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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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    Texas Flood

    Wildlife biologists call it "fish fever"--a temporary madness that afflicts freshly weaned brown bears in the first summer they must fend for themselves. Summers in brown-bear country are as short as the winters are long, and eating before the snow f...

    by David Holthouse on March 28, 1996
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    Rhymes of Passion - The Fugees make rap, not war

    "It's kinda hectic, man," says Wyclef "Clef" Jean, the Haitian-blooded rapper, songwriter and sonic engineer for the Fugees. "A lot of things are going on." And, Jean should have added, those things are pretty damn nice--the kinds of things that...

    by Michael Roberts on March 28, 1996
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    Slow Gin Fizz

    Gin Blossoms Congratulations I'm Sorry (A&M) Being local heroes in the national spotlight carries its share of burdens, as the mixed-blessings title of Gin Blossoms' second major-label release clearly references. No matter what the GBs do...

    by Serene Dominic on March 21, 1996
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    Rocketmen - Love and Rockets is on a brave, new mission to inner space

    Last April, members of the British pop-ambient trio Love and Rockets came perilously close to testing Neil Young's contention that "it's better to burn out than to fade away." The musicians were in California to record L&R's new album Sweet F.A. when...

    by Matt Golosinski on March 21, 1996
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    Recordings

    Silly Rabbit Dust (Orphan Boy) The experimental rockers in Silly Rabbit make it one of the most danceable groups to emerge from Seattle's postgrunge wasteland. This eight-piece urban groove machine consists of guitars, sequencers, an unst...

    by Kevin Roe on March 21, 1996
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    Raga Muffins

    So I'm in Eastside Records a few days back looking for old Devo albums (don't ask why), and I spot this stack of small, black handbills someone has placed at the bottom of the racks amid a smattering of other fliers for rock shows and raves. The bill...

    by David Holthouse on March 21, 1996
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    American Son - Uncle Tupelo passed away, butheartland rocker JayFarrar has plugged backin with Son Volt

    Jay Farrar isn't much of a talker. Son Volt's 29-year-old singer/songwriter comes across in conversation like a man in desperate need of a nap. His voice is low and lazy, his thick, Midwestern drawl stretching what few words he utters into slow, grog...

    by Ted Simons on March 14, 1996
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    Then You Die, She Dies, Everybody Dies

    Come on, now, let's be honest: Going to see the souped-up rerelease of Heavy Metal is a bad move, unless a) you're about five bong hits beyond stoned silly; b) you have an insatiable taste for early '80s cheese metal (hey, dude, Sammy Hagar rocks!); ...

    by David Holthouse on March 14, 1996
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    Recordings

    The Mermen Songs of the Cows (Mesa/Bluemoon) San Francisco's Mermen take the concept of instrumental surf music so far from shore that something new comes bubbling to the surface. It's the audio equivalent of Dick Dale poached in psychede...

    by Matt Golosinski on March 14, 1996
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    Baaah! Humbucker! - The Piersons come out swinging on a raucous first CD

    "Going down into town tonight/To drink our fill and start a fight." So goes a line from "Helen Reddy," the "hear me roar" opening track from the Piersons' tempestuous debut CD, Humbucker, scheduled to hit shops Tuesday. Maybe it's the put-up...

    by Serene Dominic on March 14, 1996
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