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Volume I, Issue 23
November 10 - November 17, 1997


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Trombone Chic
A descendant of the slightly dorky "Sackbut" is bleating its way into the hearts of music lovers everywhere. [2]
Kevin Forest Moreau

¿Quieres Chanclar?
East Riverside's "Latin Strip" is booming into a diverse party scene for Spanish-language music fans. [3]
James E. Garcia

Cats in Class
UNO's Jazz Studies program puts aspiring players through their musical paces. [4]
Lee Yates

Sour Notes
The surging popularity of zydeco has shined a light on southwest Louisiana's history of racial inequality. [5]
Michael Tisserand

Artist Profiles
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Diva From The Dives
Ani Di Franco, the reluctant star -- everyone wants to define her, and at every turn she rebuffs their efforts. [6]
Brendan Doherty

Master of His Game
Music biz experts are watching in wonder as New Orleanian Percy "Master P" Miller rules his rap empire. [7]
C. Wagner

Small Triumphs
Ross Rice tells the majors to kiss his ass. [8]
Michael McCall

Album Reviews
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Motherlode Manna
The Pixies never burned up the pop charts, but during their fast-paced five-year lifespan, they burned them down. [9]
Ted Drozdowski

LeBon Voyage
How can you take Duran Duran seriously? It might be worth trying. [10]
Clea Simon

Priest Power
Heavy-metal stalwarts Judas Priest are back after a seven-year hiatus with a new album, Jugulator. [11]
Bryan Reesman

True Romance
The Replacements retrospective "All for Nothing, Nothing for All" proves the band always expected too much from life and love, not too little. [12]
Stephanie Zacharek

Time Warped
At last, the legacy of the Psychedelic Furs is beginning to be acknowledged. [13]
Jonathan Perry

Plain Jane
Flea joins Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, and Eric Avery for the temporary return of Jane's Addiction. [14]
Matt Ashare

Now What?
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. [22]

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T rombones, schmombones. That's what I used to say until I picked one up and blew. From that moment on I was hooked, committed, a tromboner through and through. Unfortunately the general public still doesn't understand the magical jazzy properties of this sleek, sliding brass instrument. It's not that you get to be first in line in the marching band, and it's not that you get to slur your notes drunkenly. It's that the elegant horn has a deep, resonant sound so smooth it makes Bing Crosby sound like Froggy, Elvis sound like Olive Oil, and Perry Como sound like Johnny Rotten. Trombones are that smooth, baby. Read here for more details.

A recent Onion article warned that the nation's reserves of retro are almost depleted. Their journalists should read this week's album reviews: With new works by such '80s-rooted acts as The Pixies, Duran Duran, and Judas Priest, they've definitely got another thing coming. And let's not forget new retro-spective albums commemorating Jane's Addiction, The Psychedelic Furs, and (my personal favorite) The Replacements. Retro is here to stay, okay?

By the way, if your idea of Latin musical culture is the Macarena, it's high time you visited the Latin Strip in Texas for some cultura de veras. And if you think you can't learn jazz at a square public institution, let this article set you straight. Finally, a word about Ani DiFranco: she's a best-selling singer/songwriter, she tours constantly and puts on a great show, she's attractive, and she's 26 years old. Okay, that's more than a word, but I wanted to give you a few good reasons why you should read this interview with the well-loved performer. Now excuse me while I slide on out of here.

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews

  • Busta Rhymes
  • Laika
  • Milton Nascimento
  • The Verve
  • Tribute Album: Badfinger
  • Tribute Album: Bob Marley
  • Tribute Album: Duran Duran
  • Tribute Album: Rolling Stones

All-Star Cast

  • Eastwood After Hours
  • Minnie Riperton
  • Tupac Shakur

Turn Up That Noise!

  • The Patrick Dodd Band
  • Pezz
  • Courtney Pine

Rhythm & Views

  • The Cramps
  • Shoebomb
  • Lurrie Bell

Tiny Tunes

  • Mississippi John Hurt
  • Stereolab

Texas Platters

  • Amberjack Rice
  • Asylum Street Spankers
  • Cotton Mather
  • Denny Freeman
  • Govinda
  • The Hollisters
  • Lourdes Pérez
  • Owen Temple
  • Phil Pritchett
  • Quaquaversal
  • Reckless Kelly
  • Slobberbone
  • St-37
  • Stimulus

Bonus Tracks

  • Don Wigwam
  • Flesh
  • Ginger Leigh
  • Jim Stricklan
  • Los Skarnales
  • Soul Circus
  • The Gary Delz Power Trio
  • Thierry Le Coz
  • Tiktok

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