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    Heavy tin foil Come On Feel The Metal Various artists steve records The joke's an easy one to remember, but a hard one to tell. Come On Feel The Metal, on which almost three dozen local bands go metal in all its incarnations (from Zep t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 1997
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    Together again - Respected but short-lived country-rock outfit the Cartwrights are getting back together

    Nobody's looking past this one gig, but the late, lamented Cartwrights--a virtual family tree of local bands past comprising Barry Kooda (Nervebreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeah), Alan Wooley (Killbilly), Kim Herriage (Feet First), Donny Ray Ford, and Richie V...

    by Matt Weitz on April 24, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Misery as its own reward There is something about the allure of romantic despair. On her latest album, Excerpts from a Love Circus, Lisa Germano wallows in it, yet she seems reluctant to crawl to the shore. Listening to her songs makes you wonder...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on April 24, 1997
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    Willful obscurity Straightaways Son Volt Warner Brothers Records "No one here says what they mean," Jay Farrar sings on Straightaways, the latest offering from Son Volt. That line is accurate, the title ironic, since this album is a tri...

    by Matt Weitz on April 24, 1997
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    Holmes style - NY's Holmes Brothers are the Magi of soul

    Ever since the guitar filibuster got elevated to sacrament, blues fans who love great singing and concise songs have been screwed. To their rescue come the Holmes Brothers--Wendell and Sherman Holmes on guitar and bass respectively, and Popsy Di...

    by Tim Schuller on April 24, 1997
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    Drawn-blinds blues - Laura Nyro, 1948-1997

    "Other people had hits with her songs" was the sentence just beneath the headline in USA Today that announced musician Laura Nyro had died. She succumbed to ovarian cancer at the age of 49. This was the most depressingly predictable of epitaphs ...

    by Jimmy Fowler on April 24, 1997
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    All a-flutter - Another local songwriter has a cut on a major-label release

    When the Dallas Observer ran a preview a few weeks ago announcing an upcoming Monte Warden show, said preview mentioned that Warden--like our own Colin Boyd--seemed to be haunted by the ghost of a certain bespectacled pop genius named Buddy. It was a...

    by Matt Weitz on April 17, 1997
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    Service with a smile Satellitely Quickserv Johnny Rainmaker Records Quickserv Johnny, to paraphrase the Tom Hanks character in That Thing You Do, is the latest star in the Rainmaker Records galaxy--blasting through the same platinum-fille...

    by Rick Koster on April 17, 1997
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    Lip service - Cowboy Mouth's manic responsibility

    For much of the '90s, rock 'n' roll scenesters--from Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson to Alex Chilton and Peter Buck--have moved to New Orleans, drawn as much by the city's Flowers of Evil darkness and spirit of perpetual carnival as by its musical he...

    by Rick Koster on April 17, 1997
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    Thinking man's headbangers Aftertaste Helmet Interscope Records Helmet has long been promising to inject hard rock with new life: A combo led by a jazz guitarist who plays tight, economical, and subtly brutal metallic rock looks great on ...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on April 17, 1997
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    Bassx comes correct - Local band finds its way in the Big Apple

    Even if the competition is not exactly fierce, to be nominated in the Dallas Observer's "Best Rap/Hip-Hop" category two years in a row is no small feat. Denton's Bassx walked away winners in 1995; in 1996, prior to the ballot counting, the band packe...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on April 17, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Honky-tonk hero If you're one of those folks who's just a-brim with good intentions as far as live music goes, yet always ends up feeling bad when you don't quite make it out to see show X or Y (especially when listening to everybody rave about i...

    by Matt Weitz on April 17, 1997
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    Hasta manana - The sun's about to come out for the Tomorrowpeople

    Running around Deep Ellum frantically on this cold and drizzly morning, Gordo "Buzz" Gibson (aka Michael Gibson) is a poster child for all that is unresolved. He's been up all night, working on final mixes for his band's soon-to-be-released debut alb...

    by Richard Baimbridge on April 10, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Jump for joy Before the term "guitar hero" existed, Guitar Shorty was one. His ear-reaming tones were a known influence on Jimi Hendrix, who may have lent an eye to Shorty's showmanship as well. Born in Houston, Shorty took up music in Florid...

    by Tim Schuller on April 10, 1997
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    Wrong foot - Musicians' superstore stumbles out of the gate

    Entrepreneur Mark Begelman--the man who answered the question "I wonder what a 75-foot-high stack of calculators looks like?" when he was in charge of Office Depot--has taken his pallet-intensive retail philosophy and applied it to MARS, which is now...

    by Tim Schuller on April 10, 1997
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    Look upon my works King of the World Horseshoe Hiccup Records In this age of calculated maneuver, it's nice to occasionally see something like creativity unhinged, like Tom Hulce's Mozart in Amadeus. Houstonians Scott Daniels, Greg Wood...

    by Matt Weitz on April 10, 1997
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    Music to watch cave paintings by - Ohm taps the roots of cosmic rock

    "Dedicated to all people who feel obliged to space," reads the note on the original sleeve of Tangerine Dream's Alpha Centauri, made in 1971. A quarter of a century later, four young metroplex musicians have taken this statement to heart, creating an...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on April 10, 1997
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    American Gothic Mirador Tarnation Reprise Records You can picture Tarnation singer Paula Frazer's living room: a tattered Patsy Cline biography on the coffee table next to a Faulkner novel, a Johnny Guitar movie poster on the wall, a vi...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on April 10, 1997
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    Roadshows

    That's w-o-m-a-n Maria Muldaur is one of the music industry's most frustrating phenomena: the artist who never really lived up to her early potential, who had one quick period of pop dominance surrounded by early struggle and later popular declin...

    by Matt Weitz on April 3, 1997
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    The Man From Mars Smokey Wilson Bullseye Blues Records The old saw about not playing catch-up with the times, but relaxing and allowing the times to eventually catch up with you, has worked well for Smokey Wilson. Once too strident for th...

    by Tim Schuller on April 3, 1997
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