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    Spunk Rock - The Muffs' Kim Shattuck can't understand why everyone else doesn't write like her

    Kim Shattuck is looking at you, and from the stage she can see everything. She can see your dandruff, your clothes, your zits, the way your mouth hangs open. She can see you scratching. She can tell when you're bored, and it makes her sad. And when y...

    by Steve Appleford on June 12, 1997
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    Static

    Corporate flexing... Last week, Pace Concerts announced its plans to invade Bayou Place in a fashion befitting its entertainment-empire status. Downtown at the Palace Cafe, tables and chairs were cleared and the cappuccino machines primed for the Jun...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 12, 1997
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    Heavy on the Lite - Ultra Lounge puts on paper a simple truth: Easy listening ain't easy

    "Easycore" is what he calls it -- see him there, present day, still staggering around in last night's rumpled sharkskin suit. Another lukewarm martini, one more spin of Burt Bacharach's Wives and Lovers. Known as MOR -- Middle of the Road -- this sor...

    by Curtis Bonney on June 12, 1997
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    Rotation

    Paul McCartney Flaming Pie Capitol It's possible that undue stress has been heaped upon Paul McCartney's post-Abbey Road reputation by the assertion that he was the less substantial -- and less driven -- half of rock and roll's most celebra...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 12, 1997
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    No Frills Allowed

    It's fitting that Tom Russell's new retrospective CD says nothing about greatest hits, instead going with the oblique title The Long Way Around. It's fitting not because the songs weren't hits (though only a couple dented the charts, and then only wh...

    by Carrie Bell on June 12, 1997
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    A Bug to Be Different - With the Cicadas, Rodney Crowell exits Nashville's cocoon

    Rodney Crowell is one of those guys who was probably never meant to be a Nashville high roller in the first place. Sure, he's penned huge hits for dozens of top-echelon country stars, was ushered into patriarch Johnny Cash's kingdom through his forme...

    by Rick Koster on June 5, 1997
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    Quick Study - Can a middle-class Midwestern white guy play the blues? Yeah, if he's Mark May.

    At first, the small talk seemed to be leading nowhere. Soon enough, though, Mark May could sense that there was a reason for the phone call: This was business. Why else would Dickey Betts, a founding member of one of the most important bands of the '...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 5, 1997
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    Sample Melody

    Quick. How many world-renowned jazz pianists from Houston can you name? Well let's see, there's Joe Sample and, um ... well, there's Joe Sample. Houston's pianistic claim to fame and co-founder of one of the world's first jazz-funk bands, the Crusade...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 5, 1997
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    Rotation

    John Fogerty Blue Moon Swamp Warner Bros. John Fogerty hasn't been heard from much in more than a decade, since 1986's Eye of the Zombie -- which, in rare form, came merely a year after he released his double-platinum "comeback" album Cente...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on June 5, 1997
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    Static

    Identity problem... You may have heard a rumor buzzing around that the Urban Art Bar -- still the best reason for live music fans to venture downtown -- is on the verge of closing. Not so, says part owner Skip Rudsenske, though there have been a few ...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 5, 1997
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... In the interest of giving those CDs patiently awaiting a bit of free publicity their due (and in the interest of freeing up space on my desk), I offer the following inventory/critique. A few of these discs were in my hands in e...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 29, 1997
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    Sound Check

    The term "roots" music has come to mean almost everything that's good and older than the day before yesterday, including rockabilly, swing, soul and ethnic forms such as polka, salsa and conjunto. It's almost gotten easier to just say what roots does...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on May 29, 1997
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    Young Gun

    You don't have to be an authority on zydeco music to appreciate where Li'l Brian Terry is coming from. Neophytes to the genre should have little problem adjusting to Terry's well-slung hash of accordion-based strains, old-school funk rhythms, discree...

    by Gerard Choucroun on May 29, 1997
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    Turning Old Corners - Pavement has returned to the way they were -- whatever that was

    Pavement's latest, Brighten the Corners, is being widely touted as a return to the cohesive and accessible sound of the band's 1994 Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. That CD, which scored a modest hit with the song "Cut My Hair," pushed the group, among th...

    by Alan Sculley on May 29, 1997
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    A Family Affair - Liviya Compean does it the way her granddaddy did

    It's early on a Saturday night, and the young woman in the spotlight at Fitzgerald's is only part of the way through her 45-minute set. To catch her performance, the crowd has had to be prompt, and they're psyched. As the small figure rips into a pou...

    by Marlo Cobb on May 29, 1997
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    Grrrls No More - What happens when ariot grrrl grows up? Ask Sleater-Kinney.

    Though the term "riot grrrl" may go down in history alongside "grunge" and "slacker" and "Gen X" as little more than buzzwords of the early '90s, in reality, the Northwest's feminist-punk movement wasn't just fodder for the hip lexicographers at Sass...

    by Roni Sarig on May 22, 1997
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    Scare Tactics

    Depending on which side of the Atlantic you hail from, the Boo Radleys' short creative attention span could be seen as either an asset or an Achilles' heel. In their native England, the Boos' seeming unwillingness to keep focused on any one idea is t...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on May 22, 1997
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    Lip Service - Cowboy Mouth has learned about responsibility, but not forgotten about fun

    For much of the '90s, rock and roll scenesters -- from Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson to Alex Chilton and Peter Buck -- have moved to New Orleans, drawn as much by the city's Flowers of Evil darkness and spirit of perpetual carnival as by its musica...

    by Rick Koster on May 22, 1997
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    Static

    Accidental tourist... The last time I ran into Slaid Cleaves, he was wandering the floor of the South by Southwest Music Conference trade show. The Austin-based singer/songwriter was alone, and he looked clueless but content, like a little boy lost a...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 22, 1997
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    Rotation

    Guy Clark Keepers: A Live Recording Sugar Hill "Keepers" is exactly right. The title of Guy Clark's latest disc suggests that what we have here is a collection of a legendary songwriter's best songs, recorded live. And we do. But what makes...

    by Roni Sarig on May 22, 1997
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