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Volume II, Issue 2
July 6 - July 13, 1998  
 
Music
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Absolute Kristal [2]
Hilly Kristal, the 66-year-old hipster who owns New York City punk-rock mecca CBGB is tired of seeing young, promising bands take it on the chin, so he's entering the record biz himself.
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Jazz Standard Deviation [3]
What's the point of being blessed with exceptional talent if it's purposely laid aside?
— David McElfresh, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Al Be There [4]
The pop parodist pulls a surprise.
— Carl Kozlowski, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Artist Profiles
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Total Makeover [5]
One-time acoustic folkie Patty Griffin rocks out.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Pure Pop From Jonestown [6]
Guitar-pop romantics Sea of Jones still believe in songs, melodies and playing it straight--now they'd just like to be noticed.
— Bill Frost, SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
 
Ground Zero [7]
After a 3-year detente, Dallas' Tripping Daisy finally sets off the big one-- for themselves.
— Micheal Powell, FW WEEKLY
 
Savoir Flare [8]
Austin's 8 1/2 Souvenirs bring an international cocktail cool and a unique sound.
— Lisa Garrett, FW WEEKLY
 
Natural One [9]
Brit post-punker Gina Birch takes off her Raincoat and wakes up with a Hangover.
— Charles Taylor, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Combat Rock [10]
Rancid's "Life Won't Wait" establishes the California punks' status as "One of the Bands That Matter."
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Rhyme and Reason [11]
Ron Wynn on the funk-rap combo Utopia State.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Now What? [17]
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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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T wo very different features lead off this week's Music section. From the Boston Phoenix, Ted Drozodowsk writes about Hilly Kristal, owner of New York's renowned club, CBGB. He's gotten tired of watching up and coming bands get ignored or screwed by the majors and so he's started his own label, CBGB Ltd. Hilly's doing a good thing here.

Tucson Weekly's Dave McElfresh examines jazz guitar great, George Benson and isn't too happy about where George's career has gone. Obviously a fan of Benson's earlier work, take a look at what McElfresh says here. It ain't pretty.

Want more? A number of profiles are included this week. And don't miss the ones on Dallas' Tripping Daisy and Austin's 8 1/2 Souvenirs--both profiles are submitted from Fort Worth's FW Weekly, who's joining us for the first time this week. Welcome!


Album Reviews
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A Still Voice [12]
Alex Sniderman on the late Jeff Buckley's posthumous release.
— Alex Sniderman, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Mini Reviews
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Tiny Tunes [13]

  • Pizzicato 5
  • Prefab Sprout

Rhythm & Views [14]
  • Little Cesar and the Romans
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Beenie Man

Turn Up That Noise! [15]
  • Various, "Best of Godzilla"
  • Don Walser

Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [16]
  • Jimmie Vaughan
  • Buddy Guy
  • Magic Slim & the Teardrops
  • Ebba Forsberg
  • Red Aunts
  • Tuatara
  • "Mr. Jealousy" (soundtrack)
  • "The Last Days of Disco" (soundtrack)

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