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    Wayward Son - Hank III's rock gives country fans the blues (and vice versa)

    You can maybe forgive Shelton Hank Williams III if he's not quite sure just who he wants to be when he grows up. The boy's only 27, skinny enough to stand sideways, stick out his tongue and pass for a zipper, and the family tree leans heavily on him....

    by Brad Tyer on May 11, 2000
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    Artsy Activist - Slinging a guitar and the New Testament, Bruce Cockburn preaches the gospel of progressive politics

    For Bruce Cockburn, it has become routine for interviewers to ask why this New Testament-packing Canadian folk troubadour has spent years tromping around the world's political hot spots and then cataloging his experiences in six-minute musical minido...

    by Greg Barr on May 11, 2000
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    In Good Company

    Dane Sonnier got the call last winter to add a couple of acoustic licks to a track on an upcoming CD by some local Christian hard rock act. He responded by joining the band. Formerly of the Galactic Cowboys and Sonnier Brothers, Sonnier is doing w...

    by Anthony Mariani on May 11, 2000
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    Rotation - Various Artists

    Various Artists The Rough Guide to Tex-Mex World Music Network Poor Tejano conjunto. It is a doubly marginalized music. This Tex-Mex sound, driven by accordion and bajo sexto, has been mostly ignored by Anglo media and Anglo audiences, even as the...

    by Aaron Howard on May 11, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Todville Road

    Todville Road Carousel Todville Road Choosing a band name that alludes to something obscure is a common phenomenon of these postmodern times. Here's a local pop-rock outfit following suit, christening itself after a back road most Houston commuter...

    by Roger Wood on May 11, 2000
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    Not Your Average Angst

    What sets Greg Graffin, the leader of punk survivors Bad Religion, apart from many of his contemporaries is his impeccable knack for knowing just when to spew. Words, that is. Even though for the past 20 years he and his band have been railing abou...

    by Greg Barr on May 11, 2000
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    Highway to Heck - Though Christian on the inside, MxPx is pure punk on the outside

    Punk rock is a lot of things. Loud, always. Fast, mostly. Angry, sometimes. Uplifting? Well, yeah. Actually, if it's done well, it can be downright inspirational -- firing up the engines of self-empowerment that typically lie dormant, or creating a...

    by Les Mixer on May 4, 2000
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    Legacy of Gristle - Though Clarence Hollimon has passed, he lives on in his work

    When 62-year-old native Houstonian Clarence Hollimon died late last month, local blues and jazz culture lost more than just another gifted musician. It lost the player countless insiders considered to be the greatest all-around guitarist ever to emer...

    by Roger Wood on May 4, 2000
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    Upcoming Concerts - Port Vale -- Norma Zenteno and Raised By Wolves -- Trish Murphy

    Port Vale Rudyard's Thursday, April 27 After swapping places on the marquee with San Francisco's Timonium, Port Vale ended up headlining the night. Judging from the continuous hoots and whistles from the audience, it was perhaps rightfully so. Tim...

    by Giselle Rodriguez on May 4, 2000
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    Ruff Rockers

    On the back of Japanic's new CD, Red Book, is in small typeface, "2000 Plethorazine. All Rights Reserved." No logo. No bold lettering. Just a record label name with the necessary legal notice. Well, if Thomas Escalante gets his wish, that might chan...

    by Anthony Mariani on May 4, 2000
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    Rotation - Duke Ellington

    Duke Ellington The Duke: The Essential Collection (1927-1961) Columbia Legacy Duke Ellington: The Reprise Studio Sessions Mosaic Records Miles Davis once told Down Beat magazine: "I think all the musicians should get together on one certain d...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on May 4, 2000
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    Local Rotation - Raw Johnson

    Raw Johnson Hard Lessons Raw Johnson As structural anthropologist Claude Lvi-Strauss most famously noted, there's a significant difference between the raw and the cooked. And what's true for food, or social systems, also applies to music. What to...

    by Roger Wood on May 4, 2000
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    She Sings Hard for the Money

    Texas is one of the few places where country music can evolve and even prosper outside Nashville's evil influence. For proof positive of the artistic benefits of working outside the confines of Music Row, look no further than Kimmie Rhodes. In the...

    by Cathy Anne Pletcher Baker on May 4, 2000
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    Young Lion - Though only 17, Brandon Lee blows a mighty horn

    When Tony Williams joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963, the 17-year-old drummer caused a bit of a stir -- on the bandstand and with nightclub owners. From behind the kit, the innovative wunderkind quickly redefined modern jazz drumming. At the b...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on April 27, 2000
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    Long Haul - As the rest of Americana crumbles around him, Guy Clark just keeps getting better

    It might as well have been the Mesozoic era for all the trace that's left on the local psyche, but the 1960s and early-1970s music scene in Houston was as fertile as the Mississippi Delta of an earlier day. The Moving Sidewalks imported psychedelic ...

    by Brad Tyer on April 27, 2000
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    Listen In - Clandestine -- Dave Nevling and the Blues Kats -- Tommy Dardar and the Sheetrockers

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Compaq Center Tuesday, April 18 During an extended version of his classic "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," Bruce Springsteen dropped to his knees in front of a bouquet-bearing female fan and, smirking, looked acro...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on April 27, 2000
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    Kick the Horns, G!

    Forty-wide across the mixing board, bright orange equalizer lights rose and fell in sync with a blaring melody. It blasted through the studio speakers and out into the salmon-colored halls of Digital Recording Services, where legendary blues conduc...

    by Anthony Mariani on April 27, 2000
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    Rotation - Cat Power -- Bloodhound Gang -- Rollins Band

    Cat Power The Covers Record Matador Cat Power (a.k.a. Chan Marshall) has made one of the best albums of the millennium. Perhaps a far-fetched thing to say so soon, particularly since the new millennium hasn't even officially started yet, but it's ...

    by Tim Murrah on April 27, 2000
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    Local Rotation - MC Breed

    MC Breed Rare Breed Albatross Records MC Breed: The name is familiar, and for good reason. In 1991, with former partner DFC, the Flint, Michigan, native created one of the first bump-and-bounce anthems of the new decade, "Ain't No Future in Yo' ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on April 27, 2000
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    Big Country - Buddy and Julie Miller

    Like Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Buddy and Julie Miller are one of the great duos of country. Their work is truly white American soul music of the best kind. Soul, in this sens...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on April 27, 2000
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