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    Eat or be eaten Picnic Robert Earl Keen Arista Austin Records It's always an iffy proposition when a much-loved indie cult artist signs with a major label and makes the move to the big time. For sure, our hero deserves a global audience a...

    by Rick Koster on May 22, 1997
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    Timeless flights - The Byrds soar though the changes

    The last two years of the sixties were a time of awesome transition in music, the nation, and popular culture, as well as the sound and personnel of the Byrds, the Los Angeles-based folk-rock band once touted as America's answer to the Beatles (by De...

    by Rob Patterson on May 22, 1997
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    Out There

    Twisted Willies Must've Been High The Supersuckers Sub Pop Records The similarities between punk and country have been remarked upon enough to skip here, so let's just cut to the chase: In an arena filled with varying degrees of separatio...

    by Matt Weitz on May 22, 1997
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    Keeping up with the Joneses - Dallas blues history according to two who lived it

    Things are beginning to happen for local blues stalwarts Tutu and Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones. Tutu has been in Memphis, where his latest album, Blue Texas Soul, on the Bullseye Blues label, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. Although he was edged o...

    by Tim Schuller on May 22, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Pop smart Unlike U2--currently flogging their tuneless pop as a vague multimedia concept, forced by megalomania to put it in quotation marks--the Cardigans stick to pop, pure and simple. The five young Swedes go for the sugar buzz of the three-mi...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on May 22, 1997
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    Out There

    Ich bin ein Berliner Burn, Berlin, Burn! Atari Teenage Riot Grand Royal Records You know you're on the cutting edge of music when Art Forum magazine reviews your album and says you're fresh; and it doesn't hurt to have the Beastie Boys' l...

    by Richard Baimbridge on May 15, 1997
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    Roadshows

    In defense of space cowboys The first time you hear Jamiroquai, you might mistake it for an early Stevie Wonder single--something from back in the days when Little Stevie was too busy gettin' down to do Disney soundtracks. In reality, what you're...

    by Richard Baimbridge on May 15, 1997
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    Rapper's delight - Erotic D looks Beyond 2000

    Fort Worth's Erotic D swims with some of the biggest fish in rap. A veteran of controversial industry figure Suge Knight's Death Row Records, Erotic has worked with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, rapped with the group Life After Death, and gone on to a succ...

    by Matt Weitz on May 15, 1997
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    Out Here

    Reachin' above your raisin' Livin' or Dyin' Jack Ingram Universal Records Crossin the Line Barry Kooda Big Iron Records Each of these albums represents a longtime local musical mainstay continuin' to develop past his point of or...

    by Matt Weitz on May 15, 1997
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    Shooting craps - U2 takes over the world--and turns it into a commercial

    When it comes to Las Vegas, the gambling and the naked showgirls and the 99-cent shrimp cocktails aren't really what make it seem so different from the real world. It's the bizarre architecture: Huge public buildings the size of Versailles or Blenhei...

    by Gina Arnold on May 15, 1997
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    Winner's circle - All the bands that fit,and one that quit

    It's at times like these--after all the tabulation, assignments, editing, and production that go into the magnificent beast that is the Dallas Observer Music Awards--that I'm reminded of the last words of my late favorite uncle: "what truck?" No...

    by Matt Weitz on May 8, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Oh l'amour In the mid-'80s, no artsy high school music collection was complete without the pop avant-garde album Upstairs at Eric's by Yaz--an early electronic project by the creative duo of Vince Clarke and vocalist Alison Moyet. After she left ...

    by Richard Baimbridge on May 8, 1997
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    Young Country repellent - With the Cicadas, Rodney Crowell exits Nashville's cocoon

    Rodney Crowell is one of those guys who was probably never meant to be a Nashville high-roller in the first place. Sure, he's penned huge hits for dozens of top-echelon C&W stars, was ushered into patriarch Johnny Cash's kingdom through his former ma...

    by Rick Koster on May 8, 1997
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    Out There

    Music for buildings and food Orblivion The Orb Island Records Trace the history of ambient music, and you'll touch on names like Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno, but when it comes to the history of danceable ambient music, Orb would be cons...

    by Richard Baimbridge on May 8, 1997
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    Out of the past - Slaid Cleaves finally molds his influences into the shape of his own voice

    Slaid Cleaves has a soft voice: not mumbled or insecure, just diminished. More than five years of living in Texas has diluted his childhood's Maine inflections, but apparently has not lent him the trumpet-like blare that comes so easy to denizens of ...

    by Matt Weitz on May 8, 1997
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    Out Here

    Function and form Swinging and Singing Johnny Reno Menthol Records Too often in pop, format counts for more than intention or even execution, and we're left feeling vaguely suspicious of Andy Timmons playing the blues with the Pawn Kings ...

    by Matt Weitz on May 8, 1997
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    The 1997 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    I wandered around the Dallas music scene lonely as a freelance cloud, the Dallas Observer Music Awards were about as interesting to me as a medium-sized rock in a coffee can. Who cares what anybody else thinks? Ah, the carefree ways of callow yo...

    by Tim Schuller on May 1, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Don't believe the hype Critics have taken two sharply different tacks when it comes to reviewing the new U2 album, Pop. While most of the larger, mainstream publications are hailing it as an innovative breakthrough, many of the smaller, more savvy...

    by Richard Baimbridge on May 1, 1997
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    Holmes style - NY's Holmes Brothers are the Magi of soul

    Ever since the guitar filibuster got elevated to sacrament, blues fans who love great singing and concise songs have been screwed. To their rescue come the Holmes Brothers--Wendell and Sherman Holmes on guitar and bass respectively, and Popsy Di...

    by Tim Schuller on April 24, 1997
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    Together again - Respected but short-lived country-rock outfit the Cartwrights are getting back together

    Nobody's looking past this one gig, but the late, lamented Cartwrights--a virtual family tree of local bands past comprising Barry Kooda (Nervebreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeah), Alan Wooley (Killbilly), Kim Herriage (Feet First), Donny Ray Ford, and Richie V...

    by Matt Weitz on April 24, 1997
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