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  • Pride and Prejudice - Not Honkey-Tonkin': Wheels roll through Treasure Island.


    Pride and Prejudice - Not Honkey-Tonkin': Wheels roll through Treasure Island.

    PLUNKED DOWN BETWEEN Ween and line dancing: That's where Country Music News stuck the Wheels when the paper ran a review of the band's eponymous debut on the same page as Ween's 12 Golden Country Hits and instructions for the new "Bronco Stomp." It...

    by Christina Schmitt on September 24, 1997
  • Apples In Stereo


    Apples In Stereo

    Apples In Stereo Tone Soul Evolution Spinart WHAT IS IT with tools? Give your average suburban Joe Teen a copy of Big Star's Radio City, an ATM card, a working 4-track, English 101, and a wicked case of acne, and he'll write you a world histo...

    by Jon Dolan on September 17, 1997
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    Barry Black

    Barry Black Tragic Animal Stories Alias ANY COLLEGE ROCKER worth his bachelor's degree will sooner or later head wide-eyed in search of postgrad sound adventures. Few, though, will be as well equipped to handle a musical career beyond the wal...

    by Roni Sarig on September 17, 1997
  • Ruben Gonzales


    Ruben Gonzales

    Ruben Gonzales Introducing Ruben Gonzales World Circuit/Nonesuch DISCOVERED, AS IT were, by Ry Cooder during a ethno-musical fact-finding mission he took to Cuba early last year, 77-year-old pianist Ruben Gonzales is the de facto star of thre...

    by Jon Dolan on September 17, 1997
  • The Honeydogs


    The Honeydogs

    The Honeydogs Seen a Ghost Mercury/Debris IN THE ALT.COUNTRY pantheon, the Honeydogs gravitate closer to the "mainstream" side than the "alt" end. And it follows that they're more akin to the '70s AM-inspired good feelings of a Jeff Tweedy or...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on September 17, 1997
  • Pizzicato Five


    Pizzicato Five

    Pizzicato Five Happy (End of the World) Matador Records WATCH A FEW Japanese TV commercials and you'll notice that many delight in exaggerating and mocking desire. While American ads try to convince us that our pesky, indomitable avarice is p...

    by Laura Sinagra on September 17, 1997
  • Working for the Weekday


    Working for the Weekday

    THANKS TO THE 9-to-5 grind and our rock & roll culture's second-shift showcases, club hoppers claim the midweek is more fun than the weekend. Sure, Saturday night's all right if you're a suburbanite (which you probably are if you're one of those pe...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on September 17, 1997
  • We, One


    We, One

    Suzzy Roche Holy Smokes Red House A GOOD POP-POET knows when to shut up. In a song called "Losing" Suzzy Roche sings: My heart beat and it broke So I must Be What reads like nugatory page poetry sounds like wonderful song poetry. What...

    by Jon Dolan on September 17, 1997
  • CMJ '97


    CMJ '97

    --New York BOASTING PERFORMANCES BY more than 1,000 bands--most of which you will mercifully never hear--the annual CMJ Music Marathon created a week-long virtual reality, one aiming to reflect the fickle yet surprisingly conservative tastes of t...

    by Will Hermes on September 10, 1997
  • Star Child


    Star Child

    John F. Szwed Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra Pantheon ONE CAN IMAGINE the late Sun Ra shaking his ornamented head over our planet's latest space stories: Russia's Mir debacle, in which a cosmonaut with a bad driving recor...

    by Will Hermes on September 10, 1997
  • Pharoah Sanders


    Pharoah Sanders

    Pharoah Sanders Black Unity Impulse IN THE LATE '60s, free jazz threw melody and funkiness out the window--sort of. After yawling his way to notoriety on John Coltrane's free-form grail, Ascension, tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders experiment...

    by Jon Dolan on September 3, 1997
  • Article

    Dexter Gordon

    Dexter Gordon The Squirrel Blue Note THOUGH HE'S NOT always ranked with sax icons like Lester Young, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon was a master of postwar jazz and a key tenor of the bebop era. He particularly influenced Co...

    by Rick Mason on September 3, 1997
  • Geri Allen


    Geri Allen

    Geri Allen Eyes...In the Back of Your Head Blue Note DEPARTING FROM THE spunky bop that enlivened her 1994 masterwork Twenty One, this series of solo, duet, and trio recordings is clearly intended to solidify the 40-year-old Allen's status as...

    by Britt Robson on September 3, 1997
  • Nout of This World - All Tomorrow's Parties: We epitomize a revolutionary hip-hop scene.


    Nout of This World - All Tomorrow's Parties: We epitomize a revolutionary hip-hop scene.

    HIP HOP 1: two turntables and a microphone. The name of the band is the X-ecutioners (formerly X-Men). Their ass-tight groove is midtempo, fluid, and organ-soaked (Wu-lite fresh, you might say). Their MC speaks the lyrics as if they were written on...

    by Jon Dolan on September 3, 1997
  • Teenage Kicks


    Teenage Kicks

    CARL CRACK PLAYS in a pop band, but he talks like a revolutionary. It's 11 a.m. and he has a post-gig hangover, so it's a little too early for him to talk politics. Yet, within minutes, the Berlin-bred rave punk launches into propaganda in a freake...

    by Christina Schmitt on September 3, 1997
  • Article

    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


    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


    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



    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


    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
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