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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #22 July-Aug 1999

Evie Sands – Woman unchained

Genghis Cantina tends to be a bit of a singer-songwriter ghetto. Wander into this small West Hollywood performance space any night of the week and chances are you’ll happen across a solo acoustic guy or gal emoting in all the proper, folkish ways. Sometimes it’s interesting; just as often it’s flat-out dull. But on one [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #21 May-June 1999

Farmer Tan – Real old teenagers

“When I was in junior high, one of my teachers said to my parents, ‘I think your kid’s got the calling,’” says Johny Huber. “And I think they thought I was going to be a preacher or something. A couple years ago I looked back on that and I said, ‘You know, I do have [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #20 March-April 1999

Lambchop – Troubadour (Los Angeles, CA)

Watching Lambchop enter the room is kinda like watching that old circus gag where dozens of clowns pile out of a Volkswagen Beetle. As if the head count were infinite, band members just kept emerging from the staircase that drops down to the stage at the Troubadour. In fact there were so many ‘Choppers — [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #20 March-April 1999

Waco Brothers – WacoWorld

Nothing quite compares to the six drunkard Waco Brothers squeezing onto that plank-of-a-stage at the annual Yard Dog party at SXSW and whipping up a bloody-good, supercharged country fury. Undoubtedly, it is an annual highlight, but is poses a Waco-specific problem: Without the live electricity, the boozy antics, the booze, and even Beatle Bob undulating [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #19 Jan-Feb 1999

Cisco – Nevermind San Fran, here’s Cisco

Cisco is one fair motherfucker. No, that’s not a critical assessment, that’s straight from the horse’s mouth. “I’m a fair motherfucker. That’s what I am,” he says, with no hint of sarcasm. “I’m as polite as I can be in most situations. But you get in my way, I’m bound to kick you in the [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #17 Sept-Oct 1998

The Long Ryders – The Long Ryders Anthology

If you ever get the chance, check out the cover to the Long Ryders’ debut EP, the cryptically titled 10-5-60. Looming large in country-rock duds and moppy Buffalo Springfield hairdos under a spindly tree, them L.A. transplants had a serious retro-fetish happening. The five tunes suggested the same — a supercharged mix of ’60s psychedelia, [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #17 Sept-Oct 1998

Silos – Back in the New York groove

A couple years ago MTV announced it was going to give more exposure to the electronica scene. In step, the major labels acted accordingly; suddenly the pop music landscape was awash with artists like the Chemical Brothers, the bitch-smackin’ Prodigy and a whole vat of guys named DJ Somethingoranother. While the initial impact was not [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #16 July-Aug 1998

Cowboy Nation – McCabe’s (Santa Monica, CA)

Chip and Tony Kinman sure have wandering musical spirits. Initially punk rockers singing “I Hate The Rich” in the Dils, the band helped usher in cowpunk in the early ’80s as Rank & File, who, really, were more pop than punk. With that scene fizzling, R&F moved more toward hard rock; soon the band fizzled [...]

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A Place to be - About a Place from Issue #15 May-June 1998

Owens’ own home: The Crystal Palace has put the Buck back in Buckersfield

A fog machine cranks out billowy clouds, the image of lightning slices across three huge video screens and the sound of thunder rocks the PA system. Then a big, throaty voice bursts in: “And now…the Crystal Palace presents…” A World Wrestling Federation main event? A monster truck rally? Try a Buck Owens concert. It’s 7 [...]

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Bound - Book Review from Issue #15 May-June 1998

Steve Earle In Quotes

Drug addictions, jail time, failed marriages, controversial political stances, quick-witted good ol’ boy viewpoints…sounds like a good mini-series, doesn’t it? One day it just might be, but until then, much of it can be found in Steve Earle In Quotes. Compiled by Joanna Serraris, this 72-page labor of love breezily strings together comments the acclaimed [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Album Reviews: Gord Downie & The Sadies, Bruce Springsteen, Lost & Nameless, The Annie Ford Band
    Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun The lead singer of one of Canada’s most influential rock bands gets together with one of the best live bands ever for a collaborative effort and the expected results could range anywhere from confusion to straight ahead awesomeness. Thankfully (and not surprisingly, given the players involved) the semi-eponymou […]
  • Blackberry Smoke Is the Goddamn Truth
    Southern rock is a stylistic hodgepodge--a musical mutt.  Yet in this gumbo pot of a country, its impurities and cross-breeding make it the most American genre of all. And with the Allman Brothers drawing down, southern rock's current standard bearer is Blackberry Smoke, a lofty perch they hardly jeopardized during a lively set last night at Seattle […]
  • Goldie and the Gingerbreads: The First All-Female Guitar Band
    It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Ameri […]
  • Wayne Kramer - Lexington (Album Review)
    Wayne Kramer is someone who's life story I'd very much like to read. From lead guitar in the Mighty MC5 to prison inmate to social activist (he recently interviewed Pussy Riot, and is constantly active in speaking out against such injustices) to new father, Kramer's life has an interesting story in every chapter. His latest record release (and […]
  • Kim Churchill – Biltmore Cabaret (Vancouver, April 16th, 2014)
    Watching Kim Churchill take the stage is an experience in and off itself. Despite the fact that the Australian singer-songwriter plays alone, he’s not exactly a minimalist when it comes to gear. The multi-instrumentalist sits behind a kit that includes a couple of guitars, a kick drum, a kick tambourine, a set of chimes and a larger pedal board that my brain […]
  • Good Vibes and Fun Times at Old Settler's Music Festival 2014 (Live Review)
    Once again music lovers descended on the Hill Country for a weekend of fantastic music and wonderful weather. This year’s Old Settler’s Festival showcased a wide range of artists spanning an even wider range of genres. What brought everyone together was the enjoyment of this long-running festival that refuses to sell its soul to marketers in order to guarant […]

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