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1997 Stories by Hobart Rowland

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  • Plugged In

    published August 21, 1997

    Prodigy's number one debut notwithstanding, music industry watchers remain leery of electronica's potential for success -- as they should. So far,... More >>

  • Here Comes the Sun

    published August 21, 1997

    As countries go, Suriname is tiny. Its smallness is particularly apparent when measured against the enormous size of Brazil to its south and the... More >>

  • Rotation

    published August 14, 1997

    Slobberbone Barrel Chested Doolittle Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac Outpost It's long past the point where... More >>

  • Talking the Talk

    published August 14, 1997

    It takes the cojones of a seasoned matador to emerge from near obscurity and proclaim right off that you're the man. Reputation, after all, is... More >>

  • Rotation

    published August 7, 1997

    Echo and the Bunnymen Evergreen London Even by the drastically reduced standards of your typical reunion release, Echo and the... More >>

  • Hip-Hop Down Under

    published August 7, 1997

    New Zealand singer/songwriter Pauly Fuemana -- a.k.a. OMC -- is widely known as a hip-hop artist. It's a label Fuemana, who grew up in a tough... More >>

  • Static

    published August 7, 1997

    Sobered by reality... It was the year that wouldn't end. At least, that's the way local singer/songwriter Tony Vila looks back on 1992: 12 months... More >>

  • Funk Flashback

    published July 31, 1997

    Getting to the heart of that dirty and devilish genre known as funk can be somewhat akin to searching out nude pictures of Martha Stewart on the... More >>

  • Static

    published July 31, 1997

    A new era at HMC?... For the last few months, local producer/indie label entrepreneur Darrell Clingman has been going on about what he'd do to... More >>

  • All-Terrain Vehicle

    published July 31, 1997

    Not long ago, a certain Houston club manager came to the following conclusion about one of his favorite Texas acts: "The best thing about Old 97's... More >>

  • Fresh Focus

    published July 24, 1997

    Wakeland makes pop music for wimps -- love songs, if you will, for those of us lacking a spine. With a near-childlike take on the world around... More >>

  • Beyond the Stars

    published July 24, 1997

    Rock history generally suggests that talented lesser-knowns can benefit from the coddling of a proven commodity, if only for the most obvious... More >>

  • Rotation

    published July 24, 1997

    Radiohead OK Computer Capitol Radiohead's OK Computer isn't easy to cozy up to. It's a marathon listen, a muddled,... More >>

  • Static

    published July 24, 1997

    Young in vibes... Coming up on his 70th birthday, jazz vibraphonist Harry Sheppard says he's never felt better. "I have more energy now than I had... More >>

  • Color of the Blues

    published July 17, 1997

    Dallas guitarist Smokin' Joe Kubek was playing obscure, backroom blues circuit gigs before he could qualify for a driver's license. A few years... More >>

  • Rotation

    published July 17, 1997

    Brave Combo Group Dance Epidemic Rounder What Pavement said about Smashing Pumpkins was mean but true: Too much popular music is... More >>

  • Static

    published July 17, 1997

    Copeland remembered... True, it wasn't much of an acceptance speech, but it meant everything. Standing by the podium at the July 7 Houston Press... More >>

  • Bite This!

    published July 10, 1997

    It wasn't by accident that youth figured so prominently in this year's Houston Press Music Awards. An overhaul of the nominating committee to... More >>

  • Classic Touch

    published July 3, 1997

    A connoisseur of classic rock might argue that, in his prime, Steve Miller was about as innovative an artist as, oh, the Guess Who or Peter... More >>

  • Static

    published July 3, 1997

    Tape head... You could easily argue that Houmidity: Bad Weather, Bad Attitudes isn't much of a documentary on the Houston music scene. And it's... More >>

  • Rotation

    published July 3, 1997

    World Party Egyptology The Enclave World Party's Karl Wallinger has his drawbacks. First off, he's not much of a singer. True,... More >>

  • All Grown Up

    published June 26, 1997

    Sometimes, musical maturity takes a while. In the case of saxophonist George Howard, who recorded his first CD in 1982, it took a decade and a... More >>

  • Houston Press 1997 Music Awards Preview

    published June 26, 1997

    At times, we must admit, putting together the ballot for the Press Music Awards engenders a touch of deja vu. Familiar names (can you say Carolyn... More >>

  • Young Punks

    published June 26, 1997

    "Come support the future of trash rock." Willie Dunivan, the haggard, 35-year-old lead singer of Pure Rubbish, is plugging the band's... More >>

  • Static

    published June 26, 1997

    Honor thy dinosaurs... In a music scene so often intent on undermining tradition, paying tribute to one's rock and roll forefathers has never been... More >>

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