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    Flawed Diamond

    Full disclosure: Neil Diamond was my first real concert, in my fourth-grade year, the result of my mother's ardent fandom. Me, sis, mom and dad at the Summit. What I remember most is this: Someone who couldn't have been paying much attention tried to...

    by Brad Tyer on November 21, 1996
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    Static

    Ezra's Wonder... What qualifies as success obviously depends a lot on perspective. Case in point: Throughout their brief career from 1965 to 1968, Thursday's Children never had a single that made it out of Texas. They never recorded a full-length rel...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 21, 1996
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    Rotation

    The Presidents of the United States of America II Columbia Records Waiting for the arrival of the Presidents's sophomore effort, after the pleasant Top 40 experience that was the Seattle band's eponymous 1995 debut, was a little like antici...

    by Robin Myrick on November 21, 1996
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    Songs and Sickness - That's what it's about with D Generation, man

    "It's not an act," insists the voice over the phone. Nor is it -- to paraphrase the voice -- some brash pop-culture statement on life imitating art. Rather, the voice implies, D Generation's story represents something eminently more real: hard eviden...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 21, 1996
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    A Fine and Funky Odor

    Exhaust fumes, soul food, freshly mowed hay, good sex and great music have a defining common denominator -- smell. Without their essential, earthy bouquets, they lose their potency and ability to inspire. In the case of music, the large number of ban...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 14, 1996
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... You may have noticed lately that local hippies are getting less passive and more pushy. Sure, Houston may not foster as definitive a shrine to self-centered '90s bohemia as, say, Austin's Ruta Maya coffeehouse -- where service ...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 14, 1996
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    Loungette - Combustible Edison makes the listening easy -- with a straight face

    In 1994, an East Coast act called Combustible Edison got caught up in a wave of hype that was either enviable in the extreme or a terminal drag, depending on your level of tolerance for shoveling quip quotes to the trend-wary heavyweights at Entertai...

    by Brad Tyer on November 14, 1996
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    Combustible Vegas

    Former Las Vegas denizen Peter Cudahy rates the casino-circuit greats: * Neil Diamond: "I don't know what happened to Neil Diamond; I think it has something to do with his systematic repudiation of his Judaic heritage. I wonder what his family thin...

    on November 14, 1996
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    Out of a Dead Planet

    "Is this going to be a story about Planet Shock! or Aftershock?" It's an innocent enough question. Yet when Aftershock guitarist Ray "Bone" Herrera poses it, he does so with a hint of finality -- his polite way of implying, "We're through with th...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 14, 1996
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    Rotation

    Linda Perry In Flight Rockstar/Interscope "Simplify, don't amplify" is Linda Perry's mantra these days. On her solo debut, In Flight, Perry leaves behind her platinum success story, 4 Non Blondes, and sets out to create a headphones-friendl...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 14, 1996
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    Hip and Hawaiian

    Thanks to their consolidation under the respectable classification of world beat, types of music once considered weird or indefinably alien have found new friends. One genre that can be found beneath this far-flung heading is Hawaiian folk music, whi...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on November 7, 1996
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    Guitar Goddess - Classical guitar is deadly serious, right? Not to Susan McDonald.

    A short while back, a friend walked in while I was playing "Campanas del Alba," a track off a new album titled Tico Tico. He stopped to listen, and when I asked him to describe the artist whose carefully plucked, hauntingly precise notes of unaccompa...

    by Jim Sherman on November 7, 1996
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    Mr. Loud and Sensitive - Bob Mould takes his act on the road one more time

    Throughout his scrappy '80s career with seminal hard-core pop threesome Husker Du, his '90s stint with the more accessible power trio Sugar and spurts on his own, Bob Mould has never been one to cling to an idea with an expiration date -- or to stick...

    by Robin Myrick on November 7, 1996
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    Static

    Anthology anticlimax... I have to admit that I expected something a little more blustery out of Capitol to mark the conclusion of its three-part Beatles Anthology series. Rather, the two-CD Anthology 3 -- the final installment in the trilogy -- seems...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 7, 1996
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    Rotation

    Wilco Being There Reprise Leave it to Jeff Tweedy to take a rock-star notion as pretentious as the double-length concept album and reduce it to something about as nonchalant as a trip to the corner store for cigarettes. Tweedy was, after al...

    by Brad Tyer on November 7, 1996
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    Eating It Up - Slobberbone is playing with its heroes, and living off expectations

    When Brent Best was finally ready to pick up a guitar and start messing with the songs rattling around in his 16-year-old head, he had already survived infatuations with Rush and R.E.M. By then, it was the bar-band rock of Jason and the Scorchers tha...

    by Brad Tyer on October 31, 1996
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    Splendid Isolation - For Warren Zevon, it's all about how he looks in the hat

    His hair is close-cropped for the first time in years, and his gray T-shirt is snug around a trim torso. He wears blue jeans and reflecting sunglasses that hide bright eyes revealed only when he slides on his regular spectacles. As he walks through t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 31, 1996
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    Static

    Gangsta rap, R.I.P.? The ripples from the death of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas last month continue to roll out, with more than a few critics latching onto Shakur's shooting as added evidence (if any were needed) that gangsta rap is headed toward its ow...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 31, 1996
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    Wry Fidelity

    What sort of mischief can a smart, painfully self-conscious band from England stir up when it mixes a love of the trance-inducing experimentation of German bands such as Faust and Neu! with a decidedly less hip weakness for everything from Muzak to F...

    by Robin Myrick on October 31, 1996
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    Sound Check

    There was a time not long ago when the only religious figure to have any clout in rock and roll was the devil, when decent, church-going folks wanted nothing to do with his primordial rhythms. Rock was nasty business, and its practitioners at least a...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 31, 1996
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