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  • Scene, not heard

    published December 22, 1994

    In the late '60s--before the Grateful Dead had ever recorded a note, just as Jefferson Airplane landed its deal with RCA Records--Richard... More >>

  • Come, come

    published December 15, 1994

    The Go-Go's have long been dismissed and forgotten--relegated to slots on new-wave-hits-of-the-'80s compilations alongside Kajagoogoo, Bananarama,... More >>

  • Dis and demos

    published December 8, 1994

    As the year draws to a close, dozens of unlistened-to demos and CDs sent by local bands over the past months choke the file cabinets. Some are... More >>

  • Chestnuts and lumps of coal

    published December 8, 1994

    In their book Merry Christmas, Baby, Dave Marsh and Steve Propes explained the appeal of Christmas music this way: with the diversity of musicians... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published December 1, 1994

    Their evil twin In an interview with the Observer a couple of years ago, Frank Black confessed that if he could have been in any band other... More >>

  • Reviews

    published December 1, 1994

    Aches and growing pains Vitalogy Pearl Jam Epic Records The Pearl Jam heard on Vitalogy, ultimately, is an above-average... More >>

  • Moldily go

    published November 24, 1994

    This is how Captain James Tiberius Kirk dies: he jumps across a broken bridge to retrieve a device--whose function is too complicated, and frankly... More >>

  • Home, sweat, home

    published November 24, 1994

    Shortly after 10:30 p.m. this past Friday night, when thousands are crammed into a soggy Cotton Bowl to hear the Rolling Stones, Charles Kennedy... More >>

  • Of Prince and spines

    published November 17, 1994

    Fifteen minutes into a thoughtful, often painful discussion of the music of Ween--one that goes into influences and intent, touching on technique... More >>

  • This land is his land

    published November 17, 1994

    One has to wonder what Robbie Robertson thought. Robertson has long stayed away from performing on television, but there he was on David... More >>

  • Peace and happiness

    published November 10, 1994

    Ted Hawkins was born in 1936 to a father he never knew and an alcoholic mother in Lakeshore, Mississippi, a speck of a town defined by its... More >>

  • Idol worship

    published November 10, 1994

    The walls of Tony Zoppi's North Dallas townhouse apartment keep track of history better than any journal or book of newspaper clippings. It's as... More >>

  • End of an era

    published November 3, 1994

    The end of a local band often comes and goes with little notice or mention; as one implodes, another comes along to take its place, filling a void... More >>

  • The meaning of nonsense

    published November 3, 1994

    Over the past four decades, a million rock and roll bands have made a hundred million rock and roll records. Some go on to sell millions of... More >>

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