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    Roadshows

    Mumbling toward Bethlehem When he wants--when the mood strikes him and the lights aren't too bright and the planets are aligned and the promoter's check doesn't bounce--Bob Dylan can give you a great show. Not merely shadowdancing on stage, not j...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 1995
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    The offspring - Dallas' punk bands resurrect the spirit of the '70s

    The three members of Lower Caste Struggle sit hunched around a table, their eyes intense and their fingers fidgety. They scarf down pizza, suck down beer, exhale cigarette smoke, and pontificate about their young lives as punk rockers. Of the three b...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 2, 1995
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    The Chief of conjunto - Santiago Jimenez Jr. maintains his father's historic musical legacy

    Santiago Jimenez Jr. reverently lowers the needle of one of the old wooden phonographs onto an old 78 RPM record made by his late father, Don Santiago Jimenez, in 1928. "Now this is the first record he ever recorded," Jimenez explains, before sitting...

    by Rob Patterson on November 2, 1995
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    Out Here

    Soul survivor In the Mood Ernie Johnson Waldoxy Records According to Ernie Johnson's legend, as he recounted to the Observer last year, the 44-year-old soul singer recorded his first track 27 years ago ("Lovin' You," by Fats Washington)...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 1995
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    Indie, outie - Hurst-based BottleCap Records declares a declaration of independents

    "Indie-rock," once used simply to describe music made on independent record labels with no connections to the majors, has become a genre unto itself as much as "alternative rock" or "metal" or "free jazz." It now signifies a lifestyle, an allegiance ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 1995
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    Soul to soul - The artist formerly known as Randy Moore explores two sides of R&B

    "I'd like society to have an open mind about music and not believe everything you hear on the radio and television. Investigate different ideas." The man who says this sits in a nearly empty Deep Ellum restaurant between the breakfast and luncht...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on October 26, 1995
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    Saturday hangover - The Toadies, the Daisy, and the Rev join tribute to Cartoons' Greatest Hits

    When producer Ralph Sall set out to assemble his Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits album--which takes the concept of the tribute album to its extreme, blurring the line between gimmick and genius--he first decided which songs he wanted to use....

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 26, 1995
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    Out Here

    Eeeeew age From the Foundation of the World Chris Snidow Independent release New age music is tasteful background music for people who don't need music at all, aural wallpaper for people who'd rather stare at blank spaces. When done rig...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 26, 1995
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    Out There

    It's a Moog point return of The Rentals The Rentals Maverick/Reprise Weezer's 1994 debut revealed the occasional and surprising diamond among the coal: "Say it Ain't So" and "My Name is Jonas" are perfect pop singles of the post-pop age...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 26, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Bleached roots rock The lyrics for Geraldine Fibbers' first full-length album - Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home, released earlier this summer - are laid out as a book of short stories, table of contents and all. The song titles are ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 26, 1995
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    Far from Gone - Dwight Yoakam's latest conjures up echoes of '60s AM radio

    To make a point about a song on his new album Gone, to underline how easy it would be to make a rock song sound like a country song sound like a bluegrass song, Dwight Yoakam uses as an example the works of Swiss-born abstract expressionist Hans Burk...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 26, 1995
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    Out there

    Heartland, but no soul Walk On John Hiatt Capitol Records A perennial journeyman on his fourth label in 20-plus years, Hiatt has seen his shots at fame come and go; once a new-waver pegged as the Elvis Costello of the Heartland, later r...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 19, 1995
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    Smash or trash? - Pumpkins double the pleasure and pain on Mellon Collie

    "I'm a martyr. It's part of my insanity." --Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan in the December 1994 Spin Billy Corgan is not the average, anonymous and faceless Rock Star. His offstage persona can't be separated from his music because who he is in...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 19, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Diva do and don't Since departing the Supremes in 1970 and parting company with the talents of Motown's hit-making songwriting factory (Holland-Dozier-Holland), Diana Ross has soared upon and sunk beneath the crashing waves of Stardom. She has b...

    by James Mardis on October 19, 1995
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    Out Here

    Heavy, not metal Love American Style Caulk One Ton Records Caulk's debut EP Learn to Take wasn't metal, not really, though the novice could mistake it for such; it was actually pure noise heaped upon impure noise, and if there was an ac...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 19, 1995
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    Sit down and shut up - Austin's Toni Price staunchly defends her artistic independence

    It's a Tuesday afternoon, and singer Toni Price has just arrived at the back door of the Continental Club in Austin to play her weekly after-work gig known to its regulars as "Hippie Hour." Up the hill behind the roots music haven, bulldozers and bac...

    by Rob Patterson on October 19, 1995
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    Big drummer boy - Funland's Will Johnson steps out from behind the kit

    When his phone rings at the allotted time--precisely at midnight, as per his request--Will Johnson is fast asleep. His voice groggy, his words at first a random mishmash of syllables and hazy thought, Johnson explains he got home from the library ear...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 19, 1995
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    Heart-shaped box - Velvet Underground set charts the still-unknowable

    Critics like to say the Velvet Underground is the second most influential band of the '60s behind the Beatles, which is fine enough if you believe the Rolling Stones or the Who or even the Jefferson Airplane didn't spawn their own evil brood in equal...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 12, 1995
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    Out there

    The artist still known The Gold Experience Prince Warner Bros./NPG Written off as dead or dying by those who proclaimed him a genius just a few years ago, Prince (pronounced "Prince") is now just another R&B artist who releases albums w...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 12, 1995
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    Love indie style - The new Caulk album signals make-or-break time for Aden Holt's One Ton label

    Aden Holt stretches out his 6-foot-9 frame on the floor, lying on his back with his Subway dinner in his lap and his head propped up on the back of a futon. Underneath shocks of messy blond hair, clad in his homemade "Deep Blow Someone" T-shirt and b...

    by Arnold Pan on October 12, 1995
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