Weekly Wire

Volume II, Issue 52
June 21 - June 28, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Going for Broke [2]
How independent record label Watermelon Records became a federal case.
— Andy Langer, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Caught in the Middle [3]
Country music starts to cross over--again.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Summer Tunes [4]
The ultimate mixed tape for those crazy, lazy days.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Boys, Boys, Boys [5]
Pop in the '90s is all about boys.
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Girls, Girls, Girls [6]
Girl pop focuses on high school fantasies, suburban fantasies, and, ultimately, escape fantasies.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Singled Out [7]
New 12-inch singles from 2Mex, Genius, and Brandy define the face of hip-hop.
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Artist Profiles
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Traveling Home [8]
Marty Stuart gets back to his roots with a tale of love and loss.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Cobb Nobbing [9]
Cobb's playing is still as precise and inventive as ever.
— Dave Irwin, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Of Six Strings And Six-Guns [10]
Singer-songwriter Tom Russell takes on his family history—folklore, skeletons and all—in his latest album, "The Man from God Knows Where."
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Album Reviews
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The War [11]
Two Alex Chilton reissues uncover the dangers of dredging up the forgotten past.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

W atermelon Records looked to be the prototypical small indie. It now appears Watermelon's future may be tied up in the politics of bankruptcy.

Nashville's best hope at maintaining, or regaining, the attention it had in the mid-'90s is to provide the kind of music not found elsewhere: songs with heart and depth, song thats connect with people.

Do you have a soundtrack for summer? The Memphis Flyer suggests some vacation songs for the teenager in us all and some for the grown-up we've become who doesn't get summer vacations anymore.

Plus, boy pop and girl pop, evolving hip-hop, profiles of Marty Stuart, Jimmy Cobb, and Tom Russell, Alex Chilton re-issues, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [12]

  • Cibo Matto
  • Randy Newman
  • Ministry
  • Ma$e
  • Cheap Trick
  • Moviola
  • No Boundaries
  • Hot Rods and Custom Classics
 
Turn Up That Noise! [13]
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Medeski Martin and Wood
 
Rhythm and Views [14]
  • Gaza Strippers
  • Fugazi
  • The Rolling Stones
 
Tiny Tunes [15]
  • The Pet Peeves
  • Fatso
  • Ottmar Liebert
 
Now What? [16]
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
 

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