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    Little mascara - The wages of Lollapalooza's sin is Metallica and make-up

    Since its inception, Lollapalooza has relied on clashing genres: Perry Farrell and Ice-T pairing on Sly and the Family Stone's "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey"; Courtney Love and Sinead O'Connor bonding over diapers backstage; or Ice Cube getting 20,00...

    by Gina Arnold on August 15, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Here comes the misery Some people spend $100 an hour to sit on a plush couch and tell a stranger their problems in an effort to sort through life's various tragedies and traumas. Andy Cairns, singer-guitarist of Ireland's Therapy?, prefers standi...

    by Zac Crain on August 8, 1996
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    The (British) empire strikes back - Ash tries to live up to the hype

    It seems like every week a new band is the darling of the fickle British press: A look, an attitude, and a halfway decent single is enough to generate a healthy buzz from Melody Maker or New Musical Express. Bands come along with the regularity of th...

    by Zac Crain on August 8, 1996
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    Proud papa - A first album is born, among other things

    Area bassist John Adams knows that creation can be a difficult feat--after all, he's been a free-lance jazz musician since college--but he still stepped into a double whammy: the worldwide debut of both his first album, Jump Shot, and his son, Andrew...

    by Matt Weitz on August 8, 1996
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    Out There

    Over and under Moss Elixir Robyn Hitchcock Warner Brothers Genius is the main ingredient in rock eccentricity: Without it, you're Sammy Hagar; too much, and you're Brian Wilson. Robyn Hitchcock has always been one of rock's great eccent...

    by Zac Crain on August 8, 1996
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    The circle unbroken - Doc Watson still likes to pick

    Doc Watson--one of the purest and most soulful figures in country music history--has never been on commercial radio and was denied Young Country's chance to reap teen coin. "If it had been done all over," says Doc from his porch in Deep Gap, North Ca...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on August 8, 1996
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    Out Here

    The woods to the glory hole birch county birch county Pilot Records When the members of birch county--formerly Wonderland--worked on an album last year with a friend producing gratis, they weren't exactly thrilled with the results and s...

    by Zac Crain on August 8, 1996
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    Out Here

    Medicine Bag Bag of Fear Bag Lost Records Bag--unabashed fans of acid rock working in conjunction with mainstays of the local psychedelic garage-band scene like Burnin' Rain's Mike Pemberton--has come up with a late-'60s template that's...

    by Zac Crain on August 1, 1996
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    Hope you die before we get old - Reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time

    It is Midsummer Eve in Finland. The chill air is ringing with the music of Bad Religion, and I am standing on a lovely hillside some 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle, surrounded by thousands of Finnish kids in alcoholic stupors. Today--eight...

    by Gina Arnold on August 1, 1996
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    Out There

    The other side of the pond The Return of Rico Bell Rico Bell Bloodshot The Edge of the World Mekons Quarterstick Even if you didn't know Rico Bell from Adam, you'd be inclined to give his Return a lot of points based on its he...

    by Matt Weitz on August 1, 1996
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    Let's get rocked - Def Leppard tries to change its musical spots

    The 1980s were a decade of excess, a hedonistic period obsessed with the high life, both figuratively and literally. Musically it was a time of overindulgence as well, full of hyperproduced albums and splendid, over-the-top concerts. Probably no othe...

    by Zac Crain on August 1, 1996
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    Roadshows

    With these hands Living here, it's easy to get a bellyful of Austin, where the water tastes like wine. But there are advantages to living just a few hours from the Live Music Capital of the World, If Not the Galaxy; the semifrequent opportunity t...

    by Matt Weitz on August 1, 1996
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    Aged in the can - Vanity, thy name is cheese

    Music historian and general brainiac George Gimarc knows a good thing when he hears it; he also knows a very, very bad thing when he hears it. Gimarc and co-author Pat Reeder have collected some of the worst of the very, very bad in Hollywood Hi-Fi: ...

    by Matt Weitz on August 1, 1996
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    Out There

    Heart of the Congos The Congos Blood and Fire Given that most of what passes for rhythm and blues today has neither, the reissue of this 20-year-old reggae masterpiece by the sublime vocal duo the Congos is a reminder and a godsend. One of ...

    by Zac Crain on July 25, 1996
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    Leader of the band - Olympic music director Mark Watters steers the sound of the games

    For Dallas Symphony music director Andrew Litton, a really good night at the Meyerson is a capacity crowd of 2,064. Imagine putting on your tux, going to work, and lifting your baton knowing that three-and-a-half billion pairs of eyes throughout the ...

    by Laurel Ornish on July 25, 1996
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    Prodigal son - Back to the same old place

    Many folks were disappointed when harpist and singer Lee McBee left Mike Morgan's band, the Crawl, citing the distance between Dallas and his home in Kansas City. Bands that do the R&B-blues boogie often live or die based on their lead vocalist; the ...

    by Matt Weitz on July 25, 1996
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    Out Here

    Pilgrim's progress You Can Say That Again Johnny Rodriguez Hightone Records How Great Thou Art Willie Nelson (with Bobbie Nelson) Finer Arts Records If Johnny Rodriguez had released You Can Say That Again in 1976, he might not...

    by Matt Weitz on July 25, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Head of the class Certain albums--and, if they're lucky, certain bands--so skillfully present both influence and intent that they come to stand for an entire genre. The Wrens sum up (deep breath) American post-punk rock the same way in which XTC ...

    by Matt Weitz on July 25, 1996
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    Brave new world - Rap's new polish: sophistication or pandering?

    "Yo, we ain't selling out. Fuck crossin' over to them, let them cross over to us!" --N.W.A. Live intro, 1988 Rap music has gotten itself into a tough musical paradox: Soundtrack to inequity, the medium has always equated economic success w...

    by Blaine Jon Howard on July 25, 1996
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    Out There

    Electric harvest Broken Arrow Neil Young and Crazy Horse Reprise There have been many different Neils in Young's career: the icy jazzbo pretender of This Note's For You and the earnest techno explorer of Trans; rockabilly reinvention vs...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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