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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Freedom of choice - Ben Folds Five: a revolution in genre-bending

    In the business of alternative music--where the clock is always ticking on a band's continued relevance and getting to the point is considered bad taste--Ben Folds Five is an unlikely success story. Any other focused, passionate, guitarless band that...

    by Robin Myrick on February 5, 1998
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    All rocked out Pearl Jam Yield Epic Eddie Vedder has always been a better star than artist. He's best at grand gestures, belting out "Alive" or vowing to bring a concert-ticket monopoly to its knees. But these days, "Ed" (as he now calls ...

    by Keith Moerer on February 5, 1998
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    No Doubt about it - Hellcat Records keeps it real

    An hour before Denton's Grown-Ups are set to take the stage at Emo's in Austin--the second show of their three-date reunion tour of Texas--an episode reminiscent of the "mods vs. rockers" scene from Quadrophenia breaks out. Two rival packs of kids sq...

    by Zac Crain on February 5, 1998
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    Roadshows

    You know what they done? Bill Kirchen finally had to change the way he sang "Too Much Fun," the signature party tune he wrote during his stint as the guitarist for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. The singer--in that band the all-too-cr...

    by Matt Weitz on February 5, 1998
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    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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    Two for Texas Shadows Where the Magic Was James Hand Self-released When the music that James Hand loved--in this case, the stark traditional country of the post-war era--changed and moved on, he stuck with it. It's appropriate, then, that...

    by Matt Weitz on January 29, 1998
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    Facing the music - Local music exec's departure is a sign of better things than you might at first think

    After almost four years of steering promising local bands through the straits and around the shoals of outrageous music-biz fortune, David Dennard--director of Crystal Clear's steve records label and president-for-life of his own Dragon Street Record...

    by Matt Weitz on January 29, 1998
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