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    Several Seasons of Success

    No one predicted George Winston would change music in 1981. Nine years earlier the unassuming pianist recorded an independent album which sold modestly, Ballads and Blues - 1972, and he wasn't heard from on record again. When he returned to the studi...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on January 21, 1999
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    Rotation

    Ani DiFranco Up, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up Righteous Babe On Up, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up DiFranco expands her palette by adding Julie Wolf, a remarkable keyboard player whose organ and piano work add considerable weight to DiFranco's already phat sound...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on January 21, 1999
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    Hot Nuits - HSO proves Fantastique with Berlioz works

    Hector Berlioz made no secret of the fact that Symphonie Fantastique was one long opium dream, the fevered imaginings of a bereft lover haunted by memories of his fickle beloved. Like a typical romantic, the poor soul tries to poison himself with opi...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on January 14, 1999
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    Back in Black

    A fable: Once upon a time (say, 1986) there was a band in Boston called the Pixies. They sounded a bit caustic -- combining roaring guitars and odd rhythms with a love for strong melodies and a kooky sense of humor, often dark. Lead singer Black Fran...

    by Liz Belile on January 14, 1999
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    Rotation

    Celine Dion These Are Special Times Sony 550 Music Having spent 15 years in both the French Canadian pop ghetto and the adult contemporary star machine, Celine Dion is a survivor. But more than that, she's a revolutionary. No, really: When ...

    by Jim Caligiuri on January 14, 1999
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    Overseas Transmission - Hip-hop's origins in a German synthesizer?

    You might figure that the German band Kraftwerk and their 1977 single "Trans-Europe Express" would mean about as much to the history of hip-hop as, say, Rick Springfield and "Jesse's Girl." Wrong. In his new book Hip Hop America, critic Nelson George...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on January 14, 1999
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    Blowing His Own Horn

    Houston native Calvin Owens has, in his own words, "straddled the fence musically" for more than half a century. Moving freely between jazz and blues, the master trumpeter has worked in and directed big bands and combos, playing what he labels simply...

    by Roger Wood on January 14, 1999
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    Tommy Lee Uncensored! - The drummer with the big stick bares all about jail, Motley Crue and Pamela Anderson

    Today, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee owns the most famous penis on the Internet -- but his generously proportioned man-part wasn't the source of his initial burst of fame. Lee's been a popular personality since the early '80s, when he and bandma...

    by Michael Roberts on January 14, 1999
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    From Boys to Men

    Sometimes success ain't all it's cracked up to be. That's what Johnny Rzeznik, the singer and primary songwriter for the Goo Goo Dolls found out when he tried to compose songs for the follow-up to the band's 1995 breakthrough album, A Boy Named G...

    by David Simutis on January 7, 1999
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    The Sound of Money

    One of the embarrassing moments from my youth was singing "Summer Nights" from the Grease movie soundtrack at the top of my lungs. In my best John-Travolta-as-a-six-year-old voice, I recounted Danny's summer of love, even though I had no idea what he...

    by David Simutis on January 7, 1999
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    Don't Cry for Me, Houston - Friends join in as Betti sings her final convictions

    The song was Madonna's. The singer wasn't. Betti Maldonado, impersonating the superstar in her Evita role as Eva Peron, welcomed guests at the Spotlight Karaoke club with a rendition of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina": Have I said too much? / ... ...

    by Russell Contreras on January 7, 1999
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    Rotation

    Rush Different Stages Live Atlantic When I was in high school, there were two similarly garbed and coiffed camps who hung out in the smoking area: AC/DC fans and Rush fans. It was hard to tell them apart unless you listened in as one group ...

    by Dave Clifford on January 7, 1999
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    Swing and Smirk

    Roomful of Blues -- The current swing revival must have at least some members of Roomful of Blues smirking. Since 1968 (before many of today's neoswingers were even conceived) the band's ever-revolving lineup has offered its encyclopedic interpretati...

    by Bob Ruggiero on January 7, 1999
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    Jimmy "T-99" Nelson and Friends

    One of the last of the great blues shouters, Jimmy "T-99" Nelson has been a Houston favorite since relocating here in 1955, just a few years after he scored national hits with the singles "T-99 Blues" and "Meet Me with Your Black Dress On." Now in hi...

    by Roger Wood on December 31, 1998
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    Texas Music 1998: The Year That Wasn't

    Instead of taking a measured balance and declaring that '98 was maybe the best of years, yet the worst of years, let's cut to the chase -- this year in Texas music was pretty much a stinker. That's not to say it didn't have its high points. But for a...

    by Rob Patterson on December 31, 1998
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    Too high. Period. - Curt Kirkwood, now living in Austin, is still a Meat Puppet. His brother Cris is a missing-in-action junkie.

    The phone is no friend of Curt Kirkwood's. Too often, the tidings it bears are foul. He calls them "incomings from Tempe." They go like this: Your brother's wife overdosed this morning; She's dead. Your brother got busted again last night, and h...

    by David Holthouse on December 31, 1998
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    Changing the Music Industry Bit by Bit - More options mean more choices mean more meetings

    Once members of the record industry abandoned analog (vinyl and cassettes) in favor of digital (compact discs) they were no longer just selling music; they were, in essence, selling software. Digital codes read by music CD players are essentially the...

    by David Simutis on December 24, 1998
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    Herbie's World - What does Herbie Hancock think of his own work? His take may surprise you.

    On The Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions: "I had no idea what any of this stuff would be," Hancock says, of the lasting value of the Blue Note era music. "You just do it because that's what you do." On the sextet and the album Sextant: "That ...

    on December 24, 1998
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    New Year's Eve Blastoff

    Sure, it's not happening for over another week, and you may have not even thought about New Year's Eve, with Christmas still looming. But after December 25, ticket prices will go up for New Year's Eve Houston '98 which brings together perhaps the cit...

    by David Simutis on December 24, 1998
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    Rotation

    Pearl Jam Live on Two Legs Epic Pearl Jam is an unlikely story of how a band learned to do things its own way. It began with the grunge revolution of 1991. On the strength of its multiplatinum debut, Ten, the band was everywhere, including ...

    by Jim Caligiuri on December 24, 1998
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