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1997 Stories by Hobart Rowland

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  • Last Man Standing

    published December 25, 1997

    Consider it a minor miracle of happenstance. Kim Wilson sure does. Wilson, the grizzled 46-year-old leader of what is still one of Austin's... More >>

  • Static

    published December 25, 1997

    Almost tickled pink... As aging rock icons go, the guys from Aerosmith don't look half-bad -- a little weathered, maybe, but they're hardly the... More >>

  • Static

    published December 18, 1997

    Future a blur... Granted, Schrasj's recent decision to embark on an indefinite hiatus doesn't make a whole lot of sense -- especially now. This... More >>

  • Deifying Dah-veed

    published December 18, 1997

    "They just found a syringe full of cocaine here." This, my introduction to the more off-color side of singer/songwriter David Garza, is... More >>

  • Bang with Brains

    published December 18, 1997

    Rock and roll has had its share of epic-length, "bathroom break for the deejay" classics: "Whipping Post," "Freebird" and, yes,... More >>

  • Rotation

    published December 11, 1997

    Spice Girls Spiceworld Virgin So what do you want to hear? That the Spice Girls suck? That they're nothing but shills pandering... More >>

  • Static

    published December 11, 1997

    Belated grief... At first, I was content to let the death of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence -- who was found hanging nude from the doorway of... More >>

  • Career Girls

    published December 11, 1997

    You'd think that because they have the same come-hither pose, the same brashly aggressive appeal and -- when it comes right down to it -- the same... More >>

  • Hail to the '80s

    published December 11, 1997

    Brace yourself. It's coming. Nostalgia for the '80s, that is. And it's barreling full-speed toward music consumers, disco balls bobbing in its... More >>

  • Static

    published December 4, 1997

    Welcome to the jungle... What in the hell am I doing here? Surely, that question must have entered Carl Stephenson's mind on a few occasions back... More >>

  • Fight Songs

    published December 4, 1997

    It would be easy enough to dismiss Chumbawamba as nothing more than a dance-floor novelty. With a name that borders on the unpronounceable -- and... More >>

  • Rotation

    published December 4, 1997

    G. Love and Special Sauce Yeah, It's That Easy OKeh/Epic Ever since the Hooters blew their major-label wad in one commercialized... More >>

  • Lab Work

    published November 27, 1997

    The typical Stereolab tune goes something like this: two chords, a tick-a tick-a metronomic beat, a couple of buzzing analog synths and Laetitia... More >>

  • Static

    published November 27, 1997

    Raves and wave-offs... Believe it or not, most critics would rather sing a band's praises than tear its work apart -- and I'm no different. In... More >>

  • Twang of the 'Burbs

    published November 27, 1997

    Much has been made of Jack Ingram's affiliation with roots-rock outlaw Steve Earle, and, needless to say, it's done wonders for Ingram's... More >>

  • Static

    published November 20, 1997

    Unfinished spectacle... Damned if the people pulling the strings at Pace Concerts were going to let a little dust, debris and other... More >>

  • The Wizard of Weird

    published November 20, 1997

    Though it may be true that all the world is a stage, Dale Barton doesn't particularly come across as someone whose universe revolves around... More >>

  • Static

    published November 13, 1997

    A music council by any other name... In recent years, the Houston Music Council hasn't gotten a whole lot of respect from local scenesters. Part... More >>

  • Off the Wagon

    published November 13, 1997

    Sometimes, the best reason for a reunion is no reason at all. What else can explain the recent reconvening of alt-rock progenitors Jane's... More >>

  • Rotation

    published November 13, 1997

    The Moog Cookbook Plays the Classic Rock Hits Restless If you're of the opinion that some of the best moments in rock were... More >>

  • Static

    published November 6, 1997

    Deth warmed over... When you first listen to Dethkultur BBQ, they don't seem like the sort of friends you'd invite to a family picnic. But if the... More >>

  • Going Public

    published November 6, 1997

    You can learn a lot about Tanya Donelly in a ten-minute conversation. With only the slightest effort, you'll discover that she's married to her... More >>

  • Same Old Crue

    published November 6, 1997

    On the surface, it would be hard to say that Motley Crue gained anything from breaking ties with lead singer Vince Neil five years ago. At the... More >>

  • Static

    published October 30, 1997

    Beatles scholar... "You have to do more than just study the notes. I've been through every one of those Beatles songbooks, and they're full of... More >>

  • Spit and Polish

    published October 30, 1997

    Slobberbone has never quite fit into any of the usual country-rock categories, and there has always been a suspicion that the songs of leader... More >>

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