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    Smart Pop

    Between the Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" and Fastball's "The Way," there was barely any time left to have Semisonic's "Closing Time" driven into your skull by the radio this summer. It was hard to let a day go by without hearing the Minneapolis band'...

    by Bob Ruggiero on January 28, 1999
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    Stressing Strauss - Da Camera examines the 20th-Century Enigma composer

    Most strangers to classical music don't realize it, but they really do know Richard Strauss. If nothing else, they're sure to recognize the pounding drums of the opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra, immortalized by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odys...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on January 28, 1999
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    From Zero to Hero

    There are reasons, upon first inspection, that Remy Zero's second record, Villa Elaine, should suck: Bio says they sound like Radiohead; first record not so good; long-standing friendship with singer from Counting Crows; from Birmingham, Alabama; bot...

    by David Simutis on January 28, 1999
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    Internalizing the Blues

    The shadow of Janis Joplin has been following Susan Tedeschi for almost as long as she can remember. "I have known who Janis was ever since I was little," Tedeschi says. "I mean, believe it or not, I've always had that comparison ever since I wa...

    by Alan Sculley on January 28, 1999
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    Rotation

    Miles Davis The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions Columbia Legacy Over a quarter century after it shocked the music world, Miles Davis's watershed album, Bitches Brew, still generates controversy. Considered the most important jazz work of the...

    by Rob Patterson on January 28, 1999
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    In The Dark

    Black Sabbath -- One of the more interesting entries into the recent spate of musical "reunions" (which has delivered everything from Fleetwood Mac to Mstley CrYe) is this second go-round from rock's own four horsemen of the apocalypse. Though long d...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on January 21, 1999
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    Another Time, Another Country

    Country music in the '90s is Alan Jackson inexplicably hyping Ford trucks via a rewritten version of "Mercury Blues," a venerable number covered during the early '70s by Steve Miller. It's Shania Twain, a singer whose producer/husband/Svengali, Rober...

    by Michael Roberts on January 21, 1999
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    Black Blues, White Label

    North Mississippi blues guitarist R.L. Burnside's new record, Come On In, features drum programming, loops, samples and remixes by hip white producers such as Alec Empire, Beal Dabbs and Tom Rothrock (who is credited as main producer on the recording...

    by Ross Johnson on January 21, 1999
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    Several Seasons of Success

    No one predicted George Winston would change music in 1981. Nine years earlier the unassuming pianist recorded an independent album which sold modestly, Ballads and Blues - 1972, and he wasn't heard from on record again. When he returned to the studi...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on January 21, 1999
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    Rotation

    Ani DiFranco Up, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up Righteous Babe On Up, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up DiFranco expands her palette by adding Julie Wolf, a remarkable keyboard player whose organ and piano work add considerable weight to DiFranco's already phat sound...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on January 21, 1999
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    Hot Nuits - HSO proves Fantastique with Berlioz works

    Hector Berlioz made no secret of the fact that Symphonie Fantastique was one long opium dream, the fevered imaginings of a bereft lover haunted by memories of his fickle beloved. Like a typical romantic, the poor soul tries to poison himself with opi...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on January 14, 1999
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    Back in Black

    A fable: Once upon a time (say, 1986) there was a band in Boston called the Pixies. They sounded a bit caustic -- combining roaring guitars and odd rhythms with a love for strong melodies and a kooky sense of humor, often dark. Lead singer Black Fran...

    by Liz Belile on January 14, 1999
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    Rotation

    Celine Dion These Are Special Times Sony 550 Music Having spent 15 years in both the French Canadian pop ghetto and the adult contemporary star machine, Celine Dion is a survivor. But more than that, she's a revolutionary. No, really: When ...

    by Jim Caligiuri on January 14, 1999
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    Overseas Transmission - Hip-hop's origins in a German synthesizer?

    You might figure that the German band Kraftwerk and their 1977 single "Trans-Europe Express" would mean about as much to the history of hip-hop as, say, Rick Springfield and "Jesse's Girl." Wrong. In his new book Hip Hop America, critic Nelson George...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on January 14, 1999
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    Blowing His Own Horn

    Houston native Calvin Owens has, in his own words, "straddled the fence musically" for more than half a century. Moving freely between jazz and blues, the master trumpeter has worked in and directed big bands and combos, playing what he labels simply...

    by Roger Wood on January 14, 1999
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    Tommy Lee Uncensored! - The drummer with the big stick bares all about jail, Motley Crue and Pamela Anderson

    Today, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee owns the most famous penis on the Internet -- but his generously proportioned man-part wasn't the source of his initial burst of fame. Lee's been a popular personality since the early '80s, when he and bandma...

    by Michael Roberts on January 14, 1999
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    From Boys to Men

    Sometimes success ain't all it's cracked up to be. That's what Johnny Rzeznik, the singer and primary songwriter for the Goo Goo Dolls found out when he tried to compose songs for the follow-up to the band's 1995 breakthrough album, A Boy Named G...

    by David Simutis on January 7, 1999
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    The Sound of Money

    One of the embarrassing moments from my youth was singing "Summer Nights" from the Grease movie soundtrack at the top of my lungs. In my best John-Travolta-as-a-six-year-old voice, I recounted Danny's summer of love, even though I had no idea what he...

    by David Simutis on January 7, 1999
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    Don't Cry for Me, Houston - Friends join in as Betti sings her final convictions

    The song was Madonna's. The singer wasn't. Betti Maldonado, impersonating the superstar in her Evita role as Eva Peron, welcomed guests at the Spotlight Karaoke club with a rendition of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina": Have I said too much? / ... ...

    by Russell Contreras on January 7, 1999
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    Rotation

    Rush Different Stages Live Atlantic When I was in high school, there were two similarly garbed and coiffed camps who hung out in the smoking area: AC/DC fans and Rush fans. It was hard to tell them apart unless you listened in as one group ...

    by Dave Clifford on January 7, 1999
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