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  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    Shadow Boom-Boxing GoodFellas director Martin Scorsese has said that in the making of his films, there are no accidents, happy or otherwise. Every light, sound, word or gesture is thoroughly constructed in his head before being committed to cellu...

    on October 21, 1999
  • Bright Melodies - Blinker The Star's new CD is brooding and beautiful

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    Bright Melodies - Blinker The Star's new CD is brooding and beautiful

    Jordon Zadorozny, the mastermind behind Blinker The Star, has this theory on the success of grunge. He says that if Kurt Cobain had written "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in E, a key common to lots of heavy metal and hard rock of the day, the movement tha...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 14, 1999
  • Zydeco Rap? - Houston's Step Rideau drags Creole music into the '00s

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    Zydeco Rap? - Houston's Step Rideau drags Creole music into the '00s

    These days, Houston's Step Rideau is cooking up zydeco that is staunchly traditional and turn-of-the-millennium progressive at the same time. But then again, zydeco music itself, like the black Creole people who created it, has always been a celebrat...

    by Roger Wood on October 14, 1999
  • Righteous Babe - Ani DiFranco, poetess, goddess, funky folker, comes to town

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    Righteous Babe - Ani DiFranco, poetess, goddess, funky folker, comes to town

    Ani DiFranco hates interviews. Instead of being fun and chatty like she is on stage, she sounds caged, caught and cornered. She'd rather reporters shut up and just come hear her music. "If I had my druthers, I'd just kinda play the music instead of...

    by Wendy Grossman on October 14, 1999
  • Oxford Punks - Out of Mississippi comes the rowdy Neckbones

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    Oxford Punks - Out of Mississippi comes the rowdy Neckbones

    It must be something in the water. Oxford, Mississippi, is where intellectualism, art and life's more banal pursuits (e.g., sex, drugs, sex) mix. It's where William Faulkner was born, wrote, drank himself silly and died. And where pulp novelist John ...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 14, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Mark Lanegan I'll Take Care of You Sub Pop There are some kinds of music that really work only at certain times of day or during specific activities. You've got good driving music, good drinking music, good dishwashing music. Mark Lanegan's rec...

    by David Simutis on October 14, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    John Adams Fly By Night Congruent Music As Dave Oliphant points out in his 1996 book Texan Jazz, the Lone Star State's jazz legacy is rich but often overlooked, perhaps because it has never been concentrated in a single city. However, as on...

    by Roger Wood on October 14, 1999
  • Amplified - Stolen Axes

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    Amplified - Stolen Axes

    Steiny was his name. He was a black six-string Steinberger guitar, and he belonged to Joey Salinas, who played in Sprawl, Rugrash and Joint Chiefs, among other Houston bands. Salinas bought Steiny in 1988, a year before studying at Berklee College of...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 14, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

    Article

    Playbill - Coming This Week

    Low Riders There are people out there who don't grasp the concept of a good ole car show. What's the point? they say. It's just cars we'll never buy because we can't afford them. To be quite honest, though, it's not about the cars. Sure, all those...

    on October 14, 1999
  • Doesn't Translate - Jaguares sticks to Spanish

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    Doesn't Translate - Jaguares sticks to Spanish

    With song titles such as "Rats Don't Have Wings" and "I Wish I Were Alcohol" and "Tie Yourself to a Broom and Fly Far Away," Jaguares could be a Sex Pistols tribute act. Of course, it isn't. The band is one of Mexico's biggest-selling, most-admired, ...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 7, 1999
  • Happy Days - A local R&B outfit, The Next Level Band, is going higher

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    Happy Days - A local R&B outfit, The Next Level Band, is going higher

    Houston's Next Level Band is in a happy mood. It's still playing regular gigs, from private parties to its monthly stop at Monroe's Gallant Knight on Holcombe. And it recently signed a deal with Southwest Wholesale to sell and distribute its year-old...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 7, 1999
  • Straight Sambas - Jazz pianist Danilo Perez mixes American and  Latino traditions

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    Straight Sambas - Jazz pianist Danilo Perez mixes American and Latino traditions

    Danilo Perez vividly remembers the first gift he ever received from his father: a set of bongo drums. Perez's father, a Latin bandleader and singer in the style of Beny More, used the bongos to introduce his son to the world of Latin music. Perez too...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on October 7, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Various Artists Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village in the '60s Astor Place Recordings If you were to walk down Bleecker Street between Sixth Avenue and University Place in New York City, it might be hard to imagine that that stretch of bloc...

    by Rob Patterson on October 7, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Dune, TX Machowagon Tasty Melon The guys from Dune, TX -- Tim Herrmann on drums, Rusty Guess on bass and Chris Sacco on guitar and vocals -- have been pursuing the local rock and roll thing for almost six years now, all the while with t...

    by Les Mixer on October 7, 1999
  • Amplified - Local Music News

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    Amplified - Local Music News

    Rave Against the .38 Caliber Machine Westheimer Road will, for Sunday at least, become the crossroads at which art and politics meet when Space City Records and PAX, an anti-gun-violence group, host a rave-style event at Numbers. The event is...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 7, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

    Article

    Playbill - Coming This Week

    Great American Don't go see Del McCoury just because he cut an album (The Mountain) and toured with Steve Earle. McCoury's anointment by postmodern-country icon Earle is just part of the bluegrass singer, guitarist and bandleader's story. But if ...

    on October 7, 1999
  • Murfreesboro Rocks - The next Seattle is in...Tennessee?

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    Murfreesboro Rocks - The next Seattle is in...Tennessee?

    Murfreesboro, an easygoing semi-city, is home to Middle Tennessee State University, which in turn houses something called the Recording Industry Management program. In this college town, rock and roll is no longer a lifestyle. It's a career. RIM at...

    by Anthony Mariani on September 30, 1999
  • Redemption Rap - Nuwine takes God to the gangstas

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    Redemption Rap - Nuwine takes God to the gangstas

    When Maurice Williams, better known in local rap circles as Nuwine, was just six months old, he was kicked out of a day-care center. "I was bad from day one, man," Williams says. "I can't remember it, but my mama does." Sitting in the Galleria's Ch...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on September 30, 1999
  • Fresh Pavement - One of the last great indie rock bands struggles to survive its success

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    Fresh Pavement - One of the last great indie rock bands struggles to survive its success

    In the entertainment world, there are natural stars and there are reluctant stars. Stephen Malkmus, leader of Pavement, is that rare person who falls squarely in the middle. He is polite, charming, well-read, articulate and adept at making people fee...

    by David Simutis on September 30, 1999
  • Jazz Warrior - Malcolm Pinson fights for bebop values

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    Jazz Warrior - Malcolm Pinson fights for bebop values

    For about three decades, Malcolm Pinson has been a fixture on Houston's jazz scene, a keeper of the bebop flame. "I won't play anything psychedelic," Pinson says. "If it's not straight-ahead, I don't want to hear it. They've been playing [bebop] f...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on September 30, 1999
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