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Music, Reviewed Death

Death

In the early '70s, three African-American blood brothers from Detroit formed an R&B band. But on witnessing the Stooges live, they abruptly fused their soul sides with punk bombast. They called themselves Death, and were all prepped to sign with…
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Music, Don't Call It a Comeback

Don't Call It a Comeback

Rock band reunion fever has recently mutated from an enjoyable pop-culture phenomenon into a nostalgic cash-cow humpfest. Between Coachella's annual rites of resuscitation — this year's lineup includes Happy Mondays, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Crowded House, and Rage Against…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Cleveland's Rocket From the Tombs could get by on punk legend alone. With members that went on to form Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys, the band is part of the "missing link" mid-'70s pre-punk scene that also included bands…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Some people think sleazy punks dress in snakeskin, throw around wads of cash, and get laid by slutty groupies. True punk sleaze demands 3 a.m. prowls through dirty city streets, searching for someone or something to smash the howling demons…
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Music,

The House of Tudor

Thee Headcoatees are to Thee Headcoats as the Milkboilers are to the Milkshakes and the Delmonas are to Thee Mighty Caesars -- a female-driven conveyance (comprised primarily of the Headcoats' sweethearts) for Billy Childish's hyperkinetic songwriting bumper crop. Since 1997's…
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Film,

Second Time Around

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules A movie for those who prefer Joe DeRita to Jacques Derrida. This pre-pre-postmodernist film is blissfully free, in its antediluvian humor, of the barrage of self-reflexiveness that has so corroded contemporary popular culture. The only…
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Music,

Suspicious Minds

"Wanna" is the most rock 'n' roll word in the world. Wanna is what America is supposed to be, present tense (but lacking pretense), immediate and vernacular. While it's more urgent than the conditional "would like to," it's perhaps less…
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