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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Son of Jack - Kerouac-inspired, Austin-based Guy Forsyth trips out in Americana dream

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    Son of Jack - Kerouac-inspired, Austin-based Guy Forsyth trips out in Americana dream

    If somewhere within you lies a certain kind of yearning (symptoms: a gnawing urge to walk off the job, blow up the TV and/or make the highway your home), you may well be one of "Jack"'s many bastards. And if so, Guy Forsyth is your musical brother, w...

    by Roger Wood on July 8, 1999
  • Youngshtuffs - Shaping themselves after bad girls, the Donnas get punk bitchy

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    Youngshtuffs - Shaping themselves after bad girls, the Donnas get punk bitchy

    Teen pop, meet your nemesis: The Donnas. A quartet of bad girls a year out of high school who take inspiration from Kiss and the Runaways, the Donnas are like a gang, adopting pseudonyms (Donna A., Donna F., Donna R. and Donna C.) and wearing matchin...

    by David Simutis on July 8, 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
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    Superflies - R&B royalty roll out for Budweiser Superfest

    Well, it's that time again. As far as R&B summer package tours go, the Budweiser Superfest stands as the king of them all. Now in its 20th year, the Superfest has been crisscrossing the country, serving up popular soul and rap to regional audienc...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 1, 1999
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    Rotation

    Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin Warner Bros. Too bad all bands don't spend as much time thinking about what they do as the Flaming Lips. You, Beavis and Butt-head, probably know them from the band's 1993 novelty hit, "She Don't Use Jelly," b...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 1, 1999
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    Unexpected Success - Just when he thought fame had passed him by, Austinite Jon Dee Graham gets rediscovered

    One of the prime tenets of Hinduism and its Buddhist offshoot is the notion that becoming unattached to temporal objects and issues provides the means to achieve nirvana. By giving up the small shit, we can get the big enchilada. Simple, right? Hardl...

    by Rob Patterson on July 1, 1999
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    Warming Up - The Texas Music Festival brings new meaning to the term "summer school"

    University of Texas guest instructor David Neubert warmed up the double-bass master class with an easy, virtuosic tune, B.B. Wolf. Next, it was William Torres's turn to try a waltz on an instrument that easily matched his height. The practice piece w...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on July 1, 1999
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    Original Punks

    Gotta admire the longevity and stamina of Christian Arnheiter, elder statesman of the Bayou City's punk rock scene. Long after the vast majority of DIY punks have traded in their three chords for three kids and shredded T-shirts for shredded office b...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 1, 1999
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    Loud Library

    Robert Sye is a "flusterated" musician. As much as he always wanted to play the trumpet, he couldn't. When, as a sixth-grader in the late 1930s, Sye decided to take up the instrument, Mr. Miller, his music teacher, told him, "Sye, we're all outta tru...

    by Anthony Mariani on July 1, 1999
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