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  • Wise Young Man - Houston's Jason Moran applies jazz knowledge on national debut

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    Wise Young Man - Houston's Jason Moran applies jazz knowledge on national debut

    Learning to be patient takes some people years, maybe even a lifetime. Jason Moran is already grasping the virtues of that principle; of course, the young jazz pianist had a good teacher, the late Jaki Byard, who taught Moran the benefits of waiting ...

    by Aaron Howard on November 11, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Eve Ruff Ryders' First Lady Ruff Ryders/Interscope Sole Skin Deep DreamWorks This may piss off many brothas, but it has to be said: Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown are straight-up embarrassments to rap. They're not progressive. They're just eye cand...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 11, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Jack Saunders Blue Shadows White Cat Records Houstonians with an ear for intelligent folk-flavored music have likely crossed paths with Jack Saunders over the past 20-plus years. He moved here in 1976 and eventually established himself on t...

    by Roger Wood on November 11, 1999
  • You Say It's Your Birthday

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    You Say It's Your Birthday

    Jeff Wells remembers the day he wanted to be in the music biz. It was winter 1964, and Wells was walking down his neighborhood street near the West Belt at I-10 when, through the transistor radio in his hand, came the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Ha...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 11, 1999
  • Space Cadets

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    Space Cadets

    If you believe Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Sun Ra and his Arkestra can be held at least partially responsible for the '80s/'90s revolution in indie rock led by Moore's band and others. Music futurist and self-proclaimed man from Saturn, Ra was o...

    by Liz Belile on November 11, 1999
  • Happy Daze - Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed

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    Happy Daze - Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed

    One of the worst things about listening to Led Zeppelin was the munchies. Sure, "When the Levee Breaks" sounded just as good stoned as sober, but being sober was for sports or science class. And listening to Zep was what you did when you wanted to fo...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 4, 1999
  • Yesshow - Fans are still saying Yes after all these years

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    Yesshow - Fans are still saying Yes after all these years

    Yes still can't say no to making mystic rock. Last week more than 1,700 folk packed the Aerial Theater for the 30-year-old band's first show here since 1997. The band is famous for its part in creating the genre known as progressive rock, sometimes k...

    by Liz Belile on November 4, 1999
  • Sonic Portraits - Momus renders average folk in song and tours

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    Sonic Portraits - Momus renders average folk in song and tours

    Nick Currie's motives and intentions aren't always easy to understand. After all, this is the same Scotsman who has been releasing records since 1986 under the pseudonym Momus, the name of the Greek god who criticized Zeus and was consequently banish...

    by David Simutis on November 4, 1999
  • Extra Poppy - Jimmie's Chicken Shack reveals the Colonel's recipe for mainstream ska-rock

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    Extra Poppy - Jimmie's Chicken Shack reveals the Colonel's recipe for mainstream ska-rock

    His band has two hit songs, two major-label albums and a recent appearance in Rolling Stone, yet Jimi HaHa of Jimmie's Chicken Shack still pays $200 rent and drives a car he bought from his mother. "If I figure how much I've made, hourly, over the ...

    by Seth Landau on November 4, 1999
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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Garden of Dreams Everything Seraph Oh, the Drama -- with a capital "D." A goth band that claims not to be goth. And anyone who knows goth knows that it is so dreadfully goth to claim Not to Be Goth. Despite a previous gothic endeavor called T...

    by Sande Chen on November 4, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Various Artists J. Prince Presents Realest N!@@az Down South Rap-A-Lot Various Artists Get Crunk! Tommy Boy Rap-A-Lot's J. Prince Presents Realest N!@@az Down South and Tommy Boy's Get Crunk! are two new compilation discs that a...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 4, 1999
  • Amplified - Local Music News

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    Amplified - Local Music News

    Smoke Signals at KPFT Ahhh, nothing like the morning shift for a DJ. Drive the traffic-less streets to get to the studio at around 5:30. Make a cup of coffee. Dial 911 because the storage garage in the backyard is ablaze! That was the morning ...

    by Anthony Mariani on November 4, 1999
  • Playbill - Coming This Week

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    Playbill - Coming This Week

    Outsider Art Most musicians are eccentric. Fine. But the members of Royal Trux do not subscribe to the usual eccentricities of dressing weird, taking drugs or pining for an acting career. Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty live on a farmhouse in the ...

    on November 4, 1999
  • Gothic Houston - Nationwide goth music conference inspired by Houstonian

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    Gothic Houston - Nationwide goth music conference inspired by Houstonian

    LOG ON. TUNE IN. BURN OUT. That was the rallying cry of the net.goths on the USENET newsgroup alt.gothic as it rang out through cyberspace in 1994. And for Houstonian Christopher K. Derrick, it was the inspiration to organize what would be the firs...

    by Sande Chen on October 28, 1999
  • Deadheads Redux - moe. picks up where Garcia and Co. left off

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    Deadheads Redux - moe. picks up where Garcia and Co. left off

    Like Widespread Panic, like Phish and, yes, like the Grateful Dudes, moe. is a jam band. It does everything long -- songs, guitar solos, transitions, whatever. Yet it's hard to mistake moe. for a modern jazz act or masturbatory "jam" band. Unlike W...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 28, 1999
  • Men in Black - Method Man and Redman have a Blackout, tour with Family Values

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    Men in Black - Method Man and Redman have a Blackout, tour with Family Values

    There are some rappers who are just pure id. They're men (and occasionally women) who literally bounce off walls to make rhymes and grab your attention. After years of uninterest in hardcore, humorless, fuck-wit-me-and-you'll-get-a-cap-in-yo-ass rapp...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 28, 1999
  • Utility Bassist - Christian McBride can do it all, and do it well

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    Utility Bassist - Christian McBride can do it all, and do it well

    Christian McBride is like oxygen. He's everywhere. Pick up a mainstream jazz album from the '90s, and there's a good chance McBride's on it. The straight-ahead bassist of choice, McBride, at last count, has appeared on somewhere between 150 and 200 a...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on October 28, 1999
  • Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

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    Rotation - New Releases Reviewed

    Dixie Chicks Fly Monument Let's not consider this a review per se of the Dixie Chicks' latest release, Fly, but more of an experiment in deconstructing that most inexplicable, ever-evolving and fun-to-piss-on musical genre, country and western....

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 28, 1999
  • Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviewed

    Kayfabe The Hellen Keller Tapes Kayfabe Redundant. That's the overriding impression of Kayfabe's new EP, The Hellen Keller Tapes. The trio's execution is solid, but the material is so unoriginal and ponderous that it hurts to open your ears ...

    by Melissa Hung on October 28, 1999
  • Amplified - Local Music News

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    Amplified - Local Music News

    We$theimer $treet Fe$t? No, the Fuzzgun Records/Houston Press/ Mausoleum stage at the Westheimer Street Festival last week was not for sale, contrary to popular rumor. The fiction and friction all revolves around four players: the bands Dune, TX...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 28, 1999
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