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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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    Static

    The mechanics of change... "How'd you notice that? You're the first person that's said anything." Mary Cutrufello knows she's been found out, and she reacts with a curious mix of embarrassment and pride. She averts her eyes, grins and giggles li...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 20, 1998
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    Rotation

    Snoop Dogg Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told No Limit Eightball Lost Suave House Those who dare to seek parallels between the lanky, low-wattage Snoop Dogg and the corpulent, Southern-fried Eightball will be surprised to find ...

    by David Simutis on August 20, 1998
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    Spicy Proposition

    Young girls played a crucial role in the early success of the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Now, substitute the Spice Girls for either of those rock and roll pioneers, and you're presented with an interesting hypothetical: Could it be that the Spice Gir...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on August 20, 1998
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    Clubland

    Big-city decadence will be the rule at Instant Karma when the club hosts a Velvet Underground tribute show Saturday. Local acts scheduled to perform: Texas Guinness Lovers, Rusted Shut, Rosebud, the Jeepneys, Senator Gravity, Hersling, StarTruck, Tre...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 20, 1998
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    Being Franks

    With a soft, breathy tone that owes little, if anything, to the legendary likes of Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine, John Hendricks or even Mel Torme, Michael Franks sings like no one else. As a staple of contemporary jazz radio, he draws on an array of ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on August 13, 1998
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    Young and Stylin'

    The two young girls are glued to Brad McCool like family, but as it happens, they are fans of a sort. Waiting for his table at Spanish Flowers, a 24-hour Mexican joint in the Heights, the guitarist doesn't seem to mind the girls' presence as they sta...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 13, 1998
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    Mind's Ear - Jimmie Vaughan is two albums into a solo career he didn't necessarily want

    Forget, for a moment, his more famous dead brother. Don't make comparisons, and do not buy into the myth that to celebrate one you must tear down the other. Do not think that just because one brother sold hundreds of thousands of albums, and the othe...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 1998
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    Dave's World

    It's safe to say that the Dave Matthews Band owes the bulk of its tremendous success to the stage. Multicultural grandsons (of a sort) to the Grateful Dead, the band combines a jazzy, jammy feel with distinct world-beat sensibilities, using the live ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 13, 1998
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    Temper, Temper

    It was that rare chance to see a completely unscripted rock-and-roll moment -- the type of ugly display most in the audience should remember long after memories of the British Rock Symphony fade. At first, most everyone at the Houston Arena Thea...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 13, 1998
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    Static

    Networking 101... Never underestimate the importance of choosing your friends wisely. Houston singer/songwriter Rogelio "Tody" Castillo has always been socially selective, and it's paying off for his fledgling quartet, Tody and the Royals. So far, th...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 13, 1998
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    Clubland

    Hard to believe, but we're already rubbing up against the deadline for the closure of Fitzgerald's. Saturday's gig with 30footFALL, the Suspects, Dynamite Boy, Pinhead Circus, the Overdrives and Mukraker will be the final show for at least a month. D...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 13, 1998
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    Rotation

    Baaba Maal Nomad Soul Palm Pictures Ernest Ranglin In Search of the Lost Riddim Palm Pictures Baaba Maal and his 12-piece band, Daande Lanol (Voice of the People), have been a major concert attraction in Europe and West Africa sin...

    by Jim Caligiuri on August 13, 1998
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    Symphony of Setbacks

    Let's start with the old news: The Verve broke up for more than a year and then re-formed, only to have the songwriting royalties from their biggest American hit, "Bittersweet Symphony," go to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger because of an errant sampl...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 6, 1998
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    Static

    Keeping it loose at KTRU... When it was announced earlier this year that Rice University's KTRU/91.7 FM would be hiring its first-ever professional staff member to oversee operations at the station, many listeners braced themselves for the worst. Aft...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 6, 1998
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    World of Their Own - Carolina retronauts the Squirrel Nut Zippers swing clear of camp

    Perhaps the best way to begin a story about the Squirrel Nut Zippers is to clear up what they aren't. They do not belong to the so-called neo-swing movement that consists of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and other like-styled rockers-turned-zoot-suit-rioters....

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 6, 1998
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