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    Tortoise and the Ex In the Fishtank (Konkurrent/Touch and Go) The only commonality between Tortoise and the Ex, apart from the fact that both are remarkable ensembles in their own right, is that they thrive on unusual collaboration. The Chi...

    by John La Briola on August 5, 1999
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    Monster Magnets - After nearly twenty years, Electric Frankenstein has rock down to a mad science.

    The notion that the music industry is corrupt certainly isn't new--rock history is rife with scandalous tales of shifty, smooth-talking label weasels sticking it to unsuspecting musicians in orifices best probed only by proctologists. Sal Canzonieri,...

    by Brad Jones on July 29, 1999
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    The Donnas Get Skintight (Lookout! Records) Fresh out of Rock and Roll High School, these California girls unapologetically ooze piss and vinegar while chomping on their bubble gum. Blitzkrieging bopping to teen-queen ditties that mix hormo...

    by C.J. Janovy on July 29, 1999
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    The Man and His Symbols - Robyn Hitchcock's latest is out of his mind.

    Underneath the dulcet pop sensibility of Robyn Hitchcock's vast repertoire lurk some potentially unsettling images: having one's soul dry-cleaned, balloon people exploding, supping with the Devil and men with lightbulbs for heads, to name a few. And ...

    by Thomas Peake on July 29, 1999
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    End Transmission - Denver's pirate low-power radio station is pillaged by the FCC.

    Denver resident Dave Granger is a radio junkie who's not afraid to make waves in order to satisfy his addiction. So when the former disk jockey, production man and programmer with KTCL-FM/93.3 FM burned out on corporate rock and "too many dick jokes"...

    by Marty Jones on July 29, 1999
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    Backwash

    Coming to a strange town and trying to get at least a superficial handle on its music scene in a very short time is not quite as complicated as it may initially appear. In much the same way that you expect to see the same fast-food restaurants line t...

    by Laura Bond on July 29, 1999
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    The Wide World of Rap - Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.

    A quarter-century or so after its genesis, hip-hop has finally been acknowledged by the mainstream--but that doesn't mean that all of the misconceptions about it have been exploded. Generations of Americans continue to think of the genre not as an ar...

    by Michael Roberts on July 22, 1999
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    Tom Waits Mule Variations (Epitaph) Old Tom's career has followed the rarest of trajectories: He started out pretty good, only to get better. But how is Mule Variations? Unfortunately, it's pretty good. To understand why what would be ...

    by John Young on July 22, 1999
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    Barry Fey and Chuck Morris met in 1972, when Fey was the undisputed king of Denver concert promotion. After Morris joined Fey's company, Feyline, in 1975, they became all but inseparable. Fey was the best man at Morris's wedding, and he bankrolled th...

    by Michael Roberts on July 22, 1999
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    The Joy of Set - American Analog Set enters the Golden years.

    Evidence suggests that Fort Worth's American Analog Set may be effective in managing killer combinations of adult stress and juvenile attention-deficit disorder. Case in point: A six-year-old boy was recently observed repeatedly tossing a red plastic...

    by Amy Kiser on July 22, 1999
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    Friends of the Devil - Satan's Pilgrims continue to ride the surf-rock wave.

    What's in a name? According to Scott Pilgrim, guitarist for Portland, Oregon's favorite surf instrumentalists, Satan's Pilgrims, damned near everything. "When people hear the name 'Satan's Pilgrims' the first time around, they usually assume we're so...

    by Brad Jones on July 22, 1999
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    The Vinyl Solution - Gary Norris and Patrick Robinson have a great record collectionand they'd like to play some of it for you.

    With techno booming from every ESPN promo and truck commercial on the air, it would be easy to assume that electronic music is the only sound capable of getting Nineties kids on their feet. But Gary Norris and Patrick Robinson know better. These viny...

    by Kelly Lemieux on July 22, 1999
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    Better Living Through Chemistry - The Chemical Brothers try to move beyond the hype.

    Techno never completely invaded America, in part because the electronica revolution could not be televised. Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands, better known as the Chemical Brothers, are a case in point. Their music has plenty of personality and bravado, but...

    by Jenny Shank on July 15, 1999
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    Cibo Matto Stereo Type A (Warner Bros.) The latest serving from Cibo Matto has a tough meal to follow. The band's debut, 1996's Viva! La Woman, was a smorgasbord of wonderfully twisted hip-hop for the Food Channel set: selections included "...

    by Joshua Green on July 15, 1999
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    Dick Weissman, who's lived in Denver since 1972, is a performer, the chairman of the music and entertainment studies department at the University of Colorado-Denver, and an author of several books, including The Folk Music Sourcebook (with Larry Sand...

    by Michael Roberts on July 15, 1999
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    Punk Minus the Pop - The Clusterfux get dangerous.

    "The punk you see around now is the glam metal of the Nineties," says Josh Lent, the vocalist for Clusterfux. "It's almost to the point where it's embarrassing to say you're a punk, because people think of that cute little kid bouncing up and down wi...

    by James Mayo on July 15, 1999
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    Long Live the Revolution - Cubanismo! makes music in high Fidelity.

    When musical superlatives are dished out, they usually come with qualifiers attached--the greatest rock and roll group, the top hip-hop act, and so on. There's no shame, then, in ACubanismo!, an outfit fronted by brilliant trumpeter Jes?s Alemany, be...

    by Michael Roberts on July 15, 1999
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    More Songs of the Century - Part two of a pre-millennial trek through a hundred years of pop music.

    Last week in this space, we took a musical trip through the first half of the twentieth century--one tune at a time. This week the journey continues. In the list below, each year between 1950 and 1999 is twinned with a pop song that says somethi...

    by Michael Roberts on July 8, 1999
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    Teletunes is one of the longest-running music-video programs in the country: It began appearing on PBS affiliate KBDI-TV/Channel 12 under the handle FM-TV in February 1981, a full six months before MTV debuted. But after more than eighteen years, it ...

    by Michael Roberts on July 8, 1999
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    Minor Threat - The Rondelles prove that the kids are all right.

    Roommates Juliet Shango and Yukiko Moynihan just got fired from slinging hash at a Washington, D.C., eatery. As Moynihan puts it, "I'm just sitting at home, jobless." Fortunately, the summer's sultry weeks won't find these young women moping about an...

    by Amy Kiser on July 8, 1999
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