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    Sound Check

    If you're a musician and a stranger listens to your music at a performance, then walks away feeling moved in some way, the gig was worthwhile. Last Thursday a bearded, homeless man wearing a backpack stopped along Hollywood Boulevard to listen to the...

    by Brian Hyman on August 6, 1998
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    Sound Check

    Describing music as "something that I need to do to survive," and comparing its significance to such vital functions as breathing and eating, vocalist-guitarist Rene Alvarez of the Miami-based trio Sixo isn't ashamed to wear his heart on his sleeve. ...

    by Brian Hyman on July 30, 1998
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    Short Cuts

    The Headhunters Return of the Headhunters! (Verve) Herbie Hancock turned the jazz world on its ear in 1973 when he recorded Headhunters, an album that combined jazz and funk with the then-outlandish sounds of the synthesizer, an instrument ...

    by David Simutis on July 30, 1998
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    The Dark Side of Swing

    Cherry Poppin' Daddies vocalist Steve Perry -- not to be confused with the Journey frontman of the same name -- just got off the stage. As part of the punk- and ska-flavored Warped Tour, his band finished performing at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt...

    by Larry Getlen on July 30, 1998
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    The Look of Love

    A woman with shoulder-length blond hair and a blue-and-white striped sundress is setting up a PA system in Mulvaney's Irish Pub in West Palm Beach. She could easily pass for a local college student, one of the many preppies who cruise Clematis Street...

    by Larry Getlen on July 23, 1998
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    Sound Check

    "Ba-ba-boom, ba-ba-da-da-la-boom-ba," jazz vocalist Julie Davis cooed in my ear as her husband, guitarist Kelly Dow, watched from a nearby couch. Perhaps I should explain: This impromptu performance was delivered over the phone after I asked Dav...

    by Brian Hyman on July 23, 1998
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    Short Cuts

    Marc Ribot Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos (Atlantic) The resume of guitarist Marc Ribot is chock full of impeccably hip credentials. Not MTV hip, but rather second-tier hip, a land where rock isn't simply on the cutting edge but has roun...

    by Barry Lank on July 23, 1998
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    The Pernice Brothers Overcome by Happiness (Sub Pop) Back in the mid-'90s, singer-songwriter Joe Pernice and the Scud Mountain Boys created a kind of minimalist altcountry infused with staggering, unwavering melancholy. Their three albums w...

    by Barry Lank on July 16, 1998
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    Growing Pains

    Just about every rock band worth its guitar picks started off as a garage band, a gang of skinny, hormone-driven geeks who were able to finagle the use of somebody's parents' garage, where they'd play on weekends, annoying the shit out of the neighbo...

    by Rich Shea on July 16, 1998
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    Sound Check

    Although three of the four members of the North Miami Beach-based rock quartet Atomic Tangerine can't vote yet, or legally buy cigarettes or Lotto tickets, you can check the "baby face" comments and Hanson comparisons at the door. These guys can rock...

    by Brian Hyman on July 16, 1998
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    Short Cuts

    Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge) Neutral Milk Hotel may make the world once again safe for altrock. In a subgenre that's glutted with formulaic grabs for the gold -- catchy guitar riffs, slack attitudes, irony-laced ...

    by Liesa Goins on July 9, 1998
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    The Band Played On

    The unrelenting glare of the hottest June on record pours through the clubhouse door framing the cloudless blue sky. It's still only morning, yet the temperature outside is nearly 90 degrees. So it's with irony that the somewhat unruly 19-piece big b...

    by Manuel Pila on July 9, 1998
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    Sound Check

    One minute, vocalist-guitarist Gary King is singing and strumming the kind of smooth grooves perfect for lovemaking. The next, he's expressing his funky, gritty side, a la the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown. Overall, King's repertoire is a seamless...

    by Brian Hyman on July 9, 1998
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    Sound Check

    Does anybody remember the good ol' days, when MTV videos were filled with lingerie-clad women driving sleek sports cars and hanging out with skinny, long-haired rockers? Bangtoy 69 sure does. Heavily influenced by '80s metal, the hard-rocking Ho...

    by Brian Hyman on July 2, 1998
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    Short Cuts

    Jim Lauderdale Whisper (BNA/BMG) After bouncing from Reprise to Atlantic to the Nashville indie Upstart, neocountry master Jim Lauderdale is back on a major label with an album that neatly summarizes the singer-songwriter's brilliant, if co...

    by David Simutis on July 2, 1998
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    Look Ma, One Hand

    Where Kevin Millard's right hand should be is something that resembles a seal with a guitar pick in its mouth. It is, in fact, the stub of his right forearm covered with four white tube socks and black electrical tape. Attached to the tape is an over...

    by Larry Getlen on July 2, 1998
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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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    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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