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    Local Time

    TORCH SONGS: The science fiction of music, electronica, may still be an underground phenomenon locally, but nationally and internationally it's all over the place, from office soirees to fashion shows and car commercials to bar mitzvahs. You can hear...

    by Jordan Oakes on March 10, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Mudhoney Thursday, March 11; the Galaxy The Sins of Their Progeny, Part II: It's tempting to kick Mudhoney in the collective shin for their part in spawning Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and all the other overwrought, be...

    by Randall Roberts on March 10, 1999
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    Listening Post

    A LITTLE LOVIN': Is there any song as alluring as Dusty Springfield's version of "Just a Little Lovin'"? With a smoky, sleepy tone, she sings of the pleasures of early-morning lovin' in such a gentle but powerful manner that it evokes a whole landsca...

    by Randall Roberts on March 10, 1999
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    French Fried

    VARIOUS ARTISTS Respect Is Burning, Volume 2 (Astralwerks) Why is it that most people, even music lovers, in this country roll their eyes at the mere mention of the word "techno"? Honestly, it always leaves me a bit puzzled. That is,...

    by Roy Kasten on March 10, 1999
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    Data Transfer

    Morton Subotnick appears as part of Art, Design and Music in the Electronic Age, a conference sponsored by the Humanities Department of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "Last year we had a conference called Print Culture in the Electronic Age wh...

    on March 10, 1999
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    The Silver Age - Influential electronic-music pioneer Morton Subotnick appears as part of UM-St. Louis's art and technology conference

    Morton Subotnick generates Big Ideas -- about music, about art, about technology, about the relationship between them, and about the potential in music for "a truly new medium." So many ideas, in fact, that his mind and language seem to work like a C...

    by Randall Roberts on March 10, 1999
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    The Whole Truth

    As a rule, three things plague most tribute albums: (1) excessive piety or nostalgia for the tributee; (2) hubris on the part of the interpreters; and (3) pure pointlessness. We'll ignore the rapacity of record labels looking for one more way to cash...

    by Roy Kasten on March 3, 1999
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    Local Time

    "Why don't you people fucking dance?" was the feel-good plea of the evening at the Side Door last Tuesday, as a bunch of young go-getters called Necro Creep spread the good love throughout the sparse crowd, then introduced the next song: "This song's...

    by Randall Roberts on March 3, 1999
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    Able Hands

    Rob Swift has fat ambitions: He wants to change the way you hear the turntable. To him, decks are not to be relegated to backstage wick-wick-wacking and dope beat pumping; instead, he wants to scratch out respectability for the turntable as a musical...

    by Matthew Hilburn on March 3, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Don Walser Thursday, March 4; St. Louis Brewery Tap Room Not for nothing is country singer Don Walser known as the "Pavarotti of the Plains." Walser's sonorous tenor voice is a wonder, especially when you consider how it's still in prime fo...

    by Randall Roberts on March 3, 1999
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    Pixilated Pictures

    The work of Scottish band the Pastels isn't something you'd immediately consider for a remix project. Over the course of their 15-year "career," they've remained defiantly unconcerned with current trends and flavor-of-the-week fads, preferring to cre...

    by Randall Roberts on February 24, 1999
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    Room to Roam - Son Volt returns to St. Louis to support Wide Swing Tremolo

    Across the Jefferson Barracks bridge into Illinois, the writer and photographer are driving Route 3 and 158 through Columbia and into Millstadt. They find the two-tavern village, originally settled by German immigrants, among the Mississippi River fa...

    by Roy Kasten on February 24, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Sphere Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 24-27; Jazz at the Bistro You know, of course, what the word "sphere" means. But in the world of jazz, the word is loaded with additional layers. Sphere was the middle name taken by legendary pianist Thelonious M...

    by Randall Roberts on February 24, 1999
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    Listening Post

    RE-EXISTENCE: Ultraman is back -- as in "re-formed," as in "This is a new thing," says singer Tim Jamison, "with new members. This first show is going to be all originals, but by the second show, if all goes as planned and we have fun -- and anybody ...

    by Randall Roberts on February 24, 1999
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    Local Time

    NIHILIST SPASMS: Is Venereal Electric the dumbest band to come out of St. Louis since the Strangulated Beatoffs? Is there any question about it? As in, so dumb that it's kinda brilliant? Do you care? Do you have the foggiest idea what I'm talking abo...

    by Randall Roberts on February 24, 1999
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    Listening Post

    AS IF THEY NEED MORE MONEY: What was supposed to arrive in no less than a decade, according to Web experts a few years ago, is now on the fast track to realization this year: Web delivery of music from the major labels. Get on the Internet, click on ...

    by Randall Roberts on February 17, 1999
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    Local Time

    BLINDED WITH SCIENCE: In a recent article on hip-hop in St. Louis ("Meet the Beat," RFT, Feb. 3), I neglected to pump the best hip-hop radio show in St. Louis, The Science, which is broadcast live by KDHX (88.1 FM) from Blueberry Hill's Elvis Room ev...

    by Randall Roberts on February 17, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Willie Nelson Thursday, Feb. 18; Blue Note (Columbia, Mo.) Is there a figure in popular music as mercurial as Willie Nelson? A country-music legend who first conquered Nashville on its own terms in the 1950s and '60s by writing timeless cla...

    by Randall Roberts on February 17, 1999
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    Rhythm Regatta - Isaac Hayes performs in the hallowed halls of Powell as part of the Blues, Roots, Honks and Moans Festival

    Isaac Hayes, the music legend who has performed gospel, blues, jazz and R&B -- sometimes all in the course of a single lengthy song -- is an ideal choice to headline this week's Blues, Roots, Honks and Moans festival at Powell Hall. His career has t...

    by Terry Perkins on February 17, 1999
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    Secret Stars

    The recipe for the average guitar-based rock band these days can be captured in two words: dumb fusion -- combining two or three genres, making them sound new and clever without actually creating music that's really new, as in "fresh and never been h...

    by Randall Roberts on February 17, 1999
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