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    IRON RAIDIN'

    SATURDAY NIGHT IN Crystal, the semi-legendary heavy metal bar The Iron Horse closed its doors for good, ending a 20-year stand. But on Friday night, the Horse mourned in fist-pumping style, with a reunion set by one of the definitive bands of its da...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on January 29, 1997
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    Legal Aliens

    BLAME IT ON premillenium tension. But this new year finds me in the midst of a full-fledged fixation on aliens, with an intensity I haven't felt since I used to devour books about UFOs in elementary school. So I'm both alarmed and excited by Michigan...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on January 22, 1997
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    HOMETOWN TRANCE

    THE CANCELLATION OF the December 9 Mazzy Star show at First Avenue was a blessing in disguise, since what came in its place--the local "Future Perfect: A Drone and Trance Event"--turned out to be an unexpected, genre-bending delight. The evening dis...

    by City Pages Staff on December 18, 1996
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    Hearing & Believing

    IN 1967, THE least popular band in Houston was a group called The Red Crayola. Playing a wild-eyed, free-rock cross between Ornette Coleman and Country Joe and the Fish, the RC almost immediately had no following outside of the Familiar Ugly, a gagg...

    by Jon Dolan on December 18, 1996
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    SOUL FOOD

    GHOSTS OF DICKENS and Nutcrackers, the St. Paul Winter Carnival, widespread possession by consumer demons, and chestnuts roasting by the remote-controlled gas fire are once again upon us--along with another staple of the year-end Saturnalia: Handel'...

    by City Pages Staff on December 11, 1996
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    REMAKE/REMODEL

    THE 400 BAR is undergoing a change of the guard--one which bodes real well for the local music scene. Entrepreneur Bill Sullivan--who recently retired from his position as Soul Asylum's tour manager after 10 years of service--is in the process of pu...

    by City Pages Staff on November 27, 1996
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    Record Roundup

    Jeru The Damaja Wrath of the Math Payday "THE STATE OF hip-hop today is like hookers and politics," Jeru spits on "Whatever," one of a number of tracks on his cranky new platter that lambastes the materialistic hypocrisy of fake MCs. But J...

    by City Pages Staff on November 20, 1996
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    MUSIC NOTES

    REX DAISY FINDS PARADISE THERE'S A SONG on the new Rex Daisy album called "Bottom O' the World," a riches-to-rags anthem that ought to be subtitled "The Story of Rex Daisy." It evokes fond memories of yesteryear--like October '92, when Re...

    by City Pages Staff on November 20, 1996
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    Record Roundup

    Wilco Being There Reprise "I CAN'T STAND it when you get so intense," Jeff Tweedy sang on "No Sense in Lovin'" on Uncle Tupelo's swan song Anodyne. The song was a semi-sympathetic brush-off directed to a self-hating lover--...

    by City Pages Staff on November 13, 1996
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    MUSIC NOTES - TROPICALS' HOT DOG NIGHT

    IMAGINING THE WORST possible review for their debut CD Live at the Jungle (in stores this week), The Tropicals' singer/lyricist Craig Wright offers: "These guys obviously have talent. It's a shame they don't wanna be in a rock and roll ban...

    by City Pages Staff on November 6, 1996
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    Music Notes

    SPOOKY PARADISE, PART 1 I'VE HAD MY head ripped off by rock & roll many times, but few have been more potent than an old film of Curtiss A, backed by an army of Minneapolis rockers, screaming his lungs out through a thunderous version of "...

    by City Pages Staff on October 30, 1996
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    States of Grace

    States of Grace by Dave Marsh Iris Dement The Way I Should Warner Bros. THERE IS A tense undercurrent of suppressed emotion in Iris Dement's first two albums. Beautifully written and sung as they are, there is a power they do not unleash. ...

    by Dave Marsh on October 30, 1996
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    PIRATE RADIO WAVEMAKING

    THE EVENING OF September 21 promised to be just another Saturday night of steady dance grooves on 97.7 FM, a.k.a. Beat Radio. But at approximately 8:19 p.m., the unlicensed station's signal was interrupted by high-power interference from a...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on October 23, 1996
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    Sex, Death, and Samba - Pet Shop Boys warm up with Bilingual.

    "Sometimes you're better off dead," intones the ominous first line of "West End Girls," Pet Shop Boys' 1986 debut single; "There's a gun in your hand and it's pointing at your head," goes the second. Who would have thought one of America's...

    by Matt Keppel on October 16, 1996
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    Record Roundup

    The Roots Illadelph Halflife DGC ILLADELPH HALFLIFE IS both a strong hip hop record and a bit of a letdown, a consequence of it following the group's creatively thrilling, commercially moribund Do You Want More?!!!??!! CD from last year. O...

    by City Pages Staff on October 9, 1996
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    BLUES, JAZZ, ETC.

    THE CENTERPIECE OF contemporary blues history has always been the great postwar migration from the Mississippi Delta up to Chicago. This weekend, two sterling blues musicians who've helped comprise the second wave of this migration--both w...

    by City Pages Staff on October 9, 1996
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    Record Roundup

    various artists L.T.J. Bukem Presents Logical Progression ffrr Spring Heel Jack 68 Million Shades... Trade 2/Island U.K. THE MINORITY STATUS of jungle (a.k.a.: drum & bass) music in the local dance underground is understandable, I guess: ...

    by City Pages Staff on October 2, 1996
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    HOW (NOT) TO SUK

    "IT WAS ALWAYS the total freaks in Colorado that liked our tapes, the real hard drug addicts. Everybody else hated them," says a bemused Steve Cruze, one-third of local trio Sukpatch, about the band's early days at music-starved Colorado S...

    by City Pages Staff on October 2, 1996
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    Contemporary Troubadour

    Larry Long with the Youth and Elders of Rural Alabama Here I Stand: Elders' Wisdom, Children's Song Smithsonian Folkways "TO ME HOOP-de-hoop de hi ho/Along the narrow strand." I came across these words scrawled across the otherwise unpromi...

    by Sara Vowell on October 2, 1996
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    SCHOOL CLOSINGS

    FOR FOUR YEARS, amateur guitarist Adam Schneider has been a sort of virtual guitar teacher, offering online instructions to a worldwide circle of musicians with modems. When he discovered a great new song (Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, a...

    by City Pages Staff on September 25, 1996
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