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    Big Noise

    When Magnapop shot out of R.E.M.'s operations base of Athens, Georgia, a few years ago, music critics drooled with near lustful self-satisfaction. In Linda Hopper, they had finally found a post-punk female who vocalized her angst without overcompensa...

    by Brad Tyer on July 4, 1996
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    Road Rules - The Toadies have two addresses -- one on wheels, the other on-stage

    Beer, trash talk shows, slasher flicks, punk rock, '70s heavy metal, tasteless humor: the Toadies are gluttons for a lot of things, not the least of which is touring. The Fort Worth foursome have been living out of a suitcase so long, they might as w...

    by Hobart Rowland on July 4, 1996
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    Notes from the Front - Vamping down memory lane with members of the Kiss Army

    As the story goes, Gene Klein quit his day job as a teacher at a Manhattan public school in 1972 and changed his name to Simmons. Fellow New York City resident Paul Eisen went a similar route, renaming himself Paul Stanley. The duo found Peter Crissc...

    by Brad Tyer on July 4, 1996
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    Blues Without Blinders - Blues, soul, rock, country? Who cares? To Little Milton, it's just music.

    Not too long ago, an internationally renowned authority on popular culture came to Houston and asked me to take him out to a few of the city's select juke joints. This gentleman, like many experts, felt that the blues is a static, rigid format, one i...

    by Jim Sherman on June 27, 1996
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    Souls Revival

    The Plimsouls reunion might have seemed a wee bit more momentous if the band's demise in 1984 had been more of an event. But few were looking on when the Los Angeles quartet dissolved after four frustrating years. During that time, the group seemed t...

    by Greg Barr on June 27, 1996
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    Sound Check

    For obvious reasons, surf music will be forever linked to summer. This is the time of year that record companies are inclined to blanket listeners with yet another mini-wave of sun-and-fun nostalgia. Not that summer is the only time such sounds are p...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 27, 1996
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    Swing Time - The Royal Crown Revue doesn't just lounge around

    "How Yoo Dawin'?" In conversation, Eddie Nichols flaunts the exaggerated syntactical swagger of Brooklyn, New York, conjuring visions of gangsters, hepcats and, not coincidentally, traveling swing bands. The last is particularly appropriate; Nich...

    by Brad Tyer on June 27, 1996
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    Static

    Is Parkway punk dead? For now, it appears that punk's presence around Allen Parkway Village will vanish along with most of the Houston housing project. Over the last year, the APV Room, located in the Allen Parkway Village Community Center, became th...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 27, 1996
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    Same Old Waylon - The most rebellious thing Waylon Jennings has done is not change

    Given his history, it's not surprising that Waylon Jennings has been a little confusing on the whole outlaw/rebel thing. This is, after all, the man who used to room with a pill-popping Johnny Cash, and popped his share of pills at the same time. (Th...

    by Jim Sherman on June 20, 1996
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    Static

    More than a quick fix... "I wanted to base our [career] trajectory on the Police," says Fastball's Miles Zuniga. "When they got together, they had all been in these other bands; the oldest, Andy Summers, was like 35." It's not that Zuniga has an...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 20, 1996
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    Cult Survivors

    Here's a quiz: when singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy of the Cult parted company last year, they did so on somewhat less than amicable terms because they: a) had beaten the crap out of each other in a drunken brawl after a concert in Rio d...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 20, 1996
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    Rotation

    Clandestine The Ale Is Dear Clandestine Houston's Celtic-music community may be approaching critical mass. Sooner or later, a band playing the traditional music of the British Isles is going to come out of our city and become successful eno...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 20, 1996
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    Prankster Punk - Chixdiggit make a mockery of everyone -- including themselves

    Just as they're getting their feet wet in this country, Canada's Chixdiggit appear headed for a collision of some sort with America's politically correct strata. Their name -- pronounced "Chicks Dig It" -- is bound to be seen as sexist to some. Ditto...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 20, 1996
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    Let It Rock - The Nields turn up the volume on their folk-tinged sound

    Folk acts going electric is a story as old as 1965, when Bob Dylan stunned purists by recording half of his fourth release, Bringing It All Back Home, with -- of all things -- an ornery bunch of rock and rollers. That year, the Paul Butterfield Blues...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 13, 1996
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    Static

    Introducing Avitiapalooza... If Tony Avitia hasn't already clinched the title of Houston's underground Bill Graham, he's on his way to earning it. An Avitia-backed show is something of an event these days, thanks to the success of the annual showcase...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 13, 1996
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    Rotation

    Grant Lee Buffalo Copperopolis Slash/Reprise Copperopolis is hardly the triumphant, back-to-the-wall effort you'd expect from Grant Lee Buffalo after 1994's Mighty Joe Moon, a frequently brilliant near miss. If Mighty Joe Moon was the sonic...

    by Brad Tyer on June 13, 1996
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    Tori's Story

    Plenty of songwriters draw upon low points in personal relationships to churn up their creative juices. Tori Amos, however, tends to take it a step further. She not only churns up memories of past partners and their actions, she disembowels them, tos...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 13, 1996
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    Not the Same Old Junkies - A new label and energy return Canada's moaners to the spotlight

    It's been a while, but the four members of Cowboy Junkies can actually say that they feel like a band again. For a long time, the instrument playing members of the Canadian group best known for its droning remake of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" retreated ...

    by Greg Barr on June 13, 1996
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    Static

    Not just another cranky pop band... In attempting to bundle Super Deluxe's moody nature and strange work habits into a single, excusable cliche, it would be easy to type "temperamental artists." That's how they're often described. But it isn't the wh...

    by Hobart Rowland on June 6, 1996
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    Where Ya Been, Ms. Lynn?

    Get ready to file another early June weekend under "Only in Houston" when the Juneteenth Blues Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary. On Saturday, a vintage triple bill of Pete Mayes and the Texas House Rockers, Trudy Lynn and Clarence "Gatemouth"...

    by Greg Barr on June 6, 1996
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