Weekly Wire

Volume III, Issue 13
September 20 - September 27, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Hipocalypse Now [2]
There's still a lot of old-time-religious terror in America's conception of the Last Days, of course, but increasingly we seem to imagine the world going out not with a bang but with a secular pop.
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Hip Hop Knox [3]
Rap music is everywhere today: In suburban homes, shopping malls, TV commercials, clothes, magazines, and hairstyles. Why, then, is Knoxville, Tennessee's own hip hop scene so hard to find?
— Joe Tarr, METRO PULSE
 
Show People [4]
You've probably been to plenty of concerts, but how much do you know about how concert promoters actually do their jobs? A look at the promotions biz in Knoxville, Tennessee.
— Joe Tarr, METRO PULSE
 
Looking Good [5]
Looks count for a lot in the country biz--just as a stylist.
— Beverly Keel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Small World [6]
At Burning Man, Nevada's week-long art-and-chaos festival, the music never stops.
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
The Ears Have It [7]
A father makes it through an 'N Sync concert.
— Dennis Dugan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
All That Czyz [8]
Marshall Chess, son of Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess, starts a new label using his family's original last name.
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Artist Profiles
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The Femme Mystique [9]
The Violent Femmes perform at the Rialto Theatre this week.
— Stephen Seigel, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Bugging Out [10]
Prozzäk are a cartoon-pop band -- a multimedia commercial-art project with a CD, an animated video, and an on-line video game.
— Lorne Berman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Less Is More [11]
Lucero brings simple, honest storytelling back to Memphis music.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

P aranoidly zooted but also deep-rooted, Y2K rap's sprawling, frequently self-contradicting visions of the future tap into themes that have been with hip-hop, and black music in general, since way back.

Although rap music may be one of the most popular cultural forces in the world, it's hard to find in Knoxville outside the mall or record store -- but a local hip hop scene does exist.

There's no special formula for attracting musical performances to a city. Factors include popularity, venue, and the performers' desire to play a location, and the people booking entertainment often rely on whim and hope.

Plus, country looks good, music at Burning Man, a father attends an 'N Sync concert, and lots more.


Album Reviews
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Turn Up That Noise! [12]
Reviews of the latest from Freedy Johnston and The Neckbones.
MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [13]

  • Iggy Pop
  • Aluminum Group
  • Widespread Panic
  • Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire
  • Phunky Data
  • Larry Levan
  • Liquid Todd
  • Gilberto Gil

Rhythm and Views [14]
  • Guided By Voices
  • Paul Bollenback
  • Scared of Chaka

Now What? [15]
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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