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    Rotation

    Bloodhound Gang One Fierce Beer Coaster Geffen "Know thyself," goes one of the commandments of the ancient Greeks. "I'm more tongue and cheek than a lesbo orgy," goes Jimmy Pop Ali, mouthpiece of the Bloodhound Gang, a twisted band of mall ...

    by David Cantwell on February 6, 1997
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    Modest Intent

    A few years back, an odd little story (or perhaps a rumor) began circulating about the Connells. As the tale went, the group had just finished a show at some Maryland dump, and its members had spread out inside the emptying club to hang out with frie...

    by Brad Tyer on January 30, 1997
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    Lo-fi, High Expectations - Will Sebadoh end up ruling the DIY world it helped create?

    In Lou Barlow's Boston apartment, it's always easy to know where you stand. As Barlow, the auteur of the subterranean lovesick blues that have made his band Sebadoh an indie icon, describes his home, it sounds like a comfortable place to crash: books...

    by Brendan Doherty on January 30, 1997
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    Sound Check

    Is it just me, or does it strike you as a bit unnerving that Pearl Jam is held up as modern rock's shining example of perseverance; that, these days, four releases equal a lengthy career -- or perhaps even more distressing, a career in its twilight? ...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 30, 1997
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    Static

    Just in from the Metroplex... To most Houstonians, the rock scene in Dallas is pretty faceless, if only because most of its artists so rarely show their faces around here. Austin acts appear in town like clockwork, but Dallas ... well it's still cons...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 30, 1997
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    Rotation

    Walter Hyatt King Tears MCA A musician's death, it's sad to note, often sparks considerable interest in his music. You want evidence? Just look at how Townes Van Zandt's CDs have suddenly moved from the back of the bin to the front. Si...

    by Brad Tyer on January 23, 1997
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    All for One? - The boys in the band want you to know Counting Crows is more than its lead singer

    The last time anyone looked, Counting Crows was still a plural entity -- a sextet, not a solo act. Yet if you judged by the stories written about the California band, you might assume it was a one-man operation, that man being photogenic and enigmati...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 23, 1997
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    Wicked Rush

    Back when responsible adults refrained from using words such as "smart-ass" in the presence of children, a relative of mine affectionately described certain people as "wisenheimers." And while that expression's meaning may have been mangled in transl...

    by Gerard Choucroun on January 23, 1997
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    Static

    Minor cause for concern... Over the last few weeks, certain politicians in Austin have been mulling over some new regulations that, if you believe certain Texas nightclub owners and booking agents -- not to mention a music writer or two -- could have...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 23, 1997
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    Lee Way

    Back in 1990, Houston was one of a handful of stops for the JVC jazz festival, which featured icons such as Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis and George Benson. Also on the bill was Lee Ritenour, a less-hallowed guitarist whose ace band of top studio tale...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 16, 1997
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    Static

    Local music.com... Surfing the Internet in search of anything worthwhile about the local music scene is sort of like surfing the Gulf of Mexico: It's largely a wash. I recently tried using the keywords "Houston" and "music" and turned up 78 website m...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 16, 1997
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    Rotation

    Scarfo Scarfo Broken Rekids 60 Ft Dolls The Big 3 DGC Any power trio worth its muscle knows how to burn energy efficiently. When only three are doing the work normally assigned to four or more, efficiency isn't a choice, it's a ...

    by Jim Sherman on January 16, 1997
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    Aw, Twern't Nuthin' - That's what Mike Henderson says, but his fans disagree

    Though he has experimented with a multitude of styles, the way Mike Henderson sees it, there are only two kinds of music: good music and bad music. As for Henderson, he plays good music. A veteran of hundreds of recording sessions, Henderson is ...

    by Jim Sherman on January 16, 1997
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    Louvin It Up - The high, lonesome hardships of country's best duo are getting easier to hear

    The Louvin Brothers were country music's best-ever brother team, and when they titled their greatest album Tragic Songs of Life, they weren't kidding around. Over the course of that record, a woman wanders "this wide world all over," leaving her aban...

    by David Cantwell on January 16, 1997
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    End of the Road

    It surprised no one who knew him, or even anyone who knew much of him, to learn that Townes Van Zandt -- a man who by all accounts lived the Troubled Troubadour Genius myth to the verge of cliche -- had died on New Year's Day at age 52. As Keith Case...

    by Brad Tyer on January 9, 1997
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    Jazz It Up

    Ballroom jazz -- now there's a concept that only took 30 years to get down on tape. In 1966, Joe Henderson, already a veteran bandleader, composer and master blaster of the tenor saxophone, began gathering some of the cream of the New York jazz scene...

    by Bob Burtman on January 9, 1997
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    Static

    The King loses his touch... It's time to celebrate a certain nightclub's newfound freedom from corporate bullying. December 30, Houston's Velvet Elvis and its sister bar in Dallas notched a victory for drinking establishments everywhere when a federa...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 9, 1997
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    The Good with the Badfinger - A Houston producer pays loving tribute to an enduring -- if cursed -- band

    Badfinger could be the most star-crossed band in the history of rock and roll. During their time on the planet as the sometimes plastic, more often authentic, scions of the Beatles, misfortune smiled upon the British foursome all too often. For a gro...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 9, 1997
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    Rotation

    The Red Krayola Hazel Drag City Avant-garde rockers have to be the most patient people in the world. They make a release, then wait a decade or more until someone notices. That's what happened with the Red Krayola, whose current resurgence ...

    by Brendan Doherty on January 9, 1997
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    Grimm Tale

    It's Saturday night at Emo's, and the crowd is sectioned off into the typical competing segments. There's the regular rowdies around the bar; the underage, pasty-white socialites out front in the courtyard; and the 20 to 30 gawking souls huddled arou...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 2, 1997
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