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    Saxy Stuff

    Over the last few months, musicians' "summits" -- mini package tours of virtuoso musicians -- have been popping up on the Rockefeller's schedule with increasing regularity. From that, one can only assume there are actually people in Houston willing t...

    by Bob Burtman on May 23, 1996
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    Weird Without Choice - Eccentricity is an inescapable reality for Thinking Fellers

    Before each tour, the five bandmates in the Iowa-born, San Francisco-bred Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 gather together and choose the songs they'd like to cover in concert. Each member is allotted one pick, and the song list they assemble tells a...

    by Roni Sarig on May 23, 1996
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    Rotation

    Soundgarden Down on the Upside A&M Why is it that while many of Seattle's sons of grunge have dropped down a gear (Pearl Jam), dropped out (Mudhoney) or simply dropped dead (Nirvana), Soundgarden has been able to push forward on all fronts,...

    by Edith Sorenson on May 23, 1996
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    Static

    Uncle Walt remembered... Houston's extended singer/songwriter family was devastated Mother's Day weekend by the news that much-loved Walter "Uncle Walt" Hyatt was a passenger on ValuJet Flight 592, the 29-year-old DC-9 that crashed into the Everglade...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 23, 1996
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    Rotation

    The Jesus Lizard Shot Capitol I don't care if, with this CD, Chicago's the Jesus Lizard has moved away from longtime indie home-label Touch and Go and invited cries of sellout from the indie minions. Let 'em cry. I don't care if vocalist Da...

    by Jim Sherman on May 16, 1996
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    Static

    Major inhale... With a band name like Superdrag, it shouldn't come as a surprise that someone among this Tennessee foursome has a passion for tobacco. That someone is professed nicotine fiend John Davis, who also happens to be the band's lead singer ...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 16, 1996
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    The Resurrection of Sam Taylor - After years of laying low, a Houston music guru has come back for more

    The grim hearsay surrounding Sam Taylor took to the air sometime last year, swirling its way like a tiny, gossip-fueled twister around the city. The rumor mill came to a head last fall when an anonymous caller telephoned the Press to report that, amo...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 16, 1996
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    The Name Game - When Austin's Little Sister found she had too many siblings, she became Sister 7

    In rock and roll, being first matters. Austin's Little Sister found that out last month after signing a sweet deal with Arista Texas. The ink was barely dry on its contract with the major label when a problem cropped up: the band's name. Though Littl...

    by Greg Barr on May 16, 1996
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    Same Old Sir

    Why the Sir Douglas Quintet has never managed to carve itself a permanent position at the top of the charts is one of the mysteries of the musical universe. It may be that bands that stay perpetually in front of the curve are simply destined to remai...

    by Brad Tyer on May 16, 1996
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    Really Super

    If the supergroup concept seems a tad stale, it's probably because few bands have lived up to that billing. And if a "supergroup" inflatedly titled the Legends of Irish Music fails to inspire instant confidence, well, we understand. But if the superg...

    by Greg Barr on May 9, 1996
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    Rotation

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Murder Ballads Reprise In the past, I've never much cared for Nick Cave. It always seemed to me that he was reaching just a bit too hard for some shapelessly ominous black cloud of gothic pretense, and grasping o...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 9, 1996
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    Static

    World of persistence... It's been a long time coming -- six years, to be exact -- but the groove-happy Houston ninesome Global Village has finally squeezed out a CD's worth of original material. Global Village offers ten tracks of well-executed, airt...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 9, 1996
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    The Kids Understand - Local blues legend Little Joe Washington finds an unlikely fan base

    The air is thick with anticipation at the Blue Iguana as it grows late on a Thursday night. On-stage, a man tunes a six-string Fender, then sets it carefully on its guitar rack. Meanwhile, a pickup truck wheels around a corner to park near the club's...

    by Jim Sherman on May 9, 1996
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    What Invasion? - Spacehog comes in peace, but finds success anyway

    At best, the latest campaign to move English pop bands back atop the American charts has netted mixed results. So far, Oasis is absorbing a majority of the platinum benefits, while other U.K. groups are left to the cult-sized remains. And now, just w...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 2, 1996
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    Static

    Surreally ordinary... It's tough being subversively normal. The Surrealtors suffer from that dilemma -- average guys with average lives trying to market what sounds like relatively average pop music. As a result, they don't really fit in anywhere in ...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 2, 1996
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    Rotation

    Stone Temple Pilots Tiny Music ... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop Atlantic It's difficult to muster up any pity for Stone Temple Pilots. The San Diego quartet has sold a gazillion albums, and still bandleader Scott Weiland can't manage a ...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 2, 1996
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    Sex Sells

    R&B crooner R. Kelly -- a.k.a. Robert Kelly -- has never been one for modest amounts of anything. A prolific sexual honesty pervades his work -- sometimes discreetly, but more often blatantly. Recent song titles such as "Hump Bounce" and "Down Low (N...

    by Bob Burtman on May 2, 1996
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    Noise, or Art? - DJ Scott Sommers celebrates two decades of (sometimes) inspired clatter

    It's just after 10 p.m. on a Sunday, and 42-year-old Scott Sommers is right where he's been, more or less, once a week for the past 20 years: in the DJ booth at Pacifica radio KPFT/90.1 FM, hosting one of that station's longest-running programs, The ...

    by Brad Tyer on May 2, 1996
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... My cluttered shelves are again calling out for relief -- a spring cubicle-cleaning, if you will, a clearing out of the cluttered mire of pitch letters, band bios and, of course, CDs and cassettes from local bands looking for a ...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 25, 1996
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    Everything Fest, Part Two

    To be sure, this year's West African theme brought an impressive array of Afropop stars to town last week for the kickoff of the Houston International Festival. This weekend's lineup, however, makes the first batch seem like warm-up acts. Let's ...

    by Bob Burtman on April 25, 1996
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