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  • When I Grow Up - Blackalicious Reach Their Thirties and Mature Their Sound

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    When I Grow Up - Blackalicious Reach Their Thirties and Mature Their Sound

    Blackalicious are adults. Making a major-label debut in their early 30s, MC Gift of Gab and MC/DJ Chief Xcel are old enough to remember the children's cartoon from which they sample Harry Nilsson's "Me and My Arrow," yet young enough that Gab can cla...

    by Keith Harris on March 13, 2002
  • It's Oh So Quiet - Bellwether kills 'em softly with new songs

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    It's Oh So Quiet - Bellwether kills 'em softly with new songs

    There's nothing like a good surprise. Just more than 18 months ago in these pages, I reviewed Bellwether's self-titled second disc. I suggested that the local roots-rock quartet suffered from a serious case of the blahs, and offered that a healthy ...

    by Anders Smith-Lindall on March 13, 2002
  • Roll Call

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    Roll Call

    Jim Roll's new album should come with a warning label--"Caution: Contains material by aging novelists who never realized their pubescent rock 'n' roll dreams." After all, Inhabiting the Ball (The Telegraph Company) features contributions from two lit...

    by Paul Demko on March 13, 2002
  • Caring Is Creepy - Talking love and death with the Psychedelicates

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    Caring Is Creepy - Talking love and death with the Psychedelicates

    Jeanne Park's doll has an enormous skull that would put Christina Ricci's bountiful stretch of forehead to shame. "I bought this at Walgreens for seven dollars," the vocalist/Farfisa player for the Psychedelicates proclaims proudly, holding the plast...

    by Melissa Maerz on March 13, 2002
  • Rye Coalition: On Top

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    Rye Coalition: On Top

    Rye Coalition On Top Tiger Style Artist versus critic. Round one. "Hey, Mr. Rock Journalist," challenges Ralph Cuseglio, opening Rye Coalition's "Born a Monkey in the Year of the Snake." "How about a taste of my fist? It's such an excitin...

    by Kate Silver on March 13, 2002
  • Heiruspecs: Small Steps

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    Heiruspecs: Small Steps

    Heiruspecs Small Steps Interlock Hip hop played mainly or entirely on traditional musical instruments is a concept with auspicious genes, from go-go to the Minutemen. (Dabblers include the Beasties, the Fugees, and Outkast.) So why is the...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on March 13, 2002
  • Ed Harcourt: Here Be Monsters

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    Ed Harcourt: Here Be Monsters

    Ed Harcourt Here Be Monsters Capitol/Heavenly Just who do these newfangled Britpop stars think they are, anyhow? Jeff Buckley, that's who. Although Brit-poppers throughout the ages have traditionally looked to their own kind for influence...

    by Scott Henkemeyer on March 13, 2002
  • Hefner: Dead Media

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    Hefner: Dead Media

    Hefner Dead Media Too Pure Indie-pop miniaturists often have trouble distinguishing between small and slight--between a healthy desire to probe the idiosyncrasies of a limited worldview (or a subdued emotion) and the need to cower within ...

    by Keith Harris on March 13, 2002
  • I am the Cosmos - Wales's Gorky's Zygotic Mynci are one with all things vast

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    I am the Cosmos - Wales's Gorky's Zygotic Mynci are one with all things vast

    Whisper it from the rooftops: Quiet is the new loud. Glimmer, the new glower. Shamble, the new skronk. Cascade, the new splash. Warmth, the new cool. As if to help us cope with the blare of history revving its shiny new engines, a formidable bunc...

    by Laura Sinagra on March 6, 2002
  • Geek Chic - Reverb rockers Jonas embrace the joys of wonkery

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    Geek Chic - Reverb rockers Jonas embrace the joys of wonkery

    Scott Haughawout strikes most people as a reasonably charming man. This might seem strange, considering that the Jonas drummer spent his adolescence hunched over a drum set instead of hanging out with friends. "I didn't learn a lot of the social gr...

    by Adam Hall on March 6, 2002
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    How Blue was my Valley

    Becky Schlegel's romantic description of her childhood is enough to make you think that Holly Hobbie represents an actual portrait of Middle American life in the Seventies. "I had so many kittens!" the local bluegrass musician remembers of her yout...

    by Sarah Sawyer on March 6, 2002
  • The Hidden Chord: The Captain and His Entourage

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    The Hidden Chord: The Captain and His Entourage

    THE HIDDEN CHORD The Captain and His Entourage Level Plane Remember Disney's "interactive" epic Tron? Sure, it was probably created to capitalize on the burgeoning gaming boom of the early Eighties. But it's now serving as a model for...

    by Kate Silver on March 6, 2002
  • Local H: Here Comes the Zoo

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    Local H: Here Comes the Zoo

    Local H Here Comes the Zoo Palm Pictures Success may not yet have spoiled Scott Lucas, but his indignant yelp on Here Comes the Zoo testifies that dude would still be willing to let it have its way with him. Local H were once the Only N...

    by Keith Harris on March 6, 2002
  • Lambchop: Is a Woman

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    Lambchop: Is a Woman

    Lambchop Is a Woman Merge Color me masochistic, mealy-mouthed, or just a sad,sappy sucker, but I find few things more delicious than heart-busting regret set to music and encased in wax: Billie Holiday, Nick Drake, Ralph Stanley, Cat P...

    by Anders Smith-Lindall on March 6, 2002
  • Goodiepal: Narc Beacon

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    Goodiepal: Narc Beacon

    Goodiepal Narc Beacon Skipp Surrealist pop music is a genre with plenty of pretenders but few real artistes. History bears out this sad fact: Ever since the flawless Sgt. Pepper's found its response in the trying-too-hard Their Satani...

    by Nick Phillips on March 6, 2002
  • Louie Austen: Only Tonight

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    Louie Austen: Only Tonight

    Louie Austen Only Tonight Kitty-Yo Tom Jones is a star because he has managed to confuse his audience: No one can tell if he's good-bad or bad-bad. And judging by his strange forays into the world of entertainment, Jones can't tell, e...

    by Melissa Maerz on March 6, 2002
  • Lazy Boy - The Bottle Rockets practice the art of not trying hard

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    Lazy Boy - The Bottle Rockets practice the art of not trying hard

    The Bottle Rockets are some lazy bastards. Folks could be forgiven for assuming that the Festus, Missouri, natives no longer constitute a functioning rock 'n' roll band. It's been more than two years since the Bottle Rockets' last album was release...

    by Paul Demko on February 27, 2002
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    Dog Day Afternoon

    The first venue that Slaughter & the Dogs played was the size of a frickin' football stadium. The punk veterans initially gained fame opening for the Sex Pistols at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976. And the fact that they've received so ...

    by Holly Day on February 27, 2002
  • NORMAN BLAKE AND PETER OSTROUSHKO: Meeting on Southern Soil

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    NORMAN BLAKE AND PETER OSTROUSHKO: Meeting on Southern Soil

    NORMAN BLAKE AND PETER OSTROUSHKO Meeting on Southern Soil Red House The progression from fashion to clich to authenticity is an inherently long, laborious process. But listening to Norman Blake and Peter Ostroushko, one finds it difficul...

    by Britt Robson on February 27, 2002
  • RINO«…ROSE: Music Kills Me

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    RINOROSE: Music Kills Me

    RINOROSE Music Kills Me V2 Records It would be too easy to slag the second long-player by this heady French house-rock duo as derivative tripe for folks who consider themselves impossibly chic. Certainly Rinrse could be the illegitima...

    by Scott Henkemeyer on February 27, 2002
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