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  • Free Birds and Drop Kick Chihuhahas

    published December 30, 1999

    Every dance club, beer pub and yuppie hub in town is having its own New Year's Eve celebration with live music and cheap champagne, but the two... More >>

  • The Sound of a Washed-up Career

    published December 16, 1999

    Quick, which film is the highest-grossing movie musical of all time: Grease? The Wizard of Oz? West Side Story? Can't Stop... More >>

  • Dueling Dickenses

    published December 2, 1999

    In 1843 Charles Dickens was badly in need of a hit to re-establish his reputation and fill his dwindling coffers. The 31-year-old author's... More >>

  • Playbill

    published September 30, 1999

    No matter what you think of KLOL's often too-tame playlist or the obnoxious retards who host its puerile morning show, the radio station's annual... More >>

  • Local Rotation

    published September 30, 1999

    Vince Bell Texas Plates Paladin Records Houston native Vince Bell was a familiar sight on Texas... More >>

  • Playbill

    published September 16, 1999

    Hawk & Dove Richard Buckner and P.W. Long are two entirely dissimilar artists who nonetheless have formed a mutual admiration society... More >>

  • Grand Pops

    published September 16, 1999

    On one hand, you've got the wheezing, craggy troubadour mired in his own legend. On the other, a genre-raiding predator fresh off creating one of... More >>

  • Honor Thy Elders

    published September 16, 1999

    In the film classic Network, the most watchable character is a formerly staid newsman who becomes deranged and hysterically spouts... More >>

  • Local Music Reviewed

    published September 2, 1999

    Phil Settle & Friends Santa Monica Pier Sand Canyon Records Houston nightclub veterans of the '70s... More >>

  • Convalescent Punk

    published August 26, 1999

    Blondie performs Saturday, August 28, at 8 p.m. at the Aerial Theater, 520 Texas. Reel Big Fish opens. Tickets are $26 to $32. Call (713)629-3700... More >>

  • New Wave Good-bye

    published August 19, 1999

    Santa Fe, Texas, is not the most picturesque or bustling town in the Lone Star State. Petrochemical refineries and front yards decorated with... More >>

  • It's a Family Affair

    published July 29, 1999

    Willie Nelson's Family Picnic is Saturday, August1, at the Woodlands Pavilion. Music starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 for reserved seats, $25... More >>

  • Original Punks

    published July 1, 1999

    Gotta admire the longevity and stamina of Christian Arnheiter, elder statesman of the Bayou City's punk rock scene. Long after the vast majority... More >>

  • The Original Christian Rock

    published July 1, 1999

    The idea of portraying Jesus Christ as the world's first self-confessional hippie rock star was downright blasphemous in 1971. But today, Jesus... More >>

  • The Reverend Red Rocker

    published June 24, 1999

    When Sammy Hagar and his band, the Waboritas, played an invitation-only show in town at the Hard Rock Cafe last month, some dismissed the show as... More >>

  • HammingIt Up

    published June 24, 1999

    It has been one of the most debated issues in American popular music: Can a white man play the blues? Well, actually, it's also one of the... More >>

  • Guinness Time

    published June 17, 1999

    Just the mention of the phrase "Guinness beer" is enough to start many connoisseurs of barley and hops a-salivatin'. But while you can name just... More >>

  • Angels Redux

    published May 20, 1999

    Arc Angels reunion concert? The band was, for a minute, a genuine Lone Star State-bred supergroup ready to fly off into the new decade with a... More >>

  • Rise Up, Texas

    published May 20, 1999

    Robert Earl Keen wants to set the record straight. While the critically acclaimed Texas troubadour is busy pushing his latest record, Walking... More >>

  • Cowboy Convoy

    published May 13, 1999

    The man with the deep, deep voice that will make you wonder if Johnny Cash was ever friendly with the guy's mother would probably chortle if you... More >>

  • Book 'Em, Draper

    published May 13, 1999

    As Houston's fortunes ebb and flow with the oil industry, Huntsville depends on bad boys. The social, economic and employment structures of the... More >>

  • Geek Force

    published May 13, 1999

    Here's something you might find interesting," Scott Chitwood says, reaching down to a bottom shelf and handing over a beat-up, plain white... More >>

  • Scabba-Dabba-Do

    published May 6, 1999

    It was the kind of career that hundreds of bands would gladly give up at least some groupie privileges to reach: two releases on a mid-level... More >>

  • Crowes Feat

    published April 29, 1999

    Well, you certainly have to give The Black Crowes credit for having cojones the size of the Georgia Dome. (And that's one cojon per stadium). For... More >>

  • Et tu, Lenny

    published April 29, 1999

    Paul McCartney and Duran Duran did it for James Bond. The Bee Gees followed Tony Manero's lead. And even Survivor got into the ring. The marriage... More >>

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