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    Dwight Yoakam A Long Way Home (Reprise) Right in the middle of his fancy acting work in Sling Blade and The Newton Boys, Dwight Yoakam releases an album that reminds us what classic country music is really all about: dumping someone, gettin...

    by Theresa Everline on June 25, 1998
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    Tooting His Own Horn

    The Cuban saxophonist with the trim, salt-and-pepper beard announces from the stage at O'Hara's on a recent Monday night that he is going to serenade his young wife. "I have played many arrangements of this song, but I'm going to play it for my ...

    by Manuel Pila on June 25, 1998
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    Sound Check

    Where else but Boca Raton's Surf Cafe would you expect to find the funk-rock trio Camel Toe this Thursday night? "Surf This" -- a standout single on their self-titled debut CD -- is a two-and-a-half minute, surf-inspired romp that has J.P. Ferris' gu...

    on June 25, 1998
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    Sound Check

    With so many local venues showcasing the jump-swing-blues sound -- everyone from O'Hara's Pub and Jazz Cafe in Fort Lauderdale to Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Coconut Grove -- how is an uninformed patron supposed to know what's worth checking out? "We're...

    by Brian Hyman on June 18, 1998
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    Beatcrazy

    Arranca is Spanish for "uproot" or "tear out." It's also the name of a new South Florida band that tackles Cuban music -- and politics -- with the energy of old-school punk rock. The band's frontman and songwriter, Victor Garcia-Rivera, was arra...

    by Rafer Guzman on June 18, 1998
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    Sonic Youth A Thousand Leaves (DGC) Unlike any other album Sonic Youth has released in the last decade, A Thousand Leaves has met with surprisingly harsh criticism. What critics once saw as modernist lyrics, revelatory guitar tunings, and m...

    by Jonathan Lesser on June 18, 1998
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    Jerry's Kids

    A big, burly presence hovers near the bar at Sneakers Sports Grill in Hollywood on a recent Friday evening. The entity is invisible but unmistakable as B.O.B., a five-piece band formerly known as Britain On The Bay, plays songs by the Grateful Dead, ...

    by Larry Getlen on June 18, 1998
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    Smashing Pumpkins Adore (Virgin) The massive success of Smashing Pumpkins is positively uncanny -- MTV Video Awards, Grammy Awards, plaudits from Rolling Stone and Spin -- but in a decade with so few true rock stars, the band fills a void. ...

    by Brian Hyman on June 11, 1998
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    Act Locally, Dance Globally

    The booming voice of Bryon Patt is perfect for radio. It's energetic, crystal clear, and instantly likable, with the hint of a smile around the edges. Patt's voice has so much decibel-power that it carries well enough without the help of a transmitte...

    by Rafer Guzman on June 11, 1998
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    Beatcrazy

    To music buffs who remember the mid '70s as the age of long hair, African garb, and jazz-rock, the name Omar Mesa might ring a bell. Mesa played guitar with the group Mandrill, whose Afro-Cuban-fusion-rock gave Carlos Santana, War, and Earth, Wi...

    by Rafer Guzman on June 11, 1998
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    Sound Check

    If you're going to the Spice Girls concert Monday to witness an example of "Girl Power," you may be looking in the wrong place. A more suitable choice would be the folk duo Big Blue Sky. With Sue Crago singing lead and playing a crisp electric guitar...

    by Brian Hyman on June 11, 1998
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    Progressive Punks

    The punk rock genre has been getting a little formulaic lately. Various bigtime California bands -- Green Day, Rancid, Offspring, Bad Religon -- have basically laid down a blueprint consisting of boot-stomping rhythms and power riffs. But punk rock, ...

    by Adam St. James on June 11, 1998
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    Burnin' Down the House

    The slinky, swingin' rockabilly of the Hep Cat Boo Daddies emerges from the open door of the Poor House in Fort Lauderdale on a recent Saturday night, drawing the attention of passersby. What is this mutant strain of full-throttle surf-blues? It soun...

    by Manuel Pila on June 4, 1998
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    Sound Check

    A few weeks ago at Desperado's in Fort Lauderdale, the dance floor was a sea of black and white cowboy hats. Two-stepping, silver-tipped boots gleamed under the flashing red and yellow lights above. Denim-clad butts shook, swayed, and wiggled. The in...

    by Brian Hyman on June 4, 1998
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    Beatcrazy

    Containing more than 900 entries, 100 interviews, and 450 pages, Connecticut Rocks! is a monumental, if somewhat strange, achievement. Its subtitle defines it as "An Encyclopedia of Rock 'N' Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly, Doo-wops, Gospel, Punk, N...

    by Rafer Guzman on June 4, 1998
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    Short Cuts

    Lenny Kravitz 5 (Virgin) Even the casual Lenny Kravitz fan knows that Lisa Bonet's old flame is, to put it nicely, a popular-music historian. His detractors, of course, would call him a rip-off artist. OK, so the riff from his hit "Are You ...

    by Rafer Guzman on June 4, 1998
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    Beatcrazy

    This electronica stuff might be simpler than it sounds. Andre Frazier, a.k.a. DJ Andre, has figured out how to put together his own electronic music using some pretty basic equipment. "I'm telling you, this is low tech," says Frazier, gesturing ...

    by Rafer Guzman on May 28, 1998
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    Easy Rider

    Jack "No Busfare" Johnson is the beatnik who many people, in the deep, dark recesses of their psyches, always wanted to be. He's traveled from town to town, making music and poetry, expounding his theories on life, and chasing his muse. He has lived ...

    by Larry Getlen on May 28, 1998
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    Robbie Robertson Contact From the Underworld of Redboy (Capitol Records) A haunting Native American song floats over a bed of tribal shakers and atmospheric keyboards. Sweet piano chords add harmonic dimensions to the simple melody. Then an...

    by Rafer Guzman on May 28, 1998
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    Balancing the Scales

    Coughing, hacking, and snorting back phlegm, David Yow is half asleep and trying to sound coherent. It's 12:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, and Yow is in a Montreal hotel room, resting between concerts while on tour with his infamously aggressive band, ...

    by Rafer Guzman on May 28, 1998
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