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  • Ipso Post-Facto


    Ipso Post-Facto

    The most popular reggae band ever to emerge from the Minnesota tundra has just released a greatest hits package, The Best of Ipso Facto (Mouthpiece), and will perform a reunion/farewell/CD-release show this Saturday at O'Gara's in St. Paul. The rock...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on November 11, 1998
  • Article


    SURE, LOCAL HIP hop needs venues, which is why the crowded showcases at Bon Appetit and First Avenue are so vital. But it also needs albums, something to fill your headphones after the show, to soundtrack the cityscape, to let the international unde...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on November 11, 1998
  • Article

    Booty Call - The Afghan Whigs' search for their soul produces a new collection of retro rump shakers

    As the alt-rock well has continued to run dry, a whole set of post-punk bands have taken to appropriating the blues, with varying degrees of success. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Red Red Meat, Railroad Jerk, and Royal Trux have each wandered thr...

    by Chris Herrington on November 11, 1998
  • Love on the Tracks - Spoken-word artist Truth Maze hitches the soul train to the peace train


    Love on the Tracks - Spoken-word artist Truth Maze hitches the soul train to the peace train

    It's a sunny midweek afternoon and Truth Maze is hanging out in the stacks of the downtown branch of the Minneapolis Public Library. Although the dreadlocked hip-hop scenester has only been here a moment or two, he's already been recognized by a few...

    by Christina Schmitt on November 11, 1998
  • Son Volt: Wide Swing Tremolo


    Son Volt: Wide Swing Tremolo

    Son Volt Wide Swing Tremolo Warner Bros SON VOLT'S JAY Farrar may be the most fatalistic rock 'n' roller since the John Fogerty of "Who'll Stop the Rain." When bad things come his way, the poor guy doesn't necessarily take it hard, because ...

    by Chris Herrington on November 4, 1998
  • Saint Etienne: Good Humor


    Saint Etienne: Good Humor

    Saint Etienne Good Humor Sub Pop "FROTHY" IS THE word that most effectively describes the U.K. retro-soul band Saint Etienne: light, pretty, and about as deep as a Hayley Mills vehicle, and driven by a twee worldview that could make a Dusty...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on November 4, 1998
  • DeeJay Punk-Roc: ChickenEye


    DeeJay Punk-Roc: ChickenEye

    DeeJay Punk-Roc ChickenEye Independiente/Epic DEEJAY PUNK-ROC sees the world through the eyes of a chicken with its head cut off. At least that seems to be the implicit gag behind the cover of the Brooklynite's debut disc, ChickenEye, which...

    by Joshua Westlund on November 4, 1998
  • Article

    Steeplejack says No mas

    Steeplejack says No mas Mixing self-effacing wedding-toast humor and cowpunk zeal, Steeplejack has hung on as the quintessential good-time Minneapolis bar band. With just enough songcraft to set them apart, the group manages to turn a disparaging...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on November 4, 1998
  • Article

    In My Room - His Name Is Alive condenses the pop universe into a residential house in Livonia, Michigan

    Fort Lake, Mich., was the site of a Civil War battlement that proved itself of little use to the Union during the conflict and of even less use afterward. By the end of the 19th century, the land the fort stood on had become a sinkhole and the fort...

    by Keith Harris on November 4, 1998
  • Deana Carter and Lee Ann Womack


    Deana Carter and Lee Ann Womack

    Deana Carter Everything's Gonna Be Alright Capitol Lee Ann Womack Some Things I Know Decca FOR A NUMBER of reasons, record sales and public exposure chief among them, things have never been better for women in Nashville. But you hav...

    by Chris Herrington on October 28, 1998
  • Hovercraft :Experiment Below


    Hovercraft :Experiment Below

    Hovercraft Experiment Below Mute/Blast First HOVERCRAFT'S CAUSTIC MUSIC rocks out spastically, approaching the gigantism of cock-rock, while eluding any testosterone-addled delusions of grandeur. In short, Hovercraft play industrial music. ...

    by Joshua Westlund on October 28, 1998
  • Kirk Franklin :The Nu Nation Project


    Kirk Franklin :The Nu Nation Project

    Kirk Franklin The Nu Nation Project Gospo Centric TOUGH TIMES PRODUCE all manner of charming hucksters offering to ease our worries with magical salves and simplistic credos. That Reverend Franklin peddles Jesus rather than Versace or bump...

    by Keith Harris on October 28, 1998
  • Nico :The Classic Years


    Nico :The Classic Years

    Nico The Classic Years Polygram Chronicles THAT THE MYSTIQUE of mournful pan-European chanteuse Nico has stood up to years of historical and critical fanny-whacking is little surprise. That her music has been shamefully underrated, even les...

    by D. Strauss on October 28, 1998
  • Article

    No Direction Home - Dylan does Duluth; To Ave. and Ave. not

    Bob Dylan, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, October 22 Minnesotans have a tendency to overlook our musical treasures until they receive validation from the rest of the world. We might call it the Minnesota Inferiority Complex (MIC). And i...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on October 28, 1998
  • Article

    The Evil Men Undo - Monster Magnet's new alloy of heavy metal salvages the most unholy of musical forms

    Despite the fervent wishes of most self-appointed pop culture watchdogs, hard rock will never die. Attempts at pretending that traffic on the highway to hell has lightened only mask the truth that millions of suburban proletarians continue to remed...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on October 28, 1998
  • Article

    Goodnight, Walt Mink

    Goodnight, Walt Mink "The Walt Mink re-union tour has been CANCELED. There are no more shows. Sorry." So reads a rather unceremonious Web posting by Walt Mink's fourth and last label, Deep Elm. Though the N.Y.-by-way-of-St.-Paul (by way of New Yo...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on October 28, 1998
  • Radiodead



    BARBARA LONGO WAS working at home last Thursday morning when she turned on her radio and hit the preset button for 770 AM (Radio K) and heard the unmistakable sound of dead air. An employee of Roadrunner Records, which is a sponsor of Radio K, Long...

    by Kelly Wittman on October 21, 1998
  • Article

    Love Cry

    Albert Ayler Live in Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings Impulse FORTY YEARS AFTER the phrase was coined, "free" jazz improvisation has taken a number of different roads. In most current applications, the term "free" is so...

    by D. Strauss on October 21, 1998
  • Article

    Ware In the World - With his eruptive new album, saxophonist David S. Ware is rumbling up from the jazz underground

    David S. Ware's tempestuous, arrogant deconstruction of "The Way We Were" is the 49-year-old tenor saxophonist's blistering new manifesto. With a brash, throaty tone, Ware wrestles soul out of the song's festering sentimentality and pathetic nostal...

    by Joshua Westlund on October 21, 1998
  • Article

    Please Release Me - The characters on PJ Harvey's latest album do it until they come undone

    Polly Jean Harvey is a tease. She knows what we want from her--what we expect--and she knows exactly how long she can toy with us before she has to deliver. When she does, the listener is jolted by both the thrill of irrational desire and the terro...

    by Keith Harris on October 21, 1998
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