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    Sweet Janes

    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 their rock & roll hooks with great subtlety, and Janas Hoyt's liquid phrasings, free of histrionics or bre...

    by Roy Kasten on June 16, 1999
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    Urbane Cowboys

    Like a lot of inspired musical schemes -- say, community radio stations such as KDHX or indie labels like Rounder or Righteous Babe -- Twangfest began in naive enthusiasm and a pocketful of change and devotion. Like a lot of DIY plans, it seemed doom...

    by Roy Kasten on June 9, 1999
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    Country Club

    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 music. Headliners include the V-Roys on Thursday night, Damnations TX on Friday and Dale Watson on Saturd...

    by Roy Kasten on June 9, 1999
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    Moogs for Moderns

    Add N to (X) Avant Hard (Mute) Is the Moog synthesizer, that blustery prehistoric '60s electronic instrument, inherently cheesy? Once it appears in a song or, in the case of Avant Hard, covers an entire album, must we assume that what follows s...

    by Matthew Hilburn on June 9, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Donna the Buffalo Friday, June 11; Union Station Donna the Buffalo is a damn good band, perhaps the great missing link between zydeco, bluegrass, rock & roll, reggae and whatever it was the Grateful Dead did. Like the Dead, they can get lost in...

    by Steve Pick on June 9, 1999
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    Listening Post

    SCHLOCK-ROCK RADIO: Ready to relive the glory days of your youth, or, if you're not that old, hear what your parents were jamming to in the days of yore -- the '70s and '80s? Fear not: Classic-Rock Alley -- that section of the FM dial between 93.7 an...

    by Randall Roberts on June 9, 1999
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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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    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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    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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    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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