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    Roadshows

    A flat natural-born good timin' man "Every day I tell myself it's temporary," Gary Stewart sings at the beginning of his 1974 hit "Drinkin' Thing," a monument to self-delusion and dependency written by Wayne Carson, who also wrote another Stewart...

    by Matt Weitz on December 26, 1996
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    Great ambience - Getting Sofa-conscious with Roshonnda Red Quotet

    Out of the initial chaos of seemingly unrelated instrumental noodling that is slowly rising this Friday night at the State Bar, a sound is taking shape and gathering momentum. It's the sound of a 1957 Cadillac being started in Tibet on a cold day, fe...

    by Richard Baimbridge on December 26, 1996
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    Cruising the neon glories - The Vas Deferens Organization searches for the timeless

    "EEEeeeeeeuuuggghhhh!" Playing opposite to type, the local music writer is utterly sincere as she twists her face into a rictus of pure disgust. The effort--which pulls the corners of her mouth down and the cartilage around her nostrils up, and for ...

    by Matt Weitz on December 26, 1996
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    Out There

    Cult of personality Evita Cast recording/soundtrack Warner Brothers Records Whatever you may think of her personally, Madonna's credentials in the realm of popular music are unimpeachable. She began her career as a coy teen queen singin...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on December 26, 1996
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    Out Here

    Queso que nada? Cosa Caliente The Recliners RCM Recordings One of the hardest things to get a sense of is humor, which many people confuse with mockery, forgetting that making fun has always been territory staked out by those who can't ...

    by Matt Weitz on December 26, 1996
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    In spite of his ignorance - Van Dyke Parks, the eternal odd man out, finally comes out to play

    Van Dyke Parks does not talk. He speaks, pronounces, proclaims, mumbles and grumbles, chuckles and chortles. But he does not merely talk to waste his words; every syllable has meaning, every breath great implication, every silence great weight. Weari...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 19, 1996
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    Out Here

    Birds of a feather Deep Fantastic Blue Darden Smith Plump Records Baptist Hospital Boo Hewerdine Discovery/Warner Brothers Darden Smith and Boo Hewerdine are the Hardy Boys of the modern singer-songwriter set. The two pals--wh...

    by Rick Koster on December 19, 1996
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    Good vibrations - After a brief setback, local prodigy is again on track

    The apartment complex that Dewaylon McCoy, his mother Eva, and little sister Nashayla share isn't really scary--it's just a little bit overpacked and anonymous, one of those places that compel you to say "oh, it isn't that bad" when greeting first-ti...

    by Matt Weitz on December 19, 1996
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    Roadshows

    More than skin deep Now that Nashville is only slightly less beauty-conscious than the fashion industry--to make it in pop country these days, you gotta be a cute li'l ol' thang with a perfect figure, bright eyes, flawless hair, and a stunning sm...

    by Matt Weitz on December 19, 1996
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    Eighth place in your face - Some sticky PR won't hold Slow Roosevelt back

    The rain bombs out the street before Peter Thomas, and he wonders if the adverse weather will significantly affect the turnout this Saturday night. He and two bandmates, Aaron Lyons and Mark Sodders, stand under the overhang of the Dogstar, one of th...

    by Howard Wen on December 19, 1996
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    Out There

    The big bang Jesus Christ Superstars Laibach Mute Records Sinsational Pig Nothing/Interscope Records If the world were about to end in a tremendous bang, Laibach would be the first in line to write the soundtrack--such is th...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on December 19, 1996
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    Out There

    From Ziklag to Zion Nobody But You Slim and the Supreme Angels Intersound Records Living on the Other Side IIIrd Tyme Out Rounder Records The African-American gospel quartet tradition has had an enormous impact on pop music: T...

    by Matt Weitz on December 12, 1996
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    Burning down the house - Pervis fires up their new CD

    It's summer, 1994, and Pervis is headlining an MCA Records showcase at Trees. Co-sirens Rachael Strauss and Cristina Harrison writhe, high-kick, and caterwaul to the punk-metal rumble of their three male counterparts. "Slut rock," one naysayer snarls...

    by Alex Magocsi on December 12, 1996
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    Out Here

    Local tidings A Loving Christmas Mark Loving Independent release Mark Loving is a music critic's worst nightmare: a man who's always singing to himself around the house and at work, so family and friends finally prevail on him to make...

    by Jimmy Fowler on December 12, 1996
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    Should auld acquaintance be forgot - Two area favorites are back--one returning, the other reborn

    "Naomi's is absolutely my favorite place in the world to play," says roots-country hotshot Mary Cutrufello about her return to the club December 14--her first visit since June. "The people there are really salt-of-the-earth types, and I'd do anything...

    by Matt Weitz on December 12, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Singing in the rain I'm not sure why Weezer's music isn't silly; it certainly sounds like it should be. Their rhythmic, nearly sing-songy tunes communicate a jaunty popular-music temperament, and their topics tend toward banal (if often universal...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on December 12, 1996
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    Pick of the litter - One-time punk producer takes an ancient instrument and plots the roots of Christmas

    There are moments of almost primal resonance that can come upon you at elemental times: when watching moving water--surf or stream--or fire, or the wind play across fields of dense grass. In those moments you can suddenly feel connected to the thousa...

    by Matt Weitz on December 12, 1996
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    Swingin' west - Scottish author waltzes across Texas in pursuit of the music he loves

    Sometimes we don't really see ourselves until we glimpse our reflection in someone else's eyes. Or in their mirrored sunglasses: Noted Scottish author and western swing fan Duncan McLean--in town soon for a series of readings and to host a show featu...

    by Matt Weitz on December 5, 1996
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    Jingle bells, Jingle sells - The industry aims for the heart of Christmas-- with a shotgun

    Commerce and Christmas have long been linked; heck, at the end of A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge still had to buy the Cratchits that turkey, and in fact how he handled his money was one of the primary ways in which we could tell the change the sp...

    by Matt Weitz on December 5, 1996
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    Roadshows

    A bird in the hand Ah, the '70s, when the road of excess led not to the palace of wisdom but to the amphitheater of even more excess and the cradle of southern boogie. With 1990's Shake Your Money Maker the Crowes re-invigorated the genre, pullin...

    by Matt Weitz on December 5, 1996
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