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    Think Small - Houston rockers Dirty Rotten Imbeciles keep the faith with intimate venues

    Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. D.R.I. Either way you put it, if you've been following heavy rock or punk for long, you've probably known the name forever, or at least the past 18 years. It was in May 1982 that D.R.I. first formed, right here in a Spring Bra...

    by Les Mixer on March 23, 2000
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    South by Southwest by Houston Press

    Alternative newsweeklies from across the country lie in stacks on two cloth-covered, cafeteria-size tables inside the Austin Convention Center's exhibition hall, SXSW trade-show headquarters. Bloated with booths boasting dot-com thises or dot-com t...

    by Anthony Mariani on March 23, 2000
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    Listen In

    SXSW Wednesday, March 15 Road Kings at Stubb's Japanic at Soho Lounge Sing a verse, quickly fingerpick a little riff, sing another verse, pick same riff. Repeat over and over until crowd is satisfied. Elvis popularized this recipe for rock...

    by Anthony Mariani on March 23, 2000
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    You Go Gaelic, Girl

    While Peter Garrett, the hyperkinetic, cranelike front man for Midnight Oil, used his law degree to delve into sociopolitical issues and tilt his lyrics toward a better future, Mary Jane Lamond went to school to preserve the past and possibly improve...

    by Greg Barr on March 23, 2000
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    H-Town Get Down - Crosby, Texas, hosts some of zydeco's finest

    Back in 1997, Lil' Brian Terry paid tribute to a particularly distinctive slice of the local scene in the song "H-Town Zydeco," the opening track on his groundbreaking CD Z-Funk (Rounder). While the hip-hop-influenced lyrics celebrate the vibrancy of...

    by Roger Wood on March 16, 2000
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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - Ruff Ryders boast about boozing; Cash Money brags about billfold size. At least the rap's good.

    In the good ol' days a couple of years ago, young, urban (read: bus-riding) kids wanted to be lawyers, cast members on Ally McBeal or doctors.handling people's fecal matter and guts. Not anymore. Chances are today's youth want to be either a Ruff...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 16, 2000
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    Homeward Bound

    Houston's lack of zoning has long been a source of both comfort and consternation for many round these parts. But as far as we can tell, no one has ever found musical inspiration in the fact that a day-care center and a bar can coexist peacefully w...

    by Anthony Mariani on March 16, 2000
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    Listen In

    Middlefinger Fitzgerald's Friday, March 10 What you see is not always what you get with Middlefinger. But the initial observation helps. The short-cropped hairdos, black-rimmed eyeglasses, intentionally shocking T-shirts and the bleached-out b...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on March 16, 2000
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    Rotation - Music Reviews

    Bernard Butler Friends & Lovers Columbia/Creation Way back in '92 Bernard Butler was making quite a fuss in the "must-see" band Suede. Ask him, and yes, he would even tell you, without shame, that he was a guitar hero. Butler, actually a fantas...

    by Bob Ruggiero on March 16, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Local Music Reviews

    Various artists Seedenstem Records Presents... Stop, Drop & Roll! Seedenstem Records All of the acts on this, Seedenstem Records' second compilation, share a certain lo-fi, overamplified sound. This phenomenon is actually of great importance ...

    by Les Mixer on March 16, 2000
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    That Rap-Metal Shit

    Hollister Fracus formed about six years ago on the north side in the same way so many bands do: two friends jamming together with visions of Marshall stacks and big ol' racks in their heads. The band eventually became a four-piece and has carved a ni...

    by Les Mixer on March 16, 2000
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    Shut Your Mouth - Where is instrumental rock? Los Straitjackets and John Paul Jones might know.

    Over the sounds of crashing water and a bellowing steamship, softly echoing guitar tones coalesce a familiar melody. A pause -- one, two, three -- then the tempo doubles and the song begins. It is Los Straitjackets' take on "My Heart Will Go On,"...

    by Anthony Mariani on March 9, 2000
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    Double Time - Whether in a classroom or at the piano, Bob Henschen is always working

    When Bob Henschen played a one-night stand with Dizzy Gillespie in 1991, he didn't have to worry about the crazy piano charts the legendary trumpeter was known for. By that point in his career, Gillespie was mostly playing standards and talking a lot...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on March 9, 2000
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    Go Whisper It on the Mountain - Sevenfold

    At Mary Jane's a couple of weeks ago Sevenfold played to a nearly packed house. Bulging middle-agers looking uncomfortable in jeans, big-haired college gals and excessively pierced freakazoids all seemed to be enjoying themselves, grooving along to...

    by Anthony Mariani on March 9, 2000
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    Playbill - The cult status of the Mekons

    For some, the Mekons have attained cult status. For the rest of us, England's most eclectic post-punk unit is confounding and has been since its formation in Leeds in the late 1970s. Gutter punk, honky-tonk, acid-folk or power pop, the band, whose co...

    on March 9, 2000
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    Listen In - Hollisters, Bo Patt, Hadden Sayers Band, and Tom Cummings Quartet

    The Hollisters Fabulous Satellite Lounge Friday, March 3 While the Fabulous Satellite Lounge isn't a traditional roadhouse, it is a great venue to hear the Hollisters. The Satellite is about drinking and dancing, and that's what the Holliste...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on March 9, 2000
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    Like Fine Wine... - The Hollisters keep getting better with age

    At a recent performance at the Firehouse Saloon, the Hollisters ran through material from Sweet Inspiration, the band's long-awaited second album, its first for the reputable High Tone Records. Though the songs sounded a lot like typical Hollister fa...

    by Aaron Howard on March 2, 2000
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    Out In Sight - Gender bias and the FBI's eyes can't keep Janis Ian down

    In 1950, at the height of McCarthyism, Janis Ian's father, an aspiring teacher and chicken farmer in South Jersey, attended a local meeting about the price of eggs. Not long afterward, Ian says, FBI agents began visiting the family's house. "They alw...

    by Liz Belile on March 2, 2000
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    Yakety Yak - Sara Hickman makes her audience part of the show

    At an Austin club last October, Sara Hickman hosted a pajama party. Everyone was invited to show up in their pj's. Hickman, in pigtails, appeared on stage with a friend and her husband -- all three in jammies. Some audience members showed up in rob...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on March 2, 2000
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    The Hollisters Sweet Inspiration - High Tone Records

    For those who like traditional country, this is the real deal. Nearly every song hearkens back to old-timey C&W, in both sound and content. Inspiration leads off with "Fishin' Man," a Cajun-flavored dance tune in which lead singer Mike Barfield sing...

    by Aaron Howard on March 2, 2000
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