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    Immodest Proposals About 30 minutes into Aceyalone's set on March 7 at the Knitting Factory, he needled the heavily backpacked crowd, "Bet I could stay up here longer than you could stay an audience." It wasn't an idle boast for this founding memb...

    on March 13, 2001
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    Irony Man Lives Again

    Were totally living in the postmodern era. Like, have you seen Scream 3 and/or heard of the drumnbass collective Bad Company, not to be confused with the 70s rock supergroup? (We studied em both in French class.) Well, as if these examples weren...

    by Nick Catucci on March 13, 2001
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    Who Let the Dogg Out?

    His release from prison rapidly approaching, Suge Knight is hungry, and the message on the Death Row Records Web site is painfully clear: "Congratulations Snoop Doggy Dogg from Suge Knight and Death Row Records for your recent success's [sic] with D...

    by Jon Caramanica on March 6, 2001
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    Boy Toys

    As anyone who has ever wandered into a guitar store especially knows, boys love their toys. Watch the acne-plagued teenager's eyes close and lips part as he grasps a Fender Strat in his grubby mitts; see the bulge in his pants rise as he twiddles som...

    by Amy Phillips on March 6, 2001
  • Wanna Shake Your Tree


    Wanna Shake Your Tree

    The lore of Peaches and Chilly Gonzales is rich but brief, mainly because they've been "Peaches" and "Gonzales" for just a few years. Peaches began her musical career 12 years ago as a singer in the Canadian folk band Mermaid Hotel; she also made a n...

    by Liz Armstrong on March 6, 2001
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    Eat a Lot of Peaches

    There's a certain kind of audacious lyric that you have to earn to pull off: cringeworthy on its own, devastating in context. The Birthday Party's "I tied off/Fuckin' wings burst out my back" is one example, Prince's "Your face is jammin'/Your body's...

    by Douglas Wolk on March 6, 2001
  • Bella Donnas


    Bella Donnas

    The Donnas have grown up. The Donnas rock. The Donnas are God. Well, maybe not the latter (a strictly Beatles entitlement), but you get the idea. And they've already lasted longer than most of the hairspray bands they love so much did in the '80s. In...

    by Tina Benitez on March 6, 2001
  • A Tale of Two Cities - Didkovsky, Rolnick, and Rowe Explode Opera Into Multiple Locations


    A Tale of Two Cities - Didkovsky, Rolnick, and Rowe Explode Opera Into Multiple Locations

    Seattle composer Janice Giteck has written about ritual as the essence of a musical performance, ritual defined as "people coming together (gathering), the intended activity (performing), and the going away (leaving/dispersing)." She continues: "This...

    by Kyle Gann on March 6, 2001
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    How Ya Like Me Now There was a lot of talk about history at Irving Plaza Friday night. But "The Revolution Is Hip Hop" seemed far from nostalgic, the music no less shiny. Here was the New York hip-hop family, none too old and amply represented. Th...

    on March 6, 2001
  • The Soft Boys


    The Soft Boys

    Whether couched in aesthete foppery, geek DIY-ism, or mousse-and-eyeliner genderfuck, synth pop has never been a particularly masculine preserve. Tim Benton, lead singer of London trio Baxendale, understands and even cherishes the genre's inescapabl...

    by Dennis Lim on February 27, 2001
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    Fester and Carbuncle

    The beating down of insufficiently motivated rabble with standing waves of steely humming noise is one of the grand traditions of metal. As a long-term strategy, it's square with the benchmark formula of Manowar, i.e., create an ideology that infidel...

    by George Smith on February 27, 2001
  • Boots and Beats Beneath the Bed


    Boots and Beats Beneath the Bed

    When hip-hoppers go anywhere from Spandau Ballet to Annie to Diana Ross and David Bowie to Kenny Rogers for musicas Prince Be, Jay-Z, Puffy, and Wyclef Jean all have done to top-drawer effectare they being perverse? Campy? Craven? Lazy? For any of ...

    by James Hunter on February 27, 2001
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    Forever Old - NARAS Sifts Through an Arty Bunch in a Don't-Miss Year

    The National Academy of Recording Arts and SciencesNARAS for short, overseer of the Grammys, which one old joke calls the Grannies, while another wonders why NARAS didn't shorten "phonograph" instead of "gramophone"is a professional association. Al...

    by Robert Christgau on February 27, 2001
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    Chip Off the Old Bloque From the tiny stage at Filter 14, Ivan Benavides, leading rockspaol songwriter recently infatuated with electronica, was trying to translate the idea behind his song "No Way, Jos." "Life is a big chain of small mistakes wi...

    on February 27, 2001
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    Riffs Are Not Dead

    I've seen the turntables and the damage done. Most juveniles this past holiday season, once they got over Dad not cashing in his pension to buy a PlayStation2 on eBay, probably set their sights on some wheels of steel wrapped in ribbon. I wasn't born...

    by Chris Ryan on February 20, 2001
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    Where's Joe Buck?

    It's strange but not all that shocking to see the kingdoms of punk rock and kiddie television meet: Most of the greatest punks have been fueled by the adolescent instinct to be silly and annoying, so it's only natural that these two worlds should fin...

    by Hillary Chute and Walter Martin on February 20, 2001
  • Backfield in Motion


    Backfield in Motion

    It's not too far-fetched, in retrospect, to call Ludacris this year's unofficial Super Bowl rapper. Not just because sports and sex rank dead even on the former scholastic athlete's pleasure scale (why else would he want to get it on at the 50-yard ...

    by Tony Green on February 20, 2001
  • England's Oldest Hitmakers


    England's Oldest Hitmakers

    In the beginning the ideal pop tune was as simple and irreducible as an egg, and once it had entered your head you couldn't drive it out with any device short of frontal lobotomy. It had to be so in the early days of the entertainment industry (pop ...

    by Luc Sante on February 20, 2001
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    Back That Jass Up

    Two new records here by folks who could look through your entire collection and find absolutely nothing to listen to. Especially this Craig Ventresco fellow: Unless you happen to collect Edison cylinders or acoustically recorded 78s (you know, befor...

    by David Wondrich on February 20, 2001
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    Our Bodies, Our Salves

    Once upon a time, the sight of a punk girl moving in next door might have sparked a neighborhood watch for the barricades of cultural revolution. By today's grim revolt-into-product times, the lights are on next door, but the punk girl's not home; s...

    by Richard Riegel on February 20, 2001
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