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Volume III, Issue 31
January 24 - January 31, 2000  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Rap Royalty [2]
Will Smith, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z display traits of royalty -- they're all arrogant, indulgent, and ironic.
— Jon Caramanica, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Artist Profiles
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Race for the Prize [3]
Interview with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne.
— Stewart Mason, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
When Dave met Mary [4]
Over the past decade, 36-year-old trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dave Douglas has been coming on like a quiet storm that's gradually built into a roar.
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Bass Invasion [5]
One of the early pioneers of the rockabilly lifestyle, Lee Rocker delivers the genuine article, with no trace of nostalgic imitation.
— Angela McCormick Owen, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
A Survivor's Tale [6]
Phil Lee's music revels in raucous tales of the trashy, rock 'n' roll life.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Album Reviews
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Beat Poetry [7]
New releases by drummer Gerry Hemingway confirm his role in defining new music in the '80s and '90s.
— Ed Hazell, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Dollar Signs [8]
Goodie Mob make music to make money, and make music about making money.
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Now What? [12]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

N early two years in the making, The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin" is a neo-psychedelic masterpiece, and guitarist Wayne Coyne discusses the production of the album and other musical issues of importance.

There may be other bandleaders as prolific as Dave Douglas, but few are as focused. He's produced a dozen albums as leader since 1993, with at least four regular working bands.

Writing songs like a cross between Hank Williams Jr. and Bob Dylan, and fronting a band that sounds like a redneck Rolling Stones, Phil Lee is already starting to reap critical acclaim from fans of country-flavored rock with a lot of backbeat and cranked-up, chunky guitar riffs.

Plus, a visit with three of rap's reigning kings, former Stray Cats bass player Lee Rocker, drummer Gerry Hemingway, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [9]

  • Southpacific
  • Drunk
  • Robbie Fulks
  • The Baby Namboos
  • Porter Ricks/Techno Animal
  • Jucifer
  • Strato Brado
  • McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster
Tiny Tunes [10]
  • Sonny
  • The Stone Roses
  • Kent
Rhythm and Views [11]
  • G.G. Allin
  • George Schuller and The Schulldogs

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