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  • Perfect Circles

    published December 30, 1998

    Short and simple, with a basic format and concrete posts to attach these judgments to, the following list is a survey of the year's records that... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published December 23, 1998

    The Bottle Rockets Friday, Dec. 25; Hi-Pointe By now you know the story: A year ago, the Bottle Rockets signed with Atlantic and... More >>

  • Local Time

    published December 23, 1998

    SOUTH GRAND TOUR: Despite the virtual muzzle placed on South Grand clubs by the powers that be in the area ("No live rock music or we'll harass... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published December 23, 1998

    CONTEST ALERT: Attention, musicians: You've got until midnight New Year's Eve to submit your two-song demo to Musician magazine's Best Unsigned... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published December 16, 1998

    'N SYNC WAS HOT: I was partial to Chris, but Justin was damn cute, too. Joey wasn't really my type, and Lance seems to have gained a few pounds in... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published December 16, 1998

    Number One Cup with Ring, Cicada and Glory for Champions Thursday, Dec. 17; Cicero's These days Chicago is teeming with strange, clever... More >>

  • Local Time

    published December 16, 1998

    RETRO MANIA: Folks may remember David Simon as a skinny skate kid playing the bass for Blank Space, a group carved out under the twin influences... More >>

  • Chesnutt Roasting

    published December 16, 1998

    A few years ago, browsing through a junk shop, I came upon a cardboard box full of photographs, a few hundred of them, mainly brown-and-gold or... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published December 9, 1998

    'N Sync Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9 & 10; American Theatre My niece likes them and so do all her little girlfriends, and... More >>

  • Buggin' Up

    published December 9, 1998

    "It matters very little to God whether or not a piece of music is Jazz," says clarinetist Don Byron in the liner notes to his remarkable 1996 CD... More >>

  • Howe Gelb

    published December 9, 1998

    Though his address seems to be in Tucson, I imagine Howe Gelb living in an isolated shack somewhere in the desert, and the only way to get there... More >>

  • The Winners of the 1998 Slammies Music Awards

    published December 9, 1998

    Keith Richards once dismissed a writer's assertion that the Rolling Stones were the greatest rock & roll band ever by simply stating that on any... More >>

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    published December 9, 1998

    "What started me recording," Howlin' Wolf says in Peter Guralnick's landmark book Feel Like Going Home, "Ike Turner carried me over to Memphis to... More >>

  • Local Time

    published December 9, 1998

    VITAMEN A AGAIN: Over the years, Vitamen A employed nine or 10 musicians, with the lineup changes reflecting some vastly different influences and... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published December 2, 1998

    SYMPHONY SCORES: With most of the major record labels releasing far fewer classical recordings than ever before, major orchestras once guaranteed... More >>

  • Beck to the Future

    published December 2, 1998

    MUTATIONS Beck (DGC) (Note: The following words have as their intended audience the adults, not the kids -- those who grew up on a diet... More >>

  • Local Time

    published December 2, 1998

    MEI LING LIST: The Rocket Bar used to be called Pablo's. It's next door to the Side Door/Hot Locust complex. When the highfalutin contingent got... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published December 2, 1998

    Neil Diamond Friday, Dec. 4; Kiel Center Somewhere back in the mid- to late-1970s Neil Diamond, at the peak of his popularity with the... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published November 25, 1998

    SELF-HELL: Sadly, it was inevitable: a self-help book that uses as its springboard rock music. All You Need Is Love, by Pete Fornatale and Bill... More >>

  • A Moment's Notice!

    published November 25, 1998

    CHOTTO MATTE A MOMENT! icu (K Records) Give thanks for electronic punk music, for beat-based DIY party music made just for the... More >>

  • Long-Distance Runners

    published November 25, 1998

    "Of course," says Ian MacKaye of Fugazi when asked whether he still considers Fugazi a punk band. "Of course," he adamantly repeats, "but I also... More >>

  • Bijou Blowout

    published November 25, 1998

    The fate of the remarkable video collection of the recently shuttered Bijou Video on Delmar has been determined. Starting at 10 a.m Friday, Nov.... More >>

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