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1998 Stories by Bob Ruggiero

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  • Earl of Blues

    published May 21, 1998

    Sometimes, it almost seems Ronnie Earl is too busy making great music to make a name for himself. And that's a shame, because the guitarist is one... More >>

  • Average John

    published May 14, 1998

    John Wesley Harding has proven he isn't the sort of singer/songwriter who lends himself well to major-label promotion. Telling adjectives slide... More >>

  • To the Manners Born

    published May 14, 1998

    While he was the man of the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, John Kennedy used to call Letitia Baldrige "Miss Push-and-Pull" because of the way... More >>

  • Rotation

    published May 7, 1998

    Soul Asylum Candy from a Stranger Columbia It's taken Minneapolis's Soul Asylum three albums and ten years to shed their sloppy,... More >>

  • Where the Buffalo Roams

    published May 7, 1998

    Houstonians are accustomed to hearing the words "Buffalo Bayou" immediately preceding the sentence fragment "has flooded again after a torrential... More >>

  • Bad Religion

    published April 30, 1998

    Granted, his congregation may be more prone to sin than salvation. But when Reverend Horton Heat is preaching at the hollow-bodied pulpit, the... More >>

  • Death Camp

    published April 23, 1998

    Just when you thought we'd run out of labels for newly amalgamated sounds, here comes death lounge. To date, Dallas's Necro-Tonz have dibs on the... More >>

  • Rotation

    published April 16, 1998

    Page & Plant Walking into Clarksdale Atlantic When all is said and done, the Led Zeppelin output that endures best isn't the... More >>

  • The Last Photo Show

    published April 16, 1998

    The sign, of course, has been a familiar landmark to Houstonians for decades, with its vertical, art-deco letters spelling out "A-L-A-B-A-M-A."... More >>

  • Canning Tuna

    published April 9, 1998

    Climactic things happen at the end of trilogies, whether it's Michael Corleone chomping his last cannoli or Luke Skywalker finding out the girl of... More >>

  • Hard to Kill

    published April 2, 1998

    A recent MTV Online editorial opined that heavy metal is "the dog bone buried in the background of pop culture these days." If that's the case,... More >>

  • Good Golly, Miz Molly!

    published March 26, 1998

    She's as beloved by liberals as she is despised by Dittoheads, but both sides would agree that Molly Ivins is rarely uninteresting. The... More >>

  • Rotation

    published March 19, 1998

    Van Halen Van Halen III Warner Bros. The loss of a charismatic frontman usually spells trouble for any band, but resilient... More >>

  • Funk Revival

    published March 19, 1998

    It's easy to forget now just how huge Grand Funk Railroad was during its '70s heyday. Critics may have dismissed the band's brand of... More >>

  • Into the Folds

    published February 12, 1998

    In the Barry Levinson film Diner, one of the characters insists that his fiancee pass a quiz on pro football before he'll marry her. If your thing... More >>

  • Last Year's Model

    published February 5, 1998

    The members of Twiggy aren't exactly musical innocents. No earnest sentiments such as "we're really trying hard to land a record deal right now"... More >>

  • Rotation

    published February 5, 1998

    Pearl Jam Yield Epic Eddie Vedder has always been a better star than artist, and don't let any critic who slept through Ten and... More >>

  • No Fooling Around

    published January 22, 1998

    "I had seen the movie ten or 12 times, and it just always stuck out to me." Chris Laurents, drummer for amiable Houston modern rockers... More >>

  • Uncommon Cause

    published January 22, 1998

    At times, Consolidated seem less like a band than a cause-waving freak show. The quasi-militant San Francisco Bay-area trio is, quite literally,... More >>

  • Rotation

    published January 15, 1998

    H-Town Ladies Edition Relativity Back in 1993, three local boys with the handles G.I., Shazaam and Dino made good nationally... More >>

  • Spanish Rocks

    published January 8, 1998

    Until recently, a mention of Spanish-influenced rock and roll would cause most people to think only of Los Lobos, Santana ("Oye Como Va" anyone?)... More >>

  • The Other Vaughan

    published January 1, 1998

    Though Jimmie Vaughan has quietly and consistently proven that he's just as skillful and dedicated a bluesman as his younger brother ever was, the... More >>

  • Rotation

    published January 1, 1998

    Hurricane #1 Hurricane #1 Sire/Warner Bros. The American public has been largely monogamous -- if serially so -- when it comes... More >>

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