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    Static

    Excerpts from a SXSW diary... Wednesday, March 12, 3 p.m.: The carnage hasn't yet begun, but already the staff at Austin's La Quinta Capitol looks like they've been through hell. One weary employee, dripping with sweat, joins me in the elevator as I ...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 20, 1997
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    All the Wilder

    Think of Webb Wilder, the self-styled "last of the full-grown men," as a road-show Warren Zevon. Like Zevon, Wilder uses a mix of sledgehammer rock and witty, twisted lyrics that's a rocket ship to a strange (and fun) planet. Drawing from a far-rangi...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 20, 1997
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    Punk and Precious - Rasputina offers up a trio of not so mellow cellos

    Stringed instruments have a long, if not always honorable, tradition in pop music. Sweeping violin washes have been used to sweeten everybody from Ella Fitzgerald to Hank Williams for audiences that, presumably, preferred to swallow their personaliti...

    by Brad Tyer on March 20, 1997
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    Rotation

    Buick MacKane The Pawn Shop Years Ryko Anyone who's seen Alejandro Escovedo play live knows what the (tiny) audience for his recent records may have missed, which is that alongside the eclectic and literate sensitivity that has been Escoved...

    by Mark Towns on March 20, 1997
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    Rotation

    Dinosaur Jr. Hand It Over Reprise It's been almost two years now since Dinosaur Jr. finally hit the pop charts with "Feel the Pain," and at least two years before that since Dino has managed to sound like anything other than a steadily dilu...

    by Gerard Choucroun on March 13, 1997
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    Descendents Ascendant

    Some timing. Just when Green Day's lesser ilk have drained nearly every liter of urgency from punk's once-proud legacy, along comes a group of its more durable practitioners to apply defibrillator paddles to its lukewarm carcass. Those potential life...

    by Jim Sherman on March 13, 1997
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    Static

    Only a speck of Houston in Austin... If my only job at this week's South by Southwest Music and Media Conference were to witness every showcase performance by a Houston artist, my efforts would amount to little more than a day's work. Houston's repre...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 13, 1997
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    Lucky Horseshoe - Are a praised CD and a slot at SXSW enough to make this band happy? Of course not.

    Somebody up there likes me, so they provide me with little accidents of grace. Horseshoe, 1996. That may be true in concept, but at the moment, Greg Wood, Horseshoe's burly lead singer, looks less like an accident of grace than a walking disaster...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 13, 1997
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    A Whole Lot Country - And quite a bit rock and roll add up to No Depression music

    Over the past several months, I've contributed stories every now and then to a bimonthly magazine called No Depression that takes as its subject matter the burgeoning field of "alternative country" music -- which is to say, music with recognizably "c...

    by Brad Tyer on March 13, 1997
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    The Once and Future Dolemite - Rudy Ray Moore, the brotherman from another land, is still outta sight

    The first time I saw Rudy Ray Moore doing his act live, he was laying out a heavy hand of rude, raw, scatological humor. A big man who seems somehow more dark-skinned in person than he does on-screen, where he forever lives on as the B-grade blaxploi...

    by Elvis Mitchell on March 6, 1997
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    God's Own Player

    The fact that pianist Cyrus Chestnut grew up surrounded by great music shouldn't come as much of a shock. Jazz isn't for everyone, after all, and a passion for the genre is often instilled in its purveyors at a young age. From there, a player is apt ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on March 6, 1997
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    Static

    Latin, not Tejano... Blame it on Must-See TV, or maybe the winter blahs, but whatever the reason, the Fabulous Satellite Lounge was taking it on the chin when I arrived on an especially dead Thursday in February. By the time the opening act took the ...

    by Hobart Rowland on March 6, 1997
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    Rotation

    U2 Pop Island Remember when U2 was more a rock band than a high-tech concept? Come now, it wasn't that long ago. Think back to a simpler, more naive time, before a sound awash in experimental atmospherics; before the stage makeup, elaborate...

    by Michael Roberts on March 6, 1997
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    Luscious Noise - The beat happy women of Luscious Jackson find a mellower groove

    With 1994's Natural Ingredients, Luscious Jackson immediately set themselves apart from virtually every other band on the current music scene. Inspired by New York's late '80s purveyors of punk and hip-hop, Luscious Jackson combined those two often p...

    by Alan Sculley on March 6, 1997
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    Here Comes the Judd

    Three years ago, Wynonna Judd seemed set to become the new queen of country music. As half of the Judds, Wynonna crafted with mother Naomi a blend of earthy twang and slickness that helped reignite country's traditionalist movement in the early '80s....

    by Hobart Rowland on February 27, 1997
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    Back to Earth - Former Galactic Cowboy Dane Sonnier is having fun again -- with and without his spatula

    Four years ago last September, Dane Sonnier was hunkered down at Houston's Rivendell Recorders with the Galactic Cowboys. The group had just begun work on its second national release, Space in Your Face, and expectations for the effort were unusually...

    by Hobart Rowland on February 27, 1997
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    A Van for All Seasons - Van Morrison's getting older, grouchier and, with his latest CD, better again

    The news that there's a new Van Morrison CD out should be thrilling. But for some of us, there have been so many Morrison discs in the last year alone that it's a bit anticlimactic. Of course, it's a terrible thing to complain about too many Van...

    by Susan Whitall on February 27, 1997
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    Sound Check

    Kids music of one form or another has been around pretty much as long as kids have. You've got your nursery tunes (London Bridge may now be in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, but it's still falling down, and that itsy bitsy spider will probably never make...

    by Brad Tyer on February 27, 1997
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    Static

    Carefully considering Carolyn... I was sitting at home the other day with a cold beverage near at hand, Carolyn Wonderland's new Bursting with Flavor CD cued on the hi-fi and a hard assignment staring me in the face: I had decided I was going to jot ...

    by Hobart Rowland on February 27, 1997
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    Static

    Best intentions... Jake Van Mater is a man with a mission. It's just that, at the moment, he's not exactly sure what that mission is. Aside from being the brains behind the Houston rock trio Black Spot, Van Mater is a do-gooder with grand intentions....

    by Hobart Rowland on February 20, 1997
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