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    Rotation - Fu Manchu King of the Road

    Fu Manchu King of the Road Mammoth Fu Manchu makes low-end, primordial metal, which is growing in popularity (though it's not going to be the new grunge or ska or swing or polka), if not originality. But the fact that some stuff on Fu Man's fif...

    by David Simutis on February 3, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Drunken Thunder Cheap Acceptable Kill

    Drunken Thunder Cheap Acceptable Kill Honest Abe's Custom Records Homegrown garage power rock is Drunken Thunder's stock-in-trade. Problem is, it's also pretty damn good. As a matter of fact, Drunken Thunder's particular brand of twisted, sl...

    by Les Mixer on February 3, 2000
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    Amplified - Saks Fifth Dimension

    Having a logo is as important to pop bands these days as it was to fashion houses some 40 years ago. Since brand advertising is more ubiquitous than ever (see Times Square, an NHL rink, publicity rags masquerading as general-interest magazines), an...

    by Anthony Mariani on February 3, 2000
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    Playbill - Experimental Folk: Shawn Phillips, Tom Jones

    Bill Graham once called him the best-kept secret in the business. This hidden gem also gave a skinny young singer named Joni Mitchell guitar lessons, co-wrote songs with Donovan, sang with the Beatles on Sgt. Pepper and has released 17 albums over a ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on February 3, 2000
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    Party On - Bad breaks haven't slowed Vallejo's funky ascent

    It's July 1998, and A.J. Vallejo is strolling through the parking lot of Austin's Tinseltown movie megaplex on a mission to see Armageddon, the syrupy sci-fi movie about a massive meteorite on a doomsday path toward earth. In an instant, the front ma...

    by Greg Barr on January 27, 2000
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    Raw Power - Stooges add to punk lore with the release of a seven-CD box

    This has got to be one of the strangest boxed sets, even though it stars the Stooges, one of rock's most celebrated (at least these days) bands. 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions is a seven-CD collection, clocking in at just under eight hours, ...

    by S.L. Duff on January 27, 2000
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    Rotation - Fu Manchu

    Fu Manchu King of the Road Mammoth Fu Manchu makes low-end, primordial metal, which is growing in popularity (though it's not going to be the new grunge or ska or swing or polka), if not originality. But the fact that some stuff on Fu Man's...

    by David Simutis on January 27, 2000
  • Article

    Local Rotation - Drunken Thunder

    Drunken Thunder Cheap Acceptable Kill Honest Abe's Custom Records Homegrown garage power rock is Drunken Thunder's stock-in-trade. Problem is, it's also pretty damn good. As a matter of fact, Drunken Thunder's particular brand of twisted, ...

    by Les Mixer on January 27, 2000
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    Amplified - A Clean, Bic-Lighted Place

    It was like eavesdropping on every headbanger's dream: In the middle of Sid 17's set at SideCar Pub early this month, the band -- performer number two in a heavy metal trifecta that included Linus and Mystic Cross -- ripped out a kick-ass cover...

    by Anthony Mariani on January 27, 2000
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    Playbill - Artier Than Thou: Half Japanese

    Just 'cause The Man says you have to learn how to play your instrument before you join a band doesn't mean you have to listen. Jad Fair and his ever-morphing group, Half-Japanese, have spent more than 20 years gleefully flaunting their disrespect for...

    by Justin Wolske on January 27, 2000
  • Korn-ucopia - Retinkered Machine Head apes current metal sounds

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    Korn-ucopia - Retinkered Machine Head apes current metal sounds

    When its Burn My Eyes debut was released in 1994, Machine Head began its career as arguably the biggest new heavy metal band since Pantera. For Machine Head, critical and commercial acclaim were both nearly boundless. The only variable in the band's ...

    by Les Mixer on January 20, 2000
  • Another World - El Mirage is an oasis of Arabic music

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    Another World - El Mirage is an oasis of Arabic music

    At El Mirage, an Arabic restaurant and meeting place in west Houston, a singer is on stage imploring the audience to listen to her in song. She sings a few lines then waits for a response. The audience erupts into clapping and dancing. The singer tur...

    by Aaron Howard on January 20, 2000
  • Rotation - Save Ferris

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    Rotation - Save Ferris

    Save Ferris Modified Epic Monique Powell sure sounds like Gwen Stefani; even looks like Gwen Stefani. So how in the world of ska-punk acts is Powell's seven-member band Save Ferris supposed to separate itself from comparisons to No Doubt? It ca...

    by Seth Landau on January 20, 2000
  • Local Rotation - Demigods

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    Local Rotation - Demigods

    Demigods Polyphonic Demigods On Maudlin Street, where power rock meets romantic longing, the Demigods reign. On its recent self-release Polyphonic, the band fusses over obsessive, nearly unhealthy love. "You, you are the one for me / You're eve...

    by Melissa Hung on January 20, 2000
  • Amplified - That Lonesome Sound: Bye Bye, Clay Farmer Band

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    Amplified - That Lonesome Sound: Bye Bye, Clay Farmer Band

    Hard to believe, but one of Houston's brightest, best-est talents has broken up his band. Thing is, he brought his empire down just as he was building it up. Clay Farmer, leader of the incredible, eponymously titled country-western quartet, says ...

    by Anthony Mariani on January 20, 2000
  • Playbill - Hot 'n' Heavy: Sinis. Also, Eugene Chadbourne

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    Playbill - Hot 'n' Heavy: Sinis. Also, Eugene Chadbourne

    During the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference two years ago, you couldn't walk down the street or into a bar or even by a garbage can without seeing this image: a fluorescent lime flyer with the name SINIS (the S's drawn like those on the ...

    by Les Mixer on January 20, 2000
  • The "It" Guy - It's hard not to dig local saxophonist David Caceres

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    The "It" Guy - It's hard not to dig local saxophonist David Caceres

    Houston jazz musicians agree on damn few things, but they all seem to sing in harmony when the subject is saxophonist David Caceres. They agree that Caceres has "it," that something extra that separates him from his peers. Caceres is the type of guy ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on January 13, 2000
  • Yield Here - Singer-songwriter Richard Shindell knows to get out of the way of his characters

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    Yield Here - Singer-songwriter Richard Shindell knows to get out of the way of his characters

    Like a good novel, the narrative thrust of Richard Shindell's power folk songs emerges from characters' personalities. Unlike confessional songwriters, who can't seem to get out of the way, even for one line, Shindell creates characters, gives them v...

    by Aaron Howard on January 13, 2000
  • Amplified - Out In Sight

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    Amplified - Out In Sight

    Everybody has probably been through this scenario once or twice: It's Christmastime. You're at the local Cactus Music looking for that new one from Calvin Owens or Ezra Charles or any other of your favorite Houston-based artists. You cull the racks...

    by Anthony Mariani on January 13, 2000
  • Playbill - Big Mouth: Beth Hart. Also, L'Amico Fritz and Gianni Schicchi

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    Playbill - Big Mouth: Beth Hart. Also, L'Amico Fritz and Gianni Schicchi

    Beth Hart comes across as the type of woman who, if you tried to pick her up at a bar, would drink you under the table and beat you at pool, telling dirty jokes the whole time. She has guts, swagger and ovaries. No wonder she was selected for the tit...

    by David Simutis on January 13, 2000
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