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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
  • Short Cuts - Chris Cornell, Tram

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    Short Cuts - Chris Cornell, Tram

    Chris Cornell Euphoria Morning (Interscope) Forget the Grammys, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the rest of those jive-ass rock awards shows: The absolute highest honor any pop musician can receive is to be cited in a "musicians wanted" ad. ...

    by Hans Morgenstern on September 30, 1999
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    Calibrations - Clematis by Night and the Hurricane Club

    With his finely honed senses on full alert, the first thing the Calibrator noticed as he strode purposefully into the maw of the weekly West Palm Beach event known as Clematis by Night was the pungent fragrance of beer in great abundance. The scent h...

    by David Pulizzi on September 30, 1999
  • A Good Band Is Hard to Find

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    A Good Band Is Hard to Find

    On stage at the Wallflower Gallery in downtown Miami, Karen Feldner strums a burgundy, hollow-body Gibson guitar while singing with the latest incarnation of her local altrock band, Trophy Wife. Behind the foursome Night of the Living Dead is being p...

    by Lee Anderson on September 23, 1999
  • Short Cuts - John Prine, G. Love & Special Sauce, Various Artists

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    Short Cuts - John Prine, G. Love & Special Sauce, Various Artists

    John Prine In Spite of Ourselves (Oh Boy Records) Nobody every bought a John Prine album for the beauty of his voice. The Illinois native has the vocal range of a bass drum and the subtlety of Kentucky moonshine. Prine's genius -- displayed...

    by Steve Almond on September 23, 1999
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    Calibrations

    For the most part, Randi Fishenfeld seems to exist in a general state of contentment if not downright ebullience. Her career as a bombshell rock violinist might not be everything she hoped it would be at this point, but it ain't bad. At least three n...

    by David Pulizzi on September 23, 1999
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    Between Heaven and Earth - Nicole Yarling and the Weld

    After jamming throughout South Florida and a good part of the remaining world for almost 20 years, Nicole Yarling has certainly paid her dues by now. Her old band, Little Nicki and the Slicks, toured Europe eight times and was a South Florida club st...

    by Larry Boytano on September 16, 1999
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    Calibrations - Novelty songs

    Novelty songs. Hal Spector has always dug novelty songs. Ray Stevens, Roger Miller, Spike Jones and His City Slickers -- all notorious novelty acts, all among Spector's earliest musical heroes. "I've just always been a nut for goofy songs," Spector...

    by David Pulizzi on September 16, 1999
  • Short Cuts - Powerman 5000, Macy Gray

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    Short Cuts - Powerman 5000, Macy Gray

    Powerman 5000 Tonight the Stars Revolt! (DreamWorks Records) If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and Korn should be supremely flattered by the new Powerman 5000 album. Taking derivation to new height...

    by Bruce Britt on September 16, 1999
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    The Elegant Aging of Richard Thompson - Why doesn't anyone buy this man's records?

    Groucho Marx once said that aging gracefully is the grandest oxymoron of all -- the big lie. After all, to age is to wrinkle, to wither, to shrink, to vanish. To do so gracefully means only to admit defeat. Grace has nothing to do with it; what's s...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 9, 1999
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