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    Pras Ghetto Supastar (Columbia) A solo recording from a member of the best-selling rap group of the '90s should be a piece of cake, but, things got complicated for Prakazrel "Pras" Michel en route to the dessert table. Pras, one-third of th...

    by Brian Alcorn on November 4, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    Suckers Normally we don't fall for cheap publicity stunts. But every once in a while some band -- well, it's usually the Gun & Doll Show -- manages to impress us with clever, if sometimes poorly executed, promotional gimmicks. (They once hired a plan...

    by Heather Wisner on November 4, 1998
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    House of Tudor

    We didn't need to be beaten over the head with the scores from Titanic and Pulp Fiction to realize that movie soundtracks long ago ceased being background noise. At their worst, soundtracks generate big cash without having any conceivable relationshi...

    by Silke Tudor on November 4, 1998
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    Forever Young

    Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966 -- The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert (Columbia/Legacy) In the booklet for his 1985 career anthology, Biograph, Bob Dylan mused on the differences between his rapturously receive...

    by Gilbert Garcia on November 4, 1998
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    Reviews

    Bang on a Can All-Stars Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Wednesday, Oct. 21 When Brian Eno spoke at the Imagination Conference here in 1996, he credited two San Francisco-related incidents as influencing his music in general, and Music for A...

    by Michael Ullman on October 28, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    Scream III Just in time for the season of ghouls, Chris Cobb and fellow San Francisco Art Institute student Paul Quinones offer up "All the Screaming You Will Ever Need." Cobb, the 28-year-old interdisciplinary artist who brought us the subtly tunefu...

    by Heather Wisner on October 28, 1998
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    House of Tudor

    To call the Raincoats post-punk's most exhilarating all-girl band would be an insult. In 1978, the members of the inspiring group were already in their mid-20s (guitarist Ana da Silva was nearly -- gasp! -- 30). They were women at the time, musicians...

    by Silke Tudor on October 28, 1998
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    Spooky Running Wild - The world's most eclectic spinner on music theory, DJ culture, and the narrative human voice

    DJ Spooky chooses his words methodically, with the same kind of care he uses to pick samples for his deeply atmos-pheric hip-hop records. Posed with a question, the young man also known as Paul Miller leans back in an old wooden office chair and slow...

    by Robert Arriaga on October 28, 1998
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    Melding Pot - Kronos Quartet blends history, cultures, and classical music

    Serrated strings of ear-bleed intensity saw through the silence like air raid sirens. Then a sharp decrescendo reduces the din to a faint, tormented echo. The music's dynamic rocks back and forth like this, escalating to an epic tension in the 90-sec...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 28, 1998
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    Hear This

    Ill Repute, Agent Orange, SNFU Eighties punk is not dead. Like random lineages through the Great Plague, a few bands survived through the dark early 1990s, maintaining a link to the famed hardcore heyday of 1983. Back then, bills featuring Agent ...

    by Robert Arriaga on October 21, 1998
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    Into the Groovy

    Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture By Simon Reynolds (Little, Brown) Let me begin by stating that I have seen Simon Reynolds do the methylenedioxymethamphetamine boogie. Moreover, I have on occasion shared water b...

    by Will Hermes on October 21, 1998
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    Hear This

    Anonymous 4 Anonymous 4 is one of a handful of peculiar a cappella groups to top the Billboard classical chart in the past decade by making the church palatable for the spiritually bereft masses. Scholarly explorers of medieval chant and early po...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 21, 1998
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    Wammies Winners

    Americana/Roots The Eric McFadden Experience Hard Rock Old Grandad Hip Hop/Turntablist Invisibl Skratch Piklz International Omar Sosa Jazz/Swing Lee Press-On & the Nails Punk The Donnas Reggae/Ska Critical Mass...

    on October 21, 1998
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    House of Tudor

    For over six months, multimedia artist NG Yrizarry and his roommate, potter and jewelry maker William Richard Kuchler, have lived without heat or electricity. They have waded through a bog of bureaucratic paperwork and grappled with city officials, a...

    by Silke Tudor on October 21, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    The Many Faces of essence Dear Riff Raff Readers: We recently realized that, for the first time ever, we had been holding out on you, hoarding precious materials for ourselves like selfish teen-age girls and so much cheap makeup. Some time ago, you s...

    by Heather Wisner on October 21, 1998
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    Reviews

    The Murder City Devils Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts (Sub Pop) Sunny Day Real Estate How It Feels to Be Something On (Sub Pop) What is it with guys and their feelings these days? On one side there're navel-gazing emotional-flagella...

    by Melissa Piazza on October 21, 1998
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    Hear This

    Jets to Brazil There's a big difference between selling out and growing up. Unfortunately for the pop-punk band Jawbreaker, fans didn't see it that way. Their final album, Dear You, shed the gravel-laden vocals and hard-edged power chords for ric...

    by Robert Arriaga on October 14, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    A Jazzman's Life Bay Area composer and tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman died of cancer in his home Thursday morning, Oct. 8. He was 51. A colossal improviser and kindhearted father figure to many in the local creative-music community, Spearman's loss...

    by Heather Wisner on October 14, 1998
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    Reviews

    A Tribe Called Quest The Love Movement (Jive) This summer A Tribe Called Quest -- who had brought a unique flair and unpretentious intelligence to hip hop for almost 10 years -- announced that they would release one more record and break up...

    by Brian Alcorn on October 14, 1998
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    SF Weekly's Wammies '98

    Americana/Roots Wilson Gil& the Willful Sinners Wilson Gil brushes off old memories like any good yarn-spinning country singer. But the urban Gil finds his grit in the city he loves, not along a dusty trail. Ten years of highs and lows in San F...

    by Heather Wisner on October 14, 1998
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