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Volume II, Issue 7
August 10 - August 17, 1998  
 
Music
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Ro's Row [2]
The fact that an entire book can be written on one label in a business known for its shady dealing says a lot about just how wrong things were at Death Row Records.
— Tom Danehy, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Teen Beat [3]
Monica and Brandy, two of the fiercest black teenage girls ever to make viable careers out of being black teenage girls are busy owning the pop cultural moment.
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Album Reviews
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Boys to Men [4]
Ben Taylor sez hello to the new Beasties.
— Ben Taylor, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
The Mother Lode [5]
Understated bluntness is one Liz Phair's songwriterly gifts -- as effective now as it was when she was delivering lines like "That way we can fuck and watch TV" in '94.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
A New Stage [6]
Michael McCall gets Emmylou Harris talking about her superb new live album.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Hoodoo Men [7]
Delmark has reissued stunning debuts by the legendary Junior Wells and Jimmy Dawkins.
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
When Two Arts Collide [8]
Lanterna Brings Music to Photography and Vice Versa.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Artist Profiles
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Master Blaster [9]
Buddy Guy, one of the most influential guitarists in rock and blues, discusses his past and the future.
— Brian Blair, FW WEEKLY
 
Piano Forte [10]
Talking to jazz pianist Beegie Adair.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Rockabilly Filly [11]
Rosie Flores bridges the orginal rockers with today's neo-traditionalists.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Big Boobs [12]
Dallas band Stink!#Bug tosses it all in a blender; the results aren't quite palatable, though.
— Brian Blair, FW WEEKLY
 

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:

U rban seems to be this week's keyword here in Music. From Tucson Weekly's Tom Danehy, there's a review of "Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records," by Ronin Ro. Ro's book details the sleazy life and death of a rap label and the story behind Death Row's head, Marion "Suge" Knight. Knight's behind bars now and is probably best known for being the unharmed companion with Tupac Shakur the night the rapper was gunned down. Danehy calls Ro's work an "insightful look into the rap phenomenon."

Next, check out the two black teen female phenoms in a profile entitled, "Teen Beat." Both Monica and Brandy are media sensations who seem to be everywhere--that is: radio, MTV, and print. These are the reigning princesses of urban R&B. Get hip to them here.

The Beasty Boys are back after four years with "Hello Nasty." We should say back with an unholy vengence--the CD's opening week sales lead all other pop acts' releases this year. Nashville Scene's Ben Taylor profiles the Beasties.

There's also scads of reviews and a load of live show reports. Yeah!


Mini Reviews
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Tiny Tunes [14]

  • Mitchell Froom
  • Various Artists "Boss Soul"

Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [15]
  • Mitchell Froom
  • "There's Something About Mary" soundtrack
  • Bill Fox
  • Monster Magnet
  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
  • Love and Rockets
  • Pat Martino
  • Ben Neill

Rhythm & Views [16]
  • Tarwater
  • Question Mark and the Mysterians
  • Beastie Boys

Turn Up That Noise! [17]
  • Genesis
  • King Crimson

Live Report
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Live Shots [13]
Reviews of Laurel Aitken & the NY Ska-Jazz Ensemble at Liberty Lunch, Lucinda Williams at Antone's, the Lilith Fair, Yes and the Alan Parsons Project; and the WOMAD USA festival in Redmond, WA.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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