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    Cut to the chase - B

    Scrapple seems acutely aware of his environment, but he couldn't be safer: He's the four-legged pilot fish to New York City art shark Joe Christ, a transplanted filmmaker-musician-artist from Dallas whose confrontationally weird, painfully intense, a...

    by Matt Weitz on October 10, 1996
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    Out There

    New Country The Picketts Euphonium Rounder Records "Euphony" is a pleasant concordance of sound, but with this, their third album, the Picketts have done more than fall easy on the ears: They've made one of the most affecting arguments ...

    by Zac Crain on October 10, 1996
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    Out Here

    Downfall Solitude Aeturnus Pavement Music Even as the members of Metallica cut their hair and Soundgarden peddles its sub-Sabbath riffs alternatively packaged, Arlington's Solitude Aeturnus continues its quixotic fight for the preservation ...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on October 10, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Casual Gods of the Tom-Tom Club Question of the week: What's the difference between A) a band shamelessly exploiting its past; B) a band that keeps on keeping on like some old milk-cart horse that still must walk its route every morning even afte...

    by Matt Weitz on October 10, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Look out baby--it's the kerosene man Although he came through here last year opening for Concrete Blonde's farewell tour with just himself and an acoustic guitar, it's been five years since former Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn has mounted a...

    by Matt Weitz on October 3, 1996
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    Arts and craftsmen - After the Beasties and Beck, the Dust Brothers strike out on their own

    The pool guy's out back, a borrowed Lucky Strike dangling from his lips as he vacuums leaves out of the crystal-clear water. He comes once every few days to clean this beautiful pool that sits beneath a brick-wall cliff and an arrogantly blue sky, bu...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 3, 1996
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    Grits ain't groceries - Soul Food Cafe tries to take blue-eyed soul to another level

    Those who frequent Local Band Hell are a capricious lot: They want tradition and continuity, yet if an act lingers locally--or, heaven forbid, makes a renewed bid for attention--they start to doubt the act: "Uh, if y'all were any good, woonchy'all be...

    by Matt Weitz on October 3, 1996
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    Out Here

    Big Ronnie Dee Jamboree Rockin' Bones: The Legendary Masters Ronnie Dawson Crystal Clear Sound With age comes self-consciousness, which is why rock 'n' roll has always been--on the creating end at least--the province of the young. A 15-...

    by Matt Weitz on October 3, 1996
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    Out There

    Pop goes the meaning Walking on Locusts John Cale Hannibal Records Be advised that you and John Cale might use certain words with entirely different things in mind: Because Walking on Locusts isn't French film soundtrack, a live album,...

    by Matt Weitz on October 3, 1996
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    Doing family time on planet earth - The Neville Brothers love globally and act locally

    Paul Prudhomme and Marie Laveau--even if they were blazing on crystal meth and working 'round the clock--couldn't begin to figure out the recipe for the gris-gris gumbo that is the Neville Brothers. After all, in New Orleans, a city where funerals ar...

    by Rick Koster on September 26, 1996
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    Out There

    Suckerpunch Suckerpunch 510 Records A cliche can only go so far: "Three chords is all it takes, broken strings, fuck the mistakes," Suckerpunch announces in "Why Bother"--a song that appropriately sums up this album. Unfortunately there are...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on September 26, 1996
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    Roadshows

    A hundred and ten on the old Hogs' Back You don't have to read much light history--let alone Cormac McCarthy--to realize that as a nation our current reality is built upon an ossuary, a mountain of broken skulls and bones that reaches up from the...

    by Matt Weitz on September 26, 1996
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    The good fight - Keb' Mo' makes the fat ladies get up and dance

    Bluesy singer-songwriter Keb' Mo' (street vernacular for Kevin Moore) has reached critical mass with his second OKeh/Epic album, Just Like You, setting the stage for a national breakout. The tall, lanky, and just plain lovable guitarist still looks 2...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on September 19, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Passion, not diplomacy Adore or despise her, Madonna has surprised us once again. We're not talking about her pregnancy here, but her recent incarnation as a big-wigged music-biz executive. Her Warner Bros. vanity label, Maverick, boasts a double...

    by Jimmy Fowler on September 19, 1996
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    Out Here

    Quirky, man, quirky Merkin Wig Riddle Me This Doilie Records Smirk The Sutcliffes Skiffle Beat Records Ambling through a smorgasbord of distinct sounds can be as dangerous as trying to inject a little humor into your music. Ov...

    by Matt Weitz on September 19, 1996
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    Shiny, happy guys - Lindsay and Gowan wander happy as a cloud

    It's a Thursday night at Grinder's and of course it's humid out on the java joint's patio, where a pair of young fellas perform music in the back. One does most of the singing; the other strums an acoustic guitar and sings backup. Some of their admit...

    by Howard Wen on September 19, 1996
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    Out There

    Elements of style Melting in the Dark Steve Wynn Zero Hour Records Beautiful Freak Eels Dreamworks Records Sometimes you gotta shake things up--have Frosted Flakes instead of Grape-Nuts; it's a rule that Steve Wynn--known for ...

    by Matt Weitz on September 19, 1996
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    Imagine there's no Beatles - Caught between two generations of Beatles fans

    Do you want to know a secret? I've had it up to about here with the Beatles. It's been more than six months, and the foofaraw surrounding the 35th anniversary of the Fab Four shows no signs of abating. First, I get a chance to buy--for a paltry 1...

    by Matt Weitz on September 19, 1996
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    We apologize to The Powerful Brain of Sting!

    When we ran an item taking Sting to task for his ware-peddling at his recent Starplex show, we were unaware that the deeply thoughtful Brit was battling a terrible condition: Rodin's syndrome, or manual-cephalic adhesion--the recurrent sticking of th...

    on September 19, 1996
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    Out Here

    Dream catchers all Sweets for Slumber The Dreamcatchers CSP Records Things That Show Kris McKay Shanacie Records Perception can be altered by exposure, which is how classic soul--thought the coolest back in the punk era, when ...

    by Matt Weitz on September 12, 1996
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