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    Girl in the Spotlight - Lisa Loeb is figuring it out in public

    Rod Serling walks out of the sound-stage gloom and into a pool of light cast by a single spotlight. "Submitted for your approval," he says, pulling his lips back from his teeth. "A portrait of a young woman who wants nothing more than to sing, and wh...

    by Matt Weitz on January 1, 1998
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    Highway Lunacy - Hip-hop, bad hair and bad jokes steer I-45 on a twisted joy ride

    Northside Houston resident Tony Avitia was an 18-year-old stock boy at a Kroger store when, somewhere among the Tylenol, the Haagen-Dazs and the freshly watered produce, he met Billy Kinnamon. Kinnamon was a 16-year-old bagger from Greenspoint who wa...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on January 1, 1998
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    Rotation

    Hurricane #1 Hurricane #1 Sire/Warner Bros. The American public has been largely monogamous -- if serially so -- when it comes to its relationship with '90s Brit-pop, saving its affection for just the right combination of hooks and hubris, ...

    by Julie Carter on January 1, 1998
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    The Other Vaughan

    Though Jimmie Vaughan has quietly and consistently proven that he's just as skillful and dedicated a bluesman as his younger brother ever was, the wild life, flashy chops and tragic death of Stevie Ray Vaughan may always end up dwarfing his older sib...

    by Jim Caligiuri on January 1, 1998
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    Static

    The year in lists... The word that best sums up popular music in 1997 is "potential" -- not because there was so much of it, but because there were so many cases in which it was squandered, ignored or flat-out lacking. Still in a state of extended gr...

    by Paul J. MacArthur on January 1, 1998
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    Canadian Born, but Texas Proud - Fred Eaglesmith descends from the Great White North with a unique American vision

    Fred Eaglesmith may hail from Ontario, Canada, but he's constantly compared to a class of Texas singer/songwriters that includes Steve Earle, Guy Clark and the late Townes Van Zandt. Not that that bothers Eaglesmith any. His new CD, Lipstick, Lies an...

    by Jim Caligiuri on December 25, 1997
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    Last Man Standing - Kim Wilson is the sole T-Bird on the band's best release in years. But is anyone listening?

    Consider it a minor miracle of happenstance. Kim Wilson sure does. Wilson, the grizzled 46-year-old leader of what is still one of Austin's best-known exports, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, had been chilling in a New York recording studio with a couple ...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 25, 1997
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    Static

    Almost tickled pink... As aging rock icons go, the guys from Aerosmith don't look half-bad -- a little weathered, maybe, but they're hardly the waxy, embalmed superstars one might expect, given the band's history. Last Thursday, as four members of th...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 25, 1997
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    Celtic Boom

    The avalanche of excellent roots-music releases over the last 12 months has been but one facet of a banner year for Celtic culture on this side of the Atlantic. The phenomenal success of the Riverdance road show starring enigmatic master stepper Mich...

    by Bob Burtman on December 25, 1997
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    Deifying Dah-veed - David Garza worships at the altar of rock and roll

    "They just found a syringe full of cocaine here." This, my introduction to the more off-color side of singer/songwriter David Garza, is delivered via a muddy answering-machine message called in from a Texas nightclub that will remain nameless. Cu...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 18, 1997
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    Heaven Sent? - Caedmon's Call strives to be heard above the Christian rock din

    All of them are devout Christians. Many of their songs reflect themes of devotion, temptation and salvation. They play a lot of gigs at churches and Bible study groups. And yes, a line in one of their most popular songs goes: "I can see Jesus hanging...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 18, 1997
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    Bang with Brains

    Rock and roll has had its share of epic-length, "bathroom break for the deejay" classics: "Whipping Post," "Freebird" and, yes, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" are just a few that spring to mind. But with their latest CD, A Pleasant Shade of Gray, longtime prog...

    by Frank-John Hadley on December 18, 1997
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    Rotation

    Tab Benoit Live: Swampland Jam Justice Some sage or another once said that music matures within oneself as one grows older. That's certainly the case for Louisiana blues guitarist Tab Benoit -- if, that is, the new Live: Swampland Jam is an...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 18, 1997
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    Static

    Future a blur... Granted, Schrasj's recent decision to embark on an indefinite hiatus doesn't make a whole lot of sense -- especially now. This last year or so has seen the ambient noise-pop trio (and sometime quartet) emerge from its self-absorbed s...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 18, 1997
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    On the Mend - After over a year of laying low, Juliana Hatfield is ready to reconnect

    On "Sell Out," the lead track of her latest EP, post-punk songstress Juliana Hatfield sings, "It's not a sell-out if nobody buys it." And indeed, that conclusion, while somewhat obvious, is more applicable to the longtime Bostonian's brushes with fam...

    by David Simutis on December 11, 1997
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    Rotation

    Spice Girls Spiceworld Virgin So what do you want to hear? That the Spice Girls suck? That they're nothing but shills pandering to 12-year-old girls and brain-dead listeners to Top 40? Sure, I could say that about the Spice Girls, but at th...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Static

    Belated grief... At first, I was content to let the death of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence -- who was found hanging nude from the doorway of a hotel suite in his native Australia on November 22 -- pass without so much as a mention. As the tabloi...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Career Girls

    You'd think that because they have the same come-hither pose, the same brashly aggressive appeal and -- when it comes right down to it -- the same act, hip-hop bad girl Lil' Kim and her Def Jam mirror image Foxy Brown would be at each other's throats...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Hail to the '80s - A rash of new compilations makes a case for the Me Decade's place in rock history

    Brace yourself. It's coming. Nostalgia for the '80s, that is. And it's barreling full-speed toward music consumers, disco balls bobbing in its wake. I should know, after all. Statistics show that my thirtysomething demographic is the one expending al...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 11, 1997
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    Hip to Be Square - Quality, not fashion, drives the legacy of Simon and Garfunkel

    Alas, poor Simon and Garfunkel. At a time in music when it was more important to be hip than to be good (sound familiar, kids?), they were so collegiate, so pop that they could never really be cool. True, that didn't much affect their sales (Simon an...

    by Rob Patterson on December 4, 1997
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