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VOLUME I,  ISSUE 49
May 11 - May 18, 1998

Music

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Family Man [2]
Chris Ballew, ex of the President of the United States of America, says "I was never comfortable with being a rock star."
— Matt Ashare,  THE BOSTON PHOENIX


Artist Profiles
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Smart Attack [4]
With their 13th album, "No Substance," Bad Religion prove that, even in pop music, some things never die.
— Mark Woodlief,  THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Nashville Slugger [5]
Nashville needs stalwart stars like Randy Travis to save new country from itself.
— Franklin Soults,  THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Wild Wes [6]
An eclectic spin on pop music has earned 32-year-old singer/songwriter John Wesley Harding a growing reputation.
— Mari Wadsworth,  TUCSON WEEKLY

Texas Trayzure [7]
Nobody on this earth can yodel quite like Don Walser. That's a good -- make that great -- thing.
— Bill Kisliuk,  THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Off the Backburner [8]
Ex-Gin Blossom Robin Wilson returns to recording in Memphis with his new band, Pharaohs, in tow.
— Mark Jordan,  MEMPHIS FLYER

Something Worth Living For [9]
Assimilated Austinite and singer-songwriter Michael Fracasso and his new album, "World in a Drop of Water."
— Michael Bertin,  AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Tycoon Cowgirl [10]
Singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix is ready to charm the pants off you.
— Andy Langer,  AUSTIN CHRONICLE


Album Reviews
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The Oldest Punks That Matter [11]
Sonic Youth are a larger-than-life example of four Americans claiming their arrogant birthright to invent themselves as they please.
— Franklin Soults,  THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Old Faithful [12]
Soul Asylum's "Candy from a Stranger" sounds poppish by today's standards. By tomorrow's -- who knows?
— Gary Susman,  THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Shirley's Temple [13]
Garbage's Shirley Manson is no blond, but she can play one on CD.
— Matt Ashare,  THE BOSTON PHOENIX


A lright, if this isn't one of the most jam-packed Music sections in the last few months, you can just kick my ass right now. Because this Music section rides circles around them other Music sections while blowing them out of the water. That's right -- it's a circle-riding water-exploding mind-blowing asskicker.

I mean, just look at this list of artists: The Everly Brothers, the Gin Blossoms, Sonic Youth, Randy Travis, Bad Religion. Then we got Garbage, The Presidents of the United States of America, John Wesley Harding, Soul Asylum, and Don Walser. Then over in the mini-reviews, we've got Nelson Riddle, Helen Boatwright, Madonna and Goldie.

Intense! Forget about Rolling Stone, forget about Spin, forget about Option, forget about Melody Maker -- Weekly Wire's music section makes all of them combined look like a trainer 'zine for some acne-ridden, taste-challenged teenager.


Live Report
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Voices Carry [3]
The Everly Brothers make pop-music magic in Nashville.
— Michael McCall,  NASHVILLE SCENE


Mini Reviews
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Record Reviews [14]

  • Pulp
  • Joe Ely
  • Jolene
  • Sue Foley
  • Madonna
  • Goldie
  • Pell Mell
  • Dirty Three
  • John Scofield

Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [15]

  • Oren Bloed Shocker
  • The Rock*A*Teens
  • Brooklyn Bounce
  • Helen Boatwright

Turn Up That Noise! [16]

  • Francis Dunnery
  • Eskimo

Weekly Alibi [17]

  • Nelson Riddle
  • Cotton Mather


Now What? [18]
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.


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