Weekly Wire

July 21 - July 28, 1997


New Wave Schtick of the '90s
The revival of that Eighties sound -- just another band with keyboards. [2]
Ken Lieck

Flashback, Cash Back
There's still money to be made off of the Reagan years. [3]
Andy Langer

Dark Side of the Rainbow
Here's your chance to listen to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" while watching "The Wizard of Oz." We know you've been dying to. [4]
Bill Frost

Solar Power
K-Taos Solar Music Festival; The Greater World; June 21-22. [5]
Julie Birnbaum

Essence Festival III: Something for All
Coverage of New Orleans local music scene. [6]
Geraldine Wyckoff

Goodwill to All Men
The Delevantes make honest, sincere country music that stands apart from Music Row fodder. [7]
Michael McCall

Stringing Along
A trip to Sewanee to hear the Jacques Thibaud Trio. [8]
Larry Adams

The Truth About Shoebomb:
Hangin' with the fresh faces of Shoebomb, one of Tucson's most popular new bands. [9]
Lisa Weeks

Thorazine with Rollover 45 and Chinese Love Beads, & Hovercraft with Caustic Resin. [10]
Michael Henningsen

Rhythm and News
New Orleans music news and reviews. [11]

Austin: Hovercraft are coming to Emo's. [12]
Raoul Hernandez

Rhythm & Views
Arto Lindsay times two, and Los Infernos. [13]

Tiny Tunes
Two soulless albums to stay away from. [14]
Michael Henningsen

Final Bow
Honoring Doc Cheatham, the Nashville-born trumpeter who went on to play with the greats of the jazz world and to make his own music too. [15]
Michael McCall

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [16]

I don't care what anyone else says, the '80s were a great decade for music. When the so-called alternative bands of the '90s rejected anything synthetic in favor of pure guitar, bass, and drums, they backlashed themselves into a corner, and the stylistic parameters that marked a band as "cool" quickly became boring. Fortunately, that's all changing. If you listen to alternative songs on the radio nowadays, you'll notice production values creeping back up, more avant-garde sounds sneaking into the mix, and the influence of electronic music renewing its foothold. Can a return to the playfulness of the '80s be far behind?

If this article is any indication, a true '80s revival is already on the way. Tongue-in-cheek bands like the Prima Donnas are milking New Wave pretension to create a crowd-pleasing '80s version of Spinal Tap, while more sincere bands are bringing back the nerdy verve of acts like Devo. Meanwhile, more dance clubs are discovering increased profits and audience participation during '80s theme nights, where hipsters who previously wouldn't be caught dead doing the "Safety Dance" now happily bop along in the name of nostalgic kitsch. Click here for an in-depth report.

Speaking of embracing artifacts from our cultural past, you've probably already heard about how well Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album synchs up with The Wizard of Oz. But it's unlikely you've tried the trippy combo, which is why I recommend reading this article to discover the amusing details. The story even seems to answer the question, "What freak discovered this phenomenon?" ...And if you're feeling festive, you might want to read about two big festivals in New Mexico and New Orleans -- the former celebrating solar power, the latter celebrating the Gospel. Why do the two remind me of the science/religion dichotomy in Contact?

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From The Vaults

Jingles with Hair
Heard familiar voices in advertisements lately? It's no accident...how and why some local musicians are popping up in the most unlikely places. [06-20-97]
Andy Langer

Tiny Tunes
Poster Children and Anchorman. [06-06-97]
Michael Henningsen

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