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    Houndog Houndog Columbia/Legacy This record is spooky, in a laid-back, mostly engaging sort of way. Interwoven with subdued, distorted and eclectic instrumentation led by David Hidalgo is the uniquely deep and dirty bass voice of bluesman M...

    by Bob Ruggiero on April 1, 1999
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    The Dukes of Earle - Steve Earle has beaten the country-music establishment by staying true to his muse

    As much as Steve Earle has been known for his rocking, electric approach to country music, the idea that he'd make a bluegrass album is not as remote as it might seem. For one thing, Earle has often used acoustic guitar on his albums and has alw...

    by Alan Sculley on April 1, 1999
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    Rolling on the River - H-town ain't no Tinseltown for the native Houstonians of River Fenix

    Two blocks down Sunset Boulevard from where River Phoenix died from a heroin overdose on a sidewalk, the Houston expatriates of River Fenix are preparing for the biggest show of their career. The most influential alternative radio station in America,...

    by David Simutis on April 1, 1999
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    Go Tell It on the Mountain

    Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band The Mountain E-Squared Records In a music world that values the latest thing, bluegrass has had to battle a reputation from some quarters that it is an archaic music form that belongs to a time and place...

    by Alan Sculley on April 1, 1999
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    God Awful

    Let's see, the band's name is taken from an Alice in Chains song about heroin, the singer is a Wiccan witch, and a song called "Bad Religion," though not about the infamous punk band of the same name, appears on one of its CDs. Yeah, it's a safe bet ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on March 25, 1999
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    Fishin' Folk - Ma, Pa and Jr. will love Trout Fishing in America's feel-good sound

    The phrase "resists easy categorization" is an overused cliche for describing an artist with an eclectic sound. Yet the term makes sense when talking about Trout Fishing in America. After all, even this duo of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet struggles ...

    by Alan Sculley on March 25, 1999
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    Jazz la King - Time and time again, Sonny Rollins proves his sax mastery

    Your first time seeing Sonny Rollins perform is almost like going to watch a chained magician try to escape from a submerged chest. One question will pop up over and over again in your mind: Can he do it? Reputation has it that Rollins is jazz's...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on March 25, 1999
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    Sympathy for the Angel - Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the scourge of great art

    The streets are still littered with trash -- every single inch, it seems, covered in a thin gray slime that oozes on forever. The light drizzle only makes things worse, more slippery-sticky. Hard to keep your footing in a mess like this. One wrong st...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 25, 1999
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    Rotation

    Jessica Andrews Heart Shaped World Dreamworks Look out, world, heart-shaped or not. Here comes 15-year-old Jessica Andrews, playing the Nashville Tiffany part to Britney Spears's turn as Debbie Gibson. Blessed with physical attributes sure ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 25, 1999
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    Animal Magnetism - Sex, drugs and rock and roll make up Monster Magnet

    Filmed in Las Vegas, Monster Magnet's video for "Space Lord" comments on all that's wrong with hard rock. The "song commercial" borrows symbols from hip-hop -- scantily clad dancing girls, smooth rides and phat gear -- and recontextualizes them to sh...

    by David Simutis on March 18, 1999
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    Soul to Sell - Epic keeps raiding Stevie Ray Vaughan's vault, but when is enough enough?

    Bob Irwin spends his days sorting through the vaults of record companies, listening to songs long ago hidden away from the general public, songs either too bad, or too good, ever to escape from the tomb. During the past decade, he has been responsibl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 18, 1999
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    Heeerre's Johnny!

    Quiz: Since 1957, what has been the leading cause of nights of passion in the United States? a) Barry White, b) Frank Sinatra, c) Cinemax After Dark or d) Johnny Mathis. Okay, "Skin-emax" is wrong because solo nights of passion don't count. As for Me...

    by Alan Sculley on March 18, 1999
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    Rotation

    The Disco Box Discs 1 and 2 Rhino Records My ideal life has been lived out by an impostor. I've always thought the cowbell player in KC & The Sunshine Band should've been me. There's no question I could've done as serviceable a job as anyon...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 18, 1999
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    Confessional Confections - Sebadoh keeps it real -- with pop intent

    Sebadoh has become a critical and underground favorite, partially on the strength of its intimate sonic portraits, crafted mostly by frontman Lou Barlow. To wit ... "I don't think I'm direct and honest," says Barlow. "I don't think, 'Wow, this is rea...

    by David Simutis on March 18, 1999
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    Simmer Up - Celebrating the love and music of Bob Marley

    Before you make plans to attend the 1999 Bob Marley Festival, please be informed that Bob Marley will not be performing. In fact, he's not playing anywhere anymore, especially considering he's dead and has been since 1981. "People ask me all the...

    by Bob Ruggiero on March 11, 1999
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    Quiet Riot - The indie movement that is Sleater-Kinney keeps getting bigger

    Every article written about Sleater-Kinney begins with the four questions its publicist says not to ask: How does it feel to be "women in rock"? What are your influences? Do you consider yourselves a "riot grrrl" band? What do you think of all of the...

    by David Simutis on March 11, 1999
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    Original Style - The Roots makes rap come alive live

    In the Spike Lee movie Mo' Better Blues, an after-party conversation between rival jazzmen Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington) and Shadow Henderson (Wesley Snipes) turns into a heated debate on the appeal of jazz in black culture: Bleek: "You know...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 11, 1999
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    Jazz 101

    Dallas-based bassist John Adams is no stranger to the Houston jazz scene. He makes frequent appearances in town and can be heard on Warren Sneed's new album, Brothers, in which he lays down a killer acoustic groove on the title track. His big tone ha...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 11, 1999
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    Rotation

    Mystikal Ghetto Fabulous No Limit/Jive Silkk the Shocker Made Man No Limit/Priority Did you just hear that clicking sound? That was the sound of Master P switching on the reel-to-reel machine again so he can record tracks for yet ...

    by David Simutis on March 11, 1999
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    Sorry, Charlie

    With their claws in everything from hard Chicago blues to rockabilly to bebop to even C&W swing, Little Charlie and the Nightcats are nothing if not one of the most versatile bands performing and recording under the all-encompassing genre "the blues....

    by Paul J. MacArthur on March 4, 1999
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