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    Sucka Punch

    Canibus Can-I-Bus Universal Following up a slew of legendary underground mix-tape appearances with a spate of high-profile, major-label cameos, Canibus was a perpetual up-and-comer who, for all his connections, might have languished in the...

    by Keith Harris on September 23, 1998
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    So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star

    It's been a year and a half since Vinnie and the Stardsters' last gig, but the mock-rock trio somehow sticks in the local music consciousness, like a drunk party-guest hiding in the closet. Known for the rock-god arrogance of their fanzine of vand...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on September 23, 1998
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    Greazy does it

    Greazy Meal started out a few years back playing '70s soul and funk covers at the Cabooze. The weekly gig earned them a reputation as the best live act in town--plus a fiercely loyal, multiracial following. When the Meal got off the road and return...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on September 9, 1998
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    Hello Pasty - Is the white minstrelsy of the Insane Clown Posse more than skin-deep?

    Gettin' jiggy for whitey. In his The Birth of Bebop, jazz historian Scott DeVeaux calls it the art of versatility: "a mask that could be worn to deflect white hostility." Jazz luminary Lionel Hampton called it "a long, honorable tradition of clowni...

    by Jon Dolan on September 9, 1998
  • The Bellboys


    The Bellboys

    Bellwether is practicing at guitarist Jimmy Peterson's house. It's a warm atmosphere: Peterson's wife offers beverages for everyone, and as they unpack their instruments, the conversation drifts from folklore to photography. Bassist Phil Tippin qui...

    by Joyce Turiskylie on September 2, 1998
  • Local H: Pack Up the Cats


    Local H: Pack Up the Cats

    Local H Pack Up the Cats Island DOESN'T ANYONE KNOW how to service a market niche anymore? Ever since "alternative" radio tempered the metal edge, an unserved adolescent mass has stood at attention, wallets held aloft, awaiting the arrival ...

    by Keith Harris on September 2, 1998
  • DJ Spooky: Riddim Warfare


    DJ Spooky: Riddim Warfare

    DJ Spooky Riddim Warfare Geffen/Outpost IF ONLY DJ Spooky could put his blurry beats where his big mouth is. In the self-penned liner notes to his 1996 debut, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Spooky (a.k.a. Paul D. Miller/a.k.a. That Subliminal Ki...

    by Joshua Westlund on September 2, 1998
  • Creeper Lagoon: I Become Small and Go


    Creeper Lagoon: I Become Small and Go

    Creeper Lagoon I Become Small and Go NickelBag A GORGEOUS, DIFFIDENT four-piece from San Francisco, Creeper Lagoon are indie rock's newest romantics, and once you get past their shyness, they might sweep you off your feet. In person, the ba...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on September 2, 1998
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    Marc Ribot, Mongo Santamaria and Israel Cachao Lopez

    Marc Ribot Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos (the Prosthetic Cubans) Atlantic Mongo Santamaria Watermelon Man Milestones Israel Cachao Lopez Descarga Cubana Astro FROM RY COODER'S formation of an Afro-Cuban "all-star" jam ba...

    by D. Strauss on September 2, 1998
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    How Soon Is Then - Scottish pop sensation Belle and Sebastian rewrites history one missed opportunity at a time

    Belle and Sebastian The Boy with the Arab Strap Matador "Ink Polaroids." That's Stuart David's term for the song-sketches he and the other members of Scottish pop sensation Belle and Sebastian are fond of composing. Ink Polaroids are snapsh...

    by Sally Jacob on September 2, 1998
  • Funky Divas and Heavy Funk


    Funky Divas and Heavy Funk

    Various Artists James Brown's Original Funky Divas Polydor Chronicles James Brown Dead on the Heavy Funk 1975-1983 Polydor Chronicles IN 1995 ERIC Weisbard, writing in The Spin Alternative Record Guide, asserted: "James Brown isn't al...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on August 26, 1998
  • Various Artists: Warp 100: We Are Reasonable People


    Various Artists: Warp 100: We Are Reasonable People

    Various Artists Warp 100: We Are Reasonable People Warp Records WARP GAVE REVIEWERS a very nice bottle opener with their promo copy of this celebratory release, which has been issued to coincide with the U.K. label's 100th single. Yet the l...

    by D. Strauss on August 26, 1998
  • Willie Nelson: Teatro


    Willie Nelson: Teatro

    Willie Nelson Teatro Island IN RECENT YEARS Willie Nelson has probably been better known for Farm Aid and tax hassles than for his recorded output. Which is too bad, because, while generational compatriots like George Jones, Waylon Jennings...

    by Chris Herrington on August 26, 1998
  • Set It Off - A St. Paul hip-hop crew looks to the next stage


    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


    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


    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
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