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    Playbill - Ian Moore

    There was a day when MTV's Unplugged segments were actually worth waiting for through the myriad of ads for pimple cream and shampoo. Yet in 2001, any young stud or studette with one cool rock song in their repertoire gets a shot at playing acoustic...

    by Greg Barr on August 16, 2001
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    Minibill - Thrice

    Though they prefer to categorize themselves as "melodic hardcore," this Orange County-birthed quartet solidly melds punk and metal, finding the common ground between early Green Day and early Metallica (and especially that Kirk Hammettesque guitar). ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 16, 2001
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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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    Nouveau Zydeco - Conroe's J. Paul Jr. is a zydeco rebel

    It's Saturday evening, and Our Lady Star of the Sea parish hall is filled with families enjoying cold beverages and homemade gumbo. The event is an old-fashioned zydeco dance, but the sounds coming from the stage aren't what most people expect at a c...

    by Mike Emery on August 9, 2001
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    Racket - Searching for the First Rock Song

    Rock historians have long debated the First Rock Song question. For years, the consensus had it that Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" was this Holy Grail. Haley was supplanted in turn first by Elvis Presley's "That's All Right, Mama," and then wh...

    by John Nova Lomax 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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    Playbill - Willie Nelson's Family Picnic

    Just for laughs, I'd love to see ol' Willie open this show by leaning into the mike and intoning, "And now, we'd like to begin with a tune by Mr. Ornette Coleman" Nope, in what is probably music's surest bet, the red-going-gray-headed stranger will...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 9, 2001
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    Playbill - Ghostface Killah and Raekwon

    Having Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon (also known as Raekwon the Chef) in town is more of a good thing than people realize. Apart from the charismatic Method Man and the walking Behind the Music episode that is Ol' Dirty Bastard, n...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 9, 2001
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    Playbill - Circle Jerks

    The year is 1979. Punk rock has seized a fearful public eye, forming base camps in the UK and the East Coast. London bands like the short-lived but immortal Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks have established a buzzing dissonant sound; East Coasters like ...

    by Eric A.T. Dieckman 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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    Minibill - him

    Although June of '44 and REX vet Doug Scharin hails from the American Midwest, him, his 13-piece dub/Afro-jazz/tribal ensemble, sounds as if it would be more at home as the house band at the hippest spot in Lagos, Nigeria. This is music to sip banana...

    by John Nova Lomax on August 9, 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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