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    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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    NORTHEAST BEATS, ETC.

    THE APTLY NAMED Mighty Fine Gallery coffeehouse is becoming an ever-more-frequent venue for free all-ages shows on the increasingly musical Northeast side. This Saturday, Mighty Fine hosts a hip hop showcase from the Headshots family featu...

    by City Pages Staff on September 18, 1996
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    HURRICANE CMJ

    THREE DIFFERENT STORM systems threatened my existence during a ten-day stay on the East Coast this month. But that was nothing compared to the whirlwind of activity at the CMJ Music Marathon & Music Fest last week in New York City. Hundred...

    by City Pages Staff on September 11, 1996
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    MILL CITY PLANNER

    FOR THOSE WHO have met the musical challenges of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, or Austin's South By Southwest, you should know the routine for planning your days and nights at ...

    by City Pages Staff on August 28, 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 ...

    by Sara Vowell on August 28, 1996
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    Suicide Notes

    THE MID-'70S rebirth of the rock underground was not, as dominant histories would have it, exclusively confined to New York City and London. Instead, it was a synchronized budding of scattered seeds throughout America. Minnesota has its o...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on August 21, 1996
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    DISC CUTTERS

    DISC CUTTERS DETROIT PLAY THE 400 every Wednesday, but tonight is a special CD release gig. Usually any band that attempts this sort of silly funk rock farce either (a) can't really play, or (b) is really well paid. Detroit su...

    by City Pages Staff on August 21, 1996
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    Music Notes

    MISSING MISSY REMEMBER LILY LIVER? To me and my college pals, that pop trio was the local band in the summer of '94. Marked by a distinctive girl-boy wall of harmony and sexual tension, their spunky, punky pop shattered usual conception...

    by City Pages Staff on August 14, 1996
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    Record Roundup

    Porno for Pyros Good God's Urge Warner Bros. TWO SUMMERS AGO, while working on Good God's Urge, Perry Farrell told an interviewer, "I'm proud of [Jane's Addiction]. It's on a level that I won't be able to reach again because I'm not...

    by City Pages Staff on August 7, 1996
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    Music Notes

    REVOLUTION RADIO SOME OF THE biggest local-music concerts of the summer are taking place every Wednesday night at Riverplace in Minneapolis--in front of a few dozen people. Come again? On the surface of it, there...

    by City Pages Staff on July 31, 1996
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    Push Me Pull You

    "WE'RE ALL NAMED Brian and we all deliver pizza," offers drummer Brian "Be" Parizek by way of introducing his band Push On Junior. "Bryan [Knisley] plays guitar and sings, Brian [Sather] plays bass and I'm the drummer." Midwestern to the ...

    by Laura Brandenburg on July 24, 1996
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