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    He Likes Beer - Pat Green

    Sam Houston Race Park's between-the-ponies country entertainment has been divided neatly into two categories: those with their glory days in the rearview mirror, and those with their futures spread out before 'em. Lubbockite Pat Green falls squarely ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on July 27, 2000
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    Mandy Moore - Maximizing her 15 minutes

    Mandy Moore -- What a chore it is, keeping tabs on all these warbling, blue-eyed, blond-haired waifs. There are the usual suspects: Britney Spears, who leads to Christina Aguilera, who leads to Mandy Moore, who leads to Jessica Simpson, who leads to ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 27, 2000
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    Sisters Morales - Things can only get better

    Sisters Morales -- Talk about a bumpy ride. First, Roberta Morales was set back with a bout of cancer (from which she has since recovered), then some Nashville record executives never followed through on signing Roberta and Lisa -- the company, accor...

    by Giselle Greenwood on July 27, 2000
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    Shored Up - Brian Wilson returns from hell to inhabit a self he hasn't seen since the '60s

    As Brian Wilson waited to board a plane in Los Angeles one morning in December 1964, he glanced over at his wife, Marilyn Wilson, who appeared to be gazing at fellow Beach Boy and Wilson cousin Mike Love. The sight greatly upset Wilson, who was suffe...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on July 20, 2000
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    Performance Tarts - Have acts like Bozo Porno Circus and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult run out of folk to offend?

    If only Tipper Gore had continued her crusade against sex and sleaze in rock and roll, not only would her PMRC rail hopelessly against the psycho-sexy-disco-funk-industrial band My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (an original Parent Watch listing), bu...

    by Sande Chen on July 20, 2000
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    Easy Does It - Todd Snider returns to folk from a rock experiment gone haywire

    What the world needs now is another folk singer / Like I need a hole in my head. -- "Teen Angst," Cracker Todd Snider can't tell you how happy he is to bury the Tom Petty thing once and for all. He can say this, though: You can't kill what you don'...

    by Greg Barr on July 20, 2000
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    Dress to Be Repressed - Fashion Fascism

    With the population of downtown's club scene seemingly expanding with every weekend, the dress codes for many of these hangouts have become stricter and more extreme. We might even say a little downright fascist. The clubs most guilty of heavily en...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 20, 2000
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    Leary of Home - The forgotten treasure found at King's X

    Gotta love King's X. Three cats from Missouri who relocated to Houston in 1985, landed a deal with Atlantic Records a few years later, lived through that and have continued doing things their way through fads like grunge and bubblegum. The band is ...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 20, 2000
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    Rotation - Young Dubliners: Red

    Young Dubliners Red Omtown/Higher Octave Irish bands that have tried to steer Celtic rock into the collective pop consciousness have a rather spotty record. Dexy's Midnight Runners spiked in the early 1980s, when Kevin Rowland retooled his ...

    by Greg Barr on July 20, 2000
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    Rotation - Veruca Salt: Revolver

    Veruca Salt Resolver Velveteen/Beyond Records Among the slew of female-driven alternative bands that seemed to pop up in the mid-'90s with the frequency of Lincoln Bedroom slumber parties and Who reunion tours, maybe none had more initial pro...

    by Bob Ruggiero on July 20, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Pure Rubbish: Tejas Waste

    Pure Rubbish Tejas Waste One Hit Records From the looks of them, the faces of the two brothers on the back of Pure Rubbish's new CD belong on the back of a milk carton. They are young. Really young. Surprisingly, their skills are comparable t...

    by Elizabeth Taishoff on July 20, 2000
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    Blue Houston - The sweetest enigma

    An enigma never tasted sweeter than Blue October. A titillating jumble of alternative rock and trancelike mood music, wounded-child vulnerability and gut-wrenching misery, Blue October's sound gnashes at anyone who'll listen. After all, been-there,...

    by Jennifer Freytag on July 20, 2000
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    The Causey Way - A new religion

    For Causey, front man for this semi-eponymously named Florida quintet, getting guitar lessons from David Koresh was like the Flying Nun learning landing maneuvers from Christ himself. Causey once followed Koresh, believing in the same things (primari...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 20, 2000
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    8STOPS7 - A far cry from frat parties

    Time was, one could write some rock material, perform it well on a stage as written and that was enough. No need for market-driven subgenre pigeonholes on the creative side, or technological assistance on the performance side. Some bands try to do ...

    by Chris Smith on July 13, 2000
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    Bedeviled Hams - Handsome Reckless Kelly might not have to sell its soul to Nashville after all

    As the old notion goes, for every overzealous female fan -- whom you may know in technical terms as a "groupie" -- there is an envious male fan or critic, deafened (or should we say blinded) to a band's music by those ladies down in front of the stag...

    by John Nova Lomax on July 13, 2000
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    Union Joan - England's Joan Armatrading comes to town with her fanciful folk music

    No one's quite sure why Briton Joan Armatrading would visit this part of the planet and perform for us ungrateful bastards. The woman has played before royalty, dignitaries and world leaders. Her albums are highly regarded by Europeans as vital, impo...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 13, 2000
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    Radio Gaga - A KISS goodbye?

    Like a bloated blimp on the horizon, the Band Soon to Be Formerly Known as KISS wafts its way back over the Plains states, extracting with the force of gravity Midwesterners' hard-earned dough from their pockets -- because once wasn't enough. The d...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 13, 2000
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    Taking Clubbing Too Far - Hyperia

    Located in the bail bonds and pawnshop section of downtown, not too far from north downtown and its glitz, Hyperia is an underground warehouse club that, with its glossy industrial sheen, thinks of itself as the alternative nightspot for overheated n...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 13, 2000
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    Through Being Cool - Royal Trux

    Most famous for reportedly blowing an advance from its record label to buy drugs, then having the gall to ask for more money, Royal Trux -- now reportedly clean and sober -- has kept the loud and senseless aesthetic alive, even better than its offsho...

    by Jeff Neisel on July 13, 2000
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    Dwight Yoakam - Refusing to be piegeonholed

    Touring behind Dwightyoakamacoustic.net, his 14th album in as many years, Dwight Yoakam has gone lo-fi. His current show, titled "Tomorrow's Sounds Today," includes a substantial acoustic set inspired by the surprising response to his stripped-dow...

    by Dave Bottoms on July 13, 2000
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