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    Out In Sight - Gender bias and the FBI's eyes can't keep Janis Ian down

    In 1950, at the height of McCarthyism, Janis Ian's father, an aspiring teacher and chicken farmer in South Jersey, attended a local meeting about the price of eggs. Not long afterward, Ian says, FBI agents began visiting the family's house. "They alw...

    by Liz Belile on March 2, 2000
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    Yakety Yak - Sara Hickman makes her audience part of the show

    At an Austin club last October, Sara Hickman hosted a pajama party. Everyone was invited to show up in their pj's. Hickman, in pigtails, appeared on stage with a friend and her husband -- all three in jammies. Some audience members showed up in rob...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on March 2, 2000
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    The Hollisters Sweet Inspiration - High Tone Records

    For those who like traditional country, this is the real deal. Nearly every song hearkens back to old-timey C&W, in both sound and content. Inspiration leads off with "Fishin' Man," a Cajun-flavored dance tune in which lead singer Mike Barfield sing...

    by Aaron Howard on March 2, 2000
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    Rotation - Music Reviews

    Shelby Lynne I Am Shelby Lynne Mercury Records For those who haven't been poking around Nashville's machine over the last decade, you may think Shelby Lynne a new name. For those who are already familiar, well, you may be in for a surprise. But...

    by Tim Murrah on March 2, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviews

    Leslie Newman Leslie Newman Ranco Records An old number by Loudon Wainwright III pays tribute to an icon who directly inspired a generation of singer-songwriter types. In this song Wainwright says of himself (and various others): "We were new...

    by Roger Wood on March 2, 2000
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    Amplified - Back in Black

    Here is God Dethroned lead singer/songwriter Henri Sattler, on his record label's Web site, describing "Under the Golden Wings of Death," off his band's latest, Bloody Blasphemy (Metal Blade): "Song about a psychopath who needs to kill over and ove...

    by Anthony Mariani on March 2, 2000
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    Bye-bye, Grunge

    Former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell had the good sense to break up the grunge kings three years ago. But then he displayed a serious lack of judgment last fall when he released his solo debut, Euphoria Morning, at a time when absolutely nobody ca...

    by David Simutis on March 2, 2000
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    Siren Songs - Lords of Acid sells sex to ravers

    Lords of Acid is into whips. And chains. And leather. And European hotties who whisper naughty come-hithers in English. And sex with multiple ambiguously oriented partners while feeling the effects of various illegal substances or using a marital aid...

    by Justin Wolske on February 24, 2000
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    Big Beat - Genaside II helped create jungle. Now it's moving on.

    As is the case with many innovators, Genaside II is popular but unknown. In its more than ten years together, the British band has been credited with both helping invent jungle and, under the pseudonym G-Double E, launching big beat, which is essenti...

    by David Simutis on February 24, 2000
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    Amplified - Strained Notes

    Walking out of the 528 Club, Heath Spencer Philip knew he'd never sing there again. Before he and his backup band, comprising some of Guy Schwartz's New Jack Hippies, had arrived at the club on this November night, expectations were high. Philip, a...

    by Anthony Mariani on February 24, 2000
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    Playbill - Pickin' and Grinnin'-- Adrian Legg

    With his custom-built Ovation, a swamp ash body fitted with Keith banjo pegs, Adrian Legg is an acoustic fingerpicking wiz. Named "Guitarist of the Decade" by Britain's Guitarist Magazine and "Best Acoustic Guitarist" four years in a row by Guitar Pl...

    by Aaron Howard on February 24, 2000
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    Indies in Town - Three adventuresome acts new to Houston set to perform

    Though The Handsome Family has been critically well received since it began performing and recording in 1994, the husband-and-wife team of Brett and Rennie Sparks has yet to receive any major-label interest or funding. The couple recorded their lates...

    by Anthony Mariani on February 17, 2000
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    Prog's New Face - Deadwood Forest isn't your father's progressive rock band

    In high school a few short years ago Mitch Mignano worked the counter at a Blockbuster record store in a mall in Baytown. One day, says Mignano, "some guy came in wanting to special-order a Moody Blues solo album, Justin Hayward or whatever." Ever di...

    by Liz Belile on February 17, 2000
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    Fill 'Er Up - Ten-gallon hats and ten-gallon gas tanks come to mind when BR5-49 plays

    BR5-49's current Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Duo or Group could be considered a fluke. If it weren't for the producers of the 1999 film Happy, Texas, who included BR5-49's "Honky Tonk Song" on its soundtrack, the song -- which origi...

    by Roger Wood on February 17, 2000
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    Rotation - Guy III

    Guy III MCA A lot of things have changed since these new jack swing originators released their last album oh-so-many moons ago. For one thing, it looks like people have completely forgotten just how massive an impact Guy has had on R&B. These d...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on February 17, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Liquid i Waves of Rain

    Liquid i Waves of Rain Emulsion Records The band formerly known as Liquid, Liquid i, changed its handle in time for its second release, Waves of Rain. Unfortunately, however, its mainstream rock/ pop sound remains the same. Most of Rain is...

    by Seth Landau on February 17, 2000
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    Amplified - Rick's World!

    Swaying back and forth in front of the Cardi's 2000 stage is an unidentified white male, wearing a T-shirt with Mercyful Fate inscribed on the back and punching his fist -- neatly wrapped around the neck of a beer bottle -- into the air. He "st...

    by Anthony Mariani on February 17, 2000
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    Playbill - Brian McKnight, Neural Nectar

    Has anyone called Brian McKnight yet for ripping off the 1993 Jeff Bridges movie Fearless in his "Back at One" video? Oh, you remember that flick. It's the one in which Bridges comes out of the cornfields from a plane crash (just like McKnight does i...

    by Les Mixer on February 17, 2000
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    Glamour of Glaw - The leader of the Vulgarians makes a fashion statement

    Over the phone Michelle Glaw sings, in a gloomy minor key, the first verse of her band's newly penned theme song: "I'm a Vulga, you're a Vulga, we're the Vulgarians....And if you mess with one of us, we'll mess you up and drink your pus." She giggles...

    by Liz Belile on February 10, 2000
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    Blues Brothers - When not exploding with Jon Spencer, Judah Bauer testifies with kin as 20 Miles

    There are only two guys in 20 Miles, but they always manage to create a mini-ruckus. Brothers Donovan and Judah Bauer (the latter of the incomparable Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) dole out simple skronk that, while loud, is also tuneful. Even though t...

    by David Simutis on February 10, 2000
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