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  • No Mo' Moshin' - Local Music News

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    No Mo' Moshin' - Local Music News

    Fitzgerald's is trying to lose its reputation as a punk rock joint. No big deal, right? Well, from a Houston music lover's point of view, this change of heart should stop you in your army-boot-wearin' tracks; because not only will Houston one day l...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 25, 1999
  • Jazz Couplet - Coming This Week

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    Jazz Couplet - Coming This Week

    The duo of vibraphonist Harry Sheppard and bassist Erin Wright crosses musical boundaries and generations. The seventysomething Sheppard, who moved to Houston in the mid-'80s, is deservedly a legend around town. Back in the '50s, Sheppard was playi...

    on November 25, 1999
  • One For All - Sax giant Illinois Jacquet helped desegregate Houston audiences

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    One For All - Sax giant Illinois Jacquet helped desegregate Houston audiences

    When tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet visited his hometown of Houston in 1955, he wanted to make history. Not musically -- the brilliant saxophonist had already covered that -- but socially. Jacquet, horn in hand, wanted to desegregate Houston ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on November 18, 1999
  • Gare-on-teed Phat - L'il Brian Terry drags zydeco into the hip-hop era by mixing it with rap

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    Gare-on-teed Phat - L'il Brian Terry drags zydeco into the hip-hop era by mixing it with rap

    Zydeco, like most folk-based popular musics, may seem to come mainly in two flavors: traditional and not-so-traditional. But zydeco has never really been a static form. Rather, it has been a sonic chameleon for decades, reflecting the influences of i...

    by Roger Wood on November 18, 1999
  • Prolific Pop - Guided By Voices does things assembly-line style

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    Prolific Pop - Guided By Voices does things assembly-line style

    It has been a long time since Robert Pollard taught fourth grade. Since his indie rock band, Guided By Voices, started getting noticed about five years ago, he hasn't had to. "I miss the fact that when you work five days a week you get excited abou...

    by David Simutis on November 18, 1999
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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals Burn to Shine Virgin Unlike most guitar heroes, Ben Harper concentrates on his songs -- crosses between old blues and classic rock with hints of folk and country -- not on his solos. Which makes his sol...

    by David Simutis on November 18, 1999
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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Houston Jazz Trio LandHo Liquid Phyllis Records No, Houston's not a jazz mecca, but its small jazz circle boasts some world-class talent. The trio that has dared to name itself after the city is a good example; the Houston Jazz Trio reigns as...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on November 18, 1999
  • Viva Japanic! - Local Music News

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    Viva Japanic! - Local Music News

    Lotta people hate Blockbuster. And Starbucks. And Ricky Martin. And anything else "capitalistic" (read: successful). How progressive, especially considering that the dry cleaners down the block probably generates more bucks than the local Blockbuster...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 18, 1999
  • Family Tradition - Coming This Week

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    Family Tradition - Coming This Week

    Hank is a name that stands alone in country music. Same goes for Hank Junior. And now there's a third: Hank Williams III, otherwise known as Hank III. Unlike his pappy, Bocephus (a.k.a. Junior), Hank III looks like grandpaw, sounds like grandpaw, and...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on November 18, 1999
  • Better Days - Former Houstonian Jerry Lightfoot goes deep inside the blues to save himself

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    Better Days - Former Houstonian Jerry Lightfoot goes deep inside the blues to save himself

    In music, as in life, there's a big difference between being a character and possessing character. It's a distinction that bandleader Jerry Lightfoot appreciates. As the earnestly focused guitarist fronting The Essentials and a longtime behind-the-sc...

    by Roger Wood on November 11, 1999
  • Where Is He Now? - Rik Emmett of Triumph, after we return

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    Where Is He Now? - Rik Emmett of Triumph, after we return

    (Voice-over): Welcome to VH1's Where Are They Now? Tonight, a look at one of rock's true guitar virtuosos. (Cue: photo of Rik.) A master of the six-string, Rik Emmett finger-picked his way out of the obscure recesses of the Canadian wilderness (cue: ...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 11, 1999
  • Bored? Tired?... - L7 delivers a message of defiance to all those prepackaged rockers

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    Bored? Tired?... - L7 delivers a message of defiance to all those prepackaged rockers

    So Lilith Fair skipped Houston this year. Big deal. The way L7 lead babe Donita Sparks sees it, you didn't want to go anyway. It would have been a yawn. That's why she and her three bandmates, Suzi Gardner, Dee Plakas and Janis Tanaka, hired a small ...

    by Melissa Hung on November 11, 1999
  • Wise Young Man - Houston's Jason Moran applies jazz knowledge on national debut

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    Wise Young Man - Houston's Jason Moran applies jazz knowledge on national debut

    Learning to be patient takes some people years, maybe even a lifetime. Jason Moran is already grasping the virtues of that principle; of course, the young jazz pianist had a good teacher, the late Jaki Byard, who taught Moran the benefits of waiting ...

    by Aaron Howard on November 11, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Eve Ruff Ryders' First Lady Ruff Ryders/Interscope Sole Skin Deep DreamWorks This may piss off many brothas, but it has to be said: Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown are straight-up embarrassments to rap. They're not progressive. They're just eye cand...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 11, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Jack Saunders Blue Shadows White Cat Records Houstonians with an ear for intelligent folk-flavored music have likely crossed paths with Jack Saunders over the past 20-plus years. He moved here in 1976 and eventually established himself on t...

    by Roger Wood on November 11, 1999
  • You Say It's Your Birthday

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    You Say It's Your Birthday

    Jeff Wells remembers the day he wanted to be in the music biz. It was winter 1964, and Wells was walking down his neighborhood street near the West Belt at I-10 when, through the transistor radio in his hand, came the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Ha...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 11, 1999
  • Space Cadets

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    Space Cadets

    If you believe Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Sun Ra and his Arkestra can be held at least partially responsible for the '80s/'90s revolution in indie rock led by Moore's band and others. Music futurist and self-proclaimed man from Saturn, Ra was o...

    by Liz Belile on November 11, 1999
  • Happy Daze - Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed

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    Happy Daze - Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed

    One of the worst things about listening to Led Zeppelin was the munchies. Sure, "When the Levee Breaks" sounded just as good stoned as sober, but being sober was for sports or science class. And listening to Zep was what you did when you wanted to fo...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 4, 1999
  • Yesshow - Fans are still saying Yes after all these years

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    Yesshow - Fans are still saying Yes after all these years

    Yes still can't say no to making mystic rock. Last week more than 1,700 folk packed the Aerial Theater for the 30-year-old band's first show here since 1997. The band is famous for its part in creating the genre known as progressive rock, sometimes k...

    by Liz Belile on November 4, 1999
  • Sonic Portraits - Momus renders average folk in song and tours

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    Sonic Portraits - Momus renders average folk in song and tours

    Nick Currie's motives and intentions aren't always easy to understand. After all, this is the same Scotsman who has been releasing records since 1986 under the pseudonym Momus, the name of the Greek god who criticized Zeus and was consequently banish...

    by David Simutis on November 4, 1999
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