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    Square peg - Don McCalister Jr. ain't your typical Austin renegade

    It's 9 o'clock in the morning, a perfect time to call record labels and publicity firms and leave messages, secure in the knowledge that the folks who work there haven't even hit their first snooze button yet, and you'll be able to fulfill a return-c...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Out Here

    Junked and defunct Pawn Shop From Heaven Junky Southern Parallax A certain dulling of the critical faculties begins to occur in those who wander Local Band Hell overmuch: You stop holding out for quality and begin to settle for everybod...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Out There

    Electric harvest Broken Arrow Neil Young and Crazy Horse Reprise There have been many different Neils in Young's career: the icy jazzbo pretender of This Note's For You and the earnest techno explorer of Trans; rockabilly reinvention vs...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Shuffling toward the Pleistocene Slowly, ponderously, it lumbers onto the horizon, its massive head turning first this way, then that. Somehow, it realizes, something's changed. Is it that the sun is no longer as warm--this winter just a bit long...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Back to the future - Mazinga Phaser's neon glories

    Mazinga Phaser is nothing if not ambitious. Exhausted from a day of intense mixing, producer Matt Castille and four of the six band members are slouching in the bedroom of Castille's home studio. Although fatigued, they're talking enthusiastically, r...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on July 18, 1996
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    Man with a horn - Jeff Aycock hasn't hocked his dreams just yet

    Jeff Aycock makes a pretty good case for predestination. Recalling his childhood in the far-South Dallas Bon Ton neighborhood, he remembers that "everyday, on my way home from school, I'd pass this pawn shop and see all these instruments in the windo...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Out Here

    Same as it ever was Stand By Tellus Tellurian Records With a surreal cover whose artistry would be right at home with any of Hipgnosis Studio's bizarre illustrations for '70s acts like Yes, Tellus announces that it shares the ambitions ...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on July 11, 1996
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    Girls school - DIVA's learned a lot about prejudice and potential

    Women in jazz: Those words conjure up images of Ella Fitzgerald, Diane Schuur, and Sarah Vaughan--talented, but usually just standing at a microphone or sitting at a piano, not someone with legs astride, belting out licks on a bass trombone or beatin...

    by Laurel Ornish on July 11, 1996
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    Out There

    Not the same old blues Just Like You Keb' Mo' Okeh/Epic Can you have sunny blues? There's no denying that on his second album, Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) assumes a decidedly upbeat tone, reminding the listener of Giant Step-era Taj Mahal, m...

    by Matt Weitz on July 11, 1996
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    Roadshows

    The divine Miss B A myriad of identities? Sure, that's something we allow our big-time artists--talents like Peter Gabriel or David Bowie--but a blues player? Har, you say, it is to laugh, especially when considering a blues bass player, and a ga...

    by Matt Weitz on July 11, 1996
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    Ja, das is country punk - The old world discovers the Old 97's

    It's boom times and heady days for Dallas' favorite insurgent honky-tonk combo, the Old 97's; the band has just returned from a quick fortnight in Europe, where it met with continental acclaim, and now is hashing things out with a veritable Greek cho...

    by Matt Weitz on July 11, 1996
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    Case hardened - In the studio and on the road, the education of Hagfish continues

    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 year that has seen the band do everything from working with its musical idols on its first major-label alb...

    by Zac Crain on July 4, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Such a Deal The heartland of America grows its rockers big and brawny, so it's no surprise that the Deal sisters--Kelley and Kim--hail from Ohio. They've both made names for themselves--Kim as a founding Pixie, the pair as the Breeders--but it was...

    by Matt Weitz on July 4, 1996
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    Out Here

    Shaken, not stirred It's Martini Time Reverend Horton Heat Interscope Records From the cover alone--a woman passed out on a barstool in the dark--you know that It's Martini Time is no "have fun responsibly" bulletin, but another collect...

    by Matt Weitz on July 4, 1996
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    Hey, Pachuco! - Retro rascality or cultural imperialism?

    The past is revered--well, referenced--to an unprecedented degree by pop culture today; roots and history are important in a way that would've been unthinkable a decade ago. Chalk it up to pop's voracious need for product--ideas for which have to com...

    by Matt Weitz on July 4, 1996
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    Who's that girl? - Surprise! It's Syd Straw.

    "Hey, remember me? We met 10 years ago at CBGB's," Syd Straw sings on War and Peace, her new album. In the seven long years between her first and second album, Straw has somehow managed not to be forgotten by the music world. That hardly surprises me...

    by Rob Patterson on July 4, 1996
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    Out There

    The heart's inner currents Gone Again Patti Smith Arista Peace at Last The Blue Nile Warner Brothers With Gone Again, Patti Smith comes out of more than 15 years of semiretirement; the poet who for years was associated with th...

    by Matt Weitz on July 4, 1996
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    Out There

    Drummer's choice Mickey Hart's Mystery Box Mickey Hart's Mystery Box Rykodisc Former Grateful Dead drummer/percussionist Mickey Hart does good with the first post-Garcia release from a member of the Grateful Dead, turning in an effort t...

    by Matt Weitz on June 27, 1996
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    The maitre d' of R&B - Elvis T. Busboy drives his soul train into the future

    Up on stage, sliding coolly in a juke joint pas de deux, Elvis T. Busboy is decidedly not your average R&B crooner. With his linebacker's physique, slicked-back Bobby Darin hair and a Mephistophelean goatee that predates slacker fashion, Busboy looks...

    by Rick Koster on June 27, 1996
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    Out Here

    Two women Rivers Elizabeth Wills Crystal Clear Sound Cult of Odd Hairstick Twitch Music With her new album Rivers, Elizabeth Wills builds on her first album, Going Home, working from a pure folk blueprint that recalls "Chelsea...

    by Matt Weitz on June 27, 1996
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