Weekly Wire

Volume III, Issue 46
May 8 - May 15, 2000  
Music

Featured Articles
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No Purchase Necessary [2]
Does Napster, the MP3-sharing software program that has spawned several lawsuits and been banned at universities across the nation, mean the end of music as we know it?
— Erica C. Barnett, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Boys' Clubs [3]
Pretty-boy pop has replaced guitar rock as a genre guaranteed to break sales records. But that isn't as surprising as the fact that no one cares.
— Sean Richardson, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
How Swede It Is [4]
ABBA's inventor and the mastermind behind the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync are collaborating on a new kiddie-pop venture -- a Sweedish combo called A*Teens.
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Artist Profiles
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Where the Shadows Are Deepest [5]
The search for, and subsequent conversation with, country singer James Hand.
— Christopher Gray, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Oh, Susanna! [6]
Drinks at Donn's Depot with Austin country music diva Susanna Van Tassel.
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Memphis Music Special
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On Display [14]
The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum gets it right.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
The Little Chill [15]
Why are young people listening to their parents' music?
— Stephen Grimstead, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Kids Got the Blues [16]
Inside Memphis' Kids 'N Blues program.
— Tanuja Surpuriya, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Me Myself [17]
After a record deal gone bad, local rap sensation Lois Lane is ready to give it another shot.
— Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
On the Trail of Justin Timberlake [18]
A writer tries to track down the boy band icon.
— Ashley Fantz, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
"Something's Got to Happen" [19]
Rockabilly pioneer Eddie Bond tells it like it used-to-was, and how it ought to be.
— Chris Davis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Making Tracks [20]
Does rapper Miscellaneous have what it takes to be more than just miscellaneous?
— Ashley Fantz, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Now What? [21]
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:

W e expand our music section this week with some help from the Memphis Flyer's annual music issue, looking at the city's Rock and Soul Museum, checking out a blues program for kids, rapping with Lois Lane, and more.

Napster, a file-sharing software program that allows users to swap MP3 music files from computer to computer, is in the spotlight, and once again, copyright experts and artists themselves are deeply divided on the legality and the implications of the software.

The notoriously cranky and often elitist rock press establishment has begun to take pretty-boy pop seriously. And what would you get if you crossed ABBA and 'N Sync? How about the A*Teens?

Also, in search of James Hand, chatting with Susanna Van Tassel, Randy Newman's latest, Warren Zevon's take on I-10, and more.


Album Reviews
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Bad to the Bone [7]
Randy Newman's latest album reveals his characteristics and his characters.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
10 Spots [8]
Warren Zevon's new "I-10 Chronicles" captures the quiet loneliness of driving in LA.
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Lasting Echoes [9]
Marah surveys the city on sophomore disc; Brit-poppers Travis find a sound that works.
— Noel Murray, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Inside and Outside [10]
Two saxophonists explore boundaries of jazz, but in different ways.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
X-Ray Visions [11]
Supergrass get serious with a classier sound and an American label.
— Linda Laban, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [12]

  • Neil Young
  • Take Me Home: A Tribute to John Denver
  • Gary Lucas
  • Cypress Hill
  • Big Pun
  • "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samuri" soundtrack,
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Sasha

Turn Up That Noise [13]
  • Small Faces
  • Evan Parker
  • Greg Osby

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