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    Pack Fair & Square - Bluesman Big Walter celebrates his 87 years with star pupil Jerry Lightfoot

    In Houston, home of the most significant African-American-owned recording empire of the 1950s, there remains today an ever-decreasing group of players who were actually there. In the Fifth Ward studios of Duke and Peacock Records, these people helped...

    by Roger Wood on August 2, 2001
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    Business Versus Pleasure - Lil' Troy keeps on ballin', on CD and video, at least

    A couple of Sundays ago, Troy Birkett, better known to the ballers and ballettes as Lil' Troy, had a little get-together over at Club Jamaica Jamaica. "Oh, man, we had a ball," says the Lil' One. "Everybody had fun. We had a caterer come inWe popped...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 2, 2001
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    Great Scott - The Philly R&B neo-soulstress defies simple definitions

    A year after the debut of her critically acclaimed first album, there are those who are still asking, "Who is Jill Scott?" You can hardly blame them, because there are multiple answers. Scott is R&B's latest It Girl and the current poster child for t...

    by Funmi Okunbolade on August 2, 2001
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    Racket - The Pacifica Campaign is slowly weeding out all of its opponents on the Pacifica national board

    When the Houston Press last looked in at the embattled studios of KPFT, gadfly Edwin Johnston and station savior/ nemesis (depending on whom you believe) Garland Ganter's war of words had finally escalated into actual violence. Johnston was arrested ...

    by John Nova Lomax on August 2, 2001
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    Playbill - Tony Bennett

    It's hard to believe there was a time -- a long time, in fact -- when Tony Bennett was considered pass. Throughout most of the '70s and '80s he was thought of as a relic of a generation gone by, not the cultural icon who made records with Bill Evans...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on August 2, 2001
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    Playbill - Houston International Jazz Festival

    Wouldn't it be cool to chill with hizzoner at the Mayor's Jazz Brunch? It's easy to imagine Lee Brown as a smooth jazz cat. Okay, so at $75, it is the most expensive event at the Houston International Jazz Festival. But this year's Jazz Brunch is an ...

    by Aaron Howard on August 2, 2001
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    Aterciopelados - Gozo Poderoso (RCA)

    Aterciopelados means "the velvety ones," and on Gozo Poderoso ("Powerful Pleasure"), vocalist Andrea Echeverri and bassist/ producer Hector Buitrago are exactly that. The Colombian duo's latest CD is a collection of soft rock rhythms, enlightened lyr...

    by Olivia Flores Alvarez on August 2, 2001
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    Sad Like Crazy - Love Songs to Death (Ojet)

    The big concern going in: How does Love Songs stack up to SLC's past studio stuff, not to mention its live performances? That worry dissipates, however, after the first five seconds of the raw, energetic "Kid in the Corner." It's a darn good opener t...

    by Jeremy Hart on August 2, 2001
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    Minibill - Stevie Nicks

    Break out the chiffon skirts, lace shawls and unicorn-embroidered diaries. Rock's white witch is back, bringing with her a sizable back catalog of Fleetwood Mac and solo hits as well as new material from her surprisingly strong Trouble in Shangri-La....

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 2, 2001
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    Minibill - Mary Jane's Eighth Anniversary Party

    Out of the ashes of the Shimmy Shack (which itself arose out of the implosion of the Bon Ton Room) came Mary Jane's in August 1994. Founded by ex-Rudyard's employee Toby Blunt, the club has outlasted both of its Washington Avenue predecessors. Origin...

    by John Nova Lomax on August 2, 2001
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    Minibill - Soulcracker

    All right, admit it. You watched VH1's Bands on the Run. Who among us was not sucked in by the bisexual goth gals, the frenetic selling of "merch" and the twisted acts of debauchery night after beer-soaked night? True, most were Flickerstick fans at ...

    by Jennifer Mathieu on August 2, 2001
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    Minibill - Mutabaruka

    Allen Hope was a Roman Catholic teenager working in Kingston for the Jamaican phone company in the late '60s when he discovered Rastafarianism and the writings of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver. A newly radicalized Hope adopted the Rastafarian religi...

    by John Nova Lomax on August 2, 2001
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    Billy Joe's Blues - Billy Joe Shaver has known great blessings and great curses

    When Billy Joe Shaver gives directions to his modest house on the outskirts of Waco, he says to disregard the handwritten sign on his front door. "Please do not disturb. I haven't slept in two days," it says. "That's just so some ol' drunks don't com...

    by Michael Corcoran on July 26, 2001
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    Nu-metal Meltdown - Drummers are at the front and back of the band called Godsmack

    In 1994, Tommy Stewart spent a year in limbo. Actually, it was in Houston, which for aspiring nouveau-metal drummers, is basically the same thing. At only 29, the Boston-bred musician was burned out. He had split with his band, Lillian Axe, and spent...

    by Greg Barr on July 26, 2001
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    Racket - An argument for human cloning

    Events like the Houston Press Music Awards showcase make Racket want to cast aside all his Brave New World fears and leap onto the stump for human cloning. What better way to cover this event? On Monday, all the Rackets could meet up and cobble toget...

    by John Nova Lomax on July 26, 2001
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    Travis - The Invisible Band (Epic/Sony)

    The title The Invisible Band is a jest, rest assured. Travis's last album, The Man Who, sold more than three million copies, which was enough to inspire Sony to do market research in order to squeeze more out of its latest darling. Research finishe...

    by Tim Murrah on July 26, 2001
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    Don Wilkerson - The Complete Blue Note Sessions (Blue Note)

    Don Wilkerson was a Texas Tenor in the tradition of Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb. Though he never quite gained their level of name recognition, Wilkerson was heard unwittingly by millions on great R&B records in the '50s. The Moreauville, Louisi...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on July 26, 2001
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    Playbill - The Cult

    Even though Johnny Rotten was brutally candid about the Sex Pistols' reunion tour in 1996, they were vilified in many circles for making such a blatant money grab. It was seen as the ultimate sellout, and to top it all, the shows weren't that great, ...

    by Greg Barr on July 26, 2001
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    Playbill - The Go-Go's

    Christ, it's taken long enough to get this record out -- 17 years to be exact! So long that the five women in America's quintessential girl group are now in their mid- forties and, until now, had released just as many best-of compilations as studio r...

    by Bob Ruggiero on July 26, 2001
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    Minibill - Flaco Jimenez

    When Ry Cooder was hipped to Flaco Jimenez back in the mid-'70s, Jimenez probably never foresaw the international fame that was to come. Now look at what the man known in English as "The Nail" or "Skinny One" has done: He's won five Grammys. He's ins...

    by John Nova Lomax on July 26, 2001
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