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    The Great Pretenders

    Propeller-shape ceiling fans whiz above tables, and mirrored etchings of fighter planes and combat choppers hang above the bar. A blue-and-white Piper stands guard by the back patio and a circa 1942 aviation tower crowns the building. But the candles...

    by Emma Trelles on May 6, 1999
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    Tom Waits Mule Variations (Epitaph) The evolutionary hat trick of Tom Waits' transformation from offbeat singer-songwriter to hipster beatnik poet to howlingly dark performance artist took a grueling couple of decades. In the process Waits ...

    by Dave Clifford on May 6, 1999
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    Ear Infection

    Headline from last week's Wednesday edition of the Sun-Sentinel: "Suspects described as 'Gothic' outcasts." Excerpt from same article, which was written by a Washington Post writer: "Students at the Colorado school said the two gunmen, whom [sic] pol...

    by Brendan Kelley on April 29, 1999
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    Welcome to the Jungle

    "G-R-R-A-A-A-R... and another R, actually." The Baboons' front woman/vocalist Majica is spelling her nickname for a bemused reporter in a Fort Lauderdale bar. She's apparently earned the sobriquet by virtue of the animalistic, guttural cries she ...

    by Brendan Kelley on April 29, 1999
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    Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquors The Real ASock Ray Blue! (Shanachie) An even dozen years have passed since Mojo Nixon and his erstwhile partner Skid Roper presented to the world an anthem to close the '80s. The pure manic rockabilly energy gro...

    by Brian Baker on April 29, 1999
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    Olivia Tremor Control Black Foliage: Animation Music (Flydaddy) Picking a song out of an Olivia Tremor Control disc for critical examination and singular praise is like choosing your favorite spot of color in a Seurat painting. To narrow yo...

    by Liesa Goins on April 22, 1999
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    Attack of the Creepy T's!

    "Wow," declares Derek Hyde, squinting at the vision of Will Trev's black '66 Plymouth Barracuda, as Hyde stumbles out of the darkness of the Creepy T's rehearsal space in a Fort Lauderdale warehouse. Stooped over like some tall, walking question mark...

    by Hans Morgenstern on April 22, 1999
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    Ear Infection

    The hip-hop nation has always operated within a different set of marketing parameters than other music forms. Except for the multiplatinum artists, hip-hop airplay on radio or MTV is almost nonexistent, and purveyors of the genre must use different s...

    by Brendan Kelley on April 22, 1999
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    Shock Market Rises

    It's only 8:16 a.m., and the question put to the leader of the Genitorturers is this: "So, how did you get into S&M?" Three minutes later, she's asked, "And, uh, how many piercings do you have?" Ah, rock 'n' roll, a truly American art form that encap...

    by David Simutis on April 15, 1999
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    Ear Infection

    Playing songs in dark hole-in-the-wall bars for smatterings of drunks who'd just as soon listen to the second hand on their watches ticking.... Spending your days laboring over writing songs only to have bar proprietors tell you that you can't play o...

    by Brendan Kelley on April 15, 1999
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    The Make-Up I Want Some (K Records) Exchanging pith for pizzazz, three former members of the clever hard-core-renaissance quintet Nation of Ulysses joined with ex-Frumpies bassist Michelle Mae in 1995 to create the shtick-laden soul of the ...

    by Brian Baker on April 15, 1999
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    Connecting Dots

    Russ Rogers looks glum as he walks down an alley of metal garage doors, heading toward his band's warehouse bay rehearsal space. Holding a bag of Kinko's boxes containing dot Fash's latest newsletter in one hand and a bag of bottled Heinekens in the ...

    by Brendan Kelley on April 8, 1999
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    Country Teasers Destroy All Human Life (Fat Possum) "Women and children first, then the faggots and the niggers," slurs Ben Wallers, the surly, sleepy-voiced vocalist-guitarist for Edinburgh, Scotland's Country Teasers. "Line them up agains...

    by David Simutis on April 8, 1999
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    Ear Infection

    Between I-95 and downtown Delray Beach on Atlantic Avenue, a road sign announces "Delray Beach is a quiet community" and advises would-be aural disrupters to turn the volume down. But Delray resident and enterprising music scenester Steve Rullman tak...

    by Brendan Kelley on April 8, 1999
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    Secret Stars

    If you're Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, you can have it both ways: Sign with a major label and keep your indie-rock credibility; maintain a successful band and a happy family without disrupting either; live in relative isolation in the cultural hint...

    by Zac Crain on April 1, 1999
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    Ear Infection

    "I brought my spandex tonight," Crease vocalist Kelly Meister joked to his bandmates while hanging in the "backstage" corridors of Miami's Bayside Hard Rock Cafe two Tuesday nights ago. Though Meister was kidding about the spandex, it was a telling s...

    by Brendan Kelley on April 1, 1999
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    Burning Airlines Mission: Control! (DeSoto) Almost a supergroup of superunknowns, Burning Airlines reunites the rhythm section of Washington, D.C., '80s punk band Government Issue: drummer Peter Moffett (who later joined Wool) and bassist (...

    by Brian Baker on April 1, 1999
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    Rock in a Hard Place

    "I was hoping there would be a better turnout than this," Dave Kronstat, owner of Home, a new Fort Lauderdale rock club, says as he surveys the 15 or so people huddled around the bar at 10:30 p.m. two Fridays ago. His disappointment is understandable...

    by Brendan Kelley on March 25, 1999
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    Adrian Belew Salad Days (Thirsty Ear) Adrian Belew is the Jimmy Stewart of rock, a genuinely nice guy who does consistently great work across a variety of styles. Belew brings a wealth of talent and experience to each successive project tha...

    by Jonathan Lesser on March 25, 1999
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    Sound Check

    In 1976 a six-year-old Eric Knight begged his father to take him to a Kiss concert. Dad gave in, and 23 years later Knight is a rock 'n' roller himself. And he's never forgotten the value of inspiration. With that in mind, he and his new backup band ...

    by David Norrie on March 25, 1999
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