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    Righteous Paths

    Overwhelmed by the cornucopia of bands and venues on the table at the New Times Music Awards Showcase? This fun quiz is here to help! It's easy: Just read the statements below and score each for how closely it describes your primary musical tast...

    on April 17, 1997
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    1997 New Times Music Awards Showcase

    Modern Rock Rusty Jones Note: Jazz-informed beatnik rock, with a monster sax player, deep bass grooves and intensely poetic lyrics via front man G. DeVoe. Quote: "We love to fly, and it shows."--Garrett DeVoe BTW: Rusty Jones goes thro...

    on April 17, 1997
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    Recordings

    Nina Simone Anthology: The Colpix Years (Rhino) This two-disc compilation is neither a satisfactory introduction to nor a true anthology of Nina Simone's career. It only covers her late-'50s and early-'60s tenure with Colpix Records--her ea...

    by Keith Moerer on April 10, 1997
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    Z-Trippin'

    Fair's fair. A few pages ago, I dissed Rolling Stone for breaking out the Jimi Hendrix comparisons in a recent review of the new Chemical Brothers (no, really). But on the flip side, I have to commend the pop-music mag of record for recognizing home-...

    by David Holthouse on April 10, 1997
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    Vox Force Five - Geek rocker Ben Folds has a piano-based, rock 'n' pop sound that's no joke

    Ben Folds is trying to explain why his band, Ben Folds Five, only has three people. Folds has been asked this before. "I'm not sick of the question yet," he says. "I'm just sick of not having a good answer." So, what is the deal with the na...

    by Ted Simons on April 10, 1997
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    Mind-Bending Chemicals

    The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole (Astralwerks) Attention, white boys: You can now, for the first time, bump Schooly D in your ride with subcultural authority. It's the new Chemical Brothers, opening cut, "Block Rockin' Beats," and ...

    by David Holthouse on April 10, 1997
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    The Reich Stuff - Sacred Reich is back together and back in action--at the Mason Jar. Who says you can never hear that thrash music again?

    Phil Rind stepped onto the Hollywood Records lot in Los Angeles and bowed to the Mickey Mouse-sculpted hedge guarding the entryway to the Disney-owned label. It was 1993 and Rind's band--four thrash-core rockers from Scottsdale who called themselves ...

    by Leigh Silverman on April 10, 1997
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    SXSW: C Minus

    Last month, Revolver's special investigations team (me) went undercover at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, the music industry's largest, most (in)famous artist showcase/convention/trade show. Cynicism grates on the soul after a whi...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on April 3, 1997
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    Kula-Loop - The Mystic Mountain Pop of new Brit sensation Kula Shaker

    "I believe in the possibility of a new era," Kula Shaker front man Crispian Mills recently told a leery New York journalist. "You can sing about things like premature teenage sex, or you can sing about everlasting, universal truth." Looks like w...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 3, 1997
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    Recordings

    Tony Bennett On Holiday: A Tribute to Billie Holiday (Columbia) Tony Bennett has nearly always been an anachronism. His career began just as his brand of sophisticated Tin Pan Alley melody was about to get swallowed up by the passionate r...

    by Serene Dominic on April 3, 1997
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    It Was a Dark and Holy Night

    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds The Boatman's Call (Warner Bros.) Religion has always had its place in rock 'n' roll, appropriately enough for the devil's music (see: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Elvis during his gospel days, Bob Dylan when...

    by Gina Arnold on April 3, 1997
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    Sweet Nothing

    Although it took several weeks for news to jump the pond, Sweet front man Brian Connolly died of liver failure last month in Slough, England. Here's why you should care: For better or worse, Connolly was the godfather of glam--the first rock star to ...

    by David Holthouse on March 27, 1997
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    Who's the Man? - With Suge Knight in prison, onetime receptionist Norris Anderson is now the big man on Death Row

    As the evening sunset glows above a nearly deserted downtown Los Angeles, Norris Anderson slips out the back of the Criminal Courts Building, lights a cigarette and ponders his bizarre ascension to the top of the biggest, baddest, most messed-up rap ...

    by Dave Wielenga on March 27, 1997
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    Recordings

    Jill Sobule Happy Town (Lava/Atlantic) Singer-songwriters usually make my skin crawl--tell me one more time how great Jewel is, and you risk serious dental work--but Colorado native Jill Sobule not only soars over that hurdle with Happy T...

    by Frank Smith on March 27, 1997
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    Plastik Surgery - Valley remix wizards Markus Schulz and C.L. McSpadden give pop hits the face-lift they need to turn heads on the dance floor

    "Hello, hello, how can I reach you--huhhhh??" The isolated voice of Atlantic recording artist Poe resonates over the monitors in DJ-turned-producer Markus Schulz's cramped home studio, located somewhere in the Mesa suburbs. A little bigger than m...

    by Serene Dominic on March 27, 1997
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    Don't Leave Homies Without It

    As if he's not in enough trouble already, now Suge Knight's got American Express in his face. American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., claims that Knight, his lawyer, David Kenner, Kenner's wife, Erica, and Knight's Death Row Records o...

    by Rhoda Penmark on March 27, 1997
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    Low-End Theory - When it comes to Morphine's noirish, bass-heavy head trips, a little taste will treat you fine

    Like the music of saxophonist Dana Colley's jazz-stained, minimalist rock band Morphine, his sentences are stretched out, quiet, even lethargic. Colley doesn't sound like a man who's easily roused, but one prompt sparks his ire: The suggestion that t...

    by Matt Golosinski on March 20, 1997
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    SXSW.97

    The Driskill hotel in downtown Austin, Texas, was built in 1884, and, according to the American Registry of Haunted Places, it's infested with ghosts. I stayed at the Driskill for five nights last week during the 11th Annual South by Southwest Music ...

    by David Holthouse on March 20, 1997
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    Heaven - Rise up with the Al Green Anthology

    If boxed sets are an honor and not just a sales ploy, then no contemporary artist deserves one more than Al Green, whose earliest and finest work is compiled in a four-disc set released on Valentine's Day. The timing was right. Not only is Green the ...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on March 20, 1997
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    The Trashman - Where unit-moving heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are

    I came to and the contents of my stomach made a bid for freedom. I stumbled to the toilet just in time to fill it with last night's Old Milwaukee. Joy. I wiped the pungent fluid from my nose and mouth and braved the mirror. Not bad. Some shattered bl...

    by Bill Blake on March 20, 1997
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