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    Sound Checks

    Calexico, the Pinetop Seven and Shannon Wright Friday, June 4; Side Door When Calexico's Joey Burns sings, he doesn't really. He whispers in key, pushing just enough air through his vocal chords to make a sound, one that, although quiet, is fil...

    by Randall Roberts on June 2, 1999
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    Listening Post

    BERRY MEDITATION: Although musically the underground political-punk scene and the lesbian-associated "women's music" community couldn't be more different, their social workings are pretty similar. Each buzzes under the radar of the music press, each ...

    by Jason Toon on June 2, 1999
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    Forever Young

    The latest rock radio station to make a splash in St. Louis is WXTR, a.k.a. "Extreme" radio. The music on this station is loud, distorted, fast, aggressive but somehow completely in control. From Metallica to Korn, the bands heard on "Extreme" manage...

    by Steve Pick on June 2, 1999
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    South City International

    It doesn't really matter that Internet radio station 3WK (www.3wk.com) broadcasts out of South City. Its signal could originate anywhere -- Wood River, Buenos Aires, Istanbul; listeners would receive the signal just as clearly. With the proper softwa...

    by Randall Roberts on June 2, 1999
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    Listening Post

    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 Bradford, the energetic new executive director of Jazz at the Bistro, has moved quickly to fill the void l...

    by Randall Roberts on May 26, 1999
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    Unseen Beats

    Unseen Buds Unseen buds, infinite, hidden well, Under the snow and ice, under the darkness, in every square or cubic inch, Germinal, exquisite, in delicate lace, microscopic, unborn, Like babes in wombs, latent, folded, com- pact, s...

    by Randall Roberts on May 26, 1999
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    Boy Wonder

    At a well-attended Left Bank Books reading, a fan asks Nick Hornby about the influence of music on his work, asserting maybe a bit too strongly that his personal soundtrack directly influenced the text. Hornby steers the question a bit, answerin...

    by Thomas Crone on May 26, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Walter "Wolfman" Washington Saturday, May 29; Broadway Oyster Bar New Orleans musicians have become a major part of the entertainment at the Broadway Oyster Bar in recent years, with frequent appearances by Chubby Carrier, File and Tab Benoit...

    by Randall Roberts on May 26, 1999
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    Ghost Upon the Road

    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 devil sure in his gentle temptations, and his voice glows through a whisper. "Can I get half a carafe of w...

    by Roy Kasten on May 19, 1999
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    Heat Treatment

    "There was a definite lack of energy and intensity before Graham Parker and the Rumour," Graham Parker says during a telephone interview. "You know, I did see a lot of those people who emerged from what was called New Wave and punk, playing in pubs a...

    by Steve Pick on May 19, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    The Old 97s Friday, May 21; Duck Room In the liner notes to Fight Songs, the new record by the Old 97s, among the countless credits and back scratches, tucked away in a corner, is listed "Styling: Bart Graham" and "Grooming: Heather Ernst." Whe...

    by Randall Roberts on May 19, 1999
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    Listening Post

    MUSICAL AVALANCHE: One of St. Louis' best-kept secrets, musician/artist/underground filmmaker John Coker (drummer for the late, great rock sensation Fruitcake) is preparing to release product with a vengeance. By the end of this month, Coker will hav...

    by Randall Roberts on May 19, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Drumhead Friday, May 14; Side Door Percussion is -- surprise, surprise -- at the center of Drumhead: march snare, field drums, hand drums, conga drums, bass drum, timpani, marimba, xylophone, hand cymbals. It's all there on Drumhead's first f...

    by Randall Roberts on May 12, 1999
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    Listening Post

    SWEET RELIEF: Remember Eddie Kendricks' silky falsetto flights on the Temptations' "Just My Imagination"? It's a prime slice of Americana, but Fred Onovwerosuoke knows more: Its roots are 100 percent African. "We do that back home a lot" he says...

    by Randall Roberts on May 12, 1999
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    Twang-Bar King

    If you don't know anything about Junior Brown, perhaps the kernel of knowledge that will explain his music best is that, on his latest album, Long Walk Back (Curb/MCA), Brown is joined by drummer Mitch Mitchell, who once powered the Jimi Hendrix Expe...

    by Daniel Durchholz on May 12, 1999
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    Full Bore

    THE BOREDOMS Super Roots 7 (Warner-Japan) Super Roots 8 (Warner-Japan) Just when you think "7(')," the opus at the center of their recent Super Roots 7 EP, is ready to die, around the 13-minute mark, the Boredoms quickly pull out the ...

    by René Spencer Saller on May 5, 1999
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    Dream Reverberation

    Think back to the last time you had a really bizarre dream, the kind in which familiar places suddenly become strange, friends metamorphose and the rules of physics collapse. Now try to imagine the soundtrack. If you can, you've taken a giant step to...

    by Matthew Hilburn on May 5, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    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, which, by the way, kicks off at Kansas City's Sandstone Amphitheatre on June 30? Why, better head to our town's A...

    by Randall Roberts on May 5, 1999
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    Listening Post

    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 became stars; the real backbone of the whole mess were the nobodies, the no-hopers who maybe managed to...

    by Jason Toon on May 5, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    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, part improv guitar noise, part indie-rock songsters, part chicken-minus-head punks, fully spastic all the time. ...

    by Randall Roberts on April 28, 1999
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