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    Original Punks

    Gotta admire the longevity and stamina of Christian Arnheiter, elder statesman of the Bayou City's punk rock scene. Long after the vast majority of DIY punks have traded in their three chords for three kids and shredded T-shirts for shredded office b...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 1, 1999
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    Loud Library

    Robert Sye is a "flusterated" musician. As much as he always wanted to play the trumpet, he couldn't. When, as a sixth-grader in the late 1930s, Sye decided to take up the instrument, Mr. Miller, his music teacher, told him, "Sye, we're all outta tru...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 1, 1999
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    Pennywisdom - "The kids" benefit from Pennywise's punkish golden rules

    Pennywise is probably the most pleasant, friendliest band that sometimes pukes on people and takes hostages. The Hermosa Beach, California, quartet are punks, though they are positive rather than nihilistic, and thought-provoking rather than typ...

    by David Simutis on June 24, 1999
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    HammingIt Up - Local blues guitarist Hamilton reaches musical puberty

    It has been one of the most debated issues in American popular music: Can a white man play the blues? Well, actually, it's also one of the most outdated and ludicrous questions that players like Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Gregg Allman, Roy B...

    by Bob Ruggiero on June 24, 1999
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    All Nessed Up

    Mike Ness, leader of Social Distortion, is getting older and more willing to show his roots. On his solo debut, Cheating at Solitaire (Time Bomb), he sings a raspy duet with Bruce Springsteen, lets Brian Setzer play a little guitar and covers tunes b...

    by David Simutis on June 24, 1999
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    Rotation

    Pavement Terror Twilight Matador Pavement has something to prove. Overhyped and overpraised, the quintet has, through the course of this decade, been hailed as the genius kings of indie rock, the best band ever and everything just short of ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on June 24, 1999
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    The Reverend Red Rocker - Platitudes on life, religion and music from the depths of a tequila bottle

    When Sammy Hagar and his band, the Waboritas, played an invitation-only show in town at the Hard Rock Cafe last month, some dismissed the show as a publicity ploy for his new brand of tequila, or sniggered at the venue. But for the couple hundred luc...

    by Bob Ruggiero on June 24, 1999
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    Krayzy Krayolas - Houston's Red Krayola releases new record, unleashes new attitude

    There's an anecdote that Red Krayola singer/guitarist Mayo Thompson likes to tell. It's about philosopher of science Sydney Morgenbesser: "He's at some philosophical conference, and some linguist is up there saying, 'A double negative is always a pos...

    by Franklin Bruno on June 17, 1999
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    Jumping Genres

    Back in 1947, a then-23-year-old Clarence Brown left a San Antonio boarding house and moved to Houston. Pretty much ever since then, he has been a multidimensional force of American roots music. Though Brown, a master of the violin, mandolin, viola a...

    by Sande Chen on June 17, 1999
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    Living Doll - Mary Chapin Carpenter's new tour will rekindle old flames

    The time for a musician to think about releasing a "greatest hits" record is actually fraught with more danger than most fans might realize. On one hand, the artist can consider herself quite fortunate to have amassed enough popular material to even ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on June 17, 1999
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    Guinness Time - Houston's Texas Guinness Lovers is an original cover band

    Just the mention of the phrase "Guinness beer" is enough to start many connoisseurs of barley and hops a-salivatin'. But while you can name just about any brand of brew and find loyal adherents, Guinness drinkers are especially known for their monoga...

    by Bob Ruggiero on June 17, 1999
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    Rum Punk - Though Alejandro Escovedo has kicked the booze, he still churns out symphonic hardcore

    For those who've followed the musical evolution of Alejandro Escovedo, it seems likely that No Depression magazine, a periodical about -- what else -- being happy in an alternative-country world, would name him "Artist of the Decade" (see No Depressi...

    by Roger Wood on June 10, 1999
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    Discman - DJ DMD goes national with his continental, Houston-based rap style

    Fans and listeners who have followed the rap musings of producer/performer DJ DMD know the man has very little to be bashful about. After all, his pimp-tight lyrics and sporadically funky beats have made him a brave and bawdy cult fixture to Houston ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on June 10, 1999
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    Jazz Alchemists - Acoustic Alchemy was soft jazz before soft jazz was soft?

    For a decade Acoustic Alchemy defined the New Adult Contemporary radio format. Often called The Wave and now usually referred to as "smoooooth jazz," NAC debuted in 1987 and originally featured a mix of light contemporary jazz, upbeat New Age and som...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on June 10, 1999
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    Cool Country

    Back in 1994, Austin-based Watermelon Records did Texas and the world a huge favor by introducing us to the greatest old-timey cowboy singer still warbling near century's end. Don Walser was an unlikely candidate to become the label's biggest star, b...

    by Roger Wood on June 10, 1999
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    Rotation

    Os Mutantes Everything Is Possible! Luaka Bop Let's face it. Nothing's ever as good or as bad as everybody says it is. So when critics trip over their lists of glowing adjectives used to describe Os Mutantes and the band's latest record, Ev...

    by Abram Shalom Himelstein on June 10, 1999
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    Living Out Loud - Loudmouth makes metal cool again

    Guitar rock is back. It's rising like a phoenix from the ashes of what was once alternative rock. But too bad, like alternative rock, it's becoming corporatized, which means big labels are noticing this new sound's appeal and are lining up to cash in...

    by Chris Smith on June 3, 1999
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    Rap Space - Will hip-hop ever find a home in Houston?

    "We're gonna see if we can get a thousand people in here tonight," said the guy who emceed the Roots concert at Club Waxx last March. Although the auto-garage-turned-hip-hop-spot wasn't filled to a thousand (management estimated it was half that), th...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on June 3, 1999
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    Star Time - Performing in front of jazz icons doesn't rattle Houston's Mark Dini

    When Houstonian Mark Dini opens for Larry Carlton on Tuesday night, the local-boy jazz guitarist is likely to feel a few butterflies. Headliner Carlton, after all, is revered in many jazz circles. He's the cat with the dark, biting tone who played wi...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on June 3, 1999
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    Canadian Werewolf in Houston

    "Gino Vannelli, one of the greatest musicians and most intriguing artists of our time, has never received the recognition that he deserves." So says the official Gino Vannelli Web site. Of course, if you know Vannelli by his three Top 40 singles, tha...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on June 3, 1999
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