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    Static

    Ballroom bane... The International Ballroom and Pace Concerts didn't win themselves a lot of fans with their handling of Soundgarden's November 26 performance. The problem wasn't the show; it was the fact that a couple of hundred people who had purch...

    by Hobart Rowland on December 5, 1996
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    Right Number - BR5-49 lives to see the day when Hee Haw is hip

    The bloodhound's name was Beauregard, and the phone number down at the used car lot was BR5-49. If those things make you smile, your secret is out: You were a Hee Haw fan. Whether you saw it as a cunning satire of everything that drove you nuts ...

    by Jim Sherman on December 5, 1996
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    Wild Things - With a stiff dose of vatobilly, the Flamin' Hellcats aim to cure rock and roll of what ails it

    Whenever rock gets old, fat and full of itself, something inevitably comes along to steer it back to the loud-and-fast honesty that's always been the music's soul. Now that heavy metal, punk and new wave have had their turn behind the wheel, maybe it...

    by Jim Sherman on November 28, 1996
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    Messing Up in Public - Ray Davies gets the kinks (if not the Kinks) out of his career

    In its September 11, 1964 issue, the British pop magazine New Musical Express featured an article on the Kinks underneath the headline "This week's chart-toppers." Each member of the band, which had just stepped into the limelight on the strength of ...

    by Rob Walker on November 28, 1996
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    Sound Check

    Reviewing Christmas music isn't easy. Where do you start, for instance? Of the umpteen Christmas releases churned out annually for years on end, which should be considered? Neil Diamond's? (Too predictable.) Brave Combo's? (Already an established cla...

    by Brad Tyer on November 28, 1996
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    Static

    Two in one... As far as I can see, there are two Jinkies: the band that cares, and the band that could not care less. Identifying traits of the caring Jinkies include an inclination toward craftsmanship, a penchant for contagious hooks and a conscien...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 28, 1996
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    Matter of Importance

    I haven't made a sweeping pronouncement in weeks, so I'm going to enjoy this: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is the most important rock band working today. That's different than saying they're the best rock band working today (though to my ear ...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 28, 1996
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    Hum Along with Marshall

    Any fan of quality-tested singer/songwriters is obligated to reserve a little empathy for Marshall Crenshaw. If the sky is truly for the stars -- as Crenshaw proclaimed in his 1987 role as Buddy Holly in the Ritchie Valens biopic, La Bamba -- then ce...

    by Joyce Austin on November 21, 1996
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    Flawed Diamond

    Full disclosure: Neil Diamond was my first real concert, in my fourth-grade year, the result of my mother's ardent fandom. Me, sis, mom and dad at the Summit. What I remember most is this: Someone who couldn't have been paying much attention tried to...

    by Brad Tyer on November 21, 1996
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    Static

    Ezra's Wonder... What qualifies as success obviously depends a lot on perspective. Case in point: Throughout their brief career from 1965 to 1968, Thursday's Children never had a single that made it out of Texas. They never recorded a full-length rel...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 21, 1996
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    Rotation

    The Presidents of the United States of America II Columbia Records Waiting for the arrival of the Presidents's sophomore effort, after the pleasant Top 40 experience that was the Seattle band's eponymous 1995 debut, was a little like antici...

    by Robin Myrick on November 21, 1996
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    Songs and Sickness - That's what it's about with D Generation, man

    "It's not an act," insists the voice over the phone. Nor is it -- to paraphrase the voice -- some brash pop-culture statement on life imitating art. Rather, the voice implies, D Generation's story represents something eminently more real: hard eviden...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 21, 1996
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    Out of a Dead Planet

    "Is this going to be a story about Planet Shock! or Aftershock?" It's an innocent enough question. Yet when Aftershock guitarist Ray "Bone" Herrera poses it, he does so with a hint of finality -- his polite way of implying, "We're through with th...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 14, 1996
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    Rotation

    Linda Perry In Flight Rockstar/Interscope "Simplify, don't amplify" is Linda Perry's mantra these days. On her solo debut, In Flight, Perry leaves behind her platinum success story, 4 Non Blondes, and sets out to create a headphones-friendl...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 14, 1996
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    A Fine and Funky Odor

    Exhaust fumes, soul food, freshly mowed hay, good sex and great music have a defining common denominator -- smell. Without their essential, earthy bouquets, they lose their potency and ability to inspire. In the case of music, the large number of ban...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 14, 1996
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    Static

    Raves and wave-offs... You may have noticed lately that local hippies are getting less passive and more pushy. Sure, Houston may not foster as definitive a shrine to self-centered '90s bohemia as, say, Austin's Ruta Maya coffeehouse -- where service ...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 14, 1996
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    Loungette - Combustible Edison makes the listening easy -- with a straight face

    In 1994, an East Coast act called Combustible Edison got caught up in a wave of hype that was either enviable in the extreme or a terminal drag, depending on your level of tolerance for shoveling quip quotes to the trend-wary heavyweights at Entertai...

    by Brad Tyer on November 14, 1996
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    Combustible Vegas

    Former Las Vegas denizen Peter Cudahy rates the casino-circuit greats: * Neil Diamond: "I don't know what happened to Neil Diamond; I think it has something to do with his systematic repudiation of his Judaic heritage. I wonder what his family thin...

    on November 14, 1996
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    Static

    Anthology anticlimax... I have to admit that I expected something a little more blustery out of Capitol to mark the conclusion of its three-part Beatles Anthology series. Rather, the two-CD Anthology 3 -- the final installment in the trilogy -- seems...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 7, 1996
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    Rotation

    Wilco Being There Reprise Leave it to Jeff Tweedy to take a rock-star notion as pretentious as the double-length concept album and reduce it to something about as nonchalant as a trip to the corner store for cigarettes. Tweedy was, after al...

    by Brad Tyer on November 7, 1996
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