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    Breaking Through to the Mainstream

    It's always a bittersweet day for music fans when their cult favorite finally breaks through to the mainstream. On one hand, there's happiness that the performer you may have championed to deaf ears for years is now garnering the attention you always...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 3, 1998
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    Motley Fools

    Motley Crue are certainly a band who are living up to the idea of rock and roll excesses, and then some. Drinking, debauchery and trashing hotel rooms is one thing, but insulting and assaulting people is another. The band publicly belittled the femal...

    by Rob Patterson on December 3, 1998
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    Goat Man - Andy Rosen, a.k.a. Goat, has a hit

    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 movies or professional sports. In this case, we're referring to the musician whose upbeat and catchy od...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 3, 1998
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    Once More With Feeling

    Lyle Lovett -- He's the favorite country musician for people who don't like country music and a Nashville iconoclast who consistently makes intriguing records boldly mixing gospel, jazz and blues with his steel-guitar twang. And he is assuredly the m...

    by Seth Hurwitz on November 26, 1998
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    Rotation

    Grooverider Mysteries of Funk Higher Ground/Columbia It has been said that if there is one person we can thank (or, for some, punch in the eye) for that electronica phenomenon known to the kiddies as drum 'n' bass, the popular vote leans to...

    by Melissa Blazek on November 26, 1998
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    Jazzed Up

    To see how much power media Goliaths wield in the entertainment arena., you need to look no further than the recording industry. The $12 billion dollar record industry is dominated by a mere six players -- Time-Warner, Sony, BMG/RCA, EMI/Capitol, Pol...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on November 26, 1998
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    32 Jazz: Where To Start

    There are too many albums in the 32 Jazz catalog to pick out a complete "best of" list, but these dozen records are good starting points. Eddie Harris: Greater Than The Sum Of His Parts -- Double CD consisting of four Altantic albums released in...

    on November 26, 1998
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    And Then There Were Two

    Let's say a music correspondent is doing an article on the Houston rap icons, the Geto Boys, to coincide with the release of their eighth album, Da Good, Da Bad, Da Ugly. This correspondent interviews two members of said group, William "Willie D" Den...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 26, 1998
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    Tired and on a Farewell Tour?

    Bearing the cross of "Next Big Thing" since their 1993 debut, Icky Mettle, Chapel Hill, N.C.'s Archers of Loaf have never been able to put it down. Given the timing of their admission into the world and their specific geography, it was assumed by man...

    by Liz Belile on November 19, 1998
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    Rotation

    Medeski, Martin and Wood Combustication Blue Note The keyboard, bass and drums trio of Medeski, Martin and Wood have been a favorite on the college jazz circuit for a few years. Blending elements of avant-garde jazz, soul-jazz, rock and fun...

    by Bob Ruggiero on November 19, 1998
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    Talk About Speedy Delivery

    Anytime a new technology can cause a lawsuit to prevent its being marketed and sold, it raises hopes that something really cool or revolutionary is on the way. With the evolving music format, MP3, and more specifically portable MP3 players, it may be...

    by David Simutis on November 19, 1998
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    Kontroversy - Korn ignores critics of its heavy metal attitude

    Only in America could a band like Korn simultaneously be so adored and scorned. Borrowing from a myriad of musical styles and cultures, the Bakersfield, California rap-metal-funk-alternative quintet adopts hip-hop fashion, surfer-dude attitude and he...

    by David Simutis on November 19, 1998
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    Feeling at Ease

    Kellye Gray is cool. Not Miles Davis cool, though certainly she has some elements of that. It's more like your best friend kind of cool. The kind of cool that makes you feel at ease. You want to shoot the breeze with her because she's engaging, and y...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on November 19, 1998
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    Gergiev the Great - Kirov kicks in masterfully for a tardy maestro

    Latecomers to Thursday's Kirov Orchestra performance at Jones Hall didn't have to suffer through the first half of the concert waiting outside to be seated after the intermission. The 8 p.m. start came and went while the concert crowd continued to sw...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on November 19, 1998
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    Magic Flutes - Dutch group makes music the old-fashioned way

    Around 330 B.C., Aristotle wrote in his Politics: "The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effect: It is too exciting." Better remembered but more widely disputed are Mozart's sentiments about the ancient instrument. In a letter to his f...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on November 12, 1998
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    The Good Fight

    Someone has to take the blame for the swing revival's cigar-chomping, martini-swilling madness and rampant retro-fashion sense. And right now, Royal Crown Revue is happy to shoulder the brunt of it. "We pretty much take responsibility for doing ...

    by David Simutis on November 12, 1998
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    Into the Groovy - Raving about Simon Reynolds's techno-historical treatment, Generation Ecstasy

    Let me begin by stating that I have seen Simon Reynolds do the methylenedioxymethamphetamine boogie. Moreover, I have, on occasion, shared water bottles with him. This seems important to note for two reasons. One is to reveal that books are sometimes...

    by Will Hermes on November 12, 1998
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    Rotation

    Alanis Morissette Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie Maverick/Reprise When all was said and done, Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill snagged four Grammys, sold a staggering 28 million copies worldwide, spawned five multi-format hit sing...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on November 12, 1998
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    Children of the Korn

    Korn's 1998 harvest is more bountiful than anyone could have expected, and younger metal/punk/rap hybrid acts like the Deftones are reaping the benefits. Not that the Sacramento quartet hasn't been working hard on its own account. Road stints with Ba...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 5, 1998
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    Rotation

    DJ Spooky Riddim Warfare Outpost/Geffen Remember the episode of Friends where Ross thinks he can make it as a musician? The one where he dusts off the old keyboard he got as a teen, makes a bunch of nasty, incoherent sounds and labels ...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 5, 1998
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