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  • Local Music Reviewed - Ashbury Keys

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    Local Music Reviewed - Ashbury Keys

    Ashbury Keys Ashbury Keys Ashbury Keys This self-titled debut from local pop songwriter Ashbury Keys has been quite some time in the making. As such it's both a study in the value of woodshedding one's material before emerging publicly and a...

    by Chris Smith on August 26, 1999
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    Local Music News

    Behind Curtain No. 1" What's cool about The Brewery is its homeyness. Soft lighting adds intimacy to the interior's dark oaken furniture and bar. Table conversation rarely rises above casual tones. And just like the stereophonic boom coming from you...

    by Anthony Mariani on August 26, 1999
  • Rusty Zinn, Ministry

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    Rusty Zinn, Ministry

    Smooooth might be the best way to describe the way this 28-year-old singer/guitarist blends '40s and '50s West Coast swingin' blues with just a hint of sweet home Chicago. Rusty Zinn's guitar tones and playing are as clean as his attire, and his voca...

    on August 26, 1999
  • Howard's End - Dallas ran Howard Stern out of town. Could Houston be any more hospitable?

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    Howard's End - Dallas ran Howard Stern out of town. Could Houston be any more hospitable?

    The day after the April shootings in Littleton, Colorado, radio personality Howard Stern asked on air if the perpetrators "[tried] to have sex with any of the good-looking girls?" His remarks created an outrage. His affiliate in Denver apologized for...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on August 19, 1999
  • Girls to Women - Houston's Destiny's Child scales pop chart, meets fans

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    Girls to Women - Houston's Destiny's Child scales pop chart, meets fans

    When a musical performer or a musical group does an "in-store appearance," the result can be hectic, unnerving, sometimes a little monotonous. Now, that may be the way some performers describe it, but for the reporters and journalists who are there t...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 19, 1999
  • New Wave Good-bye - Houston's The Shivers ready for Austin

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    New Wave Good-bye - Houston's The Shivers ready for Austin

    Santa Fe, Texas, is not the most picturesque or bustling town in the Lone Star State. Petrochemical refineries and front yards decorated with rusted metal machinery line the hot asphalt of Highway 6 in an area where one local notes that "bingo, Lotto...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 19, 1999
  • Return to Metal - Testament recruits heavy talent for new record

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    Return to Metal - Testament recruits heavy talent for new record

    Heavy metal has undergone a significant transformation during the '90s. Gone are the denim and leather and the open-E power chords of yesterday. Even throwing the "sign of the devil" index finger, pinky and thumb held aloft has become somewhat pa...

    by Chris Smith on August 19, 1999
  • New Releases Reviewed - Geri Halliwell, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott

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    New Releases Reviewed - Geri Halliwell, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott

    Geri Halliwell Schizophonic Capitol Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Da Real World The Gold Mind, Inc./Eastwest Geri Halliwell and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott are two gals with some serious identity problems. As the jiggly portion of the p...

    on August 19, 1999
  • Local Music Reviewed - Chlorine

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    Local Music Reviewed - Chlorine

    Chlorine Primer Time Bomb There isn't a thing in the world wrong with wanting to make it big in rock and roll. On the contrary, it sounds like a lot of fun. So "good for you" to all those "art" bands that hole up in crappy little clubs and p...

    by Brandon Cullum on August 19, 1999
  • Local Music News

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    Local Music News

    Saw something funny the other day. At Half Price Books, Records, Magazines out on Highway 6 in Sugar Land, a teenager was checking out the "rap" section. This is unusual because the kid was white and the music he was looking to purchase is made predo...

    by Anthony Mariani on August 19, 1999
  • Coming This Week - Kool Keith

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    Coming This Week - Kool Keith

    There are visionaries and then there are eccentric visionaries. Neil Young, visionary. John Lennon, eccentric visionary. Kurt Cobain, visionary. Brian Wilson, lunatic visionary. Chuck D., visionary. Kool Keith, eccentric visionary. The difference? ...

    on August 19, 1999
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    Amplified - Local music news

    There are lots of raucous, obnoxious, noisy bands out there. Some have cut CDs. Some have regular gigs around town. And some even manage to attract crowds at their shows. This is noteworthy for two reasons: a) most of the "noisicians," folk who make...

    by Anthony Mariani on August 12, 1999
  • Houston Highwayman - Local Jimmy "T-99" Nelson sets the blues straight

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    Houston Highwayman - Local Jimmy "T-99" Nelson sets the blues straight

    If Jimmy "T-99" Nelson could have foreseen it, he might well have adopted another nickname, something with a lower number. Known for almost half a century by the "T99" moniker, the big-voiced blues singer is tickled to realize that the year '99 is un...

    by Roger Wood on August 12, 1999
  • Punk: The Final Frontier - Hovercraft turns noise into  -- ohmigod -- melody

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    Punk: The Final Frontier - Hovercraft turns noise into -- ohmigod -- melody

    +Seattle's Hovercraft remains best known not for its fascinating instrumental music but for the love life of bassist Sadie 7, a.k.a. Beth Liebling, who's married to Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. In fact, Vedder played drums with the trio during its 1995 ...

    on August 12, 1999
  • Besides "Let's Stay Together" - Ten other reasons to listen to Al Green

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    Besides "Let's Stay Together" - Ten other reasons to listen to Al Green

    First of all, Al Green is not Chubby Checker, and "Let's Stay Together" is definitely not "The Twist." When will people realize that this top-of-the-line performer is not a one-hit wonder? You have no idea how exasperating it is seeing Al Green on ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 12, 1999
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    Playbill - Scooby-Doobie Scat

    Sometimes it's easy to forget Al Jarreau is a tremendous jazz singer. For more than 15 years his recordings have been in the soft R&B/adult contemporary vein. Even though he scats a little now and then, "Jarreau the jazz singer" has become a victim o...

    on August 12, 1999
  • Amplified - Punk: The Same in Any Language

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    Amplified - Punk: The Same in Any Language

    Something unusual will happen this weekend. Thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of music lovers will hear the music of a local Latino rock band. This is unusual because the music of Latino rock bands, especially local ones, is rarely heard by so m...

    by Anthony Mariani on August 5, 1999
  • Hot Sauce - Houston rapper South Park Mexican performs at Watcha Tour '99

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    Hot Sauce - Houston rapper South Park Mexican performs at Watcha Tour '99

    It's a Thursday night barbecue at the Dope House. Oh, yes. Nestled in the backstreets of downtown Houston, (interestingly enough, just a stone's throw away from the Municipal Courts-HPD downtown complex) is The House that Dope Built. And there's ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 5, 1999
  • Houston Honker - Grady Gaines helped Little Richard create rock and roll. And he's not finished yet

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    Houston Honker - Grady Gaines helped Little Richard create rock and roll. And he's not finished yet

    When folks in the know speak of "the Texas tenors," they don't mean some trio of opera singers. They're talking about a proud African-American circle of "honkers" with a fat blues saxophone sound. The list includes Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, King...

    by Roger Wood on August 5, 1999
  • Gentleman of Jazz - Ramsey Lewis storms into town with his fusion sound

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    Gentleman of Jazz - Ramsey Lewis storms into town with his fusion sound

    Long before 1968, when Billboard Magazine coined the term "jazz-fusion," Ramsey Lewis was playing the stuff. Since his debut, 1956's Gentlemen of Swing, Lewis has been mixing gospel, jazz, R&B, pop and even classical music in an artistic and commerci...

    on August 5, 1999
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