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1998 Stories by Gilbert Garcia

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  • Wang Dang Diva

    published December 31, 1998

    Koko Taylor has a touch of the flu. She assures me she's feeling fine, but earlier in the day she was concerned enough about the possibility of... More >>

  • Critical Mass

    published December 24, 1998

    Checking the vital signs for guitar-based rock has long been an ongoing preoccupation for critics. Still, you knew something was a bit different... More >>

  • Barrier Rift

    published December 24, 1998

    It's hardly a news flash that all-ages shows are a hassle for clubs in this state. Recent history suggests that local bars strongly associated... More >>

  • Recordings

    published December 17, 1998

    Jewel Spirit (Atlantic Records) Jewel Kilcher may have made a mint by marketing guilelessness, but she's a bit savvier than she... More >>

  • Mule Train

    published December 17, 1998

    Elvis Costello once sang about a fictional couple who had "songs for every occasion." You could make the case that Jamal Ruhe has bands for every... More >>

  • Wild About Harry

    published December 17, 1998

    As the film world's foremost peddler of nostalgia-driven baby-boomer romanticism, Nora Ephron is acutely aware of the crucial role that music... More >>

  • Recordings

    published December 10, 1998

    Beck Mutations (DGC Records) When did the release of a new record start to be treated like an election campaign? Consider that... More >>

  • Rebel Rouser

    published December 10, 1998

    When John Dixon was a 15-year-old student at Tempe High School in the early '60s, he made pocket money on the weekends by working dances as a... More >>

  • Temporarily Permanent

    published December 10, 1998

    Four months ago, Nita Craddock was fed up. After 23 years as the owner of Nita's Hideaway, she was only too glad to sell off the popular Tempe bar... More >>

  • Kind of a Drag

    published December 3, 1998

    Okay, so here's a scenario for you: You're minding your own business, gamely trying to do your job, when two hostile skate punks come up and stick... More >>

  • For Pete's Sake

    published November 26, 1998

    Not long ago, Pete Forbes was talking to a Nashville rep for Risk Records. The label rep had called Forbes after hearing the Phoenix... More >>

  • Second Coming

    published November 19, 1998

    When Sunny Day Real Estate broke up in 1995, it was a respected but obscure indie-rock band. At that stage, the group would have been happy to... More >>

  • Final Frame?

    published November 19, 1998

    Tempe Bowl has been a bowling center for nearly four decades. It's only been a music venue for the last year. But with the bowling alley recently... More >>

  • Mind Games

    published November 12, 1998

    When the surviving ex-Beatles put together their three-volume Anthology series a few years ago, they faced a daunting artistic challenge. On the... More >>

  • House Warming

    published November 5, 1998

    Kevin Newell was irate. Halfway through an emotionally charged zoning administrator hearing to decide the fate of local hip-hop club House... More >>

  • Recordings

    published November 5, 1998

    R.E.M. Up (Warner Bros.) There's a moment on R.E.M.'s new album, Up (the band's 13th or 14th release, depending on whether you... More >>

  • Recordings

    published October 29, 1998

    Belle and Sebastian The Boy With the Arab Strap (Jeepster/Matador) Goth can be a many-sided gloom. At its silliest, it's too... More >>

  • Debbie Does Tempe

    published October 29, 1998

    The theme of the night at Arizona Roadhouse was "In Love with Debbie Gibson." In set-list currency, that translated into each of the night's four... More >>

  • Holy Rollers

    published October 22, 1998

    Geoff Brown is a junior-high science teacher. He's also a dedicated Christian. He has short, dark hair and is dressed conservatively in slacks and... More >>

  • Problem Children

    published October 22, 1998

    There's a famous old skit on Saturday Night Live in which a series of cheesy spokespeople vied with each other to prove that their brand of jam... More >>

  • Recordings

    published October 22, 1998

    Reubens Accomplice "Borders" b/w "O' the Night" (Jerk Records) The four young men who comprise Reubens Accomplice have, over the... More >>

  • Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Twangy

    published October 15, 1998

    Maybe it was some need to exorcise the past that sent Roger Clyne and P.H. Naffah hiking through the desert this summer. Clyne, the singer... More >>

  • Forever Young

    published October 15, 1998

    In the booklet for his 1985 career anthology, Biograph, Bob Dylan mused on the differences between his rapturously received 1974 "comeback" tour... More >>

  • Hot Water

    published October 8, 1998

    Anyone shocked by the rampant intrusiveness and utter lack of accountability of Ken Starr and his posse probably has never had a run-in with... More >>

  • Recordings

    published October 8, 1998

    PJ Harvey Is This Desire? (Island Records) Because PJ Harvey's music changes so drastically from one album to the next, it's... More >>

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