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    Rotation

    Linda Perry In Flight Rockstar/Interscope "Simplify, don't amplify" is Linda Perry's mantra these days. On her solo debut, In Flight, Perry leaves behind her platinum success story, 4 Non Blondes, and sets out to create a headphones-friendl...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 14, 1996
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    A Fine and Funky Odor

    Exhaust fumes, soul food, freshly mowed hay, good sex and great music have a defining common denominator -- smell. Without their essential, earthy bouquets, they lose their potency and ability to inspire. In the case of music, the large number of ban...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 14, 1996
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... You may have noticed lately that local hippies are getting less passive and more pushy. Sure, Houston may not foster as definitive a shrine to self-centered '90s bohemia as, say, Austin's Ruta Maya coffeehouse -- where service ...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 14, 1996
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    Loungette - Combustible Edison makes the listening easy -- with a straight face

    In 1994, an East Coast act called Combustible Edison got caught up in a wave of hype that was either enviable in the extreme or a terminal drag, depending on your level of tolerance for shoveling quip quotes to the trend-wary heavyweights at Entertai...

    by Brad Tyer on November 14, 1996
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    Combustible Vegas

    Former Las Vegas denizen Peter Cudahy rates the casino-circuit greats: * Neil Diamond: "I don't know what happened to Neil Diamond; I think it has something to do with his systematic repudiation of his Judaic heritage. I wonder what his family thin...

    on November 14, 1996
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    Static

    Anthology anticlimax... I have to admit that I expected something a little more blustery out of Capitol to mark the conclusion of its three-part Beatles Anthology series. Rather, the two-CD Anthology 3 -- the final installment in the trilogy -- seems...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 7, 1996
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    Rotation

    Wilco Being There Reprise Leave it to Jeff Tweedy to take a rock-star notion as pretentious as the double-length concept album and reduce it to something about as nonchalant as a trip to the corner store for cigarettes. Tweedy was, after al...

    by Brad Tyer on November 7, 1996
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    Hip and Hawaiian

    Thanks to their consolidation under the respectable classification of world beat, types of music once considered weird or indefinably alien have found new friends. One genre that can be found beneath this far-flung heading is Hawaiian folk music, whi...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on November 7, 1996
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    Guitar Goddess - Classical guitar is deadly serious, right? Not to Susan McDonald.

    A short while back, a friend walked in while I was playing "Campanas del Alba," a track off a new album titled Tico Tico. He stopped to listen, and when I asked him to describe the artist whose carefully plucked, hauntingly precise notes of unaccompa...

    by Jim Sherman on November 7, 1996
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    Mr. Loud and Sensitive - Bob Mould takes his act on the road one more time

    Throughout his scrappy '80s career with seminal hard-core pop threesome Husker Du, his '90s stint with the more accessible power trio Sugar and spurts on his own, Bob Mould has never been one to cling to an idea with an expiration date -- or to stick...

    by Robin Myrick on November 7, 1996
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    Eating It Up - Slobberbone is playing with its heroes, and living off expectations

    When Brent Best was finally ready to pick up a guitar and start messing with the songs rattling around in his 16-year-old head, he had already survived infatuations with Rush and R.E.M. By then, it was the bar-band rock of Jason and the Scorchers tha...

    by Brad Tyer on October 31, 1996
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    Splendid Isolation - For Warren Zevon, it's all about how he looks in the hat

    His hair is close-cropped for the first time in years, and his gray T-shirt is snug around a trim torso. He wears blue jeans and reflecting sunglasses that hide bright eyes revealed only when he slides on his regular spectacles. As he walks through t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 31, 1996
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    Static

    Gangsta rap, R.I.P.? The ripples from the death of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas last month continue to roll out, with more than a few critics latching onto Shakur's shooting as added evidence (if any were needed) that gangsta rap is headed toward its ow...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 31, 1996
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    Wry Fidelity

    What sort of mischief can a smart, painfully self-conscious band from England stir up when it mixes a love of the trance-inducing experimentation of German bands such as Faust and Neu! with a decidedly less hip weakness for everything from Muzak to F...

    by Robin Myrick on October 31, 1996
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    Sound Check

    There was a time not long ago when the only religious figure to have any clout in rock and roll was the devil, when decent, church-going folks wanted nothing to do with his primordial rhythms. Rock was nasty business, and its practitioners at least a...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 31, 1996
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    In Gourds' Country

    Lately, music fans in Austin have been hungering for another band to bolster the town's representation in the roots-alternative world -- a band with perhaps a touch of that oddball, broom-closet eclecticism that defines Texas and its massive crock po...

    by Brad Tyer on October 24, 1996
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    Rotation

    Counting Crows Recovering the Satellites DGC Back in 1994, when Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones" was suffocating the airwaves and frontman Adam Duritz was every alternative music publication's sad-eyed punching bag, it was easy enough to despise...

    by Gerard Choucroun on October 24, 1996
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    Static

    A little vindication... On a personal level, I can identify with the plight of this city's much-maligned (and slightly paranoid) local music scene. As a plump kid who hungered for respect, I took a lot of abuse during my impressionable grade-school y...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 24, 1996
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    Top Harp

    The phrase "musician's musician" has been used to the brink of clichedom. Still, there's no denying that a Houston appearance by harmonica player/singer James Harman usually provides an opportunity to run into everyone who doesn't have a gig that nig...

    by Jim Sherman on October 24, 1996
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    Go Her Own Way - Me'Shell Ndegeocello can't find a niche -- not that she really wants one

    At a time when most music-industry powers view artistic ambition with suspicion, Me'Shell Ndegeocello is among the most mistrusted performers in show business. Her new CD, Peace Beyond Passion, is a musically persuasive, lyrically devastating look at...

    by Michael Roberts on October 24, 1996
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