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    Young and Hungry

    It's dusk on a Wednesday night, and Lil' KeKe and his entourage have sequestered themselves in the Jam Down Entertainment studios on Telephone Road with a bounty of fast food from a local joint known as Spanky's. Primary on the Houston rapper's mind ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 20, 1997
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    The Wizard of Weird - After two decades of oddity, Beans Barton still has a lock on the inexplicable

    Though it may be true that all the world is a stage, Dale Barton doesn't particularly come across as someone whose universe revolves around performing on it. Or at least that appears to be the case on this muggy late-October morning, as the T-shirt- ...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 20, 1997
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    Too Much Genius

    A few weeks ago, VH-1 aired a documentary on the making of some Fleetwood Mac release -- either Rumours or Tusk, it hardly matters which. Lindsey Buckingham sat behind a console, fiddling with knobs and dials until he managed to separate out each pie...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 13, 1997
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    Rules of the Road - The Latchkey Kids learn that even in rock and roll, it pays to call ahead

    Of the many lessons a struggling rock and roll band must learn, there's one that sticks out in the mind of Tim Guerinot, vocalist for the Latchkey Kids: "You have got to reconfirm your dates with the clubs -- even when you're already on the road...

    by Bob Ruggiero on November 13, 1997
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    Watt's Engine - Former Minuteman Mike Watt looks to the past in order to steam into the future

    Just like James Joyce had his Dublin, Mike Watt has his San Pedro. The port town on the Los Angeles harbor has been the bass player's stomping ground since he was a kid, and he knows every inch of the place. His dad, a career Navy man, was stationed ...

    by Roni Sarig on November 13, 1997
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    Static

    A music council by any other name... In recent years, the Houston Music Council hasn't gotten a whole lot of respect from local scenesters. Part of the problem is its checkered past -- and the fact that every time a musician hears the Music Council's...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 13, 1997
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    Off the Wagon

    Sometimes, the best reason for a reunion is no reason at all. What else can explain the recent reconvening of alt-rock progenitors Jane's Addiction -- other than, of course, greed, which is a charge returning members Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and S...

    by Carrie Bell on November 13, 1997
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    Rotation

    The Moog Cookbook Plays the Classic Rock Hits Restless If you're of the opinion that some of the best moments in rock were created in jest, then the latest slab of irreverence from semi-mythic synth-age troopers the Moog Cookbook ought to f...

    by Stephen Gershon on November 13, 1997
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    Static

    Deth warmed over... When you first listen to Dethkultur BBQ, they don't seem like the sort of friends you'd invite to a family picnic. But if the world were to suffer annihilation any time soon, rest assured this uncompromisingly dire industrial/hip-...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 6, 1997
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    Rotation

    Steve Earle El Corazon Warner Bros. When the country music establishment turned its back on Steve Earle, a reformed junkie and unrehabilitated loudmouth, Earle turned his back on the country music establishment. For that reason and many oth...

    by David Cantwell on November 6, 1997
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    Going Public - Tanya Donelly fights her shyness to strike out on her own

    You can learn a lot about Tanya Donelly in a ten-minute conversation. With only the slightest effort, you'll discover that she's married to her bassist and sometime-collaborator Dean Fisher, best known for his work with Juliana Hatfield. And you'll f...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 6, 1997
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    Same Old Crue

    On the surface, it would be hard to say that Motley Crue gained anything from breaking ties with lead singer Vince Neil five years ago. At the time, hair metal's baddest bad boys were one of rock's most popular acts. Their then-current CD, Dr. Feelgo...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 6, 1997
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    What's in a Name? - A lot, if you're Moses Guest, and taking another grab at the brass ring

    In a business where self-promotion is a necessity, the four individuals who comprise the Houston groove-rock outfit Moses Guest have a special method of getting their name out to the public. "We have stickers strategically placed in many urinals...

    by Bob Ruggiero on November 6, 1997
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    Static

    Beatles scholar... "You have to do more than just study the notes. I've been through every one of those Beatles songbooks, and they're full of errors," says Darin Murphy, who's best known locally for his years as half of the popular collegiate pop du...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 30, 1997
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    Is the Mac Truly Back? - Rumours of Fleetwood Mac's demise are exaggerated -- for the time being

    This is an odd bit of paradise for Lindsey Buckingham. He's ensconced in a plush East Hollywood recording studio, eyes closed, his bare feet tapping at the hardwood floor as he listens to a playback of "Bleed to Love Her," another forceful blend of a...

    by Steve Appleford on October 30, 1997
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    Mixed Breed

    On their last studio outing, Straight Up!, Little Charlie and the Nightcats showed just how versatile a versatile band can be. The 1995 release augmented an already wide-open sound by lending a distinctive jazz edge to the jacked-up fusion of jump, s...

    by Alan Sculley on October 30, 1997
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    Spit and Polish

    Slobberbone has never quite fit into any of the usual country-rock categories, and there has always been a suspicion that the songs of leader Brent Best simply encompassed too much for that kind of easy treatment. Barrel Chested, the Denton outfit's ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 30, 1997
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    Sound Check

    If this summer's Lilith Fair achieved anything, it was to ram home the realization that there's strength in numbers, even where women singer/songwriters are concerned. More to the point, it proved that even an all-female lineup as strikingly one-dime...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 30, 1997
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    Survival Instinct - Sisters Morales emerge from hard luck's abyss wiser, if not richer

    "It's the same old story," says Lisa Morales curtly, cringing as she shrugs off the tattered flier that's just been thrust in front of her face for comment. The sheet of paper -- almost two years old -- announces in a flourish of fancy type and ...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 23, 1997
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    Unchecked Egos

    Love Spit Love's Richard Butler has to be one of the vainest frontmen in rock -- not in the sillier sense of the term (a la, say, David Lee Roth), but in a far more tasteful and stern way. That makes him a particularly intriguing study in engorged eg...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on October 23, 1997
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