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    Ballads Nuevo - Corridos get updated with drugs and guns

    The late 1950s was the true ballad's last bask in the American sun. Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins each had a gunfighter hit or two, while Stonewall Jackson sang of "Waterloo." Not to be outdone, Johnny Horton released whole albums full of songs like ...

    by John Nova Lomax on November 1, 2001
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    The Strokes - Is This It? (RCA)

    Truly amazing that this bratty bunch of New York scenesters was able to foresee the future and aptly title its debut. All the hype, all the rumors, the waiting then a paltry 36 minutes later you ask, "Is this it?" To add to the disappointment, the H...

    by Tim Murrah on November 1, 2001
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    The Mercury Program - All the suits began to fall off (Tiger Style)

    Gainesville, Florida's Mercury Program explores much of the same post-rock terrain as bands like Tortoise and HiM. "Post-rock" is a vague term, as befits a music that is difficult to describe. It's something akin to jazz, but not quite jazz, funky ye...

    by John Nova Lomax on November 1, 2001
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    Beaver Nelson - Undisturbed (Black Dog)

    For a decade now, Beaver Nelson has been the promising kid on the Texas singer-songwriter scene. And maybe it's that potential that's created his toughest hurdle. He's certainly delivered enough lyrical intelligence, emotional content and melodic app...

    by Rob Patterson on November 1, 2001
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    D12 - Thursday, November 1

    It's nearly impossible to talk about without mentioning him, you know, Eminem. It's the curse of every rap clique with an MC who breaks out before they do. They immediately are relegated to "the crew." They become that bunch of potnas, homies and ro...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 1, 2001
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    Jimmy LaFave - Saturday, November 3

    Jimmy LaFave has been such an integral part of the Texas folk-rock singer-songwriter scene for the past decade that it's easy to take him for granted. He's become a part, if you will, of the furniture in Lone Star State listening rooms. But he's also...

    by Rob Patterson on November 1, 2001
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    Jenny Toomey - Friday, November 2

    Possessed of much the same richly honeyed and smartly sexy alto that made Chrissie Hynde famous, Washington, D.C., post-punk vet Jenny Toomey has just gone solo with a bang. The musicians' rights activist and ex-member of Liquorice, Tsunami, Geek and...

    by John Nova Lomax on November 1, 2001
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    Shanty Irish - The Flying Fish Sailors hoist anchor on a sea of Irish ballads and salty songs

    It's a Thursday night at the Continental Club, and the Flying Fish Sailors are running through a charming little ditty about deathly disease. "It was the flu pandemic and it swept the whole world wide / It caught soldiers and civilians and they died...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 25, 2001
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    Don't Fence Us In - Aztex refuses to be ghettoized in the Tejano market

    Picking row after row of asparagus in a sun-drenched field is what some might describe as a character-building experience. For a five-year-old Joel Guzman, one such day in 1964 in Washington's Yakima Valley was an epiphany. No, he didn't find enlight...

    by Greg Barr on October 25, 2001
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    Racket - Greg Wood is back with a new band, a new album, and a couple of jokes

    "Thank you, people with broken, miserable lives who have nowhere else to go. Thank you, people who are lonely. Otherwise we wouldn't be here." So the burly, curly-headed Greg Wood warms the tiny Mary Jane's Monday-night audience with his typical Bil...

    by John Nova Lomax on October 25, 2001
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    A>S>H>S to A>S>H>S, Bust to Bust - Hounded by the authorities, an experimental band and its mortifying collaborators look for a home

    For quite some time now, the A>S>H>S Warehouse (2805 Pease) has been a hotbed of alternative entertainment in central Houston. Every Monday, Thursday and Friday, Audible Stellar Hypnotic Situations, or A>S>H>S, a sextet that dabbles in genre-tripping...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 25, 2001
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    Playbill - George Jones

    If country music had its own Mount Rushmore, no doubt the marsupial visage of George Jones would be there carved in stone. As far as country voices go, few if any today possess the qualities that Jones keeps alive from the rural American vocal tradit...

    by Rob Patterson on October 25, 2001
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    Playbill - Tori Amos

    Tori Amos's new release, Strange Little Girls, is a collection of covers, to which Amos hopes to give feminine voice through 13 alter egos, or "characters." No one knows exactly what to call this beast, as it begs comparisons to everything from k.d. ...

    by Jacob Clifton on October 25, 2001
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    Minibill - Seb Fontaine

    Surf on to the U.K. e-zine known as urban75 (www.urban75.org) and tap the page called "warp a superstar DJ." Here, underground dance fans who feel they have been screwed by "rich tossers turning up for ten minutes and then swanning off to count their...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 25, 2001
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    Minibill - Freedy Johnston

    For a songwriter whose lyrics dwell on anxiety and loneliness, Freedy Johnston's music is exuberantly melodic. Full of power chords, Johnston's new CD, Right Between the Promises (Elektra), is a delightful rush of guitar pop laced with a couple of da...

    by Aaron Howard on October 25, 2001
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    Minibill - The Butchies

    While fans have dubbed their music "lesbocore" and "queercore," these Durham, North Carolina, riot grrrls have more on their mind than just their out-front homosexuality: They want rock without the cock. "Who wants it like it was before / who wants i...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 25, 2001
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    Minibill - Polktober Fest

    Those in search of a jump-start to their weekend need look no further than this rocking little Midtown benefit. Mark Halata & Texavia (see "Squeeze City," by John Nova Lomax, June 14) will provide the polkas, be they Bohemian, Moravian, Bavarian, T...

    by John Nova Lomax on October 25, 2001
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    Wizard of Boz - Boz Scaggs evolves along with his beloved R&B

    Like one of his ballad's gently lolling melodies, William Royce "Boz" Scaggs takes an easygoing approach to recording. Never one to give in to a timetable's pressure, the pop-soulster drops an album at his own pace. And when his distinct voice return...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 18, 2001
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    Be Cool - Elmore Leonard finds fodder for fiction in the Stone Coyotes, a real-life rock and roll band

    When author Elmore Leonard decided his character Chili Palmer (of Get Shorty fame) would manage a rock band in his new book Be Cool, Leonard cast his net for a group to use as a model in the novel. Leonard listened to Aerosmith, Alanis Morissette and...

    by Aaron Howard on October 18, 2001
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    School Daze - Pot Roast's Sebastian Ayus dishes out open-ended jams and bleary-eyed Texas history

    Weekday performances can be bittersweet for any band whose members have yet to rid themselves of their dreaded, proverbial day jobs. Pot Roast, who has a standing Wednesday-night gig at Last Concert Cafe, is no exception. While the club's spacious c...

    by Mike Emery on October 18, 2001
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