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    Gianni Gebbia Sicilian saxophonist Gianni Gebbia channels the history of the Mediterranean in every note he plays, almost as if he were speaking in tongues across the centuries. His tone and phrasing glide seamlessly from angular dialectical frag...

    by Sam Prestianni on April 15, 1998
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    Extremities

    Diamanda Galas Malediction and Prayer (Mute) Sue Garner To Run More Smoothly (Thrill Jockey) Here is the Diamanda Galas story: She is a supernatural diva triumphant. She fears nothing. At 20 she played piano with Ornette Coleman; ...

    by Natasha Stovall on April 15, 1998
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    Whipping Post

    Tortoise TNT (Thrill Jockey) Trans Am The Surveillance (Thrill Jockey) Gastr del Sol Camoufleur (Drag City) Sonic Youth/Jim O'Rourke Invito Al Cielo EP (SYR) Pere Ubu Pennsylvania (Tim/Kerr) Shortly a...

    by Mark Athitakis on April 8, 1998
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    Dirty Three Ocean Songs (Touch and Go) What with all the recent fascination about sinking ships -- Titanic's themes of love on the high seas, kindly souls who drown beautifully, and all that business -- it's worth noting that Dirty Three's ...

    by Michael Ullman on April 8, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    Working on the Bomb Six weeks ago, the time it takes for some spring flowers to grow from seed to bloom, three members of the Gun & Doll Show -- who headline the Fillmore on Saturday -- made an illegal two-hour late-night gardening run. The goal of t...

    by Bill Wyman on April 8, 1998
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    Sue Garner Like Mazzy Star's first album, or Kristin Hersh's Hips and Makers, Sue Garner's To Run More Smoothly is a personal record, a set of songs so affecting and intimate that they demand an audience of one. Late-night loneliness, driving at ...

    by Jeff Stark on April 8, 1998
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    House of Tudor

    If you owned a television set between 1969 and 1986, you'll recognize Buck Owens as the thicker-than-pig-slop hayseed in overalls who used to host Hee Haw. But don't hold that against him: For those whose memories, or vinyl collections, reach back in...

    by Silke Tudor on April 8, 1998
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    Red Aunts Red Aunts put the grrrowl in riot grrrl. Sure, they can pout and pose with the giddiest of glamour chicks and raise an obnoxious ruckus like a catwalk of Courtney Loves, but most of Red Aunts' two-minute ugly-cool punk rock songs rival ...

    by Sam Prestianni on April 8, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    The Sultan of Rap Sometimes you're just laying down some soulful grooves at your favorite local club and a prince walks in, or very nearly. Last winter, Manifest Yesterday -- the funky groove collective that last week released a self-titled album -- ...

    by Bill Wyman on April 1, 1998
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    Nine Wood With their debut recording, New Can of Ice, Bay Area rowdies Nine Wood join Vaccination Records eccentrics Charming Hostess, Eskimo, Rube Waddell, and Giant Ant Farm in their defiance of sing-and-strum standard pop fare. Freaky-sexy voc...

    by Sam Prestianni on April 1, 1998
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    Reviews

    Hole Deeper (DGC) Hole's long-awaited follow-up to their breakthrough 1994 album Live Through This is a triumphant return unparalleled since Elvis' historic 1968 comeback TV special. But unlike the King, Hole are not trying to prove that th...

    by Sam Prestianni on April 1, 1998
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    House of Tudor

    Only an intergalactic conspiracy or a really bad booking agent could have kept the Cashmere Jungle Lords away from my unwitting, newly adoring ears for so long. The Richmond, Va., trio have been around, in one variation or another, for over 13 years,...

    by Silke Tudor on April 1, 1998
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    Ninja Tune Tour Just across the border from the current state of underground hip hop, a mentally deranged lot of characters with names like Chocolate Weasel, Vadim, Herbalizer, Food, Neotropic, and Funky Porcini lurks in exile. These DJs, better ...

    by Robert Arriaga on April 1, 1998
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    Year of the Elephant - Dead guys, psychedelic pop, and no sober opinions at South by Southwest 1998

    Racy Racine wore fishnet stockings with cowboy boots, dyed red her 43-year-old scalp, and dreamed of working in the music business instead of cabbing the 6,000-some-odd registrants between the Austin airport, their hotels, and the 37 sanctioned clubs...

    by Jeff Stark on April 1, 1998
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    What the Fuck Is Greil Marcus Writing About on Page 2 of the New York Times' Arts Section Every Monday? The first of the year saw Berkeley's Greil Marcus debuting a new column in the New York Times. Marcus is the longtime rock critic, author (Mystery...

    by Bill Wyman on March 25, 1998
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    House of Tudor

    Halfway through a recent Asylum Street Spankers show, Mysterious John, the elegantly dressed master of ceremonies for the all-acoustic Nashville-style medicine show, stops to scrutinize the crowd with a huckster's eye. This has not been the first int...

    by Silke Tudor on March 25, 1998
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    Chris Whitley If you caught either of Texas-born New Yorker Chris Whitley's last two appearances at the Bottom of the Hill, then you already know the greasy sexiness of his voice, the acidic sound of his electric guitar, and the forcefulness of h...

    by Paul Kimball on March 25, 1998
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    Being Country - Guitarist Bill Frisell and jazz's move away from the city

    A shy man with a goofy live presence -- he likes to haunt the back of the stage -- jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has an active, quirky sense of humor. He's written pieces such as "Rag" and "Tag," "Pip, Squeak," and a two-part tribute to Jimmy Carter. H...

    by Michael Ullman on March 25, 1998
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    Reviews

    Madonna Ray of Light (Maverick) "I traded fame for love," are the first words out of Madonna's mouth on Ray of Light. Like hell she did. If she's indeed found true love, as the album keeps reminding you she has, she certainly didn't trade h...

    by Jill Stauffer on March 25, 1998
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    Reverend Horton Heat Space Heater (Interscope) What you need to know about Reverend Horton Heat is that in the early '90s he had enough indie cred to make loans to wannabe rockabillys. Now, he's the one who needs to borrow. The hard part of...

    by Martin Johnson on March 18, 1998
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