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    Come together - Josh Alan pleads for peace, unity, and maybe some album sales

    "Hopefully, this'll be the one that does it," says local singer-songwriter, guitarist, and occasional Observer music section contributor Josh Alan, referring to his new album and its chances of getting him the kind of market clout that enables artist...

    by Matt Weitz on July 17, 1997
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    The next generation? - For Lollapalooza, this may be the last generation

    It's stiflingly hot outside the airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, and a guy clad all in khaki has just pulled up in a minivan to take you to the hotel. He looks like he should be riding an elephant, with a little native kid named Kiki at his side ...

    by Richard Baimbridge on July 17, 1997
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    Out Here

    Business as usual Hogs on the Highway Bad Livers Sugar Hill Records I Hate These Songs Dale Watson Hightone Records At times our need for--or at least appreciation of--the brand-new and different leads us into a baby-bathwater s...

    by Matt Weitz on July 17, 1997
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    Warm guns and weathered souls - Psalm 69 gets out of the grey

    Fourteen years is a mighty long time, a lifetime in rock years--enough to put out a few albums, a greatest hits package, break up a couple of times, and do at least one reunion tour. Maybe even record an "Unplugged" album when finances get tough and ...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on July 10, 1997
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    Out Here

    Manifest destiny It Had to Happen James McMurtry Sugar Hill Records In 1995 two songs came out that were sharp expressions of the burden that the freewheeling '60s left its children: the Charlie Sexton Sextet's "Plain Bad Luck and Innocen...

    by Matt Weitz on July 10, 1997
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    Blood wedding - The Lorca Project is a union of experimentalists

    In the past, shows by the avant-garde performance group ComaTheatre could approach a delightful stimulus overload as musicians played tape loops, sequencers, actual instruments, and prepared tracks while a series of images--clips from movies and news...

    by Matt Weitz on July 10, 1997
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    Life is a carnival - The musical midway of Citizen Lane

    Citizen Lane may well slay audiences with their three-ring-circus approach to music and performance--incorporating ska, white-boy funk, salsa, Cole Porter, Dada, and P.T. Barnum--but in this age of The Pitch, the hard sell is going to be to the recor...

    by Rick Koster on July 10, 1997
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    Roadshows

    The divine Miss La B. Tina Turner may have the el grande stage show, the magazine covers, and the movies (both starring her and about her), but there's something about the Big Time that leaches some of the personality out of soul music and takes ...

    by Matt Weitz on July 10, 1997
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    Out There

    Sharp-dressed men Scotch and Milk Cecil Payne Deemus Barrett Deems Delmark Records I have this theory: The worse a musician dresses, the more I like him. When a man goes on stage in a plaid jacket with lapels the size of Dumbo's ear...

    by Jonathan Eig on July 10, 1997
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    Roadshows

    A steady rolling man In May, W.C. Clark's album Texas Soul, on the Black Top label, won a W.C. Handy Award in the Best Soul-Blues Album category over stiff competition from Tutu Jones, Sam McClain, Johnny Adams, and genre giant Johnnie Taylor. Th...

    by Tim Schuller on July 3, 1997
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    Compassion fish - RainMaker's freshman band Soak slips through some walls

    In RainMaker Records' lofty Deep Ellum offices, company co-founder Paul Nugent flashes a Jerry Maguire smile and announces, "Guys, you won a Clio." The members of the Austin-based rock band Soak don't quite know what to make of this. "What the h...

    by Scott Kelton Jones on July 3, 1997
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    Out There

    Kids incorporated The New Transistor Heroes Bis Grand Royal Records When Soundgarden broke up a month or so ago, many in criticdom--never ones to make a bold prediction unless someone else has made it first--were finally able to go out on...

    by Zac Crain on July 3, 1997
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    Living lean - With its creative core back together, Doosu resumes course

    Asked how he's feeling before he and his band, Doosu, hit the stage at Trees, Casey Hess--speaking over his shoulder as he bolts toward the men's room to relieve his bladder--says that he's relaxed. Later, in the club's backstage "green room," t...

    by Howard Wen on July 3, 1997
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    Rock 'n' roll high school - Rock, Baby, Rock It! is classic kitsch, but there's a lesson amid the cheese

    Leonard Maltin's Movies on Video called it a "silly period piece"; Video Hound Golden Movie Retriever termed it "weak" and advised that "it probably isn't worth your time." It got attention on It Came From Hollywood, a video collection of cinematic w...

    by Matt Weitz on July 3, 1997
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    Out Here

    Shake it all about Group Dance Epidemic Brave Combo Rounder Records It's always been easy to miss (or misapprehend) Brave Combo's point, so unfamiliar are we with bands that actually have one. Many who prefer a more reflexive, less though...

    by Matt Weitz on July 3, 1997
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    Born again - Rickie Lee Jones leaves Chuck E. behind and looks toward tentative tomorrows

    Rickie Lee Jones doesn't want to be here. Well, here, maybe--in the Novel Cafe on Main Street in Santa Monica, a nice site for a cup of coffee or a light lunch. Rare and used books line the walls, and patrons keep to themselves. It's a pleasant enoug...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 1997
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    Out There

    Sarcophagus rock Flaming Pie Paul McCartney Capitol Records Blue Moon Swamp John Fogerty Warner Brothers Records Neither John Fogerty nor Paul McCartney need prove anything. Fogerty may well have invented roots-rock, and McCartn...

    by Matt Weitz on June 26, 1997
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    Mouths to feed - New Orleans band has many outlets, one goal

    That a solo, acoustic singer-songwriter will open Friday night's Cowboy Mouth/Sister Hazel concert at Trees is a bit incongruous. After all, The Mouth, in all their frenzied, sweat-slingin' passion, is one of the greatest live rock 'n' roll bands in ...

    by Rick Koster on June 26, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Every dog has its day With numerous side projects (the Rentals, Zee Malibu Kidz),guest appearances (Beck, Susanna Hoffs, Ben Lee), and solo albums (violinist Petra Haden's Imaginaryland), That Dog could provide MTV's 120 Minutes host Matt Pinfiel...

    by Zac Crain on June 26, 1997
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    Classical gas - Paul Slavens goes from Freak Show to trio to solo

    Paul Slavens, still known to most Dallas music fans for his now-suspended band Ten Hands, has been busy since he folded that particular tent. Dr. Paul's Freak Show saw Slavens taking over the stage at Club Dada on Wednesday nights and playing with a ...

    by Matt Weitz on June 26, 1997
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