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    In the Black

    Everyone wins at an all-day, live-music marathon like Fall Jam IV. The radio station (in this case, KLOL/101.1 FM) gets plenty of publicity, and listeners get to see a lot of acts -- perhaps even a few of their heroes -- at a reasonable cost. Even be...

    by David Simutis on October 15, 1998
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    Rotation

    Juliana Hatfield Bed Zo/Rounder You could say that Bed is an experiment of sorts, a time-killer on a small label as Juliana Hatfield searches out a permanent home. The former Blake Baby turned moderately successful solo artist admits that ...

    by Jim Caligiuri on October 15, 1998
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    Blues for Freddie - The family of a Texas guitar legend fights to protect his legacy

    Freddie King is not alive to battle those who would seek to profit from his legend. The blues guitarist, a man whose music inspired the likes of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan and Eric Clapton, has been dead since December 28, 1976, when years of blee...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 15, 1998
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    Static

    New Kidd in town... Tara Murski is all about Kelly Kidd. So naturally, she thinks we should be, too. Frankly, the way she goes on about this Houston pretty boy, he damn well better be the next national dance sensation -- or she just might have a brea...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 15, 1998
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    PatiencePays - Decades down the line, Sherman Robertson has finally made an album he likes

    In a city where several storied blues guitarists still play gigs regularly on local stages, eastside resident Sherman Robertson remains relatively obscure. And, in a sense, he has no one but himself to blame. Since the early 1980s, he has only occasi...

    by Roger Wood on October 8, 1998
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    Static

    Big mouth strikes again... It was too good to be true. A phone call conceding defeat; a broken, bitter DJ out of a job once again -- and before he could even mutter a single insult in Houston. Without question, the voice on my answering machine was t...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 8, 1998
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    Four-Letter Friends

    "Because it's memorable," says singer/guitarist Tim Prudhomme when questioned about why anyone would name his band after a loathsome expletive designed to make any good mother's skin crawl. Go ahead: Say the San Francisco (by way of New York City) ba...

    by David Simutis on October 8, 1998
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    Man or Monster?

    Whoever would've thought Barbra Streisand was such a Rob Zombie fan? When Babs wanted those pesky paparazzi to keep away from her recent wedding, her tactic was to spray them with aural artillery fire courtesy of Rob's band, White Zombie. Luckily for...

    by David Simutis on October 8, 1998
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    Rotation

    Lyle Lovett Step Inside This House Curb/MCA Alternate title: Step Inside Lyle's Aesthetic. All things considered, the Houston-area resident's two-CD salute to his Texas singer/songwriter influences is a welcoming invitation into the very fr...

    by David Simutis on October 8, 1998
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    Teddy Remembered

    Houston lost one of its most affable and musical native sons when bluesman Teddy "Cry Cry" Reynolds died of complications of cancer and other health problems in the early morning hours of October 1. Born in the Third Ward in 1931, Reynolds began his ...

    by Roger Wood on October 8, 1998
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    Clubland

    To hear some of the more underground night owls tell it, you'd think Club Some -- Emo's infamous after-hours alter ego -- has sold out. Not quite, says co-owner Neil Heller. "In essence, the crowd hasn't changed at all," says Heller, who foun...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 8, 1998
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    Made to Suffer

    It's easy to see why Richard Buckner is such a fan of the Pacific Northwest's clammy climate: Rainy days are a legitimate excuse to sit around the house, dim the lights and brood. As if he needs a reason. Buckner could find the black-slate lining in ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 1, 1998
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    Rotation

    Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up the Girl Warner Bros. My first clue that the Goo Goo Dolls had completely lost touch with their working-class garage-band roots came by way of a brief backstage conversation with bassist Robby Takac back in 1996. ...

    by Rob Patterson on October 1, 1998
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    Static

    Rap-A-Lot gets busy... It looks like Houston's Rap-A-Lot Records -- once the only Gulf Coast label that truly mattered to the above-ground consumer -- has finally been shaken from its self-satisfied slumber by surging competition. It's hard to blame ...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 1, 1998
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    Clubland

    Get ready to duck. There's a disco-ball barrage brewing on the Richmond Strip. Polly Esther's, an upscale '70s- and '80s-themed dance club chain with franchises in Austin and eight other locations nationwide, has moved into the former Rock Bottom ...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 1, 1998
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    Family Style - The Robison philosophy on fraternal bonds: the less hyped the better

    It could be the stuff Nashville wet dreams are made of: two strapping, handsome brothers from a Wild West small town in Texas, both of whom sing and write songs. They grew up ranching, working on an oil pipeline and playing in a local band before the...

    by Rob Patterson on October 1, 1998
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    The New Originals

    "We have always been an original band. The idea to do [covers] came strictly as an afterthought, as a way to make money," says Toy Subs lead singer Jamie Jahan Daruwala. "And even when we did the covers, we have never tried to sound like a record, an...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 1, 1998
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    Static

    Dumb as a whip... In its continuing effort to spice up the bland bouillon that is Buzz radio's "new alternative," Jacor Communications is eyeing other cities' leftovers. And it looks like the Kentucky-based conglomerate, which unceremoniously snatche...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 24, 1998
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    More Blues Than You Can Use

    Longtime residents of the Third and Fifth wards can testify directly to a legacy now finally being appreciated by others: Houston is home to some of the best blues ever made. From the late '40s through the '60s, many of the genre's most influential c...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on September 24, 1998
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    Clubland

    Get ready to duck. There's a disco-ball war brewing on the Richmond Strip. Polly Esther's, an upscale '70s- and '80s-themed dance club chain with nine other locations nationwide, has moved into the former Rock Bottom Brewery, much to the chagrin of a...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 24, 1998
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