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1996 Stories by Hobart Rowland

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  • Sound Check

    published October 31, 1996

    There was a time not long ago when the only religious figure to have any clout in rock and roll was the devil, when decent, church-going folks... More >>

  • In Gourds' Country

    published October 24, 1996

    Lately, music fans in Austin have been hungering for another band to bolster the town's representation in the roots-alternative world -- a band... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 24, 1996

    Counting Crows Recovering the Satellites DGC Back in 1994, when Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones" was suffocating the airwaves and... More >>

  • Static

    published October 24, 1996

    A little vindication... On a personal level, I can identify with the plight of this city's much-maligned (and slightly paranoid) local music... More >>

  • Static

    published October 17, 1996

    A tale of two Buddies... If it's fresh dirt on one of the premium properties in rock and roll you're looking for, you won't find so much as a... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 17, 1996

    Lemonheads Car Button Cloth Tag/Atlantic No matter how hard he tries to convince us otherwise, head Lemonhead Evan Dando rarely... More >>

  • Jerk Rock

    published October 17, 1996

    It's gotten to where Peter Steele is running out of people to piss off. The singer/bassist for Gothic sludgemongers Type O Negative has had... More >>

  • Unpromised Land

    published October 17, 1996

    Reality can hit hard, and Jolene has had the misfortune of fielding some very real blows in the last ten months. The North Carolina quintet has... More >>

  • Mining the Mainstream

    published October 10, 1996

    Screw the whole idea of indie credentials. Deep down, what Stir really wants is to be huge. As Stir bassist Kevin Gagnepain points out,... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 10, 1996

    Suzanne Vega Nine Objects of Desire A&M Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow A&M If the last year or so is any evidence,... More >>

  • Static

    published October 10, 1996

    Classical rocker... Rock and roll could use more advocates like Christopher Rouse. He's a world-renowned classical composer, one whose works have... More >>

  • Fast Living

    published October 10, 1996

    In a more honest world, Speedball Baby would be providing the Top 40 soundtrack to a society coming unraveled at the seams. Few bands are better... More >>

  • Static

    published October 3, 1996

    King-size effort... Last week, I hastily tossed out the remark that Horseshoe's new King of the World -- which came into my hands minutes before... More >>

  • No More Mush

    published October 3, 1996

    Last month, Details magazine crowned Imperial Drag "Spacehog without the gags," an assessment that was meant to be a compliment -- though it's... More >>

  • Ground-in Dirt

    published October 3, 1996

    Taste of Garlic worked long and hard on its shady, do-nothing image, nursing it along with copious bong hits and an informal but effective... More >>

  • Good Girl, Bad Girl

    published September 26, 1996

    Back in 1980, lead Pretender Chrissie Hynde ruffled rock's moral double standard with songs of hard living and wild exploits -- S&M misadventures,... More >>

  • Sound Check

    published September 26, 1996

    History says that it's been only five years since R.E.M. mined quadruple-platinum with Out of Time. Looking back, though, that mammoth stage in... More >>

  • Static

    published September 26, 1996

    Tapestry of hope... As is often the case, no one realized just how many friends and admirers cellist Mike Dudley had until he was gone. ... More >>

  • Simply Direct

    published September 12, 1996

    For a woman raised by show-biz parents, Gillian Welch is a strikingly austere sight on-stage. Dispensing low-key charm to a small crowd at... More >>

  • Try a Sample

    published September 12, 1996

    Not so much as a hint of an English sense of order pervades Loop Guru's pieced-together vision of a world without boundaries. In fact, British... More >>

  • Static

    published September 12, 1996

    Top form... As many musicians age, they find themselves pulled back to their roots -- the primal elements of their craft that got them jazzed... More >>

  • Rotation

    published September 12, 1996

    Pearl Jam No Code Epic Eddie Vedder's extended vacation from touring -- and just about every other responsibility of rock... More >>

  • Static

    published September 5, 1996

    Fitting tribute... Houston jazz bassist Dave Nichols had always wanted to record his own material, storing it away patiently over the last year... More >>

  • Hold the Tonic

    published September 5, 1996

    The Refreshments are one of a handful of Tempe, Arizona bands that were gobbled up by the big labels in the feeding frenzy set off in that town by... More >>

  • Rotation

    published September 5, 1996

    Pete Droge and the Sinners Find a Door American Pete Droge is a moody sort with a talent for devising simple, pleasant-sounding... More >>

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