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    Action Incorporated - Make way for Master P's low-end version of Hollywood

    If Howard Stern still believes he carries the burden of being "King of All Media," he should pick up a copy of the urban-music bible The Source sometime. He'll find that many of today's rap impresarios are kicking his ass in that department, probing ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 22, 1998
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    Keen on the Past

    Hey kids, it's another Robert Earl Keen album. Time to crack some brewskis, get rowdy and howl at the moon as you pilot that pickup toward some border town. Better be ready for some serious scrapes with trouble, right? Not exactly. As the title ...

    by Rob Patterson on October 22, 1998
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    In the Clear

    Add Ian Moore's name to the growing list of artists who have graduated from the apparent grind of major-label commitments to working for themselves. The Austin guitar prodigy released two albums for the Capricorn imprint earlier this decade, only to ...

    by David Simutis on October 22, 1998
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    Rotation

    Joni Mitchell Taming the Tiger Reprise It's another Joni Mitchell album, and here we go again with the hue and cry from the media about how Mitchell's genius is criminally ignored by the masses. Not to mention the interviews in which her di...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 22, 1998
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    Static

    One-man show... For a guy who abandoned his native city for Austin years ago, Darin Murphy sure was spending a lot of time slumming in Houston a few months back. And while Murphy loves his mum as much as anyone, the reasons for his frequent visits ho...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 22, 1998
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    Clubland

    The Village Brewery quietly surrendered to the lounge fad earlier this month when it was absorbed by the Orchid Lounge next door. Jim Florence, owner of both establishments, decided that the more successful of his two ventures at this point needed...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 22, 1998
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    Clubland

    Dan Robinson must be the scourge of Shepherd Plaza by now. First, as the proprietor of the Voodoo Lounge, he goes public about his spat with fellow tenants and the complex's Trammell Crow management team. He alleged that professional jealousy and ...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 15, 1998
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    Out of Africa

    Well versed and well traveled, Randy Weston defined "multicultural" with his blend of jazz and African traditional music decades before the term became a divisive sociopolitical catch phrase. As if the 72-year-old pianist ever really had a choice in ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on October 15, 1998
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    In the Black

    Everyone wins at an all-day, live-music marathon like Fall Jam IV. The radio station (in this case, KLOL/101.1 FM) gets plenty of publicity, and listeners get to see a lot of acts -- perhaps even a few of their heroes -- at a reasonable cost. Even be...

    by David Simutis on October 15, 1998
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    Rotation

    Juliana Hatfield Bed Zo/Rounder You could say that Bed is an experiment of sorts, a time-killer on a small label as Juliana Hatfield searches out a permanent home. The former Blake Baby turned moderately successful solo artist admits that ...

    by Jim Caligiuri on October 15, 1998
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    Blues for Freddie - The family of a Texas guitar legend fights to protect his legacy

    Freddie King is not alive to battle those who would seek to profit from his legend. The blues guitarist, a man whose music inspired the likes of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan and Eric Clapton, has been dead since December 28, 1976, when years of blee...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 15, 1998
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    Static

    New Kidd in town... Tara Murski is all about Kelly Kidd. So naturally, she thinks we should be, too. Frankly, the way she goes on about this Houston pretty boy, he damn well better be the next national dance sensation -- or she just might have a brea...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 15, 1998
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    Static

    Big mouth strikes again... It was too good to be true. A phone call conceding defeat; a broken, bitter DJ out of a job once again -- and before he could even mutter a single insult in Houston. Without question, the voice on my answering machine was t...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 8, 1998
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    Clubland

    To hear some of the more underground night owls tell it, you'd think Club Some -- Emo's infamous after-hours alter ego -- has sold out. Not quite, says co-owner Neil Heller. "In essence, the crowd hasn't changed at all," says Heller, who foun...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 8, 1998
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    PatiencePays - Decades down the line, Sherman Robertson has finally made an album he likes

    In a city where several storied blues guitarists still play gigs regularly on local stages, eastside resident Sherman Robertson remains relatively obscure. And, in a sense, he has no one but himself to blame. Since the early 1980s, he has only occasi...

    by Roger Wood on October 8, 1998
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    Teddy Remembered

    Houston lost one of its most affable and musical native sons when bluesman Teddy "Cry Cry" Reynolds died of complications of cancer and other health problems in the early morning hours of October 1. Born in the Third Ward in 1931, Reynolds began his ...

    by Roger Wood on October 8, 1998
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    Four-Letter Friends

    "Because it's memorable," says singer/guitarist Tim Prudhomme when questioned about why anyone would name his band after a loathsome expletive designed to make any good mother's skin crawl. Go ahead: Say the San Francisco (by way of New York City) ba...

    by David Simutis on October 8, 1998
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    Man or Monster?

    Whoever would've thought Barbra Streisand was such a Rob Zombie fan? When Babs wanted those pesky paparazzi to keep away from her recent wedding, her tactic was to spray them with aural artillery fire courtesy of Rob's band, White Zombie. Luckily for...

    by David Simutis on October 8, 1998
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    Rotation

    Lyle Lovett Step Inside This House Curb/MCA Alternate title: Step Inside Lyle's Aesthetic. All things considered, the Houston-area resident's two-CD salute to his Texas singer/songwriter influences is a welcoming invitation into the very fr...

    by David Simutis on October 8, 1998
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    Made to Suffer

    It's easy to see why Richard Buckner is such a fan of the Pacific Northwest's clammy climate: Rainy days are a legitimate excuse to sit around the house, dim the lights and brood. As if he needs a reason. Buckner could find the black-slate lining in ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 1, 1998
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