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  • 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
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Chris Cornell Euphoria Morning A+M Maybe there's a person out there waiting for the Kim Thayil solo record. As good as Chris Cornell's own solo debut is, you just know there's someone out there longing to hear the bearded guitarist from Soundga...

    by David Simutis on September 30, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Vince Bell Texas Plates Paladin Records Houston native Vince Bell was a familiar sight on Texas stages (most notably in Houston's Anderson Fair) in the late '70s/early '80s, when he played both onstage and off with such friends as Lyle Lovet...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 30, 1999
  • Amplified - Local Music News

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    Amplified - Local Music News

    Lotta people shit-talk Fitzgerald's for not caring about the local scene. But when some sturdy local labels wanted to put together a stable showcase, where'd they go? "Fitz seemed like the natural place to have it," says Joshua Mares of Pinche Floj...

    by Anthony Mariani on September 30, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    No matter what you think of KLOL's often too-tame playlist or the obnoxious retards who host its puerile morning show, the radio station's annual Fall Jamm consistently offers a solid lineup of rock bands on all rungs of the fame ladder. Though this ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 30, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jamming for Dollars - Widespread Panic makes its bucks the old-fashioned way

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    Jamming for Dollars - Widespread Panic makes its bucks the old-fashioned way

    Major record labels are still pissed off about digital distribution. The concern that free, nearly perfect copies of songs and albums would be scattered all over the world led to a concerted effort a couple months ago by the Big Five record companies...

    by David Simutis on September 23, 1999
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...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
  • 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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    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
  • 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
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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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    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
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