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    Rise and shine - Weekend offers a whirlwind tour of local music scene

    Paula Moore has long been a Deep Ellum fixture (dare we say "Ellument?"), with a history that dates back to the late Video Bar and the founding of Last Beat Records. Now a regional A&R person for MCA (she just made the jump from RCA), she may be best...

    by Matt Weitz on November 7, 1996
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    Out Here

    Reel Life Trout Fishing in America Trout Records It's to the credit of Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood that Trout Fishing in America doesn't come off as cutesy shtick, but rather the most natural thing in the world; Reel Life does nothing to ...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on November 7, 1996
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    The Waiting Game Claire Martin Honest Records Claire Martin never actually scats on her debut; rather, she delivers the rhythms of great scatting through sheer energy. The possibility that the music might break away from her unbridled singi...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on November 7, 1996
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    Rising star - Denyce Graves is the current Carmen of choice, and TDO has her

    American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is the hot Carmen right now, and for the next two weeks, she belongs to the Dallas Opera. It was one year ago, on October 7, 1995, that Graves made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role in Carmen, an even...

    by Laurel Ornish on November 7, 1996
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    Love's labor lost October Rust Type O Negative Roadrunner Records Two themes run through the fourth Type O Negative album: love and death. Most of the time they are indistinguishable--"Love You to Death," "Die With Me"--giving October R...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on October 31, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Oscillator to the moon Stylistic mutation has been the tonic for old, tired rock-'n'-roll horses since the Beatles fiddled with sitars and Deep Purple jammed with a symphony orchestra. For the past six years the London-based collective Stereolab ...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on October 31, 1996
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    Don't call it a comeback - The Descendents renew their quest for ALL

    After seeing the Sex Pistols spit and sneer their way across America, it might be easy for jaded mosh pit denizens and music critics alike to dismiss the new Descendents album, Everything Sucks, as yet another moneymaking scheme aimed at the ears and...

    by Zac Crain on October 31, 1996
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    Out Here

    Be here now Return of the Funky Worm Johnny Moeller and Paul Size Dallas Blues Society Records Walk in the Sun Sue Foley Discovery Records What is it about the blues, that each generation has to peer into them, squinting? Mayb...

    by Matt Weitz on October 31, 1996
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    The one that you want - High-school confidential, reflected in a '90s fun-house mirror

    It was a little more than two years ago that Dawn Miller (formerly of Wayward Girl) was talking to pal Aden Holt, owner of local indie label One Ton Records, about an idea she'd had: a local band compilation that would rework the soundtrack to the mi...

    by Matt Weitz on October 31, 1996
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    Not so Mickey Mouse - TV icon Cubby O'Brien has done quite well since leaving Uncle Walt's band

    "Mouseketeers' roll call, sound off now! Karen! Cubby! Annette! Sharon! Lonnie! Bobby...!" Who of the TV generation was not indelibly imprinted by The Mickey Mouse Club, the '50s TV show Life magazine referred to as "the first organization many ...

    by Laurel Ornish on October 31, 1996
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    Un-rock Star - Fired Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese seeks life after fame in North Texas

    Dave Abbruzzese rallies bandmates Paul Slavens, Doug Neil, and Gary Muller for a firewood run--a trip out in the 4X4 to scavenge dead branches for the fireplace at Abbruzzese's North Texas recording retreat. David Castell chooses to stay behind to co...

    by Howard Wen on October 24, 1996
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    Metal's crimson King - The mellow Satanism of King Diamond

    The lunchtime clientele is about what you'd expect for a semirural rib shack not too many miles from Texas Stadium. There are a couple of telephone repairmen, a table of secretaries giggling over a pitcher of beer, and an isolated sales guy trying to...

    by Rick Koster on October 24, 1996
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    Moist and delicious Fashion Nugget Cake Capricorn Records First steps are inspiring, but more than one newborn band has learned that many things are possible with those steps, and that some of them--like smashing your forehead on the ed...

    by Matt Weitz on October 24, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Broken whiskey glass, parts one and two Gather 'round, oh ye insurgent honky-tonkers and new-country hellions, and pay fealty to some of the men who first chalked out the pattern for the clothes you now wear so stylishly: Jason Ringenberg and the...

    by Matt Weitz on October 24, 1996
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    Junkyard jazz - The Calways go a little crazy

    It's obvious that tonight--with Deep Ellum roiling in the aftermath of the Texas-OU game--was not the best night to schedule an interview at Sol's Taco Lounge. An orange-and-white Winnebago at the curb is but a faint warning of the mayhem within: a c...

    by Matt Weitz on October 24, 1996
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    Out Here

    i'dswingitintheevening ifihadahifi Meredith Louise Miller Steve Records A friend once interviewed Meredith Louise Miller for a local radio station. "What's so great about you," my pal enthused, "is that you say all the goofy things abou...

    by Matt Weitz on October 24, 1996
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    Out There

    Everything Sucks Descendents Epitaph Records Call it charisma. Or attitude. Whatever it is, it is essential to the role of frontman. Milo Aukerman has it, but when he left the Descendents to pursue a career in biochemistry, he took it with ...

    by Zac Crain on October 17, 1996
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    Truckin' man - New traditionalist Dale Watson

    Mr. DJ, won't you please play a real country song? Where's your conscience? What's the problem? Speak up and say what's wrong --Dale Watson, "A Real Country Song" Blessed or Damned Dale Watson rules. In an age where more...

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    Time captured in its flight - James Bland's postcards from the edge of a scene

    The front room and the darkroom behind--on the street side of photographer James Bland's house in the heart of Oak Cliff--are unusually neat for one of the archivists of a scene as random and disordered as the early days of Deep Ellum, back in the mi...

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    House of David - Fathead comes home

    David Newman's Oak Cliff home contains a living-room wall of fame--the "Fathead National Museum"--adorned with his 28 album covers in chronological order. They date from 1959's Fathead: Ray Charles Presents David Newman to last year's Mr. Gentle, Mr....

    by Josh Alan Friedman on October 17, 1996
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