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    I'll Be Jiggerered! - Jiggernaut hopes to crush all in its path to glory

    Wolf Loescher loathed the three years he spent in Scotland. His German-born father had taken a job as general manager of an American-owned semiconductor plant and relocated the family from Texas to East Kilbride, near Glasgow. For the young teenager,...

    by Aaron Howard on August 9, 2001
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    Choo Choo Ch'boogie - The Derailers get back on track with a major-label deal

    No matter what some delusional musicians might spew forth in their diatribes about "art" versus "commercialism," few bands would call for a ghostbuster if the specter of success actually paid them a visit. Selling a pittance of records to die-hard fa...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 9, 2001
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    The Naked Truth - Lucinda lays bare her Essence

    This much was clear: She wasn't coming back on her own. "Where's Lu?" a woman, apparently a manager, was asking. "We're late." Lu was last seen standing behind the outdoor stage, just after the rain had soaked Laclede's Landing on the St. Louis river...

    by Roy Kasten on August 9, 2001
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    Minibill - Against All Authority

    These Miami ska-punkers don't give a shit about the happy, horn-y bop of their categorical contemporaries. Instead, their aggressive music and stridently political lyrics on everything from nuclear waste and corrupt cops to human rights and water sho...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 9, 2001
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    Dave Navarro - Trust No One (Capitol Records)

    Though the cover of the advance release of this debut solo effort has the former Chili Pepper and Jane's Addiction guitarist placidly eating a bowl of cereal, a better stab at truth in advertising would show him prone on a psychiatrist's couch. That...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 9, 2001
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    Four - Eliminate the Masses (Orchard)

    Metal is a tough thing to define these days, having become at least as fragmented as any other pop genre. Rap-metal, nu-metal, death metal, grindcore, progressive, trad, power, doom, goth, industrial, stoner, etc., all can somehow trace their roots b...

    by Chris Smith on August 9, 2001
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    Minibill - Mutabaruka

    Allen Hope was a Roman Catholic teenager working in Kingston for the Jamaican phone company in the late '60s when he discovered Rastafarianism and the writings of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver. A newly radicalized Hope adopted the Rastafarian religi...

    by John Nova Lomax on August 2, 2001
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    Pack Fair & Square - Bluesman Big Walter celebrates his 87 years with star pupil Jerry Lightfoot

    In Houston, home of the most significant African-American-owned recording empire of the 1950s, there remains today an ever-decreasing group of players who were actually there. In the Fifth Ward studios of Duke and Peacock Records, these people helped...

    by Roger Wood on August 2, 2001
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    Business Versus Pleasure - Lil' Troy keeps on ballin', on CD and video, at least

    A couple of Sundays ago, Troy Birkett, better known to the ballers and ballettes as Lil' Troy, had a little get-together over at Club Jamaica Jamaica. "Oh, man, we had a ball," says the Lil' One. "Everybody had fun. We had a caterer come inWe popped...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 2, 2001
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    Great Scott - The Philly R&B neo-soulstress defies simple definitions

    A year after the debut of her critically acclaimed first album, there are those who are still asking, "Who is Jill Scott?" You can hardly blame them, because there are multiple answers. Scott is R&B's latest It Girl and the current poster child for t...

    by Funmi Okunbolade on August 2, 2001
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    Racket - The Pacifica Campaign is slowly weeding out all of its opponents on the Pacifica national board

    When the Houston Press last looked in at the embattled studios of KPFT, gadfly Edwin Johnston and station savior/ nemesis (depending on whom you believe) Garland Ganter's war of words had finally escalated into actual violence. Johnston was arrested ...

    by John Nova Lomax on August 2, 2001
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    Playbill - Tony Bennett

    It's hard to believe there was a time -- a long time, in fact -- when Tony Bennett was considered pass. Throughout most of the '70s and '80s he was thought of as a relic of a generation gone by, not the cultural icon who made records with Bill Evans...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on August 2, 2001
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    Playbill - Houston International Jazz Festival

    Wouldn't it be cool to chill with hizzoner at the Mayor's Jazz Brunch? It's easy to imagine Lee Brown as a smooth jazz cat. Okay, so at $75, it is the most expensive event at the Houston International Jazz Festival. But this year's Jazz Brunch is an ...

    by Aaron Howard on August 2, 2001
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    Aterciopelados - Gozo Poderoso (RCA)

    Aterciopelados means "the velvety ones," and on Gozo Poderoso ("Powerful Pleasure"), vocalist Andrea Echeverri and bassist/ producer Hector Buitrago are exactly that. The Colombian duo's latest CD is a collection of soft rock rhythms, enlightened lyr...

    by Olivia Flores Alvarez on August 2, 2001
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    Sad Like Crazy - Love Songs to Death (Ojet)

    The big concern going in: How does Love Songs stack up to SLC's past studio stuff, not to mention its live performances? That worry dissipates, however, after the first five seconds of the raw, energetic "Kid in the Corner." It's a darn good opener t...

    by Jeremy Hart on August 2, 2001
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    Minibill - Stevie Nicks

    Break out the chiffon skirts, lace shawls and unicorn-embroidered diaries. Rock's white witch is back, bringing with her a sizable back catalog of Fleetwood Mac and solo hits as well as new material from her surprisingly strong Trouble in Shangri-La....

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 2, 2001
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    Minibill - Mary Jane's Eighth Anniversary Party

    Out of the ashes of the Shimmy Shack (which itself arose out of the implosion of the Bon Ton Room) came Mary Jane's in August 1994. Founded by ex-Rudyard's employee Toby Blunt, the club has outlasted both of its Washington Avenue predecessors. Origin...

    by John Nova Lomax on August 2, 2001
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    Minibill - Soulcracker

    All right, admit it. You watched VH1's Bands on the Run. Who among us was not sucked in by the bisexual goth gals, the frenetic selling of "merch" and the twisted acts of debauchery night after beer-soaked night? True, most were Flickerstick fans at ...

    by Jennifer Mathieu on August 2, 2001
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    Racket - An argument for human cloning

    Events like the Houston Press Music Awards showcase make Racket want to cast aside all his Brave New World fears and leap onto the stump for human cloning. What better way to cover this event? On Monday, all the Rackets could meet up and cobble toget...

    by John Nova Lomax on July 26, 2001
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    Travis - The Invisible Band (Epic/Sony)

    The title The Invisible Band is a jest, rest assured. Travis's last album, The Man Who, sold more than three million copies, which was enough to inspire Sony to do market research in order to squeeze more out of its latest darling. Research finishe...

    by Tim Murrah on July 26, 2001
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