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    Static

    Out to the Abyss... Yes, kiddies, the worst is true: The Abyss, an unholy Washington Avenue institution for almost five years, has been up and abandoned. A haven for Houston's death-metal minions since its days as the Vatican, and one of the few club...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 10, 1998
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    Rotation

    Richard Buckner Since MCA It's just like Richard Buckner to attach a drab, monosyllabic title like Since to a work of such complicated beauty. He's the critics' pet, after all -- the kind of sinfully gifted storyteller who makes us music sc...

    by Michael Point on September 10, 1998
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    Bach to the Sax - Catalyst breaks classical barriers

    Free-associate with me for a moment. If I say "Bach," what musical instrument comes to mind? Harpsichord? Violin, perhaps? If I say "John Philip Sousa," you think of pomp and trumpets, cymbals crashing, and things red, white and blue. But if I say "s...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on September 10, 1998
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    Clubland

    From the looks of things upstairs, 804 would have little more to offer than cheap drinks, odd stares and rambling conversation from a handful of career drunks. But hang around looking stupid long enough, and the perky blond bartender is liable to dir...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 10, 1998
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    Human Machine

    Lately, it seems like no one wants anything to do with trip-hop's baggage -- not the godfathers of the genre, Massive Attack, and certainly not its bad-seed cover boy, Tricky. The loose definition of the style -- slow, slinky hip-hop beats peppered b...

    by David Simutis on September 10, 1998
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    Catching Up with Gil - A new series of reissues reaffirms the genius of rap's granddaddy

    Gil Scott-Heron has never been one to wait around for life's battles to come to him. He's expended enormous amounts of energy publicly lambasting three U.S. presidents (Nixon, Ford and Reagan), and yet he has still managed to publish three influentia...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on September 3, 1998
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    Clay's Choice

    Plain and simple, there's an ongoing love affair between Houston country music fans and singer Clay Walker. Friday's concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has been sold out for weeks, and his appearance at this year's Houston Livestock Show and ...

    by Jim Caligiuri on September 3, 1998
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    Weird Ways

    The Gourds have taken almost as much critical lip for their unsparingly eccentric ways as they've been praised for their timeless appreciation of the basics. Fall behind on either count, it seems, and they wouldn't be doing their job. Formed in 1994 ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on September 3, 1998
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    You Go, Gil

    Years before outspoken rap outfits like Public Enemy unleashed their politically charged verbal arsenals, Gil Scott-Heron was taking on relevant social issues via intelligent, articulate rhymes. In 1994, Scott-Heron cut the scathing "Message to the M...

    on September 3, 1998
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    Rotation

    Hole Celebrity Skin Geffen/DGC Courtney Love has proven over and again that she is capable of polarizing opinion like few female pop-culture icons can. She says what she thinks and rails on about what she feels, and that's what makes her pe...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 3, 1998
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    Static

    Uncertain Justice... It's hard to know what's in the stars for Houston's once-mighty Justice Records these days -- what with all the rumors of stormy major-label courtships and deals falling through. Needless to say, it's not looking good: Label A&R ...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 3, 1998
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    Clubland

    Strange how things work: Trammell Crow has informed Voodoo Lounge owner Dan Robinson that he's in default on his lease at Shepherd Plaza. The letter arrived August 25, less than a week after my story ("Stirring the Pot", August 20) documenting the ap...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 3, 1998
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    Static

    Grooves by the Pound... By most standards, Doug Pinnick is a prolific guy. Conservative estimates place his songwriting output over the past decade in the triple-digit range. And even when you consider that King's X -- the Houston melody-and-faith-dr...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 27, 1998
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    Rotation

    Cracker Gentleman's Blues Virgin After the disappointing commercial showing of their last release, The Golden Age, it would be easy to forgive David Lowery and the rest of Cracker for continuing to streamline the formula that earned them a ...

    by Rob Patterson on August 27, 1998
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    Generation Exceptional - Pianist Orli Shaham rides the crest of classical's new wave

    "We had a rule: absolutely no classical music whatsoever." Orli Shaham laughs at the memory -- and its obvious irony. The young musician is now a mature married woman at 22, and she's recalling the nuptial ceremony, held more than a month ago in ...

    by Clay McNear on August 27, 1998
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    Judy's Lore - Fans still pine for Houston's dork-pop heroes

    Even now, after all these years, David Bean still gets letters and phone calls from fans who wonder where he is, what he's up to, why he disappeared. Perhaps they've heard the stories about how he became a recluse after he left the stage, which isn't...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 27, 1998
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    Reznor's Rabble

    After they were dropped by their first label, 12 Rounds -- the male/female duo of Atticus Ross and Claudia Sarne -- found a creepy kindred spirit of sorts in Trent Reznor, who wound up signing them to his Nothing imprint. It's easy to see what Reznor...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 27, 1998
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    Clubland

    The curse of 6400 Richmond Avenue continues: Earlier this summer, the flashy, fussed-over 6400 Sports Cafe closed its doors after only a few months in operation, suffering the same swift and unfortunate fate of Peter's Wildlife, Rockefeller's West, H...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 27, 1998
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    Devil Inside

    When local heavy-metal diehards Meanpeace perform at one of the many venues around Houston, lead singer Andre Chenier often throws homemade cassettes of the quartet's music to audience members -- small audio samples, if you will, of the unseemly expe...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 20, 1998
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    Brother Alone - Neil Finn gets away from the House -- and out from under the shadows of his past

    The print advertisement for Neil Finn's new album, Try Whistling This, places the artist smack dab in the middle of the road -- literally. In the ad's picture, it's a fine day, the sky shielded by a thin layer of clouds. The artist, smartly clad in a...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 20, 1998
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