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    All this useless beauty - New gay music collections make fancy cultural straitjackets

    Last year I did a phone interview with Scott Thompson, the openly gay co-star of The Larry Sanders Show and founding member of the defunct, much-lamented Kids in the Hall. We'd hooked up to discuss the Kids' celluloid swan song, Brain Candy, but spen...

    by Jimmy Fowler on February 13, 1997
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    The Will Rogers of shred - Andy Timmons never met a style he didn't like

    The concept of the Guitar Hero has left a bad taste in the mouths of critics and music fans ever since punk stressed feeling over technique. America's appreciation for bigger-faster-harder guitar playing has waned ever since, but Dallas' Andy Timmons...

    by Rick Koster on February 13, 1997
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    Roadshows

    You don't know what you've been missin' Popular strummer-about-town Colin Boyd--most recently the author of "Peggy Sue Went Surfin'"--is certainly haunted by Buddy Holly's ghost, but the former Cricket's shade also makes it over to Austin to spoo...

    by Matt Weitz on February 13, 1997
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    Out Here

    Pop goes the easel Non Pop-Specific pop poppins Carpe Diem Records It's probably a disservice to the other guys in pop poppins to focus on Broose Dickinson, but he is the group's hyper-creative frontman and guiding light. Pop poppins ha...

    by Matt Weitz on February 13, 1997
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    More better blues - Pat Boyack begins to define himself

    Local bluesman Pat Boyack has fully recovered from an unfortunate bit of confusion last summer when longtime Mike Morgan and the Crawl vocalist-harmonica player Lee McBee decided to stick with (actually, rejoin) Morgan & Co. rather than play with Boy...

    by Matt Weitz on February 13, 1997
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    Out There

    Sunshine daydream Bombs & Butterflies Widespread Panic Capricorn Records There was quite a bit of foofraw when Phish released Billy Breathes a few months ago. Much was made of the jam-happy group's most convincing foray into the realm o...

    by Matt Weitz on February 13, 1997
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    Song of the South - Trish Murphy, literate regionalist

    Singer-songwriter Trish Murphy feels a particular warmth for Dallas. "The Dallas music scene really brought me back to life," she says. "When I was at school [at the University of Dallas], Deep Ellum was in its beautiful early phase, this amazingly f...

    by Matt Weitz on February 6, 1997
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    Out There

    Knowing where the lions are The Charity of Night Bruce Cockburn Rykodisc If 1994's Dart to the Heart was Bruce Cockburn flexing the muscles he'd built up since the mid-'70s--his reputation and technique snagging T Bone Burnett as produc...

    by Matt Weitz on February 6, 1997
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    Shake your mantra maker - Kula Shaker: Brit-pop with an Indian twist

    The axiom that history tends to repeat itself holds particularly true when it comes to music. In the summer of 1969, George Harrison recorded a catchy little tune called "The Hare Krishna Mantra," which soon rose to the top of the British charts. At ...

    by Richard Baimbridge on February 6, 1997
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    House of jazz - Sammons Center for the Arts is home to one of the town's best-kept secrets

    The red brick building sits on the high ground overlooking the intersection of Harry Hines Boulevard and Oak Lawn Avenue like a fortress, accessible only by a curving driveway that flashes past drivers almost before it's perceived. For many it's a ph...

    by Matt Weitz on February 6, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Hot buttered soul Snoop may well be the Doggfather, but Isaac Hayes (pictured) is still one of soul music's Godfathers. Few songs show up in both the form of parody and sincere tribute as often as his "Theme from Shaft," and few rappers have pers...

    by Matt Weitz on February 6, 1997
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    Out Here

    Green, green grass of home who to love and when to leave Mary Cutrufello Independent release By now the more obvious aspects of Mary Cutrufello have been reduced to filler fodder, but the contrasts inherent in an African-American female...

    by Matt Weitz on February 6, 1997
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    Out Here

    Old tricks, new dogs Texas Blueswomen Chonita Turner, Jav-Lyn, and Lady Lotion TopCat Records Apart from touring acts like Buddy Guy and local blues jams, there exists a whole group of R&B/blues clubs that see few white faces but are ...

    by Matt Weitz on January 30, 1997
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    Battle stations, damage control - Jeru the Damaja aims to save rap from itself

    Most '90s celebrities understand that baring their souls comes with the territory. Your average personality mag is brimming with profiles of famous people who disclose their deepest, darkest secrets as casually as they cash their royalty checks--and ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 30, 1997
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    Ain't life pop? - Grand Street Cryers enter Robinson-Wood's hum-along sweepstakes

    Tim Locke, felled by the season's latest and nearly ubiquitous strain of flu, still manages to sound excited through the coughing and sniffling. Locke is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and main muse behind Grand Street Cryers, the Dallas pop quintet t...

    by Rick Koster on January 30, 1997
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    Out There

    As years go by 20th Century Blues Marianne Faithfull Reverso/RCA Records Berlin in the '20s: no other phrase conjures up quite so complete a picture of decadence and doom. Denizens of the Weimar Republic had the hedonist's perfect exc...

    by Matt Weitz on January 30, 1997
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    Roadshows

    The feminine mystique There are some people who are so possessed of a love for life--and for love--that they are virtually forces of nature, blowing through situations and scenarios like some emotional Tasmanian devil. No matter how much these fo...

    by Matt Weitz on January 30, 1997
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    Stylistic etouffee - Hippie Gumbo gets it right

    When Rick Reid's will-to-Zydeco--honed in earlier bands Zydeco Faux Pas, then the Zydeco Swamptones--collided with the pop/cover-band tendencies of the Joybangers last summer, a new and wonderful thing was born: the band Hippie Gumbo. Perhaps it was ...

    by Matt Weitz on January 30, 1997
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    Willing to wait - Lou Barlow works on solidifying Sebadoh's reputation

    Mirrors cover the walls of every room except the bedroom in Lou Barlow's ancient Boston apartment house. Dark, wine-colored carpet and ornate woodwork line the new dwelling of the guiding auteur of lo-fi rock heroes Sebadoh. Their "Willing to Wait," ...

    by Brendan Doherty on January 23, 1997
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    Out There

    It Happened One Night Holly Cole Metro Blue/Capitol Records Jazzy singer Holly Cole perfectly illustrates how cool warmth can be. Her live show is so affecting that she can make even a huge outdoor shed like Starplex seem close and intima...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on January 23, 1997
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