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    Sisters of mercy - Austin pair proves that laughter is still the best medicine

    Your first clue as to what to expect from Austin's Therapy Sisters comes when you dial their number and get their answering machine: To leave a message for Lisa, press one; to leave a message for Maurine, press two. For the Therapy Sisters, it depend...

    by Matt Weitz on August 7, 1997
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    Out There

    The trend a while ago AMP Various artists Caroline/MTV There's still one good reason to tune in to MTV: the late-night weekend show of new electronica called AMP. An hour-long excursion into the near future of music, AMP caters to progres...

    by Richard Baimbridge on August 7, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Rotten no more Exactly a year ago, John Lydon donned his punk costume and Rotten persona and toured with the rest of the beer-bellied Sex Pistols for big bucks--cash from chaos, indeed. He admitted it, and people still bought; audiences flocked t...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on August 7, 1997
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    Get it while you can - Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin

    The new collection Songs of Janis Joplin: Blues Down Deep is merely the latest in a series of outrages foisted upon a gullible public by the House of Blues, a nightclub chain and music label that seems to think we were all born yesterday; but for she...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on July 31, 1997
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    A dream deferred - Gene Summers hasn't had to work a day job since 1958, but it took him more than 30 years to get back to the music he loved

    Area rockabilly hero Gene Summers and Sisyphus (star of Greek mythology) could probably kill a few hours together comparing notes. The latter, you may recall, was an ancient king of Corinth damned to an eternity of rolling a heavy stone up a hill, on...

    by Matt Weitz on July 31, 1997
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    Out There

    Endurance as protest Senor Blues Taj Mahal Private Music The Will to Live Ben Harper Virgin Records Neither Taj Mahal nor Ben Harper could really be considered bluesmen in the traditional sense, although the blues forms the core...

    by Matt Weitz on July 31, 1997
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    Out Here

    Room to mood Melatonin Bullet EP Transona Five Sandwich Records From Our Living Room to Yours american analog set Emperor Jones/Trance Syndicate How much structure can you subvert, how much melody can you deconstruct, and how ma...

    by Matt Weitz on July 31, 1997
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    Gone are the days - Dead on top of your toilet

    Deadheads are a persnickety, obsessive bunch; the only group with a comparable fascination with minutiae, trivia, and detail are baseball announcers: "Sorry, Clint, I doubt it--the Dead have rarely gone from a second-set-opening 'China-Rider' directl...

    by Matt Weitz on July 31, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Numbers too big to ignore--they're outselling ROAR! It has always seemed to me that the male human--apparently genetically predisposed to risk everything in the name of a little sweaty, sniggering fun--would be a natural for constantly pushing th...

    by Matt Weitz on July 31, 1997
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    Out There

    Soulful surprise Soul of the Bee Gees Various Artists The Right Stuff/Capitol Records Although it seems yet another pop culture recycled-trash recipe, this new compilation of Bee Gees covers is one of the best tributes I've seen. Whether ...

    by Richard Baimbridge on July 24, 1997
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    Cream of the crop - Jack Bruce follows his own path

    Jack Bruce--singer, songwriter, composer, bassist, and elder statesman of rock--says people wrongly assume that British rockers of the '60s all know each other, like some elite club of ex-prime ministers. It's an impression that Bruce's last American...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on July 24, 1997
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    Roadshows

    What's that on your head? I believe it was Roy Blount Jr. who, while meditating upon the cowboy hat--that most essentially American thing to place atop your head (with the possible exception of a lampshade)--said that while having actually grown ...

    by Matt Weitz on July 24, 1997
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    Dedicated amateur - For longtime local music fixture Bucks Burnett, the playing is the thing

    Like most quests, the most recent mission of James "Big Bucks" Burnett--to make his very first album--has mystical beginnings. Known to most as the driving force behind a uniquely hands-on brand of fandom that has found fruition in "Edstock," a salut...

    by Matt Weitz on July 24, 1997
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    Out Here

    The great pretender My Charmed Life Little Jack Melody and his Young Turks Carpe Diem Records Denton's Little Jack Melody--aka Steve Carter--has always been among the most ambitious of the abundant crop of eclecticists that our area has b...

    by Matt Weitz on July 24, 1997
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    Creep show - Radiohead: The story of a would-be one-hit wonder

    It's interesting that a British band like Radiohead chose to dedicate its second album, The Bends, to Bill Hicks, a dead comedian from Austin, Texas. In case you've never heard of him, Hicks was a critically acclaimed stand-up comic who was on his wa...

    by Richard Baimbridge on July 24, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Border crossing Literature has always been a prime source of inspiration for musicians, although--like films made from novels--the results are rarely as impressive and are frequently bizarre. Blue Oyster Cult, for example, cited William Blake as ...

    by Rick Koster on July 17, 1997
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    Out There

    Opportunity under heaven Symphony 1997 (Heaven Earth Mankind) Tan Dun and Yo-Yo Ma Sony Classical There's a scene in Fellini's great movie of childhood memory, Amarcord, in which the inhabitants of a small rural village, hearing about the...

    by Matt Weitz on July 17, 1997
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    Forever, my beloved - Julie Miller makes music for--and of--the ages

    Occasionally an album comes along that completely screws up an editor's greatest comfort--the orderly scheduling of attention and consideration for the next several issues. You've got all the big artists covered, all the important demographics have b...

    by Matt Weitz on July 17, 1997
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    Come together - Josh Alan pleads for peace, unity, and maybe some album sales

    "Hopefully, this'll be the one that does it," says local singer-songwriter, guitarist, and occasional Observer music section contributor Josh Alan, referring to his new album and its chances of getting him the kind of market clout that enables artist...

    by Matt Weitz on July 17, 1997
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    The next generation? - For Lollapalooza, this may be the last generation

    It's stiflingly hot outside the airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, and a guy clad all in khaki has just pulled up in a minivan to take you to the hotel. He looks like he should be riding an elephant, with a little native kid named Kiki at his side ...

    by Richard Baimbridge on July 17, 1997
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