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  • Playbill - GWAR

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    Playbill - GWAR

    If it's true that performers who like to play evil characters are really some of the best-adjusted people, then the members of GWAR are probably church-going, Little League-coaching PTA members. The band's shtick has something to do with being aliens...

    on July 29, 1999
  • Rotation - American Analog Set, Snoop Dogg

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    Rotation - American Analog Set, Snoop Dogg

    American Analog Set The Golden Band (Emperor Jones) It's got a vintage organ sound, brushed drums, extended quiet passages, droning guitars and simple, repetitive song structures. Great, another indie pop band. But instead of being ho-hum, Am...

    on July 29, 1999
  • Houston Blues - Local hero Joe "Guitar" Hughes knows success takes more than talent

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    Houston Blues - Local hero Joe "Guitar" Hughes knows success takes more than talent

    In the 40-plus years that Joe "Guitar" Hughes has played blues professionally, he has never strayed too far from Houston. That emotional attachment to his hometown has proved both bane and blessing for the self-reliant singer, songwriter, producer an...

    by Roger Wood on July 29, 1999
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    Amplified - Local Music News

    Fitz-ka-bob The letters have been pouring in, and to say I can respond to all personally and/or in-depth would be to lie Which, by the content of some letters, is precisely what I was doing when I said in this space two weeks ago that the young ...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 22, 1999
  • Celebrate Good Times, C'mon! - Merge and Matador reach ten years of indie success

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    Celebrate Good Times, C'mon! - Merge and Matador reach ten years of indie success

    There are few equivalents in the business world to the independent record company. Most are labors of love rather than profit. Music lovers first, business people second, indie label owners perform a valuable service in releasing music by artists tha...

    by David Simutis on July 22, 1999
  • North and South - Tranquil Canada flavors  San Antonian Doug Sahm's rustic music

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    North and South - Tranquil Canada flavors San Antonian Doug Sahm's rustic music

    One might imagine that Doug Sahm came up with the idea of forming the Texas Tornados his Tex-Mex supergroup with Chicano country crooner Freddy Fender, conjunto music legend Flaco Jimenez and Sahm's Sir Douglas Quintet compadre Augie Meyers while...

    by Rob Patterson on July 22, 1999
  • Composing Youth - American Festival for the Arts, Houston Ballet Academy host teen summer workshop

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    Composing Youth - American Festival for the Arts, Houston Ballet Academy host teen summer workshop

    When student choreographer Cleopatra Williams heard the dance score that teenage composer Jude Vaclavik had composed for her, she thought the screams and groans he had injected into the melody were difficult to handle. Otherwise, the dissonant, multi...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on July 22, 1999
  • Playbill - Ozomatli, dc Talk, The New Morty Show

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    Playbill - Ozomatli, dc Talk, The New Morty Show

    Ozomatli is a party. Not just party music, an actual party. With ten members, the band has more people onstage than the number of guests at my last birthday celebration. Mixing salsa and hip-hop, samba and tablas, ska and jazz, this Los Angeles-based...

    on July 22, 1999
  • Rotation - Tracy Byrd, Jim Hall and Pat Metheny

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    Rotation - Tracy Byrd, Jim Hall and Pat Metheny

    Tracy Byrd Keepers/Greatest Hits MCA They don't usually make "albums" these days on Nashville's Music Row, but rather collections of either potential singles or songs that the record makers wish could be singles. And as any music fan with a mod...

    on July 22, 1999
  • Amplified - Local Music News

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    Amplified - Local Music News

    Music Awards Update Okay, most of the hard stuff has already been taken care of except ... oiling the obligatory promotion machine. This task has fallen squarely on the shapely delts of yours truly, which means not only will my stubby, grubby finge...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 15, 1999
  • Mo' Better Blues - Art imitates life in the music of Keb' Mo'

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    Mo' Better Blues - Art imitates life in the music of Keb' Mo'

    On the title track off Keb' Mo''s latest record, Slow Down (Okeh/550), the singer tells of growing old. He talks about how when he was younger he hadn't a care, drinking all night long and chasing women. But the voice in the song also remembers how ...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 15, 1999
  • Nonfiction Gospel - Houston's Discipline finds its inspiration in real life

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    Nonfiction Gospel - Houston's Discipline finds its inspiration in real life

    At 27 years of age, Joseph Washington Jr. has already seen most of his ambitions, goals and aspirations come to fruition. The Houston native is a graduate of Texas Southern University. Before that, he served for six and a half months in Operation Des...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 15, 1999
  • Fresh Princess - Tatyana Ali's back, all right, along with more face stars than you can shake a booty at

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    Fresh Princess - Tatyana Ali's back, all right, along with more face stars than you can shake a booty at

    Walking outside Camden, New Jersey's E-Centre before a big show, Tatyana Ali tries to take part in a phone interview. Her words, though, are often muffled by the collective sound of hordes of teenage girls screaming at the sight of their favorite tee...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 15, 1999
  • Rotation - Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Jordan Knight, Juno

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    Rotation - Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Jordan Knight, Juno

    Ricky Martin Ricky Martin C2/Columbia Jennifer Lopez On the 6 WORK Jordan Knight Jordan Knight Interscope Ricky Martin's status as a former teen heartthrob has also given his image a hint of live-and-learn credibility. At a time when bub...

    on July 15, 1999
  • Playbill - David Benoit

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    Playbill - David Benoit

    It would have been easy for pianist/keyboardist/producer David Benoit to turn into a formula act. After he'd spent more than a decade on session work and solo albums, his 1987 glossy contemporary jazz release, Freedom at Midnight, soared up the chart...

    on July 15, 1999
  • Rock Martyrs - New Radiohead documentary reveals the insecurities of superstardom

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    Rock Martyrs - New Radiohead documentary reveals the insecurities of superstardom

    Poor Thom Yorke. In his rumpled black sweater and baggy khakis, Radiohead lead singer/songwriter Yorke plows through interview after interview on this video with his head slumped in his right hand, constantly looking for a way out. With his ducklin...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 8, 1999
  • Hillbilly Wheelies

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    Hillbilly Wheelies

    An established presence on the Austin music scene, western swing band Asleep at the Wheel is the closest thing you'll find to a post-hippie embodiment of the sound of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Amazingly, the Wheel has been rolling nonstop for...

    on July 8, 1999
  • Kamikaze Rap - Public Enemy's Chuck D. speaks

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    Kamikaze Rap - Public Enemy's Chuck D. speaks

    Is "old school" an attitude or style? If it were a style, then the most commercially successful rapper today would fit the description. Puff Daddy does with retro hits what an old-school artist like Afrika Bambaataa used to do with, at the time, hits...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 8, 1999
  • Local Music Lowdown

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    Local Music Lowdown

    Puttin' Down the Fitz Where's that Hoffa guy when you need him? Though bad labor practices are not involved in this case (unless you count the ability this club has to produce some of the nastiest, self-loathing-therefore-I-loathe-all beer wenches ...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 8, 1999
  • Pop Jazz Masters

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    Pop Jazz Masters

    Before there was Najee's Theme, there was the soul/groove jazz movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and the light-contemporary jazz era of the 1970s and 1980s. Check out these albums by artists who influenced and in some cases defined smooth jazz. More j...

    on July 8, 1999
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