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  • No Jagged Edges - Neo-Soul Men Take the Emery Board to Their Heroes

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    No Jagged Edges - Neo-Soul Men Take the Emery Board to Their Heroes

    Here's one for the ages: Post-millennial female soul singers are (a) bold, assertive, and bodacious sistaaaaahs with chops and attitude to spare, or simply (b) self-confident, talented women who compare favorably to a crop of male singers who often s...

    by Tony Green on July 30, 2002
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    Earle Brown, 19262002 - Composing in the Air

    The last generation of famous modernists was born in the 1920s, and they seem to be passing away before our eyes. Earle Brown, one of the last figures who created the American musical revolution of the 1960s, died on July 2. (In a curious coincidence...

    on July 30, 2002
  • God Only Knows My Butt

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    God Only Knows My Butt

    Well, this is the moment dreaded by every serious "rock writer" . . . Yep, the kind of situation that prevented Greil Marcus from ever hanging out much around the Band's or Bobby-D's road crews . . . altho Keith Richards and Nick Kent might have had ...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on July 30, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Battleship PowerBook Brian Eno once made a case for turning the word pretentious into a compliment, arguing that artists need experimental leaps of faith into the highfalutin to achieve something new. Like many current Icelandic musicians, the t...

    on July 30, 2002
  • Disco Still Not Disco - New York Rockers Remember How to Dance

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    Disco Still Not Disco - New York Rockers Remember How to Dance

    "When I was little, I always wished that I'd grow up to be surrounded by gorgeous men," self-described fag hag Margaret Cho cracks in her movie I'm the One That I Want. "And now I am, and I should have been more specific." I know what she means. When...

    by Douglas Wolk on July 30, 2002
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    Agitated Again

    Now that recent reissues have adequately cemented the semi-legends of Cleveland proto-punk groups like Rocket From the Tombs and the Electric Eels, the logical next step is to bring the story up-to-date. Amoeba (Raft Boy) was the most recent (1996) m...

    by Daniel Dimaggio on July 30, 2002
  • Happy Loving Couples

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    Happy Loving Couples

    For those emotionally invested in American underground punkyou know, the noisy, cult-specific upchuck rock of severely lowered popular expectationsthe summer's most exciting, revelatory, and potentially epoch-defining package outing is something ca...

    by Joe Gross on July 23, 2002
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    Screaming Is Free

    The Blood Brothers are guaranteed to clear a dancefloor. And they should be guaranteed to clear your skin via Dr. Z's acid-blister method, too, but that process is trademarked (or should be anyhow; have you seen the results this guy gets? Probably, i...

    by Nick Catucci on July 23, 2002
  • Home of the Brave - Westernizing Anglophone West Africa

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    Home of the Brave - Westernizing Anglophone West Africa

    Insofar as it uses electric instruments or horns, all African popular music is, to use the strange Orientalist term, Westernized. Afrobeat, however, took Westernization to new spiritual heights. The style invented and still dominated by the late Fela...

    by Robert Christgau on July 23, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Puffy the Diva Slayers A pop duo idolized by millions performed here on Saturday night, but you've probably never heard of them. In their home country of Japan, Puffy (known as Puffy AmiYumi in America, for obvious reasons) sell massive amounts...

    on July 23, 2002
  • The Road to Mecha

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    The Road to Mecha

    Scientists at the World Economic Forum predicted on Friday a grim future replete with unprecedented biological threats, global warming and the possible takeover of humans by robots. Reuters, February 1, 2002 Not to worry. The Flaming Lips have ...

    by Jessica Winter on July 23, 2002
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    Whose Kiss Is This

    Paulina Rubio is even sexier in English than in Spanish. Or maybe it's not she but her music that's sexier. You can compare the two great dance-sex tracks on Border Girl, her first English-language album, to the Spanish versions, and in the English t...

    by Frank Kogan on July 23, 2002
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    Sugar On Me

    As deceptively sweet as the Shirelles, with moments of Shangri-Las-style radical moodiness, the All Girl Summer Fun Band claim "fun" as both the good and the bad. Whatever the circumstances (and many involve dudes), this team of Oregon ladies want to...

    by Hillary Chute on July 23, 2002
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    Who Needs Eminem?

    Reviewing the Vines' debut single, New Musical Express gushed thusly: "You've got to imagine that by the end of the year, the Vines are going to be bigger than U2, Gareth Gates and Nickelback combined. We're not joking. This is a record you must own....

    by Christian Hoard on July 16, 2002
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    Destroyed - Hip-Hop's Ur-Self Got Himself a War

    It figured to be an anointment. Last week's Hot 97 Summer Jam was Nasir Jones's forum. The previous year, he'd been skewered by Jay-Z; this time, he was headlining, a symbolic acknowledgment that in the battle of titans that engulfed hip-hop last win...

    by Jon Caramanica on July 16, 2002
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    It's in Her Kiss

    The one and only time I saw X was at the Tomorrowland Terrace at Disney World during an event billed as the World Series of Entertainment. If memory serves, Tommy Tutone ("867-5309/Jenny," of course) and Bertie Higgins ("Key Largo," as if you don't r...

    by Shannon Zimmerman on July 16, 2002
  • Where's Waldo? - Looking for Uncle Jazz at the 2002 JVC Something-or-Other Festival

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    Where's Waldo? - Looking for Uncle Jazz at the 2002 JVC Something-or-Other Festival

    A brief July 9 press release about the flagship event that ran from June 16 to June 29 begins with an announcement from George Wein ("CEO of Festival Productions, Inc."): "The 2002 JVC Jazz Festival-New York was the most successful JVC festival ever ...

    by Gary Giddins on July 16, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Good Golly Miss Dolly Dolly Parton found Jesus at Irving Plaza last Wednesday night, though he's absent from the CD she was promoting, Halos and Horns a non-denominational, New Age blend of mountain roots that borrows from her earlier pop hits an...

    on July 16, 2002
  • Sonic Euthanasia

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    Sonic Euthanasia

    What do you do when your favorite band starts sucking? Stop buying their albums. But what if you can't, because you're so into them that you just have to know every note they record, even if it's unlistenable crap? And you have such a personal connec...

    by Amy Phillips on July 9, 2002
  • Peacock Rock

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    Peacock Rock

    One of the spookiest verses in the whole pop arcanum belongs, as it should, to Robert Johnson: "I got stones in my passway and my road seems dark at night," he cries, repeating the line before the killer twist: "I have pains in my heart, they have ta...

    by Erik Davis on July 9, 2002
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