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  • World Views

    published March 21, 2002

    Like most of his fellow Texan singer-songwriters, but unlike his hero Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Dale Gilmore rarely proclaims his politics in public,... More >>

  • Constant Billy

    published March 14, 2002

    Though often lumped for convenience in the Celtic category, Houston's Constant Billy is more accurately described as pan-British folk. Irish,... More >>

  • Age-Old Axiom

    published March 14, 2002

    Remember that old, um, axiom about how the more things change, the more they stay the same? It seems that the downtown spot now housing the... More >>

  • Moment in the Sun

    published March 14, 2002

    Irony is a lot like cholesterol. There's a good kind and a bad kind, and an unhealthy amount of the latter is clogging America's... More >>

  • David Olney

    published March 7, 2002

    Part of David Olney's genius, and it is genius, is that he takes familiar situations like the sinking of the Titanic and looks at... More >>

  • Sunny Day, Sweepin' the Clouds Away

    published March 7, 2002

    For those who lived through them, the '70s were not as bad as they might seem from watching That '70s Show. Yes, there were some silly... More >>

  • Rodeo Retrospect

    published March 7, 2002

    The last service at Houston's secular cathedral has ended. The Eighth Wonder of the World can now officially be regarded as a mere waste of... More >>

  • Rocker Robbery

    published February 28, 2002

    When John Evans came back to his Montrose-area apartment after a recent gig in Victoria, he looked at the spot where his equipment trailer used to... More >>

  • Three-Chord Garage

    published February 28, 2002

    A strong undercurrent on the pop scene last year was the resurgence of garage rock. A nation reeling before the onslaught of pretty people playing... More >>

  • Annus Horribilis

    published February 21, 2002

    The year 2001 was a very bad one. There was September 11. There was the great apocalyptic ArmagedEnron Meltdown. There was Andrea Yates. There was... More >>

  • Bipolar Bop

    published February 21, 2002

    Within seconds of your meeting Blue October's singer-songwriter-guitarist Justin Furstenfeld, he acts as if he's known you forever. Anyone... More >>

  • Book 'Em

    published February 14, 2002

    Just about every musician who has ever had anything remotely resembling a hit eventually becomes an "author." Most confine themselves to... More >>

  • The American Plague

    published February 7, 2002

    They may be possessed of all the subtlety of your friendly neighborhood vice squad on a 4 a.m. drug raid, but Knoxville, Tennessee's the American... More >>

  • Ruffled Feathers

    published February 7, 2002

    When the Dixie Chicks take the Astrodome stage at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on February 12, it will be only their second full concert... More >>

  • Ice Ice Baby

    published February 7, 2002

    Midway through our phone interview, a stranger approaches Varnaline's Anders Parker, who was talking on a crackling cell phone in Denton, where... More >>

  • Unlucky Winners

    published January 31, 2002

    A recent Sports Illustrated story explored the "cover jinx" legend. According to long-running myth, those who grace that mag's cover are... More >>

  • The Weary Boys

    published January 24, 2002

    Austin's Weary Boys dress and look like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band circa 1971 and play their instruments like it's 1947. There's little of the... More >>

  • Version 2.0

    published January 24, 2002

    Only at studios can a person attend a reggae-themed live hip-hop concert that begins with a... More >>

  • Joseph Murrail Jackson Memorials

    published January 17, 2002

    Local drummer/percussionist/vibist Joe Jackson died suddenly behind his drum kit on January 12. Jackson was known for the band the Buddhacrush, as... More >>

  • Musical Chairs

    published January 17, 2002

    The Good Luck Band bears that name for a reason. They never know if enough people will show up to play a gig, but somehow, through six years of... More >>

  • Attack of the Surf Punks

    published January 17, 2002

    The Magnetic IV all love 1950s and early-'60s B movies. The seamy underbelly of the "I Like Ike" years as chronicled in films like B movie titan... More >>

  • Emo-tional Music

    published January 10, 2002

    The past couple of years have not been kind to Montrose music venues. The Blue Iguana was torn down and replaced by a branch bank. The spot... More >>

  • Bowling for Soup

    published January 3, 2002

    From Wichita Falls via Denton, BFS is one happy punk band. Vocalists/ guitarists Jaret Von Erichead and Christopher Van Malmsteen, along with the... More >>

  • Party of Helicopters

    published January 3, 2002

    With vocals that sound something like the Byrds circa Turn! Turn! Turn! and guitar riffage that calls to mind today's metal/math rockers... More >>

  • Gardeners of the Music World

    published January 3, 2002

    A Nashville music business veteran once told me a story that you might think beautiful or sappy; though given the man's sincerity, I lump for the... More >>

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