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    RAGGED DOLLS

    Johnny Rzeznik, vocalist/guitarist for the Goo Goo Dolls, describes his reaction to A Boy Named Goo, his group's latest excursion into power pop, with characteristic candor. "I like it more than I thought I would," he says. "I always hate everything ...

    by John Jesitus on July 12, 1995
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    HARTFORD ATTACK

    Even if multi-instrumentalist John Hartford found a cure for cancer, the discovery would probably be overshadowed by what the public sees as an even greater achievement--his writing of "Gentle on My Mind," a hit for Glen Campbell in 1968. But it's be...

    by Linda Gruno on July 12, 1995
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    THE PETER PRINCIPLE

    The image that's long defined Peter Murphy simply does not exist anymore--if it ever did. The former frontman for England's Bauhaus (the standard-bearer for the early Eighties gothic movement), Murphy has a reputation as a pretentious vampire wannabe...

    by Justin McLean on July 12, 1995
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    STICK A FORK IN IT - FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, LOLLAPALOOZA IS DONE.

    David Yow tried everything. The lead singer for the Jesus Lizard, second on the lineup at the Lollapalooza Festival (which stopped at Fiddler's Green on July 8), jumped into the crowd and berated several people in his path from a distance of approxim...

    by Michael Roberts on July 12, 1995
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    PLAYING IT COOLIO - HOW DO YOU GO FROM BEING A JUNKIE TO A RAP STAR? COOLIO KNOWS.

    Gangsta-rap performers who've led lives of crime have a leg up in the street credibility game. Snoop Doggy Dogg (soon to be tried for murder) and Tupac Shakur (in stir for offenses including sexual assault) have ridden their recent fights with the la...

    by Michael Roberts on July 5, 1995
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    A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE - DENVER-BASED HARRIET THE SPY LOOKS FOR PUNK IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES.

    Ask bassist/vocalist Myke Spy of Denver's Harriet the Spy to elaborate on his band's music and you won't get a single reply. Instead, you'll get a whole series of them. Reply number one: "I like Jean-Luc Godard. I want our music to be like one lo...

    by Steve Boland on July 5, 1995
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    JESUS LIZARD SUPERSTAR - PROBABLY NOT--BUT LOLLAPALOOZA REMAINS THE BIGGEST GIG YET FOR CHICAGO'S JESUS LIZARD.

    Bassist David Sims has no idea where his act, the Jesus Lizard, fits in with the rest of this year's Lollapalooza main-stagers. "We're certainly not the headliner," he notes. "And I don't know if I could convince you we're one of the girl bands o...

    by Brad Jones on July 5, 1995
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    RUSH'S HOUR - THE TIME MAY FINALLY HAVE COME FOR OTIS RUSH.

    A generation of English blues rockers, including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Mick Jagger and Jimmy Page, have acknowledged that guitarist/vocalist Otis Rush has provided them with divine musical inspiration. But Rush, who's 61, is not the t...

    by Linda Gruno on July 5, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Perez Prado Mondo Mambo! The Best of Perez Prado and His Orchestra (RCA/Rhino) Various Artists Mambo Mania! The Kings & Queens of Mambo (Rhino) At its best, the mambo, a boisterous style of Latin dance music, is absolutely hysterical. Trumpet...

    by Linda Gruno on June 21, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Deborah Henson-Conant, Friday, June 23, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is a jazz virtuoso and superior improviser with an unlikely specialty--the 47-string grand concert harp. A native Californian now based in New England, she first learned about the ha...

    by Linda Gruno on June 21, 1995
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    CRITICS' CHOICE - FROM GLASS EYE TO DEAD DOG'S EYEBALL, K. MCCARTY HAS A UNIQUE VISION.

    If you're wondering why Austin-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist K. (for Kathy) McCarty has won the hearts of so many music journalists, bend an ear to her list of favorite artists. "Richard Thompson," she says. "I've been listening to him pre...

    by Michael Roberts on June 21, 1995
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    TOURETTE SYNDROME - LIFE IS A DRAG FOR PUSSY TOURETTE--AND THAT'S THE WAY HE LIKES IT.

    A local high school boy who's seen "...kiss," a video that's been popping up late at night on MTV, has kind words for its singer, Pussy Tourette. She's pretty cool, he says, and not bad-looking. And, he adds, she "has a nice bod. Real muscular for a ...

    by Linda Gruno on June 21, 1995
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    THE CASSANDRA CROSSOVER - CASSANDRA WILSON MAKES JAZZ MEANT FOR THE MASSES--AND SHE KNOWS IT.

    Cassandra Wilson is a big fan of Cassandra Wilson. When asked how she's able to appeal to both Kenny G listeners and the Ornette Coleman followers who despise Bill Clinton's favorite saxophonist, Wilson, a woman who's infused the jazz-vocal tradition...

    by Michael Roberts on June 21, 1995
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    HIPPIE NO MORE

    If you put a typical CU student at the front of a successful hippie/funk/R&B band and allowed that person to see nothing but an endless road filled with multicolored Volkswagens, to wear nothing but tie-dyed T-shirts and to hear nothing but the Allma...

    by Steve Gray on June 21, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    The Apples Fun Trick Noisemaker (spinART) Last year, Apples frontman Robert Schneider told Westword he wanted to write "uplifting" songs that had a "transcendent quality" about them. Judging from Fun Trick Noisemaker, the act's spinART debut, Sch...

    by Linda Gruno on June 14, 1995
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    CRIMSON TIDE - THIS YEAR'S MODEL OF KING CRIMSON IS A BLAST FROM THE PAST--AND THE FUTURE.

    "Because I've been in King Crimson and Yes and Genesis," says Bill Bruford, among the planet's best-known drummers, "I always get the stuff about British progressive rock--which is not a subject dear to my heart. It's a term that journalists invented...

    by Michael Roberts on June 14, 1995
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    ANI GET YOUR SONG

    For most music aficionados, the terms "punk" and "folk" exist at opposite ends of the musical spectrum. But for self-described punk folksinger Ani DiFranco, the two genres are practically one and the same. "In my mind, they aren't all that different,...

    by Brad Jones on June 14, 1995
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    STRETCHING OUT - ELASTICA TAKES A RIDE ON THE NEW WAVE OF NEW WAVE.

    Justine Frischmann, the lead vocalist and guitarist for England's Elastica, has been hearing the comments since her quartet came to public attention in 1993: You sound like this band, you sound like that band. She insists that these gibes don't bothe...

    by Michael Roberts on June 14, 1995
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    COOKS OF THE HOUSE

    To simplify labeling, the members of the Denver-based septet known as Groove Kitchen refer to their music as acid jazz--and they definitely don't believe the term should be interpreted pejoratively. Dogmatists may regard acid jazz as the redheaded st...

    by Linda Gruno on June 14, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    The Magnetic Fields The Charm of the Highway Strip (Merge) The 6ths Wasps' Nests (London) The man behind both of these projects is Stephin Merritt, whose unique pairings of obvious scenarios and basic instrumentation border on pop genius. But...

    by Jason Horwitch on June 7, 1995
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