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Glen Hirshberg

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The Painted Word

RICHARD BUCKNERThe Hill (OvercoatConvent) The Ian Curtis of contemporary singer-songwriters, Townes Van Zandt left behind half a dozen legitimately great songs and a dangerous legacy. Curtis wrote relentlessly -- and well -- about adolescent angst writ monumental; Van Zandt zeroed in on drug addicts, homeless people, the hopeless ”waiting around......
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Forever Yours

STEW Guest Host (Telegraph) I first heard this the way it should be heard -- in traffic, pinioned between Hollywood and home during the first week of the MTA strike, with the smog haze and Sunset projected across my windshield. Stew, head of L.A.’s joyfully tuneful the Negro Problem, has......
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Ladymen at the Crossroads

The most passionate music-listening friend I have still harasses me about my review of The Hot Rock, the last Sleater-Kinney album. He says I wasn’t wildly enthusiastic enough. The fact that I called Sleater-Kinney the last great rock band of the century, he says, doesn‘t make up for my equivocation......
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Out of the Woods

LOREN MAZZACANE CONNORS & DARIN GRAY The Lost Mariner (Family Vineyard) LOREN MAZZACANE CONNORS & DARIN GRAY The Lost Mariner (Family Vineyard) Loren Mazzacane Connors has always had collaborators. Even in the ’80s, when his self-released limited-edition records appeared in white cardboard sleeves with photographs pasted to them, he frequently......
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Dispatches From the Devil’s Road

This month, the Walkabouts, among the longest-running, most prolific rock acts to emerge from the Pacific Northwest, will reach a career milestone: They will have a CD released in their own country again. That hasn‘t happened for the better part of a decade. Meanwhile, another underground Seattle fixture, Green Pajamas......
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Aged Children

photo by Micheal Lavine IN RETROSPECT, THERE'S ALWAYS been something unhealthy about the Mekons myth. By the early '90s, more than 10 years into their vitriolic, anti-capitalist career as capitalist pop-culture performers, they were lionized in many quarters as rock-art vigilantes. They'd recorded one of the most stinging, tuneful albums......
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Waiting for Moby

“I’m on a total tirade against rectangles,” Laurie Anderson told me last month. She was talking about her qualms concerning the computer revolution, the way people‘s whole lives “are being sucked into a box,” and not Songs and Stories From Moby Dick, her latest and most ambitious performance piece. But......
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We're Earnest, and Contagious

Photo by Mike TraisterIN THE HEART OF THE HEART OF COUNTRY, THE worm continues to feed. Elsewhere in the diaspora of fin-de-siècle American pop, the survivors of the grunge apocalypse have begun to gather and hunt. Some huddle together in desperately defined niches (drum 'n' bass, alternative, post-rock), True Believers......
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Downloadable Dreams

Out there, the Web is humming and the sound pours through the digital window I've just thrown open, like insect hum in high summer. One click brings me to Washington, D.C., where R.E.M. performs on the Mall for 100,000 people. Another click places me in a coffee shop in Idyllwild,......

Don't Look Back

This time around, the most astonishing section of D.A. Pennebaker's documentary about Bob Dylan's 1965 English tour may be its opening three minutes. Dylan, 23, hair sticking up in its rooster comb, lounges in an alley holding a pile of cue cards. Around him, decaying buildings slouch on their foundations......
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