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Once upon a time, bridge drugs were the enemy of every parent. Pot and whipits, the Reagan-era authorities said, bought users a one-way ticket to ruin. A breath of laughing gas today implied a needle tomorrow; a roach clip under…
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Music, Amy Rigby

Amy Rigby

Nashville's Amy Rigby is the latest in a fine tradition of female singer/songwriters who've made classic confessional records. For the uninitiated, "classic confessional record" is music-industry shorthand for a great album hardly anybody buys. Somewhere, a few lonely souls are…
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Iris DeMent First Congregational Church, Berkeley Monday, Jan. 19 In an interview last year promoting his Central Park concert, Garth Brooks said that the best country music should be a jarring, discomforting thing: Its greatest power is in the lines…
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Iris DeMent The electrifying pleasure that Iris DeMent can at her best deliver has something to do with the tension between her archaic yodel of a voice and the striking modernity of some of her subjects. Nothing Gen-X, you understand,…
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