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    Anarchy in Iceland - With its latest record, Blur invents the wheel

    The last two years in the life of British pop combo Blur closely resemble the plot of an awful movie starring country singer George Strait. Pure Country was foisted upon an unsuspecting American public in 1992, and it was notable solely because it ma...

    by Zac Crain on September 25, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Young lions A lot can happen in the course of three years: You can go from hopping buses to shop demos coast-to-coast to getting signed, having platinum sales, and touring the country with fat pockets. The formula that brought about this change f...

    by Brian Walker on September 25, 1997
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    Romance novel - The Green Romance Orchestra's fans drag them into the limelight

    They're not the most commercial of bands, but the Green Romance Orchestra has finally released an album into widespread circulation. The band is half longtime (but now defunct) local jazz-rock group Ten Hands (J. Paul Slavens on piano and keyboards a...

    by Matt Weitz on September 18, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Foo for thought If it's true that the best songwriters have to experience some amount of emotional pain to become great, then the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl may rank as one of the greatest songwriters living today. Pain has played an all too import...

    by Zac Crain on September 18, 1997
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    Stars of India - Two generations master an ancient art

    No other medium--save perhaps the chemical--can dislocate or transport with the potency of music. Sound, rhythm, and tone all combine to evoke moods that can transcend the limits of everyday life and experience. The effect of music of another culture...

    by Matt Weitz on September 18, 1997
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    Out Here

    New youngblood blues Super Blue & Funky Pat Boyack & the Prowlers Bullseye Blues Blues critics have traditionally reviewed work by up-and-comers by comparing it to the output of whatever elder mentored the youngster. Now, however, there i...

    by Tim Schuller on September 18, 1997
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    Viking heart - Canadian chanteuse Jane Siberry abandons a major label to continue her own musical voyage

    Canadian singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Jane Siberry is forced to bump our interview back by a half hour because her plane is delayed. She's arrived late in her Nashville hotel room when I call, and has another telephone interview scheduled. Might...

    by Jimmy Fowler on September 18, 1997
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    Out There

    Camping in the chilling fields Pup Tent Luna Elektra Records The title to Luna's fourth album comes from a childhood game that girls were asked to play. They all said "no." It's the essence of frontman Dean Wareham's worldview--life as a ...

    by Matt Weitz on September 18, 1997
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    Bang a gong - Or, in Layne Redmond's case, a tambourine

    "I like the idea that before the Lilith Fair, there was Lilith," says Amy Martin, a local percussion fixture known to most through her tireless work with drumming circles and the various Solstice celebrations here. "You know, originally, women were o...

    by Matt Weitz on September 11, 1997
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    Out Here

    Time of the preacher Dangerous Spirits Ray Wylie Hubbard Philo/Rounder Records Much has been made of Ray Wylie Hubbard and how this, his first major-label album, marks his coming into his own. Actually, Hubbard established himself with Lo...

    by Matt Weitz on September 11, 1997
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    Beyond illusion - The transcendental rhymes of Bhakti

    Dallas has produced its share of groundbreaking artists in the field of hip-hop and R&B, including MC 900 Foot Jesus as well as the reigning queen of soul, Erykah Badu. To that list we can now add the name Bhakti--a hip-hop project featuring 23-year-...

    by Richard Baimbridge on September 11, 1997
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    Out There

    A new attitude Walter T. Smith ambersunshower Gee Street Records God knows what's taken so long, but contemporary R&B is slowly taking a turn for the better. This overlooked album follows the examples set by Erykah Badu, Me'Shell Ndegocel...

    by Richard Baimbridge on September 11, 1997
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    Let it bleed - Fireworks goes back to the garage

    "If you like your roots rock as gnarly as it gets, you won't miss with Fireworks' new album, Lit Up." You would expect this quote is culled from an underground fanzine, not from the music biz authority that is Billboard. Yet the two-column mini-featu...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on September 11, 1997
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    Roadshows

    The President of the United States of Love When the Beatles said, "All you need is love," they obviously hadn't seen the dark side of that emotion--the side that can plant you on your couch in a bathrobe for weeks at a time, wondering what went w...

    by Zac Crain on September 11, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Not just an opening act A year or two ago, while freelancing for The Dallas Morning News, I reviewed a show that featured Maze and some hot diva-of-the-moment--I believe it was Whitney Houston--and I expressed a bit of irritation with the fact th...

    by Matt Weitz on September 4, 1997
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    Out Here

    Gaze into skies unseen Abandinallhope Mazinga Phaser Idol Records "All I can see in this beautiful dream/Is circles of light and they're floating around on me," sings Mazinga Phaser's Jessica Nelson on "A Diamond in Shrink Wrap," the open...

    by Matt Weitz on September 4, 1997
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    To every season - The times they are a-changin' at the Sons of Hermann

    Amid a flurry of rumors, it has finally been confirmed that the Sons of Hermann membership will be taking a more active role in the booking of their facility, the popular Sons of Hermann Hall. In a move bound to decrease longtime booker Mike Snider's...

    by Matt Weitz on September 4, 1997
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    Austin's loss - A new CD and a move to L.A. herald a career boost for Denny Freeman

    Guitars used to be less giving than they are now. Today, stacked amps and store-bought effects can help you make a great and passionate din, while in olden times you actually had to know how to play one in order to do that. Those were the days th...

    by Tim Schuller on September 4, 1997
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    Out There

    No chaser required Straight Up With a Twist Kitty Margolis Mad-Kat Records Kitty Margolis has got the goods--a strong, blunt voice, perfect pitch, a fine sense of swing, and terrific scatting chops--but there are plenty of singers who've ...

    by Jonathan Eig on September 4, 1997
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    Wizards of Wu - How Wu-Tang Clan won the world

    The world of hip-hop is an immensely competitive battle for the spotlight, where artists have the life spans of a dealer on the streets--sometimes literally. It is, in fact, the same street game many were born into, just taken to a higher level. A ra...

    by Richard Baimbridge on September 4, 1997
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