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    Lonely Hunter - After a self-imposed exile in Mexico and obscurity, a Texas bluesman comes home

    Long John Hunter had a gig the day after he picked up a guitar. No shit. One minute he's working at a Beaumont box factory and reluctantly on his way to see B.B. King at the Raven Club at the insistence of some fellow workers; two days later, he's a ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 15, 1996
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    Out There

    Legendary heart Set the Twilight Reeling Lou Reed Warner Bros. Records Lou Reed's rock is casual and careless, and he still sings like most people talk (in Brooklyn, anyway), spitting out his big words in a monotone rant unchanged over ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 15, 1996
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    Back on the bus - HighTone's Roadhouse tour revives rock and roll caravan

    Back in the old days--those being the days when rock and roll was still the bastard child of the blues, rhythm and blues was teaching white kids how to dance like the black kids, and country was for hillbillies and rednecks--when a bunch of musicians...

    by Rob Patterson on February 15, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Queen of the country At a time when Nashville country music is plagued by a goose-stepping line dance for which country radio calls the tune, the women in the post-Garth hat-act-dominated Music City are making most of the music of substance. Rosa...

    by Rob Patterson on February 15, 1996
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    The shaman and his savior - Documentary Arts preserves the lost music of the Hmong

    Seven years later, Alan Govenar still speaks of the specter of Alex Moore, how it still haunts everything Govenar does. Such is the price the historians and folklorists have to pay, watching as the men and women they pluck from obscurity inevitably d...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 15, 1996
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    Out Here

    Life support The Dark Ages Bedhead Trance Syndicate By now, Bedhead's sound has fallen into a familiar formula without the negative connotations "formula" implies: The songs almost always build to a slow climax, forming gorgeous discord...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 15, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Slip and slide Pavement was playing Lollapalooza in Austin on the day that Jerry Garcia didn't wake up. A reporter, sent to do a reaction piece, asked guitarist Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannenberg to comment on the passing of the hippie icon. "One t...

    by Michael Corcoran on February 8, 1996
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    The art of implication - Vince Bell's been dead once, and he's got the record to prove it

    Record label executives like to say, in that snide sideways-speak they call language, that artists can't sell records unless they have a story to tell. They insist the music doesn't always speak for itself, and that an artist must first have a gimmic...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 8, 1996
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    Out Here

    Who stole the Soul Asylum? Lockjaw Lockjaw Treblephone Records A local musician whose opinion I respect claims this record from a couple of ex-Trees members grows on you, but so does hair until you go bald. That isn't necessarily a knoc...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 8, 1996
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    Out There

    Speaking in tongues Kismet Marta Sebestyen Rykodisc The liner notes are in at least four different languages, but this isn't music for musicologists--at least no more than Enya, who sells by the millions to people who play their phonogr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 8, 1996
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    Combat rock - The Strafers tune in to rebel radio and the Clash's echoes

    It's a chilly winter night at the half-abandoned Executive Inn near Love Field, and the frigid north wind is knocking the temperatures down even further on the skin. The place is dark and seemingly deserted, except for the noise emanating from severa...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on February 8, 1996
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    Surf and turf - Austin's Teisco Del Rey resurrects the lost art of the twang

    Teisco Del Rey, the self-proclaimed "King of the El Cheapo Guitars," has just sat down for lunch at Guero's, a popular South Austin restaurant and taco bar. He barely begins his life story when a distinctive twang and rumble spills out of the sound s...

    by Rob Patterson on February 1, 1996
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    Roadshows

    History lessons Dean Wareham has long disavowed the Velvet Underground comparisons that have dogged him since his days fronting Galaxie 500; he has shrugged them off even as he has begged for them (inviting the late VU guitarist Sterling Morrison...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 1, 1996
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    Bootlicking - Some of the best records are the ones never released

    Record-industry executives and musicians insist bootleg recordings are the bane of their business, the product of plunderers and profiteers who have little regard for the music itself. With the assistance of the Recording Industry Association of Amer...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 1, 1996
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    Out There

    Dead-end love affair Black Diamond Stan Ridgway Birdcage Records Former Wall of Voodoo frontman and Raymond Chandler wannabe Stan Ridgway steps back into the guise of the man who's more weary than he is wise. It's a persona that fits hi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 1, 1996
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    Out Here

    No guts, no glory As My Mind Drifts Off Dragline Womb Tunes There's a place where rock and roll ceases to be "music," a hard-to-find location where the guitars and drums and bass and vocals collide and degenerate into tuneless, directio...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 1, 1996
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    Blues with a feeling - Paul Size, ex-Red Devil guitarist and one-time Jagger sideman, leaves L.A. and returns home

    Paul Size doesn't recall much about the day (or even the exact year) he went into the studio with Mick Jagger--or, for that matter, if it was a day at all. It might have been two days spent recording with the flabby icon, might have been even more a...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 1, 1996
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    Out There

    Pure pop for then people Hi My Name is Jonny Jonny Polonsky American Recordings The Cult of Ray Frank Black American Recordings Jonny Polonsky, a 22-year-old lo-fi do-it-yourselfer "discovered" by ex-Pixie and idol Frank Black...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 25, 1996
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    Dead man rapping - "The D.O.C." returns with a new record and a score to settle

    His mother begged him not to sue. Rapper Tracy "The D.O.C." Curry says this in a rasp that sounds a little like resurrection's whisper and a lot like Miles Davis' parched bark. "She's afraid something bad is going to happen to me," the 27-year-old Da...

    by Michael Corcoran on January 25, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Baddest of the Bad (Livers) When the Bad Livers make their return to the Sons of Hermann Hall January 26--"We're the anti-Springsteen," says Liver multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin, referring to the other concert that night--they will bring wi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 25, 1996
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