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    Weighty Rap Power

    Mia X -- Salt-n-Pepa tanked big-time with their last album. Queen Latifah and MC Lyte are barely registering on the hype-o-meter with theirs. You know the state of female rap is in trouble when the soon-to-be-released new album from ghetto nymphet Fo...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on December 17, 1998
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    Commercial Potential

    Someone left the door open, and Butch, bassist Steve Wesson's pug, whose eyes look the size of half-dollars, is missing. He's cruising around somewhere in the southeast Houston neighborhood where Wesson's band practices -- small houses lining the dar...

    by Seth Hurwitz on December 10, 1998
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    The Master Interpreter

    Frank Sinatra once called him the best singer alive. After being asked about that quote for probably the millionth time, Tony Bennett quipped, "What does he know?" Well, in this case, the Chairman of the Board knew a lot. Dubbed Tony Bennett by Bob H...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 10, 1998
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    Portishead PNYC London On PNYC, Bristol, England's Portishead indulges itself and its film interest; this is the soundtrack to a concert film recorded and filmed at New York's Roseland Ballroom (except two tracks, recorded elsewhere). The i...

    by Melanie Haupt on December 10, 1998
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    Outsiders with Stamina

    "God Save The Kinks!" That was the rallying cry for years among diehard fans of the seminal British Invasion band that has hovered somewhere between the musical mainstream and the margins for some 35 years. It would make a perfect title for a boxed s...

    by Rob Patterson on December 10, 1998
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    Jazz Piano Times Two

    When young lions Jacky Terrasson and Danilo Perez take the stage Friday for an evening of piano duets, they have a formidable task ahead. Piano duets are a big challenge to jazz musicians. While Marian McPartland regularly accepts that challenge with...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on December 3, 1998
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    Jewel Spirit Atlantic Reigning pop stars Jewel Kilcher and Alanis Morissette have a lot in common -- both artists' last albums kicked serious commercial ass; both broke ground in making mainstream radio safe for women in the mid '90s; and b...

    by j. poet on December 3, 1998
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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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    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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    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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