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    Out there

    Suck my suck One Hot Minute Red Hot Chili Peppers Warner Bros. Records Punks who funk but sound like junk, the Chili Peppers never figured out how to become the white Parliament-Funkadelic because they're too busy evolving into white br...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 1995
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    Through horn-rimmed glasses - Lisa Loeb struggles with the expectations of success

    One year ago, Lisa Loeb became the first musician ever to land a song at the top of the pop charts without a record deal or a manager. She was a freak occurrence in the music business, able to achieve in a split second what most musicians grasp for i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 1995
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    Roadshows

    This is a call The press biography Capitol Records sent out accompanying the Foo Fighters' debut two months ago wasn't a typical band bio - no glib hyperbole ("The greatest album ever"), no gushing praise, no discography; rather, it was a nine pa...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 7, 1995
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    The Devil and Mr. Newman - America's greatest songwriter descends to hell and aspires to heaven in Faust

    Randy Newman's publicist is on the phone one more time apologizing for the delay: Randy wants to do the interview, she explains, but he's locked in a room trying to finish his songs for the upcoming Disney film Toy Story--the first movie done complet...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 7, 1995
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    Reviews

    Morrissey is murder South Paw Grammar Morrissey Reprise Records In Morrissey's music, true believers see the light in the dark universe; in his tortured words, truth is revealed and sins are absolved and pain is healed and faith is rest...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 7, 1995
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    Swingin' the blues - Big Al Dupree makes his recording debut after 72 years

    Big Al Dupree sits alone at a table at Back Country Bar-B-Q, happily finishing off a heaping plate of meat and vegetables. This Greenville Avenue restaurant is, by Big Al's estimation, the best barbecue eatery in town--"and I've tried them all," brag...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 7, 1995
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    Dust and wind - Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo

    Joe Ely has left Texas many times, spent many years busking in New York City subway stations and the Paris Metro. He traveled throughout Europe and the United States as a young man, even ran away with the circus for a little while to tend the llamas ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 24, 1995
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    Full-court press - There's too much static when Boyz and writers get on the party line

    Too often, it seems journalists are more concerned with the celebrity of the artist than the art--fascinated with the private lives of the public person. They could care less about what goes into the creation of the music because they are more c...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 24, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Rhymes with 'bored' Now that Jerry Garcia has switched bands, gone to join that extended jam session in the sky, it looks like the Dead are just that. But what luck: Just as the Grateful have decided to bow out gracefully (for the fall tour, at l...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 24, 1995
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    Trio of one - Shabazz 3 prepares to take Dallas' best hip-hop above ground

    Ty Macklin stands in front of his Ensoniq Advanced Sampling Recorder, holding a computer disc that contains samples from six different songs from such artists as Al Green, Dexter Gordon, and Wes Montgomery. He slides the disc into the keyboard and, a...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 24, 1995
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    Reviews

    Dazed and unamused Spirit of '73 Various artists 550 Music/Epic Records The wonderful thing about post-modernism is the ability to recycle the kitschy and forgotten without irony. In the mid-'90s, all things cliched and ridiculous have ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 24, 1995
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    Reviews

    Mashmellow valentine King of America Elvis Costello Rykodisc It's a reissue, and it's not. The first of Elvis C.'s 1986 "comeback" albums, this one with the Attractions traded in for Elvis P.'s band, it marked a departure from which h...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 27, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Sleeps with angels Many of the observations about the woman known as Bjork--that she is a "pixie," "the girl who fell to earth," "the ice princess," a child in a woman's clothing--are totally surface. They are based upon the obvious observations:...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 27, 1995
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    Off the record - After seven wacky years, 14 Records prepares to close its doors

    Throughout the last decade, James "Big Bucks" Burnett has celebrated the oddball (Tiny Tim), befriended the famous (Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page), and championed the dead (Mr. Ed, the eight-track tape). At a time when the wise and the savvy...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 27, 1995
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    Welcome to Hell's Lobby - The area's best--maybe only--real "music scene" can be found in Denton

    Although he doesn't claim to know everything about the Denton music scene, Wanz Dover likes to say he's trying. Clad in a well-worn My Bloody Valentine shirt and dark jeans, the tousle-haired leader of newly formed band Mazinga Phaser talks eage...

    by Arnold Pan on July 27, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Four for Texas It's easy to take for granted men like Ronnie Dawson, Junior Brown, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock. It has always seemed as though these four Texas-born musicians--best-known as singer-songwriters, revered as legends, admired for cling...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 20, 1995
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    Unsung diva - R&B great Etta James ponders the fame that got away

    About halfway through Rage To Survive, the new autobiography of Etta James, one thought hits you smack between the eyes: This is not the kind of life story that's written while the subject is still alive, much less by the subject herself. The bo...

    by Jimmy Fowler on July 20, 1995
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    Reviews

    Warehouse of wonder Besides Sugar Rykodisc With the band on so-called hiatus--recent word comes from Austin that Bob Mould has actually dissolved Sugar--Ryko cleans out the warehouse of songs and stories for good: 17 tracks of odds an...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 20, 1995
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    Junior or joke? - Bob Wills' family disowns man claiming to be prince of Western Swing

    Bob Wills Jr. cannot come to the phone. He is too sick to speak, his wife Elizabeth explains, the victim of a recent series of strokes that have left him incapacitated and near death. Through her lawyer, Elizabeth insists she will not leave his bedsi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 20, 1995
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    Reviews

    In utero Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Roswell/Capitol Dave Grohl has no illusions: "I was always going to be 'that guy from Kurt Cobain's band,' and I knew it," he says, and so he and Pat Smears do not go out of their way to sever the ti...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 1995
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