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Volume IV, Issue 9
August 21 - August 28, 2000  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Caliente or Crapola? [2]
Rock en Español hits the states with the Watcha Tour, but can it transcend the linguistic barrier to reach a mainstream audience?
— Elijah Wald, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Artist Profiles
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Someday Still Wants More [3]
Austin singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa is back with a shorter, spunkier 'do after a four-year absence.
— Belinda Acosta, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Total Entertainment Package [4]
Rockin' out with Austin's Latin-metal crossover darlings.
— Andy Langer, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
More than Zero [5]
Heavy band Nothingface seek trail-blazer status.
— Pat Mitchell, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Album Reviews
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River of Song [6]
Billy Bragg and Wilco bring the unreleased works of Woody Guthrie to life with "Mermaid Avenue Vol. II."
— Bill Kisliuk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Bum-rushing Sophocles [7]
Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers" is the feel-conflicted hit of the summer.
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Now What? [11]
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.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T he most popular Rock en Español bands provide decent rock for Spanish speakers but have nothing special to offer Anglos. This should apply in reverse, too. English-language rock has more than its share of mediocrities, so why should it dominate airwaves around the world?

There have been some cosmetic changes and some cosmic changes for Tish Hinojosa in the four years since her last album was released. "Sign of Truth" is just one sign that she's a woman in the process of shedding a familiar chrysalis to make ready for a new one to emerge.

Billy Bragg and Wilco have just released a second set of Woody Guthrie songs that had never been heard before, and the second volume from "Mermaid Avenue" is rougher, tougher, and generally superior to the first.

Plus, Vallejo, Nothingface, Eminem, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [8]

  • Nava
  • Kenny Roby
  • Dolly Varden
  • Big Muff
  • Mephisto Odyssey
  • The Posies

Turn Up That Noise [9]
  • Porter Wagoner
  • Echolyn

Rhythm and Views [10]
  • The Who
  • Green Velvet

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