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  • Swamp Ghosts - Racial tensions still haunt Geno Delafose's Louisiana stomping ground

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    Swamp Ghosts - Racial tensions still haunt Geno Delafose's Louisiana stomping ground

    Although New Orleans is the main attraction in Louisiana for music fans, as too many House of Blues T-shirts attest, the state's real musical magic, and maybe the best food too, is actually found in the heart of Cajun country to the west of the Cresc...

    by Rob Patterson on November 25, 1999
  • High Art - The locals of Lowbrow go for that speakeasy feel

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    High Art - The locals of Lowbrow go for that speakeasy feel

    It is well into the night, and the only discernible noise on the southwest corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy is the boom-chick-boom-chick-boom seeping through the walls of a cafe that looks like a grounded tree house. It doesn't sound this way round...

    by Seth Landau on November 25, 1999
  • Crimson Tide - Alabama Thunder Pussy comes into town

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    Crimson Tide - Alabama Thunder Pussy comes into town

    With its politically incorrect bitch-slap of a name, lots of bourbon-induced musicianship, skulls and Confederate imagery and a female roadie named Opie Taylor, Alabama Thunder Pussy is at the forefront of the proudest tradition of society-shocking, ...

    by Les Mixer on November 25, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Beck Midnite Vultures Geffen Nerdboy is feeling frisky. Beck's "official" follow-up to the Grammy-winning, critic-pleasing Odelay sounds like what happens when the boy/man spends some time ruffling the sheets, playing Atari and watching Shaft. ...

    by David Simutis on November 25, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Chadd Thomas and the Crazy Kings Shake Alive! Hi-Fi Rhythm Records Recorded music can take us different places, different eras, and that's cool. Contemporary musicians who can build on -- not merely imitate -- the people who inspire them ar...

    by Roger Wood on November 25, 1999
  • No Mo' Moshin' - Local Music News

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    No Mo' Moshin' - Local Music News

    Fitzgerald's is trying to lose its reputation as a punk rock joint. No big deal, right? Well, from a Houston music lover's point of view, this change of heart should stop you in your army-boot-wearin' tracks; because not only will Houston one day l...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 25, 1999
  • Jazz Couplet - Coming This Week

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    Jazz Couplet - Coming This Week

    The duo of vibraphonist Harry Sheppard and bassist Erin Wright crosses musical boundaries and generations. The seventysomething Sheppard, who moved to Houston in the mid-'80s, is deservedly a legend around town. Back in the '50s, Sheppard was playi...

    on November 25, 1999
  • One For All - Sax giant Illinois Jacquet helped desegregate Houston audiences

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    One For All - Sax giant Illinois Jacquet helped desegregate Houston audiences

    When tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet visited his hometown of Houston in 1955, he wanted to make history. Not musically -- the brilliant saxophonist had already covered that -- but socially. Jacquet, horn in hand, wanted to desegregate Houston ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on November 18, 1999
  • Gare-on-teed Phat - L'il Brian Terry drags zydeco into the hip-hop era by mixing it with rap

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    Gare-on-teed Phat - L'il Brian Terry drags zydeco into the hip-hop era by mixing it with rap

    Zydeco, like most folk-based popular musics, may seem to come mainly in two flavors: traditional and not-so-traditional. But zydeco has never really been a static form. Rather, it has been a sonic chameleon for decades, reflecting the influences of i...

    by Roger Wood on November 18, 1999
  • Prolific Pop - Guided By Voices does things assembly-line style

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    Prolific Pop - Guided By Voices does things assembly-line style

    It has been a long time since Robert Pollard taught fourth grade. Since his indie rock band, Guided By Voices, started getting noticed about five years ago, he hasn't had to. "I miss the fact that when you work five days a week you get excited abou...

    by David Simutis on November 18, 1999
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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals Burn to Shine Virgin Unlike most guitar heroes, Ben Harper concentrates on his songs -- crosses between old blues and classic rock with hints of folk and country -- not on his solos. Which makes his sol...

    by David Simutis on November 18, 1999
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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Houston Jazz Trio LandHo Liquid Phyllis Records No, Houston's not a jazz mecca, but its small jazz circle boasts some world-class talent. The trio that has dared to name itself after the city is a good example; the Houston Jazz Trio reigns as...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on November 18, 1999
  • Viva Japanic! - Local Music News

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    Viva Japanic! - Local Music News

    Lotta people hate Blockbuster. And Starbucks. And Ricky Martin. And anything else "capitalistic" (read: successful). How progressive, especially considering that the dry cleaners down the block probably generates more bucks than the local Blockbuster...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 18, 1999
  • Family Tradition - Coming This Week

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    Family Tradition - Coming This Week

    Hank is a name that stands alone in country music. Same goes for Hank Junior. And now there's a third: Hank Williams III, otherwise known as Hank III. Unlike his pappy, Bocephus (a.k.a. Junior), Hank III looks like grandpaw, sounds like grandpaw, and...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on November 18, 1999
  • Better Days - Former Houstonian Jerry Lightfoot goes deep inside the blues to save himself

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    Better Days - Former Houstonian Jerry Lightfoot goes deep inside the blues to save himself

    In music, as in life, there's a big difference between being a character and possessing character. It's a distinction that bandleader Jerry Lightfoot appreciates. As the earnestly focused guitarist fronting The Essentials and a longtime behind-the-sc...

    by Roger Wood on November 11, 1999
  • Where Is He Now? - Rik Emmett of Triumph, after we return

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    Where Is He Now? - Rik Emmett of Triumph, after we return

    (Voice-over): Welcome to VH1's Where Are They Now? Tonight, a look at one of rock's true guitar virtuosos. (Cue: photo of Rik.) A master of the six-string, Rik Emmett finger-picked his way out of the obscure recesses of the Canadian wilderness (cue: ...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 11, 1999
  • Bored? Tired?... - L7 delivers a message of defiance to all those prepackaged rockers

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    Bored? Tired?... - L7 delivers a message of defiance to all those prepackaged rockers

    So Lilith Fair skipped Houston this year. Big deal. The way L7 lead babe Donita Sparks sees it, you didn't want to go anyway. It would have been a yawn. That's why she and her three bandmates, Suzi Gardner, Dee Plakas and Janis Tanaka, hired a small ...

    by Melissa Hung on November 11, 1999
  • Wise Young Man - Houston's Jason Moran applies jazz knowledge on national debut

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    Wise Young Man - Houston's Jason Moran applies jazz knowledge on national debut

    Learning to be patient takes some people years, maybe even a lifetime. Jason Moran is already grasping the virtues of that principle; of course, the young jazz pianist had a good teacher, the late Jaki Byard, who taught Moran the benefits of waiting ...

    by Aaron Howard on November 11, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Eve Ruff Ryders' First Lady Ruff Ryders/Interscope Sole Skin Deep DreamWorks This may piss off many brothas, but it has to be said: Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown are straight-up embarrassments to rap. They're not progressive. They're just eye cand...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 11, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Jack Saunders Blue Shadows White Cat Records Houstonians with an ear for intelligent folk-flavored music have likely crossed paths with Jack Saunders over the past 20-plus years. He moved here in 1976 and eventually established himself on t...

    by Roger Wood on November 11, 1999
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