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    Weird Science - Brainiac's experimental rock will boggle the mind

    Maybe it's the alien radiation emanating from Hangar 18 at nearby Wright Patterson Air Force Base, or maybe there's just not a whole helluva lot else to do there. For whatever reason, Dayton, Ohio, has burst into one of the most prolific and unlikely...

    by David Holthouse on June 27, 1996
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    Porno for Pyros Good God's Urge (Warner Bros.) Porno for Pyros' eponymous 1993 debut reeled under an overdone side-show/carnival atmosphere. Leader Perry Farrell's whiny rasp wailing over neo-funk rhythms and all-around heavy-handed produ...

    by Spence D on June 27, 1996
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    Tori, Tori

    Tori Amos Symphony Hall, Salt Lake City June 21, 1996 I've got trouble. Southwest Airlines flight 1787 is scheduled to depart Salt Lake City for Phoenix at seven o'clock on a Monday morning. The departures monitor just inside the door rea...

    by David Holthouse on June 27, 1996
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    Hangin' With Mr. Cooper - Ol' Spider Eyes is back with a new summer tour--but this time, he's left the guillotine at home

    TV characters who became American institutions in the '70s had a nasty habit of growing stale as they "grew up." Hot Lips Houlihan morphed into the Susan B. Anthony of the Korean DMZ, while everyone's favorite bigot Archie Bunker devolved into a poli...

    by Serene Dominic on June 20, 1996
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    Talk Dirty to Me - A sampler box of the best (worst) heavy-metal lyrics of the '80s

    Before death metal hacked into the fray with its thesaurus-straining scenes of "multifarious carnage," heavy-metal librettists generally confined themselves to four primary topic areas: vixen sex, war visions, trick-or-treat occultism and blue-faced ...

    by David Holthouse on June 20, 1996
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    Kinder Garden

    Soundgarden Down on the Upside (A&M) Extract Soundgarden's DNA and you'll see Zeppelin molecules on one helix and Sabbath matter on the other. Keep looking and you'll uncover chunks of MC5 and the Stooges, and bits of the Beatles and Pink...

    by Ted Simons on June 20, 1996
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    The Pantheon (Bow Down Before the Gods of Metal)

    "What do you mean I don't know metal? Hell, back in the day, I butt-rocked with the best of them." Well, that's what I would've said to the irate Crushed fan if she'd bothered to leave a name and number earlier this month when she called to dres...

    by David Holthouse on June 20, 1996
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    Metallica Load (Elektra) Nice haircuts, guys. You and Soundgarden better not get your wardrobe trailers mixed up, or things are gonna get a bit confusing on the Lollapalooza main stage this summer. Whose idea was it, anyway? To gussy your...

    by David Holthouse on June 20, 1996
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    Killing Us Loudly

    Killing Joke Democracy (Zoo) Killing Joke's antisocial diatribe might seem adolescent if the band weren't so smart and provocative. Far from the empty bitching of slackers who've run out of bud to smoke, this work by the London trio of Ja...

    by Matt Golosinski on June 13, 1996
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    The Great Zia Robbery

    From Tempe Police Department Narrative Report, incident number 96-078889. Compiled by officer #10060 (Blair R. Wrigley): Suspect #1: Hispanic male, approx. 19 yrs. old, 5'6", 140 lbs., short black hair. Wearing a blue ball cap, a white tee shirt...

    by David Holthouse on June 13, 1996
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    You Want Ska With That? - Dave's Big Deluxe--watch out for the special sauce

    Dave Schuttenberg is Arizona's bad boy of ska. He drinks, he smokes, he curses, he rides a scooter. He also leads Tucson's pretty-white-boy ska outfit Dave's Big Deluxe, the only known two-tone sextet ever to be named after a hamburger. Schutten...

    by Leigh Silverman on June 13, 1996
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    Blues Bodhisattva - Valley jazz singer and devout Buddhist Sherry Roberson answers the question "What's the sound of one woman scatting?"

    The lounge at the Ritz-Carlton on a Friday night in May looks like a Phoenix version of a Jazz Age speakeasy. There's the maitre d' who looks you over with a scowl like he's waiting for a password, an opulent interior with overstuffed divans, overpri...

    by Tony Ortega on June 13, 1996
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    Speed Racers - Superdrag's out to fill you up with high-octane power pop

    Superdrag singer/guitarist John Davis is too young for this shit. Ten minutes ago, Davis was right where he wanted to be--passed out in his Nashville hotel room. But then his band's road manager started pounding on the door, yelling something abo...

    by David Holthouse on June 6, 1996
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    Night of the Unabunnie (and Other Dark Tales)

    To: New Times Music Department From: The Revolver Re: A Vinyl Manifesto Print this or I'll blow you up. --R Why vinyl? Because vinyl is the original frontier and the final outpost of integrity and idealism in a multinational in...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on June 6, 1996
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    Busy Bees

    Bzzzzzzzz. Hear that noise? It might have something to do with all the Pollen in the air. Rumor has it these five cats from Pittsburgh are Steelers fans who hocked their van for Super Bowl tix and decided to stick around after the game and play for a...

    by David Holthouse on June 6, 1996
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    Native Tongues - Tish Hinojosa finds her way through el laberinto

    Tish Hinojosa's new album, Dreaming From the Labyrinth/Sonar del Laberinto is the most provocative and accomplished recording of the Austin singer/songwriter's career. But you won't hear it on mainstream radio for two reasons: It's musically complex ...

    by Lee Howard on June 6, 1996
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    Shell Game - Tortoise's sonic collage summons the ghost of prog rock past

    Ask John Herndon of Tortoise to list the three albums that best represent his band's apparent progressive-rock mindset and you might be surprised at what he answers. Or, rather, what he doesn't. Herndon won't mention Can's Tago Mago, even th...

    by Ted Simons on May 30, 1996
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    In Defense of Rage

    This is a historic moment. We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order, a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations. --President George Bush ...

    by David Holthouse on May 30, 1996
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    The Mad Oracle

    Bad Religion The Gray Race (Atlantic) In light of two decades of pithy punk sloganeering, in which the naked expression of rage is usually regarded as a substitute for logic, the eloquence of Greg Graffin has often been lauded as a much-n...

    by Tim Kenneally on May 30, 1996
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    The Good Foot - A survey of recent roots, funk, R&B and surf releases

    Doin' It to Death During a break from a 1989 recording-studio session in upstate New York, the alumni of arguably the finest band in American pop music gathered over soda and takeout Chinese to invoke the man who had dragged them all to greatness...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on May 30, 1996
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