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2000 Stories by Bob Mehr

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  • Britneymania!

    published July 27, 2000

    Most observers regard the onslaught of teenage pop sensations like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, 'N SYNC and Christina Aguilera as proof... More >>

  • The Filth and the Fury

    published July 27, 2000

    No one has ever accused Marc Norman of being a bad-ass. Maybe of being a dead ringer for Peter Brady or Donny Osmond, but never of acting like the... More >>

  • Mail or Muse?

    published July 20, 2000

    In 1994, New Times instituted "Tapes in the Mail," a regular column inviting local musicians to send in their demos for critical... More >>

  • Relocation Blues

    published July 20, 2000

    Late news this week that Phoenix's preeminent roots venue, the Rhythm Room, will be closing its doors in the next few months. Promoter/co-owner... More >>

  • Prophet Ear

    published July 13, 2000

    The first thing you notice talking to Chuck Prophet, naturally, is his voice. Not so much the way it sounds -- a raspy, unfettered bark -- but the... More >>

  • Bugs' Buffet

    published July 13, 2000

    If you sense a theme in this week's music section, it's unintentional, though not entirely unexpected. As Robert Wilonsky points out in his piece... More >>

  • Rock, Roll and Remember

    published July 6, 2000

    This summer's Musicmaker.com-sponsored twin tour -- by a Jimmy Page-led Black Crowes and modfathers The Who (hitting Blockbuster Desert Sky on... More >>

  • Alcohalted?

    published June 29, 2000

    The members of local rig-rock trio Flathead are beaming. Guitarist Greg Swanholm and drummer Vince Ramirez grin profusely and chide each other as... More >>

  • On the Beach

    published June 22, 2000

    Last month's closure of Tempe's Balboa Café was yet another damaging blow to a local music scene suffering from a dearth of venues with... More >>

  • White Squall

    published June 15, 2000

    No one can argue with the amazing popularity of rapper Eminem. Still,... More >>

  • Goodbye Boys

    published June 15, 2000

    Some weeks ago, Modified owner and The Half Visconte front man Scott Tennent fired off a fax to Bash & Pop. Along with an announcement of upcoming... More >>

  • Jive Talkin'

    published June 8, 2000

    Local rap-metal combo Bionic Jive was all set to play a high-profile showcase at New York's CBGB on May 29. It was supposed to have been... More >>

  • Brotherly Luv

    published June 1, 2000

    As Bash & Pop reported last week, members of the Phoenix rap combo Underground Empire and a related side project, The Ten Commandments, were... More >>

  • Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, Hoss

    published May 25, 2000

    A call or package from local DJ/archivist Johnny Dixon is usually cause for celebration. The noted Arizona musicologist has an encyclopedic... More >>

  • Tara Hitchcock Presents

    published May 18, 2000

    Tara Hitchcock, host of Channel 3's Good Morning Arizona, probably had no idea what she was getting into. It was just supposed to be... More >>

  • Remembering It's Rock

    published May 11, 2000

    Slobberbone is scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 13, at the Balboa Café in Tempe, with the Orphans. Showtime is 9 p.m. More >>

  • Treading in the Ether

    published May 11, 2000

    Bless his heart, but Robin Wilson is a strange guy. It's not just the Gas Giants front man's manner of speaking -- a tone that has the slickness... More >>

  • Had a Nice Day

    published May 4, 2000

    Quarter to five on Sunday afternoon and still in bed. Torn between a desire to catch up on my REM sleep and flicking back and forth from the... More >>

  • Reggae, Esé

    published May 4, 2000

    Like many roots-oriented idioms, the parameters of what is considered "true" reggae music are often dictated by stringent dogma. It's a sort of... More >>

  • Music Showcase 2000

    published April 27, 2000

    In a world where we're given daily reminders of man's often incomprehensible cruelty and horrifying savagery (war, genocide, Sting's recent duet... More >>

  • From Mohawks To Mullets

    published April 27, 2000

    Click Here for the Photo Gallery In June 1999 as I began my first... More >>

  • Bruce's Lament

    published April 20, 2000

    "I'm not really that sick," says Bruce Connole, coughing as he shuffles through his east-side apartment. While the singer was forced to cancel a... More >>

  • Tower of Power

    published April 13, 2000

    Local-music fans had a big surprise awaiting them on April Fools' weekend at Nita's Hideaway. The club, located in the heart of Tempe's industrial... More >>

  • Truckers on Speed

    published April 6, 2000

    For local-music aficionados, there always seem to be a few trends without explanation, questions that go inexplicably unanswered. One that's vexed... More >>

  • Twang and Bang

    published April 6, 2000

    There's a full slate of news and shows worth mentioning this week, and it starts with word of the impending release of No Sense in Runnin',... More >>

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