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    Hats Off - Dwight Yoakam's the last great country singer -- and he doesn't need a twang to prove it

    It's so damned hot in Austin on this Saturday that condensation forms on your skin before you're all the way out the door. You're like a cold-drink bottle just taken from a frigid icebox. Your clothes stick to your skin until they become your skin. Y...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 1997
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    Rotation

    Echo and the Bunnymen Evergreen London Even by the drastically reduced standards of your typical reunion release, Echo and the Bunnymen's Evergreen is a patent disappointment -- if only for the fact that it didn't have to happen. Indeed, so...

    by David Cantwell on August 7, 1997
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    Hip-Hop Down Under

    New Zealand singer/songwriter Pauly Fuemana -- a.k.a. OMC -- is widely known as a hip-hop artist. It's a label Fuemana, who grew up in a tough South Auckland suburb, would just as soon see people forget. This isn't to say Fuemana denies a hip-ho...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 7, 1997
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    Static

    Sobered by reality... It was the year that wouldn't end. At least, that's the way local singer/songwriter Tony Vila looks back on 1992: 12 months of one misfortune after another. "It seemed," says Vila, "like I always had some natural disaster follow...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 7, 1997
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    Tell No Lies - With Butch, Carla Bozulich and the Geraldine Fibbers are lost no more

    She lives about 20 minutes away, but she doesn't want to meet in person. She ostensibly knows how to dial a phone, yet she has her publicist place the call from a third location and patch her through. Sometimes, musicians seem to enjoy being eccentri...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 7, 1997
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    Get It While You Can - Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin

    Not long ago, Billboard reported that rocker Melissa Etheridge was negotiating to star in a Janis Joplin film biography. Reading the Billboard announcement, something caught my eye: The company producing the film reportedly agreed to pay $1.1 million...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on August 7, 1997
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    Funk Flashback

    Getting to the heart of that dirty and devilish genre known as funk can be somewhat akin to searching out nude pictures of Martha Stewart on the Internet: The real deal is often more accessible to some than to others (and you can trust that, in eithe...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 31, 1997
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    Static

    A new era at HMC?... For the last few months, local producer/indie label entrepreneur Darrell Clingman has been going on about what he'd do to improve the Houston Music Council if he were in charge. Now, he says, it's time for him to back up his rhet...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 31, 1997
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    Sound Check

    What is it about summer that makes people go out and have, as one person once put it, "hot, lovely relations?" Is it the skimpy clothing? The heat? The extra daylight? The humidity? Whatever, summer has always been a time for music to park to. Sure, ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 31, 1997
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    All-Terrain Vehicle - Rock, country, punk, pop: Freewheeling Old 97's don't discriminate

    Not long ago, a certain Houston club manager came to the following conclusion about one of his favorite Texas acts: "The best thing about Old 97's is that people think they're a country band. But they're not; they're a pop band." And therein lie...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 31, 1997
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    Lilith Fair-ness - Sarah McLachlan had a brainchild, and it was a girl

    Sarah McLachlan has only herself to blame. After all, in a country where Baywatch can pass as high drama, her idea to put together Lilith Fair, a pop music road extravaganza spotlighting women artists, was bound to score inordinate media attention on...

    by Rick Koster on July 31, 1997
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    Fresh Focus - Having tried the major label route, Wakeland is now happy to go its own way

    Wakeland makes pop music for wimps -- love songs, if you will, for those of us lacking a spine. With a near-childlike take on the world around them, the Norman, Oklahoma, quartet has never been afraid to play faint-hearted victim in a song. "May...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 24, 1997
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    Beyond the Stars

    Rock history generally suggests that talented lesser-knowns can benefit from the coddling of a proven commodity, if only for the most obvious reasons -- i.e., name recognition, industry clout, what have you. For Brad, a project featuring Pearl Jam gu...

    by Roni Sarig on July 24, 1997
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    Rotation

    Radiohead OK Computer Capitol Radiohead's OK Computer isn't easy to cozy up to. It's a marathon listen, a muddled, self-fulfilling mess of a concept album. But it's also great -- not great in an obvious sense, and definitely not by any know...

    by David Cantwell on July 24, 1997
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    Static

    Young in vibes... Coming up on his 70th birthday, jazz vibraphonist Harry Sheppard says he's never felt better. "I have more energy now than I had in my forties," he beams. That's hard to argue. The tight spools of gray hair atop his head and le...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 24, 1997
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    Can't Touch This - Scarface hasn't simply weathered gangsta rap, he's conquered it

    Scarface -- a.k.a. Brad Jordan -- strikes a defiant victory pose in the face of gangsta rap's recent carnage on his fourth solo release, The Untouchable. And in his case, that bigger-than-life image gamble appears to have paid off. A decade afte...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 24, 1997
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    It's Alright, Ma

    Bob Dylan didn't die. Apparently, his condition following his May 25 hospitalization for histoplasmosis was greatly exaggerated by the media. ("DYLAN COULD BE IN FIGHT FOR LIFE," wailed the headline from the May 29 edition of the New York Post.) Stil...

    by John Floyd on July 17, 1997
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    Rooting Interest - The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head

    Ahmir Khalib-Thompson, a.k.a. ?uestlove, drummer and bandleader of the hip-hop combo called the Roots, has been among the few rap personalities to actively criticize certain of his peers for talking trash, endorsing anti-intellectualism and promoting...

    by Michael Roberts on July 17, 1997
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    Color of the Blues

    Dallas guitarist Smokin' Joe Kubek was playing obscure, backroom blues circuit gigs before he could qualify for a driver's license. A few years later, the '70s reared its ugly head long enough for the musician to flirt with hard rock. But Zeppelin an...

    by Mark Towns on July 17, 1997
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    Rotation

    Brave Combo Group Dance Epidemic Rounder What Pavement said about Smashing Pumpkins was mean but true: Too much popular music is bereft of purpose. Most records coming out are neither enjoyable enough to qualify as real entertainment, nor e...

    by David Kronke on July 17, 1997
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