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Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Da Real World (EastWest) Most hip-hop recording artists initially struggle to gain listeners' attention, but not Missy Elliott. Both on her debut recording, 1997's Supa Dupa Fly, and even on her heralded cameo on Gina Thompson's "The…
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Ben Folds Five The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (550 Music/Epic) It's always interesting, though rarely pretty, to watch what happens to a novelty act when the novelty starts to wear off. So: You're a trio, but you call yourself…
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Bound to Glory

Petaluma. Jan. 30. 5 p.m. "Don't touch that!" The five members of Train freeze. They look around the stage to see who's drawn the wrath of God, tonight personified by Mystic Theater audio engineer Gregory Rehberg. Drummer Scott Underwood…
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TLC Fan Mail (LaFace) Contemporary R&B, which began to emerge with Mary J. Blige's rise in the early '90s, separates itself from classic R&B by its embrace of hip-hop rhythms. It's a solid combination of sonics and attitude, but also…
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Hi Fi Killers Jamaica (Loose Groove) Sly and Robbie Drum & Bass Strip to the Bone by Howie B (Palm Pictures) Sly and Robbie are reggae legends. The Riddim Twins. Kingston ghetto prophets. Old-school rockers who were there at the…
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Who's the Boss?

It's official. "The Boss" is dead. Not literally dead, like Elvis or FDR. Just conceptually dead, like the Christian Coalition, or professional boxing. No one will be more delighted by this development than Bruce Springsteen, who first tried to kill…
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Jets to Brazil Orange Rhyming Dictionary (Jade Tree) Blake Schwarzenbach carries a heavy weight on his shoulders. With Orange Rhyming Dictionary, the former singer and guitarist for San Francisco's punk-pop Jawbreaker makes his return to the indie-rock realm, and also…
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Pras Ghetto Supastar (Columbia) A solo recording from a member of the best-selling rap group of the '90s should be a piece of cake, but, things got complicated for Prakazrel "Pras" Michel en route to the dessert table. Pras, one-third…
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A Tribe Called Quest The Love Movement (Jive) This summer A Tribe Called Quest -- who had brought a unique flair and unpretentious intelligence to hip hop for almost 10 years -- announced that they would release one more record…
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Whiskey-Bent and Hell-Bound

The Complete Hank Williams (Mercury) Hank Williams was a drunk, a mean drunk who died at 29 in the back seat of a Cadillac. He was a semiliterate plagiarist, a whoremonger, a brawler, and an egomaniac. He was a stingy…
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Willie Nelson Teatro (Island) Hounded by the IRS, beset by personal tragedy, and plain worn-out by the ever-diminishing success of his Farm Aid concerts, Willie Nelson seemed washed up when he signed with Island Records three years ago. That was…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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