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Volume II, Issue 44
April 26 - May 3, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Love Him Madly [2]
Duke Ellington turns 100 on April 29, and the coming year will afford endless opportunities to re-examine his uncontainable legacy.
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
The Virgin King [4]
After being blown out of the presidential position at Virgin Records by Hurricane Garth, Scott Hendricks is still a little press-shy.
— Beverly Keel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Would You Trust This Man With a Record Company? [5]
Steve Taylor, an unorthodox leader in Christian music, suddenly finds himself thrust upon the mainstream scene.
— Rob Simbeck, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Due Recognition [6]
A look back at Jesse Stone and Red Norvo.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Artist Profiles
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Mule Conversations [3]
Tom Waits talks about Mule Variations, his first album of new material since 1993.
— Jody Denberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Model Rockers [7]
"We've become the same kind of band everybody else is," jokes Ben Folds Five bassist Robert Sledge. "It just took us a little longer."
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Road Wearier [8]
Singer/songwriter Whitley thinks happiness is overrated.
— Dave Irwin, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Suburban Trees, Suburban Speed [9]
On not interviewing Jonathan Richman, the elusive bard of Boston.
— Jim Hanas, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Old Is New Again [10]
Ronnie Dawson dresses up the rock-and-roll of the '50s for audiences of the '90s.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Live Report
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Old Ways [13]
Neil Young wasn't taking any requests when he played the Opry House in Nashville.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 


Now What? [18]
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:

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Duke Ellington is upon us, and the celebration ensures that there will be plenty of opportunities to appreciate his vast legacy. Jon Garelick takes a look at some of the first re-releases of the master's material.

Tom Waits is another American original, and he's just put out Mule Variations, his first album of new material since 1993. We've got an interview and a review of the work.

Scott Hendricks is in a new job at Virgin Records Nashville, and Christian rocker Steve Taylor finds himself at the head of Squint Entertainment.

Then there are profiles of Ben Folds, Chris Whitley, Jonathan Richman, and Ronnie Dawson, and a live report of a Neil Young concert at Nashville's Opry House.


Album Reviews
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Mule Variations [11]
Mule Variations reviewed.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Unwritten Rules [12]
The habits of compositional structure are so ingrained in the San Francisco–based jazz trio What We Live that even on the tabula rasa of free improv they create order and beauty rather than chaos.
— Ed Hazell, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix [14]

  • The Cranberries
  • Owsley
  • June Carter Cash
  • Rosie Flores
  • Mountain Brothers
  • Prodigy
  • Kimball Collins
  • Mark Elf.
  Tucson Weekly [15]
  • Avengers
  • Music from the motion picture 'Go'
  • Living End.
 
Memphis Flyer [16]
  • Tommy Hoehn and Van Duren
  • The Iguanas
 
Weekly Alibi [17]
  • Slapp Happy
  • Pidgin
 

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