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    Never Sing Ill of the Dead - Hereafter, tunes extolling departed musicians should assume they might have a chance in hell

    If you believe in forever, you may also believe that somewhere beyond the stars is a rock 'n' roll heaven with one hell of a band. Rest assured, you're not alone. Though it's still too soon for Blind Melon fans to put a silver-lining spin on...

    by Serene Dominic on November 9, 1995
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    Recordings

    Flaming Lips Clouds Taste Metallic (Warner Bros.) Let's play free association. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think "Oklahoma City"? Right-wing kooks with fertilizer bombs? The site of the world's tallest radio tower (K...

    by Roni Sarig on November 2, 1995
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    Achtung, Baby! - The guiterrorists in Germany's KMFDM "rip the system" with gallows humor and high-tech aggression

    The members of KMFDM think they're funny guys--despite the leather and the Hamburg accents so guttural they make Schwarzenegger sound like a girlie man. In fact, group founder and keyboardist Sascha Konietzko says KMFDM's sense of humor is sprea...

    by Matt Golosinski on November 2, 1995
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    Cosmo Poppers - Luscious Jackson's sound crawled from the same urban bog that beg at the Beasties

    It's October 26, and the four women of Luscious Jackson have hopped into a limo in Greenwich Village bound for La Guardia Airport and a flight to Las Vegas, where they will open for R.E.M. the next night at the 12,000-seat Thomas & Mack Center. ...

    by David Holthouse on November 2, 1995
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    In Memory of Selena - Tejano superstar inspires ageneration of impersonation

    To be honest, it was the whole image thing that roped in Luc'a Hassard at the age of 12. Beautiful and famous, yet warm, down-to-earth and close to her family--that was the image of Selena Quintanilla Perez, the Mexican pop superstar who earn...

    by Marc Ramirez on November 2, 1995
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    Ziggy Don't Mosh

    David Bowie/Nine Inch Nails Desert Sky Pavilion October 18, 1995 David Bowie's career has always been a masquerade. Most U.S. fans first encountered the D-man when he strutted about saying he was Ziggy Stardust, rock 'n' roll messiah from Mar...

    by David Holthouse on October 26, 1995
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    Recordings

    Meat Puppets No Joke! (London) Immediately after hearing this set's chipper "Taste of the Sun" on the radio for the first time, I button-punched over to an oldies station and caught a blast of the Cyrkle's 1966 hit "Red Rubber Ball." Coincidence?...

    by Matt Golosinski on October 26, 1995
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    Aversion Vinyl - Some of the weirdest and worst albums still to make their digital debuts

    Believe it or not, some audiophiles weren't immendiately captivated by the sleek look and pristine sound of the compact disc. Some of them actually held off on buying a CD player well into the Ninties! Close your eyes, if you will,, and imagine ...

    by Serene Dominic on October 26, 1995
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    Mussel Man - Charlie Musselwhite: Bootlegger turned exterminator turner harp player extraordinaire

    "Memphis" Charlie Musselwhite says the secret to happiness is to treat life like a harmonica solo. "You've just gotta find the right key and play all the notes in the chord," says the veteran rock/blues harp player. "If you've got the right vibra...

    by Leigh Silverman on October 26, 1995
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    Recordings

    Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute(Warner Bros.) The serrano boys have peeled the tube socks off their dicks and pulled on their thinking caps for this fire dance of an album--easily the band's best since it put funk/punk on the map in 1985 wit...

    by Leigh Silverman on October 19, 1995
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    Model Trane

    When John Coltrane regularly gigged at the New York City jazz mecca Birdland in the early '60s, a young comedian who hung out at the club learned to mimic the sax player--his stage mannerisms, his facial tics, even the sound of his horn. One night,...

    by Janice Jarrett on October 19, 1995
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    Cowboys From Hell

    Eddie Spaghetti is homesick. At the mere mention of Arizona, his voice goes limp as his mind hearkens to happy childhood memories. Like the other members of the Seattle-based hillbilly hard-core band Supersuckers, Spaghetti was born and raised in ...

    by Ted Simons on October 19, 1995
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    Phish Tale

    Phish Heads, Phish Heads, stoned and tripping Phish Heads. Phish Heads, Phish Heads, having their fun. My brain's still shrouded in a pleasant purple haze from the Phish show at Compton Terrace on October 11, but I'm happy to report that the Dead...

    by David Holthouse on October 19, 1995
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    Rumble at the Nile

    I didn't know whom to believe. Last week, I heard two such disparate stories about a booking gone awry at Nile Theater that I felt like Judge Wapner presiding over a surreal episode of The People's Court. The plaintiff--Geoff Sanoff of the W...

    by David Holthouse on October 12, 1995
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    Pure Texas

    Jesse Dayton figures it's about time to get another tattoo. "I'm walkin' lopsided with only one," he says. The Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter scored his skin art 12 years ago, when he was a 17-year-old, greasy-haired rockabilly guitarist ...

    by David Holthouse on October 12, 1995
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    Scooby Doo, Y'all - A Q&A with Shaggy, pop reggae's self-appointed spearhead

    When Shaggy's first recordings hit the streets in 1991, the struggling dance-hall artist was preoccupied with dodging Scuds and piloting a Humvee as a Marine in Operation Desert Storm. It wasn't the first time the armed service had interfered with hi...

    by Danielle Hollomon on October 12, 1995
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    Recordings

    Morrissey Southpaw Grammar (Reprise) You crazy kids raised on teeny-weeny cassette inserts and itsy-bitsy CD booklets continue to miss the big picture when it comes to album art. It's something to behold, worship, spit at and draw insane conclusi...

    by Roni Sarig on October 12, 1995
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    POLARPALOOZAIN WHICH AN ANCHORAGE LAW CLERK GATECRASHES A ROCK FESTIVAL AT THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

    The mantra for the ad blitz that preceded the Molson Ice Beach Party--a corporate-sponsored rock festival held in the tiny Eskimo village of Tuktoyuktuk--was "Get Up There." Easier said than done. Tucked away on the coast of the Arctic Ocean in Ca...

    by Chad Wilton on October 5, 1995
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    HARD-KNOCK MANLOCAL LEGEND HANS OLSON IS A MASTER OF THE BLUES--BUT WILL HE EVER GET CONTROL OF HIS DESTINY?

    Dressed completely in black and sporting tinted shades that never come off, Hans Olson looks like the understudy for Death in a Bergman flick. His ominous appearance and growling baritone are tempered by a nostalgic smile as he ticks off the legend...

    by Matt Golosinski on October 5, 1995
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    VENUE VENOM

    Happy birthday, dear Ballroom. Happy birthday to you. Now that that's out of the way, I have a question: What the hell do so many people have against Electric Ballroom? In the ten weeks I've had to acclimate to the Valley music scene, I've heard no ...

    by David Holthouse on October 5, 1995
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