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Volume I, Issue 43
March 30 - April 6, 1998

Music

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Jesus Rocks
Christian music crashes the mainstream. [2]
Michael Henningsen

Weighted Down
Michael McCall hears the rallying cry at this year's South by Southwest festival -- "Too many goddamn bands!" -- but takes comfort in the lifers. [3]
Michael McCall

Excess = Success at SXSW
Another hot week in Austin. [12]
Mitch Myers

Making Mingus Music
Who but jazz great Charlie Mingus could have turned a Tijuana bender into one of the greatest albums of all time? [4]
Dave McElfresh


Artist Profiles
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Wrong Place, Right Time
Nashville's a five-year town where careers are concerned; The Nevers did it in one. [5]
Grant Alden

Word Man
What's Bernie Taupin like without Elton John? A Farm Dog who's back on track. [6]
Jonathan Perry

Making it Neu!
Japan's Buffalo Daughter sends the message: "Ashita ni umareta, natsukashi ongaku." But what does it mean? [7]
Tristram Lozaw

Getting Real
On Apartment Life, Ivy, featuring Dominique Durand, tap teen fantasies about what our lives would be like on our own, in the city. [8]
Charles Tyalor


Album Reviews
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Black-Market Bob
Put "Time out of Mind" out of your mind; Dylan's Grammy-worthy genius is in his bootlegs. [9]
Damon Krukowski

Solo "Artist"
Troubled Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland's "12 Bar Blues" is a critical hit even before its release. [10]
Matt Ashare


Live Report
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Live Shots
Capsule reviews from this year's SXSW line-up. [11]


C hristians? Thieves! I once took this class where the teacher explained how Christians kept borrowing pagan culture over the years. Thou shalt not steal? Ha. They snuck phallic symbols in their art, put gargoyles on their cathedrals, changed Jesus's birthday to coincide with the Winter Solstice -- they were sneaky, sneaky Christians. In a way, you gotta respect that. It sure worked.

I guess theft is just in their blood, 'cause even now Christians are stealing from pagan culture by making their own versions of rock-and-roll. But wait a minute -- isn't rock-and-roll "the devil's music"?? I smell a dilemma, a saucy little dilemma. How can Christians simultaneously denounce this often violent, sexualized musical form and produce it from their own side? That's the subject of this article. And Lordy, it's a good read.

Speaking of heathens, Austin's SXSW festival recently came to a close after much rockin'. If you're one of the four people who didn't travel deep in the heart of Texas to hear the cutting edge of live music, your best option would be to read one of these recaps of what transpired. And while you're at it, peep your eyes upon these concert reviews. My ears were almost ringing just from reading the descriptions.

Other articles tap into the worlds of Charlie Mingus, Bob Dylan, and Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland -- the kinds of artists whose fans have practically formed their own religions. Amen to that.


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews

  • Blues Brothers 2000
  • Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings
  • Hound Dog Taylor tribute
  • Peter Case
  • Paul Robeson
  • The John Doe Thing
  • Course of Empire
  • The Family Stand
  • The Matt Wilson Quartet

Turn Up That Noise!

  • Various Artists - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Vibes featuring Bill Ware

Rhythm & Views

  • Various Burt Bacharach fans
  • Madonna
  • Jimmy Lewis

Tiny Tunes

  • The High Llamas


Now What?
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web. [17]


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