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Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Sweet dreams

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Understated and sedate, Slumber Party’s hypnotic pop dreamscapes unravel in pixel vision: slightly unfocused, obscured and intimate, artsy. On its exceptional full-length debut, the females in this Detroit foursome reveal their secrets in cinematic slow-motion, in lingering close-ups of long-gone and longed-for loves. The effect is startling. Amid swirling...

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Yippee-kay yay

Posted on Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Nestled in relative obscurity, the sprawling Diamondback Saloon bursts with new and old country music and lots of two-stepping. Live bands play and line and two-step lessons are available at this country palace where ten gallon hats and ruffled skirts rule.

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Lovely musics

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 12:00 AM

These two discs, recorded 33 years apart, aren’t quite music for meditation, but they’re close. This 1965 John Cale-Tony Conrad-LaMonte Young meeting of the minimal minded produced an otherworldly droning (painful to some) that raises both philosophical questions about eternal emptiness and the hairs on more than a few listeners’...

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Staying power

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 12:00 AM

In the 13 years since ushering in the “D.A.I.S.Y. Age,” De La Soul has done what none of its rap peers could manage: stayed on top while constantly evolving. Each of the group’s previous four albums has been completely different, yet equally brilliant; it has also retained a loyal...

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A shot of whiskey

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Kicking off the album with a good-natured debate over a Morrissey song, you can tell Whiskeytown’s Ryan Adams just wants to have a good time with some friends on his solo effort Heartbreaker. The next track, “To Be Young (is to be sad, is to be high)” solidifies the...

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Mbalax blowout

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 12:00 AM

In the 1980s, Youssou N’Dour revolutionized West African music, creating a style called mbalax, fusing funk, reggae and salsa with traditional Senegalese Wolof rhythms. Dakar quickly became known as one of the world’s musical hotspots, with scorching mbalax bands enlivening dance floors though the night. However, in the years...

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Keep on rising

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Detroit Underground is one of numerous bands that have been steadily working the small club circuit for years, but have received little recognition beyond their relatively small circle of fans. To be honest, there are so many blues bands around that it has become a challenge figuring out how...

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Lovely musics

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 12:00 AM

These two discs, recorded 33 years apart, aren’t quite music for meditation, but they’re close. This 1965 John Cale-Tony Conrad-LaMonte Young meeting of the minimal minded produced an otherworldly droning (painful to some) that raises both philosophical questions about eternal emptiness and the hairs on more than a few listeners’...

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Wednesday, August 23, 2000

Baby pictures

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Without question, Stephen Sondheim is the most sophisticated Broadway composer and lyricist alive. Who else could have penned that darkest of black comedies, Sweeney Todd, or written an elegant musical about painter Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George? Or set Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer...

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Nothing more to say

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The raw sound of Alberta Adams’ voice will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about the blues. But what really makes the woman special is her ability to tell the kind of stories that so many people can relate to and appreciate. On “Everybody Got Their...

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