All the News That Didn't Fit

On the Record

The Olympia Connection, Or Lack Thereof


The Numbness Is Just a Bonus

Hiphop City


Soul by the Pound


Incest is Best

The Rise and Fall of the N-Word


If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, Tell the Truth Anyway

You Don't Own Me

Summer Lovin'

Stagger Lee

Music to Lose Your Job By

Boy, You Sure Can Take the Fun Out of Music


Stuart Braithwaite From Mogwai

Going to New York City?


A Whole N'other Level

Who Says Morrissey Fans Don't Get Laid?


Not Modest Enough

EVENTSALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: Fri Aug 6, Pier 62/63Despite losing one of their founders years ago, these '70s Southern rockers are still alive 'n' jamming.JULIAN LENNON: Fri-Sat Aug 6-7, CrocodileYou-know-who's son ends his seven-year silence.SUPER DIAMOND: Fri Aug 6, ShowboxIf ya just can't wait to see the real thing later this month.ENDFEST '99 W/BLINK 182, ORGY, CITIZEN KING, ZEBRAHEAD, EVE 6, MOBY, JOYDROP, KID ROCK, PRIMUS, DEFTONES, PENNYWISE, LEN, DUB PISTOLS, JUNGLE BROTHERS: Sat Aug 7, Kitsap BowlAnnual roundup of the "alt-rock" bands currently in heavy rotation on KNDD, 107.7 FM.JOURNEY, FOREIGNER: Sat Aug 7, Gorge AmphitheatreGeritol-fueled cock rock from '80s mullet bands.LITTLE FEAT, NEVILLE BROTHERS: Sat Aug 7, Pier 62/63

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Sat Aug 7, Benaroya HallThe original naughty-girl/virgin takes on Benaroya.QUASI: Sat Aug 7, CrocodilePortland's gay-divorcée-duo pays us a visit.ARLING & CAMERON, LO PHAT HI-FI: Tues Aug 10, ARO.spaceSeattle's best unsigned house-music producer shares a bill with the cutesy electro-drum 'n' bass-pop of this Amsterdam duo.G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE: Wed Aug 11, Pier 62/63Mmm-mmm. G. Love brings his special sauce to Seattle.PETER FRAMPTON: Thurs Aug 12, Pier 62/63Brit-rock's original sex symbol does the Pier.EDDIE MONEY: Fri Aug 13, Emerald Queen CasinoEveryone's favorite lisping sleazebag '80s rocker is back -- on the casino circuit, that is.VONDA SHEPARD: Fri Aug 13, Pier 62/63 (Annoying Ally McBeal singer)The most annoying part of every Ally McBeal, live and in the flesh.CHER, CYNDI LAUPER: Sat Aug 14, KeyArenaSure it's a pricey show, but it's worth it to see two legendary divas.DEKE DICKERSON & THE ECCO FONICS: Sat Aug 14, Tractor Tavern & Gas WorksRockabilly à la Big Sandie and his Fly Rite Boys.GOODNESS: Sat-Sun Aug 14-15, Fenix

WILD ORCHID: Sat Aug 14, KeyArenaAll-girl sugar-pop group (not the Mickey Rourke sex flick).TOWER OF POWER: Sun Aug 15, Chateau Ste. Michelle WineryThe horn section that just won't quit.DJs SOULSLINGER, 187, ESASSIN: Thurs Aug 19, ARO.spaceJungle's transsexual poster-DJ joins other stateside favorites, Soulslinger and E-Sassin.MINISTRY: Fri Aug 20, ParamountAl Jourgensen's appearance is a good reason to make an exception to the goth rule of never leaving the confines of one's home during the sunny months.SANTANA, MANA, OZOMATLI: Fri Aug 20, Gorge AmphitheatreBanking on the current Latin revival, this lineup features a little cross-genre sampling of the stuff.SHELLAC (featuring Steve Albini), SILKWORM: Fri Aug 20, ARO.space

