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    Cobra Verde Nightlife (Motel) In Rock School, John Petkovic -- the Cleveland-based radio host, newspaper columnist, Internet cavalier, and singer/guitarist/all-around mastermind of Cobra Verde -- missed the lecture on how rock stars are sup...

    by Mark Athitakis on July 21, 1999
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    The House of Tudor

    Led by the powerful, bombastic voice of Rik Slave, the Phantoms were a punk rock oasis in the funk- and blues-filled swamps of New Orleans, where oppressive humidity and languid, booze-saturated crowds left most musical hooligans sounding slightly ph...

    by Silke Tudor on July 21, 1999
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    Quannum Leap - Growing out of Oakland's Solesides label, the rappers and producers of Quannum Projects look to expand even further

    There's a quiet, laid-back energy in the downtown Oakland offices of Quannum Projects, the independent hip-hop label formed out of the ashes of the Solesides label. But gears are definitely turning: Boxes of records and CDs move in and out, and th...

    by Mike Seely on July 21, 1999
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    Veterans' Affairs - Imperial Teen has shrugged off its Bay Area rock past, a potentially disastrous tour with Marilyn Manson, and mastered the art of the pat answer

    Roddy Bottum used to play keyboards in a popular San Francisco band called Faith No More. Lynn Perko used to play drums in a popular San Francisco band called Sister Double Happiness. And, sitting in a Lower Haight coffee shop, both get cranky whe...

    by Mark Athitakis on July 14, 1999
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    Various Artists Alright, This Time, Just the Girls (Sympathy for the Record Industry) Perhaps aiming to destroy the myth of the coy and demure "girl group," Sympathy for the Record Industry -- the stalwart independent rock 'n' roll label op...

    by Dave Clifford on July 14, 1999
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    The House of Tudor

    I'm thinking Grammy-nominated Nashville Pussy should get down on their collective kneepads and kiss the skanky seats of all the Toilet Boys, starting, of course, with the dainty derriere of platinum-blond beauty Miss Guy. That is not to say Nashville...

    by Silke Tudor on July 14, 1999
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    Hear This

    Adam Elk In 1994, back when he was going by his real name and playing in San Francisco's Mommyheads, guitarist and singer Adam Cohen penned a perfect little pop song called "Spiders," an upbeat remembrance of morbid childhood anxieties. Such was ...

    by Mark Athitakis on July 14, 1999
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    House-Raising - In a decade-old scene, Bay Area house musicians are peering out from the underground, and finally committing their work to vinyl

    DJ and party promoter Dan Ghenacia recently put out a mix CD called Sun Frenchies, featuring tracks by local house music producers, and music at his monthly "Golden Gate" party is provided solely by San Francisco DJs. Of course, there's nothing pa...

    by Darren Keast on July 14, 1999
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    Riff Raff

    Goth Talk Erik Carter is a good-humored person -- a surprising and refreshing thing to know, considering he sings like he's being strangled. As the guitarist, singer, and lead songwriter in Oakland trio Mumble & Peg, his subject matter is mostly desp...

    by Mark Athitakis on July 14, 1999
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    Sworn to the Drum - Through one San Francisco label, Francisco Aguabella leads the charge of Afro-Cuban percussion

    Percussionist Francisco Aguabella is emphatic when asked whether anyone else can perform the types of rhythms he has been playing since he came to the United States from Cuba in 1957. "No," he says in his heavy Cuban accent, "nobody else can play ...

    by Ezra Gale on July 7, 1999
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    Two States - Pavement guitarist Scott Kannberg juggles growing up with his band (which isn't breaking up) and starting a local rock label

    Terror Twilight, Pavement's fifth full-length album, is a hard record to get a fix on. Scott Kannberg, Pavement's guitarist, is having problems explaining it himself. Over breakfast in a Rockridge restaurant near his home in Berkeley, he's doing h...

    by Mark Athitakis on July 7, 1999
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    Riff Raff

    Re-Grooved In retrospect, it seems like the Flamin' Groovies did just about everything wrong. Formed in San Francisco in 1965, the band -- singer Roy Loney, guitarists Cyril Jordan and Tim Lynch, bassist George Alexander, and drummer Danny Mihm -- wa...

    by Mark Athitakis on July 7, 1999
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    Reviews

    Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Da Real World (EastWest) Most hip-hop recording artists initially struggle to gain listeners' attention, but not Missy Elliott. Both on her debut recording, 1997's Supa Dupa Fly, and even on her heralded cameo on...

    by Brian Alcorn on July 7, 1999
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    The House of Tudor

    If the poppy seedpods and turn-of-the-century sedatives don't give away Jill Tracy's predilection, her song titles might. Certainly, "Evil Night Together," "The Fine Art of Poisoning," "Just the Other Side of Pain," and "Doomsday Serenade" suggest so...

    by Silke Tudor on July 7, 1999
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    Hear This

    Mr. Bungle If Mr. Bungle's 1991 eponymous debut was the madcap group's over-the-top coming-of-age opus, and 1995's Disco Volante their deep-end dive into more sophisticated experimentation, then California, the Bay Area cult band's third Warner B...

    by Sam Prestianni on July 7, 1999
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    Riff Raff

    Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, Download No Evil Robert Reid's favorite artists are the Clash, Green Day, Kate Bush, and Black Grape, and none of their songs are available on the downloadable music Web site of which he is founder and CEO, listen.com. Yo...

    by Mark Athitakis on June 30, 1999
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    Reviews

    Caetano Veloso Livro (Nonesuch) It's sad but true that the American pop world has no equivalent to Caetano Veloso, who is something like the Brazilian version of the Beatles (having basically invented Brazilian pop music in the late '60s wi...

    by Ezra Gale on June 30, 1999
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    The House of Tudor

    Hobo history is primarily an oral tradition and hobo scrivening only emerged as an abstruse order of symbols to alert, welcome, and direct fellow travelers. Until the late '50s, these markings, found in train yards across the country, constituted a l...

    by Silke Tudor on June 30, 1999
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    Hear This

    AWD From the psychedelic trips of Bill Graham's hippie-era Fillmore Auditorium to the madcap freak show that once was "post-rock" band Idiot Flesh, the over-the-top, multisensory concert experience has long been a San Francisco hallmark. At the f...

    by Sam Prestianni on June 30, 1999
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    Honky-Tonk Angles - Western swing musician Johnny Dilks plays scholar to California's country music past and suggests its future, if Charlie Louvin has anything to say about it

    Johnny Dilks strides into DeMarco's 23 Club hurriedly, wearing a dusty pair of overalls. He's here to see a man about a horse. See, Dilks is a country singer, DeMarco's is a Brisbane honky-tonk, and Dilks' friend Leonard Iniguez has a horse named Hob...

    by Mark Athitakis on June 30, 1999
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