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    Shit Hole

    It's easy to hate Hole and its leader, Courtney Love. She does her best to make her defenders look like fools and her enemies look brilliant thanks to her caustic comments, plastic surgery and inconsistencies (like indie-rocker-turned-Hollywood-starl...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on May 6, 1999
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    Scabba-Dabba-Do - Guitars, horns and irony fuel Austin band The Scabs

    It was the kind of career that hundreds of bands would gladly give up at least some groupie privileges to reach: two releases on a mid-level record label (also home to nationally known acts such as 311 and Cake), a spot opening up for the Dave Matthe...

    by Bob Ruggiero on May 6, 1999
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    Burning for Faust - HGO's Mefistofele brings Hades to light

    In composer Arrigo Boito's version of the Faust legend, our favorite Biblical tempter returns for another celestial duel with the god who kicked him out of heaven. This time the fallen angel hisses at how low Man has sunk, and how he's not worth c...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on May 6, 1999
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    Dumb or Dumber? - Space cadets of Man or Astro-man? go to great depths to maintain a gimmick

    Man or Astro-man? claims to be from outer space. The story is that the band's spaceship crashed in Auburn, Alabama, and that the band members took on human identities and formed a rock band to covertly search the Earth for parts of the craft lost on ...

    by David Simutis on May 6, 1999
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    Best of Burt

    Burt Bacharach's songs have been covered by so many artists that his royalty checks stack right up next to Paul McCartney's and the estate of Henry Mancini's. It's probably safe to say Bacharach has a very nice house. But who has done the best of the...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on May 6, 1999
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    He's Ba-ack - Burt Bacharach's swanky pop stylings return to hipness

    It's easy to be awed by Burt Bacharach. He's one of the most prolific quality pop songwriters of the past four decades. His melodic tunes have broken into the Billboard Top 40 on 66 occasions, beginning with Marty Robbins's version of "The Story of M...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on May 6, 1999
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    Rotation

    Tom Petty Echo Warner Bros. Records Just because an important record -- which must be reviewed -- gets a bad write-up does not mean it should be passed over by the consumer. That said, Tom Petty's new record sucks. But like most works Petty...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on May 6, 1999
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    Et tu, Lenny - Like every other rocker, Lenny Kravitz is headlining his own festival

    Paul McCartney and Duran Duran did it for James Bond. The Bee Gees followed Tony Manero's lead. And even Survivor got into the ring. The marriage between established rock stars and movie characters has produced songs of widely varying quality and imp...

    by Bob Ruggiero on April 29, 1999
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    Rotation

    Van Morrison Back On Top Virgin/Pointblank In his first album of new material since 1997's The Healing Game, visionary Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison declares himself to be Back On Top. And in a commercial sense, perhaps he is, given ...

    by Roger Wood on April 29, 1999
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    My Kinda Sound - Chicago plays home to the blues in Houston

    Although fans of the rich blues heritage of Texas and other regions may sometimes bristle at being passed over in historical surveys, one fact is indisputable: No single city is more important to the hugely influential sound of modern blues than swee...

    by Roger Wood on April 29, 1999
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    Atonal Tolstoy - Russia looks bleak in HGO's Resurrection

    During the first few scenes of Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of Resurrection, a hedonistic, indulgent prince is smitten with an orphaned servant girl at a dance. Alone with him in her bedroom, the girl demurs, begging for love in tuneful pleas...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on April 29, 1999
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    Crowes Feat - Black Crowes make rocking and rolling rock and roll

    Well, you certainly have to give The Black Crowes credit for having cojones the size of the Georgia Dome. (And that's one cojon per stadium). For emblazoned across the front of the Atlanta band's press kit and all over its clippings is the phrase "Th...

    by Bob Ruggiero on April 29, 1999
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    New Old 97's

    Old 97's -- For the last couple of years it has been normal to belly up to the bar at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge, order a beer, light a smoke and casually wait for Old 97's to take the stage. And for as much as you've grown used to readying for th...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on April 29, 1999
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    Gay Day

    Talk about holding a grudge and wallowing in misery. Of Montreal leader Kevin Barnes saddled his band with such a cumbersome name to remind him of the hometown of the woman who broke his heart. Though the band has kept the moniker, Barnes and company...

    by Alan Sculley on April 22, 1999
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    Whiggin' Out - Avant-rock takes shape in the Afghan Whigs and its wild front man

    Afghan Whigs lead singer Greg Dulli was standing, pissing into an empty Jim Beam bottle in the men's room of a club in the band's Cincinnati hometown and made some mention of how he was going to get somebody to drink it. He must not have gotten any t...

    by David Simutis on April 22, 1999
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    Brown and Blue - Still a bluesman after all these years, Texas Johnny Brown returns to Houston

    Texas Johnny Brown, a mainstay on the Houston blues circuit, is a patient man. A masterfully fluent guitarist whose work backing major stars began in 1946, he first recorded original material under his own name some 50 years ago. Because of a variety...

    by Roger Wood on April 22, 1999
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    The Book of James - Colorful characters fill James McMurtry's Tex-rock sound

    Call it consumer action taken to the next level: If most of us are dissatisfied with the service or treatment at a business, we can write the usual complaint letter, call a manager on the phone or even boycott the place. But if you're a musician, you...

    by Bob Ruggiero on April 22, 1999
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    What the Funk?

    How does a person stay funky? It's a question that has plagued man ever since way back in the late '70s. Funk comes and goes, you see. You may have the funk one minute, then the next, you're about as funk-free as an episode of Frasier. There...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on April 15, 1999
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    Rotation

    Buck-O-Nine Libido TVT Part of the seemingly endless stream of Southern Californian ska-punk bands, San Diego-based Buck-O-Nine tempers its joy with sadness and its anger with a bit of maturity. Grown-up ska? Yup. It's not just for 14-year-...

    by David Wilcox on April 15, 1999
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    Beach Gents - Good ole vibrations from the Beach Boys this summer

    Great Beach Boys songs -- and there are actually dozens of them -- are magical. Forget for a moment the harmonic complexity of Brian Wilson's compositions, the sophistication of his arrangements and the grandeur of his and legendary producer Phil Spe...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on April 15, 1999
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