)

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    Charlie Feathers: Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69)

    Charlie Feathers Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69) Revenant CHARLIE FEATHERS HOLDS an equivocal place in rock history. Some, including the artist himself, claim that Feathers taught Elvis the moves that made him King, showed Jerry...

    by Jay Ruttenberg on August 5, 1998
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    Marah: Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later On Tonight

    Marah Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later On Tonight Black Dog Records ON THEIR ATROCIOUSLY titled debut, Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later on Tonight, South Philly's Marah play country tunes that forward an assertion I consider to be u...

    by Joshua Westlund on August 5, 1998
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    What Makes You Happy

    Liz Phair Whitechocolatespaceegg Matador In 1993 Liz Phair came down from her Winnetka turret to help college age repressives get in touch with their secret feelings about dcollet and duct tape. Her debut, Exile in Guyville, mixed heady b...

    by Laura Sinagra on August 5, 1998
  • The Long Ryders and BR5-49

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    The Long Ryders and BR5-49

    The Long Ryders Anthology: Looking for Lewis and Clark Chronicles BR5-49 Big Backyard Beat Show Arista CONVENTIONAL ALT-COUNTRY history walks a crooked line, starting with the spawn of Tupelo and working back to the original country-roc...

    by Chris Herrington on August 5, 1998
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    Guns and Replacements

    Welcome to the jungle Ex-Replacements bassist and current Perfect front man Tommy Stinson has joined Axl Rose's all new Guns N' Roses lineup, along with former Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck and Vandals drummer Josh Freese. A source close ...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on August 5, 1998
  • The Red Telephone: The Red Telephone

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    The Red Telephone: The Red Telephone

    The Red Telephone The Red Telephone Warner Bros. CALL IT "CRISIS in Corporate Rock-Land, Episode #219." The fact that the kids don't want to rock like they used to is hardly a secret to anyone who has been paying attention, but no one has eve...

    by Adam S. Goldman on July 29, 1998
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    Chocolate Genius: Black Music

    Chocolate Genius Black Music V2 MARC ANTHONY THOMPSON (a.k.a. Chocolate Genius) is probably the only man on Earth who gets dolled up for confession. On the cover of Black Music, he appears sporting a suave brown suit (surely his Sunday best)...

    by Joshua Westlund on July 29, 1998
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