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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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    Clubland

    Apparently, there is such a thing as too upscale, even in the Galleria area. "It was just too snotty," says Lisa Calvin-Senejas, marketing director for the new Max's 2001 nightclub. "You can't expect people to wear jackets and ties in this weather." ...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 6, 1998
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    Rotation

    Liz Phair whitechocolatespaceegg Matador/Capitol Some might complain that marriage and motherhood have blunted Liz Phair's edge. Where she was once content to rant from her own, often bluntly personal vantage point, Phair tackles, on whitec...

    by Jim Caligiuri on August 6, 1998
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    Old Friends

    Grover Washington Jr. has a special bond with Houston; specifically, with Houston's big-band leader Conrad Johnson. During the '70s, when Washington would come to Houston, the saxophonist who originally wanted to be a teacher until "the music got in ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on August 6, 1998
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    Old Soul

    Frankly, it's a damn shame that there even has to be such a thing as a "neo-soul" movement -- that certain younger artists feel that it is their duty to preserve a form that never should've been endangered in the first place. But these days, contempo...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 30, 1998
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    Static

    Overdue respect... Thumbing through a May special section on the national blues scene in Rolling Stone, I was distressed to find not a single line of ink devoted to Houston. Where Austin had its own headline and at least a column's worth of coverage,...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 30, 1998
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    Sleight of Head

    It's no secret that Tricky is more at home in the studio than on stage. The trip-hop progenitor and Massive Attack alum claims he can't really play an instrument; he uses samplers and studio musicians to unleash the sounds in his head. Nonetheless, T...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on July 30, 1998
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    Resident Alien - Michael Fracasso is the misfit of the new Texas troubadour elite. Big surprise -- he's from Ohio

    "I was just at lunch with my uncle," says Michael Fracasso with a nervous laugh. "He stuck $50 in my shirt pocket as I walked out the door." It's the same old story, and, quite frankly, Fracasso knows as much: The black sheep breaks from family ...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 30, 1998
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    Artful Roger

    If Beethoven and Mozart were the pop superstars of their day, and the melodies of Lennon and McCartney are destined to survive for centuries, then it was only a matter of time before classic rock and classical music collided in one loud sonic boom. A...

    by Bob Ruggiero on July 30, 1998
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    Clubland

    Bad news for fans of ludicrous, beer-fueled mayhem: Austin power-punk troika El Flaco is terminating its often tempestuous -- though never less than mutually satisfying -- several-year relationship with Houston's Inner Loop club culture. Long a live-...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 30, 1998
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    Rotation

    Barenaked Ladies Stunt Reprise Wit is rarely rewarded in pop music. That's especially true on the American end, where heavy doses of irony haven't translated well to the airwaves. So naturally, Canada's premier cerebral-novelty exports, Bar...

    by Jim Caligiuri on July 30, 1998
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    Static

    Rave and wave-offs, summer edition... Let me preface this selective rundown of the latest crop of local releases by clearing the air a bit: No, we will not be doubling our coverage of the Houston music scene now that the Public News is history, its a...

    on July 23, 1998
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    In with the Old

    While it's true that the B-52's did return to the studio for a while, plans for a full-length CD of fresh material never panned out. Instead, the band has joined fellow college-rock mainstays the Pretenders on the concert circuit this summer -- not i...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 23, 1998
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    Clubland

    Billy Blues shares top billing (so to speak) in a new cable access show covering the genre's primo talent as they rip it up live at the Richmond Strip nightclub. Self-described "blues-rocker-turned-TV-producer" Gene Kelton is the man behind the unima...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 23, 1998
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    Born to Sing

    On this cold, rainy day in Germany, Canadian chanteuse Holly Cole couldn't be farther from Texas, which may explain why she's particularly interested in the local weather when she calls from Berlin. Talk quickly turns from the withering heat to last ...

    by David Simutis on July 23, 1998
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    Rotation

    Dave Alvin Blackjack David Hightone Some things get better with time and age -- like fine wine and Dave Alvin. As the chief guitarist and songwriter for the Blasters, the neo-rockabilly band he led with his singing brother Phil, Alvin helpe...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 23, 1998
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    Reconstructing Brian - The troubled creative light behind the Beach Boys salvages himself and -- to an extent -- his music

    Everyone is trying to get a smile out of Brian Wilson. He's nearing the end of a photo session, sitting on a stool in the spacious, cluttered garage of his Los Angeles home, and his face is like iron. The photographer is running him through a series ...

    by Mark Athitakis on July 23, 1998
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