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Volume IV, Issue 6
July 31 - August 7, 2000  
Music

Artist Profiles
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Young Man's Blues [4]
Alvin Youngblood Hart may just be the best blues artist you've never heard of.
— John Floyd, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Connections [5]
The connection between American Pop and African Folk music through Ali Farka Toure's music.
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Awry Sense Of Humor [6]
Barbara Manning and the Giant Pantsworms? Just what the hell is going on?
— Mari Wadsworth, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Barrel Chested Again [7]
Chewing the fat with Brent Best of Denton tub-thumpers Slobberbone.
— Jerry Renshaw, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Five Pack [8]
Making sense out of country-groove merry prankster quintet Li'l Cap'n Travis.
— Michael Bertin, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
More Than This [9]
After much time as a frontman and a sideman, singer-songwriter-guitarist Will Kimbrough releases solo disc.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Mr. Mustelid [10]
There are two characters who go by the name weasel in the Chicago area: Ben Weasel, lead figure in Screeching Weasel, a punkrocklike band, and Weasel Walter, Ben's polar opposite.
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Album Reviews
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Uncovered [11]
There have been other Cure tribute albums, but Pink Pig isn't a nod to the peaks of a fondly remembered old favorite -- it's a deep bow to personal heroes and their entire career.
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Poetry Slams [12]
Flamenco singer Vicente Pradal turns the death of a bullfighter into a transcendent song.
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

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
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

A s the third millennium A.D. dawns, the dominant force in pop culture comes "straight out the trailer." And it shows no signs of subsiding. It's impossible to turn on the TV or radio without encountering this lowbrow chic.

Alvin Youngblood Hart's new album is a distillation of everything he has absorbed over the last two decades, containing both his finest singing and a set of original songs that capture "the never-ending struggle against ignorance in our beautiful America."

Ali Farka Toure's music is another reminder of how the collision of European folk music and the sounds of Africa as they were funneled through the South produced a permanent shift in American popular music.

Plus, showing off Memphis music, surviving musical adversity, and more.


Featured Articles
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Straight Out the Trailer [2]
Examining the current overwhelming white trash influence in popular culture.
— Christopher Gray, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Termite Art [3]
Newly formed Makeshift Records hopes to shake the dust off Memphis music.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [13]

  • Étienne Charry
  • Departure Lounge
  • k.d. lang
  • Kottonmouth Kings
  • Sarah Dougher
  • Toni Braxton
  • Wendo Kolosoy
Turn Up That Noise [14]
  • Procol Harum
  • Peter Case
Rhythm and Views [15]
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra

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