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  • 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

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    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

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    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
  • Straight Sambas - Jazz pianist Danilo Perez mixes American and  Latino traditions

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    Straight Sambas - Jazz pianist Danilo Perez mixes American and Latino traditions

    Danilo Perez vividly remembers the first gift he ever received from his father: a set of bongo drums. Perez's father, a Latin bandleader and singer in the style of Beny More, used the bongos to introduce his son to the world of Latin music. Perez too...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on October 7, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Various Artists Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village in the '60s Astor Place Recordings If you were to walk down Bleecker Street between Sixth Avenue and University Place in New York City, it might be hard to imagine that that stretch of bloc...

    by Rob Patterson on October 7, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Dune, TX Machowagon Tasty Melon The guys from Dune, TX -- Tim Herrmann on drums, Rusty Guess on bass and Chris Sacco on guitar and vocals -- have been pursuing the local rock and roll thing for almost six years now, all the while with t...

    by Les Mixer on October 7, 1999
  • Amplified - Local Music News

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    Amplified - Local Music News

    Rave Against the .38 Caliber Machine Westheimer Road will, for Sunday at least, become the crossroads at which art and politics meet when Space City Records and PAX, an anti-gun-violence group, host a rave-style event at Numbers. The event is...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 7, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    Great American Don't go see Del McCoury just because he cut an album (The Mountain) and toured with Steve Earle. McCoury's anointment by postmodern-country icon Earle is just part of the bluegrass singer, guitarist and bandleader's story. But if ...

    on October 7, 1999
  • Murfreesboro Rocks - The next Seattle is in...Tennessee?

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    Murfreesboro Rocks - The next Seattle is in...Tennessee?

    Murfreesboro, an easygoing semi-city, is home to Middle Tennessee State University, which in turn houses something called the Recording Industry Management program. In this college town, rock and roll is no longer a lifestyle. It's a career. RIM at...

    by Anthony Mariani on September 30, 1999
  • Redemption Rap - Nuwine takes God to the gangstas

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    Redemption Rap - Nuwine takes God to the gangstas

    When Maurice Williams, better known in local rap circles as Nuwine, was just six months old, he was kicked out of a day-care center. "I was bad from day one, man," Williams says. "I can't remember it, but my mama does." Sitting in the Galleria's Ch...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on September 30, 1999
  • Fresh Pavement - One of the last great indie rock bands struggles to survive its success

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    Fresh Pavement - One of the last great indie rock bands struggles to survive its success

    In the entertainment world, there are natural stars and there are reluctant stars. Stephen Malkmus, leader of Pavement, is that rare person who falls squarely in the middle. He is polite, charming, well-read, articulate and adept at making people fee...

    by David Simutis on September 30, 1999
  • Jazz Warrior - Malcolm Pinson fights for bebop values

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    Jazz Warrior - Malcolm Pinson fights for bebop values

    For about three decades, Malcolm Pinson has been a fixture on Houston's jazz scene, a keeper of the bebop flame. "I won't play anything psychedelic," Pinson says. "If it's not straight-ahead, I don't want to hear it. They've been playing [bebop] f...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on September 30, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Chris Cornell Euphoria Morning A+M Maybe there's a person out there waiting for the Kim Thayil solo record. As good as Chris Cornell's own solo debut is, you just know there's someone out there longing to hear the bearded guitarist from Soundga...

    by David Simutis on September 30, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Vince Bell Texas Plates Paladin Records Houston native Vince Bell was a familiar sight on Texas stages (most notably in Houston's Anderson Fair) in the late '70s/early '80s, when he played both onstage and off with such friends as Lyle Lovet...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 30, 1999
  • Amplified - Local Music News

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    Amplified - Local Music News

    Lotta people shit-talk Fitzgerald's for not caring about the local scene. But when some sturdy local labels wanted to put together a stable showcase, where'd they go? "Fitz seemed like the natural place to have it," says Joshua Mares of Pinche Floj...

    by Anthony Mariani on September 30, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    No matter what you think of KLOL's often too-tame playlist or the obnoxious retards who host its puerile morning show, the radio station's annual Fall Jamm consistently offers a solid lineup of rock bands on all rungs of the fame ladder. Though this ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 30, 1999
  • Jamming for Dollars - Widespread Panic makes its bucks the old-fashioned way

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    Jamming for Dollars - Widespread Panic makes its bucks the old-fashioned way

    Major record labels are still pissed off about digital distribution. The concern that free, nearly perfect copies of songs and albums would be scattered all over the world led to a concerted effort a couple months ago by the Big Five record companies...

    by David Simutis on September 23, 1999
  • Native Talent - Indigenous Americans blow blues-rock smoke

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    Native Talent - Indigenous Americans blow blues-rock smoke

    Just 24, Mato Nanji of the blues-rock band Indigenous has quickly gotten the attention of guitar fans, earning comparisons to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. But that's not all the bad news. "It's not comfortable...

    by Alan Sculley on September 23, 1999
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