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Volume II, Issue 9
August 24 - August 31, 1998  
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Money For Nothing And Your Chicks For Free [2]
Behind the rock-and-roll glamour myth are real numbers and hard reality.
The Growing Chorus [3]
Hepatitis C is not a "musician's disease." Only a fraction of the people who have it play in bands, produce albums, or run nightclubs. However, the disease's impact on the music industry cannot be denied.
Street Deal [4]
Master P has never pretended to be anything more than a businessman who sells gangsta, and Snoop Dogg is just his latest salesman.
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Album Reviews
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Groove, Holmes! [5]
Jazz's Medeski Martin and Wood's "Combustication" eclecticism makes for a good party, but no new ground in broken.
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Luminaries [6]
Ron Wynn on new collections of jazz iconoclasts Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra.
Turntablist Supreme [7]
Mix Master Mike's CD "Anti-Theft Device" is light years beyond the standard set by Grandmaster Flash.
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Something to Say [8]
Black-Eyed Peas bring tha noize back to hip-hop--and with real musicians.
Conn Artist [9]
Chicago's Bobby Conn creates a pop masterpiece, even if nobody will buy it.
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
Songs For Emily [10]
The latest from the Pawtuckets is a bittersweet elegy to the then and now.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
Flipnotics Freilachs. [11]
Album Review: Flipnotics Freilachs.

Artist Profiles
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Sound Tracks [12]
Shudder To Think were an underappreciated band until they went to the movies.
Grand Ole Story [13]
"It's not about the band or how big you are or how popular. It's about the music," says Diamond Rio's Dana Williams. "As long as we keep that in our heads, we've got our priorities straight."
A Different Tune [14]
Paul Williams is back, and hitting the country charts this time.
Klezmatic Convergence [15]
Bad Liver Mark Rubin's side projects have a terrible tendency to do well, but nobody's bemoaning the success of klezmer band Rubinchik's Orkestyr.
— Chistopher Hess, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
King Ernest [16]
King Ernest, the flamboyant 59-year-old soul/blues shouter, hasn't lost a bit of his fiery spirit-or tamed down his flashy stage theatrics.
Vox Populi [17]
Recalling the days three decades ago when We the People introduced garage-punk psychedelia to Nashville.
— Jonathan Marx, NASHVILLE SCENE


W eekly Wire's music features this week focus on two of the most important issues in the industry. The first is how undiscovered artists look to the record deal as their salvation and route to financial success. "Money For Nothing And Your Chicks For Free" takes a look at the transition through the club scene, private parties, and the inevitable CD production/label signing.

Next up, Greg Beets from Austin Chronicle brings to light the fact that hepatitis C is more widespread than HIV. Prominent music industry victims include Naomi Judd and David Crosby, who've publicly battled the disease. While only a fraction of hepatitis C sufferers are musicians, those that survived the 70's and 80's excesses are finding that they may have a long term problem far worse than their former drug habits.

Coming from the unlikely rap spawning ground of New Orleans, Masta P is bringing his production, business, and rap skills into a scene vacated by the weakened East and West Coast players. His latest efforts are aimed at bringing former Death Row mantle piece Snoop Dogg back to the top of the rap heap. Read about it in "Street Deal."

This week's artist profiles include looks at the unretired King Ernest, Mark Rubin and his klezmer orchestra, and country music's Diamond Rio. Reviews include discs by Medeski Martin & Wood, Black-Eyed Peas, Thelonius Monk, Sun Ra and more.

Live Report
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T [18]
In its second season, Lilith Fair gets some respect.

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [19]

  • Guster
  • V. Majestic
  • Bernard Butler
  • Sexy Death Soda
  • The Figgs
  • Ozomatli
  • Gary Lucas
  • Pendulabellum

Rhythm & Views [20]
  • Cheap Trick
  • The Spacewurm
  • Various Black Narrative Artists

Tiny Tunes [21]
  • Bob Mould
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers

Turn Up That Noise! [22]
  • Komeda
  • Fiji Mariners featuring Col. Bruce Hampton

Now What? [23]
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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