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    Ball of Confusion

    In 1997, the Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince and Currently Known as Sir Hieroglyph was lying low. It's all relative, sure, but '97 was the first year since 1983 that hadn't seen a single disc released by the Funky Pop Pol...

    by Ben Greenman on April 9, 1998
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    Rotation

    The Mavericks Trampoline MCA Mavericks lead singer/songwriter Raul Malo has always harbored ambition as soaring as his gorgeous voice. But for him and his band, the focus of those ambitions is constantly shifting. On their major-label ...

    by David Simutis on April 9, 1998
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    Static

    Quality time... "It was absolutely fantastic," gushes Texas Johnny Brown, one of the more immovable veterans dotting the Houston blues landscape. It seems the 70-year-old singer/ guitarist is still giddy over the March 27 celebration thrown in honor ...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 9, 1998
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    Write or Wrong? - Marilyn Manson's Long Hard Road Out of Hell is paved with one journalist's bad intentions

    In November 1996, New York Times reporter and rock critic Neil Strauss crawled into the hot tub at a Holiday Inn in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with desperate-to-shock rocker Marilyn Manson. Strauss was there to write an article for Rolling Stone, and ...

    by Jim DeRogatis on April 2, 1998
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    Rotation

    Semisonic Feeling Strangely Fine MCA In the increasingly disposable world of '90s pop, Dan Wilson is a hooksmith without peer, and one of the most shamelessly sentimental songwriters of his generation. But then, what exactly is Wilson's gen...

    by Zac Crain on April 2, 1998
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    Static

    Ego run amuck?... It had to be the easiest $1,000 Houston's Ezra Charles ever made. Hired by oldies station KLDE/94.5 FM to open for creaky classic-rockers Three Dog Night at the Children's Festival in Hermann Park March 21, the insufferable leader o...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 2, 1998
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    Clubland

    Richmond Strip entertainment mogul and City Streets owner Jeff Meineke has been keeping plenty busy. He recently presided over the massive image overhaul of Blue Planet, turning it into Powerplant, a high-end Outer Loop partier's Taj Mahal -- and one...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 2, 1998
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    Hard to Kill

    A recent MTV Online editorial opined that heavy metal is "the dog bone buried in the background of pop culture these days." If that's the case, then Megadeth's singer, guitarist and residing conscience, Dave Mustaine, is undoubtedly one of the fierce...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on April 2, 1998
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    Tangled Web - From Mexico to L.A. via Alaska and El Paso, Tito Larriva has seen it all -- and more

    The phone call finally arrives around 6 p.m., four hours late. The connection crackles and hisses as if it resents the human intrusion; Tito Larriva's voice on the other end sounds hollow, distant. The imagination reels. This is, after all, the prima...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 26, 1998
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    Real-Life Product

    This is the story of O -- Lil' O, to be exact. On a Friday morning, Lil' O, the street and studio persona of 20-year-old Houstonian Ore Magnus-Lawson, tears into the parking lot of a West Houston pool hall in a black Honda Accord. Sauntering into the...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 26, 1998
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    Static

    SXSW '98: Taking it as it comes... Griping has always been part of the South by Southwest Music Conference, where for five dizzying days in Austin, the pissing and moaning is as copious as the tepid beer and leathery barbecue. Going into this year's ...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 26, 1998
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    Rotation

    Cheri Knight The Northeast Kingdom E-Squared As a member of the great Boston band Blood Oranges, Cheri Knight was alternative country before alternative country was cool. But among those in the know, Knight's singing and songs had long been...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 26, 1998
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    Radio Shy

    Kicking off their spring tour here in Houston, Radiohead have broken the record for the fastest sellout in Aerial Theater's brief history, packing the place faster than even the reunited Jane's Addiction could. This from a band with only one hit sing...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 26, 1998
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    Conference Kudos and Crud

    Best Hollywood Cameo: Director/sometime guitarist Robert Rodriguez jamming like a man possessed with Tito and Tarantula at Waterloo Brewing Co. Best Reason to Annex Canada: Vancouver-based PURE's potent showcase at Liberty Lunch. Best Proof That ...

    by David Simutis on March 26, 1998
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    Funk Revival

    It's easy to forget now just how huge Grand Funk Railroad was during its '70s heyday. Critics may have dismissed the band's brand of meat-and-potatoes hard rock, seeing it as nothing more than soundtrack fodder for suburban-basement bong blowouts. Bu...

    by Bob Ruggiero on March 19, 1998
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    Sparking Interest - David Rice finally throws the switch on greenelectric

    When David Rice finally got down to work recording greenelectric, his debut CD for Columbia Records, he couldn't have been farther from his element. Stowed away in the converted remains of an old grain mill in the rolling countryside outside of Bath,...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 19, 1998
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    Static

    Hole lotta litigation... It's become mighty tempting to assume that Houston's Manhole doesn't exist anyplace but in court documents. After all, the female-led metal/sludge outfit has seen more action in front of a judge than before paying audiences o...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 19, 1998
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    Rotation

    Van Halen Van Halen III Warner Bros. The loss of a charismatic frontman usually spells trouble for any band, but resilient pop-metal veterans Van Halen seem to have turned that maxim on its ear. Having weathered both the showy, cock-rock po...

    by David Simutis on March 19, 1998
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    Tough Customer

    Her phrasing is reminiscent of Billie Holiday; her deep range brings to mind Sarah Vaughn. She's won several awards and made classic contributions to the history of jazz, including a universally acclaimed duet release with Ray Charles. But perhaps wh...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 19, 1998
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    Static

    More than a one-trick pony... Any band that aims for greatness needs a steadying element -- an authority figure, if you will. For Houston's Horseshoe, that used to be drummer Eddie Hawkins, who, during his four year-stint with the somewhat hapless ac...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 12, 1998
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