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  • Iron & Wine, with Holopaw

    published April 8, 2004

    Remember that scene in Animal House where Bluto is at the toga party and this bearded guy in a turtleneck -- listed in the credits as... More >>

  • A Century of Progress

    published April 8, 2004

    There's a Xeroxed black-and-white picture on the wall in Huey Long's Heights retirement-home apartment that is simply astounding. On stage in the... More >>

  • Mosquitos, with Sancho

    published April 1, 2004

    A lot has happened for the indie pop/samba Mosquitos since they buzzed through town a couple of months back. Juju Stulbach's breathy,... More >>

  • Grupo Fantasma

    published April 1, 2004

    As one of their band members put it, Grupo Fantasma's shows are like recess. The Laredo-by-way-of-Austin mambo-funk, jazz-dancehall, rock-cumbia... More >>

  • Zepfest 2004, Featuring No Quarter

    published April 1, 2004

    As recently as a couple of years ago, Led Zeppelin was sometimes seen as something of a joke, an exemplar of Spinal Tap-ian excess and all... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published April 1, 2004

    Songs Inspired By The Passion for the Cash, more like. My, what a trend we have in Jesus. More >>

  • Funeral Blues

    published April 1, 2004

    March was exceedingly tough on the local music community. As noted in this column two weeks ago, Texas Music News scribe Bill "the Boneman"... More >>

  • Family Feud

    published April 1, 2004

    Well, hip-hop has survived a full quarter-century since the 1979 release of Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," a tune that we'll adopt -- for... More >>

  • Adieu, Monsieur Mojo

    published March 25, 2004

    South By Southwest, so the story goes, is supposed to be about beginnings. For me, anyway, this one was about an ending -- specifically, the... More >>

  • The Bamboo Kids, with Pearlene and the Bloody Hollies

    published March 18, 2004

    Since they were recently touted by the New York Press as "the best unsigned band in New York," it's easy to imagine that somewhere the... More >>

  • A Nashville Star Is Born

    published March 18, 2004

    Well, as a city we sure blew it when American Idol came to town. When our local citizens weren't regaling Randy, Paula and Simon with the... More >>

  • Wisdom of Solomon

    published March 18, 2004

    Few recent albums have caused my soul more distress than the Sleepy Jackson's Lovers. Not that it's a bad album -- on the contrary, it's... More >>

  • Tom Heinl

    published March 11, 2004

    Possessed of a deep, smooth, country-fried croon, Tom Heinl favors much the same musical turf staked out by Ray Price, but Heinl's subject matter... More >>

  • Grammy Shammy

    published March 11, 2004

    This little tale of falsely claimed Grammy nominations begins a few months back, when I received a package from a local band called Sugar Bayou.... More >>

  • One Hundred Million Reasons to Go See Great White

    published March 4, 2004

    It was just over one year ago at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, that Great White's errant pyrotechnics display started a... More >>

  • Blues Lucifers

    published March 4, 2004

    To put it mildly, critics have a hard time pithily describing San Antonio rock underground legends Boxcar Satan. In fact, they wind up sounding a... More >>

  • Unfair and Unbalanced

    published March 4, 2004

    In the early days of rap, way back in the 1980s, every touring artist was a bullshit magnet. Pillars of the community -- mayors, the cops, the PTA... More >>

  • Money Waters

    published February 26, 2004

    Listening to most hip-hop, you'd think black music history began with James Brown's "Out of Sight," the tune the Godfather himself favors over... More >>

  • Medley Fool

    published February 26, 2004

    What do Devo, Young MC, George Strait, Ice-T, B.B. King and the Carpenters have in common? Absolutely nothing, you say? Okay, how about songs such... More >>

  • Stone Country

    published February 26, 2004

    In Texas, where driving is a way of life, great ideas are often born on the road. Wim Wenders wrote more than half of Paris, Texas in his... More >>

  • The Proclaimers

    published February 19, 2004

    Compared to their Celtic cousins in Ireland, there are relatively few rock bands that sound recognizably Scottish. Big Country comes to mind, but... More >>

  • Ronald Reagan's Army

    published February 19, 2004

    Austin's Yuppie Prick$ exist beyond the parameters of the never-ending "What is punk?" debate. Completely. While their music undoubtedly has much... More >>

  • Drat!

    published February 12, 2004

    Houston commercial rock radio has always been a wasteland, a badlands of tired music and dead trends. And it seems that the people of Houston know... More >>

  • The Doctor Is Insane

    published February 5, 2004

    On January 19, on the outskirts of Des Moines, Iowa, a promising political career likely came to a, um, "screeching" halt. Howard Dean -- champion... More >>

  • The Main Event

    published January 29, 2004

    While the nearby Super Bash may have the quantity, this multiday downtown mega-getdown will have the quality, and what's more, it's all absolutely... More >>

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