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    Dready Metal - Unlike their North American counterparts, Jamaican rappers are incorporating heavy metal into their material, with some amazing results

    Jangly, quickly strummed, hard-edged guitar lines and popping bass riffs shuck and jive over stuttering, nearly danceable beats in the song "Buckle Down," off the Red Hot Chili Peppers' eponymously titled 1984 debut. The voice of lead singer Anthony ...

    by Anthony Mariani on April 20, 2000
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    Fancy Footwork - Local punk outfit Quick Step Maneuver seems wise beyond its years

    Quick Step Maneuver is a rarity in the world of punk-alikes. The band is pure and unadulterated punk. Not hardcore or pop-punk. No Mohawks or politics. Quick Step's music is vaguely observational and occasionally humorous, with catchy songs, played l...

    by Les Mixer on April 20, 2000
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    International Festival

    Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws American Music Stage Saturday, April 15 If the dancing feet near th stage, itself covered with banners from the likes of KILT, KPRC and Oldies 94.5 (media outlets that wouldn't know an accordion from boudin) we...

    by Les Mixer on April 20, 2000
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    Two A.M. Special

    With its art deco facade (essentially two huge slabs of black onyx), projector room, sloping concrete floor and cavernous interior, The Liberty Theater in Rosenberg gives the impression that it's one heckuva place to see a flick and luxuriate in the ...

    by Anthony Mariani on April 20, 2000
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    Rotation - Django Reinhardt -- Gluecifer

    Django Reinhardt The Complete Django Reinhardt and Quintet of the Hot Club of France Swing/HMV Sessions 1936-1948 Mosaic Records Swing with its own rules. An apt description of Django Reinhardt's largely unrefined sound, a mirrorlike reflection ...

    by Tim Murrah on April 20, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Jody Hughes -- Japanic

    Jody Hughes Jody Hughes Self-distributed Japanic Red Book Plethorazine One-man prog-rock band Jody Hughes and the synth-pop quintet Japanic apparently desire the same thing: that it were 1981 once more. Pac-Man. Dungeons & Dragons. Christie Br...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on April 20, 2000
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    Shtick and Move

    When promoters book an act into the International Ballroom, it usually means they expect a mess. In the case of Slipknot, promoters undoubtedly have already scheduled cleaning crews to break out fire hoses the next morning. But if the nine members of...

    by Aaron Howard on April 20, 2000
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    Not Your Father's Alternative Band - Tonic writes songs for mature audiences

    In 1996, only two years after the band formed, Tonic released its debut, Lemon Parade. It took a while for the album to find its audience, or for the creaky A&M marketing machinery to get up to speed, but by the end of 1997 Parade had gone platinum. ...

    by Les Mixer on April 13, 2000
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    Welcome to the M-Machine

    Fenix TX's ship has come in. And it's called the S.S. MTV. Homeboys just better know where the life preservers are. "All My Fault," off the band's 1999 self-titled Universal debut, will appear on the soundtrack to MTV's first made-for-TV movie, J...

    by Anthony Mariani on April 13, 2000
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    International Festival 2000

    Soul Hat Texas Music Stage Saturday, April 8 Austin breeds jam bands like Houston breeds smog. Both are easy to detect. Just open your car window sometime during International Festival as you cruise the downtown streets. On this day, it wouldn't...

    by Aaron Howard on April 13, 2000
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    St. Boss

    Everybody's making a fuss over Bruce Springsteen's silver-screen debut. In the movie High Fidelity, Springsteen plays himself dispensing wisdom to some aimlessly wandering youngster. But hasn't the Boss been illuminating life's murky corners for al...

    by Aaron Howard on April 13, 2000
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    Six Strings Under - Unlike many of his rock guitar god peers, Joe Satriani has yet to flee to audiences overseas

    Their egos were as big as their talents. One once attacked a cameraman while on stage at a concert. Ritchie Blackmore, who first played with Deep Purple, then Rainbow, claimed the guy was in the way of the fans. Talk about raging testosterone. Ano...

    by Anthony Mariani on April 13, 2000
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    Global Domination - As in the past, sleepers will steal this year's International Festival

    Each year, the Houston International Festival brings a batch of global superstars to the World Music Stage, and each year this lineup impresses. And each year the sleepers steal the show. Count on it again in 2000. Topping the marquee, undisputed...

    by Bob Burtman on April 6, 2000
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    Closer to Home - Not all the best acts at the festival carry passports

    Mardi Gras may have ended weeks ago, but Wild Magnolias, from the Crescent City, resurrects the spirit of the celebration with its party chants. Splicing together rowdy sing-alongs with bits of rap, R&B and blues, Wild Magnolias -- contrary to the ...

    by Anthony Mariani on April 6, 2000
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    Accordion Corleone

    Walking deliberately with a slight limp past vacant storefronts and over grimy gray asphalt, the inimitable Dr. Dre raps: ...By some nigga wit' a Tech 9, tryin' to take mine / 'You wanna make noise, make noise' / I make a phone call, my niggas come...

    by Anthony Mariani on April 6, 2000
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    Listen In - KISS - The Suspects - Gestapo Pussy Ranch

    KISS Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday, April 1 Like an extended version of a multimillion-dollar Super Bowl commercial with hip animation and a snappy jingle, the KISShow was really not much more than a two-and-a-half-hour-long advertisem...

    by Les Mixer on April 6, 2000
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    Popera

    There's nothing particularly exceptional about the way Andrea Bocelli sings a certain verse in "La Luna Che Non C'," from the Italian singer's 1997 gem, Romanza. His husky, conversational delivery is straight out of George Michael's textbook. Yet as...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on April 6, 2000
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    Blackieballed

    When Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. was writing "I Wanna Be Somebody," his shock-metal band's breakthrough song of 1984, he probably was imagining being a superstar rock god. He probably never imagined being what he has become, a lightning rod for free ...

    by Anthony Mariani on March 30, 2000
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    Listen In - 30footFALL, ragtag, secretsunday and Paul English

    30footFALL Fitzgerald's Friday, March 24 From its opening sleight-of-hand sample -- a classic-rock groove that lasted all of 15 seconds before it gave way to straight-ahead punk -- to its thrashy crescendo, 30footFALL made sure of two thi...

    by Les Mixer on March 30, 2000
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    Rotation - Music Reviews

    eels Daisies of the Galaxy Dreamworks If ever a person could sing, "Goddamn right it's a beautiful day" and make it sound great, it's E, the singer-songwriter behind Los Angeles's eels. Despite bouts of sarcasm, the eels take happiness, prope...

    by David Simutis on March 30, 2000
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