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    Girls Interrupted

    The success of Lilith Fair, now in its third and final year, reads well on paper. Big-voiced gals with guitars have gained thousands of new female fans who leave clutching free CD samplers, NOW stickers, and Biore strips. The largesse to LIFEbeat and...

    on August 10, 1999
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    Tear the Roof off Jungleland

    Where are all my Negroes at? Why aren't there more Black people out here screaming Bruuuuce like Dolly Earshatterer to the rear of my right lobe? Could it possibly be because The Boss's ascendancy roughly coincided with the landing of The Mothership ...

    by Greg Tate on August 10, 1999
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    Fumin' Emotions

    Some people seem most at home in crowds. Not necessarily happiest, but that's not necessarily what home is for. It's about having your own sloton my crowded record shelf, for instance. "Can't you see?" David Allan Coe asks the crowd at Billy Bob's i...

    by Don Allred on August 3, 1999
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    New Turf

    How should a successful playwright approach his first opera libretto, especially when the music will be provided by a younger, less famous composer? To judge by comments from the three novice librettists of the one-act pieces that make up Central Par...

    by Leighton Kerner on August 3, 1999
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    Armageddon It

    On the eve of the new millennium, you will find me at the gates of Neverland Ranch, praying for the mortal souls of all humanity. I just read on the Web that the Antichrist is, in fact, the boy-child of Michael Jackson, one Prince Jackson (so named b...

    by Scott Seward on August 3, 1999
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    Pretty Fly as You Feel

    Neurotic types troubled about the millennial Y2K (youth-to-kids) takeover of pop would do well to check out Len and Ugly Duckling, not your father's oldsmofos, but hardly your little sis's B*witched-and-bothersome antibiotic-teen software, either. I'...

    by Richard Riegel on August 3, 1999
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    Sugar Ray

    Top 40 playlists would seem the perfect home for people lamenting a future day when life will have passed them by. Turn on your car radio at any given moment, and you're going to encounter some names you'll never hear from again. Imagine if instead o...

    by Phil Dellio on August 3, 1999
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    Reverse Assimilation

    When I first met Caf Tacuba in early 1993, they were hunched in a typical suburban garage on the outskirts of Mexico City, working the kinks out of "24 horas," a Beatles-esque teen-pop love anthem that would appear on their '94 masterpiece, Re. But ...

    by Ed Morales on August 3, 1999
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    In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lion?

    Elvis didn't invent horniness and hormones. Before jazz was "Jazz," it was rock and roll. At least, it activated the same antibodies. Here's Variety, after hearing the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in early 1917: "This 'jaz' thing sounds like a trio o...

    by David Wondrich on August 3, 1999
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    A (Re-)United Front

    Here's a fitting koan: How many times can the Flatlanders not reunite? Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, the core of that west Texas band, recorded a 1972 album that was shelved, then released in '90 as More a Legend Than a Band. Tex a...

    on August 3, 1999
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    Spirits in the Sky

    My first encounter with Ghost occurred on the subtle plane. I was wasting my time in a hipster indie rock CD store in early 1992 when I came across a rack of expensive Japanese imports. Knowing even less about the intense, mega-noodling world of unde...

    by Eric Davis on July 27, 1999
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    Electric Dinner Party

    Electronica used to shake people up in the early '90s, when every body called it techno. English publications covered electronic dance music as if it were an exciting new field, teeming with records as wonderful and relevant as punk. But Americans mo...

    by James Hunter on July 27, 1999
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    That Olde Collage Try

    The bursting of Britpop's bubble has left the UK's rock scene in the doldrums. A&R's and hacks alike twiddle thumbs, wondering why nothing's happening. For one thing, Britpop's make-it-big triumphalism has virtually obliterated the independent ideal....

    by Simon Reynolds on July 27, 1999
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    To Whom It May Concern

    A decade ago, the hip-hop sounds of Los Angeles were sirens and semiautomatics, the city's danger and spiritual desolation conveyed musically through the belligerence of artists like N.W.A. and Ice-T (who put it best: "We didn't go to parties. We ro...

    by Jon Caramonica on July 27, 1999
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    Sheena for Ex-President

    From the punk oral history Please Kill Me to Joey and Johnny Ramone on Howard Stern, the mythology around the Ramones lately seems to emphasize failurethe stadiums they didn't pack, their eventual hatred for one another, endless tours trapped inside...

    by Eric Weisbard on July 27, 1999
  • Parent With Parrots

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    Parent With Parrots

    Peter Stampfel and Betsy Wollheim got their corner loft in Soho because Betsy's dad needed a place to store his books. It was 1978, they'd fallen in love after a many-tiered courtship in which Betsy, as of 1965 a 14-year-old fan of the folk music kra...

    by Robert Christgau on July 27, 1999
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    Orpheus Meets Isolde, With Ducks

    For most of recorded history, China was several centuries ahead of Europe in music, as in so many other areas. The two cultures invented opera, however, in roughly the same era, and it is striking that The Peony Pavilion of 1598 the grand and gorgeo...

    by Kyle Gann on July 27, 1999
  • Consumer Guide

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    Consumer Guide

    Let no one claim good old well-crafted rock and roll has disappeared from the culture. See the top three Honorable Mentions, each more substantial than the Donnas' regressive little winner, not one as consistently inspired. Then look at the pictures ...

    by Robert Christgau on July 20, 1999
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    Auf Wiedersehen

    Even three months after the fact, it still seems strange that KMFDM, of all possible darkside bands out there, was the only one quoted on the Web site of one of the Littleton boys: "What I don't say I don't do. What I don't do I don't like. What I do...

    by Michael Freedberg on July 20, 1999
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    Medusa and Childe

    Thighs are apt to play a great role in the new postwar art, which will be so eager for life. Leon Trotsky, Madrid, 1916 The new Sophie B. Hawkins LP, Timbre, has been in the can for a couple years, and a lot of the delay was because her record com...

    by Frank Kogan on July 20, 1999
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