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  • Left Stone Cold

    published November 23, 2000

    Branded as everything from "the anti-Woodstock" to "the end of the hippie dream," the Rolling Stones's ill-fated free concert at Altamont Speedway... More >>

  • Blue Earth

    published November 16, 2000

    On its sophomore effort, this quintet from College Station packs more hooks than a trout fisherman on vacation, offering cut after meaty cut from... More >>

  • Sonny Stitt & His Electric Saxophone / Stan Getz

    published November 9, 2000

    Legendary jazz producer Joel Dorn in recent years has become quite the detective. After resurrecting many long-lost albums for the CD age at 32... More >>

  • Midnight Riders

    published November 9, 2000

    You wouldn't normally associate the phrase "jacket required" with a concert titled "Gregg Allman and Friends," but the gravelly-voiced singer and... More >>

  • Jay Hooks

    published November 2, 2000

    What the world needs now may be love, but does it really need yet another Texas bluesman? Even the staunchest of naysayers might have to change... More >>

  • Corey Harris and Henry Butler

    published October 12, 2000

    To be a truly great blues duo, collaborators must go beyond putting out anything that could've been done solo. Two teams that have pulled this off... More >>

  • Alice Cooper

    published September 21, 2000

    Alice CooperThough the Father of Shock Rock is more sideshow than satanic these... More >>

  • Incubus

    published September 21, 2000

    With the possible exception of those four Kittie cats, Incubus will probably emerge as the only breakout act from this year's Ozzfest. That's more... More >>

  • Important Imports

    published September 21, 2000

    Conventional wisdom dictates that the phrase "but they're big in Europe" -- when applied to a band -- indicates a career that has either... More >>

  • Acura Music Festival

    published August 31, 2000

    Cheesy corporate title aside, this package tour is a healthy dose of N'Awlins goodness. After a long bout of the grumpies, stemming from his... More >>

  • Sure Shots

    published August 31, 2000

    Outside the Travis Cafe, Pat Kneifert of the Tequila Cowboys talks with a prospective "roadie." "Aw, c'mon, man," says the roadie, really just... More >>

  • King Diamond

    published August 24, 2000

    When Marilyn Manson was just a skinny punk practicing his pentagrams in the margins of his Algebra II textbook, King Diamond was already... More >>

  • Luna

    published August 24, 2000

    Though she has taken a moon-based moniker and has a spacey writing quality to match, Luna is actually 20-year-old Houston native Cindy Duhe, who... More >>

  • Not Fade Away

    published August 3, 2000

    Certainly no one can claim that Buddy Holly didn't work fast. In the tragically short span of his life -- a mere 22 years -- Holly (born Charles... More >>

  • He Likes Beer

    published July 27, 2000

    Sam Houston Race Park's between-the-ponies country entertainment has been divided neatly into two categories: those with their glory days in the... More >>

  • Rotation

    published July 20, 2000

    Veruca Salt Resolver Velveteen/Beyond Records Among the slew of female-driven alternative bands that... More >>

  • Wandering Jams

    published June 29, 2000

    Judging George DeVore and the Roam only by virtue of the outfit's self-titled debut on Puddin' Pie Records wouldn't be fair. There's much more to... More >>

  • Local Rotation

    published June 22, 2000

    Sugar Shack Get Out of My World Estrus Records No, this quintet does not cover the 1963 Jimmy Gilmer &... More >>

  • Museum with 1,000 Faces

    published June 22, 2000

    You might not think that a baseball catcher's face protector, an approximately 7,000-year-old facial shroud from the Middle East and Darth Vader's... More >>

  • Dr. Jekyll, Ms. Hyde

    published June 15, 2000

    Pouty and pretty, Juliana Hatfield gained a cult following throughout the '90s with her incisive lyrics and she-rocker presentation. While the... More >>

  • Ready to Rock?

    published June 8, 2000

    Supagroup -- Devotees of New Orleans' Supagroup describe the band as the potential savior of full-on rock and roll. Well,... More >>

  • Pass the Salt

    published May 25, 2000

    Veruca Salt, once so full of promise, is down to one original member and trawling for listeners. After scoring acclaim with the 1994 power pop... More >>

  • Rotation

    published May 18, 2000

    The Jayhawks Smile Columbia/American Recordings While the group's No Depression contemporaries, Son Volt... More >>

  • Fun with Rednecks

    published March 23, 2000

    If you've got your paternity narrowed down to Bubba, Jed and Uncle Jethers, you might be a redneck. If you think the slogan "Guns, God and guts"... More >>

  • Rotation

    published March 16, 2000

    Bernard Butler Friends & Lovers Columbia/Creation Way back in '92 Bernard Butler was making quite a fuss in the... More >>

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