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    Thriving -- or Simply Surviving? - After all these years, Alex Van Halen insists his band isn't "D.O.A."

    Longevity is the easy part of rock and roll; it is no great task to survive the music business, even if an artist is driven solely by the illusions of fame -- money, women, the glamorous excesses. One need only look at Steve Tyler or, for that matter...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 23, 1995
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    Pop Moment

    The lumbering frame of Henry Rollins was as ubiquitous in Austin during South by Southwest as barbecue and Shiner Bock, showing up on panels, haunting the Austin Convention Center, assisting rock legend and noted schizophrenic Roky Erickson at two il...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 23, 1995
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    Play that Monkey Beat

    Jim Suhler may still play the blues, or at least a rock-oriented version thereof, but the east Dallas native has to admit that he probably has less real reason to feel the blues than at almost any time in recent memory. Well, yeah, there is the littl...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on March 23, 1995
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    Roots Rockabilly

    This rockabilly revival stuff can be tricky. For evidence, all one has to do is look at the careers of the Stray Cats and Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen. Both groups came strong out of the box, knocked off a couple of memorable opening alb...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on March 16, 1995
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    Rotation

    James Carr The Essential James Carr Razor & Tie Records James Carr is one of the few '60s soul men who actually deserved the honorific "legendary," if for no other reason than that for nearly 25 years he has existed only in legend. "Hard to...

    by Jim Sherman on March 16, 1995
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    Wilder Thing - Webb's Commandment: You Got to Move

    Webb Wilder wants to set the record straight. The self-proclaimed "last of the full grown men" is not one to strap on a big guitar and try to cover his errors and distract his detractors with a lot of thrash, twang and thunder. The part-time B-movie ...

    by Edith Sorenson on March 16, 1995
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    Ready for Home - Sherman Robertson left for success; now he's returning for a shot of the Houston blues

    "Houston -- A Great Place to Be From" could be the motto for local musicians -- especially blues musicians -- who achieve any degree of visibility and success. For a town that's so famously pro-business, there's never been much effort made to encoura...

    by Jim Sherman on March 16, 1995
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    Pop Moment

    Okay, about that Jessie Dayton teaser last week. It was sort of a no-brainer for anyone who's been paying attention. Dayton is working with Randall Jamail and Justice Records. They're in an Austin studio now, recording what I'm told will be 15 tracks...

    by Brad Tyer on March 9, 1995
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    Rotation

    Gabrielle Goodman Until We Love JMT/Verve Records As legends Shirley Horn, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln and the like continue to refine the art of jazz singing, the inevitable question remains: where is the next generation of female jazz voc...

    by Marlynn Snyder on March 9, 1995
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    Whole New Posture

    So I read in a magazine the other day -- I think it may have been U.S. News and World Report -- that punk rock, of all things, is back. Yippee, I say to myself. Punk's not dead. Nope, not dead at all. Instead, I'm told, it's back. Which could me...

    by Brad Tyer on March 9, 1995
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    The Road from College - Dallas, and SMU, favorite Jackopierce gets a call to the big leagues, and answers

    You never know when that phone call's going to come that'll change your life. Even if the call isn't to you. That's what Jack O'Neill and Cary Pierce -- the "Jack" and the "Pierce" of Dallas band Jackopierce -- discovered about a year and a half...

    by Joe Hon on March 9, 1995
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    Take This Band and Love It

    Iowa beatnik folkie Greg Brown was my long-scheduled reservation for this week's Critic's Choice slot, but according to the folks at the Mucky Duck, where Brown was scheduled to appear on Saturday, he postponed so he wouldn't have to compete with Nan...

    by Brad Tyer on March 2, 1995
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    Rotation

    Fun-Da-Mental Seize the Time Beggars Banquet In case you haven't yet figured out why Public Enemy's last release stiffed so hard, take another lesson from Fun-Da-Mental. An English rap group comprising two Asians and two Afro-Caribbeans, Fu...

    by Roni Sarig on March 2, 1995
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    Pop Moment

    Austinite and former Houston homeboy Jessie Dayton is still being coy about the label deal he's reportedly on the verge (at press time) of signing, and since we've waited this long, I guess I'll be coy, too, and let the ink dry before spilling the be...

    by Brad Tyer on March 2, 1995
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    Don't Laugh At a Legend Roky Erickson emerges from the cacophony with his first new album in a decade

    AUSTIN -- The man standing at the counter, waiting to order his food, is slumped and disheveled and looking slightly deranged. His beard chopped and trimmed in odd proportions, his matted and tangled and unwashed hair sticking up in various spots, hi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 2, 1995
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    Live Shots

    "Texas" Johnny Brown Billy Blues Tuesday, February 21 After seeing "Texas" Johnny Brown invite Katie Webster on-stage to close out the night, I know Houston is a blues lover's Promised Land. Can I have an "amen" and another cold beer? ...

    by Peter Kelly on March 2, 1995
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    Live Shots

    Kicking Giant Rice Coffee House Monday, February 13 Kicking Giant's latest album, Alien I.D., is surprising, not so much for the music but for the fact that it's on K records, the Olympia, Washington, label that's defined the naive-pop soun...

    by Brad Tyer on February 23, 1995
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    Keeping His Cool - Nick the Knife's regained his edge, and the world's a better place for it

    The Jesus of Cool is back. Not that he was really gone -- it's not like he died or anything like that -- but Nick Lowe is fresh from a trip through Little Village and on tour for the first time in five years to promote a new solo album, The Impossibl...

    by Peter Kelly on February 23, 1995
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    Pond Rising

    One day about three years ago, in the slack mist of Portland, Oregon, I trudged down to the river to watch local bands play a festival called the Mayor's Ball (Portland at the time had a pretty cool mayor). One of the more memorable of several memora...

    by Brad Tyer on February 23, 1995
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    Poetic Justice

    The poet Vassar Miller, we're happy to report, is alive and well and the subject of two tributes this week. Miller was profiled in a story in the November 17 Press, "Life of a Poet," which detailed the circumstances that had led the esteemed 70-...

    by Brad Tyer on February 23, 1995
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