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    Out There

    Camping in the chilling fields Pup Tent Luna Elektra Records The title to Luna's fourth album comes from a childhood game that girls were asked to play. They all said "no." It's the essence of frontman Dean Wareham's worldview--life as a ...

    by Matt Weitz on September 18, 1997
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    Bang a gong - Or, in Layne Redmond's case, a tambourine

    "I like the idea that before the Lilith Fair, there was Lilith," says Amy Martin, a local percussion fixture known to most through her tireless work with drumming circles and the various Solstice celebrations here. "You know, originally, women were o...

    by Matt Weitz on September 11, 1997
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    Out Here

    Time of the preacher Dangerous Spirits Ray Wylie Hubbard Philo/Rounder Records Much has been made of Ray Wylie Hubbard and how this, his first major-label album, marks his coming into his own. Actually, Hubbard established himself with Lo...

    by Matt Weitz on September 11, 1997
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    Beyond illusion - The transcendental rhymes of Bhakti

    Dallas has produced its share of groundbreaking artists in the field of hip-hop and R&B, including MC 900 Foot Jesus as well as the reigning queen of soul, Erykah Badu. To that list we can now add the name Bhakti--a hip-hop project featuring 23-year-...

    by Richard Baimbridge on September 11, 1997
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    Out There

    A new attitude Walter T. Smith ambersunshower Gee Street Records God knows what's taken so long, but contemporary R&B is slowly taking a turn for the better. This overlooked album follows the examples set by Erykah Badu, Me'Shell Ndegocel...

    by Richard Baimbridge on September 11, 1997
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    Let it bleed - Fireworks goes back to the garage

    "If you like your roots rock as gnarly as it gets, you won't miss with Fireworks' new album, Lit Up." You would expect this quote is culled from an underground fanzine, not from the music biz authority that is Billboard. Yet the two-column mini-featu...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on September 11, 1997
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    Roadshows

    The President of the United States of Love When the Beatles said, "All you need is love," they obviously hadn't seen the dark side of that emotion--the side that can plant you on your couch in a bathrobe for weeks at a time, wondering what went w...

    by Zac Crain on September 11, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Not just an opening act A year or two ago, while freelancing for The Dallas Morning News, I reviewed a show that featured Maze and some hot diva-of-the-moment--I believe it was Whitney Houston--and I expressed a bit of irritation with the fact th...

    by Matt Weitz on September 4, 1997
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    Out Here

    Gaze into skies unseen Abandinallhope Mazinga Phaser Idol Records "All I can see in this beautiful dream/Is circles of light and they're floating around on me," sings Mazinga Phaser's Jessica Nelson on "A Diamond in Shrink Wrap," the open...

    by Matt Weitz on September 4, 1997
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    To every season - The times they are a-changin' at the Sons of Hermann

    Amid a flurry of rumors, it has finally been confirmed that the Sons of Hermann membership will be taking a more active role in the booking of their facility, the popular Sons of Hermann Hall. In a move bound to decrease longtime booker Mike Snider's...

    by Matt Weitz on September 4, 1997
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    Austin's loss - A new CD and a move to L.A. herald a career boost for Denny Freeman

    Guitars used to be less giving than they are now. Today, stacked amps and store-bought effects can help you make a great and passionate din, while in olden times you actually had to know how to play one in order to do that. Those were the days th...

    by Tim Schuller on September 4, 1997
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    Out There

    No chaser required Straight Up With a Twist Kitty Margolis Mad-Kat Records Kitty Margolis has got the goods--a strong, blunt voice, perfect pitch, a fine sense of swing, and terrific scatting chops--but there are plenty of singers who've ...

    by Jonathan Eig on September 4, 1997
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    Wizards of Wu - How Wu-Tang Clan won the world

    The world of hip-hop is an immensely competitive battle for the spotlight, where artists have the life spans of a dealer on the streets--sometimes literally. It is, in fact, the same street game many were born into, just taken to a higher level. A ra...

    by Richard Baimbridge on September 4, 1997
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    Out Here - Because they can

    The Nixons The Nixons MCA Records Imagine an Orwellian world where any use of your imagination is banned and music has been stripped of any vestige of melody or originality. In such a world, bands like the Nixons would land a sponsorship de...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on August 28, 1997
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    Camelot in 4/4 time - A golden age in Dallas jazz turns 40

    It doesn't look like much now--just another run-down building in a neighborhood gone to seed, where flat-black burglar bars seem to have spread across doors and windows like mildew, and by noon clots of the glassy-eyed have staked out the favorable c...

    by Matt Weitz on August 28, 1997
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    Out There - Where water tastes like wine

    The Fat of the Land Prodigy Maverick Records There's been a lot of backlash against electronica lately, but that doesn't seem to be the case at the magazine counter this month--Prodigy frontman Keith Flint's mug is all over the place, leeri...

    by Richard Baimbridge on August 28, 1997
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    Rave new world - Tom Faulkner explores his musical horizons

    History abounds with the sort of mythical real estate that inspires song: Oz, Atlantis, heaven and hell, even Atlantic City. Unto each has been written some form of musical tribute or another, from the dope-heavy "Way down below the ocean" stanza dur...

    by Rick Koster on August 28, 1997
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    Power lines - Jimmy Webb wrote one of the greatest songs ever, but don't tell him that

    Jimmy Webb, the man who wrote one of the greatest songs of all time, does not know when he will be able to write again. He wants to--"with a vengeance," he insists--but he's afraid he might not have it in him right now. Webb has spent so long writing...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 28, 1997
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    Roadshows - A lighter shade of prayer

    Although Athens-based Vigilantes of Love leader Bill Mallonee says that his musical goal is "Bible study that rocks," don't lump VOL in with the tepid majority of contemporary Christian rock. For one thing, Mallonee usually has his tongue slightly in...

    by Matt Weitz on August 28, 1997
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    Pilgrims at rest - Barry Kooda tries to mend a broken heart

    Leave it to the man who wrote a song called "I'm Sorry I Killed You"--mainly "'cause now I am in jail," although the protagonist (if that's the right word) finds some solace at making goo-goo eyes at the victim's underage sister--to pick up and get o...

    by Matt Weitz on August 28, 1997
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