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    Skate Free or Die

    I didn't have a very patriotic Fourth of July. I burned most of the morning on a quest for a smut video and the rest of the day flaying my ears with punk rock and dodging skateboards. Let me explain. About a month ago, publicists in L.A. sta...

    by David Holthouse on July 11, 1996
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    Recordings

    The Kelley Deal 6000 Go to the Sugar Altar (Nice Records) There are roughly two kinds of identical twins in the world: Those content to live life as a unit (and perhaps star in Doublemint commercials), and those who separate to carve out ...

    by Serene Dominic on July 11, 1996
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    One Night in Marrakesh

    This year of our Lord is just more than half gone, and what does American pop music have to show for it? The Fugees, a superb second effort from Porno for Pyros and the return of Patti Smith. Those are the only three standouts in my "pro" column. Und...

    by David Holthouse on July 4, 1996
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    Recordings

    Imperial Drag Imperial Drag (Work/Sony) Yet another Jellyfish offshoot, Imperial Drag sounds like it was shipwrecked on a desert island starting in 1970, and the only things that washed ashore for the next five years were cheesy K-Tel alb...

    by Ted Simons on July 4, 1996
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    Bouncer . . . or Agro-bouncer? - Watching the watchmen, getting Unwound, surfing with the aliens in Man . . . or Astroman?

    Revolver Goes to Court One clear thought goes through my head the night of April 30 as I watch three beef cakes in Gibson's security shirts encircle a scared, scrawny kid pinned against a light pole. And that thought is This is a bunch of bullshi...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on July 4, 1996
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    The Valley Monitor

    The Entertainment Monitor covers the entire country, but so far only two Valley bands have made the grade. The Meat Puppets were awarded a measly "D" for references to amphetamines, but dig the special editor's note about No Joke: "Many of the songs ...

    by Serene Dominic on July 4, 1996
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    Here We Are Now, Scrutinize Us - The Entertainment Monitor sticks its nose in the music business

    In 1968, Johnny Cash's Live At San Quentin cut "A Boy Named Sue" became the first song in Top 40 history to have a cuss word (bitch) bleeped out on the air. Fair enough--while bad words go over big with shackled audiences, no one expected the Man in ...

    by Serene Dominic on July 4, 1996
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    Anal Dementive - Butthole Surfers tone down the insanity on Electriclarryland

    Paul Leary, 39-year-old guitarist for Butthole Surfers, isn't exactly an artiste dedicated to pulling eternal verities from his soul. In fact, the Austin, Texas, musician and studio engineer (Meat Puppets, Supersuckers) sounds like he'd be just as ha...

    by Matt Golosinski on June 27, 1996
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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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    Pyro-Gyra

    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-ca

    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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