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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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    Punk Drunks

    GBH is by no means a complicated band. Both musically and personally, its members seem to subsist entirely on a diet of punk and drink, as both items have been not only the thrust of 80 percent of their subject matter, but also one of the main reason...

    by David Wilcox on March 4, 1999
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    Pop Goes the Quartet - Quartetto Gelato ain't your father's chamber quartet

    Take a couple of classical fiddlers, mix in some fiery oboe licks, throw in a little freebase accordion, serve it up with megadoses of a Puccini-loving Irish tenor, and what's the end result? The inimitable, irreverent flavor of Quartetto Gelato. Dub...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on March 4, 1999
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    It Takes One - Lonestar returns to the Lone Star State in a blaze of glory

    Lonestar is made up of five guys from Texas who each separately took their dreams of stardom to Nashville. It's the kind of story that usually ends with crushed hopes and poverty, or worse. Very few end the way Lonestar's does: with gold records and ...

    by David Simutis on March 4, 1999
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    Phat Cat - Ex-Stray Cat Lee Rocker brings rockabilly into the '90s

    When Lee Rocker wants to, say, hit a local California juke joint, he hops in his 1959 Ford Skyliner, a 19-foot-long, red street machine with white trim he picked up five years ago in Garland, Texas. When Lee Rocker wants to get dressed for a gig or e...

    by Anthony Mariani on March 4, 1999
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    Easy on Friday Night

    In the 1970s, as lead singer of The Commodores, Lionel Richie helped usher in the disco era. In the 1980s, he gained success as a one-man hit factory. The man was, next to Michael Jackson, the biggest pop star of the decade. He matched Irving Berlin ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 4, 1999
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    The Devil Makes Him Do It - One-on-one with pop satirist Wesley Willis

    Wesley Willis is standing inside a record store in the fashionable Wrigleyville area of Chicago, waiting. The large keyboard in his backpack looks small compared to his six-and-a-half-foot, 300-pound-plus frame. He yells, "Get away from me," when I i...

    by David Simutis on February 25, 1999
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    Bohemian Rhapsody - Socratic life hits the Heights

    In last weekend's production of Puccini's La Boheme, Opera in the Heights performers reminded audiences of one truism, easily forgotten since the advent of the Three Tenors and Jessye Norman's televised Christmas concerts. It's hard to surpass opera ...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on February 25, 1999
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    Jazz for the Masses

    Sometimes Houston is lucky if one nationally known jazz act is playing in town on a given weekend. Well, even though it's typically famine or famine 'round these parts, this weekend it's a feast. Five world-renowned jazz acts will make their way into...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on February 25, 1999
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    Shake Your Sheilas

    The Chieftains are, quite simply, the most beloved and most popular traditional Irish music performers in modern times. Long before the current fad for All-Things-Celtic, these rogues with brogues have been proving night after night that Irish music ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on February 25, 1999
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    Rotation

    Sebadoh The Sebadoh Sub Pop Like a warm, woolen sweater, Sebadoh is functional and comforting when you need it, but itchy when you don't. After 1997's dismal Harmacy it looked as if ten years of records of varying sound and song quality had...

    by Anthony Mariani on February 25, 1999
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    Bop Lite

    One of jazz's most commercially successful trumpeters, Maynard Ferguson has a keen sense of what trend will keep him visible. In the late '40s and early '50s, he was playing swing with Jimmy Dorsey and Stan Kenton. In the mid '50s, he worked in ...

    by David Simutis on February 18, 1999
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