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1996 Stories by Zac Crain

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  • Welcome to Wally's world

    published November 21, 1996

    Mention the term "singer-songwriter" and immediately the image appears: an excessively serious soul--acoustic guitar in hand--singing an... More >>

  • Don't call it a comeback

    published October 31, 1996

    After seeing the Sex Pistols spit and sneer their way across America, it might be easy for jaded mosh pit denizens and music critics alike to... More >>

  • Out There

    published October 17, 1996

    Everything Sucks Descendents Epitaph Records Call it charisma. Or attitude. Whatever it is, it is essential to the role of... More >>

  • Out There

    published October 10, 1996

    New Country The Picketts Euphonium Rounder Records "Euphony" is a pleasant concordance of sound, but with this, their... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published August 29, 1996

    Australian for 'pop' If Angie Hart sang any more angelically, you would expect her band to include John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and Jimi... More >>

  • Gotta go sometime

    published August 22, 1996

    An odd assortment of street-corner punks and suburban kids in suits and skinny ties were on hand at Emo's Alternative Lounge last Saturday night... More >>

  • Out There

    published August 22, 1996

    Don't fence me in TheitGirl Sleeper Arista Records When Sleeper's debut album, Smart, came out last year, the band was... More >>

  • Out Here

    published August 15, 1996

    The freshness test open rubberbullet Last Beat Records Welcome to the modern world, rubberbullet version: a crashing,... More >>

  • Bridging the gap

    published August 15, 1996

    In the United States, a country where b-boy cool has become de rigueur in white suburbia and psychedelic punks the Butthole Surfers have seen... More >>

  • Out There

    published August 8, 1996

    Over and under Moss Elixir Robyn Hitchcock Warner Brothers Genius is the main ingredient in rock eccentricity: Without... More >>

  • Out Here

    published August 8, 1996

    The woods to the glory hole birch county birch county Pilot Records When the members of birch county--formerly... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published August 8, 1996

    Here comes the misery Some people spend $100 an hour to sit on a plush couch and tell a stranger their problems in an effort to sort... More >>

  • The (British) empire strikes back

    published August 8, 1996

    It seems like every week a new band is the darling of the fickle British press: A look, an attitude, and a halfway decent single is enough to... More >>

  • Out Here

    published August 1, 1996

    Medicine Bag Bag of Fear Bag Lost Records Bag--unabashed fans of acid rock working in conjunction with mainstays of the... More >>

  • Let's get rocked

    published August 1, 1996

    The 1980s were a decade of excess, a hedonistic period obsessed with the high life, both figuratively and literally. Musically it was a time of... More >>

  • Out There

    published July 25, 1996

    Heart of the Congos The Congos Blood and Fire Given that most of what passes for rhythm and blues today has neither, the reissue... More >>

  • Accidental Deaths

    published July 11, 1996

    Customers wandering into VVV Records last week found one of Dallas' more venerable music stores in its death throes. Tables were cluttered with... More >>

  • Case hardened

    published July 4, 1996

    One of the loudest pop bands to come out of Dallas is back; Hagfish, Dallas' beloved band of dorks-in-suits, is returning to Deep Ellum after a... More >>

  • Virtual DSO

    published June 6, 1996

    The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center was hailed as a "world-class hall" and "one of the most acoustically perfect concert halls in the world" by... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published June 6, 1996

    The men with the Midas touch Utilizing its ska-influenced sound to stand out from the rest of the pop-punk pack, Goldfinger has come out of... More >>

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