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Folk Tales
Ani DiFranco explains how she's managed to make a living through art without selling out. [06-07-99]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Bus Boys
If nothing else, Insane Clown Posse make you concerned about the implications of living in a world where a couple of jokers with bad taste can be considered a serious threat. [05-24-99]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Take Two
One-time teen-beater Robbie Williams comes across a lot more like the second coming of Elton John than Ben Folds does. [05-17-99]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Cover Stories
The Clash tribute Burning London is a pretty cool idea. [03-15-99]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Neu Noise
Tune the strings; tune the Alfa Romeo -- it's all music to German techno-industrialists Einsturzende Neubauten. [01-04-99]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

1998 Rock In Review
Musicians hate genres ("Like, we just play music, y'know.), but from "mommy pop" to "stray punks" they provide a good way to remember 1998 in music. [12-27-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Cooking With Isaac
With the release of "Chef Aid: The South Park Album," it's clear the South Park cash cow hasn't run out of milk just yet. [12-07-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

10 'Graphs On 10 Live Albums
Live is back with from-the-stage CDs from Garth Brooks, Hanson, Robyn Hitchcock, Wayne Kramer, Pearl Jam, Portishead, the Stones, Rush, Spiritualized, and 311. [11-30-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Stardust Memories
Director Todd Haynes's "Velvet Goldmine" explores '70s glam and manages to link Bowie to Oscar Wilde. [11-09-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Fire Starter
As the Afghan Whigs have gotten further from their Sub Pop roots, they've moved closer and closer to the spirit of the Let It Bleed/Exile Šera Stones. [11-09-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Platinum Bomb?
Alanis Morissetts's "Infatuation Junkie" will be reviewed at the cash register. [11-02-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Strange Folk
R.E.M.'s new release, "Up," is the last thing you expected, or probably hoped for. But there are good reasons to embrace the strange. [10-26-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Time Lines
The new Astralwerks release from British drum'n'bass auteur Photek offers chilled-out music you can dance to, with a rapid beat that creates a deceptively slow groove. [09-21-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Space Oddity
Marilyn Manson has largely abandoned Christian-baiting Satanism in favor of an equally entertaining kind of sci-fi atheism. [09-21-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

The Book of Love
The guitars that slice into the empty spaces of "Celebrity Skin" are sharp enough to cut through all the bullshit that's surrounded Courtney Love. [09-08-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Mr. Misery
Elliott Smith is a sensitive emotional misfit whose probably a little too introspective for his own good, though it tends to be good for his songs. [08-31-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

The Mother Lode
Understated bluntness is one Liz Phair's songwriterly gifts -- as effective now as it was when she was delivering lines like "That way we can fuck and watch TV" in '94. [08-10-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Good-bye Grrrls
The parting-shot CD "The Singles" remind us that along with being serious, angry, feminist, punk, analyzed, and misunderstood, Bikini Kill were also having and creating fun. [07-27-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Out of the Mosh Pit and into the Swing
Bands like Hollywood's Big Bad Voodoo Daddy represent a fun-loving, dressed-up backlash against the dressed-down angst and rage of alternative rock. [07-20-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Munki Business
A decade and a half into their career, the Jesus and Mary Chain can't decide whether they love or hate rock and roll. [07-13-98]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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