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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
  • Bhangra Music

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    Bhangra Music

    various artists Anokha: Talvin Singh Presents Soundz of the Asian Underground Quango/Island various artists Eastern Uprising: Dance Music from the Asian Underground Columbia/Higher Ground FOR NEARLY 20 years, second- and third-generatio...

    by Jon Dolan on July 30, 1997
  • Bissed Off

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    Bissed Off

    BISSED OFF POP BANDS DREAM of fans, punk bands believe in The Kids; in the gears of the star-maker machinery always the twain shall meet, at which point you often wind up fucked from all sides. Glasgow, Scotland's pissed-off synth-pop/riot-punk t...

    by City Pages Staff on July 23, 1997
  • David Byrne: Intellectually admirable, emotionally stunted

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    David Byrne: Intellectually admirable, emotionally stunted

    David Byrne Feelings Luaka Bop/Warner Bros. AS EGGHEADS GO, David Byrne nearly always arrives sunnyside up, and very runny. From the beginning, back when he was writing playful romps like "Psycho Killer," Byrne has made a display of despair t...

    by Britt Robson on July 9, 1997
  • Strangely Arranged: Volume 1

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    Strangely Arranged: Volume 1

    Various Artists Strangely Arranged: Volume 1 Communique IN HER "CULTURE Zone" column in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine, notorious library diva Michiko Kakutani delivers her long-awaited analysis of techno, which she tells us "relies on...

    by Will Hermes on July 9, 1997
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    Walt Mink

    Walt Mink Colossus Deep Elm IF CHARLES DARWIN were alive and ruminating on indie rock, he'd probably be impressed by the resilience of quasi-local trio Walt Mink (genus: Guitar Rock, species: High-Octane Dork-Pop), whose survival in the face ...

    by James Diers on July 9, 1997
  • The Steeles

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    The Steeles

    The Steeles Better Love Angel Beach LONGTIME STALWARTS OF the local gospel, theater, and R&B music scenes, the Steeles sound atypically drab and cautious on Better Love, a CD laden with staid arrangements that are only partially ameliorated b...

    by Britt Robson on July 9, 1997
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    Terry Eason

    Terry Eason The Sun Also Says Howdy Reticulated THIS RECORD WOULD make most Guitar World elitists seethe at the amount of talent being squandered on such "lo-fi" presentation. But Terry Eason has already revealed his pop chops as guitarist fo...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on July 9, 1997
  • Laurie Lang

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    Laurie Lang

    Laurie Lang Crossing Over Mantle SURE-FOOTED YET stylistically adventurous, Crossing Over is a pleasant surprise for those of us who had pigeonholed Lang through her past work with the Wolverines and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Over the c...

    by Britt Robson on July 9, 1997
  • Homocore Nation - Exile in Girlville: New boy and homocore booster Ed Varga

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    Homocore Nation - Exile in Girlville: New boy and homocore booster Ed Varga

    "IT'S IMPORTANT TO talk about queer politics," says local activist and punk enthusiast Ed Varga. "But it's distracting because ultimately, punk rock should be fun." It's true that reconciling the two halves of the homocore scene--queer pride and...

    by Christina Schmitt on June 25, 1997
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    Newbies, etc.

    NEWBIES, ETC. TWO RADICALLY DIFFERENT new record labels are staging coming-out parties this week in the upstart clubs of Northeast. The first is Groove Garden Records, started by omnipresent DJ Jennifer Downham of KFAI's The Groove Garden. GG's fi...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on June 25, 1997
  • Manson Rituals - Battling Satan: Anti-Manson activists praying last week at the Metrodome

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    Manson Rituals - Battling Satan: Anti-Manson activists praying last week at the Metrodome

    "PRAYING FOR TRUTH" are the words printed across the raggedy brown paper banner. Two teenage boys sit out in front of the Metrodome holding it up. Is this the continuing protest of Ozzfest, the concert slated for June 22 featuring Marilyn Manson an...

    by Amanda Ferguson on June 25, 1997
  • Arto Lindsay, Mundo Civilizado / Hyper Civilizado

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    Arto Lindsay, Mundo Civilizado / Hyper Civilizado

    Arto Lindsay Mundo Civilizado Bar/None Hyper Civilizado Gramavision/Rykodisc IN THE LATE '70s Arto Lindsay responded to punk and made himself the king of skronk, the flailing guitar-noise form that typified NYC no wave, laying the groundw...

    by Jon Dolan on June 25, 1997
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    Portastatic, The Nature of Sap

    Portastatic The Nature of Sap Merge SUPERCHUNK FRONTMAN AND Merge label honcho Mac McCaughan tipped his hand about his goal for Portastatic early on with a cover of Brian Eno's "St. Elmo's Fire": His mostly-solo side project is a vehicle to ...

    by Jim DeRogatis on June 25, 1997
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    Frontin' / Endnotes

    FRONTIN' DON'T LOOK NOW, but local club/lounge The Front has become a hotbed for the local acid-jazz and hip-hop scenes, which have long been in need of forums for kickin' it live. The club has already proven that there's an audience for acid-jaz...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on June 18, 1997
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    Concrete Blonde Y Los Illegals

    Concrete Blonde Y Los Illegals (Ark 21) FOR DECADES, LOS ANGELES has been a center of American punk rock and its bastard descendants. And for much longer, the city has been a focal point for Latino culture in the U.S. But while the pairing of t...

    by Roni Sarig on June 18, 1997
  • Blur

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    Blur

    Blur (Virgin) LESS IS MORE. Or is that always true? Blur sure think so. With their latest self-titled release, the thinking man's Brit-poppers strip down the excess of 1994's Parklife and 1995's The Great Escape--both wonderfully satiric Polaro...

    by Roni Sarig on June 18, 1997
  • Hanson

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    Hanson

    Middle Of Nowhere (Mercury) WATCHING THE VIDEO for Hanson's No. 1 single "MMMBop"--where the three cute Hanson boys (ages 16, 13, and 11) cavort Monkees-style through teenland--you can almost hear all the greasy-haired, angst-ridden alterna-ki...

    by Roni Sarig on June 18, 1997
  • Roy Hargrove

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    Roy Hargrove

    Habana (Verve) THE CULTURAL EMBARGO be damned, Roy Hargrove's Afro-Cuban journey begins with the hushed, haunting prayer "Oh My Seh Yeh," a bass-laden trance pierced sporadically by a pleading trumpet. The song's dark tone sets the stage for a ...

    by David Schimke on June 18, 1997
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