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    Roadshows

    Oh the doo-dah day Quake before the wrath of the conservative moralists, whose censure and condemnation can banish a topless girl from an album cover, deny the fertile outlets of Wal-Mart to a corrupting influence, or--in the case of the Insane C...

    by Matt Weitz on February 26, 1998
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    Blues bothers - It ain't necessarily all good

    Write "blues" on your butt, bare it, and blues critics will surpass the speed of light to kiss it. Slag old-guard critics for being hidebound and reactionary if you choose, but they served the idiom and its fans better than the present crop of cheerl...

    by Tim Schuller on February 26, 1998
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    High Cotton - Austin's Cotton Mather snaps, crackles, and pops

    In a city like Austin, the so-called "Live Music Capital of the World," it's easy for a band to get lost in the shuffle. There are scores of clubs, twice as many bands, and every week it seems as though a new band is the darling of the scene, touted ...

    by Zac Crain on February 26, 1998
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    Out There

    Heaven on the ground Strange Angels Kristin Hersh Rykodisc Rhode Island band Throwing Muses didn't officially break up until last April, but their relevance was eclipsed as early as the 1994 release of leader Kristin Hersh's successful so...

    by Robin Myrick on February 26, 1998
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    Roxy redux - Local artist leaves us something to remember him by

    The "bone house" in lowest Greenville at the corner of Oram and Matilda--the white clapboard rent house that once had enough steer pelvises, cow skulls, ribs, and femurs hung on its exterior to qualify as an ossuary--is now bereft of the skeletal dec...

    by Matt Weitz on February 26, 1998
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    Out Here

    Twang dynasty The Derailers Reverb Deluxe Watermelon/Sire Records This Austin band's name is one of the coolest in new Texas music. Yet as well as it works for them, it's something of a misnomer: The Derailers actually follow the C&W trac...

    by Rob Patterson on February 26, 1998
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    Teahouse of the former Moon - Defunct space gets a new lease on life

    Mike Snider, still stinging a bit from his ouster as the principal booking agent at the popular Sons of Hermann Hall, has landed on his feet, hooking up with Deep Ellum power Wood Management (Trees, the Green Room, and the Dark Room). Together the tw...

    by Matt Weitz on February 26, 1998
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    Dazed, not confused - How Richard Linklater and the Bad Livers bucked the trend of soundtraxploitation

    Mark Rubin is in the very stages of mixing and mastering his album, which has a release date only weeks away. He has guarded his record from its inception through its completion, selecting every song, arranging almost every note, and hiring almost ev...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 19, 1998
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    Out There

    All the world Pukar (Calling You) Najma Di Efchon (With Blessings) Haris Alexiou E Bercy (Live at Bercy) I Muvrini Mondo Melodia Touring America can be a great ego-controller for international pop artists. Sell millions in E...

    by Matt Weitz on February 19, 1998
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    The glory of Bugs - Texas guitar hero Bugs Henderson wouldn't swap family for fame

    Longtime fans still come up to Texas guitar hero Bugs Henderson, asking why he's not a bigger star, why he's not enshrined on Mount Hendrix with rightful peers like Stevie Ray, Roy Buchanan, or Danny Gatton. It doesn't bother Henderson that much...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on February 19, 1998
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    Roadshows

    Town and country England--particularly London--has long served reggae in much the same way as Chicago served the blues: the place you go to acquire sophistication and polish. As a result, English reggae acts tend to be slicker than their Jamaican...

    by Matt Weitz on February 19, 1998
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    Out Here

    The Sybil of rock More Miles than Money Alejandro Escovedo Bloodshot Records Like most of us, Alejandro Escovedo--founding punk, germinal roots-rocker, and widely acclaimed singer-songwriter--is a conflicted man, containing in his person ...

    by Matt Weitz on February 19, 1998
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    Punk angst debunked - Darlington does the twist

    No. 13 has come decked out for the evening's festivities: white cowboy boots with the pants tucked into the tops, a bit-too-small sport coat, and over his shirt--in place of a V-neck sweater--a ragged red sweatshirt with the arms and neck cut out. Hi...

    by Matt Weitz on February 19, 1998
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    Too much pork for just one fork

    Too much pork for just one fork America's fascination with the South comes from the curious notion that somewhere down there, amid the humidity, kudzu, polyester, cheese grits, and firearms--it's just more fun to be Southern. That's the perceptio...

    by Matt Weitz on February 12, 1998
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    Out There

    Giving in Jon Langford Skull Orchard Sugar Free Jon Langford made his legend pouring delicious doses of fear and whiskey, crafting unexpected rock and roll for a major label that never appreciated his genius, becoming the kind of Waco Bro...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 12, 1998
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    The LeAnn Rimes of mariachi music - Talented and determined, Nydia Rojas is forging a pop career while remaining true to her roots

    Olivia Rojas knew she was in trouble when she saw the look on her 10-year-old daughter's face that morning. In the annals of the age-old power play between parents and their children, her suggestion that Nydia get up and sing at a little taco stand n...

    by Matt Weitz on February 12, 1998
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    Spoth the ravin' - Mark Ridlen continues his sonic adventure

    The taillight-yellow 10-inch vinyl disc starts out with an almost-ambient collection of various electronic noises--just what you'd expect from Spoth, a group that's a collaboration between Lithium Xmas alum Mark Ridlen (experimental musician and plat...

    by Matt Weitz on February 12, 1998
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    Out Here

    One giant leap for mankind Transaction de Novo Bedhead Trance Syndicate Musik Von Tone Float MIT Timothy's Brain c/o Avant Garde The big trend these days in experimental music--at least locally--has been to move away from hazy i...

    by Matt Weitz on February 12, 1998
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    Out Here

    Head 'em up Technology--unlike money--seems to genuinely trickle down to folks who were never imagined as beneficiaries. Yet there's a cruel joke. Several items in recent Dallas Observer music sections have mentioned the fact that technological adv...

    by Matt Weitz on February 5, 1998
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    Changing the Course of Empire - Local favorite emerges from the commercial doldrums

    Chad Lovell, drummer for Course of Empire, has a barely noticeable habit: Whenever he discusses the history of his band, he tends to laugh a lot--as a person will when later recounting a terrifying or trying experience. You can't really blame him. Af...

    by Matt Weitz on February 5, 1998
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