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    Baby, It's Him - Burt Bacharach isn't making a comeback -- he never left

    In person, Burt Bacharach seems smaller than he does when you see him on television or in old photos, standing next to ex-wives Angie Dickinson or Carole Bayer Sager. His arms are twig thin, and his face is a little more gaunt than it was back when h...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 8, 1998
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    Static

    Fly girl... It's hardly a revelation that an unfortunately large number of Houston artists see leaving town as the only way for them to get anywhere in the music business. Robin Beacham understands that point of view, because Beacham is among those w...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 8, 1998
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    Sounds of Freedom

    "If Jimi Hendrix did hip-hop, that's exactly what that shit would sound like." It's a Monday night at the Blue Iguana on Richmond, and the person making this claim is a house DJ impressed by the half-hour set just turned in by Freedom Sold. Unfo...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on January 8, 1998
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    Rotation

    B.B. King Deuces Wild MCA At 72, B.B. King is something of an enigma. He's still a tremendous blues performer, someone whose concerts are not to be missed. Yet for the past two decades, his recordings have generally been pop/soul-influenced...

    by Jim Caligiuri on January 8, 1998
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    Spanish Rocks

    Until recently, a mention of Spanish-influenced rock and roll would cause most people to think only of Los Lobos, Santana ("Oye Como Va" anyone?) or War's "Low Rider." Folks whose knowledge of rock history extended more than a few years into the past...

    by Frank-John Hadley on January 8, 1998
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    Girl in the Spotlight - Lisa Loeb is figuring it out in public

    Rod Serling walks out of the sound-stage gloom and into a pool of light cast by a single spotlight. "Submitted for your approval," he says, pulling his lips back from his teeth. "A portrait of a young woman who wants nothing more than to sing, and wh...

    by Matt Weitz on January 1, 1998
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    Highway Lunacy - Hip-hop, bad hair and bad jokes steer I-45 on a twisted joy ride

    Northside Houston resident Tony Avitia was an 18-year-old stock boy at a Kroger store when, somewhere among the Tylenol, the Haagen-Dazs and the freshly watered produce, he met Billy Kinnamon. Kinnamon was a 16-year-old bagger from Greenspoint who wa...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on January 1, 1998
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    Rotation

    Hurricane #1 Hurricane #1 Sire/Warner Bros. The American public has been largely monogamous -- if serially so -- when it comes to its relationship with '90s Brit-pop, saving its affection for just the right combination of hooks and hubris, ...

    by Julie Carter on January 1, 1998
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    The Other Vaughan

    Though Jimmie Vaughan has quietly and consistently proven that he's just as skillful and dedicated a bluesman as his younger brother ever was, the wild life, flashy chops and tragic death of Stevie Ray Vaughan may always end up dwarfing his older sib...

    by Jim Caligiuri on January 1, 1998
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    Static

    The year in lists... The word that best sums up popular music in 1997 is "potential" -- not because there was so much of it, but because there were so many cases in which it was squandered, ignored or flat-out lacking. Still in a state of extended gr...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on January 1, 1998
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    Canadian Born, but Texas Proud - Fred Eaglesmith descends from the Great White North with a unique American vision

    Fred Eaglesmith may hail from Ontario, Canada, but he's constantly compared to a class of Texas singer/songwriters that includes Steve Earle, Guy Clark and the late Townes Van Zandt. Not that that bothers Eaglesmith any. His new CD, Lipstick, Lies an...

    by Jim Caligiuri on December 25, 1997
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    Last Man Standing - Kim Wilson is the sole T-Bird on the band's best release in years. But is anyone listening?

    Consider it a minor miracle of happenstance. Kim Wilson sure does. Wilson, the grizzled 46-year-old leader of what is still one of Austin's best-known exports, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, had been chilling in a New York recording studio with a couple ...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 25, 1997
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    Static

    Almost tickled pink... As aging rock icons go, the guys from Aerosmith don't look half-bad -- a little weathered, maybe, but they're hardly the waxy, embalmed superstars one might expect, given the band's history. Last Thursday, as four members of th...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 25, 1997
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    Celtic Boom

    The avalanche of excellent roots-music releases over the last 12 months has been but one facet of a banner year for Celtic culture on this side of the Atlantic. The phenomenal success of the Riverdance road show starring enigmatic master stepper Mich...

    by Bob Burtman on December 25, 1997
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    Static

    Future a blur... Granted, Schrasj's recent decision to embark on an indefinite hiatus doesn't make a whole lot of sense -- especially now. This last year or so has seen the ambient noise-pop trio (and sometime quartet) emerge from its self-absorbed s...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 18, 1997
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    Deifying Dah-veed - David Garza worships at the altar of rock and roll

    "They just found a syringe full of cocaine here." This, my introduction to the more off-color side of singer/songwriter David Garza, is delivered via a muddy answering-machine message called in from a Texas nightclub that will remain nameless. Cu...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 18, 1997
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    Heaven Sent? - Caedmon's Call strives to be heard above the Christian rock din

    All of them are devout Christians. Many of their songs reflect themes of devotion, temptation and salvation. They play a lot of gigs at churches and Bible study groups. And yes, a line in one of their most popular songs goes: "I can see Jesus hanging...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 18, 1997
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    Bang with Brains

    Rock and roll has had its share of epic-length, "bathroom break for the deejay" classics: "Whipping Post," "Freebird" and, yes, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" are just a few that spring to mind. But with their latest CD, A Pleasant Shade of Gray, longtime prog...

    by Frank-John Hadley on December 18, 1997
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    Rotation

    Tab Benoit Live: Swampland Jam Justice Some sage or another once said that music matures within oneself as one grows older. That's certainly the case for Louisiana blues guitarist Tab Benoit -- if, that is, the new Live: Swampland Jam is an...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 18, 1997
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    On the Mend - After over a year of laying low, Juliana Hatfield is ready to reconnect

    On "Sell Out," the lead track of her latest EP, post-punk songstress Juliana Hatfield sings, "It's not a sell-out if nobody buys it." And indeed, that conclusion, while somewhat obvious, is more applicable to the longtime Bostonian's brushes with fam...

    by David Simutis on December 11, 1997
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