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    Players

    Tyree Michael Carter has many pictures of himself on the walls of his office, but only one in which he's smiling. It's a shot from last Halloween, and Ty is dressed like a blaxploitation-flick pimp--a veritable mack daddy. The outfit took 13 thrift s...

    by David Holthouse on May 2, 1996
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    Wall to Walternative

    First, rhythm and blues begat "rock 'n' roll," a term that still has cachet in a few crumbling, former Soviet republics. Then came all of rock 'n' roll's bastard offspring--folk rock, acid rock, hard rock, progressive rock, country rock, punk rock--e...

    by Serene Dominic on May 2, 1996
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    Leapin' Lizard

    The Jesus Lizard Shot (Capitol) With Shot, the Jesus Lizard has made quite a leap--not only jumping ship from longtime indie Touch and Go to Capitol Records, but also taking one giant step forward as a rock 'n' roll band. God knows the Li...

    by Matt Golosinski on April 25, 1996
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    Sound and Fury

    The defining moment of the first New Times Music Awards Showcase came, for me, almost two weeks before the actual event. It was a Tuesday night and New Times was hosting a logistics summit meeting upstairs at Minder Binder's in Tempe. Representatives...

    by David Holthouse on April 25, 1996
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    Cat-Scratch Fever - 7 Year Bitch sharpens its nails on Gato Negro

    Well, stick a monkey in front of a typewriter and sooner or later he'll write a haiku. Four years into a career ignited as a lark, and fueled on hype and connections, 7 Year Bitch has finally come up with a few decent garage-punk songs. And, Chr...

    by David Holthouse on April 25, 1996
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    Staying Alive - A new compilation album from Seattle collective Home Alive advocates self-defense by any means

    Seattle punk songstress Mia Zapata got famous for the most evil of reasons--not because of her singing, which was good, but because of her death, which was horrible. On the night of July 7, 1993, Zapata had a few beers with some friends at the C...

    by Leigh Silverman on April 25, 1996
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    Recordings

    Live Tracks (Freedom) The Derailers Jackpot (Watermelon) These two albums prove that your arms are never too short to shake hands with the upper management of Hillbilly Heaven. How else do you explain the spirit of Buck Owens' majes...

    by Roni Sarig on April 18, 1996
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    Songbird Rising - Live music in Phoenix is there if you want it -- whatever it is you want

    The first band I ever went to see in the Valley was Dead Hot Workshop. I could relate to the name. It was last year, on a Friday night in mid-July. I had just moved here from Alaska and promptly discovered that hangovers are even worse when you are d...

    by David Holthouse on April 18, 1996
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    1996 New Times Music Awards Showcase

    Best Alternative Rock Beat Angels They may look and play like it, but the Beat Angels aren't really under the illusion that it's still 1979. They just don't think rock 'n' roll has gotten any better since then. "The way we look at it, th...

    by K. Denino on April 18, 1996
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    Raw Deal - With the Breeders on hold, Kim Deal pares down her sound and gets Amped up

    Oh, way to go, Ohio. Dayton, Ohio, that is. The town that is sprouting rock bands like corn. Check out the run-down: Guided by Voices (together since 1986, discovered in 1993), Brainiac, the Tasties, the Method, the Afghan Whigs and--the subject of o...

    by David Holthouse on April 18, 1996
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    Trouble in Paradise - The Oasis brothers (Noel and Liam Gallagher) indulge in a spot of gin-and-tonic-stoked, sibling-on-sibling bickering

    The scene: Forte Crest Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland, around midnight, April 7, 1994. It is ten months before Oasis' second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, tops out at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, boosted by the hit single "Wonderwall"; ten mo...

    by John Harris on April 11, 1996
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    Peppers and Brimstone

    I have this recurring nightmare where I'm in hell and Satan is informing me with a sulfurous chuckle that my punishment for a life of sin is spending eternity as an entertainment reporter for a local TV station. In Phoenix, nonetheless; the town wher...

    by David Holthouse on April 11, 1996
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    Bad Dog

    Iggy Pop Naughty Little Doggie (Virgin) It's 1968 and James Osterberg, a white-trash trailer-park kid from Michigan, unwittingly helps invent punk rock. He does so by christening himself Iggy Pop and gracing the concert halls of America w...

    by Ted Simons on April 11, 1996
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    Revolver - Where the seven-inch is still king

    Remember--it's always better to have a Revolver and not need one than to need a Revolver and not have one. So clip and save, 'cause it's time for another waffle-stomp through the sewers of indie rock. Your trusty guide will steer you clear of the slu...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on April 11, 1996
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    Devil Music

    I stand at the crossroads, baby, now there's no turnin' back: I'm here to make a deal, so let the Devil deal the pack! --Blue Bob Crawford I don't believe in the devil, but I believe Robert Johnson did. And according to root docto...

    by David Holthouse on April 4, 1996
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    Blues Blood - Local blues scholar Bob Corritore has refined tastes guided by one rule: The music has to come from the gut.

    Watch closely the video for "Blues Summit in Chicago"--a 1974 episode of the PBS series Sound Stage, in which an all-star band played a concert tribute to then-living-legend Muddy Waters--and you'll notice that, right after Pinetop Perkins takes his ...

    by David Holthouse on April 4, 1996
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    Blues Arizona - A cocktail review of recent state releases

    Various artists Desert Blues Volume 1 (Phoenix Blues Society/CDGBs) There's nothing like listening to 17 unknown blues acts in 63 minutes to set you thinking about just what the term "blues" means; clearly, it's a catch-all term, judging ...

    by Matt Golosinski on April 4, 1996
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    Hard-Core Troubadour

    Steve Earle I Feel Alright (E-Squared/Warner Bros.) Not many people who've been to hell and back are this eager to show slides of their trip. But if Steve Earle's grinning from ear to ear these days, after kicking drugs and getting out of...

    by Serene Dominic on April 4, 1996
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    Recordings

    Dadawa Sister Drum (Sire) Her name is Dadawa. She's the 25-year-old singing daughter of a science magazine editor in the Canton province of the People's Republic of China. And she's about the biggest thing to come up in her homeland ...

    by Leigh Silverman on March 28, 1996
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    Revolver - A periodic tour guide to indie rock subterranea (where the seven-inch is still king)

    Spinnnn ... snap. Chamber loaded, safety off. You gotta be careful when you're walking the underground--those crazy punk kids are everywhere, and they're out for blood. But though thou walk through the valley of vinyl, thou shalt fear no evil, for Re...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on March 28, 1996
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