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    Luscious Jackson, Eels Recording with producer Daniel Lanois, the women of Luscious Jackson have developed a new, more refined attitude for their second album, Fever In Fever Out. The record, a sleeper in more ways than one, is a sort of Connecti...

    by James Sullivan on February 12, 1997
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    Marshall Allen Along with recently departed tenor saxophonist John Gilmore, altoist Marshall Allen was a mainstay in Sun Ra's groundbreaking Arkestra for nearly 40 years until the cosmic commander's passing in 1993. Allen's tenure with Sun Ra for...

    by Sam Prestianni on February 5, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Slap and Tickle Punk rock is fast approaching middle age. It was only a matter of time before spikey-haired yobs were touting the benefits of air bags and morning freshness, but somewhere between DIY and Subaru endorsements there was bound to be a mo...

    by Michael Batty on February 5, 1997
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    Sneaker Pimps Imagine an Alfred Hitchcock thriller -- meticulously prepared but deliberately eerie and emotionally evasive -- rebirthed as a present-day pop song, with all the sonically acquisitive tendencies of that form. That's the Sneaker Pimp...

    by James Sullivan on February 5, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Richard Buckner said once that he was as likely to head a klezmer band as a country band, it just depended on the musicians he was with at the time. Still, Buckner and his Doubters have been credited for helping to establish San Francisco's alternaco...

    by Silke Tudor on February 5, 1997
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    Is It Live?

    Jamiroquai Bimbo's 365 Club Monday, Jan. 27 I hate grandstanders who don't deliver. You know the type: the band leader who's a little too flamboyant for his own good given his contributions to whatever it is about the band that gets the fan...

    by Victor Haseman on February 5, 1997
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    Recordings

    Built to Spill Perfect From Now On (Warner Bros.) Built to Spill, who are good at many things, seem to be better at nothing than their ability to layer. And by that I don't mean producing some studio-phonic deluge as indigestible as a fie...

    by Martin Johnson on February 5, 1997
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    Ponche

    Los Van Van, Los Compas Maritime Hall Saturday, Jan. 18 With cries of "Viva Cuba," thousands packed Maritime Hall over two nights to greet the Cuban supergroup Los Van Van and savor a rare taste of Caribbean musical nirvana. (Their name tra...

    by Jesse "Chuy" Varela on January 29, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    The long-awaited grand opening of "Stinky's Peepshow" promises even more than the name might suggest -- if that is possible. Sure, there will be big (and we mean BIG), bodacious, and beautiful go-go dancers who will feast on vats of cocktail weenies ...

    by Silke Tudor on January 29, 1997
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    The Olivia Tremor Control Debuting with a solid triple record has about as much chance for success as Brett Easton Ellis might have had writing "The Waste Land." Which is another way of saying that the Olivia Tremor Control's Music From the Unrea...

    by Jeff Stark on January 29, 1997
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    Recordings

    John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope (RCA Victor) It occurs to me that if Ronald McDonald and his vast empire of cow grinders could only figure out a way to pretty up the cess from their franchise restrooms, they wouldn't mind feeding you ...

    by Cath Carroll on January 29, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    The Mighty Donut said, "Let there be Snack Rock!" And there was Snack Rock. It was good, but still there were those who ignored the truth and beauty of the Snack. To spread the word, four superheroes were chosen. They traveled throughout the land in ...

    by Silke Tudor on January 29, 1997
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    Warm Wires San Francisco's Warm Wires write quirky songs more inventive than Edison patents, more infectious than strep, and more addictive than crack. On the Wires' debut, Severe Comfort, former Harm Farmer and Nest orchestrator B. Mossman's fir...

    by Jeff Stark on January 29, 1997
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    Samples

    Turn a Blind Eye Thunder Winkie are playing next week at the Paradise Lounge! And, by some stroke of booking genius, they are playing not one, not two, but three consecutive nights -- you know, to take the pressure off of the door staff. Perhaps ...

    by Silke Tudor on January 29, 1997
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    Christ on a Crutch

    Marilyn Manson, L7 The Warfield Tuesday, Jan. 21 My curiosity was first raised when my stepbrother, over Thanksgiving dish-drying duties, informed me with fire in his temples that he hated Marilyn Manson. It seems that Manson has made destr...

    by Paul Kimball on January 29, 1997
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    Andrew Cyrille and Carlos Ward; Miya Masaoka and George Lewis Expect an earful when Koncepts Cultural Gallery presents its fifth annual "Double-Up" series beginning this weekend and running for the next two Saturdays. The opening event showcases ...

    by Sam Prestianni on January 29, 1997
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    Imperial Teen, Track Star, Henry's Dress At the Great American Music Hall, it's pop for pop's sake with two sweets and a sour. First up is Henry's Dress, an Albuquerque, N.M., transplant, who have received far more (well-deserved) kind words from...

    by Jeff Stark on January 22, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    We have seen the evolution of Henry Rollins from angry, young, punk vocalist to angrier, not-so-young, punk poet and publisher. The evolution is perhaps not as remarkable as the fact that Hank's audience is completely happy to play along. What other ...

    by Silke Tudor on January 22, 1997
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    Graham Connah's NoPorkestra & Chorus Anyone who's seen jazz pianist Graham Connah in concert is familiar with his fun-loving fascination with language. From droll, between-song wisecracks to clever album titles (like his palindromic debut, Snaps ...

    by Sam Prestianni on January 22, 1997
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    Dead and Buried

    Swans, Windsor for the Derby Great American Music Hall Sunday, Jan. 12 Unsurprising, and heartwarming, was the conversation overheard in line at the Great American Music Hall. To paraphrase the unseen woman behind me, speaking of a friend: ...

    by Michael Batty on January 22, 1997
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