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Volume III, Issue 36
February 28 - March 6, 2000  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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New, Improved [2]
So the country music biz is in a slump; here are some artists who just might pull it out.
— Beverly Keel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Artist Profiles
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Steel Willed [3]
Unassuming Alan Jackson has emerged as the standard-bearer for modern-day fiddle-and-steel country music.
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
More a Man Than a Legend [4]
Observing as the golden-throated Flatlander becomes a record-label executive.
— Jim Caligiuri, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Gradual Glory [5]
With a new album and recent press coverage in "Time" and the "New York Times Magazine," Yo La Tengo's status as pop music's best-kept secret may soon be a thing of the past.
— Franklin Bruno, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Rising Son [6]
Femi Kuti's "Shoki Shoki," the most anticipated Afro-pop debut in years, is proof that the son of musical pioneer Fela Kuti has earned success in his own right.
— Kelefa Sanneh, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
The Burden of Spoof [7]
Weird Al Yankovic dares to be stupid.
— Curtis McCrary, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Album Reviews
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Pleasure Principles [8]
"The Best Best of Fela Kuti" highlights the career of the insurrectionist Nigerian pop star who invented Afrobeat.
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

H ere's a look at seven country music artists whose music deserves to be heard and who just might be country's best chance at maintaining both its credibility and its popularity.

Alan Jackson has had some things to say recently about the state of country, and his statements are establishing him as the torch-bearing traditionalist of his generation.

Who has enough "edge" to record a version of Peter and the Wolf with transsexual Moog heroine Wendy Carlos? Nobody but Weird Al Yankovic, that's who.

Also, Jimmie Dale Gilmore starts his own label, the slow but steady triump of Yo La Tengo, the best of Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [9]

  • Lambchop
  • Juvenile
  • Skull Kontrol
  • Violent Femmes
  • Ghostface Killah
  • Rick Rizzo and Tara Key
  • Neko Case and Her Boyfriends
  • Apollo Four Forty
Turn Up That Noise [10]
  • Sunnyland Slim
  • Little Arthur Duncan
  • Lurrie Bell
Now What? [11]
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.
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