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    All-Terrain Vehicle - Rock, country, punk, pop: Freewheeling Old 97's don't discriminate

    Not long ago, a certain Houston club manager came to the following conclusion about one of his favorite Texas acts: "The best thing about Old 97's is that people think they're a country band. But they're not; they're a pop band." And therein lie...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 31, 1997
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    Lilith Fair-ness - Sarah McLachlan had a brainchild, and it was a girl

    Sarah McLachlan has only herself to blame. After all, in a country where Baywatch can pass as high drama, her idea to put together Lilith Fair, a pop music road extravaganza spotlighting women artists, was bound to score inordinate media attention on...

    by Rick Koster on July 31, 1997
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    Fresh Focus - Having tried the major label route, Wakeland is now happy to go its own way

    Wakeland makes pop music for wimps -- love songs, if you will, for those of us lacking a spine. With a near-childlike take on the world around them, the Norman, Oklahoma, quartet has never been afraid to play faint-hearted victim in a song. "May...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 24, 1997
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    Beyond the Stars

    Rock history generally suggests that talented lesser-knowns can benefit from the coddling of a proven commodity, if only for the most obvious reasons -- i.e., name recognition, industry clout, what have you. For Brad, a project featuring Pearl Jam gu...

    by Roni Sarig on July 24, 1997
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    Rotation

    Radiohead OK Computer Capitol Radiohead's OK Computer isn't easy to cozy up to. It's a marathon listen, a muddled, self-fulfilling mess of a concept album. But it's also great -- not great in an obvious sense, and definitely not by any know...

    by David Cantwell on July 24, 1997
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    Static

    Young in vibes... Coming up on his 70th birthday, jazz vibraphonist Harry Sheppard says he's never felt better. "I have more energy now than I had in my forties," he beams. That's hard to argue. The tight spools of gray hair atop his head and le...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 24, 1997
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    Can't Touch This - Scarface hasn't simply weathered gangsta rap, he's conquered it

    Scarface -- a.k.a. Brad Jordan -- strikes a defiant victory pose in the face of gangsta rap's recent carnage on his fourth solo release, The Untouchable. And in his case, that bigger-than-life image gamble appears to have paid off. A decade afte...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 24, 1997
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    It's Alright, Ma

    Bob Dylan didn't die. Apparently, his condition following his May 25 hospitalization for histoplasmosis was greatly exaggerated by the media. ("DYLAN COULD BE IN FIGHT FOR LIFE," wailed the headline from the May 29 edition of the New York Post.) Stil...

    by John Floyd on July 17, 1997
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    Rooting Interest - The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head

    Ahmir Khalib-Thompson, a.k.a. ?uestlove, drummer and bandleader of the hip-hop combo called the Roots, has been among the few rap personalities to actively criticize certain of his peers for talking trash, endorsing anti-intellectualism and promoting...

    by Michael Roberts on July 17, 1997
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    Color of the Blues

    Dallas guitarist Smokin' Joe Kubek was playing obscure, backroom blues circuit gigs before he could qualify for a driver's license. A few years later, the '70s reared its ugly head long enough for the musician to flirt with hard rock. But Zeppelin an...

    by Mark Towns on July 17, 1997
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    Rotation

    Brave Combo Group Dance Epidemic Rounder What Pavement said about Smashing Pumpkins was mean but true: Too much popular music is bereft of purpose. Most records coming out are neither enjoyable enough to qualify as real entertainment, nor e...

    by David Kronke on July 17, 1997
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    Static

    Copeland remembered... True, it wasn't much of an acceptance speech, but it meant everything. Standing by the podium at the July 7 Houston Press Music Awards ceremony, local blues legend Joe "Guitar" Hughes briefly studied the trophy he'd just been h...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 17, 1997
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    Bite This! - Sink your teeth into the 1997 Houston Press Music Awards

    It wasn't by accident that youth figured so prominently in this year's Houston Press Music Awards. An overhaul of the nominating committee to include a younger segment of nominators slightly more on the fringe -- not to mention the addition of a Best...

    by Marlo Cobb on July 10, 1997
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    On the Right Track

    It's not unusual for the term "next big thing" to enter into discussion of the Derailers, an Austin-based collective of sharp-dressed men with perhaps just the right croon and twang to bridge the gap between alternative country's rocker, radical and ...

    by Andy Langer on July 3, 1997
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    Classic Touch

    A connoisseur of classic rock might argue that, in his prime, Steve Miller was about as innovative an artist as, oh, the Guess Who or Peter Frampton. A quick rundown of his contributions to the classic rock catalog -- "The Joker," "Jet Airliner," "Sw...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 3, 1997
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    The Playa - With partner/producer DJ Quik, Suga Free preaches Street Gospel

    The good news just keeps on coming for Suga Free and DJ Quik. Every ten minutes or so, another bit of it filters into a conference room at the Island Records offices on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, where the rapper and his veteran producer are answe...

    by Dave Wielenga on July 3, 1997
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    Static

    Tape head... You could easily argue that Houmidity: Bad Weather, Bad Attitudes isn't much of a documentary on the Houston music scene. And it's likely that the video's creator, Jamie Sralla (a.k.a. Butch Montenegro), would agree with you. Still, that...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 3, 1997
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    Rotation

    World Party Egyptology The Enclave World Party's Karl Wallinger has his drawbacks. First off, he's not much of a singer. True, Wallinger can carry a tune -- but he carries it with only a scant measure of character. And lyrically speaking, h...

    by Roni Sarig on July 3, 1997
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    All Grown Up

    Sometimes, musical maturity takes a while. In the case of saxophonist George Howard, who recorded his first CD in 1982, it took a decade and a half. But now everything's starting to jell. On Attitude Adjustment, his most recent release (not counting ...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 26, 1997
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    Houston Press 1997 Music Awards Preview - A guide to who's who in the Press Music Awards ballot. Plus, the where and when of the Press Music Awards Showcase!

    At times, we must admit, putting together the ballot for the Press Music Awards engenders a touch of deja vu. Familiar names (can you say Carolyn Wonderland? Jesse Dayton? Joe "Guitar" Hughes?) keep popping up. Not that that's necessarily bad; this w...

    by Mark Towns on June 26, 1997
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