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  • Texas Music 1998: The Year That Wasn't

    published December 31, 1998

    Instead of taking a measured balance and declaring that '98 was maybe the best of years, yet the worst of years, let's cut to the chase -- this... More >>

  • Rotation

    published December 17, 1998

    B.B. King Blues on the Bayou MCA More than any other performer, B.B. King has personified modern blues. At home and abroad,... More >>

  • A Practical Angel

    published December 17, 1998

    With all the pre-millennial hooey about angels, let's not forget that real life, as screwy and base as it can seem these days, does indeed have... More >>

  • Outsiders with Stamina

    published December 10, 1998

    "God Save The Kinks!" That was the rallying cry for years among diehard fans of the seminal British Invasion band that has hovered somewhere... More >>

  • Motley Fools

    published December 3, 1998

    Motley Crue are certainly a band who are living up to the idea of rock and roll excesses, and then some. Drinking, debauchery and trashing hotel... More >>

  • Keen on the Past

    published October 22, 1998

    Hey kids, it's another Robert Earl Keen album. Time to crack some brewskis, get rowdy and howl at the moon as you pilot that pickup toward some... More >>

  • In the Clear

    published October 22, 1998

    Add Ian Moore's name to the growing list of artists who have graduated from the apparent grind of major-label commitments to working for... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 22, 1998

    Joni Mitchell Taming the Tiger Reprise It's another Joni Mitchell album, and here we go again with the hue and cry from the... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 8, 1998

    Lyle Lovett Step Inside This House Curb/MCA Alternate title: Step Inside Lyle's Aesthetic. All things considered, the... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 1, 1998

    Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up the Girl Warner Bros. My first clue that the Goo Goo Dolls had completely lost touch with their... More >>

  • Family Style

    published October 1, 1998

    It could be the stuff Nashville wet dreams are made of: two strapping, handsome brothers from a Wild West small town in Texas, both of whom sing... More >>

  • Weird Ways

    published September 3, 1998

    The Gourds have taken almost as much critical lip for their unsparingly eccentric ways as they've been praised for their timeless appreciation of... More >>

  • Rotation

    published August 27, 1998

    Cracker Gentleman's Blues Virgin After the disappointing commercial showing of their last release, The Golden Age, it would be... More >>

  • Spicy Proposition

    published August 20, 1998

    Young girls played a crucial role in the early success of the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Now, substitute the Spice Girls for either of those rock... More >>

  • Rotation

    published August 6, 1998

    Liz Phair whitechocolatespaceegg Matador/Capitol Some might complain that marriage and motherhood have blunted Liz Phair's edge.... More >>

  • Rotation

    published July 23, 1998

    Dave Alvin Blackjack David Hightone Some things get better with time and age -- like fine wine and Dave Alvin. As the chief... More >>

  • Rotation

    published July 2, 1998

    Mo Thugs Family Mo Thugs Family Scriptures Chapter II: Family Reunion Mo Thugs/Relativity There's a groove of monotony that one... More >>

  • Rotation

    published June 11, 1998

    Public Enemy He Got Game Def Jam Gangstarr Moment of Truth Noo Trybe If there is any value to the '80s... More >>

  • Rotation

    published June 4, 1998

    Natalie Merchant Ophelia Elektra Don't be fooled by the perky, provocative "na, na, na"s and pillowy backbeat of "Kind and... More >>

  • Under(ground) Achievers

    published May 28, 1998

    For most anyone with a taste for real country music, "Nashville sucks" is a convenient rallying cry, and a contention easily borne out by the... More >>

  • Rotation

    published May 28, 1998

    George Jones It Don't Get Any Better Than This MCA Don Walser Down at the Sky-Vue Drive-In ... More >>

  • Shades of Gay

    published May 21, 1998

    Last year, the Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival had its coming out -- in more than one sense. Not only was the fest's first year a debutante's... More >>

  • Rotation

    published May 21, 1998

    Jeff Buckley Sketches (For My Sweetheart the Drunk) Columbia Anyone well-versed in the more senseless aspects of rock and roll... More >>

  • Three from Texas

    published April 30, 1998

    Texas has long held a special place in the movies, serving as a backdrop for everything from B-movie westerns to cinematic events as varied as The... More >>

  • Dream So Real

    published April 30, 1998

    No doubt about it, Todd Snider is -- to quote the title of one of his tunes -- an "All Right Guy." As a friend of mine once observed, "He's a... More >>

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