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    Sound Checks

    U.S. Maple with Lustre Kings and Sweep the Leg Johnny Friday, April 2; Rocket Bar It doesn't take a genius to make a mess of rock. You can be an idiot and make it work, too! All you do is let your fingers slobber all over the fretboard, puke wh...

    by René Spencer Saller on March 31, 1999
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    Listening Post

    GIRLIE ACTION: Unless you're a rebel or an idiot and you just don't care about Johnny Law, you gotta jump through a lot of hoops at City Hall to throw a legit warehouse party in St. Louis. You gotta visit a number of civil servants, write a few check...

    by Randall Roberts on March 31, 1999
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    Days of Heaven

    If you tally up the St. Louis connections to this year's South by Southwest, held March 17-21 in Austin, Texas, the findings are somewhat grim: One St. Louis band performed. One Festus band performed. One transplanted-to-Atlanta East St. Louis trumpe...

    by Randall Roberts on March 31, 1999
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    Listening Post

    BRAIN TRUST: That the St. Louis music community is, understandably, relatively insular makes it both frustrating and exciting: frustrating because, occasionally, I learn of great music and performances after the fact by stumbling across an old flier ...

    by Randall Roberts on March 24, 1999
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    Speaking Frehley

    His name is Scott McClusky. But you can call him Ace -- that is, with the understanding that "I'm not trying to be the new Ace Frehley, the guy who got drunk, wrecked his car and quit the band. I'm trying to be the space guy (Frehley's Kiss character...

    by Jordan Oakes on March 24, 1999
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    Deserving of Praise

    Kelly Willis offered just enough on her first three albums, released between 1989 and 1992 on MCA Records, to hint that she is a woman with a powerful and original musical perspective. She was signed by MCA Nashville head honcho Tony Brown, who allow...

    by Steve Pick on March 24, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen Friday, March 26; Focal Point "Where the Walker runs down into the Carson Valley plain/There lived a maiden, Darcy Farrow was her name.... " The year was 1966, and Steve Gillette was studying at UCLA and playing...

    by Randall Roberts on March 24, 1999
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    Henry's Dream

    Joe Henry wanted to make a sexy record, and with Fuse (Mammoth), his seventh album, he succeeded. "The stuff I go back to and listen to all the time, those records are incredibly sexy, and it drove me really crazy," Henry says from his home in Los An...

    by René Spencer Saller on March 17, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Juvenile Saturday, March 20; Palace (I-270 and Halls Ferry) Seems the hip-hop nation just can't get enough of New Orleans. Last year Master P tore joints up with the simplistic "Ungh-h-h." Now comes another one-grunt hit from rapper Juvenil...

    by Randall Roberts on March 17, 1999
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    Banned on the Run - St. Louis saxophonist Greg Osby returns from New York to showcase and celebrate the past and future legends of Blue Note Records

    In his active career as a saxophonist, Greg Osby has been accused of watering down jazz with hip-hop rhythms and, by doing so, "spreading bacteria on bread." He's praised as one of the great alto soloists of the day, even as he's accused of using bea...

    by Randall Roberts on March 17, 1999
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    Listening Post

    PURPLE PROSE: Best lyric of the week comes from MU330's new self-titled release. It's true. "I am both Zapruder and Kennedy witnessing the shot she fired into me/played out in slow motion under scrutiny frame by frame/I make my own conspiracy." The s...

    by Randall Roberts on March 17, 1999
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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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