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1998 Stories by Bob Ruggiero

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  • The Reverend's Resolutions

    published December 31, 1998

    New Year's Eve is a party dampened only by the perceived need to commit to a resolution that might actually survive a couple of weeks. But the... More >>

  • New Year's Eve Blastoff

    published December 24, 1998

    Sure, it's not happening for over another week, and you may have not even thought about New Year's Eve, with Christmas still looming. But after... More >>

  • On Beyond Christian Rock

    published December 17, 1998

    "I think I'm pretty hungry tonight," says Doug Pinnick, vocalist/bassist for Houston-based, internationally-known, hard-rock band King's X,... More >>

  • Rotation

    published December 17, 1998

    B.B. King Blues on the Bayou MCA More than any other performer, B.B. King has personified modern blues. At home and abroad,... More >>

  • Rotation

    published December 10, 1998

    Portishead PNYC London On PNYC, Bristol, England's Portishead indulges itself and its film interest; this is the soundtrack to a... More >>

  • The Master Interpreter

    published December 10, 1998

    Frank Sinatra once called him the best singer alive. After being asked about that quote for probably the millionth time, Tony Bennett quipped,... More >>

  • Goat Man

    published December 3, 1998

    Even though you might not be familiar with his name, you may have already heard the call of the Goat, particularly if you're a fan of teen slasher... More >>

  • Rotation

    published November 26, 1998

    Grooverider Mysteries of Funk Higher Ground/Columbia It has been said that if there is one person we can thank (or, for some,... More >>

  • Divine Drinking

    published November 26, 1998

    Throughout the years, Catholic saints have handed down plenty of advice on how to live: Behave piously, don't be greedy and so on. But let's face... More >>

  • Rotation

    published November 19, 1998

    Medeski, Martin and Wood Combustication Blue Note The keyboard, bass and drums trio of Medeski, Martin and Wood have been a... More >>

  • Rotation

    published November 12, 1998

    Alanis Morissette Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie Maverick/Reprise When all was said and done, Alanis Morissette's Jagged... More >>

  • Rotation

    published November 5, 1998

    DJ Spooky Riddim Warfare Outpost/Geffen Remember the episode of Friends where Ross thinks he can make it as a musician? ... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 22, 1998

    Joni Mitchell Taming the Tiger Reprise It's another Joni Mitchell album, and here we go again with the hue and cry from the... More >>

  • In the Black

    published October 15, 1998

    Everyone wins at an all-day, live-music marathon like Fall Jam IV. The radio station (in this case, KLOL/101.1 FM) gets plenty of publicity, and... More >>

  • Who Was That Masked Man?

    published October 15, 1998

    You'd think that if an actor making his major motion-picture debut in a starring role brought a date to the screening, she'd be all starry-eyed... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 8, 1998

    Lyle Lovett Step Inside This House Curb/MCA Alternate title: Step Inside Lyle's Aesthetic. All things considered, the... More >>

  • Living Room Atrocities

    published October 8, 1998

    Okay, truth time: If the front page of your morning newspaper offers you a choice between a new piece of Monica Lewinsky dirt and a massacre in... More >>

  • The New Originals

    published October 1, 1998

    "We have always been an original band. The idea to do [covers] came strictly as an afterthought, as a way to make money," says Toy Subs lead... More >>

  • Made to Suffer

    published October 1, 1998

    It's easy to see why Richard Buckner is such a fan of the Pacific Northwest's clammy climate: Rainy days are a legitimate excuse to sit around the... More >>

  • Dames. Doublecrosses. And darkness.

    published October 1, 1998

    You already know the icons. Rain-slicked streets. Neon signs shining on ceiling fans at bizarre angles. The cynical, alcoholic private eye casing... More >>

  • The Boy Next Door

    published September 24, 1998

    It's not something that jumps out at you right away. But dig deeper, and the evidence is all there: Lenny Kravitz is one of the most conservative... More >>

  • Rotation

    published September 17, 1998

    Splitsville Repeater Big Deal If there's a special CD rack in heaven where all the great pop failures of the '90s are filed... More >>

  • Down (and Out) on the Farm

    published September 17, 1998

    Right now, you don't know Darrel and Juanita Buschkoetter, a young Nebraska farming couple with three daughters. But soon, you'll have the... More >>

  • Indelible Image

    published September 10, 1998

    The picture is one of the most searing and memorable images of the 1960s: A stern-faced black man, dressed in leather, holds a rifle while sitting... More >>

  • Feel the Power

    published September 10, 1998

    The statistics are overwhelming: 12 1/2 tons of explosives, 70 technicians working weeks in advance, 11 launch sites, 14 high-power laser units,... More >>

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