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    Ron Sexsmith Ron Sexsmith Interscope Life is amazing in its endless capacity for renewal. Just when you've written off a tired old tradition -- in this case, the sensitive singer/songwriter guy -- as having finally been shamed into postm...

    by Jim Sherman on June 8, 1995
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    Press Picks

    thursday june 8 Peer Gynt The Houston Ballet is ending its 25th anniversary season with a revival production of Peer Gynt. When Ben Stevenson and the Ballet first presented this work, the New York Times noted that its power came "from a ...

    by Edith Sorenson on June 8, 1995
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    Sounds for the Long Haul

    Surviving in the music industry isn't easy. You can be on top one minute, on the bottom the next. It can be a world that lasts for as little as a day; as evidence, all you need to do is look at all the one-hit wonders that have littered the history o...

    on June 1, 1995
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    Elvis Costello Kojak Variety Warner Bros. Elvis Costello is a man of many tastes and many ideas. In the last few years, he's played stripped-down rock and roll with the reformed Attractions and chamber-pop music with the Brodsky Quartet. ...

    by Roni Sarig on June 1, 1995
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    Critic's Choice - Out of the Bars

    The trouble with bar bands is that they all sound like bar bands -- they hear a song, they play the song, always in an instantly recognizable manner. That's their job, of course, but ultimately "bar band" becomes a stylistic straitjacket. The ot...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on June 1, 1995
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    Feats of Courage - From the death of Lowell George on, Little Feat has learned to grow through loss

    It's been seven years since Little Feat reconstituted itself, but even after all that time a question still follows the band around like a lonesome puppy: will this second set of Feat ever be judged on its own terms? The problem with answering t...

    by Tim Carman on June 1, 1995
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    Sweet Magic - Matthew Sweet mixes past and present into tunes with taste

    Matthew Sweet was probably poking some sort of fun at his own bad self when, in 1993, he led listeners into Altered Beast -- his first release after the breakthrough college radio success of Girlfriend -- with a song titled "Dinosaur Act." Echoplexed...

    by Brad Tyer on June 1, 1995
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    Duran, Again - The pretty boys return from the '80s, and insist they've never been away

    John Taylor seemed taken aback. The trans-Atlantic connection to London suddenly went dead, and there was an awkward pause on the line. He'd just been told something he was unaware of, and something he obviously doesn't much care for. The news was th...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on May 25, 1995
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    Critic's Choice - The Hard Way

    It's good to run across a legend who refuses to rest on his laurels. Many of the artists from the 1960s -- men and women who translated social upheaval into innovative musical statements -- have been content to continually repackage what was on their...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on May 25, 1995
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    Ready to Rise - Raisin' Cain may give Jesse Dayton his long anticipated push into prominence

    At 10 p.m. on a Thursday night, Sugar Hill Studios in southeast Houston looks quiet. Four or five cars share the parking lot with an 18-foot Ryder truck, and you can hear the crickets complaining. But walk through the open door, across the lobby plas...

    by Brad Tyer on May 25, 1995
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    Sound Check

    What has a kora, a couple of bajo sextos, some drones and driving fiddles? World Music, of course. But only if you believe what you hear from lazy clerks at music stores. As a musical category, World Music has been around some eight years no...

    on May 25, 1995
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    What Is It Good For?

    There are, to be fair, two kinds of nostalgia acts: those that suck really hard, and those that don't. The former category includes a slew of one-hit wonders and even once legitimate bands who've been rescued from obscurity and banished to musical he...

    by Tim Carman on May 18, 1995
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    Rock and Roll Royalty - Gina Haley carries the name of a rock founder, but she'd rather make it on her own

    Gina Haley has a great idea: the fresh faced, delicately freckled singer/songwriter suggests we meet at the Hard Rock Cafe on Kirby Drive. It will make for a terrific photo opportunity, she says. The high concept hamburger joint has some memorabilia ...

    by Tim Carman on May 18, 1995
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    Power Surge - Saddled with an acoustic reputation, Tesla wants to show it's all electric

    Five years ago, Tesla -- perhaps the only band extant named for a scientist, this one being Nikolai Tesla, the father of alternating current -- became an unlikely multi-platinum success story when their version of the Five Man Electrical Band's song ...

    by Alan Sculley on May 18, 1995
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    Bobby Byrd On the Move (I Can't Get Enough) JB Horns I Like It Like That Instinct Last year, longtime James Brown sideman and co-composer Bobby Byrd released On the Move (I Can't Get Enough) and the JB Horns came out with I Lik...

    by Roni Sarig on May 18, 1995
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    In Their Own Time - How deep is your love for the Bee Gees?

    "The Bee Gees were possibly the greatest pop songwriters of all time." If Dennis Davison intends ironic effect, he doesn't betray it in his voice. Speaking over the phone from Los Angeles, the singer/ songwriter/guitarist for that city's pop-psyc...

    by Michael Yockel on May 11, 1995
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    Royal and Righteous - Queen for a Day benefits a good cause and gives local bands a chance to rock you

    One evening this March, Killian Sweeney and Noah SkYess were discussing future projects for Willis, the glam rock band they were then both part of. Eventually, as their whiskey-soaked conversation continued, the notion of staging a tribute to proto-g...

    by Joe Hon on May 11, 1995
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    Various Artists For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson MusicMasters Harry Nilsson was a performer who never toured, and even if he firmly established himself behind the scenes as a left-of-the-Atlantic songwriting soul mate to the B...

    by Roni Sarig on May 11, 1995
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    Lounge Act

    A funny song that will make you laugh in a bar every six months or so isn't necessarily something you'd want to hear every day. Having forgotten this basic truth, I noticed that the longer the Austin Lounge Lizards latest, Small Minds, stayed in my d...

    by Mitchell J. Shields on May 11, 1995
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    The Song Remains the Same - The Smithereens don't have a hot new angle, only solid old sounds

    Newspaper and magazine profiles are supposed to be written around what we in the trade call an angle, which is to say a method of approaching the subject that ties it to current events, granting the subject status as news, and so justifying the space...

    by Brad Tyer on May 11, 1995
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