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Volume III, Issue 7
August 9 - August 16, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Newport Notes [2]
The Newport folk and jazz festivals are more than big shows. Over the years, they've changed the course of the music industry more than once.
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
El Regreso [3]
Latin music experiences a newfound surge of popularity, with great records from Ibrahim Ferrer and Chucho Valdes.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Womanly Virtues [4]
Some advice for Les Femmes Qui Rock on how to rock even better.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Artist Profiles
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Candy Store Rock [5]
The Flaming Lips answer their own "What If?"s with weird, experimental, and always entertaining indie rock records and live shows.
— Jason Cohen, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
They Don't Have Steven [6]
An ode to The Flaming Lips' drummer.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Neither Fish nor Fowl [7]
Robyn Hitchcock dodges the lyric police.
— Ken Lieck, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Contemporary Event [8]
Spyro Gyra's laid back funky grooves and Latin-tinged rhythms return on their latest album.
— Ed Friedland, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Album Reviews
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This Time [9]
Los Lobos continue with their roots mastery intact, but with their new CD, "This Time," they've evolved into a darkly progressive, pretty much unclassifiable aggregate.
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Jewels for Sophia [10]
New from Robyn Hitchcock.
— Kent H. Benjamin, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

F or its size, duration, packaging, its high level of talent, it is the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals that walked the walk and talked the talk, novel assemblages that launched the concept of the music festival as we've come to know it.

Latin music is spicy-hot once more, thanks in part to Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin, but far more exciting music is available on the Afro-Latin circuit courtesy of longtime stalwarts pianist Chucho Valdes and vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer.

The Flaming Lips' peers and predecessors have either broken up or dissolved into stasis. The Lips, on the other hand, just keep getting better.

Also, Los Lobos, Robyn Hitchcock, femme rock, and more.



Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [11]

  • A Tribute to Gram Parsons
  • A Tribute to U2
  • The Evil Tambourines
  • Genius/GZA
  • G. Love and Special Sauce
  • Drain STH
  • H2O
  • Self

Rhythm and Views [12]
  • John Fahey
  • Steve Million
  • A Tribute to The Exploited

Now What? [13]
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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