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Volume III, Issue 16
October 11 - October 18, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Rap Sessions [2]
Hip-hop hits the two-decade mark -- complete with transition from outlaw art-form to legal and legit business.
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Artist Profiles
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Pop Secret [3]
Nashvillian-turned-New Yorker David Mead releases impressive debut collection.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Ruined for Life [4]
The Del McCoury Band makes picking and singing a family thing.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Dead Ahead [5]
Checking in with Tucson punkabilly animals James Dead.
— Andrew Gardner, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Album Reviews
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Wild Thing [6]
Open the new Isley Brothers' box-set and you'll reveal a pack of Motown misfits.
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Turn Up That Noise! [7]
Reviews of the latest from John Popper and Saxophone Orchestra.
MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Now What? [10]
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
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

I n September 1979, three young black men released a 12-inch single on a new indie label that scored pretty well as a novelty song. It was the first widely marketed example of a style that until then had been confined to the upper boroughs of New York City and its immediate environs -- hip-hop.

The Isley Brothers have a terrific new three-disc retrospective that covers all the bases, from doo-wop to Hot 97.

This week we offer profiles of Nashville's David Mead, bluegrass musician Del McCoury, and Tucson's punkabilly James Dead.

Plus, a review of new music from John Popper, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [8]

  • Saturday Night Live: The Musical Performances
  • David Bowie
  • Everything But the Girl
  • Bows
  • Days of the New
  • Zen Guerrilla
  • Lida Husik
  • Junior Kimbrough

Tiny Tunes [9]
  • Chris Cornell
  • The Field Mice
  • John Popper

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