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  • Remembering Doug Sahm - The Texas Tornado is gone, but not forgotten

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    Remembering Doug Sahm - The Texas Tornado is gone, but not forgotten

    The night after Doug Sahm died of heart failure, I tried to explain his significance to an Austin newcomer who didn't know who he was. I offered an analogy: It was like losing Duke Ellington, Count Basie or Miles Davis. It was that important. A few d...

    by Rob Patterson on December 16, 1999
  • Have Voice, Will Travel - Austin's Kelly Willis gets to see a lot of country as she plays it

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    Have Voice, Will Travel - Austin's Kelly Willis gets to see a lot of country as she plays it

    At the height of his grandiosity in the early 1970s, Elvis held a press conference after one of his shows and was asked how he managed to maintain his image as a "shy country boy." "I don't know," the King said inquisitively, and stood up to reveal t...

    by Anthony Mariani on December 16, 1999
  • Rusty - Remember when Megadeth used to be the fastest, most talented metal band around?

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    Rusty - Remember when Megadeth used to be the fastest, most talented metal band around?

    After releasing Cryptic Writings in 1997, the members of Megadeth read some printed comments from Metallica's Lars Ulrich saying that he wished Megadeth would take more risks with its music. As you might know, guitarist Dave Mustaine, with bassist ...

    by Alan Sculley on December 16, 1999
  • Blast from the Past - Bridging Lead Belly is a new release of recently discovered songs

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    Blast from the Past - Bridging Lead Belly is a new release of recently discovered songs

    Everyone knows what being a rock and roll star means today. It means having your face on Rolling Stone, having your voice heard all over radio and having your private life picked apart by gossip-hungry airheads. Aspiring rock stars now know that maki...

    by Anthony Mariani on December 16, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Low Christmas Chair Kickers' Union Christmas albums don't seem like Low material. Usually this band's music is minimalist and its lyrics filled with Eastern religious references. To suddenly go all Christian and sentimental is kind of weird, ev...

    on December 16, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    South Park Mexican The 3rd Wish: To Rock the World Dope House Records Okay, first thing about Carlos Coy, better known to the hustlers and hustlettes of Houston as South Park Mexican, is that he is just a man. Sure, he may come off like a don...

    on December 16, 1999
  • Paperless Record Deals - Local Music News

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    Paperless Record Deals - Local Music News

    Like many artists scrounging for a record deal, Levon Louis of Lunatex has been through the time-honored task of shipping his band's demos to major record labels all over the earth. A few months ago, as he was preparing to ship another one of Lunat...

    by Anthony Mariani on December 16, 1999
  • Whip Him Good - Coming This Week

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    Whip Him Good - Coming This Week

    Managing to alienate both bikers and PTA members really isn't as tough as it seems. Just wear a pink tutu, stand on a stage with your band, bang out garage punk and rant about any little thing that comes to mind. That's the modus operandi of Whippi...

    on December 16, 1999
  • Metal Manifesto - Rage Against the Machine preaches anticapitalism, sells millions of records

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    Metal Manifesto - Rage Against the Machine preaches anticapitalism, sells millions of records

    The Battle of Los Angeles is Rage Against the Machine's first album in three years. That the stridently political act released its most pointed statement to date on Election Day, November 2, 1999, is not a coincidence. Everything about Rage Against t...

    by Les Mixer on December 9, 1999
  • Space Truckin' - Traveling with the Sun Ra Arkestra has its perks: cigarettes and coffee

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    Space Truckin' - Traveling with the Sun Ra Arkestra has its perks: cigarettes and coffee

    The show was spectacular, in every way. The 13-member ensemble came out wearing robes, gold lam shirts, sequined vests and all manner of homemade space hats, antennae poking out everywhere, singing, "We are the Sun Ra Arkestra, and we are here to en...

    by Liz Belile on December 9, 1999
  • Homeward Bound - A trip back to Houston for Rodney Crowell is a trip back in honky-tonk time

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    Homeward Bound - A trip back to Houston for Rodney Crowell is a trip back in honky-tonk time

    Say you're an impressionable kid growing up in Houston surrounded by a family of larger-than-life characters with wild senses of humor. They're poor, hard-drinkin' people who drive cars too fast, play Hank Williams songs in icehouses and take spur-of...

    by Aaron Howard on December 9, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Melanie C Northern Star Virgin Contemporary pop music blows. The current revival of bubblegum, which we all thought died in the early '90s but which has somehow found its way back into our ears, has been leaving people more jaded and bleak than...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on December 9, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Rick Porter & The Music Unlimited Ensemble Live at Cezanne... Before the Night Has Flown Rick Porter A product of the New York City jazz scene, 69-year-old Rick Porter earned his credentials first, then moved to Houston. Those credentials, w...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on December 9, 1999
  • Heavy Neglect - Local Music News

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    Heavy Neglect - Local Music News

    It's not exactly a garage, but it's a big, uninhabitable space you could park a car in. It's about 22 feet by 22 feet and padded all around -- to keep any noise in. It's attached to a house, so, technically, if you had to call it something, you'd...

    by Anthony Mariani on December 9, 1999
  • Helping Hands - Coming This Week

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    Helping Hands - Coming This Week

    Though Elbert "Pops" Stewart has never headlined a show, the versatile bassist is well known on certain Houston bandstands. Playing behind a variety of blues, R&B and zydeco front men, he has been a reliable source of funky riffs, good humor and rock...

    on December 9, 1999
  • Rappies - The age of rapping movies in Houston is now

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    Rappies - The age of rapping movies in Houston is now

    At the corner of Jones and West roads in the northern part of town stood a launderette where Larry Gardiner used to take his family's clothes every Sunday morning. Feeling inspired one particular Sunday five years ago, Gardiner brought with him a leg...

    by Anthony Mariani on December 2, 1999
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    Whadda Doll!

    Forever in blue jeans? We don't think so. Turn on your heart light and cut and paste together your very own Neil Diamond doll! Dress up Neil in his various personae: Hasidic Jew Neil, "Great Lei" Neil and Viva Las Vegas Neil. Neil Diamond performs ...

    on December 2, 1999
  • Time of Arrival - After two years, Houston's demonseeds are ready for the public ear

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    Time of Arrival - After two years, Houston's demonseeds are ready for the public ear

    Flashback to 1994. Houston's Music Hall. It's the performance showcase segment of the Houston Press Music Awards, and a perennial favorite in the "Best Heavy Metal" category, deadhorse, has taken the stage. "A lot of people were there," says for...

    by Les Mixer on December 2, 1999
  • Tiny Tunes - Little Jimmy Scott: The Savoy Years and More...

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    Tiny Tunes - Little Jimmy Scott: The Savoy Years and More...

    Forget about the millionaire musicians upset with their multi-album recording contracts; Jimmy Scott is an example of someone who was really screwed by the record business. Yet he doesn't complain. The 74-year-old singer is too busy enjoying a career...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on December 2, 1999
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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Fiona Apple When the Pawn... Clean Slate/Epic Fiona Apple sure is full of herself. The title of her record is a poem she wrote to Fiona Apple to remind her not to let bastards get her down. Give Apple credit for being somewhat, er, unpredictabl...

    on December 2, 1999
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