BARENAKED LADIES, SEMISONIC: Sat Aug 21, Gorge AmphitheatreOh-so-clever Canadians join the makers of last year's oh-so-catchy "Closing Time."LYLE LOVETT & HIS LARGE BAND: Sat-Sun Aug 21-22, Pier 62/63Post-Julia Lyle is doing just fine, thank you.ZIGGY MARLEY & THE MELODY MAKERS: Sun Aug 22, Pier 62/63Tomorrow people, how long will you last?NEIL DIAMOND: Sun-Mon Aug 22-23, KeyArenaThey just don't make songs like "Forever in Blue Jeans" and "America" anymore. Neil is for real.ANN & NANCY WILSON: Fri Aug 27, Benaroya HallThe sister act formerly known as Heart gives a hometown show in an acoustically superior setting.TOMMY TUTONE: Sun Aug 29, Ballard FirehouseDown a six-pack and sing along: "8-6-7-5-3-0-ni-ee-ine."STEVE EARLE: Sun Aug 29, King Cat TheatreCritically acclaimed root-rockabilly from the Nashville expatriate.RELEASESAUGUST 10ISOTOPE 217 Utonian Automatic (Thrill Jockey)Another from this smarty-pants Chicago techno-jazz outfit. With members of Tortoise.EAST RIVER PIPE The Gasoline Age (Touch and Go)


LUNAR DRIVE All Together Here (Beggars Banquet)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Torchbearers (Risk)Tracks produced by and for mainstream radio DJs who've "carried the techno torch" all these years.BARDO POND Set and Setting (Matador)The ultimate in smart stoner rock.THE BEATNUTS A Musical Massacre (Relativity)With Biz Markie.BIS Social Dancing (Grand Royal)Third release on the Beasties' label for this cutie Scot-pop trio.LIDA HUSIK Mad Flavor (Alias)A solo release from this vocalist, following her lauded collaboration with Beaumont Hannant of Trance Europe Express.LYNYRD SKYNYRD Edge of Forever (CMC Int'l)Wasn't "Freebird" enough?MADDER ROSE Hello June Fool (Thirsty Ear)

MOMUS Stars Forever (Le Grand Magistery)

THE MOODY BLUES Strange Times (Universal)

NOREAGA Melvyn Flynt tha Hussler (Tommy Boy)

PJ OLSSON Words for Living (Columbia)

MICHAEL PENN Days Since a Lost Time Incident (Epic)Something new from the guy who brought you '80s hit "Romeo in Black Jeans."PSYCHOTICA Pandemic (Red Ant)Contains a cover of "MacArthur Park" produced by Giorgio Moroder.SKUNK ANANSIE Post-Orgasmic Chill (Virgin)More clit-rock from Skin, et al.SUPERCHUNK Come Pick Me Up (Touch and Go)Chapel Hill's pride and joy keeps it comin'.STEVE VAI The Ultra Zone (Epic)Guitar wanks never die.WATTS Watts (Touch and Go)AUGUST 172PAC & OUTLAWS TBA (Interscope)

JULIO IGLESIAS JR. Under My Eyes (Epic)Jr.'s first English language album.KRIS KRISTOFFERSON TBA (Atlantic)


PROZZAK Hot Show (Epic)

SUGARHILL GANG Jump on It (Rhino)The band that gave us "Rappers' Delight" give us an album for our kids.TRICKY Juxtapose (Island)AUGUST 24ARSONISTS As the World Burns (Matador)Lyric-heavy hiphop from everyone's favorite indie rock label.ASH Nu-Clear Sounds (DreamWorks)Famous British kids break out of their teens.MARY J. BLIGE Mary (MCA)The seventh album from a true R&B diva.BOYZONE By Request (Island)

BURNING SPEAR Calling Rastafari (Island)

DREAM CITY FILM CLUB In the Cold Light of Morning (Beggars Banquet)

5IVE STYLE Miniature Portraits (Sub Pop)Another one of Sub Pop's "awkward" bands returns from obscurity.GHOSTFACE KILLAH Supreme Clientele (Epic)A sophomore effort from the Wu Tang Clan co-founder.IRON MAIDEN Ed Hunter (Columbia)

JETHRO TULL j-tull.com (Fuel 2000)

L7 Slap Happy (Bong Load)

MARINE RESEARCH Sounds from the Gulf Stream (K)Formed from the remains of Heavenly, from Britain by way of Olympia.MELVINS The Bootlicker (Ipecac)

OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY Out There in the Dark (Del-Fi)

JOEL PHELPS Blackbird (Pacifico)

RICHARD THOMPSON Mock Tudor (Capitol)