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  • Critical Mass

    published December 29, 1999

    As anyone who's read Nick Hornby's High Fidelity knows, music critics -- especially that species known as Criticus hiparawkasauraus... More >>


    published December 8, 1999

    If you think about such things at all, Boston, Austin and Nashville probably come most readily to mind for their singer/songwriterly scenes. St.... More >>


    published December 1, 1999

    Framed in neon light from a sign that reads -- inside-out and backward, as if in a mirror -- FRESH PASTA, Dave Stone solos over a Charlie... More >>

  • Teddy Morgan and the Pistolas

    published November 17, 1999

    OK, you haven't heard of Teddy Morgan. His story: A Minneapolis kid struck by Bob Dylan and Lightnin' Hopkins before he was old enough to drive,... More >>


    published November 10, 1999

    With the spare flairlessness of a border town honky-tonk, La Onda is an essential anomaly. The building sits behind the I-44 on-ramp at... More >>

  • Fred J. Eaglesmith and the Flying Squirrels

    published October 13, 1999

    For most, Fred J. Eaglesmith's career begins, if at all, with Drive-In Movie, his first stateside release to get any attention, a... More >>

  • Kevin Gordon

    published September 22, 1999

    A sanctified organ whirring, a guitar strummed as if by a dying man's hand, a voice eroded past self-recognition and words so well chosen they... More >>


    published September 15, 1999

    The Dutchman's not the kind of man To keep his thumb jammed in the dam That holds his dreams in But that's a secret only Margaret... More >>

  • Meat Purveyors

    published September 8, 1999

    What to make of this Austin, Texas, quartet, who specialize in quadruple-time, banjoless bluegrass praise songs for tall boys (as in beer and... More >>


    published September 8, 1999

    Billy Bragg's first outings in the early '80s earned him the tag "a one-man Clash." It was always an unsatisfactory description, for his music... More >>

  • Johnny Dowd

    published September 1, 1999

    Johnny Dowd's first album, Wrong Side of Memphis, was the musical equivalent of The Blair Witch Project, but a fair bit scarier.... More >>

  • The Mollys with One Fell Swoop

    published August 25, 1999

    Like the whimsical invention of bookish, genre-gobbling roots-music fans like myself, the Mollys wear their multiculturalism on sleeves and... More >>


    published August 18, 1999

    Rock bands don't play the Sheldon. Likely that has something to do with the hall's impeccable acoustics, which function a bit like an X-ray... More >>


    published August 18, 1999

    A recent boxed set of Cuban music posits an enigma as a title: I Am Time. To get the full gist of the declaration, you have to go to Cuba... More >>


    published August 11, 1999

    If you're not clued in to the singer/songwriter scene in St. Louis, don't blame Kentaro Sugiyama. For close to two years, he's been... More >>

  • Sweet Janes

    published June 16, 1999

    Record No. 1 is a pop album of harrowing textures. Where will it find a home? Despite some occasionally thunderous bursts, the Mary Janes embed... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published June 16, 1999

    MID-MO MAGIC: You can only scream so loud for so long before you go hoarse or get bored and move on to another cause, and bellows have been heard... More >>

  • Country Club

    published June 9, 1999

    With the demise of MRMF and the disarray of the Blues Festival, Twangfest 3 offers what looks to be this summer's most consistent lineup of live... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published May 26, 1999

    BISTRO BOOKINGS: The 1998-99 Jazz at the Bistro season ended last Saturday, but next year's schedule is already about 70 percent complete. Gene... More >>

  • Ghost Upon the Road

    published May 19, 1999

    Champaign, Ill. Nov. 10, 1998. It's after the show, and Eric Andersen is charming the wine from a waitress. He smiles as placidly as a... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published May 12, 1999

    SWEET RELIEF: Remember Eddie Kendricks' silky falsetto flights on the Temptations' "Just My Imagination"? It's a prime slice of Americana, but... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published May 5, 1999

    RADIO WAVES: The late 1970s saw one of the great weirdo-pop explosions of all time. Punk and new wave weren't just about the handful of bands that... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published May 5, 1999

    Trey Anastasio Friday, May 7; American Theatre What to do if you're a Phish phanatic and can't wait for the group's summer tour,... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published April 28, 1999

    Truman's Water with 13 After and Ring, Cicada Thursday, April 29; Cicero's Truman's Water has always been a goddamn mess of a band,... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published April 7, 1999

    Digger Friday, April 9; Creepy Crawl Amid a sea of mediocre pop-punk bands trying to cash in and ride the Green Day wave (which has... More >>

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