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  • A Bloody Tale of Gothic Proportions - Perfect decadence: Wicked Screaming Squirts

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    A Bloody Tale of Gothic Proportions - Perfect decadence: Wicked Screaming Squirts

    When you walk through the front doors of Fort Lauderdale's Culture Room on Halloween night, you quickly realize that fans of local goth-rock act the Wicked Screaming Squirts take this holiday quite seriously. The first person you see is a topless gir...

    by Lee Anderson on November 11, 1999
  • Short Cuts - The Clash, The Isley Brothers

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    Short Cuts - The Clash, The Isley Brothers

    The Clash From Here to Eternity: The Clash Live (Epic) The Clash was as unlikely a band of influences and successes as were the Beatles just 15 years before them, two quartets of scruffy iconoclasts who changed the music world forever. While ...

    by Bruce Britt on November 11, 1999
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    Calibrations - John Lundin's Goth-umentary

    With great reluctance Hollywood resident John Lundin removed himself from the goth music scene nearly a dozen years ago. He was 33 years old at the time and growing a bit long in the tooth to be hanging out with a crowd of death-worshiping dilettante...

    by David Pulizzi on November 11, 1999
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    Heeeere, Kitty, Kitty - Vocalist/guitarist/bassist Scott Lucas is Local H

    Scott Lucas sounds ironically sad as he sings "Lucky," slowly playing the circular, tremolo-warbled guitar wash of the folksy, 45-second ditty and uttering plaintively: "Pack up the cats and move to the city/Leave the jocks and their bars behind/ I ...

    by John Ferri on November 4, 1999
  • Short Cuts - Heather Duby, Shivaree

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    Short Cuts - Heather Duby, Shivaree

    Heather Duby Post to Wire (Sub Pop) Singer Heather Duby has one of those haunting, ethereal voices that makes everything she sings just a little bit melodramatic. On Post to Wire, Duby's debut longplayer, love and loss are frequent topics. Th...

    by Steve Almond on November 4, 1999
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    Calibrations - Lovin' a lounge singer

    Well, the Calibrator has gone and done it now. He's fallen wildly in love with the married, 47-year-old lounge singer at the Grill Room in the Riverside Hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Surely the news will hit Mrs. Calibrator like a ton of falling...

    by David Pulizzi on November 4, 1999
  • So You Want to be a  Rock 'n' Roll Star  --  Again? - Flat out Super TransAtlantic

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    So You Want to be a Rock 'n' Roll Star -- Again? - Flat out Super TransAtlantic

    Just when Jason Bieler thought he had it made, the bottom dropped out from underneath him. In the spring of 1998, Bieler's band, Flat, had been signed to MCA Records, and its new album was complete and ready for release. But before the champagne was ...

    by Robbie Gennet on October 28, 1999
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    Short Cuts - Caf Tacuba: Reves/Yosoy (WEA International)

    The Mexico City quartet Caf Tacuba has long played the enfant terrible of the rock en espaol movement. On three previous albums the group combined elements of traditional Mexican folk with an edgy pop sensibility and hip-hop production. With the do...

    by Steve Almond on October 28, 1999
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    Short Cuts - Filter: Title of Record (Reprise)

    Like most contemporary rock composers, Filter singer-songwriter Richard Patrick only has one good song in him. In Patrick's particular case, that song would be "Hey Man, Nice Shot," the earthshaking single featured on Filter's 1995 debut album, Short...

    by Bruce Britt on October 28, 1999
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    Calibrations - Local cover girl Una Thompson

    Dearest Mrs. C., Well, darlin', your wily old man has now been in South Florida for nearly 11 weeks. Things are going reasonably well, but I sure do miss the kitties. Please give each a big tongue-kiss for me, will ya? Gracias. As you know, of co...

    by David Pulizzi on October 28, 1999
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    Church of the Poisoned Mind - Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, hillbilly king

    The Rev. Billy C. Wirtz is feeling great this afternoon as he chats by phone from his hotel room at the Baymont Inn in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is the best, in fact, he's felt in two weeks. "You gotta understand," he explains, "for the past three ...

    by David Pulizzi on October 21, 1999
  • Short Cuts - East River Pipe, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Wilson Pickett

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    Short Cuts - East River Pipe, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Wilson Pickett

    The Dixie Hummingbirds Music in the Air (House of Blues) This disc is being billed as an "all star tribute" to the Dixie Hummingbirds. There's no doubt that the Hummingbirds -- inarguably the most influential gospel group of this century ...

    by John Floyd on October 21, 1999
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    Calibrations

    Another damp day in South Florida. The Calibrator cruises slowly down Dade Avenue on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, searching for the Student Housing Services Building. Two students happen by. "Excuse me," the Calibrator say...

    by David Pulizzi on October 21, 1999
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    Welcome to the Comfort Zone - Nick Funk pushes all the right buttons

    For the past 15 years, record producer Nick Funk has been on a self-imposed mission to document the creative talent of some of South Florida's best jazz musicians. He has done well, having recorded such locally based luminaries as multi-instrumentali...

    by Michael Mattox on October 14, 1999
  • Short Cuts - Marshall Crenshaw, Tori Thornton

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    Short Cuts - Marshall Crenshaw, Tori Thornton

    Marshall Crenshaw #447 (Razor & Tie) For the past 17 years, Marshall Crenshaw has managed to turn his personal obsession with Buddy Holly into a moderately successful, pop-music cottage industry. Since his impressive 1982 eponymous debut, C...

    by Michael Mattox on October 14, 1999
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    Calibrations - Rampant social enlightenment (honest)

    In sharp contrast to the cynical pack of corruption mongers that constitutes the overpaid writing staff here at New Times, the Calibrator steadfastly maintains that it is Fort Lauderdale's open, culturally progressive attitude -- not wolfish develo...

    by David Pulizzi on October 14, 1999
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    Doo-wop Fantstico - Los Zafiros: The Drifters of Cuban music

    Because of the addlepated notion that rock 'n' roll is merely the music of rebellion and outrage, the delirious, romantic charms of doo-wop have gone virtually unnoticed among most critics and hipster elites. The music produced countless hits during ...

    by John Floyd on October 7, 1999
  • Short Cuts - Lou Bega, Iggy Pop

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    Short Cuts - Lou Bega, Iggy Pop

    Lou Bega A Little Bit of Mambo (Unicade/RCA) Mambo has always been a mongrelized genre -- a kind of catchall style that incorporates aspects of son, salsa, and danzn -- the primary goal of which is to get bodies onto the dance floor. Bu...

    by Steve Almond on October 7, 1999
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    Calibrations - Alligator Alley

    Alligator Alley is precisely the sort of cavernous, musician-friendly establishment that "Bonefish" John Stacey and Carl "Kilmo" Pacillo had dreamed of opening practically since the night they met at the Ancient Mariner Restaurant 17 years ago. Their...

    by David Pulizzi on October 7, 1999
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    Where Two Worlds Collide - Keith Brown: One pretty bluesman

    Keith Brown is in the midst of his second set on a recent Wednesday night at the BamBoo Room in Lake Worth. Perhaps two dozen people are scattered nearby on chairs, sofas, and stools or standing attentively in the back of the room near the bar and bi...

    by David Pulizzi on September 30, 1999
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