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    Static

    Top form... As many musicians age, they find themselves pulled back to their roots -- the primal elements of their craft that got them jazzed enough to work 80-hour weeks, travel the country under detestable conditions and, essentially, starve for wh...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 12, 1996
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    Rotation

    Pearl Jam No Code Epic Eddie Vedder's extended vacation from touring -- and just about every other responsibility of rock princedom -- has given him loads of time to contemplate his navel. And apparently, he's found a lot of lint in its rec...

    by Roni Sarig on September 12, 1996
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    Static

    Fitting tribute... Houston jazz bassist Dave Nichols had always wanted to record his own material, storing it away patiently over the last year while he waited for the right set of circumstances. Those circumstances never came. A ubiquitous free...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 5, 1996
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    Hold the Tonic

    The Refreshments are one of a handful of Tempe, Arizona bands that were gobbled up by the big labels in the feeding frenzy set off in that town by the Gin Blossoms. A party-hardy quartet that floated quickly to top billing in the clubs around Arizona...

    by David Glessner on September 5, 1996
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    A World of the Blues - Johnny Copeland's music stretches from Houston to Africa and beyond

    Though he's lived in the New York City area for more than two decades, Johnny Copeland still introduces himself on-stage as "from the Third Ward." For some, covering that much territory might be a bit of a geographic stretch, but as Copeland's latest...

    by Jim Sherman on September 5, 1996
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    Rotation

    Pete Droge and the Sinners Find a Door American Pete Droge is a moody sort with a talent for devising simple, pleasant-sounding musical trappings for a rather ugly mess of emotional quandaries. Much of the charm -- and the power -- of the P...

    by Roni Sarig on September 5, 1996
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    Static

    Definitely David... Jazz saxophonist David Caceres is a quiet, reserved 29-year-old. But when the occasion calls for it, he can be assertive and self-assured. Take, for example, when the conversation turns to the snobbery that often pervades his fiel...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 29, 1996
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    Other Voices - Houston Ebony Opera readies for its first season without its founder

    It can be hard for an organization to deal with the death of its founder -- especially when that founder not only came up with the initial idea, but has also been the main source of its energy. At the same time, though, when a driving force is gone, ...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on August 29, 1996
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    Buff Boys

    Granted, Canada's Barenaked Ladies don't have one of the more startling names in the annals of rock and roll. Compared to, say, Scraping Foetus from the Wheel, the Dead Kennedys, the Circle Jerks or even Texas' own Butthole Surfers, "Barenaked Ladies...

    by Jim Sherman on August 29, 1996
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    Sound Check

    The record industry is littered with the carcasses of small independent labels that reflected the visions of their founders. Following their hearts rather than their heads (or their wallets), the independent entrepreneurs often start with a flair, bu...

    by Bob Burtman on August 29, 1996
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    Leaving the Country - Jimmie Dale Gilmore broadens his horizons -- and if he's lucky, his listeners'

    Newsflash -- singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore is a bona fide legend. I know he is, because he fits all the definitions in my handiest dictionary. Consider: 1) a: A story coming down from the past; esp: one popularly regarded as historical although not...

    by Brad Tyer on August 29, 1996
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    Long Lasting Treatment - The ingredients may change, but the Cure endures

    You don't have to talk with the Cure's Robert Smith long before you realize that the title of his band's new CD, Wild Mood Swings, may apply as well to him as it does his current album's music. Or if not exactly wild mood swings, at least certain wil...

    by Alan Sculley on August 22, 1996
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    Original Rockabilly

    Rockabilly, a high-energy fusion of bluegrass and Western swing, is a style that rings truest in its most basic form, especially when performed by someone who helped create it. Dallas native Ronnie Dawson is one of those someones: he's been playing r...

    by Bob Burtman on August 22, 1996
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    Rotation

    Screaming Trees Dust Epic Screaming Trees have never really benefited from their Seattle affiliation; this could explain why the group is so adamant about playing up its true home, the town of Ellensburg, Washington, a good 85 miles southea...

    by Roni Sarig on August 22, 1996
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    Vintage Sounds - Wayne Hancock is a new-fashioned guy with old-fashioned desires

    Somewhere between Jimmie Rodgers and Brooks & Dunn, country music turned up its nose at homemade hooch and juke joints and moved uptown to call drinks and kicker clubs. To Wayne Hancock, Dallas-born and Western swing raised, that move was a mist...

    by David Glessner on August 22, 1996
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    Learning Curve - Once the music's in place, what, the Orphans ask, comes next?

    If the Orphans play silly and stupid better than any band in Houston, maybe it's because they're not acting. Newborn babes to the business of rock and roll, they're like all infants. They crave attention, positive reinforcement, direction -- coddling...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 15, 1996
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    Rotation

    Schoolhouse Rock Kid Rhino Note to consumers: these are the straight-off-the-television originals of your youth. They are not covers of Schoolhouse Rock tunes performed by fashionable rock bands, though that package also is out there somewhere....

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 15, 1996
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    Static

    Dance of the living... It's music to soothe the most savage stage diver -- mesmerizing percussion set to a luxurious, multitextured wash of keyboard samples and organic sounds from strange lands and long-ago times. The chants begin immediately, somet...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 15, 1996
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    Break's Over

    I have this enduring image of Tracy Chapman. She's up on-stage, alone with her guitar in front of 60,000 people at a stop on an Amnesty International tour. Headliners Peter Gabriel, Sting and Bruce Springsteen are hours away, and the natives are rest...

    by Bob Burtman on August 15, 1996
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    Great Dwight Hope - Mum's the word in the Yoakam camp, but the music speaks for itself

    "The hippest act in country music." That's Dwight Yoakam effusing over Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the liner notes to The Buck Owens Collection. And since Buck seems to have hung up his red, white and blue guitar, the estimation might as well...

    by Brad Tyer on August 15, 1996
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