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    The Jungle Book - With their mix of Pygmy chants and hip-hop beats, Zap Mama journey into "the exotic"

    No one open-minded enough to sample international pop's wares wants to be accused of deriving illicit thrills from romancing the Other. Hence David Byrne's haphazard New York Times screed of October 3 that emblazoned the words "I Hate World Music" ...

    by Keith Harris on October 20, 1999
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    The Voice of Brazil

    IT'S SAID THAT when Brazilian music icon Caetano Veloso heard the sublime, almost otherworldly contralto of Virginia Rodrigues for the first time, he wept. The powerfully built diva from Bahia was a relative unknown then, singing an a cappella ver...

    by Rick Mason on October 20, 1999
  • Mark Lanegan: I'll Take Care of You

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    Mark Lanegan: I'll Take Care of You

    Mark Lanegan I'll Take Care of You Sub Pop LACKING ANYTHING LIKE a "good" voice, Mark Lanegan's currency is an expressiveness that puts you right in his cranium. Without the postgrunge trappings of his night job with Screaming Trees, I'll Tak...

    by Steve Almond on October 20, 1999
  • Oneida: Enemy Hogs

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    Oneida: Enemy Hogs

    Oneida Enemy Hogs Turnbuckle ONEIDA NUMBERS AMONG the tiny coterie of contemporary rockers who meld punk and sweet soul without drowning in shtick. If that means they'll never draw like the Make-Up, let alone Jon Spencer, these veterans of Br...

    by Jay Ruttenberg on October 20, 1999
  • Sting: Brand New Day

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    Sting: Brand New Day

    Sting Brand New Day A&M I SUSPECTED THAT Amerindie's semester in Brazil was destined for foolishness when Sting's languorous entry to Red Hot + Rio seemed right at home. After all, segregate Tropiclia's pretensions from its sense of play and...

    by Keith Harris on October 20, 1999
  • Ben Harper: Burn to Shine

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    Ben Harper: Burn to Shine

    Ben Harper Burn to Shine Virgin WHETHER BEN HARPER is staying true to his vision or merely playing it safe, his fourth album sticks to the formula of the previous two, alternating soulful, blues-based fuzz with gentle folk ballads. Burn to Sh...

    by Steve Almond on October 20, 1999
  • Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: The Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology

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    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: The Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology

    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band The Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology Rhino "IF EVERYTHING'S WRONG at the same time, it's right," sings Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, on "Tropical Hot Dog Night," a theory that neatly sums up the B...

    by Amanda Ferguson on October 20, 1999
  • M People: Testify

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    M People: Testify

    M People Testify Epic MANCHESTER HOUSE MERCHANTS M People have been full-fledged stars in England since 1993 but remain cult figures here despite pop instincts uncommon in the genre. Their stateside debut, 1994's smart, songful Elegant Slummi...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on October 20, 1999
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    Ain't I an MC? - Ruff Ryder Eve strikes a blow for hip-hop sisters; Sol merely comes to blows with them

    Hip hop has flaunted its ravenous need for immediate and universal attention since LL first cheered b-boys for wielding boomboxes at hapless straphangers. But joining public life was always on the culture's agenda, from the moment the first graffit...

    by Keith Harris on October 13, 1999
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    Valley B-Boys - L.A.'s Styles of Beyond make the suburbs safe for hip hop

    Onetime Public Enemy producer Bill Stephney recently remarked to a panel at the CMJ Music Marathon that hip hop's national underground desperately needs a corresponding live circuit--"like Ian MacKaye and Minor Threat," he said to the nodding crowd...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on October 13, 1999
  • John Prine: In Spite of Ourselves

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    John Prine: In Spite of Ourselves

    John Prine In Spite of Ourselves Oh Boy YOU MIGHT EXPECT John Prine's recent tussle with neck cancer to have stimulated vexing intimations of mortality, but the roots singer is too smart to start capitalizing the "L" in life just because of a...

    by Keith Harris on October 13, 1999
  • Folk Implosion: One Part Lullaby

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    Folk Implosion: One Part Lullaby

    Folk Implosion One Part Lullaby Interscope FOLK IMPLOSION'S HEAD-scratching "Natural One" was the best thing in Larry Clark's leering film Kids, and the soundtrack single left more than a few Lou Barlow fans wondering why Sebadoh's knob-twidd...

    by Scott Henkemeyer on October 13, 1999
  • Dixie Chicks: Fly

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    Dixie Chicks: Fly

    Dixie Chicks Fly Monument/Sony IF THE EARLY-PERIOD Bonnie Raitt cover closing the Dixie Chicks' 1998 breakthrough, Wide Open Spaces, wasn't enough of a clue, new lead singer Natalie Maines cites James Taylor and the Indigo Girls in the liner ...

    by Chris Herrington on October 13, 1999
  • Macha: See It Another Way

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    Macha: See It Another Way

    Macha See It Another Way Jetset WESTERN ROCK'S PENCHANT for cultural assimilation has been a mixed blessing at best, and not just for those who feel plundered. From the dubious raga-rock explosion of the Sixties to Korn's squeaky bagpipe hist...

    by Rod Smith on October 13, 1999
  • Gay Dad: Leisure Noise

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    Gay Dad: Leisure Noise

    Gay Dad Leisure Noise London/Sire "CLIFF JONES PERFORMS self-fellatio!" and "The band is manufactured!" squawk British rock rags about latest hot things Gay Dad. The London five-piece strenuously claims to be not at all manufactured, but it's...

    by Scott Henkemeyer on October 13, 1999
  • Quasi and Wheat

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    Quasi and Wheat

    Quasi Field Studies Up Wheat Hope and Adams Sugar Free POP GROUPS HAVE set sour lyrics to sweet melodies ever since John Lennon started airing his dirty laundry three decades ago, but few sustain a lemon-lime tone as consistently engagi...

    by Cecile Cloutier on October 13, 1999
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    Sound Check

    Happy Tenth, Cedar HAVING BOOKED EVERYTHING from Celtic rock bands to Tuvan throat singers, the Cedar Cultural Centre feels as much like a Midwestern outpost of the United Nations as a music venue. The revered music hall on the West Bank celebrat...

    by City Pages Staff on October 6, 1999
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    Mood Indigo - Troubled jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell finds calm between the chords

    In the late Sixties, Tom Harrell nearly slipped into the shadows. The brilliant trumpet player had been jamming with professional jazz musicians in the Bay Area since age 13, weaned on his father's jazz records in Los Altos, California. But while a...

    by David Schimke on October 6, 1999
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    Wu Weary - New albums by the Genius, Inspecta Deck, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and U-God fail to Wu the Clan's public

    Thousands of hip-hop brows are furrowed in scrutiny: Where did Wu-Tang go wrong? Even the most faithful Clan disciples now speculate that another great rap empire is losing its creative foothold. Last year's Wu-Tang Clan double album declared them ...

    by Neil Drumming on October 6, 1999
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    Boys to Men

    THERE ARE A zillion reasons why "smart" music fans dismiss the Backstreet Boys as dopey, irrelevant, or just plain creepy. Their quasi-pimpy attire and facial hair certainly don't help. Then there's the wind constantly blowing through the group's v...

    by Kate Sullivan on October 6, 1999
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