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  • The weak in rock

    published December 30, 1999

    All I can remember of last year's personal top 10 was the inclusion of an acoustic Prince CD tacked on to the mail-order-only Crystal Ball.... More >>

  • Out of bounds

    published December 23, 1999

    Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday lasts as long as a National Football League game -- which would be no crime were the film anything more... More >>

  • Z.Z. Top

    published December 16, 1999

    Z.Z. Top Word on the street had it that XXX was the Top's best record since God... More >>

  • Billy Joel

    published December 16, 1999

    Billy Joel I've seen Billy Joel in concert twice -- once when I didn't know any better... More >>

  • The forever frown

    published December 16, 1999

    It only grows bigger the further away it moves; object in rear-view mirror may be smaller than it appears. After all, it was only one album, one... More >>

  • Yule be sorry

    published December 9, 1999

    This is a little-told tale, perhaps because those who know it have signed confidentiality agreements -- or, in at least two cases, they have died... More >>

  • The Dropout Piece

    published December 9, 1999

    Even by graveyard standards, the Southland Memorial Park in Grand Prairie is a desolate place, littered with decaying tree branches and beer cans... More >>

  • Blue movie

    published December 2, 1999

    It's not surprising to discover that Perfect Blue was originally supposed to be filmed using humans. After all, the debut of director... More >>

  • Out Here

    published November 25, 1999

    Sara Hickman Newborn (Sleeveless) No doubt... More >>

  • Oh, Mann

    published November 25, 1999

    If Aimee Mann had sold one album for each word written about her, she'd make Alanis Morissette look like the struggling indie artist she probably... More >>

  • Out There

    published November 18, 1999

    The Artist Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (Arista/NPG... More >>

  • Home movies

    published November 11, 1999

    Michael Cain moved back to the metroplex in October 1998 for one reason: to tend to his ailing father, who had been diagnosed with cancer. All at... More >>

  • Batman, not Robin

    published November 11, 1999

    Had things worked out the way writer-director Kevin Smith planned, Matt Damon would not have appeared in Dogma, much less starred in it.... More >>

  • Out Here

    published November 11, 1999

    Johnnie Taylor Gotta Get The Groove Back More >>

  • Sweet grown-up James

    published November 11, 1999

    The kids file quietly into their seats, as though being led to a gruesome, inevitable fate. They are quiet, respectful, the shuffle of their feet... More >>

  • Don Byron

    published November 4, 1999

    Don Byron The 40-year-old clarinetist would no doubt hate such a description, but Don... More >>

  • Stop the music

    published October 28, 1999

    Lord, just what is it about rock and roll that so befuddles filmmakers? Save for This Is Spinal Tap, there has never been a movie about the... More >>

  • Robbie Williams

    published October 28, 1999

    Robbie Williams So sad they had to move this show from the Bronco Bowl to Deep Ellum Live... More >>

  • Rock this town

    published October 28, 1999

    Best-of lists -- which have filled the pages of newspapers and magazines ever since the calendar read January 2, 1999 -- probably shouldn't exist... More >>

  • Pet Shop Boys

    published October 21, 1999

    Pet Shop Boys "The music's blandness is part of the quite well-executed concept:... More >>

  • Out Here

    published October 21, 1999

    Marchel Ivery 3 (Leaning House Records) It's... More >>

  • Heads up

    published October 21, 1999

    It was the most unlikely reunion -- and, perhaps, a most empty one, since it would lead to absolutely nothing at all except more hard feelings,... More >>

  • The product

    published October 21, 1999

    Pat Toomay's name is not so prominent in the history books, perhaps because he played for the Dallas Cowboys between a beloved veteran (George... More >>

  • Los Lobos

    published October 14, 1999

    Los Lobos Most bands don't grow; they either shuffle forward, tripping over lazy feet, or... More >>

  • Out There

    published October 14, 1999

    Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs, Vols. 1-3 (Merge... More >>

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