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    Rotation

    Yo La Tengo Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo Matador Odds-and-ends compilations rarely feature a band's best work, but surely that's the fun of them. There's a certain voyeuristic thrill in hearing all the weird B-sides, dusty outtakes, alternat...

    by Damon O'Banion on October 3, 1996
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    Static

    King-size effort... Last week, I hastily tossed out the remark that Horseshoe's new King of the World -- which came into my hands minutes before deadline -- topped my list of candidates for local CD of the year. For once, a rash judgment has proven t...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 3, 1996
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    No More Mush

    Last month, Details magazine crowned Imperial Drag "Spacehog without the gags," an assessment that was meant to be a compliment -- though it's unlikely the band took it as such, seeing as it says more about Imperial Drag's shortcomings than its stren...

    by Greg Barr on October 3, 1996
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    Ground-in Dirt - Bad boys Taste of Garlic are trying to clean up their act. Yeah. Sure.

    Taste of Garlic worked long and hard on its shady, do-nothing image, nursing it along with copious bong hits and an informal but effective propaganda campaign that was equal parts fact, rumor, hype and blunt blasts of a raw funk/rap hybrid. Now it ap...

    by Hobart Rowland on October 3, 1996
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    Grunge Schmunge - The Melvins don't give a damn, and so should you

    It may be difficult to remember now, but back in the days before the ascension of MTV, before grunge, before Kurt Cobain nailed himself to the cross in the name of his art, the rock underground lived and breathed a contrarian spirit. You didn't have ...

    by Brad Tyer on September 26, 1996
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    No More Same Old, Same Old - Buddy Guy finally gets the respect he's always wanted

    You won't find too many guitar heroes on the phone at 9 a.m. At that time of day, a lot of them are just calling it a night. Yet on this particular morning, the guitar hero who answers the phone at his suburban Chicago home is hardly comatose. An ext...

    by Greg Barr on September 26, 1996
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    Good Girl, Bad Girl

    Back in 1980, lead Pretender Chrissie Hynde ruffled rock's moral double standard with songs of hard living and wild exploits -- S&M misadventures, gangbangs, tattooed love boys, brutal hangovers and such. Sixteen years later, you have to think that e...

    by Brad Tyer on September 26, 1996
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    Sound Check

    History says that it's been only five years since R.E.M. mined quadruple-platinum with Out of Time. Looking back, though, that mammoth stage in the group's evolution hasn't aged particularly well, especially in the considerably more ambitious shadow ...

    by Jim Sherman on September 26, 1996
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    Static

    Tapestry of hope... As is often the case, no one realized just how many friends and admirers cellist Mike Dudley had until he was gone. "There were more people [at his August 6 memorial service] than I would ever have imagined," says Robert Yale...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 26, 1996
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    Simply Direct - Gillian Welch heeds roots music's high, lonesome call

    For a woman raised by show-biz parents, Gillian Welch is a strikingly austere sight on-stage. Dispensing low-key charm to a small crowd at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, the soft-spoken, hard-willed native of Los Angeles projects an image that's as plain as...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 12, 1996
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    Try a Sample

    Not so much as a hint of an English sense of order pervades Loop Guru's pieced-together vision of a world without boundaries. In fact, British colonialism has never seemed so disorderly as it does in the hands of this technologically fixated bunch. U...

    by Jim Sherman on September 12, 1996
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    The Tesh Touch - So John Tesh was a TV star? Hey, don't blame him -- he didn't want it.

    I've spent a good chunk of time recently mulling over the possible consequences of a 44-year-old man named John Tesh. Maybe you've heard of him; for ten years, ending three months ago, Tesh and his hair co-hosted Entertainment Tonight, arguably the b...

    by Brad Tyer on September 12, 1996
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    Static

    Top form... As many musicians age, they find themselves pulled back to their roots -- the primal elements of their craft that got them jazzed enough to work 80-hour weeks, travel the country under detestable conditions and, essentially, starve for wh...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 12, 1996
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    Rotation

    Pearl Jam No Code Epic Eddie Vedder's extended vacation from touring -- and just about every other responsibility of rock princedom -- has given him loads of time to contemplate his navel. And apparently, he's found a lot of lint in its rec...

    by Roni Sarig on September 12, 1996
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    Static

    Fitting tribute... Houston jazz bassist Dave Nichols had always wanted to record his own material, storing it away patiently over the last year while he waited for the right set of circumstances. Those circumstances never came. A ubiquitous free...

    by Hobart Rowland on September 5, 1996
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    Hold the Tonic

    The Refreshments are one of a handful of Tempe, Arizona bands that were gobbled up by the big labels in the feeding frenzy set off in that town by the Gin Blossoms. A party-hardy quartet that floated quickly to top billing in the clubs around Arizona...

    by David Glessner on September 5, 1996
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    A World of the Blues - Johnny Copeland's music stretches from Houston to Africa and beyond

    Though he's lived in the New York City area for more than two decades, Johnny Copeland still introduces himself on-stage as "from the Third Ward." For some, covering that much territory might be a bit of a geographic stretch, but as Copeland's latest...

    by Jim Sherman on September 5, 1996
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    Rotation

    Pete Droge and the Sinners Find a Door American Pete Droge is a moody sort with a talent for devising simple, pleasant-sounding musical trappings for a rather ugly mess of emotional quandaries. Much of the charm -- and the power -- of the P...

    by Roni Sarig on September 5, 1996
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    Static

    Definitely David... Jazz saxophonist David Caceres is a quiet, reserved 29-year-old. But when the occasion calls for it, he can be assertive and self-assured. Take, for example, when the conversation turns to the snobbery that often pervades his fiel...

    by Hobart Rowland on August 29, 1996
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    Other Voices - Houston Ebony Opera readies for its first season without its founder

    It can be hard for an organization to deal with the death of its founder -- especially when that founder not only came up with the initial idea, but has also been the main source of its energy. At the same time, though, when a driving force is gone, ...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on August 29, 1996
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