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New Music Survey: Dr. Who Dat?

Album: Beat Journey Artist: Dr. Who Dat? Label: Lex Records Release date: Summer 2006 Attempts at comparison: Digible Planets' Blowout Comb, Tribe Called Quest's Low End Theory, DJ Krush, Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride, Questlove's Babies Making Babies, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Dub (King Tubby, Keith Hudson), Dalek, DJ Shadow, Qbert. Adjectives: instrumental, cosmic, pre-Dr. Dre, Brazilian, sedate, …

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Tristeza’s Harmonic Sea and Liquid Pyramids

Recently, San Diego has become one of the country’s musical breeding grounds. Bands like Pinback, Castanets and GogoAirheart have surfaced, one after another, each with their own, unique voice, each representing an entirely different genre of music. Among the first of all these groups was Tristeza, an instrumental quintet (two guitarists, bassist, keyboards, drummer), who …

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Automatic Superstar

Rock operas, by definition, are experiments in melodrama and the most important element is the music, not the storyline. They rarely, if ever, wander into the territory of serious drama or attempt to address the pressing issues of society, particularly the issue of artist rights in the recording industry. But writer Bob Weidman's rock opera, …

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