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    Static

    Almost tickled pink... As aging rock icons go, the guys from Aerosmith don't look half-bad -- a little weathered, maybe, but they're hardly the waxy, embalmed superstars one might expect, given the band's history. Last Thursday, as four members of th...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 25, 1997
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    Celtic Boom

    The avalanche of excellent roots-music releases over the last 12 months has been but one facet of a banner year for Celtic culture on this side of the Atlantic. The phenomenal success of the Riverdance road show starring enigmatic master stepper Mich...

    by Bob Burtman on December 25, 1997
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    Static

    Future a blur... Granted, Schrasj's recent decision to embark on an indefinite hiatus doesn't make a whole lot of sense -- especially now. This last year or so has seen the ambient noise-pop trio (and sometime quartet) emerge from its self-absorbed s...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 18, 1997
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    Deifying Dah-veed - David Garza worships at the altar of rock and roll

    "They just found a syringe full of cocaine here." This, my introduction to the more off-color side of singer/songwriter David Garza, is delivered via a muddy answering-machine message called in from a Texas nightclub that will remain nameless. Cu...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 18, 1997
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    Heaven Sent? - Caedmon's Call strives to be heard above the Christian rock din

    All of them are devout Christians. Many of their songs reflect themes of devotion, temptation and salvation. They play a lot of gigs at churches and Bible study groups. And yes, a line in one of their most popular songs goes: "I can see Jesus hanging...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 18, 1997
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    Bang with Brains

    Rock and roll has had its share of epic-length, "bathroom break for the deejay" classics: "Whipping Post," "Freebird" and, yes, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" are just a few that spring to mind. But with their latest CD, A Pleasant Shade of Gray, longtime prog...

    by Frank-John Hadley on December 18, 1997
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    Rotation

    Tab Benoit Live: Swampland Jam Justice Some sage or another once said that music matures within oneself as one grows older. That's certainly the case for Louisiana blues guitarist Tab Benoit -- if, that is, the new Live: Swampland Jam is an...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 18, 1997
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    On the Mend - After over a year of laying low, Juliana Hatfield is ready to reconnect

    On "Sell Out," the lead track of her latest EP, post-punk songstress Juliana Hatfield sings, "It's not a sell-out if nobody buys it." And indeed, that conclusion, while somewhat obvious, is more applicable to the longtime Bostonian's brushes with fam...

    by David Simutis on December 11, 1997
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    Rotation

    Spice Girls Spiceworld Virgin So what do you want to hear? That the Spice Girls suck? That they're nothing but shills pandering to 12-year-old girls and brain-dead listeners to Top 40? Sure, I could say that about the Spice Girls, but at th...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Static

    Belated grief... At first, I was content to let the death of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence -- who was found hanging nude from the doorway of a hotel suite in his native Australia on November 22 -- pass without so much as a mention. As the tabloi...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Career Girls

    You'd think that because they have the same come-hither pose, the same brashly aggressive appeal and -- when it comes right down to it -- the same act, hip-hop bad girl Lil' Kim and her Def Jam mirror image Foxy Brown would be at each other's throats...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Hail to the '80s - A rash of new compilations makes a case for the Me Decade's place in rock history

    Brace yourself. It's coming. Nostalgia for the '80s, that is. And it's barreling full-speed toward music consumers, disco balls bobbing in its wake. I should know, after all. Statistics show that my thirtysomething demographic is the one expending al...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Hip to Be Square - Quality, not fashion, drives the legacy of Simon and Garfunkel

    Alas, poor Simon and Garfunkel. At a time in music when it was more important to be hip than to be good (sound familiar, kids?), they were so collegiate, so pop that they could never really be cool. True, that didn't much affect their sales (Simon an...

    by Rob Patterson on December 4, 1997
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    Static

    Welcome to the jungle... What in the hell am I doing here? Surely, that question must have entered Carl Stephenson's mind on a few occasions back in the late '80s, as he pondered his strange situation. At the time, Stephenson -- a sensitive young red...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 4, 1997
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    Fight Songs

    It would be easy enough to dismiss Chumbawamba as nothing more than a dance-floor novelty. With a name that borders on the unpronounceable -- and whose meaning is purposefully indecipherable -- the coed British octet has recently made itself conspicu...

    by David Simutis on December 4, 1997
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    Rotation

    G. Love and Special Sauce Yeah, It's That Easy OKeh/Epic Ever since the Hooters blew their major-label wad in one commercialized fell swoop back in 1985, being dubbed Philadelphia's next Great White Hope has been nothing less than the kiss ...

    by Seth Hurwitz on December 4, 1997
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    Back in Touch? - Former arena stars Hall and Oates scale down without incident -- mostly

    It would be easy to imagine that Daryl Hall and John Oates are struggling with the precipitous dip in popularity the duo has experienced over the last decade. Once a top-selling pop act, Hall and Oates no longer dominate the charts, and touring takes...

    by Alan Sculley on December 4, 1997
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    A Buck's Worth - Is ska-punk spent? Not if you believe San Diego's Buck-O-Nine.

    At a time when the life span of musical trends has shrunk to almost nothing, ska-punk's time may be running out. If the pattern continues, the extended party that is ska-punk could soon find itself facing a lot of revelers looking for a bash elsewher...

    by Bob Ruggiero on November 27, 1997
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    Lab Work

    The typical Stereolab tune goes something like this: two chords, a tick-a tick-a metronomic beat, a couple of buzzing analog synths and Laetitia Sadier's voice delivering a sugary melody in an often indecipherable mix of French and English. It's an i...

    by Alan Sculley on November 27, 1997
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    Holiday Gestures

    The Grinch hated Christmas, we were told by Dr. Seuss, because of "all the noise, noise, noise." But in the beginning, at least, Christmas day can actually be extremely quiet. It's become something of a Christmas-morning ritual of mine to drive throu...

    by David Cantwell on November 27, 1997
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