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    Puffy's Money? - No Way Out: Is bean-counter-turned-chart-topper Sean "Puffy" Combs tragically fated to success?

    Puff Daddy & The Family No Way Out Bad Boy THERE'S BEEN MUCH ado lately about the unprecedented career path of Sean "Puffy" Combs, from successful business executive to platinum recording star. But one listen to the hubris and hypocrisy that ...

    by Britt Robson on August 27, 1997
  • Miles Ahead

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    Miles Ahead

    IN THE '50s, Miles Davis played it straight in a double-breasted suit, his crisp collar whitened by a silk tie. By the cool, brooding '60s, he'd slipped into pleated pants, open collars, and loose loafers. Pastel platform shoes, handkerchiefs, head...

    by David Schimke on August 27, 1997
  • Mill City Music Festival Highlights

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    Mill City Music Festival Highlights

    MILL CITY still has light years to go before it's as good as the Austin and Seattle blowouts it was patterned after, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few diamonds in the rough buried in the weekend's ostensibly predictable lineup. So, City Page...

    by City Pages Staff on August 27, 1997
  • Morrissey

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    Morrissey

    Morrissey Maladjusted (Mercury) DOES ANYONE STILL give a fig about Morrissey? Five years ago he filled the Hollywood Bowl (twice). Now, at 38, a string of sublimely bad solo records behind him, Brit pop's Sylvia-Plath-in-drag is only a bit mo...

    by Jon Dolan on August 20, 1997
  • Dwight Yoakam

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    Dwight Yoakam

    Dwight Yoakam Under the Covers (Reprise) RECORDINGS COMPRISED OF nothing but covers are by nature pretty disposable: Content to walk the thin line between homage and forgery, most artists merely try to "live up" to the original versions of th...

    by Britt Robson on August 20, 1997
  • Various Artists: Source Lab 3

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    Various Artists: Source Lab 3

    various artists Source Lab 3 (Source/Virgin) DANCE MUSIC MIGHT one day be the new arena rock. And while techno Led Zeps like the Prodigy and Chemical Brothers bum rush the backdoor of the pop bastille with powerhouse beats and sampled rock gu...

    by Jon Dolan on August 20, 1997
  • Sweet 75

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    Sweet 75

    Sweet 75 Sweet 75 (DGC) IN THE AGE of alternative, we've gotten used to bands doing everything up BIG: BIG productions, BIG concepts, BIG hits, BIG hype. The only thing that's not enormous is the inspiration. A welcome contrast is the self...

    by Jim DeRogatis on August 20, 1997
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    Lee "Scratch" Perry

    Lee "Scratch" Perry Arkology Island SOMETHING ABOUT A recording studio: Either it attracts nutcases or it creates them. One theory explaining the mixing board's appeal as an eccentric's playground has to do with the disorientation of sensory ...

    by Roni Sarig on August 13, 1997
  • Rave Right - Fascist Firestarters?: Prodigy's rock & roll revolution.

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    Rave Right - Fascist Firestarters?: Prodigy's rock & roll revolution.

    Prodigy The Fat of the Land Maverick/Warner Bros. TECHNO/RAVE MUSIC has always needed a Monkees. Kids and other unsophisticated listeners (and this would seem to include most critics when it comes to electronic dance music) require something ...

    by Jim DeRogatis on August 13, 1997
  • Little Boy's Blues

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    Little Boy's Blues

    YOU GOTTA HAND it to Matthew Johnson; at least he's honest. Ask the founder of Fat Possum Records about the controversial cover art of his two most successful projects--R.L. Burnside's A Ass Pocket of Whiskey and Mr. Wizard--and he'll answer flatly...

    by Christina Schmitt on August 13, 1997
  • Another Country

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    Another Country

    COUNTRY REGULATES. Whenever R-O-C-K in the U.S.A. is threatened by shoddy trendiness, whether in the form of pasty-faced synth-twaddlers or the newest model in the very popular Hootie line, fans of American realness dive headlong into that tried an...

    by Jon Dolan on August 6, 1997
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    Minnesota Music Online

    SO YOU WANNA be a local rock & roll star? Well, good luck and have fun. What with the new plethora of local music/entertainment/culture info on the Internet (of varying quality, of course), there's now an online place to test your aptitude for star...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on July 30, 1997
  • Kenickie: At the Club

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    Kenickie: At the Club

    Kenickie At the Club Warner Bros. NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Kenickie leader Lauren Laverne and her girlfriends Marie and Emmy-Kate have a message: They want you to want them back. "We are here for your entertainment... We are yours for your desecrati...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on July 30, 1997
  • Bhangra Music

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    Bhangra Music

    various artists Anokha: Talvin Singh Presents Soundz of the Asian Underground Quango/Island various artists Eastern Uprising: Dance Music from the Asian Underground Columbia/Higher Ground FOR NEARLY 20 years, second- and third-generatio...

    by Jon Dolan on July 30, 1997
  • Bissed Off

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    Bissed Off

    BISSED OFF POP BANDS DREAM of fans, punk bands believe in The Kids; in the gears of the star-maker machinery always the twain shall meet, at which point you often wind up fucked from all sides. Glasgow, Scotland's pissed-off synth-pop/riot-punk t...

    by City Pages Staff on July 23, 1997
  • David Byrne: Intellectually admirable, emotionally stunted

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    David Byrne: Intellectually admirable, emotionally stunted

    David Byrne Feelings Luaka Bop/Warner Bros. AS EGGHEADS GO, David Byrne nearly always arrives sunnyside up, and very runny. From the beginning, back when he was writing playful romps like "Psycho Killer," Byrne has made a display of despair t...

    by Britt Robson on July 9, 1997
  • Strangely Arranged: Volume 1

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    Strangely Arranged: Volume 1

    Various Artists Strangely Arranged: Volume 1 Communique IN HER "CULTURE Zone" column in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine, notorious library diva Michiko Kakutani delivers her long-awaited analysis of techno, which she tells us "relies on...

    by Will Hermes on July 9, 1997
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    Walt Mink

    Walt Mink Colossus Deep Elm IF CHARLES DARWIN were alive and ruminating on indie rock, he'd probably be impressed by the resilience of quasi-local trio Walt Mink (genus: Guitar Rock, species: High-Octane Dork-Pop), whose survival in the face ...

    by James Diers on July 9, 1997
  • The Steeles

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    The Steeles

    The Steeles Better Love Angel Beach LONGTIME STALWARTS OF the local gospel, theater, and R&B music scenes, the Steeles sound atypically drab and cautious on Better Love, a CD laden with staid arrangements that are only partially ameliorated b...

    by Britt Robson on July 9, 1997
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    Terry Eason

    Terry Eason The Sun Also Says Howdy Reticulated THIS RECORD WOULD make most Guitar World elitists seethe at the amount of talent being squandered on such "lo-fi" presentation. But Terry Eason has already revealed his pop chops as guitarist fo...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on July 9, 1997
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