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    Now They're Cooking

    When the Moog Cookbook was invited to play live on MTV's Week in Rock, band members Uli Nomi and Meco Eno -- a.k.a. Roger Manning and Brian Kehew -- didn't see any drawbacks to accepting, even though it would mark their first-ever concert appearance....

    by John Jesitus on January 22, 1998
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    Sublime Second Hand Smoke Gasoline Alley/MCA So what if Sublime's idea of a good time involved getting high, looting, driving drunk and -- in the case of deceased lead singer/songwriter Brad Nowell -- ultimately overdosing on heroin? Beneat...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on January 22, 1998
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    Post-Teens trauma... Though Scott Ayers has been spending a lot of time holed up in his southwest Houston house since his band the Pain Teens broke up three years ago, it's not as if he's been sitting around gnawing on his toenails like a total reclu...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 22, 1998
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    Uncommon Cause

    At times, Consolidated seem less like a band than a cause-waving freak show. The quasi-militant San Francisco Bay-area trio is, quite literally, submerged in its own anarchic intentions. Tops among the group's laundry list of causes: animal rights, v...

    by Seth Hurwitz on January 22, 1998
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    No Fooling Around - Success has been anything but a cinch for Atticus Finch

    "I had seen the movie ten or 12 times, and it just always stuck out to me." Chris Laurents, drummer for amiable Houston modern rockers Atticus Finch, is musing over the origins of the band's name over dinner at a local restaurant, where the band ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on January 22, 1998
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    Cry Tough - Essential bassist Tommy Shannon hangs in there

    Tommy Shannon and his wife, Kumi, are raising four elegant horses -- three of them Trakehners, an athletic European breed -- on their Austin ranch. This land, where the Shannons have recently settled, spills out into unspoiled Hill Country. With just...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on January 15, 1998
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    Uncomfy niche... Over the last few years, Clandestine has become such a reliable part of Houston's Celtic folk landscape that it's been tempting to take them for granted. Like its contemporaries in Ceili's Muse and Gordian Knot, this rustic foursome ...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 15, 1998
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    Tupelo's Curse

    Anyone who follows popular music knows that success is often a matter of timing. Yesterday's cool, after all, is today's Wang Chung. It wasn't long ago that alt-country was supposed to save the world. The genre even had its own supergroup in Unc...

    by Brendan Doherty on January 15, 1998
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    H-Town Ladies Edition Relativity Back in 1993, three local boys with the handles G.I., Shazaam and Dino made good nationally with a smoldering little ditty called "Knockin' Da Boots." The song peaked at number two on the Billboard pop chart...

    by Bob Ruggiero on January 15, 1998
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    Baby, It's Him - Burt Bacharach isn't making a comeback -- he never left

    In person, Burt Bacharach seems smaller than he does when you see him on television or in old photos, standing next to ex-wives Angie Dickinson or Carole Bayer Sager. His arms are twig thin, and his face is a little more gaunt than it was back when h...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 8, 1998
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    Fly girl... It's hardly a revelation that an unfortunately large number of Houston artists see leaving town as the only way for them to get anywhere in the music business. Robin Beacham understands that point of view, because Beacham is among those w...

    by Hobart Rowland on January 8, 1998
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    Sounds of Freedom

    "If Jimi Hendrix did hip-hop, that's exactly what that shit would sound like." It's a Monday night at the Blue Iguana on Richmond, and the person making this claim is a house DJ impressed by the half-hour set just turned in by Freedom Sold. Unfo...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on January 8, 1998
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    B.B. King Deuces Wild MCA At 72, B.B. King is something of an enigma. He's still a tremendous blues performer, someone whose concerts are not to be missed. Yet for the past two decades, his recordings have generally been pop/soul-influenced...

    by Jim Caligiuri on January 8, 1998
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    Spanish Rocks

    Until recently, a mention of Spanish-influenced rock and roll would cause most people to think only of Los Lobos, Santana ("Oye Como Va" anyone?) or War's "Low Rider." Folks whose knowledge of rock history extended more than a few years into the past...

    by Frank-John Hadley on January 8, 1998
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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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    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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    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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