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Music, Willie Nelson: The Herbal Hillbilly Sinatra

Willie Nelson: The Herbal Hillbilly Sinatra

There are people who despise country music who will admit to liking him. Notorious honky hater Miles Davis named a composition for him. He's a country star who releases what he wants — even a reggae album and a single…
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Music, All Shook Down

Alejandro Escovedo, Detroit Cobras, Boca Do Rio -- ASD Live Music Picks for Friday, August 17

Alejandro Escovedo, 9 at Great American Music Hall. $20. "To the relief of fans worldwide, Escovedo's death-defying bout with hepatitis C is behind him, and his first solo release in four years is at hand. With Velvet Underground vet John…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Ballyhooed British quartet the Magic Numbers — comprising two brother-sister sets — has devised a winning musical formula by adding together the sounds of yacht rock, twee-indie, and the killer B's of '60s pop (Burt Bacharach, the Beach Boys, the…
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Music, Hear This Mojave 3|Lambchop and Alejandro Escovedo|Supersystem

Mojave 3|Lambchop and Alejandro Escovedo|Supersystem

Fans of Mojave 3 who've bemoaned bassist-vocalist Rachel Goswell's gradually diminishing role (particularly when it comes to her angelic singing) will be gutted to learn that she's not even in the band for its current U.S. trek. Her future with…
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Music, Reviewed Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo hasn't had it easy — his first wife committed suicide; his excellent, critically praised discs haven't set any charts afire; and he battled a recent bout of hepatitis without the support of health insurance (the latter is unfortunately…
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Music, Hear This From the Molecules to the Mekons; genres get scrambled and sanctiomy gets scrapped

From the Molecules to the Mekons; genres get scrambled and sanctiomy gets scrapped

It's easy to experience the cerebral dry-heaves hearing about extramusical exploits of rock renaissance men like Byrne, Bowie, and Stipe — video production, attempts at classical compositions, etc.? Don't you wish they'd invest more energy into just writing a decent…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 Those inclined to do so have never had a shortage of ethnic groups to hate. Nineteenth-century prejudice against Italian and Irish immigrants gave way to scorn for Eastern Europeans, which was eclipsed by antagonism for African-Americans,…
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Music, Out of the Country

Out of the Country

Richard Buckner signed to a major label and all he got was a stupid eight-track recording console. It wasn't surprising when word came out last spring that Buckner and his record company, MCA, had parted ways. In 1994, when Buckner…
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Music, Magic and Loss

Magic and Loss

Bourbonitis Blues, Alejandro Escovedo's sixth and latest solo album, is the culmination of a life spent growing up in public. It wasn't an easy growth -- his path has been pockmarked with deaths, births, and changes in musical styles to…
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The Flying Nun

While making a dirt-cheap movie about a hapless rock band, the young Alejandro Escovedo and his friend Jeff Olener decided to bring their fictional creation to life. Not long thereafter, their San Francisco punk group the Nuns found itself filling…
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