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    Jerk Rock

    It's gotten to where Peter Steele is running out of people to piss off. The singer/bassist for Gothic sludgemongers Type O Negative has had numerous run-ins with record company executives, he's scorched critics who've asked what he considers unimport...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 17, 1996
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    Unpromised Land - Jolene strives to make sense of life's punches -- and make a living

    Reality can hit hard, and Jolene has had the misfortune of fielding some very real blows in the last ten months. The North Carolina quintet has seen its brilliant national debut, Hell's Half Acre, sell a meager 10,000 copies since its release late la...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 17, 1996
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    Last of the Hard-core Troubadours

    If you're a long-suffering songwriter pondering how to get yourself one of them fancy-schmancy MTV concert specials, you might consider the Steve Earle plan. This plan consists of the following elements: 1. Write a whole shitload of killer s...

    by Steven Almond on October 10, 1996
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    Mining the Mainstream - Stir is out to whip Hootieat their own game

    Screw the whole idea of indie credentials. Deep down, what Stir really wants is to be huge. As Stir bassist Kevin Gagnepain points out, "what is considered these days as mainstream isn't necessarily a bad thing." And besides, he notes, Stir has ...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 10, 1996
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    Rotation

    Suzanne Vega Nine Objects of Desire A&M Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow A&M If the last year or so is any evidence, the '90s are shaping up to be rock's "she" decade. The flood of female potential shows no signs of subsiding, with gifte...

    by Robin Myrick on October 10, 1996
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    Static

    Classical rocker... Rock and roll could use more advocates like Christopher Rouse. He's a world-renowned classical composer, one whose works have been performed by countless orchestras, among them the Houston Symphony. But beneath the strait-laced fa...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 10, 1996
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    Fast Living

    In a more honest world, Speedball Baby would be providing the Top 40 soundtrack to a society coming unraveled at the seams. Few bands are better qualified for the task; the quartet hails from one of the craziest places on earth, New York City, and is...

    by Greg Barr on October 10, 1996
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    Thompson's Time

    You don't know enough about Richard Thompson. I don't know enough about Richard Thompson. If there's someone out there who does know enough about Richard Thompson -- besides Richard Thompson, who doesn't do interviews while touring, and who is presen...

    by Brad Tyer on October 3, 1996
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    Rotation

    Yo La Tengo Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo Matador Odds-and-ends compilations rarely feature a band's best work, but surely that's the fun of them. There's a certain voyeuristic thrill in hearing all the weird B-sides, dusty outtakes, alternat...

    by Damon O'Banion on October 3, 1996
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    Static

    King-size effort... Last week, I hastily tossed out the remark that Horseshoe's new King of the World -- which came into my hands minutes before deadline -- topped my list of candidates for local CD of the year. For once, a rash judgment has proven t...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 3, 1996
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    No More Mush

    Last month, Details magazine crowned Imperial Drag "Spacehog without the gags," an assessment that was meant to be a compliment -- though it's unlikely the band took it as such, seeing as it says more about Imperial Drag's shortcomings than its stren...

    by Greg Barr on October 3, 1996
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    Ground-in Dirt - Bad boys Taste of Garlic are trying to clean up their act. Yeah. Sure.

    Taste of Garlic worked long and hard on its shady, do-nothing image, nursing it along with copious bong hits and an informal but effective propaganda campaign that was equal parts fact, rumor, hype and blunt blasts of a raw funk/rap hybrid. Now it ap...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 3, 1996
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    Grunge Schmunge - The Melvins don't give a damn, and so should you

    It may be difficult to remember now, but back in the days before the ascension of MTV, before grunge, before Kurt Cobain nailed himself to the cross in the name of his art, the rock underground lived and breathed a contrarian spirit. You didn't have ...

    by Brad Tyer on September 26, 1996
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    No More Same Old, Same Old - Buddy Guy finally gets the respect he's always wanted

    You won't find too many guitar heroes on the phone at 9 a.m. At that time of day, a lot of them are just calling it a night. Yet on this particular morning, the guitar hero who answers the phone at his suburban Chicago home is hardly comatose. An ext...

    by Greg Barr on September 26, 1996
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    Good Girl, Bad Girl

    Back in 1980, lead Pretender Chrissie Hynde ruffled rock's moral double standard with songs of hard living and wild exploits -- S&M misadventures, gangbangs, tattooed love boys, brutal hangovers and such. Sixteen years later, you have to think that e...

    by Brad Tyer on September 26, 1996
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    Sound Check

    History says that it's been only five years since R.E.M. mined quadruple-platinum with Out of Time. Looking back, though, that mammoth stage in the group's evolution hasn't aged particularly well, especially in the considerably more ambitious shadow ...

    by Jim Sherman on September 26, 1996
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    Static

    Tapestry of hope... As is often the case, no one realized just how many friends and admirers cellist Mike Dudley had until he was gone. "There were more people [at his August 6 memorial service] than I would ever have imagined," says Robert Yale...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 26, 1996
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    Simply Direct - Gillian Welch heeds roots music's high, lonesome call

    For a woman raised by show-biz parents, Gillian Welch is a strikingly austere sight on-stage. Dispensing low-key charm to a small crowd at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, the soft-spoken, hard-willed native of Los Angeles projects an image that's as plain as...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 12, 1996
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    Try a Sample

    Not so much as a hint of an English sense of order pervades Loop Guru's pieced-together vision of a world without boundaries. In fact, British colonialism has never seemed so disorderly as it does in the hands of this technologically fixated bunch. U...

    by Jim Sherman on September 12, 1996
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    The Tesh Touch - So John Tesh was a TV star? Hey, don't blame him -- he didn't want it.

    I've spent a good chunk of time recently mulling over the possible consequences of a 44-year-old man named John Tesh. Maybe you've heard of him; for ten years, ending three months ago, Tesh and his hair co-hosted Entertainment Tonight, arguably the b...

    by Brad Tyer on September 12, 1996
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