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  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Kayfabe The Hellen Keller Tapes Kayfabe Redundant. That's the overriding impression of Kayfabe's new EP, The Hellen Keller Tapes. The trio's execution is solid, but the material is so unoriginal and ponderous that it hurts to open your ears ...

    by Melissa Hung on October 28, 1999
  • Amplified - Local Music News

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    Amplified - Local Music News

    We$theimer $treet Fe$t? No, the Fuzzgun Records/Houston Press/ Mausoleum stage at the Westheimer Street Festival last week was not for sale, contrary to popular rumor. The fiction and friction all revolves around four players: the bands Dune, TX...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 28, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    Grunge's Prayer For a guy who sings, "Talking is just masturbating without the mess," on his band's latest record, Happiness Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch, Our Lady Peace front man, Raine Maida, is surprisingly forthcoming about his group's shor...

    on October 28, 1999
  • American Dream - Just a man and his guitar, Martin Sexton covers a lot of ground live

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    American Dream - Just a man and his guitar, Martin Sexton covers a lot of ground live

    Last time Martin Sexton played Houston, people were willing to sell their souls to, well, not necessarily the devil, but at least the manager of Instant Karma, the venue at which Sexton was scheduled to perform. Says Tinna Powell, Instant Karma man...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 21, 1999
  • Love Supreme - Husband-and-wife R&B team are back in H-town

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    Love Supreme - Husband-and-wife R&B team are back in H-town

    Houston's Carol Fran and Clarence Hollimon are to contemporary blues what Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy are to golden-era Hollywood films: the ultimate couple. Veterans of the music business for an amazing 97 years between them, Fran and Holl...

    by Roger Wood on October 21, 1999
  • The Dish - Native Houstonian Trish Murphy's new record is something to talk about

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    The Dish - Native Houstonian Trish Murphy's new record is something to talk about

    Trish Murphy's a living study of the nature versus nurture question. Is she so talented because she's got music in her veins? Or because she grew up surrounded by musicians? Or maybe because she works so damn hard? Murphy's first solo record, Crook...

    by Rob Patterson on October 21, 1999
  • Third Coast Roast - Let's rap about...black music

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    Third Coast Roast - Let's rap about...black music

    At around ten o'clock on a Friday night at Club Oasis, a silky brother named Golden Gangsta and a hefty homey named Jamal stepped up to the stage and proceeded to barrel through their rap routine. With Golden Gangsta's scatting dance-hall-style rhyme...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 21, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Tori Amos To Venus and Back Atlantic Tori Amos is from Venus. Everyone else is from Mars. But is there such a thing as gender-specific music? Can you really tell if it's a boy or girl playing an instrument? If it's Tori Amos, yes. Tori Amos...

    on October 21, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Yolanda Adams Mountain High...Valley Low Elektra On her latest album, Mountain High Valley Low, Yolanda Adams sets a trap for the listener. After ten years as a gospel recording artist, with four studio albums and one live release to her cre...

    on October 21, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    Shadow Boom-Boxing GoodFellas director Martin Scorsese has said that in the making of his films, there are no accidents, happy or otherwise. Every light, sound, word or gesture is thoroughly constructed in his head before being committed to cellu...

    on October 21, 1999
  • Bright Melodies - Blinker The Star's new CD is brooding and beautiful

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    Bright Melodies - Blinker The Star's new CD is brooding and beautiful

    Jordon Zadorozny, the mastermind behind Blinker The Star, has this theory on the success of grunge. He says that if Kurt Cobain had written "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in E, a key common to lots of heavy metal and hard rock of the day, the movement tha...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 14, 1999
  • Zydeco Rap? - Houston's Step Rideau drags Creole music into the '00s

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    Zydeco Rap? - Houston's Step Rideau drags Creole music into the '00s

    These days, Houston's Step Rideau is cooking up zydeco that is staunchly traditional and turn-of-the-millennium progressive at the same time. But then again, zydeco music itself, like the black Creole people who created it, has always been a celebrat...

    by Roger Wood on October 14, 1999
  • Righteous Babe - Ani DiFranco, poetess, goddess, funky folker, comes to town

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    Righteous Babe - Ani DiFranco, poetess, goddess, funky folker, comes to town

    Ani DiFranco hates interviews. Instead of being fun and chatty like she is on stage, she sounds caged, caught and cornered. She'd rather reporters shut up and just come hear her music. "If I had my druthers, I'd just kinda play the music instead of...

    by Wendy Grossman on October 14, 1999
  • Oxford Punks - Out of Mississippi comes the rowdy Neckbones

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    Oxford Punks - Out of Mississippi comes the rowdy Neckbones

    It must be something in the water. Oxford, Mississippi, is where intellectualism, art and life's more banal pursuits (e.g., sex, drugs, sex) mix. It's where William Faulkner was born, wrote, drank himself silly and died. And where pulp novelist John ...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 14, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Mark Lanegan I'll Take Care of You Sub Pop There are some kinds of music that really work only at certain times of day or during specific activities. You've got good driving music, good drinking music, good dishwashing music. Mark Lanegan's rec...

    by David Simutis on October 14, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    John Adams Fly By Night Congruent Music As Dave Oliphant points out in his 1996 book Texan Jazz, the Lone Star State's jazz legacy is rich but often overlooked, perhaps because it has never been concentrated in a single city. However, as on...

    by Roger Wood on October 14, 1999
  • Amplified - Stolen Axes

    Article

    Amplified - Stolen Axes

    Steiny was his name. He was a black six-string Steinberger guitar, and he belonged to Joey Salinas, who played in Sprawl, Rugrash and Joint Chiefs, among other Houston bands. Salinas bought Steiny in 1988, a year before studying at Berklee College of...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 14, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

    Article

    Playbill - Coming This Week

    Low Riders There are people out there who don't grasp the concept of a good ole car show. What's the point? they say. It's just cars we'll never buy because we can't afford them. To be quite honest, though, it's not about the cars. Sure, all those...

    on October 14, 1999
  • Doesn't Translate - Jaguares sticks to Spanish

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    Doesn't Translate - Jaguares sticks to Spanish

    With song titles such as "Rats Don't Have Wings" and "I Wish I Were Alcohol" and "Tie Yourself to a Broom and Fly Far Away," Jaguares could be a Sex Pistols tribute act. Of course, it isn't. The band is one of Mexico's biggest-selling, most-admired, ...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 7, 1999
  • Happy Days - A local R&B outfit, The Next Level Band, is going higher

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    Happy Days - A local R&B outfit, The Next Level Band, is going higher

    Houston's Next Level Band is in a happy mood. It's still playing regular gigs, from private parties to its monthly stop at Monroe's Gallant Knight on Holcombe. And it recently signed a deal with Southwest Wholesale to sell and distribute its year-old...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 7, 1999
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