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    Graduation Day

    In local underground circles, Junior Varsity is as well known for its stage antics as for its music. The band incorporates cheerleader uniforms, kazoos, even a dancing mascot named Bippy the Beaver. Their sound leans toward the quirky, the all-too-br...

    by Stephen Gershon on June 11, 1998
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    Clubland

    On any other night, it's the Waxx Museum. Fridays, though, it becomes The Foundation, "a weekly showcase of hip-hop culture" -- or so goes the hype. And more often than not, it lives up to its billing, with DJs, dancers, spray paint and street poetry...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 11, 1998
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... Producer, baby sitter and budding indie-rock entrepreneur Jamie Sralla is cultivating quite the buzzing rec-room cottage industry in Wayward Sound. The tiny label's accomplishments thus far include a local compilation CD (Full ...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 11, 1998
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    Rotation

    Public Enemy He Got Game Def Jam Gangstarr Moment of Truth Noo Trybe If there is any value to the '80s revival, it's that Public Enemy and Gangstarr have returned to revitalize the sense of substance in rap. Frankly, these two ghe...

    by Rob Patterson on June 11, 1998
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    The Romance of the One-Night Stand - Semisonic makes love songs out of booze and cheap hotel rooms

    Rock and roll has a long tradition of alcohol-basted love songs, but few are laced with the daredevil optimism of Semisonic's "Closing Time." Normally, contemplating a long-term relationship after your tenth Tecate seems a bad idea. Dan Wilson, ...

    by David Simutis on June 11, 1998
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    Static

    Whimpers from a dead Planet... The message was rambling, one poor schmuck's attempt to make sense of circumstances beyond his control. When Dave Summers, former late-night jock for the recently deceased modern-hits radio station The Planet, reached m...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 4, 1998
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    Hill Country

    According to country music's critics, ever since Billy Ray Cyrus broke through in the early '90s, looks are more important than talent. Indeed, from most perspectives, Nashville these days seems to be swarming with hatted hunks and model-perfect babe...

    by Jim Caligiuri on June 4, 1998
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    Rotation

    Natalie Merchant Ophelia Elektra Don't be fooled by the perky, provocative "na, na, na"s and pillowy backbeat of "Kind and Generous," the first single from Natalie Merchant's second solo effort, Ophelia. That song's beaming enthusiasm is no...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 4, 1998
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    Biscuit Matter

    Securing the rights to release live concerts by top-name rock acts is a daunting process. As a result, current King Biscuit releases are generally by second- and third-tier artists. Still, many of the concerts are great and some are historic. Each co...

    on June 4, 1998
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    Flower Power - A once-slumbering syndicated radio giant empties its vaults

    Syndicated radio history is a hot sell these days. Simply thumb through the pages of Goldmine, Discoveries or any other publication geared toward the avid audiophile, for that matter, and the ads alone attest to that. Certain musty installments of sh...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on June 4, 1998
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    Frayed Braid

    Braid heaps on layers of contrasting dual vocals, an arresting twin-guitar attack and loose, jazzy drumming. It's a framework that's been associated with the term "emo," which is roughly a melodic, more sensitive play on the hard-core punk tradition....

    by Craig D. Lindsey on June 4, 1998
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    Clubland

    Turning its flirtations with live music into a solid weekly commitment, the Vapor Room has recruited New York transplant Ernie Savage to take over the regular Thursday-night slot once occupied by high-profile, self-hyping DJ Sean Carnahan. Leaving li...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 4, 1998
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    Under(ground) Achievers - Can Nashville's creative underbelly save country from Music Row?

    For most anyone with a taste for real country music, "Nashville sucks" is a convenient rallying cry, and a contention easily borne out by the suburban pop pabulum that litters today's commercial country-radio play lists. A large part of the pseudo-mo...

    by Rob Patterson on May 28, 1998
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    Hail Caesar

    Years later, the lines still resonate. As a little boy, most nights I'd sit down with my family to enjoy a night of programming on Black Entertainment Television. The inevitable commercial break would arrive, and I'd be riveted by the image of a ...

    by David Simutis on May 28, 1998
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    Free-for-All

    The opening seconds of Free Radicals' debut CD, The Rising Tide Sinks All, are ungodly cacophony. So many instruments -- horns, flute, drums, saxophone, guitar, you name it -- sound off toward different ends that it's hard to know whether to laugh or...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 28, 1998
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    Static

    Priscilla's pull... The wrath of Elvis has no expiration date. Just ask Barry Capece, who'd have sworn he was in the clear after a seemingly decisive court ruling more than a year ago that allowed his local bar, the Velvet Elvis, to keep the referenc...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 28, 1998
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    Clubland

    A deserted, sand-blown shell for two years, the weathered structure on Galveston's Poretta Beach that used to be Blisters nightclub is back in business under the rather longwinded moniker VooDoo Daddy's Beach Grill and Swamp Bar. Houston-based Triang...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 28, 1998
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    Rotation

    George Jones It Don't Get Any Better Than This MCA Don Walser Down at the Sky-Vue Drive-In Watermelon/Sire Music critics love to play the "greatest whatever" game. But the problem with that is, music isn't quantitative, it's quali...

    by David Simutis on May 28, 1998
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    Static

    Weird Karma... Anyone looking for a reason why so many out-of-state bands view Texas as a flaky touring market need look no further than Pete Droge's May 13 show at Instant Karma. Sure, midweek gigs can be a risk in any city, and to compound the prob...

    on May 21, 1998
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    Clubland

    If you believe the word on the street, the Voodoo Lounge is closing its doors this week. But gossip has a way of turning up lame, and as it happens, Dan Robinson has a big summer planned for his Shepherd Plaza nightclub. While he concedes that busine...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 21, 1998
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