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  • CMJ '97

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    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

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    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

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    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
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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
  • Various Artists: Source Lab 3

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    Various Artists: Source Lab 3

    various artists Source Lab 3 (Source/Virgin) DANCE MUSIC MIGHT one day be the new arena rock. And while techno Led Zeps like the Prodigy and Chemical Brothers bum rush the backdoor of the pop bastille with powerhouse beats and sampled rock gu...

    by Jon Dolan on August 20, 1997
  • Sweet 75

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    Sweet 75

    Sweet 75 Sweet 75 (DGC) IN THE AGE of alternative, we've gotten used to bands doing everything up BIG: BIG productions, BIG concepts, BIG hits, BIG hype. The only thing that's not enormous is the inspiration. A welcome contrast is the self...

    by Jim DeRogatis on August 20, 1997
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    Lee "Scratch" Perry

    Lee "Scratch" Perry Arkology Island SOMETHING ABOUT A recording studio: Either it attracts nutcases or it creates them. One theory explaining the mixing board's appeal as an eccentric's playground has to do with the disorientation of sensory ...

    by Roni Sarig on August 13, 1997
  • Rave Right - Fascist Firestarters?: Prodigy's rock & roll revolution.

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    Rave Right - Fascist Firestarters?: Prodigy's rock & roll revolution.

    Prodigy The Fat of the Land Maverick/Warner Bros. TECHNO/RAVE MUSIC has always needed a Monkees. Kids and other unsophisticated listeners (and this would seem to include most critics when it comes to electronic dance music) require something ...

    by Jim DeRogatis on August 13, 1997
  • Little Boy's Blues

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    Little Boy's Blues

    YOU GOTTA HAND it to Matthew Johnson; at least he's honest. Ask the founder of Fat Possum Records about the controversial cover art of his two most successful projects--R.L. Burnside's A Ass Pocket of Whiskey and Mr. Wizard--and he'll answer flatly...

    by Christina Schmitt on August 13, 1997
  • Another Country

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    Another Country

    COUNTRY REGULATES. Whenever R-O-C-K in the U.S.A. is threatened by shoddy trendiness, whether in the form of pasty-faced synth-twaddlers or the newest model in the very popular Hootie line, fans of American realness dive headlong into that tried an...

    by Jon Dolan on August 6, 1997
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    Minnesota Music Online

    SO YOU WANNA be a local rock & roll star? Well, good luck and have fun. What with the new plethora of local music/entertainment/culture info on the Internet (of varying quality, of course), there's now an online place to test your aptitude for star...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on July 30, 1997
  • Kenickie: At the Club

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    Kenickie: At the Club

    Kenickie At the Club Warner Bros. NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Kenickie leader Lauren Laverne and her girlfriends Marie and Emmy-Kate have a message: They want you to want them back. "We are here for your entertainment... We are yours for your desecrati...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on July 30, 1997
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