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    Glory and injustice - Is bass legend Chuck Rainey falling through the cracks?

    Asked if anyone in history has played bass more than himself--in terms of sheer numbers of successful records--Chuck Rainey shrugs. "I don't think so," he says. Rainey's bass work appears on essential albums by Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Quincy Jon...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on November 28, 1996
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    Out Here

    Across the spectrum A Charmed Life Joe LoCascio Trio Tafford Music Improvisation and innovation in jazz are somewhat akin to a squelch knob on a radio--turn it up high enough and it becomes impossible to listen to. The challenge has a...

    by Matt Weitz on November 28, 1996
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    And a search for the truth - On the West Coast, Jeff Liles shoots and scores

    Jeff "Chate" Liles is one of the few people who appears in Street Beat and has had enough. Exposure, that is--the swimming pools and movie stars of the glamorous music biz. "Oh, man, don't put that in," he said when discussing his move out to Los Ang...

    by Matt Weitz on November 28, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Historia de la musica rock Now I Got Worry, the latest Blues Explosion album, kicks off with Jon Spencer letting out a primal scream that sounds like a young James Brown on amphetamines. Then the album explodes--pun intended--into a frenzy of swa...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 28, 1996
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    Out There

    A murder of two Recovering the Satellites Counting Crows Geffen Records Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow A&M Records These two sophomore albums are attempts at redefinition, but the efforts work for one--to a degree--and fail the...

    by Matt Weitz on November 28, 1996
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    Out There

    Nothing's shocking Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson Nothing/Interscope Welcome to the "shocking" world of Marilyn Manson--a pop circus where the clowns combine the names of media icons and serial killers (Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayn...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 21, 1996
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    Out Here

    Removable labels Dem's Good Beeble The Gourds Munich Records Authenticity as a concept has been something of a bugaboo since before Ry Cooder started imitating dust-bowl farmers and African-American Pullman porters. Nowadays--with retro...

    by Matt Weitz on November 21, 1996
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    It don't mean a thing - Swingster and Fort Worth homeboy Red Young comes back home

    Although the current lounge revival seems to be everywhere--one half-expects to see squirrels wearing tiny smoking jackets and clutching wee martini glasses as they dart about burying their nuts for the winter--keyboardist and Fort Worth native Red Y...

    by Matt Weitz on November 21, 1996
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    Blood on the tracks - A former Chili Pepper embraces his demon

    His upper teeth are nearly gone; they have been replaced by tiny slivers of off-white that peek through rotten gums. His lower teeth, thin and brown, appear ready to fall out if he so much as coughs too hard. His lips are pale and dry, coated with sp...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 21, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Blood, sweat, and tears Five years ago Social Distortion joined the Ramones at the old Bronco Bowl for one of rock's dream double bills--the kind that we don't get in Dallas that often. The two bands made three simple chords sound like heaven and...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 21, 1996
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    Welcome to Wally's world - True songs from the mayor of Pleasantville

    Mention the term "singer-songwriter" and immediately the image appears: an excessively serious soul--acoustic guitar in hand--singing an excessively serious song. Wally Pleasant may actually be a singer-songwriter, but you won't hear about Tom Dooley...

    by Zac Crain on November 21, 1996
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    Out There

    Classic rock Being There Wilco Reprise Records The drum rumble that starts off this two-disc set and soon turns to feedback suggests Wilco certainly isn't lagging in its quest to remove itself from Uncle Tupelo territory. Being There ...

    by Matt Weitz on November 14, 1996
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    Musical conquistador - Dallas' Grover Wilkins uncovers the lost music of old Spain

    Grover Wilkins hadn't intended to make musical history. He was happy with his life: conducting avant-garde 20th-century music in Pittsburgh and in Paris, France, and getting Fulbright scholarships to do research on the group of 20th-century French co...

    by Laurel Ornish on November 14, 1996
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    Street Beat comb-over competition

    There is nothing new under the sun, as God once dictated to somebody; no one knows this better than the hapless members of the Publicist Tribe who must call up those who serve as amanuensis to their respective Local (and even more frighteningly, Nati...

    on November 14, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Professionalism never sounded so good Marshall Crenshaw opened last year's performance in Deep Ellum with the offhand greeting "Hello, we're professional rock musicians." He then proved his yeomanlike salutation a massive understatement, revealin...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on November 14, 1996
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    The Agnelli and Finch conspiracy - The temporary addition of former Washington Square makes for a Brave New Combo

    Lauren Agnelli--known to most for her association with neofolkie groundbreakers the Washington Squares--imparts a New Yorker's sense of forward momentum; one of her favorite words is "apace," and when she tells you that "when someone makes me feel go...

    by Matt Weitz on November 14, 1996
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    Out Here

    Shooting star Chandelier Musings Comet Dedicated Records Those who wander the demo-strewn caverns of Local Band Hell soon learn not to trust much of what crosses their desk; instead, they come to rely more on word of mouth. It's with ...

    by Matt Weitz on November 14, 1996
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    Messing up in public - Ray Davies gets the kinks-- but not the Kinks-- out of his career

    In its September 11, 1964, issue, the British pop magazine New Musical Express featured an article on the Kinks underneath the headline "This week's chart-toppers." Each member of the band, which had just stepped into the limelight on the strength of...

    by Rob Walker on November 14, 1996
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    The truth of sissy force - Indie stalwarts Romanovsky and Phillips spread the gay gospel

    The guys who are known as Romanovsky and Phillips are funny and freewheeling during their Sunday afternoon interview from New Mexico, but one question quickly corks their flow of irreverence and candor: "Is Romanovsky and Phillips still a duo ro...

    by Jimmy Fowler on November 7, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Searching for a truer sound Like it or not (and from all accounts they don't), the two artists who gave the late and much-lamented Uncle Tupelo its scope and direction--Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Son Volt's Jay Farrar--are bound together in peoples'...

    by Matt Weitz on November 7, 1996
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