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Limbering Up
Drummer Cindy Blackman leads the double life of touring with Lenny Kravitz's rock band and fronting her own jazz quartet. [02-21-00]
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Grammy Girl
Nominated for a "Best New Artist" Grammy, blues singer and guitarist Susan Tedeschi is a long-shot hope against the multi-platinum likes of Britney Spears and Macy Gray. [02-21-00]
— Linda Laban, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Best Westerns
Scud Mountaineer Joe Pernice delivers a gentler version of his melancholy in a new side-project, and the Lonesome Brothers dispense some back-porch wisdom on their new "Diesel Therapy." [02-21-00]
— Jonathan Perry, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Storyteller
On her new album "Telling Stories," Tracy Chapman delivers the same perfect earnestness about personal and political travails that made her popular two decades ago. [02-14-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Shades of Green
Over 20 years, frontman Green Gartside has overseen Scritti Politti's evolution from punk to hip-hop on their new "Anomie and Bohnomie." [02-14-00]
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Fuzz Boxers
Mudhoney, the best and worst band of the late-'80s/early-'90s, have re-emerged from a post-grunge layer of dust with the two-disc retrospective, "March to Fuzz." [02-14-00]
— Grant Alden, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Cross-Culture
The members of the Irani-Indian collaboration Ghazal hail from distinctly different cultural backgrounds, but their music succeeds because they love it. [02-14-00]
— Banning Eyre, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

On the Side
Tjinder Singh and Eric Bachmann represent a wave of musicians who have started new ventures while leaving their old sound, and fame, behind. [02-07-00]
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Old School
Thirty years after her first hit single, Tina Turner still sounds righteous and soulful on "Twenty Four Seven." [02-07-00]
— Michael Freedberg, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Dynamic Duo
Prince Paul and "The Automator" are the antithesis of today's hot-shot hip-hop producers: they want their music to have a long-term impact. [02-07-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Uneasy Listening
Sound-art duo Ultra-Red's latest project is a terrifying document of LA urban renewal and the redevelopment of Latino neighborhoods. [01-31-00]
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Tropical Punch
Today calypso is a carefree island sound, but in the '40s and '50s it was progressive political music that gave a voice Africa's anti-imperialists. [01-31-00]
— Norman Weinstein, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Neil Before Me
Neil Diamond concerts are treated by music writers as a welcome chance to tee off, but he still remains the top-grossing solo performer of the '90s. [01-31-00]
— Andrew Weiner, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hit Charades
Looking back on '99 through the lens of recent pop compilations, future historians will have little choice but to conclude that it was a ghastly year for songwriting. [01-31-00]
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hall-of-Fame Hitter
Drummer Earl Palmer, an inductee as well as an outspoken critic of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, remembers the turbulent '50s and '60s in Los Angeles. [01-31-00]
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

When Dave met Mary
Over the past decade, 36-year-old trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dave Douglas has been coming on like a quiet storm that's gradually built into a roar. [01-24-00]
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rap Royalty
Will Smith, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z display traits of royalty -- they're all arrogant, indulgent, and ironic. [01-24-00]
— Jon Caramanica, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Dollar Signs
Goodie Mob make music to make money, and make music about making money. [01-24-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Beat Poetry
New releases by drummer Gerry Hemingway confirm his role in defining new music in the '80s and '90s. [01-24-00]
— Ed Hazell, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Gangster Raps
HBO's "The Sopranos" is a hit not only because of its sharp content, but because of its impeccable new and classic rock soundtrack. [01-10-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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