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    Sex Sells

    R&B crooner R. Kelly -- a.k.a. Robert Kelly -- has never been one for modest amounts of anything. A prolific sexual honesty pervades his work -- sometimes discreetly, but more often blatantly. Recent song titles such as "Hump Bounce" and "Down Low (N...

    by Bob Burtman on May 2, 1996
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    Noise, or Art? - DJ Scott Sommers celebrates two decades of (sometimes) inspired clatter

    It's just after 10 p.m. on a Sunday, and 42-year-old Scott Sommers is right where he's been, more or less, once a week for the past 20 years: in the DJ booth at Pacifica radio KPFT/90.1 FM, hosting one of that station's longest-running programs, The ...

    by Brad Tyer on May 2, 1996
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... My cluttered shelves are again calling out for relief -- a spring cubicle-cleaning, if you will, a clearing out of the cluttered mire of pitch letters, band bios and, of course, CDs and cassettes from local bands looking for a ...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 25, 1996
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    Everything Fest, Part Two

    To be sure, this year's West African theme brought an impressive array of Afropop stars to town last week for the kickoff of the Houston International Festival. This weekend's lineup, however, makes the first batch seem like warm-up acts. Let's ...

    by Bob Burtman on April 25, 1996
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    Dilution of Evil - Has Ministry, at one time the reigning king of bad, lost its edge?

    It would be an overstatement to say that Ministry created the musical form most now call "industrial," but not by much. Ministry kingpins Al Jourgensen (vocals, guitar, keyboards, etc.) and Paul Barker (bass, vocals, programming, etc.) met in Boston ...

    by Brad Tyer on April 25, 1996
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    Sound Check

    Great bands breaking apart is about as common in rock and roll as the inevitable reunions of the lousy ones, and true to form, the last decade or so has been a veritable graveyard of wasted potential. The timing of said dissolutions is often impeccab...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 25, 1996
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    Rotation

    Neil Diamond Tennessee Moon Columbia If chest hair could sing, you can almost bet it would sound like Neil Diamond. Thirty years and 100 million albums after his humble beginnings as a folkie pop singer/songwriter, Diamond finds himself ...

    by Jim Sherman on April 18, 1996
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    Static

    Reluctant outlaws... There's an unlikely foursome out there doing their best to rub out the thickening, sickening line between shallow Nashville hit-making and stiff roots-country purism, and the funny thing is, it hardly seems like they're trying. O...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 18, 1996
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    Everything Festival

    Talk about a multi-cult glut: for its 25th year, the Houston International Festival is hosting more than 100 acts on six stages in an area that covers 20 city blocks. Pondering the sheer volume of music booked for this "world's fair style" event is e...

    by Bob Burtman on April 18, 1996
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    Having Some Nasty Fun - Too Much Joy cowers in the mouth of adulthood

    Too Much Joy has never been a standard one-insult band. In fact, their resourcefulness in devising ways to piss people off has kept them afloat for the better part of a decade. The New York quartet announced its existence in the late '80s by laying i...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 18, 1996
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    Highway 10 Revisited - San Antonio's True Infidelslook east for inspiration

    "Al Stewart Singing Syd Barrett's Bob Dylan's Blues." This beast of a song came to Mikael Martin in a waking dream, its cluttered title a radio DJ's nightmare -- eight words strung together in a sequence inadvertently designed to tie your tongue ...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 11, 1996
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    Rotation

    Sting Mercury Falling A&M For years, Sting has struggled to keep his effective pop song writing from being drowned out by his lofty musical and lyrical ambitions. As recently as 1993's Ten Summoner's Tales, he succeeded, showing that his ...

    by Bill Levine on April 11, 1996
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    Static

    Out of the Cradle... When you get right down to it, the concept of the Cradle Concert holds more groundbreaking appeal than its lineup. Headliners Jesse Dayton, Robert Earl Keen, Marcia Ball, Flaco Jimenez and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown are all well-...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 11, 1996
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    Hillbilly Revenge

    Remember geek rock? Back in the late '70s, it took the guise of the new wave singer/songwriter when self-proclaimed English losers such as Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson made low self-esteem cool and gave homely guys some long overdue respect. Both a...

    by Bob Burtman on April 11, 1996
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    Cult of Ferocity - True to punk's roots, Bad Religion keeps the anger alive

    Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley still remembers clearly the look of fear in the guy's eyes. Below him, the writhing sea of bodies was beginning to appear more and more like a swampy pit of ravenous alligators systematically dragging their prey throu...

    by Greg Barr on April 4, 1996
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    Fun Without Pretense - Echobelly abandons English arrogance for some good times

    As rock bands go, Echobelly can appear more than a touch pretentious. The multiracial quintet boasts a high-drama guitar pop approach much along the lines of the Smiths, a group in the upper echelon of post-punk's most notable whiners. Echobelly is f...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 4, 1996
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    Rotation

    Superdrag Regretfully Yours Elektra To lend the proper post-punk savvy to their first major-label outing, Knoxville, Tennessee's Superdrag chose well-connected Bostonian Tim O'Heir of Fort Apache fame to be their producer. O'Heir had done...

    on April 4, 1996
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    Static

    No minor threat... Just in case you don't get your fill of that pesky punk philosophy at Saturday's Bad Religion show at the International Ballroom, Fugazi is coming around a few days later to enlighten the daylights out of you. The anti-legendary ha...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 4, 1996
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    Dave's World

    The David Wilcox success story reads with a predictability that's damn near awe-inspiring. A student from a small college nestled in North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains, Wilcox settled into a cozy local club where his literate, confessional folk s...

    by Jim Sherman on April 4, 1996
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    Dandy Affair

    If the Dandy Warhols' music doesn't fly in Houston, it won't be for a lack of good ideas. Back in their home of Portland, Oregon, where the local music scene is divided between earnest post-grunge bands and an earnestly eclectic collection of longtim...

    by Gerard Choucroun on March 28, 1996
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