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    Deth warmed over... When you first listen to Dethkultur BBQ, they don't seem like the sort of friends you'd invite to a family picnic. But if the world were to suffer annihilation any time soon, rest assured this uncompromisingly dire industrial/hip-...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 6, 1997
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    Rotation

    Steve Earle El Corazon Warner Bros. When the country music establishment turned its back on Steve Earle, a reformed junkie and unrehabilitated loudmouth, Earle turned his back on the country music establishment. For that reason and many oth...

    by David Cantwell on November 6, 1997
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    Going Public - Tanya Donelly fights her shyness to strike out on her own

    You can learn a lot about Tanya Donelly in a ten-minute conversation. With only the slightest effort, you'll discover that she's married to her bassist and sometime-collaborator Dean Fisher, best known for his work with Juliana Hatfield. And you'll f...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 6, 1997
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    Same Old Crue

    On the surface, it would be hard to say that Motley Crue gained anything from breaking ties with lead singer Vince Neil five years ago. At the time, hair metal's baddest bad boys were one of rock's most popular acts. Their then-current CD, Dr. Feelgo...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 6, 1997
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    What's in a Name? - A lot, if you're Moses Guest, and taking another grab at the brass ring

    In a business where self-promotion is a necessity, the four individuals who comprise the Houston groove-rock outfit Moses Guest have a special method of getting their name out to the public. "We have stickers strategically placed in many urinals...

    by Bob Ruggiero on November 6, 1997
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    Static

    Beatles scholar... "You have to do more than just study the notes. I've been through every one of those Beatles songbooks, and they're full of errors," says Darin Murphy, who's best known locally for his years as half of the popular collegiate pop du...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 30, 1997
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    Mixed Breed

    On their last studio outing, Straight Up!, Little Charlie and the Nightcats showed just how versatile a versatile band can be. The 1995 release augmented an already wide-open sound by lending a distinctive jazz edge to the jacked-up fusion of jump, s...

    by Alan Sculley on October 30, 1997
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    Spit and Polish

    Slobberbone has never quite fit into any of the usual country-rock categories, and there has always been a suspicion that the songs of leader Brent Best simply encompassed too much for that kind of easy treatment. Barrel Chested, the Denton outfit's ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 30, 1997
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    Sound Check

    If this summer's Lilith Fair achieved anything, it was to ram home the realization that there's strength in numbers, even where women singer/songwriters are concerned. More to the point, it proved that even an all-female lineup as strikingly one-dime...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 30, 1997
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    Is the Mac Truly Back? - Rumours of Fleetwood Mac's demise are exaggerated -- for the time being

    This is an odd bit of paradise for Lindsey Buckingham. He's ensconced in a plush East Hollywood recording studio, eyes closed, his bare feet tapping at the hardwood floor as he listens to a playback of "Bleed to Love Her," another forceful blend of a...

    by Steve Appleford on October 30, 1997
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    Survival Instinct - Sisters Morales emerge from hard luck's abyss wiser, if not richer

    "It's the same old story," says Lisa Morales curtly, cringing as she shrugs off the tattered flier that's just been thrust in front of her face for comment. The sheet of paper -- almost two years old -- announces in a flourish of fancy type and ...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 23, 1997
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    Unchecked Egos

    Love Spit Love's Richard Butler has to be one of the vainest frontmen in rock -- not in the sillier sense of the term (a la, say, David Lee Roth), but in a far more tasteful and stern way. That makes him a particularly intriguing study in engorged eg...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 23, 1997
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    Rotation

    The Hollisters The Land of Rhythm and Pleasure Freedom Nationally, many consider Austin to be the hub of alternative country. But The Land of Rhythm and Pleasure, the long-awaited debut CD from the Hollisters, just might be the release Hous...

    by Keven McAlester on October 23, 1997
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    Rap Gets Puffy - Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop

    Puff Daddy & the Family's No Way Out is as stunningly slack a piece of work as has ever been issued by a major rap act. Puff Daddy, born Sean Combs, has one of the weakest verbal flows of all time: He mouths wan rhymes in a pinched, charisma-free mon...

    by Michael Roberts on October 23, 1997
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    Static

    Rock's on the rocks... In a meeting last Thursday, Rockefeller's brass advised its staff that the club would be pulling up stakes permanently at the end of the year. That sobering revelation shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone who's been freq...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 23, 1997
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    Cajun Pride

    Not so fondly, BeauSoleil founder Michael Doucet reflects on what it was like to be a fiddle-wielding ambassador of Cajun music and culture two decades ago. "I'll tell you something ... it was a bad scene," Doucet says. "I mean, it was just not ...

    by Alan Sculley on October 23, 1997
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    Rude Boys - Houston's Los Skarnales push past the language barrier

    The advisory stamp that graces Vatos Rudos, the latest CD from Houston's Los Skarnales, is issued as a warning, though not in the way you might think. Virtually identical in style to Tipper Gore's indelible contribution to music industry censorship, ...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 16, 1997
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    Utmost Blue

    All sorts of hip musical movements have grown up around Toronto's Blue Rodeo, from the odd Canadian country of the Cowboy Junkies and pre-Ingenue k.d. lang to America's so-called No Depression bands, which are creeping across the continent like half-...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 16, 1997
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    Static

    Grabbing a trend by the cojones... A little more than an hour and a half into Sugar Hill Recording Studios' painstakingly planned rock en Espanol booster event, the rain was coming down in sheets. Studio staffers hurriedly disassembled the PA system...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 16, 1997
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    Rotation

    Everclear So Much for the Afterglow Capitol Art Alexakis is a walking tangle of contradictions, an extremely driven (some say overdriven) ex-drug addict prone to getting snared by life's extremes -- the black and the white, the good and the...

    by Stephen Gershon on October 16, 1997
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