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    Everything but the Pulitzer - Ben Watt debuts as an author with a unique bedside manner

    The comforting sounds of Walking Wounded are playing in the background at New York's Tower Records as a crowd gathers to meet Ben Watt of the coolly subdued dance-pop duo Everything But the Girl, but Watt isn't in town this Tuesday night to spin at a...

    by Richard Baimbridge on June 12, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Dream team In an age of commercialization, wherein big shots such as U2 undergo Lon Chaney-into-Wolfman transformations in calculated attempts to remain hip to fans half their age, it's refreshing to run across Malford Milligan. As the front...

    by Rick Koster on June 12, 1997
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    Out Here

    Like a present Wrapped Bruce Robison Boar's Nest Records The romantic habits of talented--or at least well-known--people often seem to get a tedious amount of attention, but the fact that Bruce Robison is married to Kelly Willis makes suc...

    by Matt Weitz on June 5, 1997
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    Horn of plenty - Trumpeter Roy Hargrove brings the musical world back home

    What with Radish, Quindon Tarver, and LeAnn Rimes clogging the arteries of the music press these days, it's often overlooked that North Texas' original major-label wunderkind was jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove. But that was a few years back, and it's ea...

    by Rick Koster on June 5, 1997
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    Out There

    Far from the same old news Most Things Haven't Worked Out Junior Kimbrough Fat Possum/Capricorn Records Mr. Wizard R.L. Burnside Fat Possum/Epitaph Records There are all kinds of blues, from the downtown blues of Bobby Bland to ...

    by Matt Weitz on June 5, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Opposites attract Slag the West End for being a tourist pit if you will, but it deserves credit for being the original bonding ground for bluesmen Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King. King was a Louisiana-born jazzman who didn't figure blues even ex...

    by Tim Schuller on June 5, 1997
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    Going against typecasting - Don't call Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperial Monkeys a blues band

    Few bands are as startling visually--or as mixed a bag--as Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperial Monkeys. First of all, there's Wonderland herself, the proud possessor of a truly impressive set of pipes that seem to make all previous comparisons to the...

    by Matt Weitz on June 5, 1997
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    Bordered by ballads and folksongs - John and Alan Lomax, groundbreaking musicologists

    Although there are times when you might wish that songs, like milk, had expiration dates--perhaps right after the DJ says "Say, whatever happened to these guys?" and plays Frankie Goes to Hollywood--music is far more than just a diversion or backgrou...

    by Matt Weitz on June 5, 1997
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    Bar chords - Harry Dean Stanton sings--but then, he always has

    Answering the door of his Los Angeles home on Mulholland Drive, perched between the Valley and the sky, Harry Dean Stanton appears as he has for decades--a bit ragged but surprisingly sturdy, stubble on a wilting chin, rumpled clothes over a thin fra...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 1997
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    Out There

    Snap, crackle, power pop Telecommando Americano Material Issue Rykodisc There seems to be no Local Band Hell more deserving of the title than that which is found in Chicago. With the possible exception of a healthy--if a tad contrived--al...

    by Matt Weitz on May 29, 1997
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    Whatchu talking 'bout, Willis? - A twisted TV dream starring Todd Bridges, Brutal Juice, and Corn Mo

    Only in a strange world would this happen: You settle down for a nice little afternoon nap and wake to the sound of the phone ringing. You answer, and an unfamiliar voice says, "Yo, this is Todd." Dazed, you think to yourself, "Todd who?" But before ...

    by Matt Weitz on May 29, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Whenever--and whatever--he wants John Mellencamp deserves something. Sure, he's a mouthy, pushy, arrogant guy who seems to take himself very seriously and often has a chip the size of an asteroid on his shoulder. In the past, he's made much hay o...

    by Matt Weitz on May 29, 1997
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    The last roundup - Soul Food Cafe throws in the towel

    There's nothing wrong with a little self-empowering confidence or belief in your mission, but there comes a time when you have to acknowledge that your plan ain't workin'. After seven years and three albums, and a period of popular ubiquity in the ea...

    by Matt Weitz on May 29, 1997
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    Out Here

    Smells like Texas spirit Gospel Tunes form the Bowels of Texas Various Artists Sutra U Records Big Hits Iron Bong Lost Records As apathy rules the local airwaves, albums like Gospel Tunes from the Bowels of Texas are welcome, if...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on May 29, 1997
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    A fistful of tunes - The Big Gundown squints into the sun, throws its serape over its shoulder, and makes its play

    Do you hear a lone trumpet blowing Deguello as you walk from the parking lot to work each morning? Do you still mourn Lee Van Cleef's descent back into television or wish you could peer icily out from under your flat-brimmed cowboy hat at your boss, ...

    by Matt Weitz on May 22, 1997
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    Out Here

    Eat or be eaten Picnic Robert Earl Keen Arista Austin Records It's always an iffy proposition when a much-loved indie cult artist signs with a major label and makes the move to the big time. For sure, our hero deserves a global audience a...

    by Rick Koster on May 22, 1997
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    Timeless flights - The Byrds soar though the changes

    The last two years of the sixties were a time of awesome transition in music, the nation, and popular culture, as well as the sound and personnel of the Byrds, the Los Angeles-based folk-rock band once touted as America's answer to the Beatles (by De...

    by Rob Patterson on May 22, 1997
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    Out There

    Twisted Willies Must've Been High The Supersuckers Sub Pop Records The similarities between punk and country have been remarked upon enough to skip here, so let's just cut to the chase: In an arena filled with varying degrees of separatio...

    by Matt Weitz on May 22, 1997
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    Keeping up with the Joneses - Dallas blues history according to two who lived it

    Things are beginning to happen for local blues stalwarts Tutu and Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones. Tutu has been in Memphis, where his latest album, Blue Texas Soul, on the Bullseye Blues label, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. Although he was edged o...

    by Tim Schuller on May 22, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Pop smart Unlike U2--currently flogging their tuneless pop as a vague multimedia concept, forced by megalomania to put it in quotation marks--the Cardigans stick to pop, pure and simple. The five young Swedes go for the sugar buzz of the three-mi...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on May 22, 1997
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