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  • Space Truckin' - Traveling with the Sun Ra Arkestra has its perks: cigarettes and coffee

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    Space Truckin' - Traveling with the Sun Ra Arkestra has its perks: cigarettes and coffee

    The show was spectacular, in every way. The 13-member ensemble came out wearing robes, gold lam shirts, sequined vests and all manner of homemade space hats, antennae poking out everywhere, singing, "We are the Sun Ra Arkestra, and we are here to en...

    by Liz Belile on December 9, 1999
  • Homeward Bound - A trip back to Houston for Rodney Crowell is a trip back in honky-tonk time

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    Homeward Bound - A trip back to Houston for Rodney Crowell is a trip back in honky-tonk time

    Say you're an impressionable kid growing up in Houston surrounded by a family of larger-than-life characters with wild senses of humor. They're poor, hard-drinkin' people who drive cars too fast, play Hank Williams songs in icehouses and take spur-of...

    by Aaron Howard on December 9, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Melanie C Northern Star Virgin Contemporary pop music blows. The current revival of bubblegum, which we all thought died in the early '90s but which has somehow found its way back into our ears, has been leaving people more jaded and bleak than...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on December 9, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Rick Porter & The Music Unlimited Ensemble Live at Cezanne... Before the Night Has Flown Rick Porter A product of the New York City jazz scene, 69-year-old Rick Porter earned his credentials first, then moved to Houston. Those credentials, w...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on December 9, 1999
  • Heavy Neglect - Local Music News

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    Heavy Neglect - Local Music News

    It's not exactly a garage, but it's a big, uninhabitable space you could park a car in. It's about 22 feet by 22 feet and padded all around -- to keep any noise in. It's attached to a house, so, technically, if you had to call it something, you'd...

    by Anthony Mariani on December 9, 1999
  • Helping Hands - Coming This Week

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    Helping Hands - Coming This Week

    Though Elbert "Pops" Stewart has never headlined a show, the versatile bassist is well known on certain Houston bandstands. Playing behind a variety of blues, R&B and zydeco front men, he has been a reliable source of funky riffs, good humor and rock...

    on December 9, 1999
  • Rappies - The age of rapping movies in Houston is now

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    Rappies - The age of rapping movies in Houston is now

    At the corner of Jones and West roads in the northern part of town stood a launderette where Larry Gardiner used to take his family's clothes every Sunday morning. Feeling inspired one particular Sunday five years ago, Gardiner brought with him a leg...

    by Anthony Mariani on December 2, 1999
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    Whadda Doll!

    Forever in blue jeans? We don't think so. Turn on your heart light and cut and paste together your very own Neil Diamond doll! Dress up Neil in his various personae: Hasidic Jew Neil, "Great Lei" Neil and Viva Las Vegas Neil. Neil Diamond performs ...

    on December 2, 1999
  • Time of Arrival - After two years, Houston's demonseeds are ready for the public ear

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    Time of Arrival - After two years, Houston's demonseeds are ready for the public ear

    Flashback to 1994. Houston's Music Hall. It's the performance showcase segment of the Houston Press Music Awards, and a perennial favorite in the "Best Heavy Metal" category, deadhorse, has taken the stage. "A lot of people were there," says for...

    by Les Mixer on December 2, 1999
  • Tiny Tunes - Little Jimmy Scott: The Savoy Years and More...

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    Tiny Tunes - Little Jimmy Scott: The Savoy Years and More...

    Forget about the millionaire musicians upset with their multi-album recording contracts; Jimmy Scott is an example of someone who was really screwed by the record business. Yet he doesn't complain. The 74-year-old singer is too busy enjoying a career...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on December 2, 1999
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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Fiona Apple When the Pawn... Clean Slate/Epic Fiona Apple sure is full of herself. The title of her record is a poem she wrote to Fiona Apple to remind her not to let bastards get her down. Give Apple credit for being somewhat, er, unpredictabl...

    on December 2, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Poor Dumb Bastards Valley of the Dogs Septic After their first divorces, Dean and guitarist Mike Porterfield started PDB in 1991. Plenty of musicians have been part of the band since. The current lineup includes Dean, Porterfield, Ruben Domi...

    on December 2, 1999
  • Public  Radio Inc. - Local Music News

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    Public Radio Inc. - Local Music News

    This is what came out of a local public radio station last week: A DJ said, in between songs, that an area auto dealership "specialize[s] in excellent service to your car" (emphasis added). Sounds pretty normal, right? Well, that word "excellent," ...

    by Anthony Mariani on December 2, 1999
  • Teley Blues - Coming This Week

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    Teley Blues - Coming This Week

    The Fender Telecaster has been the older, clunkier brother of the Stratocaster for nearly 50 years. And while the sexiness of the Strat is suitable for Jimi Hendrix's atomic divebombs or Eric Clapton's elegance, the Teley fits nicely in the hands o...

    on December 2, 1999
  • Prodigal Son - Houston's Cory Morrow returns home in his V6 workshop on wheels

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    Prodigal Son - Houston's Cory Morrow returns home in his V6 workshop on wheels

    When Cory Morrow's emotions overcome him, he takes off in his red '94 Suburban. "When I'm pissed off or even happy," he says, "I just get in the car and drive." It's a Texas thing. Well, where else but in the country's second-largest state can yo...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 25, 1999
  • Swamp Ghosts - Racial tensions still haunt Geno Delafose's Louisiana stomping ground

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    Swamp Ghosts - Racial tensions still haunt Geno Delafose's Louisiana stomping ground

    Although New Orleans is the main attraction in Louisiana for music fans, as too many House of Blues T-shirts attest, the state's real musical magic, and maybe the best food too, is actually found in the heart of Cajun country to the west of the Cresc...

    by Rob Patterson on November 25, 1999
  • High Art - The locals of Lowbrow go for that speakeasy feel

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    High Art - The locals of Lowbrow go for that speakeasy feel

    It is well into the night, and the only discernible noise on the southwest corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy is the boom-chick-boom-chick-boom seeping through the walls of a cafe that looks like a grounded tree house. It doesn't sound this way round...

    by Seth Landau on November 25, 1999
  • Crimson Tide - Alabama Thunder Pussy comes into town

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    Crimson Tide - Alabama Thunder Pussy comes into town

    With its politically incorrect bitch-slap of a name, lots of bourbon-induced musicianship, skulls and Confederate imagery and a female roadie named Opie Taylor, Alabama Thunder Pussy is at the forefront of the proudest tradition of society-shocking, ...

    by Les Mixer on November 25, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Beck Midnite Vultures Geffen Nerdboy is feeling frisky. Beck's "official" follow-up to the Grammy-winning, critic-pleasing Odelay sounds like what happens when the boy/man spends some time ruffling the sheets, playing Atari and watching Shaft. ...

    by David Simutis on November 25, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Chadd Thomas and the Crazy Kings Shake Alive! Hi-Fi Rhythm Records Recorded music can take us different places, different eras, and that's cool. Contemporary musicians who can build on -- not merely imitate -- the people who inspire them ar...

    by Roger Wood on November 25, 1999
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