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1998 Stories by Mark Athitakis

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  • Riff Raff

    published December 30, 1998

    Comeback of the Year We don't mean comeback in the "returning a career to its past glories" sense. After all, the person in question here is John... More >>

  • Hear This

    published December 23, 1998

    The Christmas Jug Band When you start a band with the words "Christmas" and "Jug Band" in its name, wild ambition isn't your first priority... More >>

  • Weill-ed Blue Yonder

    published December 23, 1998

    If you believe those Y2K survivalists who are currently stockpiling food, Royal typewriters, and cold hard cash in desert hideaways, technology is... More >>

  • Reviews

    published December 23, 1998

    Celine Dion These Are Special Times (Sony 550 Music) Having spent 15 years in both the French Canadian pop ghetto and the adult... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 23, 1998

    Spin Off Over the past four weeks, former Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell has spun a few sets at various underground warehouse parties... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 16, 1998

    Tommy, Can You MP3 Me? Now that it's been nearly two decades since the industry has introduced a new format for recorded music, it's obviously... More >>

  • Reviews

    published December 16, 1998

    EinstYrzende Neubauten The Warfield Wednesday, Dec. 9 For all bodies in flux, there are moments of motion and moments of... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 9, 1998

    Bent, But Not Broken Beanbender's, the esteemed Berkeley jazz and experimental music space, has had something of an identity crisis in recent... More >>

  • Selling His Soul

    published December 9, 1998

    The Salesman and Bernadette, the sixth album Vic Chesnutt has put his name on, is as sexy as folk-pop gets. Far from the scratchy, aching,... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 2, 1998

    People Who Lived When Jim Carroll -- poet, rocker, and recovered heroin junkie -- played the Great American Music Hall last month, he took a few... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 25, 1998

    Well, Muni Drivers Are Already Wearing Polyester Mark O'Hara, the lead singer of local funk and disco cover band SuperBooty, announced his... More >>

  • Blood on the Career Tracks

    published November 18, 1998

    Gang of Four 100 Flowers Bloom (Rhino) Gang of Four wrote protest music for people who didn't think they had anything to... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 18, 1998

    The Check -- and the Fragile Master Tape -- Is in the Mail On Nov. 9, the Kingsmen, authors of the mush-mouthed party classic "Louie, Louie,"... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 11, 1998

    Hanson, Disco Drag, and Other Literary Endeavors True, the New Main Library isn't the hippest of places to go swimming in the pop music media... More >>

  • Reviews

    published October 28, 1998

    Bang on a Can All-Stars Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Wednesday, Oct. 21 When Brian Eno spoke at the Imagination Conference... More >>

  • Country and Midwestern

    published October 14, 1998

    Robbie Fulks Let's Kill Saturday Night (Geffen) The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills, the King... More >>

  • SF Weekly's Wammies '98

    published October 14, 1998

    Americana/Roots Wilson Gil& the Willful Sinners Wilson Gil brushes off old memories like any good yarn-spinning country singer. But the... More >>

  • Reviews

    published October 7, 1998

    Amy Rigby Middlescence (Koch International) On 1996's Diary of a Mod Housewife, Amy Rigby was pushing 40 and running for her... More >>

  • Reviews

    published September 23, 1998

    Lambchop What Another Man Spills (Merge) Despite a Nashville home and album cover pleas to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 16, 1998

    Alvin Youngblood Hart Good folk singers and blues musicians know their history; better ones are confident enough in their talents to mess... More >>

  • Take This Tradition and Shove It

    published September 9, 1998

    Eugene Chadbourne plays the guitar. More precisely, he plays with the guitar. The 44-year-old musician and composer treats the instrument like his... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 9, 1998

    The Waco Brothers Mekons frontman Jon Langford probably didn't mean to start a revolution when the British band released Fear and Whiskey... More >>

  • Monkee Shines

    published August 19, 1998

    Spice Girls Shoreline Amphitheater Thursday, Aug. 13 "TRUST JESUS OR BURN IN HELL" read the sign just outside the gates to the... More >>

  • Reviews

    published August 12, 1998

    A Minor Forest Inindependence (Thrill Jockey) Local trio A Minor Forest is to be commended for bringing a dose of metallic... More >>

  • Reviews

    published July 29, 1998

    Nanci Griffith Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful) (Elektra) The story of American folk music is one of... More >>

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