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  • Short cuts - The Pretenders, The Beta Band, Heather Eatman

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    Short cuts - The Pretenders, The Beta Band, Heather Eatman

    The Pretenders Viva el Amor! (Warner Bros.) Doing the late-night channel-surf thing recently, I stumbled across a broadcast of Hard Rock Live, the VH1 live-performance showcase featuring classic rock acts. The Pretenders were holding court, ...

    by Bruce Britt on July 22, 1999
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    Gospel Truth

    Gospel has been the bedrock of popular music since it was first recorded in the early 1900s. It was the first musical love of iconoclast rockers ranging from Little Richard to Elvis Presley. It has produced soul singers as dazzling and innovative as ...

    by John Floyd on July 17, 1999
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    Short Cuts - The Chemical Brothers, The Apples in Stereo, Naughty by Nature

    The Chemical Brothers Surrender (Astralwerks/Virgin) At one time the Chemical Brothers were the biggest electronica band in the land. Before Fatboy Slim was heard in every commercial, before Ray of Light won a Grammy, before Prodigy had a number one ...

    by David Simutis on July 17, 1999
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    The Doctor Is In

    Dr. Lonnie Smith has been hiding in South Florida for almost ten years. "It's strange in Florida because they know me as a local," Smith notes. "They don't know that I have records or anything. They love me, but they don't know who I really am. I can...

    by Larry Boytano on July 16, 1999
  • Shortcuts - DJ Rap, Robert Crenshaw

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    Shortcuts - DJ Rap, Robert Crenshaw

    Learning Curve(Higher Ground/Columbia)It's hard to state the obvious selling point of DJ Rap, also known as Charissa Saverio, and not sound like a cad. Put it this way: She has done some topless modeling in the past and claims that she looks even bet...

    by Brian Baker on July 16, 1999
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    The Doctor Is In

    Dr. Lonnie Smith has been hiding in South Florida for almost ten years. "It's strange in Florida because they know me as a local," Smith notes. "They don't know that I have records or anything. They love me, but they don't know who I really am. I can...

    by Larry Boytano on July 15, 1999
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    Short Cuts - DJ Rap, Robert Crenshaw

    DJ Rap Learning Curve (Higher Ground/Columbia) It's hard to state the obvious selling point of DJ Rap, also known as Charissa Saverio, and not sound like a cad. Put it this way: She has done some topless modeling in the past and claims that she...

    on July 15, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    The Chemical Brothers Surrender (Astralwerks/Virgin) At one time the Chemical Brothers were the biggest electronica band in the land. Before Fatboy Slim was heard in every commercial, before Ray of Light won a Grammy, before Prodigy had a n...

    by David Simutis on July 8, 1999
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    Gospel Truth

    Gospel has been the bedrock of popular music since it was first recorded in the early 1900s. It was the first musical love of iconoclast rockers ranging from Little Richard to Elvis Presley. It has produced soul singers as dazzling and innovative as ...

    by John Floyd on July 8, 1999
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    Foreigner and Journey: In Their Own Words

    Rock songs can be pure lyrical magic, succinct expressions of powerful emotions. These aren't. Still, Journey and Foreigner dealt with some weighty issues in their time, and dealt with them poetically. Here's a brief listener's guide. "In the morni...

    by Ben Greenman on July 1, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication (Warner Bros.) Apparently, reports of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' creative demise were premature. The band's new album, Californication, is a dark, hypnotic masterwork that reminds us that alternapop nee...

    by Steve Almond on July 1, 1999
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    Feels Like the Umpteenth Time

    Every once in a great while, I get a sensation that begins at the base of my brain, one that starts out as a mild warmth but intensifies to a searing heat. The increase in temperature is accompanied by an increase in vibration, a distinct buzzing noi...

    by Ben Greenman on July 1, 1999
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    Wheelers in the Sky

    I got 18 different women/In 18 different towns/I got 18 time-tested ways/To hold my liquor down. -- Chris DeAngelis, "18 Wheeler" With his straight chin-length hair and his black horn-rimmed glasses, Chris DeAngelis looks like he'd be more com...

    by Emma Trelles on June 24, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    Alex Chilton Like Flies on Sherbert (Peabody) Virtually ignored upon its limited-edition release in 1979 but subsequently hailed as a masterpiece by critics and altrockers alike, Alex Chilton's Like Flies on Sherbert has finally been reissu...

    by Bruce Britt on June 24, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    Smash Mouth Astro Lounge (Interscope) In the world according to Smash Mouth, the '70s never happened. The group's infuriatingly uneven 1997 debut album, Fush Yu Mang, was a blend of '80s-style postpunk, new wave, and reggae informed by a cu...

    by Brian Baker on June 17, 1999
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    Teen Idylls

    Some people call me a Teenage Idol/Some people say they envy me/I guess they got no way of knowing/How lonesome I can be. -- Ricky Nelson, "Teenage Idol" Teenage angst has paid off well/Now I'm bored and old. -- Kurt Cobain, "Serve the Ser...

    by David Simutis on June 17, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    T-Model Ford You Better Keep Still (Fat Possum) On his 1997 debut album, Pee-Wee Get My Gun, North Mississippi bluesman T-Model Ford defined his ragged, psychotic artistry with the aptly titled "I'm Insane," a true story in which the sevent...

    by Steve Almond on June 10, 1999
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    Age Against the Machine

    The question before the assembled members of Pillmagnet is this: When did bassist-vocalist Mike Szymanski first play in a band? Lead guitarist Justin McNeal, the whippersnapper of the group at 24 years old, blurts out his guess -- "1968" -- waiting a...

    by Hans Morgenstern on June 10, 1999
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    I Want My MP3

    Errej Eugaet, keyboardist and Web guru for the Houston-based electronica act Center, isn't surprised his band doesn't have a huge following in his hometown. But that doesn't seem to bother him, because the world seems to like it. "Our flavor of music...

    by David Simutis on June 3, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    Various Artists Post Marked Stamps (Tree Records) Sometime in early 1996, a young man in Chicago named Ken Shipley conceptualized a series of two-song, seven-inch singles to release on his label, Tree. The series was called Post Marked Stam...

    by David Simutis on June 3, 1999
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