Volume I, Issue 10
August 11 - August 18, 1997
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Atomic Kids' Stuff
The veteran rockers of the New Rhythm And Blues Quartet aim for the bubble-gum set. 
The "Hard Copy" on Headshake!
The "Lizard Kirk" and his band of misfits unleash Tabloid Rock -- the Headshake time-tunnel to the rockin' '80s. 
Cowboy Mouth's Paul Sanchez isn't afraid to be sensitive. 
The Plots Thicken
Songwriter Dave Olney releases his most ambitious collection yet. 
For a Song
The Bluebird Cafe still draws hordes of aspiring songwriters. 
The Beat Goes On
New releases from Victor Wooten, the Feminine Complex. 
Ron Wynn, Jim Ridley and Michael McCall
On "Habana," young trumpeter Roy Hargrove comes into his own. 
New Orleans Music Reviews and Previews. 
André E. Maillho
Hot Buttered Rhythm's unique instrumention allows its players an almost telepathic connection with one another. 
Hot Buttered Review
Hot Buttered Rhythm, reviewed by Greg Beets. 
Big Game Hunter: Never the same show twice. 
Spanish Harlem Sounds
Ta Mére: Austin's Latin connection. 
The Hits Keep On Coming
RCA raids the tomb of the King once again with "Platinum: A Life In Music." 
Tribute Week concerts have the good taste to emulate, the King, not imitate. 
Primus, Mirabel and Iona Live
Reviewing the in sounds from way out. Featuring the Alibi Tru-Value Scale. 
Rhythm & Views
Bruce Cockburn, Tom Russell, Sterling UK. 
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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hat a stretch: the articles in this Weekly Wire music
section reveal musicians changing their approaches in
order to freshen up old forms. For instance: After 30 years of
adolescent, often-punky rockin', the New Rhythm & Blues Quartet
have decided to regress even further and create music
for kids. Yes, artists who once screamed against the establishment
are now singing songs like "Always Safety First" and
"Encyclopedia." But what will the critics say?
Another way to liven up your image (other than improving your
music) is to create a memorable theme-based stage persona. The
thinking is, "If it worked for KISS, the Village People and
Gwar, why not us?" The latest to theorize such are Headshake,
who now perform their psychedelic-funk-grunge music as New Age
conspiracy buffs, ladies' men, and other ha-ha funny incarnations.
I'm crackin' up. An article provides the details.
Other musicians stretch themselves just by changing venues. Paul
Sanchez, an Irish-born rocker from the band Cowboy Mouth, has
learned to love the meditative qualities of singin' and strummin'
solo in front of a small audience. And David Olney, considered
a paragon of songwriting integrity among Nashville musicians, recently
set foot in that vapid wasteland called L.A. (only to find he
prefers it where he's at). But there's one venue where artists
strive to stretch themselves just by being themselves. That's the Bluebird Café,
the Nashville spot where thousands of aspiring singer-songwriters
from all over the country line up for open-mike night. Here's
Of course, it's nothing new when jazz musicians stretch themselves,
since that's what jazz is all about: live, improvised transformation.
But each has his own particular take on the best starting point
for the journey. No one knew that better than the late Nigerian
band leader Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose fusion of chants,
freestyle jazz, and funk called "Afrobeat," is explained
here. 311 recently stretched themselves when
the intense funk-jazz quintet from Omaha leaped from the small
time to the big time overnight, as this interview details. And
these three articles about Hot Buttered Rhythm, Big Game Hunter,
and Ta Mére explain how each of these jazz-styled groups
keeps adding spice to their flavor.
With this week marking the 20th anniversary of Elvis' death, naturally
we've got some articles about the King. You'll have to find them
yourself, though, since my boss told me there's some sort of hokey
Where's Elvis? game going on. No, I have nothing to say about
how he's "stretching himself." He's dead. But the boss
told me to tell you, "brand-new Cadillac." Whatever.
If anything in this section offends, annoys or perturbs your senses,
here's your place to scream like an angry punk rocker.
Ono -- Oh Yes!
Yoko Ono talks about the Rykodisc reissue of 11 of her albums. [07-02-97]
The Latest sounds from Trans Am, The Sea and Cake, and Ben Folds Five. [06-06-97]
Baby, You Can Drive My Car
Beto y los Fairlanes mix cultures In Madrid. [07-02-97]