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1996 Stories by Jim Sherman

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  • Swing Kings

    published December 19, 1996

    Let's face it: The time has come to take the whole "retro" concept and toss it in the trash. The music most folks call classical, after all, was... More >>

  • Right Number

    published December 5, 1996

    The bloodhound's name was Beauregard, and the phone number down at the used car lot was BR5-49. If those things make you smile, your secret is... More >>

  • Taking a Shine to Joe's

    published November 28, 1996

    It wasn't too long ago that a nutritional study revealed that, in spite of poverty and limited access to wide-spectrum food markets,... More >>

  • Wild Things

    published November 28, 1996

    Whenever rock gets old, fat and full of itself, something inevitably comes along to steer it back to the loud-and-fast honesty that's always been... More >>

  • Hip and Hawaiian

    published November 7, 1996

    Thanks to their consolidation under the respectable classification of world beat, types of music once considered weird or indefinably alien have... More >>

  • Guitar Goddess

    published November 7, 1996

    A short while back, a friend walked in while I was playing "Campanas del Alba," a track off a new album titled Tico Tico. He stopped to listen,... More >>

  • Top Harp

    published October 24, 1996

    The phrase "musician's musician" has been used to the brink of clichedom. Still, there's no denying that a Houston appearance by harmonica... 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 >>

  • Rotation

    published October 3, 1996

    Yo La Tengo Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo Matador Odds-and-ends compilations rarely feature a band's best work, but surely that's... More >>

  • Gyro-centric

    published September 26, 1996

    There are multiple countries in which a meal made of strips of roast lamb and beef anointed with yogurt and cucumber tzatziki sauce and wrapped... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • A World of the Blues

    published September 5, 1996

    Though he's lived in the New York City area for more than two decades, Johnny Copeland still introduces himself on-stage as "from the Third Ward."... 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 >>

  • Buff Boys

    published August 29, 1996

    Granted, Canada's Barenaked Ladies don't have one of the more startling names in the annals of rock and roll. Compared to, say, Scraping Foetus... More >>

  • Deep-fried Country

    published August 22, 1996

    In a back room on Heights Boulevard, a fiddle player adjusts his Stetson, pushes his spectacles up in anticipation of the sweat that will soon... More >>

  • Original Rockabilly

    published August 22, 1996

    Rockabilly, a high-energy fusion of bluegrass and Western swing, is a style that rings truest in its most basic form, especially when performed by... More >>

  • Rotation

    published August 15, 1996

    Schoolhouse Rock Kid Rhino Note to consumers: these are the straight-off-the-television originals of your youth. They are not covers of... More >>

  • Sounds Like a Winner!

    published August 8, 1996

    Houston music fans are nothing if not reliable. Year in and year out, they stick by their favorite local artists; for evidence, just take a gander... More >>

  • Heat from the Sea

    published August 1, 1996

    Even in a city as rich in south-of-the-border eateries as Houston, there are many who continue to believe (wrongly) that Mexican culinary... More >>

  • Def Defying

    published August 1, 1996

    Forget all those inspirational, made-for-TV tales of athletes overcoming hardship on their way to Olympic glory. For a real understanding of grit... More >>

  • Rotation

    published August 1, 1996

    Patti Smith Gone Again Arista There's a whole generation of music writers out there who -- ever since listening to 1975's Horses... More >>

  • Houston Press 1996 Music Awards

    published July 25, 1996

    Thirty-six categories. More than 100 nominated bands and performers. You want proof that there's a lot of music to be found in Houston? Well,... More >>

  • One's a Goner

    published July 18, 1996

    The death toll is mounting: Simos Diner in Weslayan Plaza is long gone to North Shepherd, the Shipley's on West Gray at Dunlavy is but a fond... More >>

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