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    All His Talent Seems So Far Away

    Paul McCartney Flaming Pie (Capitol Records) A mere eight years ago, Paul McCartney seemed relevant, viable, still alive--not just an old man coasting on history but a singer and songwriter worth listening to, no matter the resume. Working ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 1997
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    Tickle Me Emo - Aiding and abetting with Reuben's Accomplice

    "I think we're the only high school band that stayed together after graduation," says 20-year-old guitarist Jeff Bufano, who along with guitarist Chris Corak (20), bassist Andy Eames (20) and drummer Jim Knapp (21) make up Reuben's Accomplice, a nort...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on May 29, 1997
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    It's Only Agro to Me

    My favorite memory from Lollapalooza '96 is watching the Ramones blast through "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" as a wicked dust storm suddenly rose on the horizon and swept toward Compton Terrace at warp 5. Roadies literally had to pull Joey Ramone away fr...

    by David Holthouse on May 22, 1997
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    The Jennys Take a Ride - The band formerly known as Spinning Jenny finds itself with a dandy new CD and that deja vu feeling all over again

    A funny thing happened the last time Spinning Jenny had a CD-release party: The group broke up! At the stroke of midnight! Keyboardist Brett Hinders, who had been in the band only for a few months at the time, recalls how it all came to a head during...

    by Serene Dominic on May 22, 1997
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    The Trashman - Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as passionless poseurs

    I cracked a 40 of King Kobra, opened the curtains a bit, and took a seat. My trailer park's domestic-theater show had just begun, and my neighbor, Meth-Head Red, was in rare form. His lime-green La-Z-Boy, which usually sits in front of Red's TV, now ...

    by Bill Blake on May 22, 1997
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    Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape (Roswell/Capitol) Slight expectations are easy to meet. Who knew that Dave Grohl wrote songs before the Foo Fighters' 1995 debut? And what a pleasant surprise Foo Fighters was, proof that Nirvana's pop-...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 22, 1997
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    The Byrds Notorious Byrd Brothers Sweetheart of the Rodeo Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde The Ballad of Easy Rider (Columbia) By the time these albums were released in 1968 and '69, the Byrds had already decisively changed the face of po...

    by Joshua Sindell on May 15, 1997
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    Dancing Shoes - The Sneaker Pimps, the U.K.'s newest electronica export, gain a foothold in the U.S.

    Sneaker Pimps co-founder and keyboardist Liam Howe is trippin' on "trip-hop." "That term was born too quickly without enough thought to what it meant," he says. "Massive Attack's Blue Lines was written six years ago and wasn't called trip-hop un...

    by Serene Dominic on May 15, 1997
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    Time, Tina and Ringo March On

    Tina Turner, and Cyndi Lauper America West Arena May 7, 1997 You don't get a double bill like this every night. Here we had two female performers who reached their zenith in the early MTV '80s--one carefully coifed and choreographed, one kl...

    by Serene Dominic on May 15, 1997
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    Bono Fide

    Once I escaped the teeming mass of Melrose Place fans in the low bleacher seats and climbed high enough to feel the breeze on my nipples, I got into U2's POPMart phantasmagoria at Sun Devil Stadium, May 9, a lot more than I thought I would. Turning a...

    by David Holthouse on May 15, 1997
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    Shooting Craps - U2 takes over the world--and turns it into a commercial

    When it comes to Las Vegas, the gambling and the naked showgirls and the 99-cent shrimp cocktails aren't really what make it seem so different from the real world. It's the bizarre architecture: Huge public buildings the size of Versailles or Blenhei...

    by Gina Arnold on May 8, 1997
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    Back in the Game - Chicago soul singer Syl Johnson is reborn with a little help from the homeboys

    There are a lot of good and even excellent blues guitarists, but players of the subtlest instrument, soul-blues singers, are an increasingly rare treat. That's why Chicago singer Syl Johnson's pending gig at the Rhythm Room is the kind of show rabid ...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on May 8, 1997
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    Radish Restraining Bolt (Mercury) Ben Lee Something to Remember Me By (Grand Royal) Frankie Lymon was 13 when he peaked in 1955 with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?". Two years later, his career stalled for good, and he was only 25 wh...

    by Jim DeRogatis on May 8, 1997
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    Where's the Cream?

    Not just an artist, mind you, but "The Artist." That's what the 9,000 tickets said. You have to admit, no matter how deep you're into his (His?) music, that's just a little pretentious. "Everybody always asks me what your name is now," said The Artis...

    by David Holthouse on May 8, 1997
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    Qwestioned Ballots

    Grrls and boyz, we have a winner. Well, 13 winners. One each for the 12 genre-specific categories in the second annual New Times Music Awards Showcase, plus Yoko Love, write-in victor for "Most Likely to Make It Big." I compliment our readers on thei...

    by David Holthouse on May 1, 1997
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    Punk Rock Grrls

    When Kathleen Hanna screamed, "Don't need your dick to fuck!" on Bikini Kill's first album, she defined the burgeoning riot-grrl movement in one blunt lyric. It was 1990, and a network of punk rock "grrls" in Olympia, Washington, had formed bands to ...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on May 1, 1997
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    Wayne's World - From the Fountains of Wayne springs pop eternal

    Chris Collingwood remembers thinking it was the dumbest thing he'd ever heard. He and new pal Adam Schlesinger were looking for a band name to hang on the serious, introspective songs they'd penned together as serious, introspective college students....

    by Ted Simons on May 1, 1997
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    The Jayhawks Sound of Lies (American Recordings) It was the perfect setup, at least on the exterior: They shared songwriting credits, shared lead vocals, shared the stage until it was difficult to discern just who brought what to the party....

    by Keith Moerer on May 1, 1997
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    Jack's Back

    Various artists Kerouac: Kicks Joy Darkness (Rykodisc) Talk about timing. Kicks Joy Darkness, an inventive take on selected Jack Kerouac poems and prose, hit the bins less than a day before Kerouac's onetime cohort, Allen Ginsberg, troc...

    by Ted Simons on April 24, 1997
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    Eye of the Orb - Picking the "ever growing pulsating brain" of Alex Paterson, don of ambient

    Several London dance clubs can lay claim to the title "England [and therefore the world]'s First Underground House Music Club." But only one--a South London spot called Heaven--has clear bragging rights to "England [and therefore the world]'s First C...

    by David Holthouse on April 24, 1997
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