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    Playbill - Mike Doughty

    "A stark musical setting" is how Mike Doughty describes the framework of his solo career, launched less than a year after the breakup of his band Soul Coughing. Since then, he has already logged three tours, all acoustic, all by himself. Doughty has ...

    by Eric A.T. Dieckman on July 19, 2001
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    Rick Trevio - Mi Son (Vanguard)

    In the early 1990s, a young Austin-born Texas A&M student and part-time country singer named Rick Trevio got the break of which every would-be Nashville darling dreams: discovery, major-label deal, stardom. By the tender age of 25, he had already sc...

    by Roger Wood on July 19, 2001
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    Playbill - Two Man Advantage

    Considering how splintered the rock biz has become in the past ten years, and particularly the punk genre, it was only a matter of time before Two Man Advantage came along. Indeed, micro-mini niches are de rigueur if you're a punk rocker in 2001. Hai...

    by Greg Barr on July 19, 2001
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    Sly Letter - These Autumn Skies (Self-released)

    From the get-go, there's something just not right with this record. The lead-in guitar jangle on "Better That Way" seems derived from 10,000 Maniacs. That's no criminal offense, but once the drab vocals begin spewing cryptic, introspective goo, it's...

    by Mike Emery on July 19, 2001
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    Joydrop - Houston Press Music Awards' featured act

    Seen by the suits at her U.S. label as Canada's answer to Gwen Stefani, Joydrop's Tara Slone, the part-time TV action star and practicing Buddhist, is vying to become MTV's latest pop-rock hottie. Yes, indeed, Tommy "I'm No Has-been" Lee plays Slone'...

    by Greg Barr on July 12, 2001
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    Sacred Blues - Blues 2 Joy writes a new testament for the devil's music

    Up on the stage, the lead guitarist snaps off a down and dirty blues riff on a Les Paul, his nimble fingers dancing up and down the fretboard. A drummer and bassist pound out a steady rhythm that supports two more smoking guitars and a screeching har...

    by Bob Ruggiero on July 12, 2001
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    Depeche Mode - Saturday, July 14, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive

    Trying to overcome the stigma of being a piece of retro '80s kitsch, Depeche Mode returns with something for everyone on its new album. Exciter is the band's first U.S. studio release since 1997's Ultra. To appease fans and still make "Music for the ...

    by Danny Perez on July 12, 2001
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    Yellowjackets - Wednesday, July 18, Sambuca Jazz Cafe, 909 Texas Avenue

    When the Yellowjackets grew out of Robben Ford's Charles Ford Blues Band in 1981, it looked like another short-lived fusion venture la Mahavishnu Orchestra. Sure enough, two years later Ford left the band in '83 to return to his first love: the blu...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on July 12, 2001
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    Revenge of the Nerds - Rainer Maria's twin solitudes protect and touch and greet each other

    Caithlin De Marrais is afraid she sounds like a dork. "You know how MTV has those shows that have little snippets of other music in it?" she sheepishly asks on the phone from her home in Connecticut. "Just recently, a song from our new album was on d...

    by Mikael Wood on July 12, 2001
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    Racket - Not all pirates are bad

    Montrose Radio's backers thought of themselves as champions of liberty, but the FCC called them pirates. They were both right. Truth is, the pirates of the high seas have always gotten a bad rap. Though there were some bad apples among them, so were...

    by John Nova Lomax on July 12, 2001
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    Toni Price - Midnight Pumpkin (Antone's)

    Through four albums, Austin's Toni Price has meandered through a myriad of twists and turns -- and encountered the occasional dead end -- while dabbling with various styles of American roots music. She's sashayed through fields of bluegrass, lighted ...

    by Greg Barr on July 12, 2001
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    Crash Comfort - Soul Drunk Lingering Day (Seismic Music/Montrose)

    Fronted by former Twenty Mondays vocalist Ken Sheppard, Houston's Crash Comfort strives to make original and earnest rock on its debut CD. But while there are a number of bright spots in these 14 tracks, the overall impression is a faint one. Much o...

    by Bob Ruggiero on July 12, 2001
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    Playbill - The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz

    Sacred cows make the tastiest burgers, says the Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, and he should know: The grill master has no equal in skewering and roasting the status quo, preaching the evils of greed, hypocrisy and TV evangelists from his boogie-woogie p...

    by Bob Burtman on July 12, 2001
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    Playbill - Arthur Yoria

    Just nominated for Best New Act in the Houston Press Music Awards, Arthur Yoria has generated quite a buzz around town with his frequent gigs. Yoria's self-produced, self-titled EP on his own label, K Oso Records, available at Cactus, is his first...

    by Sande Chen on July 12, 2001
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    New Orleans Juice - Saturday, July 14, Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance

    If you took the Big Easy in your hands and squeezed it into a cup, it would sound a lot like New Orleans Juice. There's a cup of funk, a couple of tablespoons of jazz, and a teaspoon or two of blues. But with NOJ, there's an outreach to the world at ...

    by John Nova Lomax on July 12, 2001
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    Life Begins at 41 - Early success was almost the end of Ray Wylie Hubbard

    The liner notes for Eternal and Lowdown, Ray Wylie Hubbard's new record, open thusly: "If F. Scott Fitzgerald had known Ray Wylie Hubbard, there's no way Fitzgerald would ever have conceived that notion about American lives having no second act, much...

    by Melanie Haupt on July 12, 2001
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    Racket - The Nuge keeps on offending all sorts of people

    On April 2 of last year, Ted Nugent took to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion stage dressed in his strange notion of multicultural attire (Indian headdress, rebel flag T-shirt) and launched into a litany of abuse. He excoriated "faggots" a little, ...

    by John Nova Lomax on July 5, 2001
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    Wet Nighthawks Cry Foul - They're deluge-ional, say accused Fitz's and South Beach proprietors

    It seems like some folks just aren't done talking about the flood yet. People are still reeling from the repercussions of the Great Disastrous Amazing Technicolor Floodapalooza of 2001. A handful of Houstonians are upset about the way a few clubs tre...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 5, 2001
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    Port Vale - The Music The Lights The Fire (Ojet)

    With connections to past and current Houston bands (most notably Jessica Six), singer/guitarist Lance Walker, bassist Bret Shirley and drummer John Adams, who constitute Port Vale, are veterans of the scene. The anglophile Walker recently completed a...

    by Sande Chen on July 5, 2001
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    Playbill - Steel Pulse

    With few new acts on the reggae scene, fans have to rely on longtime faves, standbys such as Burning Spear, the Itals and Culture. Steel Pulse is also on that shortlist. After all, the group was often cited as one of Bob Marley's favorites. Ironica...

    by Mike Emery on July 5, 2001
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