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    Dave's World

    The David Wilcox success story reads with a predictability that's damn near awe-inspiring. A student from a small college nestled in North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains, Wilcox settled into a cozy local club where his literate, confessional folk s...

    by Jim Sherman on April 4, 1996
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    Dandy Affair

    If the Dandy Warhols' music doesn't fly in Houston, it won't be for a lack of good ideas. Back in their home of Portland, Oregon, where the local music scene is divided between earnest post-grunge bands and an earnestly eclectic collection of longtim...

    by Gerard Choucroun on March 28, 1996
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    On the Beat - The Suspects are unearthing the true roots of ska

    There's more to ska than the last 15 years let on. Try to argue that point with Suspects guitarist Bill Grady, and he'll be happy to walk you through the genre's last three decades. Go a step further -- equating ska's spirited past with, say, the pop...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 28, 1996
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    Strange Phenomena - Love and Rockets conjure up some spirits to keep things interesting

    Some bands prefer a fiery atmosphere in the studio -- staying up nights on end, pitting players against one another in a sort of creative caldron of competition. But last April, when the members of Love and Rockets were recording tracks for Sweet F.A...

    by Greg Barr on March 28, 1996
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    Static

    Dolls on display... Funny how a "Name" can change things. Last time I checked in with the Goo Goo Dolls, they were going about preparing for their first U.S. tour in two years with the sort of levelheaded realism that can only come from being near en...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 28, 1996
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    Sound Check

    The surge of interest in world music over the past several years has resulted in a wealth of tasty options in even the most generic of chain record stores. While not long ago King Sunny Ade, Fela and an anthology or two filled most African sections, ...

    by Bob Burtman on March 28, 1996
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    Family Style - Breedlove fishes in the Vaughan gene pool for a little added talent

    For now, at least, Breedlove is new enough to the business of rock and roll to be refreshingly oblivious to even the tiniest perks that come with being a band in demand. As four-fifths of the Austin quintet sidles up to the counter at a barbecue join...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 21, 1996
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    A Geek with a Guitar - Edwin McCain wants to please with his songs. You got a problem with that?

    It was Cracker frontman David Lowery who penned the choice line about the questionable value of yet another geek with an acoustic guitar: "What the world needs now is another folk singer, like I need a hole in my head." Superficially, singer Edw...

    by Greg Barr on March 21, 1996
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    Rotation

    Lou Reed Set the Twilight Reeling Warner Bros. Because he is who he is, Lou Reed has managed to elevate his relatively patchy solo output to near legendary status. For every misfire in his 24-year post-Velvet Underground career (1976's toot...

    by Alan Quaintance on March 21, 1996
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    Porch Music

    If you judge a band by the company it keeps, you'll probably want to get to know the Subdudes a little better. The four-piece -- with two members in Colorado and two in New Orleans -- is no more than one degree of separation removed from predecessors...

    by Jim Sherman on March 21, 1996
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    Static

    Notes from the front... "This your first time here?" inquired the toothy record label rep with a sympathetic grimace that seemed to imply, "I feel your discomfort." "What a zoo," came my sluggish response, as if I were programmed to repeat the s...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 21, 1996
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    Static

    Greetings from Redneck, New Jersey... For the Swales' Rob Carr, big city angst's got nothing on good, old-fashioned small-town misery. "The regular guy just tugs at my heartstrings," says Carr. "If there's any condescension to [my songs], then I...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 14, 1996
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    Rotation

    Velocity Girl Gilded Stars and Zealous Hearts Sub Pop Female-fronted alt rock bands may be a dime a dozen on MTV these days, but they've hardly been a common commodity at Sub Pop, the Seattle-based record label largely responsible for birth...

    by Jim Sherman on March 14, 1996
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    Unpolished Gem

    JUMP INFORMATION APPENDED FROM FILE C:\NEP\DAYS\031496\03140108.NVT Just when you thought there wasn't the smallest sliver of room in rock for yet another in-your-face, acid-tongued gal, along comes Ruby's Lesley Rankine. Once rumored to hav...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 14, 1996
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    La Mafia, Redux? - Fama wants to be Houston's next Spanish-language breakthrough

    On the north side of the city, near where I-45 crosses paths with the 610 Loop, there's an unassuming one-story brick and aluminum-sided office building sitting just off the feeder road. From the outside, it doesn't much look like the centerpiece of ...

    by Brad Tyer on March 14, 1996
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    Once More, From the Top - Peter Stuart is ready to reclaim his captive audience

    It was an impressive place for any aspiring performer to begin -- opening for Counting Crows on tours of the United States and Europe well before record companies had even bothered to take any notice of him. Night after night, Peter Stuart would take...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 14, 1996
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    Rotation

    Van Morrison with Georgie Fame and Friends How Long Has This Been Going On Verve If the "this" of the CD's title is meant to allude to Van Morrison's jazz leanings -- made explicit here after years of jazzy shadings and tangents -- then it'...

    by Gerard Choucroun on March 7, 1996
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    Static

    La Mafia's godfather... If there was ever any doubt about Oscar De La Rosa's status as La Mafia's leader, it's erased with the release of Un Millon de Rosas (A Million Roses) the new CD from the Houston Tejano giants. On its cover, you'll find Oscar,...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 7, 1996
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    Perry Deep

    It's a shame the new El Palacio Cafe and Club didn't open its doors a few weeks earlier. Oscar Perry's deep, smooth voice and penchant for singing about love's ups and downs would have made him an ideal grand-opening headliner for Valentine's Day. De...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 7, 1996
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    Sample Idea - A boy and his electric toys are the source of Self's soundscapes

    Not long ago, Matt Mahaffey's world consisted of a college dorm room, a few instruments, a four-track recorder and a mountain of bad grades. An undergraduate at Middle Tennessee State University near Nashville, Mahaffey had enrolled to learn the busi...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 7, 1996
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