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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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    Out Here

    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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    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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    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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    The enchanted forest - Carl Stephenson on Beck, the Geto Boys, trip-hop, and the fine line between dream and reality

    If Forest for the Trees had been recorded in 1997, it would surely spur interest, if only for its position at the musical intersection of the moment, pulling together such current themes as studio wizardry a la Beck, trip-hop, and Eastern sounds. But...

    by Richard Baimbridge on January 29, 1998
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    Out There

    Coming out, growing up Ten Cent Wings Jonatha Brooke Refuge/MCA Records Jonatha Brooke can zing eloquent barbs at her self-absorbed lovers and spill poetry like water when smacked with a doe-eyed crush. She's also blessed with a beautiful...

    by Matt Weitz on January 29, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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