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    Road Warrior - Inveterate rocker Sleepy LaBeef says rockabilly begins in church

    Sleepy LaBeef is a rockabilly from Smackover, Arkansas. Think about it: Sleepy. LaBeef. Smackover. You probably won't see a stranger, more evocative combination of words in a music story anytime soon, but in this case, it's fitting. Among tightly slo...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on February 20, 1997
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    Aphex Twin Richard B. James (Sire/Elektra) Moby--who just yesterday was the poster boy for the ensuing techno revolution--is going mortal while everyone else goes dancing. Turning his back on techno, Moby now embraces Mission of Burma and...

    by Keith Moerer on February 20, 1997
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    Far Out . . . of Touch - Five more old fogies who should never have tried to bridge the generation gap and took a bad fall

    1. Mae West--Way Out West! (Tower) 1966 Mae still had an hourglass figure, but the sands of time were quickly running out, if her manglings of beat favorites like "Day Tripper," "Twist and Shout" and "You Turn Me On" are any indicator. This c...

    by Serene Dominic on February 20, 1997
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    Buggin Out

    Critters Buggin Guest Host (LooseGroove) Shake the hand of fate for pushing Pearl Jam into the Pantheon. Because if Pearl Jam had never gotten huge, guitarist Stone Gossard wouldn't have gotten rich. And if Stone Gossard had never got...

    by David Holthouse on February 13, 1997
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    Waco Brothers Cowboy in Flames (Bloodshot) The problem with most new country music is that it's too damned polite. It's hard to imagine Garth Brooks or George Strait on a bender, and if LeAnn Rimes raises hell, I don't want to know about ...

    by Jim DeRogatis on February 13, 1997
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    Utopia Now

    On a one to 10, with half points, here's how the gala debut of Utopia--the first real attempt to translate underground dance culture into a legal, nightclub setting in the Valley--scored in the following critical areas: Music: 9.0 Resident DJ R...

    by David Holthouse on February 13, 1997
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    What's Soul Got to Do With It? - Ike & Tina's sizzling Carnegie Hall date, plus previews of Big Jack Johnson and James Harman

    Despite her success, Tina Turner has done her best to obscure the fact that she's a great singer. It doesn't help that she just launched her latest solo album, Wildest Dreams, at the same time one of her most incendiary early-'70s performances is ava...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on February 13, 1997
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    Fluffers - The Cardigans play warm fuzzies for a cold, prickly world

    Magnus Sveningsson says the Cardigans aren't as happy, happy, joy, joy as they sound. "I hope we fool listeners to think we only play happy songs," says the bass player and chief lyricist for the fluffy pop band from Sweden. "I hope people like the c...

    by Roni Sarig on February 13, 1997
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    Vanessa Daou Slow to Burn (MCA) Virgin Island jazz-pop/dance diva Vanessa Daou and her producer/instrumentalist husband Peter Daou earned the favorable notice of dance-club feminists in 1994 with Zipless, an album that set the poetry and ...

    by Michael Roberts on February 6, 1997
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    The Nature of Static

    For a company president, Superchunk front man Mac McCaughan starts work late. It's 11 a.m. in North Carolina by the time he slides into the Chapel Hill offices of his label, Merge, for an interview. McCaughan sounds relaxed and amiable on the phone, ...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on February 6, 1997
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    Black Moon Rising - Tucson's Black Moon Graffiti waxes large with a hip-hop/funk mlange that always comes correct @

    "Welcome to the Nappy Jungle." Black Moon Graffiti vocalist Napoleon "Leo" Powell divides the air with his hand, magician style, and whisks open the door to his Tucson home. From the emerald abundance of plant life inside, it's clear where the "jungl...

    by David Holthouse on February 6, 1997
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    Want Some Candye? - From blue movies to blues diva, Candye Kane did it her way

    "Once you pose naked on a stage, you can do anything in front of a crowd," says blues mama and ex-porn queen Candye Kane. "Every night I hit the bandstand, I do my show from the perspective of a disenfranchised, fat, X-rated star in a skinny wor...

    by Marsha Mardock on February 6, 1997
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    Straight Outta Brooklyn - Goth-core for fun and profit with Type O Negative

    Up from the ceaselessly rumbling, garbage-truck-choked avenues of Brooklyn, New York; spawned in the midnight blackness of iron-latticed parkscapes in the ultimate gothic city; falling sonically somewhere between Sisters of Mercy, Black Sabbath and t...

    by Frank Smith on February 6, 1997
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    Sweet Dreamers

    Marilyn Manson's children of the scorn bustled about their suburban bedrooms early in the evening of Friday, January 24, applying makeup and fish net in prep for the pop-industrial-shock artist's first Valley concert since his new recording, Antichri...

    by David Holthouse on January 30, 1997
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    Cooked the Colonel's Way - Colonel Tom Parker has kicked the bucket, and the original recipe for rock 'n' roll rotisserie goes with him

    Despite the bombardment of mediocre Elvis impersonators, the world still largely acknowledges that the Elvis Presley who toppled off his porcelain throne 20 years ago is the King of Rock 'n' Roll. But now that longtime Elvis handler Colonel Tom Parke...

    by Serene Dominic on January 30, 1997
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    Live Wire

    Supersuckers Nita's Hideaway January 21, 1997 "Welcome to the rock show," Supersuckers singer/spokesman Eddie Spaghetti exhorted a packed house from behind his "rock-star shades." Looking a lot like Andy Kaufman in a cowboy hat, Spaghetti...

    by David Holthouse on January 30, 1997
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    Bjork From Ork

    Bjork Telegraph (Elektra) Bjork's the fairy queen of post-rock pop, and on Telegraph, several of the finest producers and DJs in the European club, underground dance and hip-hop scenes attend to her at court. The former Sugarcube's third ...

    by David Holthouse on January 30, 1997
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    Payne Pill

    Q: What did the snail say on the turtle's back? A: "Wheeeeeee!" If you were at Hollywood Alley last Saturday night (January 18), you probably heard Les Payne Project guitarist James Karnes tell that one. I was, and I did. And I'm glad for it,...

    by David Holthouse on January 23, 1997
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    Brotherly Louvin - The high lonesome hardships of country's best duo are getting easier to hear

    The Louvin Brothers were country music's best-ever brother team, and when they titled their greatest album Tragic Songs of Life, they weren't kidding around. Over the course of the recording, a woman wanders "this wide world all over," leaving her ab...

    by David Cantwell on January 23, 1997
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    Shaquille O'Neal You Can't Stop the Reign (T.W.IsM.) It took $120 million to persuade Shaquille O'Neal to apply himself on a basketball court (free-throw percentage as of this writing: 46 percent). How much of himself can he be expected t...

    by Serene Dominic on January 23, 1997
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