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    Let's play four - The Flaming Lips release four new CDs--and one new album

    The flustered clerk stood there with slack-jawed confusion, as if someone had just asked him whether he could mow the linoleum in the store. "You mean, you're supposed to play them all at the same time?" he asked, still not fully grasping the co...

    by Zac Crain on January 29, 1998
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    Out Here

    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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    Roadshows

    The rhythm of the saints Many Americans became acquainted with South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo through its appearance on Paul Simon's Graceland album, but remain unaware of the band's importance as a cultural force. From the group's famili...

    by Robin Myrick on January 29, 1998
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    Believe the hype - Austin's Sixteen Deluxe is as good as advertised

    It was an odd, unexpected sight at the Christmas party thrown this year in Austin by Hamstein Publishing and Lone Wolf Management: the four members of Sixteen Deluxe--Austin's great white (pop) hope--gushing about their brief encounter with ZZ Top's ...

    by Zac Crain on January 22, 1998
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    Roadshows

    Captain Fantastic rides again Back in 1975, when my best friend and I were screaming, weeping, Tiger Beat mad about Elton John, our small grade-school hearts raced faster the minute one of his songs came on the radio or one of his antics made the...

    by Robin Myrick on January 22, 1998
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    Behind the lines - From reds to feds to blues

    If you don't know what a "wet line" is, check out Samuell Boulevard between Sibley and Boone, the boundary that separates where liquor may and may not be sold. Of the 16 establishments that line this section of street, 12 are either liquor stores, be...

    by Tim Schuller on January 22, 1998
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    Out There

    Lock and... Reload Metallica Elektra Records On a dreary winter day in 1994, MTV ceased airing Headbanger's Ball, signaling the end of an era of heavy metal dominance. Alternative rock bands flooded the airwaves and left heavy metal fans ...

    by Bruce Cameron on January 22, 1998
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    Out Here

    More than HoJo mojo Voodoo Love The Voodoo Kings Virtual Records The borders of genre are often cliche or even worse, especially when you start dealing with questions of cultural imperialism--like taking the blues and turning it into good...

    by Matt Weitz on January 22, 1998
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    Rave on cats, he cried - Carl Perkins, 1932-1998

    Rock and roll legend Carl Perkins died on Monday morning, January 19, at 10:30 a.m. of complications developed following a series of three strokes that he had suffered at the end of 1997. He was 65. Although spit-curled Bill Haley is arguably th...

    by Matt Weitz on January 22, 1998
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    Real McCoy or decoy? - Dallas hip-hop 1997

    Dallas is hardly a town devoid of rap and hip-hop talent. Unfortunately, of the many groups trying to find a niche in the city's music scene, few seem to know how to go about doing it. This past year Dallas hip-hop talent finally got a dose of credib...

    by Brian Walker on January 15, 1998
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    Roadshows

    Well on their way When you consider the direction that contemporary gospel music has been moving recently--draining away any grit or unpredictable emotion and substituting danceable grooves and appealing production--it's little wonder that one of...

    by Matt Weitz on January 15, 1998
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    Moscow on the Trinity - Full-time jazz brought pianist to Dallas

    Gregory Slavins is alert and attentive, even intense, behind the piano at Sambuca restaurant in Deep Ellum, but he's not constricted by his creativity like some virtuosos. Around him, the pre-Christmas swirl of drinks and dinner turn, especially warm...

    by Matt Weitz on January 15, 1998
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    Out Here

    For less than the ages Certified Funky 2 Professor D and the Playschool D-Funk At certain population levels, people start to cluster their dwellings together; then they build walled villages, then big cities. Like roads and aqueducts, ban...

    by Matt Weitz on January 15, 1998
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    The beat goes on - Sonny Bono got more respect in death than in life

    Sonny Bono looked so fragile the day we met, wearing an insurance salesman's suit and a politician's smile. The suit was brown, the smile enormous. That was seven years ago, and Bono was in town at the Adolphus Hotel receiving reporters during his tr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 15, 1998
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    Out There

    Native sounds Tribal Fires various artists Earthbeat!/Rhino Records Mirabal Mirabal Warner Brothers Records The concept of Native American music covers a lot of ground. Anyone who's traveled much through the American West--parti...

    by Matt Weitz on January 15, 1998
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    Zac Crain's Top 10 Texas Albums:

    Too Far To Care, The Old 97's (Elektra) UFOFU, UFOFU (Medicine) Redo The Stacks, Centro-matic (Steve) The Twelve-Point Masterplan, Bobgoblin (MCA) Barrel-Chested, Slobberbone (Doolittle) Hell Is Other People, Dynamite Boy (Off-Tim...

    by Zac Crain on January 8, 1998
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    The year's top albums by Texas artists

    Too Far to Care, The Old 97's (Elektra Records). Lost in the Land of Texico, Tom Faulkner (Serrano Records). ear X-tacy II, Andy Timmons (oo/Sony Japan). The Land of Freedom and Pleasure, The Hollisters (Freedom Records). Marchel Iver...

    by Rick Koster on January 8, 1998
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    Every which way but loose - The Dallas scene flourishes beneath the chaos

    Local musicians had one thing going for them this year: With the national music scene cruelly besieged by market forces, there was less difference between local and national in 1997 than ever before. Radish was the focal point of a fevered bidding wa...

    by Matt Weitz on January 8, 1998
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    Roadshows

    Sometimes they come back Anyone who has cause to look back ruefully on the '80s probably can recall a band like A-Train. You know the type: hard-working floor-stirrers providing the soundtrack to another night of blitzed barroom bonhomie, the kin...

    by Tim Schuller on January 8, 1998
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