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    Grrls, Grrls, Grrls! Live! On Stage!

    Cynicism prevails in the current climate of indie angst, and it takes balls for an underground band like cub to make a career of putting out upbeat, even occasionally pretty records. Except balls is one thing (two things?) these Vancouver masters of ...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on September 5, 1996
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    All That Jazz

    Various artists Masters of Jazz: Volumes 1-4 (Rhino) Anyone compiling a CD look-see at the history of jazz is setting himself up for a fall. Especially if the project is stamped with a lofty title like Masters of Jazz. Such an anthology, ...

    by Ted Simons on September 5, 1996
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    One From the Heart

    Scrawl Travel On, Rider (Elektra) If I were a boy, and I found out that my girlfriend was listening intently to Scrawl's new recording, I'd take a good, hard look at our relationship and try to figure out what was bugging her. But boys do...

    by Gina Arnold on August 29, 1996
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    Recordings

    Love Nut Bastards of Melody (Interscope) As a genre, power pop didn't always guarantee great songwriting, a la XTC, Elvis Costello or Blondie. The term also covers second-tier acts like 20/20, the Dwight Twilley Band and the Producers, wh...

    by Roni Sarig on August 29, 1996
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    Seven-Inch Leather Heels: $47.50

    KISS America West Arena August 21, 1996 "Dude, didja go see KISS last Wednesday?" "Oh, hell, yeah. You see Gene's boots, dude?" "The dragon heads?" "Old-school, bro. Straight offa the Destroyer cover. Six-inch metal teeth for pl...

    by David Holthouse on August 29, 1996
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    Sage Advice - Wipers front man Greg Sage on d.i.y., surviving the music biz, and life in the Valley

    The Wipers are playing a show in town this week. That's big news, even though head Wiper Greg Sage, a longtime icon of American indie rock, has lived in the Valley for almost seven years now. Sage takes the Wipers on frequent tours of Europe and the ...

    by Ted Simons on August 29, 1996
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    La Mujer Canta los Blues - Arizona native Betsy Pecanins dents the Mexican pop charts with American blues steeped in tequila

    MEXICO CITY--Betsy Pecanins' life has always blurred the borders. The 42-year-old singer grew up in Arizona, Mexico and Spain. She is the child of an American father and a Catalonian mother, whose family emigrated from Barcelona to Mexico. She speaks...

    by Sam Quinones on August 29, 1996
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    Judge, Jury and Elocutioner

    Hamell on Trial Big As Life (Mercury) David Lowery, chief smart ass for Cracker, once intoned in song that, "What the world needs now is another folk singer/Like I need a hole in my head." David Lowery needs to meet Ed Hamell. Or...

    by Ted Simons on August 22, 1996
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    The Good Foot - A survey of recent soul, blues, R&B and roots reissues

    About a Mover Among other things, the history of soul music is the story of a handful of regional labels that flourished 20 to 30 years ago, releasing strings of sublime 45s before the long night of disco fell. Their passing success owed a lot to...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on August 22, 1996
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    Dew Process

    According to the kids who were inside the Inclusion Art Space the night it got raided, it's hard to say what gave away the scout team of undercover cops first--the fake nose rings, the advanced age, the silly clothes or the ill-informed attempts to s...

    by David Holthouse on August 22, 1996
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    Recordings

    George Jones I Lived to Tell It All (MCA) Issued to tie in with George Jones' tell-all autobiography of the same name, this album picks up Jones' story at one of its most infamous low points. Married to his first wife, Shirley, the King o...

    by Serene Dominic on August 22, 1996
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    White Punks on Hope - What's punk rock without the beer and nihilism? Better, according to members of the Valley's "straight edge" punk scene.

    It's the final night for the Equinox, an underground punk club crammed into a central Phoenix office space, and Xs mark the spot. About 120 punkers have gathered to pay their last respects to the venue, listening as the local Christian hard-core band...

    by Josh Krist on August 22, 1996
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    Valley of the Spun

    Here's my variation on Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if . . ." routine. Call it "You might live in the Valley if . . ." The kickoff item: "You might live in the Valley if . . . you go to a yard sale where people are buying furniture with c...

    by David Holthouse on August 15, 1996
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    I Love a Band in a Uniform - The fashionable dos and duds of pop's greatest costume gimmick bands

    Ever go to a KISS convention and see people clamoring for a Bruce Kulick doll, or a lunchbox with Eric Singer's mug plastered on the side? Of course not! It took Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley 13 pageant-free years to figure out what the rest of us kn...

    by Serene Dominic on August 15, 1996
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    Auto-Neurotica - Performance artist Simone Grey lays her heart Bare

    One of the first things you notice about Simone Grey is the violet eyes. They're contacts, of course, but set against her black hair and beautifully sculpted, unmistakably Middle Eastern face, the effect is still striking. And, like a lot of thi...

    by David Holthouse on August 15, 1996
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    Recordings

    Ray Bailey Blue Street (Visa Records) Ray Bailey calls his label Visa because that's how he paid for it--by maxing out his credit card once he got pink-slipped from Zoo Records. Not that it was Zoo's fault. The L.A. bluesman never belonge...

    by Dan Waller on August 15, 1996
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    Cow Platter

    Ween 12 Golden Country Greats (Elektra) There's something very wrong with Ween's new CD. For starters, 12 Golden Country Greats has only ten songs. And though they may indeed be "golden," it's doubtful that even the most encyclopedic ...

    by Ted Simons on August 15, 1996
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    Dust From Ashes

    Screaming Trees Dust (Epic) The Screaming Trees are proof that people at major labels do occasionally sign and foster acts just because they like them. On first glance, there is no less commercially appetizing prospect than the Screaming ...

    by Gina Arnold on August 8, 1996
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    Givin' Us Static - One year ago, Jimmy Eat World was just another Mesa indie band. Now it's a Capitol investment.

    Zach Lind thinks back on the good old days and sighs. Lind, the drummer for Mesa upstarts Jimmy Eat World, recalls when he and his fellow Jimmys would pile into a van and head for Colorado or California, playing all-ages shows set up a day in advance...

    by Ted Simons on August 8, 1996
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    If It's Misfits, You Must Acquit - Can Earth A.D. 1996 take a Glenn Danzig-less, Jerry Only-led Misfits seriously?

    Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1970 hit "Lodi" immortalized the New Jersey town as a hard-luck haven for touring musicians, as far removed from fame and fortune as Earth is from Uranus. But imagine John Fogerty turning punk, wearing a Toys "R" Us ske...

    by Serene Dominic on August 8, 1996
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