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  • Native Talent - Indigenous Americans blow blues-rock smoke

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    Native Talent - Indigenous Americans blow blues-rock smoke

    Just 24, Mato Nanji of the blues-rock band Indigenous has quickly gotten the attention of guitar fans, earning comparisons to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. But that's not all the bad news. "It's not comfortable...

    by Alan Sculley on September 23, 1999
  • ...Newman! - With a sound as fat as Texas, David "Fathead" Newman returns home

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    ...Newman! - With a sound as fat as Texas, David "Fathead" Newman returns home

    One day while young David Newman was playing in band practice at Lincoln High School in Dallas, his instructor noticed the music sheet on Newman's stand was upside down. Newman, it seems, had a bad habit of memorizing music. "He knew I could barely r...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on September 23, 1999
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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Air Premiers Symptomes Astralwerks Sukpatch Tie Down That Shiny Wave Grand Royal Lilys Zero Population Growth Darla The EP is the most underused format in music. Chief among the many evils brought about by the compact disc format is...

    by David Simutis on September 23, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Road Kings Road Kings Surfdog Records Touted over the last five years as the smart young Texan most likely to evolve into a major alternative-country sensation, Jesse Dayton must have tired of waiting for the big time to happen. So screw it....

    by Roger Wood on September 23, 1999
  • Amplified - Local Music News

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    Amplified - Local Music News

    First of all, the "band" Hamell On Trial is one guy, Ed Hamell, his guitar (a 1937 small-body Gibson acoustic) and lots of attitude. His show at Rudyard's this weekend isn't important because of Hamell's Houston connection(s). Nor because Hamell pa...

    by Anthony Mariani on September 23, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    There are those who would say that Secret Sunday lost much of whatever rock edge it had when guitarist Paul Lapuyade departed and was replaced by Robb Moore. But one man's half-empty is another's half-full. And no matter what your personal take on ...

    on September 23, 1999
  • Grand Pops - Bob Dylan and Paul Simon tour together

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    Grand Pops - Bob Dylan and Paul Simon tour together

    On one hand, you've got the wheezing, craggy troubadour mired in his own legend. On the other, a genre-raiding predator fresh off creating one of Broadway's worst flops. But with enough hits between them to fill plenty of CDs and, more important, l...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 16, 1999
  • Phonics of Phoenix - riverfenix has new record, name

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    Phonics of Phoenix - riverfenix has new record, name

    Believe it or not, Keanu Reeves actually helped jump-start the career of four Houston musicians. Who would have thought he could do anything other than look good? But he did, and true to form, he never even knew it. About three and a half years ago a...

    by Brandon Cullum on September 16, 1999
  • French Connection - Stereolab: The best band you've never understood

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    French Connection - Stereolab: The best band you've never understood

    Stereolab is an important band. "Important" usually means pretentious or unjustly praised. In this case, it means "influential," a word that can also be translated as "not popular" or "not a big seller." Not having hit records can sentence otherwis...

    by David Simutis on September 16, 1999
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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Richard Thompson Mock Tudor Capitol Richard Thompson is in a position of almost unlimited creative freedom, and he may not even realize it. Since he sells respectably, enough to generate some revenue, there's not too much pressure on him to do ...

    by David Simutis on September 16, 1999
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    Amplified - Local Music News

    Don't Be Cruel Of all the artists to pick for an antiviolence fund-raiser theme, Elvis Presley should be on the short list of "don't"s. But the folks at TLC Counseling and Training Center may have had one too many fried peanut-butter-and-banana san...

    by Anthony Mariani on September 16, 1999
  • Article

    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    5th Ward Boyz P.W.A. The Album -- Keep It Poppin' Rap-A-Lot The members of the Houston rap trio 5th Ward Boyz aren't stupid enough to let a sure thing slip by them. But they also aren't savvy enough to keep it from crashing horribly, eithe...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on September 16, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    Hawk & Dove Richard Buckner and P.W. Long are two entirely dissimilar artists who nonetheless have formed a mutual admiration society and decided to tour together. When Spin named Richard Buckner's debut, Bloomed, one of the Top 20 records of 1995,...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 16, 1999
  • Wunderkind - Flutist Christina Jennings poised to shine

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    Wunderkind - Flutist Christina Jennings poised to shine

    At nighttime at Greenwood Music Camp outside Cummington, Massachusetts, lights go out early for everyone but teachers. Exhausted yet restless, some instructors head for a quiet spot among the forested greens beneath the stars to unwind. Most of them ...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on September 9, 1999
  • White Boy Blues - Houston native Vince Converse takes homegrown blues sound to heart

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    White Boy Blues - Houston native Vince Converse takes homegrown blues sound to heart

    All it took was a smile to let Vince Converse know he could really play the blues. It happened one night about eight years ago when Converse was 17 and was playing the Matinee Ballroom in downtown Houston with his band Sunset Heights. The group was...

    by Anthony Mariani on September 9, 1999
  • Roundabout Way - Cornell Hurd finally finds his musical niche

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    Roundabout Way - Cornell Hurd finally finds his musical niche

    Cornell Hurd has explored different aspects of his musical personality during his many years as a bandleader. First, there was the El Rancho Cowboys. Then, there was the Mondo Hot Pants Orchestra. But his latest outfit, The Cornell Hurd Band, is the ...

    by Rob Patterson on September 9, 1999
  • Article

    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Folk Implosion S/T Interscope Now on record No. 2 since the fluke hit "Natural One" off the Kids soundtrack, the men of Folk Implosion, Lou Barlow and John Davis, would seem to have enough years between them and "Natural One" to let the song's po...

    on September 9, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Vince Converse One Step Ahead Mystic It's hard to tell whether Vince Converse is coming from or going toward true blues. But this is mostly a good thing. On this local boy's first international debut there are songs to indicate Converse has alr...

    on September 9, 1999
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    Amplified - SideCar Band Jam

    Never thought the contact sport of making music would be so fun to watch, but about once every two months or so the SideCar Pub hosts a "band jam" competition and, like a good car wreck, it's just too hard to look the other way. This past week the ...

    by Anthony Mariani on September 9, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    It's a choice bands in America are forced to make in the quest for stardom: get on the radio or take it on the road. For groups such as Los Angeles-based Static X, radio isn't really an option. Even though commercial radio's "heavy band" quota has be...

    on September 9, 1999
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