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    Sound Check

    For most pop historians, the 1950s are notable for one thing, and one thing only: the emergence of Elvis Presley and the rise of rock and roll. But while rock was infecting the minds of the kids, their older siblings were paying attention to somethin...

    by Sam Weller on July 25, 1996
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    Fishing for Insight

    Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, the marquee talent behind Three Fish, claims he didn't so much assemble his new trio as imagine it into existence, like some freaky trance-rock apparition induced by the words of 13th-century Persian poet Jelalludin Rumi...

    by Greg Barr on July 18, 1996
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    Soul Men - Okay, the name is stupid. But Soul Coughing is still a great band.

    It has been my experience that, with the possible exception of Sam Cooke's Soul Stirrers, all bands with the word "soul" in their name suck. Soul Asylum, Soul Rebel, Collective Soul, Soulhat, Soul Survivors (which couldn't survive the wonder of its s...

    by Brad Tyer on July 18, 1996
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    It's a Happening! - Bring your money, but leave the soapbox at home when H.O.R.D.E. comes to town

    Here's what you've already been told about the H.O.R.D.E. festival: it's the neo-hippie Lollapalooza; it's something for Deadheads to do this summer now that Jerry's gone; it's an acronym for "Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere," though rumors ar...

    by Roni Sarig on July 18, 1996
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    Rotation

    Beck Odelay DGC Beck Hansen's 1994 breakthrough lo-fi single "Loser" begged an interesting question: one-hit wonder, or new Dylan? Odelay, Beck's first major-label release since his Mellow Gold debut, answers the question nicely. The answer...

    by Jim Sherman on July 18, 1996
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    Static

    Unmedicated, ready for action... There's nothing particularly unusual about '90s rockers whining over their addictions. Having a habit and then kicking it might as well be a mandatory rite of passage into the realm of the "serious artist." Table...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 18, 1996
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    McComb's Second Finest

    Kent Dykes -- a.k.a. Omar of Omar and the Howlers -- was born in the small Mississippi town of McComb, which also happens to be the birthplace of Bo Diddley. That fact has been driven home in just about everything written about Dykes since he moved t...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 11, 1996
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    Skankin' to Survive - MU330 are on their third van, but they're hanging tough

    Think the most recent ska revival is really nothing more than a passing phenomenon? History supports you. Back in the late '70s -- the last time ska was all the rage -- the fun lasted all of a few years. Other than that, the form's got little to show...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 11, 1996
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    Straight Forward - Pantera keeps pumpin' with Trendkill

    "Sorry, you'll have to keep it short; Vinnie's running behind." It's the sort of notice a journalist hates to hear down the phone line from the handler of major band, especially when the usual rock-star allotment is only about 30 minutes to begin...

    by Greg Barr on July 11, 1996
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    Rotation

    Terry Allen Human Remains Sugar Hill For Human Remains, Terry Allen is joined by his wife Jo Harvey Allen, a herd of Maines (Lloyd included), a couple of Sextons and Lucinda Williams (without whose distinctive wail no recent release would b...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 11, 1996
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    Static

    Jackets optional... Just by looking at All Mod Cons in their casual, everyday attire, you'd never think them capable of the sort of cocktail jazz-pop fusion to which they aspire -- and often achieve -- on their local debut CD, Romp! Three-fourths of ...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 11, 1996
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    Static

    Thoughtful racket... It's easy to be put off by Brainiac's inspired brand of cacophony. It's a peculiar process by which gyrating vocals, unnerving screams, jagged guitars, random looping effects and a standard four-four beat combine for a general fe...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 4, 1996
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    Rotation

    Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland Capitol There are CDs in the Butthole Surfers' catalog that are overpowering in their individuality -- Locust Abortion Technician and pioughd are good examples. But when future fans set to assigning indivi...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 4, 1996
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    Big Noise

    When Magnapop shot out of R.E.M.'s operations base of Athens, Georgia, a few years ago, music critics drooled with near lustful self-satisfaction. In Linda Hopper, they had finally found a post-punk female who vocalized her angst without overcompensa...

    by Brad Tyer on July 4, 1996
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    Road Rules - The Toadies have two addresses -- one on wheels, the other on-stage

    Beer, trash talk shows, slasher flicks, punk rock, '70s heavy metal, tasteless humor: the Toadies are gluttons for a lot of things, not the least of which is touring. The Fort Worth foursome have been living out of a suitcase so long, they might as w...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 4, 1996
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    Notes from the Front - Vamping down memory lane with members of the Kiss Army

    As the story goes, Gene Klein quit his day job as a teacher at a Manhattan public school in 1972 and changed his name to Simmons. Fellow New York City resident Paul Eisen went a similar route, renaming himself Paul Stanley. The duo found Peter Crissc...

    by Brad Tyer on July 4, 1996
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    Blues Without Blinders - Blues, soul, rock, country? Who cares? To Little Milton, it's just music.

    Not too long ago, an internationally renowned authority on popular culture came to Houston and asked me to take him out to a few of the city's select juke joints. This gentleman, like many experts, felt that the blues is a static, rigid format, one i...

    by Jim Sherman on June 27, 1996
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    Souls Revival

    The Plimsouls reunion might have seemed a wee bit more momentous if the band's demise in 1984 had been more of an event. But few were looking on when the Los Angeles quartet dissolved after four frustrating years. During that time, the group seemed t...

    by Greg Barr on June 27, 1996
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    Sound Check

    For obvious reasons, surf music will be forever linked to summer. This is the time of year that record companies are inclined to blanket listeners with yet another mini-wave of sun-and-fun nostalgia. Not that summer is the only time such sounds are p...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 27, 1996
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    Swing Time - The Royal Crown Revue doesn't just lounge around

    "How Yoo Dawin'?" In conversation, Eddie Nichols flaunts the exaggerated syntactical swagger of Brooklyn, New York, conjuring visions of gangsters, hepcats and, not coincidentally, traveling swing bands. The last is particularly appropriate; Nich...

    by Brad Tyer on June 27, 1996
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