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    Amplified - Strained Notes

    Walking out of the 528 Club, Heath Spencer Philip knew he'd never sing there again. Before he and his backup band, comprising some of Guy Schwartz's New Jack Hippies, had arrived at the club on this November night, expectations were high. Philip, a...

    by Anthony Mariani on February 24, 2000
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    Playbill - Pickin' and Grinnin'-- Adrian Legg

    With his custom-built Ovation, a swamp ash body fitted with Keith banjo pegs, Adrian Legg is an acoustic fingerpicking wiz. Named "Guitarist of the Decade" by Britain's Guitarist Magazine and "Best Acoustic Guitarist" four years in a row by Guitar Pl...

    by Aaron Howard on February 24, 2000
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    Indies in Town - Three adventuresome acts new to Houston set to perform

    Though The Handsome Family has been critically well received since it began performing and recording in 1994, the husband-and-wife team of Brett and Rennie Sparks has yet to receive any major-label interest or funding. The couple recorded their lates...

    by Anthony Mariani on February 17, 2000
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    Prog's New Face - Deadwood Forest isn't your father's progressive rock band

    In high school a few short years ago Mitch Mignano worked the counter at a Blockbuster record store in a mall in Baytown. One day, says Mignano, "some guy came in wanting to special-order a Moody Blues solo album, Justin Hayward or whatever." Ever di...

    by Liz Belile on February 17, 2000
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    Fill 'Er Up - Ten-gallon hats and ten-gallon gas tanks come to mind when BR5-49 plays

    BR5-49's current Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Duo or Group could be considered a fluke. If it weren't for the producers of the 1999 film Happy, Texas, who included BR5-49's "Honky Tonk Song" on its soundtrack, the song -- which origi...

    by Roger Wood on February 17, 2000
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    Rotation - Guy III

    Guy III MCA A lot of things have changed since these new jack swing originators released their last album oh-so-many moons ago. For one thing, it looks like people have completely forgotten just how massive an impact Guy has had on R&B. These d...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on February 17, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Liquid i Waves of Rain

    Liquid i Waves of Rain Emulsion Records The band formerly known as Liquid, Liquid i, changed its handle in time for its second release, Waves of Rain. Unfortunately, however, its mainstream rock/ pop sound remains the same. Most of Rain is...

    by Seth Landau on February 17, 2000
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    Amplified - Rick's World!

    Swaying back and forth in front of the Cardi's 2000 stage is an unidentified white male, wearing a T-shirt with Mercyful Fate inscribed on the back and punching his fist -- neatly wrapped around the neck of a beer bottle -- into the air. He "st...

    by Anthony Mariani on February 17, 2000
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    Playbill - Brian McKnight, Neural Nectar

    Has anyone called Brian McKnight yet for ripping off the 1993 Jeff Bridges movie Fearless in his "Back at One" video? Oh, you remember that flick. It's the one in which Bridges comes out of the cornfields from a plane crash (just like McKnight does i...

    by Les Mixer on February 17, 2000
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    Glamour of Glaw - The leader of the Vulgarians makes a fashion statement

    Over the phone Michelle Glaw sings, in a gloomy minor key, the first verse of her band's newly penned theme song: "I'm a Vulga, you're a Vulga, we're the Vulgarians....And if you mess with one of us, we'll mess you up and drink your pus." She giggles...

    by Liz Belile on February 10, 2000
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    Blues Brothers - When not exploding with Jon Spencer, Judah Bauer testifies with kin as 20 Miles

    There are only two guys in 20 Miles, but they always manage to create a mini-ruckus. Brothers Donovan and Judah Bauer (the latter of the incomparable Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) dole out simple skronk that, while loud, is also tuneful. Even though t...

    by David Simutis on February 10, 2000
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    Old School - MU330 makes ska as it was intended

    It's not uncommon for musicians to find inspiration from a single artistic work: The Rolling Stones chose their name from a Muddy Waters tune. Jim Morrison called his band the Doors after Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception, and Dan Potthast, sin...

    by Bob Ruggiero on February 10, 2000
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    Rotation - Mudhoney March to Fuzz

    Mudhoney March to Fuzz Sub Pop "Grandpa, do you remember Lollapalooza?" "Lollapa -- ... That's a name I haven't heard in years. Let's see, you probably know that your grandmother and I met at Lollapalooza 7 at the piercing booth, right?" "...

    by David Simutis on February 10, 2000
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    Local Rotation - "Mean" Gene Kelton Most Requested

    "Mean" Gene Kelton Most Requested Avatar Records You've heard of shock rock, shock art and shock radio, right? But shock blues? Try to imagine a Southern Howard Stern, wringing solos from a Telecaster over a deep groove, growling, "My baby d...

    by Roger Wood on February 10, 2000
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    Amplified - Maddness

    All's fair in radio and rap. Another national hit by a local rapper is on its way at The Box. "Down South," by Mista Madd, is the song. Featuring Mista Madd, Yungstar and Slim Thug from Swishahouse, the tune has a hook big enough to reel in a great...

    by Anthony Mariani on February 10, 2000
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    Playbill - Foxy Lady: Terri Hendrix. Also, The Brothers Creggan

    On name alone, it would be easy for a connoisseur to dislike Terri Hendrix. The bombastic moniker sounds a little plagiaristic, a little bit too much like Jimi You-know-who. But fact is, this female Hendrix is an ordinary San Antonio native with a gu...

    by Justin Wolske on February 10, 2000
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    Ka-Blam! - If the X-Men were a metal band: Powerman 5000

    Tonight the Stars Revolt!, Powerman 5000's latest record and second major-label release, comes in some crazy packaging. The title and cover art call to mind 1940s pulp sci-fi: Everywhere are robot men, rocket ships and mechanized destruction. These...

    by Les Mixer on February 3, 2000
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    Meaningful Pop - Hide the men and children. Gay Dad is in town.

    About three years ago nearly every major label was chasing Gay Dad in London. Funny thing was, the band had yet to make any full-length recordings or even to be heard by anybody who mattered. The first thing the band ever did was disastrous, a 1994...

    by Tim Murrah on February 3, 2000
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    Rotation - Fu Manchu King of the Road

    Fu Manchu King of the Road Mammoth Fu Manchu makes low-end, primordial metal, which is growing in popularity (though it's not going to be the new grunge or ska or swing or polka), if not originality. But the fact that some stuff on Fu Man's fif...

    by David Simutis on February 3, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Drunken Thunder Cheap Acceptable Kill

    Drunken Thunder Cheap Acceptable Kill Honest Abe's Custom Records Homegrown garage power rock is Drunken Thunder's stock-in-trade. Problem is, it's also pretty damn good. As a matter of fact, Drunken Thunder's particular brand of twisted, sl...

    by Les Mixer on February 3, 2000
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