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    Clubland

    Assuming the risk and hoping others will follow, the Outback Pub has instituted a weekly original music policy in an effort to liven up the dreary, human-jukebox ritual along the almighty Richmond Strip. For the time being, Thursdays will be set asid...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 30, 1998
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    Dream So Real - Folk-rock space boy Todd Snider awakes to find a career on the upswing

    No doubt about it, Todd Snider is -- to quote the title of one of his tunes -- an "All Right Guy." As a friend of mine once observed, "He's a stoner goof-bag, but a really cool one." In other words, he's that air guitarist in the audience whose fanta...

    by Rob Patterson on April 30, 1998
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    Bad Religion

    Granted, his congregation may be more prone to sin than salvation. But when Reverend Horton Heat is preaching at the hollow-bodied pulpit, the faithful are guaranteed one hell of a service. These days, Heat and his Texas-bred trio are spreading the g...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 30, 1998
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    No Looking Back

    For much of 1996 and '97, Green Day -- the band that drop-kicked punk rock into the post-grunge mainstream -- was conspicuously out of the public eye. It was quite a switch from two years prior, when the California trio seemed to be everywhere you lo...

    by Alan Sculley on April 30, 1998
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    Rotation

    Tori Amos From the Choirgirl Hotel Atlantic There's no give or take with Tori Amos. Sure, you can tolerate her -- like one tolerates the poetry of Sylvia Plath or the music of Enya or the pain of a hot poker in the eye. You either feel Amos...

    by Melissa Blazek on April 30, 1998
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    Rotation

    Aretha Franklin A Rose Is Still a Rose Arista On initial inspection, A Rose Is Still a Rose seems like an aging legend's desperate attempt to work her way into the contemporary R&B mix by enlisting help from some of today's hottest, hippest...

    by Jim Caligiuri on April 23, 1998
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    Elling's Rant

    It seems only appropriate that Kurt Elling is performing an artists' benefit when he comes to Houston Thursday. A Grammy-nominated singer and die-hard Jack Kerouac fan, the 30-year-old jazz singer is outspoken, to say the least, about the importance ...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on April 23, 1998
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    Vainglorious

    What is it about Beaumont that gets those creative carbines churning? Maybe it's the stinking petrol sediment forever fouling the humid Gulf air, or the cultural blight that resides comfortably on its bleak streets. Whatever. The talent that has emer...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 23, 1998
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    Feel for the Real - Burning Spear's gimmick-free reggae has all the earmarks of home

    In recent years, the throbbing, roots-oriented style that dominated reggae's formative decade has given way to a more modern adaptation: Strutting and synthesized, dancehall is to Rastafarian-inspired reggae what disco is to the deep soul sounds of W...

    by Bob Burtman on April 23, 1998
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    Star Power and Substance

    Baaba Maal provided the African celebrity glitter at this year's International Festival, but a pair of lesser-known emigrants from that continent may well equal the Senegalese superstar in substance. Sally Nyolo and Ricardo Lemvo have taken routes th...

    by Alan Sculley on April 23, 1998
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    Clubland

    For three years, the building at 2727 Crossview that once housed Birraporetti's stood vacant. These days, former patrons of that Italian eatery would never recognize the place. For starters, there's a vast bar and cocktail area, lavish balcony and di...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 23, 1998
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... Technically, Island Romance, the new CD from Houston's Irie Time, could be considered a rerelease -- that is, if its like-named 1991 antecedent was ever officially available in the first place. Like the biracial reggae quartet'...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 23, 1998
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    Fresh Spin

    Though noticeably older, Chris Duarte is often mentioned along with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang as part of a new generation of guitarists carrying the blues to a new generation of fans. In doing so, though, it's likely Duarte will continue to...

    by Alan Sculley on April 16, 1998
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    You're Not from Texas - Deep in the heart of western swing with a Scot on a mission

    Scotland's Duncan McLean knows more about Texas swing than most Texans; it's an avocation, a pure-hearted love of the form, that sucks up much of the Aberdeenshire-born author's time. McLean now lives in Orkney, an isolated island chain off the Scott...

    by Clay McNear on April 16, 1998
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    Rotation

    Page & Plant Walking into Clarksdale Atlantic When all is said and done, the Led Zeppelin output that endures best isn't the straight blues jams or the acoustic ballads, but, quite simply, the rock and roll -- that is, the sound made when a...

    by Bob Ruggiero on April 16, 1998
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    Static

    A rose by any other name... Granted, it was an inane moniker. Hell, even the band members knew how juvenile it was: Pull My Finger, a name that conjures up sulfur-tinged memories of that kid in seventh-grade gym class always willing to let one rip fo...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 16, 1998
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    Reason to Roam - At 67, Ramblin' Jack Elliott reclaims -- temporarily -- the urge to wander

    If he'd had his druthers, Ramblin' Jack Elliott would've probably been born in Texas. Instead, he entered the world in Brooklyn, New York, a happy stroke of fate that eventually led to his becoming one of the primary enduring human threads of the con...

    by Rob Patterson on April 9, 1998
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    Ball of Confusion

    In 1997, the Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince and Currently Known as Sir Hieroglyph was lying low. It's all relative, sure, but '97 was the first year since 1983 that hadn't seen a single disc released by the Funky Pop Pol...

    by Ben Greenman on April 9, 1998
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    Rotation

    The Mavericks Trampoline MCA Mavericks lead singer/songwriter Raul Malo has always harbored ambition as soaring as his gorgeous voice. But for him and his band, the focus of those ambitions is constantly shifting. On their major-label ...

    by David Simutis on April 9, 1998
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    Static

    Quality time... "It was absolutely fantastic," gushes Texas Johnny Brown, one of the more immovable veterans dotting the Houston blues landscape. It seems the 70-year-old singer/ guitarist is still giddy over the March 27 celebration thrown in honor ...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 9, 1998
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