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    Men at Work

    A SINGER MOANS a tale of carnal lust. Minimalist beats and primitive synthesizers send the listener into hypnotic, sweat-drenched disco heaven. Could it be Donna Summer in her Giorgio "I Feel Love" Moroder period? An after-hours set at a New York g...

    by Elisabeth Vincentelli on January 20, 1999
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    The Away Team - Internationally acclaimed psych-rockers Salamander are a nearly invisible presence on the stages and airwaves of their home town

    Erik Wivinus doesn't quite get it. Since releasing a debut album in 1992, his remarkably good psych-rock outfit, Salamander, has become one of the few nationally acclaimed young bands in town, while remaining largely unknown in local rock circles. ...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on January 20, 1999
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    Punk Rock Cafe

    Punk Rock Caf At first glance, the interior of The Triple Rock Social Club looks a lot like Blondie's on the Avenue, the old club it replaced--a clean, rustic, high-ceilinged neighborhood sports pub. But even before you get a look at the vegetaria...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on January 20, 1999
  • Ready, Willing, and Able - Ego trippin' with the hardest-working hip-hop DJ in town

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    Ready, Willing, and Able - Ego trippin' with the hardest-working hip-hop DJ in town

    It's hardly surprising that Gregory Keltgen (a.k.a. DJ Abilities) doesn't go by his real name. Hip-hop DJs have been adopting new identities since a Joseph Sadler became Grandmaster Flash more than 20 years ago. But choosing Abilities as an onstage...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on January 6, 1999
  • Homecoming Kings - Hip hop invades Dinkytown; Semisonic slips into the Target Center; the Cows head for the punk-rock pasture

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    Homecoming Kings - Hip hop invades Dinkytown; Semisonic slips into the Target Center; the Cows head for the punk-rock pasture

    Hip Hop Hurray: Headspin, Sundays at Bon Appetit "Peace to all ya kids for comin' down every week, doing this like it's s'posed to be done," toasted rapper Beyond, surveying the packed house at Bon Appetit on December 13. "Wasn't like this five y...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on January 6, 1999
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    The Art Ensemble of Chicago and William Parker

    Art Ensemble of Chicago Coming Home Jamaica Atlantic William Parker/In Order To Survive The Peach Orchard AUM Fidelity OVER 30 YEARS ago the Art Ensemble of Chicago blew up out of the Association for the Advancement of Creative ...

    by Brad Zellar on December 23, 1998
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    Scarnella

    Scarnella Scarnella Smells Like THE SEEDIER SIDE of Southern California decadence is a subject that has been the foundation of significant rock 'n' roll both good (the Flying Burrito Brothers, X, Guns N' Roses) and bad (the Eagles, Jane's A...

    by Chris Herrington on December 23, 1998
  • Total and Faith Evans

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    Total and Faith Evans

    Total Kima, Keisha & Pam Bad Boy Faith Evans Keep the Faith Bad Boy BIGGIE SMALLS'S MURDER hardly stalled Bad Boy's financial growth, and the end of Papa's profitable postmortem isn't any reason to unload your stocks in Puffy Inc.,...

    by Keith Harris on December 23, 1998
  • Various Artists: Sonar 98

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    Various Artists: Sonar 98

    various artists Sonar 98 Advanced Music/So Dens import WHAT DOES IT mean when 1998's most consistent and pleasing electronica album is an experimental, five-hour-long blowout? Maybe it means that, for all its elitist posturing, even the mos...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on December 23, 1998
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    Ich Bin Ein Berliner

    LONG BEFORE BEDROOM techheads like Al Jourgensen and Trent Reznor donned goth gear and tweaked their samplers to evoke postindustrial gloom, Einstrzende Neubauten made urban noise by clanging on the urban debris of their native West Berlin. The fi...

    by Amanda Ferguson on December 16, 1998
  • OK Computer - A musical boy and his laptop give new meaning to the term Mac Daddy

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    OK Computer - A musical boy and his laptop give new meaning to the term Mac Daddy

    Twenty-three-year-old electronica prodigy Jake Mandell is sitting in the spacious basement of his parents' Edina home playing connect the dots. Working on one of the two computers he uses to make music, he adjoins a series of onscreen boxes, manipu...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on December 16, 1998
  • Give Until It Hurts

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    Give Until It Hurts

    GIVE UNTIL IT hurts, the holiday credo goes. What remains unspecified here is who feels the pain: the giver, who will take a sharpened credit card to her wrists come January; or the recipient, who is burdened with the expectations of boundless plea...

    by City Pages Staff on December 16, 1998
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    Armell Antonio Pate

    Armell Antonio Pate (1975-1998) For two years, the Check Yoself Crew has been performing plays and hip-hop songs around the Cities to promote AIDS awareness among teens--especially in the black community, where the pandemic has hit hardest in rec...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on December 16, 1998
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    Out with the oldies

    Industry rumors that Tina & the B-Sides have been dropped from Sire Records are "utterly false," according to label publicists. Which makes sense, since steel-piped Tina Schlieske is enjoying a higher profile than ever this winter. Her live presenc...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on December 16, 1998
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    Use Your Illusion

    JON SPENCER BANGS his Robert Johnson against the microphone stand. He cocks his assiduously groomed bedhead and places a big black boot on a stage monitor. Sweat beads. Chest hairs coil. He preens. Leers. Lunges. And--as if possessed--the blues bus...

    by Jon Dolan on December 9, 1998
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    Business as Usual

    RZA RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo Gee Street Let's face it. The RZA didn't get approved for unlimited platinum-plus street cred because he's coherent. The Wu-Tang's sound sculptor is an instinctive, organic postmodernist, an ace practition...

    by Keith Harris on December 9, 1998
  • 4Hero: Two Pages

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    4Hero: Two Pages

    4Hero Two Pages Talkin Loud/Mercury Records 4HERO WASN'T THE first crew to figure out that U.K. dance culture's two biggest themes--tripped-out hedonism and apocalyptic brooding--don't jibe. But their breakthrough single, "Kirk's Nightmare,...

    by Joshua Westlund on December 9, 1998
  • Beck: Mutations

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    Beck: Mutations

    Beck Mutations DGC/Bong Load WHEN YOUR FIRST album is a subculture-defining masterpiece, what do you do for an encore? Well, if you're Beck, you don't do much. You put out a pair of negligible indie albums and then follow them up two years...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on December 9, 1998
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    Swing Backward, Drone Ahead - The Future's Imperfect and the Past Is Always Here

    Grim tales of the Twin Cities swing scene As the premillennial trend toward 20th-century nostalgia spirals backward, it seems that the music, style, and dance of white postwar America has become the past of choice for the '90s hipoisie. Swing is...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on December 2, 1998
  • Grrls at Their Best - Mas Scara tests the bounds of militant amateurism

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    Grrls at Their Best - Mas Scara tests the bounds of militant amateurism

    In her essay "Days of Celebration and Resistance," Naomi Weisstein--founder of the 1970s-era Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band (CWLRB)--argued against the merits of what she called "militant amateurism." In egomaniacal prose, Weisstein tried to ...

    by Christina Schmitt on December 2, 1998
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