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Volume III, Issue 4
July 19 - July 26, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Didgeridoos and Don'ts [2]
Tucson is the digeridoo capital of the Western Hemisphere.
— Dave Irwin, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Survival Tactics [3]
Observers said they couldn't do it, but Evelyn Shriver and Susan Nadler have turned Asylum around.
— Beverly Keel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Twisted Roots [4]
Kinky Friedman offers a profane take on the state of country music.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Soundbites [5]
The Boss is back!
— Fred Mills, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Audio ESP [6]
How services like CDNow figure out your listening tastes.
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Artist Profiles
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Space Case [7]
In this summer of "Star Wars," it seems inevitable that it would occur to someone to release a full-blown rock-and-roll space opera. Enter Powerman 5000 frontman Spider, who may or may not be from Mars.
— Carly Carioli, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
In Development [8]
Watching Austin duo Kitty Gordon try to live up to their debut EP, Seven, is as satisfying and fun as if they already did.
— Andy Langer, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Not a Wussy Girl Band [9]
Handful flies the banner of Austin old-school punk rock like they still have something to prove.
— Greg Beets, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Punk Pawns [10]
Beguiling pop-punk songs and crackling stage energy are all the Shindigs need for a gimmick.
— Christopher Gray, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Album Reviews
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Apocalypse Now [11]
Certainly the complex sound picture of Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony needs room to unfold, longer is, alas, not always better.
— Jeffrey Gantz, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Balinese Bounty [12]
Now that Mickey Hart has time to travel, he's compiled a CD of Balinese music that goes beyond the expected tradition.
— Banning Eyre, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Don't Believe the Hype [13]
Mixed results from the hype machine: Luscious Jackson and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
— Ben Taylor, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Belle Flowers [14]
New CDs by two Belle and Sebastian side projects, Looper and the Gentle Waves, will wow fans but won't win many converts.
— Patrick Bryant, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

I n the Southwestern desert, thousands of miles from its ancestral birthplace, the Australian didgeridoo, that hypnotic aboriginal humming instrument, has found a second home.

The rumors of the death of Asylum Records were greatly exaggerated, and in less than a year, the label has produced annual sales almost two times greater than the previous year's totals.

Few country performers have presented quite as wholehearted an alternative to Nashville's music as Kinky Friedman, but nearly 30 years after he started recording, he finally has his name on a No. 1 country album.

Plus, Springsteen is back on the road, online services recommend music, girl band profiles and reviews, and more.



Mini Reviews
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Record Reviews [15]

  • Pretenders
  • Penelope Houston
  • The Donnas
  • Luscious Jackson
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Bijou Phillips
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
  • Regina Carter
  • Dominique Eade
  • Diana Krall
  • Trish Murphy
 
Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [16]
  • Shaver
  • Kevin Burke
  • Duke Robillard
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Praga Khan
  • Sleepyhead
  • Styles of Beyond
 
Tiny Tunes [17]
  • Girlfrendo
  • Amp
  • Terence Blanchard
 
Rhythm and Views [18]
  • Electric Frankenstein
 
Now What? [19]
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 

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