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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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    Bass Boss

    There have been plenty of bass-playing stars in pop music history -- all you have to do is think of Paul McCartney and his upside-down Hofner, Brian Wilson, Jack Bruce, John Entwhistle -- but none of them has had quite the influence on his bass-playi...

    by Carrie Bell on May 15, 1997
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    Nails in the Coffin - Five decades of Chess Records lead to a blues stalemate

    Once, I was puttering through some mediocre bass guitar at a party with a drummer who claimed to have spent time with Jodie Foster's Army. It was a fun if uninspired racket, until we were joined by a genial, silvering baby boomer in a blazer and cuff...

    by Michael Batty on May 15, 1997
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    Piano Man - Can Leif Ove Andsnes be both a keyboard wizard and an average guy?

    When the name David Helfgott comes up in the conversation, Leif Ove Andsnes pauses. Granted, hearing the pause isn't easy; the Norwegian piano virtuoso talks so softly that at times it sounds like he's left the room even when he's right there with yo...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on May 15, 1997
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    Soul Survivor - Four decades after his first record, Solomon Burke is still in the studio -- and still in God's arms

    The rain and the cold don't stop Solomon Burke. He's an hour late for a rendezvous in the parking lot of a red-ribboned church in Los Angeles, and he hastily apologizes for his tardiness. But Solomon Burke has been out doing God's work, and God doesn...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 15, 1997
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    Static

    A man and his guitar... Something special was afoot when Hollisters guitarist Eric "Eddie Dale" Danheim strapped on a water-tower-green, sticker-encrusted Fender Stratocaster mid-set at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge earlier this month. I could feel i...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 15, 1997
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    Rotation

    Nanci Griffith Blue Roses from the Moons Elektra In many ways, this is the finest album that Nanci Griffith has ever released. Recorded live in the studio, Blue Roses from the Moons captures the soft-voiced singer's long-time band, the Blue...

    by Roni Sarig on May 15, 1997
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    Greed is Good - Veruca Salt would like it all. If not now, then eventually.

    Years ago, children's novelist Roald Dahl created a spoiled girl who wanted it all -- especially a tour of the psychedelic chocolate factory operated by Willy Wonka -- and wanted it yesterday. Her insatiable greed eventually landed her in Wonka's bad...

    by Carrie Bell on May 8, 1997
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    Talking Revolution - Michael Franti and Spearhead are into change, if not the Internet

    A quarter of a century ago, proto-rapper Gil Scott-Heron informed us that "the revolution will not be televised." This year, with a soulful baritone and a revolutionary consciousness that echoes hip-hop's forefather, Michael Franti is here to tell us...

    by Roni Sarig on May 8, 1997
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    Rotation

    Graham Parker and the Figgs The Last Rock 'n' Roll Tour Razor & Tie It was basically a one-off deal: The Figgs, a semi-obscure power-pop quartet out of Saratoga Springs, New York, would open for Graham Parker on his fall 1996 tour and, whil...

    by Roni Sarig on May 8, 1997
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    Capital Blues

    Forgive W.C. Clark if he makes the most of his association with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Clark isn't just some opportunistic sideman who did a stint or two with the late Austin blues rocker and is trying to parlay his brief brush with fame into a career. ...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 8, 1997
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    Static

    The Communists are coming!... Foul weather wasn't the only thing conspiring to keep Cubanismo off the Houston International Festival's World Music Stage this year. A few high-profile members of the city's Cuban-American community were none too please...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 8, 1997
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