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    The House of Tudor

    In '92 the Cramps released Blues Fix, a delightful four-song tribute to the likes of Captain Beefheart and Lightnin' Slim. In the same year former Pussy Galore frontman Jon Spencer came out with Crypt Style, which debuted his new trio, the Jon Spence...

    by Silke Tudor on March 19, 1997
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    Recordings

    Serge Gainsbourg Comic Strip Couleur Cafe Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin (Mercury) The music industry's cartoon characters are often even more amusing and intriguing (and less human) than those inhabiting your average Chuck Jones-era Warne...

    by Sam Prestianni on March 19, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    Sunday morning, along Market Street, stalwart lovers of Eire flatten themselves against the cement gray walls of the Financial District in an attempt to avoid the rain. The weather for today's St. Patrick's Day Parade is a far cry from last year's 90...

    by Silke Tudor on March 19, 1997
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    Suburban Renewal - Pavement vs. Poison in the burbs

    I'm sitting there in the dark of the movie theater, slightly confused, wondering what's wrong in Suburbia. Richard Linklater's new film captures hauntingly well the sick-of-it-all restlessness and cruelty of bored post-adolescents trapped in a world ...

    by Andi Zeisler on March 19, 1997
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    Take the Bait - Our correspondent hooks a whopper in the Atlantic Northeast

    The cliffs rise bleak and black in thick fog and the Atlantic roars in from the Arctic and smashes skyward in periodic explosions of foam. It's a twilit 3 in the afternoon on the outskirts of St. John's, Newfoundland, and the negative 12 wind chill s...

    by Curtis Bonney on March 19, 1997
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    Hear This

    Fred Frith Like fellow Briton Derek Bailey, Fred Frith is one of the guitar's foremost deconstructors. For over 30 years he has explored demolition-style methods for evoking nonconventional sounds out of the standard rock 'n' roll axe. His succes...

    by Sam Prestianni on March 19, 1997
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    Hear This

    Tijuana No, Psychosomatic, Lodo y Asfalto Since its emergence in the early '80s, Spanish-language rock 'n' roll has fought its way from the streets of Mexico, Latin America, and Spain onto the pop charts. While bands like Mana and Cafe Tacuba rep...

    by Jesse "Chuy" Varela on March 12, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    The warmth of a Tuesday night in spring and the promise of never-before-seen "sexploitation" has brought all the would-be hooligans out of hiding. A group of six or seven gathers outside the Transmission Theater, checking out the broads and flicking ...

    by Silke Tudor on March 12, 1997
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    Nooner

    Noise Pop '97: Fluf, PeeChees, Decal, Frogpond Bottom of the Hill Saturday, March 1 Dismiss, if you like, the whole idea of going to a rock show indoors at noon on a Saturday. I'm all for it, lack of outdoor festival "glamour" notwithstandi...

    by Michael Batty on March 12, 1997
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    Recordings

    Starfish Frustrated (Trance Syndicate) Frustrated, by Austin hardcore/post-punk/ditty-pop range finders Starfish, offers a preponderance of great tracks and flaunts many of the finest features of indie rock. On the other hand, it's also b...

    by Curtis Bonney on March 12, 1997
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    Du Me

    Noise Pop '97: Archers of Loaf, Knapsack, Engine 88, Spoon, Peppercorn Bimbo's 365 Club Thursday, Feb. 27 On the opening night of Noise Pop '97 four teen-age girls from planet Alternia -- identified by their exposed bellybuttons and reflect...

    by Jeff Stark on March 12, 1997
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    Spanish Fly Sly and savvy, NYC trio Spanish Fly combines "high art" virtuosity with goofball aesthetics. Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Marcus Rojas (tuba), and Tronzo (guitar) each have a signature sound that gets them lots of calls for uptown gigs...

    by Sam Prestianni on March 12, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Stick It to the Man The world keeps getting better for the band whose name cannot be spoken. Last week, bicoastal slo-fiers Fuck watched the ink dry on a four-album deal with Matador Records. The label will release the band's third full-length, Pardo...

    by Bill Wyman on March 12, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Since Night Crawler went tiki (Feb. 26), Hawaiian-shirt enthusiasts have been pounding away at my little thatched door. It has been a colorful experience, but not always an aurally satisfying one. Thankfully, downhear Lounge has come to the rescue wi...

    by Silke Tudor on March 12, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Space may write the very best spring-cleaning music since ABBA (or the underappreciated Pale). Wait, before you turn the page, remember that this is no small achievement. How many bands have the power to make you grin and hum while you are scraping d...

    by Silke Tudor on March 5, 1997
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    Hear This

    The Softies One of the most aptly named bands in the annals of indie rock, the Softies play the aural equivalent of chamomile tea spiked with arsenic. Rose Melberg and Jen Sbragia, two women with pastel electric guitars, write songs that lilt and...

    by Jeff Stark on March 5, 1997
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    Hear This

    Dan Plonsey Dan Plonsey is the quintessential "out" cat. From his passion for supra-earthly sounds to his day gig in the astronomy department at UC Berkeley, Plonsey's interests often lie well outside the mainstream. He dubbed his host computer "...

    by Sam Prestianni on March 5, 1997
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    Country Candor

    Merle Haggard & the Strangers, The Bulls, The Geezers Maritime Hall Saturday, Feb. 22 "Pardon me," said the grinning cowboy as he slid past, a plastic cup of beer balanced in each hand. The happy bastard had fortitude, I'll give him that. I...

    by Paul Kimball on March 5, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    A leather-clad motorcyclist roars onto the sidewalk outside Crucible Steel Gallery Saturday night. He pulls off his steel-gray helmet to expose a shorn head and a hard-set chin. He is English -- Northern if the drawn-out vowels are any indication. He...

    by Silke Tudor on March 5, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Up & down and Moving On After nearly five years of running the Up & down Club, one of San Francisco's more interesting supper clubs, co-owner/founder J.J. Morgan sold his portion of the business to his partners: Christy Turlington, Erin Turlington-Wh...

    by Bill Wyman on March 5, 1997
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