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    There's a Griot goin' on

    WHAT WOULD HAPPEN to hip hop if the beats that surround it like the earth's atmosphere were suddenly ripped from the music's foundation? What you'd be left with is thought--thought that gets verbalized. Call it freestylin' if you can't let it go. O...

    by Keke Zulu on October 8, 1997
  • R.I.P. Indie Rock, 1990-1996


    R.I.P. Indie Rock, 1990-1996

    various artists What's Up Matador Matador SAYS MY EDITOR: "No one will ever give a fig about indie rock again, mark my words. Zero figs. It's all gonna be black or electronic, or both, or Jewel or all three. The whole honky lot will return to...

    by Jon Dolan on October 8, 1997
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    Border Beats

    Control Machete Mucho Barato Polygram Discos Molotov Donde Jugaran Las Nias Surco Fists in the air: symbols of the movement, el charro is ready, the machete, the beginning --"Unete Pueblo" by Control Machete UP UNTIL A couple of mo...

    by Josh Kun on October 8, 1997
  • Oasis: Be Here Now


    Oasis: Be Here Now

    Oasis Be Here Now Epic MY FAVORITE '90s rock image: the fade-away overhead shot of a suburban room with wall-to-wall carpet. The shot is inhabited by a (resolute? obsessed? bored? transfixed?) guy hunched over a boom box beside a clutter of ...

    by Laura Sinagra on October 1, 1997
  • various artists: Wild Style: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


    various artists: Wild Style: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    various artists Wild Style: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Rhino FIRST RELEASED IN 1983, Charlie Ahearn's graffiti-kid epic Wild Style was a potent, low-budget antidote to the faddish crop of early-'80s hip-hop films (see Breakin', Krush ...

    by James Diers on October 1, 1997
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    Stereolab: Dots and Loops

    Stereolab Dots and Loops Elektra LONDON'S STEREOLAB MAY have single-handedly turned American indie ears on to the pop possibilities of '70s Kraut rock and '60s easy listening. But their influence would've amounted to nil if they didn't rock ...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on October 1, 1997
  • Barbie's New Suit - Danes 'R Us: Aqua's "Barbie Girl" guns down pop plasticity.


    Barbie's New Suit - Danes 'R Us: Aqua's "Barbie Girl" guns down pop plasticity.

    AN INESCAPABLE STAPLE on The Box for the last six weeks, "Barbie Girl" by the Danish band Aqua is getting a chance to go down in history--legal history, that is. On its saccharine surface the song is an innocuous enough stab at pop genius. Over a E...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on October 1, 1997
  • Jon B / Usher


    Jon B / Usher

    Jon B Cool Relax Yab Yum/550 Music Usher My Way LaFace BABYFACE IS THE most influential force in commercial soul music since Berry Gordy because he loves women--and the female part of himself--so completely that it permeates every flawl...

    by Britt Robson on October 1, 1997
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    North by Nordeast

    NEW VENUE ALERT: In the last few years, a sizable chunk of Uptown's music population has migrated to the quieter, cheaper environs of Northeast Minneapolis. Now what all these neo-Nordeasters could use is a weekend rock club in the heart of their '...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on September 24, 1997
  • 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
  • Geraldine Fibbers: Butch


    Geraldine Fibbers: Butch

    Geraldine Fibbers Butch Virgin NO ROCK & ROLL subgenre is less woman-friendly than alt.country. Even misogyny-sodden hip hop has made room for female voices. Yet, the cock-in-hand college boys who currently make up the nascent No Depression sce...

    by Jon Dolan on September 24, 1997
  • Photek: Modus Operandi


    Photek: Modus Operandi

    Photek Modus Operandi Astralwerks TECHNO MAY BE taking over, but as of right now, techno's subcultural soul sister, the drum'n'bass/jungle revolution, has produced about as many future stars as What's Happening did. U.K. scene-star Rupert Par...

    by Jon Dolan on September 24, 1997
  • Kilo Ali: Organized Bass


    Kilo Ali: Organized Bass

    Kilo Ali Organized Bass Interscope WHEN IT COMES to chauvinism, bass makes reggae or the blues seem positively open-minded in more ways than one. It's been a strictly booty-bumpin', woofer-thumpin', hottie-humpin' scene since Luther Campbell ...

    by Britt Robson 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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