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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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    Copeland remembered... True, it wasn't much of an acceptance speech, but it meant everything. Standing by the podium at the July 7 Houston Press Music Awards ceremony, local blues legend Joe "Guitar" Hughes briefly studied the trophy he'd just been h...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 17, 1997
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    Bite This! - Sink your teeth into the 1997 Houston Press Music Awards

    It wasn't by accident that youth figured so prominently in this year's Houston Press Music Awards. An overhaul of the nominating committee to include a younger segment of nominators slightly more on the fringe -- not to mention the addition of a Best...

    by Marlo Cobb on July 10, 1997
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    On the Right Track

    It's not unusual for the term "next big thing" to enter into discussion of the Derailers, an Austin-based collective of sharp-dressed men with perhaps just the right croon and twang to bridge the gap between alternative country's rocker, radical and ...

    by Andy Langer on July 3, 1997
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    Classic Touch

    A connoisseur of classic rock might argue that, in his prime, Steve Miller was about as innovative an artist as, oh, the Guess Who or Peter Frampton. A quick rundown of his contributions to the classic rock catalog -- "The Joker," "Jet Airliner," "Sw...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 3, 1997
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    The Playa - With partner/producer DJ Quik, Suga Free preaches Street Gospel

    The good news just keeps on coming for Suga Free and DJ Quik. Every ten minutes or so, another bit of it filters into a conference room at the Island Records offices on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, where the rapper and his veteran producer are answe...

    by Dave Wielenga on July 3, 1997
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    Tape head... You could easily argue that Houmidity: Bad Weather, Bad Attitudes isn't much of a documentary on the Houston music scene. And it's likely that the video's creator, Jamie Sralla (a.k.a. Butch Montenegro), would agree with you. Still, that...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 3, 1997
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    Rotation

    World Party Egyptology The Enclave World Party's Karl Wallinger has his drawbacks. First off, he's not much of a singer. True, Wallinger can carry a tune -- but he carries it with only a scant measure of character. And lyrically speaking, h...

    by Roni Sarig on July 3, 1997
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    All Grown Up

    Sometimes, musical maturity takes a while. In the case of saxophonist George Howard, who recorded his first CD in 1982, it took a decade and a half. But now everything's starting to jell. On Attitude Adjustment, his most recent release (not counting ...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 26, 1997
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    Houston Press 1997 Music Awards Preview - A guide to who's who in the Press Music Awards ballot. Plus, the where and when of the Press Music Awards Showcase!

    At times, we must admit, putting together the ballot for the Press Music Awards engenders a touch of deja vu. Familiar names (can you say Carolyn Wonderland? Jesse Dayton? Joe "Guitar" Hughes?) keep popping up. Not that that's necessarily bad; this w...

    by Mark Towns on June 26, 1997
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    Young Punks - Peach-fuzzed trashers Pure Rubbish are Houston's anti-Hanson

    "Come support the future of trash rock." Willie Dunivan, the haggard, 35-year-old lead singer of Pure Rubbish, is plugging the band's upcoming show at Instant Karma, giving his voice a rest and his bandmates a moment to wipe the sweat from their ...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 26, 1997
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    Chucking Chuck E. - Forget memories. Rickie Lee Jones wants to be discovered.

    Rickie Lee Jones doesn't want to be here. Well, here, maybe -- in the Novel Cafe in Santa Monica, a nice place for a cup of coffee or a light lunch. Rare and used books line the walls, and patrons keep to themselves. It's a pleasant enough spot to ki...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 1997
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    Honor thy dinosaurs... In a music scene so often intent on undermining tradition, paying tribute to one's rock and roll forefathers has never been a real priority. Yet lately, classic rock tribute shows have been popping up all over Houston. Bac...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 26, 1997
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    Ever Earnest

    At times, it's hard to believe that it's been over a decade since Emily Saliers and Amy Ray came out of Atlanta's Emory University as the Indigo Girls -- hard, because listening to the two today, they still sound like a pair of earnest recent college...

    by Roni Sarig on June 19, 1997
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    Abra Moore Strangest Places Arista Austin You might remember Abra Moore as the violin-toting co-founder of the airheaded bohemian-rock ensemble Poi Dog Pondering. But even if that's so, there's a good chance you've lost track of her since t...

    by David Whitman on June 19, 1997
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    Rap takes a Texas-style beating... By now, some of you probably know how Bill Ratliff, a Republican state senator from Mount Pleasant, feels about the rap industry -- and if you don't, you soon will. Recently, Ratliff snuck a rider into the state's $...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 19, 1997
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    Fit for a Fiddle - Classical? Country? In the hands of fiddler Mark O'Connor, it's one thing: music.

    At times, people may not know that what they're seeing is a musical phenomenon. At other times, though, there are clues, and the clue in the late '80s in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was the horde of high-toned musicians lining up to hear the performances o...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on June 19, 1997
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    Missing Link

    Not many guitar obsessives can rightly wear the label of legend; Link Wray, though, does. In 1958, the half Shawnee native of Dunn, North Carolina, grew frustrated with a song he was recording. He was after a brooding instrumental, something moody an...

    by Brendan Doherty on June 19, 1997
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