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    Out There

    Songs from the sound museum Songs from the Night Before David Sanborn Elektra Records The saxophone has a reputation for being one of the sexiest jazz instruments. This generalization has never held much sway with me; for romance, I'll ...

    by Brendan Doherty on January 16, 1997
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    Roadshows

    The long and winding road At long last, the Right Reverend Billy C. Wirtz--over-the-top satirical singer-songwriter, one-man floor show, living lampoon of all things musical--has straightened out. Well, sort of. "I'm glad you called when you...

    by Matt Weitz on January 16, 1997
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    Give peace a chance - The sound of the urban night comes from a most unlikely place

    If you're driving through downtown Terrell, you probably wouldn't notice the small radio station between the travel agency and the clothing store on Moore avenue. The station--with its faded wood front and DJ booth facing the street (with a large win...

    by Anthony Armstrong on January 16, 1997
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    Ed Hagan, 1919-1996 - Another true original leaves us

    The face on the cover of Cafe Noir's album The Waltz King was perfect for the eclectic classicist/jazzbo aggregation: lined and weathered, it bespoke not only many miles and countless rooms, but also wisdom; sadness too, yes, but leavened with the pe...

    by Matt Weitz on January 16, 1997
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    Out Here

    101 punks Pretty Ugly Mess Last Beat Records Cris Mess sings like a young, pissed-off Billy Idol (circa Generation X), but you can't help noticing that this album sounds like it has been preserved in a time capsule for the last 20 yea...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on January 16, 1997
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    Roadshows

    !Don't you step on my huaraches azules! The line that divides style and shtick can be razor-thin, and if you introduce the Elvis Dimension it can be buried completely beneath deep drifts of Velveeta. It would be a mistake, however, to lump Los An...

    by Matt Weitz on January 9, 1997
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    Spirit of '96 - Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance

    How do you solve a problem like this introduction? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? 1996 was many things--a flibbertigibbet, a will o' the wisp, a clown--but more than anything for music, it was a time of transition. With "alternative" rock ...

    by Matt Weitz on January 9, 1997
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    It was a very good year - 1996 lived up to its predecessor while presaging great things to come

    If 1995 was the year of the umpteenth British Invasion (Oasis, Blur, etc.) and the domination of the true underground by the amazing cross-pollinations of dance music, 1996 wasn't far behind in brilliance. In '96, the feeling that pop music still has...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on January 9, 1997
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    Dallas' ace of bass - Life's a busy bed of roses for the Baron

    As Eric Halfvarson savors his plate of beef mole at cvila's restaurant on Maple Avenue, the Dallas-based international opera star ponders a dilemma: Although many bookings in the classical music business occur far in advance (he's presently working o...

    by Laurel Ornish on January 2, 1997
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    Out Here

    Electra glide in blue Small Spinning Ginny Last Beat Records There truly is nothing new under the sun anymore, and to describe a band by placing it in a handy niche is no longer tantamount to calling it unoriginal, but the only way to d...

    by Matt Weitz on January 2, 1997
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    Out There

    Sound and fury... Test for Echo Rush Anthem/Atlantic The think-rock of Rush has always been problematic. Early masterworks like 2112 (1976) succeeded even if they are lyrical Cliffs Notes for college freshmen. (2112 is based on Ayn Rand...

    by Alex Magocsi on January 2, 1997
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    The little punk that could - Benji Bollox moves from Dallas drudgery to London legend

    Looking quite the quintessential young punk rocker--bright red Docs, platinum spiked hair, dark and mangled clothing--Benji Bollox could well be mistaken for the typical misguided suburban kid, half-heartedly chasing after the mirage of a lifestyle 2...

    by Richard Baimbridge on January 2, 1997
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    You've got to hide your love away - Hard Night's Day to continue despite departure of founding member

    First, a clarification: It appears that when Street Beat relayed--rather breathlessly--that popular Beatles cover band Hard Night's Day had moved into the big time by taking off on a brief national tour, it was having its perineum tickled by new hand...

    by Matt Weitz on January 2, 1997
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    Roadshows

    You don't miss your water New Year's Eve gigs are plums for musicians and bands. Banner business nights, they usually pay quite well, and the band that lands one close to home can usually minimize road expenses while spending most of the holidays...

    by Matt Weitz on January 2, 1997
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    Water from a deeper well - TV special documents the building of Wrecking Ball

    Emmylou Harris has been a respected country artist since her first major label release, 1975's Pieces of the Sky. Arriving right in time for the advent of country-rock and enjoying a hefty batch of advance credibility through her association with Gra...

    by Matt Weitz on December 26, 1996
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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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