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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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    What's Soul Got to Do with It?

    Despite her success, Tina Turner has done her best to obscure the fact that she's a great singer. It doesn't help that she just launched her latest solo album, Wildest Dreams, and her first U.S. tour in six years (which will kick off Thursday and Fri...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on May 1, 1997
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    She's the Boss - Houston-bred Sara Hickman has never been keen on constraints

    "What I've always heard is: 'You've got really great lips and you've got a really great voice.' But I wanted them to say, 'And you've got really great songs, too.' I want to sing my songs, and I guess that makes me a difficult person to deal with som...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 1, 1997
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    Rotation

    Son Volt Straightaways Warner Bros. Jay Farrar certainly picked an odd time to play it safe. Now that the hubbub over his former Uncle Tupelo cohort Jeff Tweedy -- who had the critics in the palm of his hand last year thanks to Wilco's Bein...

    by David Cantwell on May 1, 1997
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    Austin's Fave

    Jimmy LaFave's meat-and-potatoes blend of rambunctious instinct and softhearted sincerity is about as awe-inspiring as blue-collar rock gets these days. That may explain why he's become a live music institution throughout Texas, even if fans in his a...

    by Michael Bertin on May 1, 1997
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    Static

    Music Council malaise... Next Monday and Tuesday at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge and May 14 at Ovations, the Houston Music Council will be holding parties to celebrate the release of its most recent CD designed to survey the local music scene, HMC C...

    by Hobart Rowland on May 1, 1997
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    Corrosive Talent

    Wondering why the multimillion-selling Metallica chose the relatively little-known Corrosion of Conformity as their touring partners? Maybe it's because, whatever you may say about their limp Load or new Lollapalooza hairdos, the guys in Metallica kn...

    by Mark Towns on April 24, 1997
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    Fixed Up - Shawn Colvin's made A Few Small Repairs, and she's ready to show them off

    As she slid inconspicuously onto the stage at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion last September, Shawn Colvin seemed determined not to draw too much attention to herself. This was, after all, a baby step in the scheme of things, a modest clearing of...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 24, 1997
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    The Girl in the Glasses - Nana Mouskouri has the world. So why does she want America?

    If you're looking for yet more evidence of just how isolated America is from the rest of the world -- and how desperate the rest of the world is to break through that isolation -- all you have to do is check out Nana Mouskouri. A Greek native who's b...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on April 24, 1997
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    Static

    Is dead horse dead meat? In a word, yes. And this time, it appears, the Houston band has finally taken the proverbial stake through the heart. No more last-gasp reorganizations, no more resurrections; I've been assured by its founders that this time ...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 24, 1997
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    Sound Check

    There's something about us rock geeks that makes us need to organize and categorize and rank every damn piece of music we own -- and certainly no entertainment product is as fetishized as the rock album. What's more, perhaps only sports nuts rival ro...

    by Roni Sarig on April 24, 1997
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    Rotation

    Townes Van Zandt The Highway Kind Sugar Hill The late Townes Van Zandt has been heralded as one of the finest songwriters of our time, but his peculiar genius is hard to define. Not an overwhelming singer or guitarist -- though his fingerst...

    by Brendan Doherty on April 17, 1997
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    Static

    Manholing the competition... Houston's Manhole recently scored a victory in a scuffle to retain exclusive rights to its name. Late last month, the local heavy rock institution won a lawsuit that pitted the female-fronted group against a West Coast ba...

    by Hobart Rowland on April 17, 1997
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