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    Through the Past (Lightly)

    Rolling Stones Soldier Field, Chicago Tuesday, Sept. 23 When Keith Richards gets aroused, he gets a wild, distant look in his eye, his voice cracks, and his left leg rises slightly, the way a cat's hindquarters do when you stroke its butt. ...

    by Bill Wyman on October 1, 1997
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    Three Blind Mice

    Modest Mouse, Track Star, Red Stars Theory Bottom of the Hill Friday, Sept. 19 At the Bottom of the Hill two Fridays ago, the sold-out throng oozed smoke and perspiration. You had to stand still or slowly shift just to keep your shirt from ...

    by Jeff Stark on October 1, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    They move through Seacliff with relative calm. There is no honking or shouting. The bullhorns have fallen silent. In this pocket of manicured hedges and pedigreed shar-peis, noisemakers seem out of place. The 40-odd vehicles parading on their way to ...

    by Silke Tudor on October 1, 1997
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    Hear This

    Liberty Ellman With a rock-drummer dad and a supergroupie mom, Liberty Ellman was bound to be a guitar star. But Ellman didn't realize his true calling until he saw Purple Rain. As the glitter-sex images of Prince and his adulating, undulating en...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 1, 1997
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    House of Tudor

    As the name implies and the album corroborates, Mary Coughlan's After the Fall is the striking tale of a woman who drags herself out of the sewer by her own tonsils, and eventually manages to find some semblance of harmony. In 1985, Irish vocali...

    by Silke Tudor on October 1, 1997
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    Reviews

    Various Artists Wild Style Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Rhino) Back in 1982, artist/director Charlie Ahearn made a low-budget film about New York City's thriving graffiti/rap scene called Wild Style. Teeming with Kangols, gargantuan ...

    by Martin Johnson on September 24, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Punk Politesse With any luck, old punks will never end up like the rather depressing ex-hippies -- San Francisco can't afford the detritus of two dead subcultures reminiscing about bygone eras. Stop me if you've heard this one before: A bunch of agin...

    by Bill Wyman on September 24, 1997
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    Disposable Heroes of Hypocrisy

    Rage Against the Machine, Roots, Atari Teenage Riot Shoreline Amphitheater Monday, Sept. 15 The members of Rage Against the Machine are hypocrites. But claiming that hypocrisy invalidates Rage's message or success with the kiddies (U.S. 3.6...

    by Jeff Stark on September 24, 1997
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    Hear This

    Sebastian Robin Craig & the Manifold Acid Symphony Hetero, Christian, pimp, fag. Nigger, heathen, cracker, whore. Classical, soul, pop, jazz .... Composer/vocalist/producer Sebastian Robin Craig confronts these and other identity-related topics o...

    by Sam Prestianni on September 24, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Fans of X might be pleased to know that Exene Cervenkova (nee Cervenka) has deserted her less-than-inspired solo attempts at "mature" music. X fans might also be pleased to know that her new outfit, Auntie Christ (with X drummer D.J. Bonebrake, bassi...

    by Silke Tudor on September 24, 1997
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    Moonshine Over America With electronica tours multiplying faster than Perry Farrell's bank account balance, to recommend one would be to aid and abet the bastardization of a burgeoning scene that's struggled for respect. Cyberfest '97 deviates li...

    by Robert Arriaga on September 24, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    The Freak Show price of admission is arbitrary, but clearly displayed: Freakin' Insane $7; Freakin' But Not Insane $9; Cute or Sexy But No Costume $12; How Did You End Up Here $15. Fatima, an expert in the field of judging the monetary incentive of f...

    by Silke Tudor on September 24, 1997
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    Zoom Lens

    Festival !Cine Latino! For its Fifth Annual Festival ACine Latino! at three local theaters, CineAccion is presenting seven features, a whole bunch of shorts, and five films shot by Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. There will be work from...

    by Kathleen Maher on September 17, 1997
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    Wolfgang Fuchs Add to that list of dangerous European improvisers invading our shores of late -- John Butcher, Gianni Gebbia, Luc Houtkamp, Peter van Bergen -- the frighteningly articulate Wolfgang Fuchs from Germany. His Bits & Pieces: Solo & Du...

    by Sam Prestianni on September 17, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Last year, the clubgoing populace was inundated with more swing-side posturing than one could shake a swizzle stick at. But as the cigar smoke settles, it's comforting to realize that nightlife is just as reactionary as politics. The pendulum inevita...

    by Silke Tudor on September 17, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Selvin Watch: By the Numbers In newspaper writing, the saddest mistakes are the ones that are hard to make. That's why watching Joel Selvin's journalism career chokes us up so much. The Chronicle chief pop music critic, who wrote a book about famous ...

    by Bill Wyman on September 17, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    A young woman teeters outside Club 181 on 8-inch, patent leather stripper heels. The shoes are a gleaming shade of naughty nurse white that catches the eye from a block away -- perfect for a working girl stuck in the Tenderloin on a drizzly Sunday ni...

    by Silke Tudor on September 17, 1997
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    The Impotence of Being Earnest

    Phil Ochs Farewells & Fantasies (Elektra Traditions/Rhino) Despite himself, Phil Ochs just didn't like the cut of his gold lame suit. The liner notes to the excellent new Ochs retrospective, Farewells & Fantasies, tell us that the folk musi...

    by Michael Batty on September 17, 1997
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    Hear This

    Jurassic 5 These days, rap MCs claiming "the mad skills" are about as believable as a Haight Street hippie saying he's got real hash to sell. Believe them, and you'll be rewarded with jaded thoughts or pockets full of Play-Doh. Too many MCs fill ...

    by Robert Arriaga on September 17, 1997
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    Soul Searching

    Various Artists Beg Scream & Shout! The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul (Rhino) If popular culture is to be believed -- and, granted, as cultures go, it's a pathological liar -- the most important thing about soul music appears to be your response...

    by Michael Batty on September 10, 1997
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