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    Rotation

    Lyle Lovett Step Inside This House Curb/MCA Alternate title: Step Inside Lyle's Aesthetic. All things considered, the Houston-area resident's two-CD salute to his Texas singer/songwriter influences is a welcoming invitation into the very fr...

    by David Simutis on October 8, 1998
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    Clubland

    To hear some of the more underground night owls tell it, you'd think Club Some -- Emo's infamous after-hours alter ego -- has sold out. Not quite, says co-owner Neil Heller. "In essence, the crowd hasn't changed at all," says Heller, who foun...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 8, 1998
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    Static

    Big mouth strikes again... It was too good to be true. A phone call conceding defeat; a broken, bitter DJ out of a job once again -- and before he could even mutter a single insult in Houston. Without question, the voice on my answering machine was t...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 8, 1998
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    Made to Suffer

    It's easy to see why Richard Buckner is such a fan of the Pacific Northwest's clammy climate: Rainy days are a legitimate excuse to sit around the house, dim the lights and brood. As if he needs a reason. Buckner could find the black-slate lining in ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 1, 1998
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    Rotation

    Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up the Girl Warner Bros. My first clue that the Goo Goo Dolls had completely lost touch with their working-class garage-band roots came by way of a brief backstage conversation with bassist Robby Takac back in 1996. ...

    by Rob Patterson on October 1, 1998
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    Static

    Rap-A-Lot gets busy... It looks like Houston's Rap-A-Lot Records -- once the only Gulf Coast label that truly mattered to the above-ground consumer -- has finally been shaken from its self-satisfied slumber by surging competition. It's hard to blame ...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 1, 1998
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    Clubland

    Get ready to duck. There's a disco-ball barrage brewing on the Richmond Strip. Polly Esther's, an upscale '70s- and '80s-themed dance club chain with franchises in Austin and eight other locations nationwide, has moved into the former Rock Bottom ...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 1, 1998
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    Family Style - The Robison philosophy on fraternal bonds: the less hyped the better

    It could be the stuff Nashville wet dreams are made of: two strapping, handsome brothers from a Wild West small town in Texas, both of whom sing and write songs. They grew up ranching, working on an oil pipeline and playing in a local band before the...

    by Rob Patterson on October 1, 1998
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    The New Originals

    "We have always been an original band. The idea to do [covers] came strictly as an afterthought, as a way to make money," says Toy Subs lead singer Jamie Jahan Daruwala. "And even when we did the covers, we have never tried to sound like a record, an...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 1, 1998
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    Static

    Dumb as a whip... In its continuing effort to spice up the bland bouillon that is Buzz radio's "new alternative," Jacor Communications is eyeing other cities' leftovers. And it looks like the Kentucky-based conglomerate, which unceremoniously snatche...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 24, 1998
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    More Blues Than You Can Use

    Longtime residents of the Third and Fifth wards can testify directly to a legacy now finally being appreciated by others: Houston is home to some of the best blues ever made. From the late '40s through the '60s, many of the genre's most influential c...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on September 24, 1998
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    Clubland

    Get ready to duck. There's a disco-ball war brewing on the Richmond Strip. Polly Esther's, an upscale '70s- and '80s-themed dance club chain with nine other locations nationwide, has moved into the former Rock Bottom Brewery, much to the chagrin of a...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 24, 1998
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    The Boy Next Door

    It's not something that jumps out at you right away. But dig deeper, and the evidence is all there: Lenny Kravitz is one of the most conservative rockers out there. Who else writes so pervasively (and so frequently) of such time-tested themes as love...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 24, 1998
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    No Respect? - In 1991, the Missiles were the coolest lame band in Houston. Seven years later, the irony still lingers.

    Go straight to the source, and he'll say the reason for the upcoming Missiles reunion show is one of simple economics. "We'd just like to make a third of what the Road Kings make on their reunion shows," says Charlie Sanders, the Missiles' bassi...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 24, 1998
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    Purveyors of Perk

    Financial matters are of little pressing concern to the members of Phuz. That much is evident simply from glancing around the Houston band's high-end townhouse headquarters in West U. Though all five members of the group are milling about inside, not...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 17, 1998
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    Rotation

    Splitsville Repeater Big Deal If there's a special CD rack in heaven where all the great pop failures of the '90s are filed away, chances are there's a section for the Splitsville family of recordings -- just down the row from the Posies an...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 17, 1998
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    Reunion Rigor Mortis

    Heading north on Highland Avenue in Los Angeles, 7/10/98, 8:49 p.m.: En route to first Bauhaus show in 15 years. Thought: If most recent spate of high-profile band reunions has proved anything, it's that simpering nostalgia and artistic desperation a...

    by Keven McAlester on September 17, 1998
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    Static

    Minimizing the carnage... While locals are busy debating the significance of the Abyss's sudden demise and its potential impact on the scene, touring acts and booking agents around the country have their own mess to deal with. Upon its closure at the...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 17, 1998
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    Clubland

    The beer coolers and jug bottles of Jim Beam were out in full force September 4 at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge, as there was no booze to be had at the bar, by order of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. An unspecified problem in the liquor-li...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 17, 1998
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    Nature Boy

    It's not often that a musician inspires fans to drastic measures. Case in point: Greg Brown had trimmed his tour schedule a few years back and hadn't played Texas since. With no gigs in sight, his legions in Austin took matters into their own hands: ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on September 17, 1998
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