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2000 Stories by Anthony Mariani

Archives: 2000 | 1999
  • Buying Time

    published October 5, 2000

    While doing his survival gig (waiting tables) one night at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, singer-songwriter Clay Farmer bumped into a familiar face. Vic... More >>

  • Stolen Thunder

    published September 28, 2000

    Musicians love their instruments. Take Jesse Dayton and a local blues guitarist who have both recently been ripped off. These six-stringers... More >>

  • In Good Hands

    published September 21, 2000

    Just like every other club in town, Cezanne does what it can to survive. Every Thursday, Houston's only serious jazz hangout invites aspiring... More >>

  • Jailhouse Rock

    published September 14, 2000

    Barbara Lynn's August-issued CD is not only her big shot at breaking through but also Clifford Antone's best chance at, umm, breaking... More >>

  • Workshop City

    published September 7, 2000

    Framed by the window at Diedrich Coffee, Mark Zeus looks like a regular customer, another quiet head and shoulders sitting there at eye level with... More >>

  • Social Distortion

    published August 31, 2000

    Bands need to stand out, no question. And ever since Chuck Berry first chicken-walked across the stage 50 years ago, it's the guitar player who... More >>

  • Laptop Liberaces

    published August 24, 2000

    Rows upon rows of binary code scroll up Kim Kraft's computer screen. Like a player piano, his CPU reads these hieroglyphs and generates music.... More >>

  • His Truth Is Marching On

    published August 17, 2000

    It's been such a long time. A couple of months ago Southern Cross (formerly known as Renegade) released its first full-length work. That's... More >>

  • Grooving in Greenbacks

    published August 10, 2000

    There are a couple of good explanations for Mikel Fair's success. Just over the past six months, the electronic artist, who's commonly known... More >>

  • Debt Releaf

    published August 3, 2000

    Everybody who has ever smoked a cigarette in any one of a few Houston venues knows this scenario: You're bracing yourself up against the bar,... More >>

  • Room to Grow

    published July 27, 2000

    Location, location, location. This cliché probably means everything to business owners in cities where people walk to and from places.... More >>

  • Leary of Home

    published July 20, 2000

    Gotta love King's X. Three cats from Missouri who relocated to Houston in 1985, landed a deal with Atlantic Records a few years later, lived... More >>

  • The Causey Way

    published July 20, 2000

    For Causey, front man for this semi-eponymously named Florida quintet, getting guitar lessons from David Koresh was like the Flying Nun learning... More >>

  • Radio Gaga

    published July 13, 2000

    Like a bloated blimp on the horizon, the Band Soon to Be Formerly Known as KISS wafts its way back over the Plains states, extracting with the... More >>

  • Will the Real Texas Musician Please Stand Up

    published July 6, 2000

    When folk talk about Texas music, they are almost always referring to the work of artists who play lap steel gee-tars or fiddles or banjos and use... More >>

  • Later, Floyd

    published June 29, 2000

    As the lights dimmed, everyone staring up at the faux starry-night sky on the ceiling of the Burke Baker Planetarium whooped and hollered. A young... More >>

  • Da Bombing

    published June 29, 2000

    Well, wonder what new albums and movies are out this week. Where to find out? Let's see. Jump in the car, cruise down West Gray, past a... More >>

  • Born in the USO

    published June 22, 2000

    No one really hung back by the bar. Everybody was up at the front of the stage, where four scary-looking characters in leather and jeans and a... More >>

  • Holy Diver

    published June 22, 2000

    In City of God, E.L. Doctorow's latest novel, a Catholic priest by the name of Pemberton questions every infallible notion in the Bible and... More >>

  • Off the Road Again

    published June 15, 2000

    Missed shot. Rebound. Slam dunk. Shaq Diesel! (Yawn.) As the TVs beamed the L.A. Lakers' manhandling of the Indiana Pacers in game... More >>

  • Back in the Saddle

    published June 8, 2000

    On stage at Blanco's open mike night late last month, Clay Farmer -- sporting trendy Buddy Hollyesque eyeglasses -- talked a little about his... More >>

  • Metal Help

    published June 1, 2000

    After reportedly being kicked out of the SRO/OT Sports Bar and Cafe on Mangum for drunkenness, William "Tray" Folliard was being... More >>

  • Art School Style

    published May 25, 2000

    Ahhh, the unforgiving foibles of the art-rock fan: Playing Magic, watching hockey, "reading" Danger Girl or Fathom (or any other... More >>

  • Breakin' Up the Bands

    published May 25, 2000

    Though door receipts might indicate otherwise, I am I and Coterie are two of the brightest talents in town. While I am I's sound, full of... More >>

  • E-jukebox

    published May 18, 2000

    On a random guitar case behind the Buzz stage at the Westheimer Street Festival "In Exile." On a wall in Fitzgerald's. Even in the men's room... More >>

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