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    We Didn't Think It Was Bad -- We Thought It Was Terrible Last week, when CBS Radio executives marched into Live 105's Harrison Street offices and revved up their corporate WeedWacker, morning DJ Johnny Steele was one of the first to get mowed. At 9:3...

    by Bill Wyman on June 3, 1998
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    Roscoe Mitchell Best known for his pioneering sound-and-space explorations over the past three decades with Art Ensemble of Chicago, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, at 57, performs with the power and passion of someone half his age. He also brings t...

    by Sam Prestianni on June 3, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    Big Winners In a flash of apathy unwitnessed since the early 1990s, Riff Raff's First-Ever Big Contest ended last week with three entries -- and three winners. We are ashamed. Pittsburg's Rick Pyle made nine guesses at the list of incredibly stupid t...

    by Bill Wyman on May 27, 1998
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    Reviews

    Smashing Pumpkins Adore (Virgin) Like Don Quixote and his windmill, the leading lights of alternative rock defined themselves by what they were fighting. To varying degrees and with distinct stylistic differences, Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder,...

    by Martin Johnson on May 27, 1998
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    House of Tudor

    If your birthday last year was constructed around a gift certificate from Bed & Bath, a bucket of KFC, and a free movie rental, you might want to reassess your sexuality. See, if you were to share a conception date with, say, the San Francisco Lesbia...

    by Silke Tudor on May 27, 1998
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    Slayer Slayer's back and the goats are nervous. Throughout the '80s these denizens of dark metal sang Satan's praises with piercing solos and mad-bunny drumbeats, inspiring myriad hairy followers and endless carbon copies. Unfortunately, like Jim...

    by Robert Arriaga on May 27, 1998
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    Unextended Play - Putting the compact back in compact disc

    Whither the EP? Withered, mostly. Hardly anyone records these precious little anachronisms anymore, and that canon-making Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critic's Poll doesn't even include an EP category. Indeed, why, in this glorious era of CD data ...

    by Will Hermes on May 27, 1998
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    Oval and Jim O'Rourke A musical polygamist, Chicago multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke inhabits at least two worlds, relentlessly and prolifically poking at the boundaries of modern folk and avant-garde noise. Blessed with a graceful finger-picki...

    by Mark Athitakis on May 27, 1998
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    The Young Composers Collective Seattle's Young Composers Collective takes the starch out of the typical orchestral production. The wind, string, piano, and percussion ensemble of 12 to 20 members (most of whom are in their 20s) plays both notated...

    by Sam Prestianni on May 27, 1998
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    Sinatra: The Voice, the Spark, the Image

    Frank Sinatra never gave a better performance as an actor than he did in The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) as Frankie Machine, a hotshot poker dealer and junkie who emerges from prison hoping to kick all his bad habits (heroin included) and earn a l...

    by Michael Sragow on May 20, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    The Swing Set Folks carousing through North Beach during the Velvet Lounge opening last week might've noticed a bustle at the Off Broadway (soon to be the Black Cat), activity at the Chi Chi Club (soon to be the Chi Chi Ultra Lounge), and plaster dus...

    by Bill Wyman on May 20, 1998
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    House of Tudor

    Even under threat of dismemberment, someone has to say it: Av' Some of This is not only the quintessential Phantom Rockers album, it is the essential psychobilly album. Even with two relatively slow burners -- "Devil's Daughter," the trio's venomous ...

    by Silke Tudor on May 20, 1998
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    House of Tudor

    Major-label contracts, product endorsements, flashy musicianship, bowling shirts: This is not the punk rock that God intended. Indeed, it is a sad, sad day when a punk band from France has to kick your Squirt-drinking ass. Fronted by an insolent, shr...

    by Silke Tudor on May 13, 1998
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    Clusone Trio For nearly two decades the Amsterdam-based Clusone Trio have been setting jazz neophytes at ease by rattling their sense of propriety. Newcomers are often intimidated by live jazz performances; they can't catch all of the inside joke...

    by Sam Prestianni on May 13, 1998
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    What Does Your Soul Look Like - Chico DeBarge and the search for a new Marvin Gaye

    In the world of pop music, reincarnation is an everyday thing. We're always either hoping that our favorite dead artists have been credibly reborn in the bodies of fresh new stars, or delighted when worn-out hacks get revived as of-the-moment artiste...

    by Natasha Stovall on May 13, 1998
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    Detachment

    The Donnas, Bangs Tuesday, May 5 Bottom of the Hill It's easy to get hung up on the Donnas. The six-year-old quartet of Palo Alto teen-agers are sweet and poppy like a warm gob of Bazooka Joe. They're ebullient like a garage band after five...

    by Jeff Stark on May 13, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    Finally, Some Good News We may be hazy and hooch-soaked, but Riff Raff seems to recall a time when punks and lovers of down-and-dirty hard rock turned to North Beach, not SOMA, for boisterous merriment. Spaces like the Mabuhay Gardens, Rock on Broadw...

    by Bill Wyman on May 13, 1998
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    Reviews

    Hanson 3 Car Garage (Mercury) Subtitling their third major-label album "The Independent Recordings '95-'96," the Hanson brothers would like to clear up any misconceptions you might have: They do so have credibility; they do so have roots. A...

    by Sam Prestianni on May 13, 1998
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    The New Bomb Turks The New Bomb Turks, an Ohio-based punkabilly band, are known for whiskey-soaked rants, sledgehammer chords, and loud, fast rules. As they've proved over the past six years, bad attitudes and wanton vulgarity are as old as rock ...

    by Robert Arriaga on May 13, 1998
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    Local Yokels

    The Cherries Crotchrocket (Badman Recording Company) Alternative rock is dead? Who said alternative rock is dead? Cool name, cool title, cool album art, and the same damn three-piece distorted guitar crunch with a nose ring. Most indicati...

    by Jeff Stark on May 6, 1998
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