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    Whose grass is it, anyway? The Mountain Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band E-Squared Ain't so surprising Steve Earle is embracing traditional bluegrass this time around. It's not the first time he's woven plucky bits of Appalachia into ...

    by Neal Weiss on February 25, 1999
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    Killer rock stars - Sleater-Kinney are too good to admit to being rock's best, last hope

    One gray day last October, while driving up Interstate 405 from Portland to Seattle, I turned off the highway at an exit marked Sleater-Kinney. It was the same kind of impulse that causes certain types of visitors in London to take their shoes off an...

    by Gina Arnold on February 18, 1999
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    Budokan rock - Floor 13 wants you...to want...them

    Not really what you'd expect in a sushi bar. The otherwise cool, modest clamor of dishes clinking and Kirin bottles toasting and waiters explaining the fishy menu gave way to the scooting about of chairs and tables to make way for...a very loud rock ...

    by Christina Rees on February 18, 1999
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    Out Here

    Basement tape Excretio: The Difficult Years Poor Bastard Sons Hot Links Records Chris Flemmons, the main Poor Bastard Son, is only in his 20s, and God knows if he's ever been to Appalachia. Perhaps in a past life, this Denton boy was a un...

    by Christina Rees on February 18, 1999
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    The seven-year itch - It's one step forward, two steps back for XTC

    It has been seven years since XTC released a record--so long now that Andy Partridge, the band's co-singer and co-songwriter, cannot believe there are people left on this earth who remember him, much less actually want to talk to him. He figured that...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 18, 1999
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    Out There

    Listen to the music The Sebadoh Sebadoh Sub Pop/Sire Records Lou Barlow became important without meaning to. He impressed others by recording his fragile, angry songs on whatever happened to be lying around, whether it was a four-track re...

    by Zac Crain on February 18, 1999
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    Built it, and they will indie-rock - Josh Baish and Denton fit together like a band and Rubber Gloves

    Josh Baish has hardly begun to tell his story--how he recently bought half of Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton, how he wants to turn it from an occasional performance space into a full-time club, how he feels his adopted hometown of Denton i...

    by Zac Crain on February 11, 1999
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    Out Here

    Three left feet Eight Track Demos Jump Rope Girls One Ton Records At the end of 1997, Spin asked a slew of pop hipsters the question that seems to crop up every week or so: "Is rock dead?" Based on the dubious mainstream success of Prodig...

    by Jessica Elise Parker on February 11, 1999
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    Hot Damnations - Leave it to two Yankee sisters to kick it TX style

    It is a story too good to be true, something only a publicist could concoct during a fever dream--so much to hype, so little time. But it all happened, and it of course makes for great copy: The Hottest Band in Austin Gets Hotter, or something along ...

    by Rob Patterson on February 11, 1999
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    Bastard of middle age - Paul Westerberg digs intoa deep, dark place and makes a brilliant, horrible record

    Bob Stinson died alone on February 18, 1995. He was discovered on the couch of his Minneapolis home, a syringe laying next to his slumped-over corpse. Nine years after being adiosed as the Replacements' guitarist, good ol' Bob--dress-wearing Bob, fun...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 11, 1999
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    Out There

    Plastic letters from home No Exit Blondie Beyond Music Universal Madness Madness Golden Voice Recording Company There ought to be eight people in the world who give a real hot crap about a new Blondie record all these years late...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 11, 1999
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    The great divide - Levon Helm, the heart and soul of The Band, looks back in anger

    It is too hard to listen to the interview with one of the greatest singers of the 1960s--too hard, because the Southern-boy twang in Levon Helm's voice has turned to mush, as though it has been filtered through granite and broken glass. The voice tha...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 4, 1999
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    Nothing but static - Broadcast Data Systems listens to the radio so you don't have to

    On January 21, 500 record company employees were fired, told to gather up their personal belongings, turn in their company credit cards and security keys, shut down their computers, and be out of their offices by 5 p.m. More than 280 staffers were le...

    by Zac Crain on February 4, 1999
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    Out Here

    Ray, out west Live at Cibolo Creek Country Club Ray Wylie Hubbard Misery Loves Company Dallas native Ray Wylie Hubbard no doubt understands that mythology can be a very powerful and sometimes dangerous thing. One of the many Texas artists...

    by Rob Patterson on February 4, 1999
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    Cosmic love song - A "new" Roky Erickson record might be as close as anyone will ever get to him

    The boy grew up believing his full name was Jegar Eugene Erickson. No one, not even his mother, Dana Gaines, told him otherwise--why would she? It wasn't until four years ago that Jegar discovered he had a different first name: Roky. It is his father...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 4, 1999
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    Out There

    Coming up short Hedwig and the Angry Inch Original Cast Recording Atlantic Records Hedwig Schmidt's ill-fated pecker is the biggest thing off Broadway in years. Apparently nothing gets the culturatti in the seats quicker than rock operas ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 4, 1999
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    Out Here

    Rockin' bones Greatest Grooves "Groovey" Joe Poovey Dragon Street Records Joe Poovey died last October, just months before this gem of a retrospective hit stores, promising the comeback Poovey used to dream of. He proofread the liner note...

    by Christina Rees on January 28, 1999
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    Who's there? - Smog's Bill Callahan opens up for the finest album of his career

    For such an evocative songwriter, Bill Callahan always gets painted in a bland shade of gray. In print, his name and his music come modified by the usual synonyms of introspection: "miserabilist," "chronically depressed," "depressive lonerism," the u...

    by Sara Scribner on January 28, 1999
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    Out There

    Hall monitors Real: The Tom T. Hall Project Various artists Delmore/Sire Nobody writes songs like Tom T. Hall anymore--nobody save Hall himself, who keeps recording despite Nashville's tendency to promote him as though he were dead. Maybe...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 28, 1999
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    Hey, world - On the Watts Prophets and the author's days in the Writers Workshop

    Editor's note: Odie Hawkins was a member of the Watts Writers Workshop that spawned the Watts Prophets, a collection of spoken-word artists considered among the forbears of modern hip-hop. He is the author of such novels as Lost Angeles, Memoirs of a...

    by Odie Hawkins on January 28, 1999
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