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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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    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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    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 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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    Real McCoy or decoy? - Dallas hip-hop 1997

    Dallas is hardly a town devoid of rap and hip-hop talent. Unfortunately, of the many groups trying to find a niche in the city's music scene, few seem to know how to go about doing it. This past year Dallas hip-hop talent finally got a dose of credib...

    by Brian Walker on January 15, 1998
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    Roadshows

    Well on their way When you consider the direction that contemporary gospel music has been moving recently--draining away any grit or unpredictable emotion and substituting danceable grooves and appealing production--it's little wonder that one of...

    by Matt Weitz on January 15, 1998
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    Zac Crain's Top 10 Texas Albums:

    Too Far To Care, The Old 97's (Elektra) UFOFU, UFOFU (Medicine) Redo The Stacks, Centro-matic (Steve) The Twelve-Point Masterplan, Bobgoblin (MCA) Barrel-Chested, Slobberbone (Doolittle) Hell Is Other People, Dynamite Boy (Off-Tim...

    by Zac Crain on January 8, 1998
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    Every which way but loose - The Dallas scene flourishes beneath the chaos

    Local musicians had one thing going for them this year: With the national music scene cruelly besieged by market forces, there was less difference between local and national in 1997 than ever before. Radish was the focal point of a fevered bidding wa...

    by Matt Weitz on January 8, 1998
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    Roadshows

    Sometimes they come back Anyone who has cause to look back ruefully on the '80s probably can recall a band like A-Train. You know the type: hard-working floor-stirrers providing the soundtrack to another night of blitzed barroom bonhomie, the kin...

    by Tim Schuller on January 8, 1998
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    Blues in '97 - What's tops in Texas (and elsewhere)

    One of the reasons blues stays great is that so few people support it. Unfortunately, a small, picky audience can ensure a scene where little abject bilge is marketed but it can't stop the bland, mannered albums that were the norm this year. The mark...

    by Tim Schuller on January 8, 1998
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    Come Again - The best reissues of 1997 prove nostalgia pays off

    One of the good things about the howling, whirling, all-ingesting mouth of the pop-culture machine is that as it strips the surroundings bare of anything that might prove useful--septuplets, people who are afraid to love, cigar-smoking dogs--it does ...

    by Matt Weitz on January 8, 1998
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    The year's top albums by Texas artists

    Too Far to Care, The Old 97's (Elektra Records). Lost in the Land of Texico, Tom Faulkner (Serrano Records). ear X-tacy II, Andy Timmons (oo/Sony Japan). The Land of Freedom and Pleasure, The Hollisters (Freedom Records). Marchel Iver...

    by Rick Koster on January 8, 1998
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    Roadshows

    Soul brother Stevie Ray Vaughan died just as he was becoming the great guitar player the cult of millions always insisted he was--not just a man who could play faster than God, not just an acolyte who could turn ancient riffs into tomorrow's temp...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 1, 1998
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    Zac Crain's Top 10 National Albums:

    OK Computer, Radiohead (Capitol) Tone Soul Evolution, The Apples in Stereo (SpinART) Urban Hymns, The Verve (Hut/Virgin) The Wannadies, The Wannadies (RCA) Nimrod, Green Day (Reprise) Retreat From The Sun, That Dog (DGC) Reven...

    by Zac Crain on January 1, 1998
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    Ten albums I played a lot in 1997

    Buddy Miller, Poison Love (Hightone Records) Lonesome Bob, Things Fall Apart (Checkered Past Records) Steve Earle, El Corazon (E-Squared/Warner Bros. Records) Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dangerous Spirits (Rounder Records) R.B. Morris, Take Th...

    by Rob Patterson on January 1, 1998
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    Robert Wilonsky's best albums of 1997

    Richard D. James, Aphex Twin (Elektra Records). The revolution starts and stops here: This is techno music, noise as melody, static as pleasure, pleasure as pain. As whimsical as it is menacing. Everything I Touch Runs Wild, Lori Carson (Restless R...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 1, 1998
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    Rock and roll over - In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad

    How do you experience a year? Can a person ever shed his innate subjectivity and perceive or appreciate something on a different level than he would a warm, fuzzy sweater, a pork chop, or a long car trip? It doesn't really matter; nobody's going to p...

    by Keven Mcalester on January 1, 1998
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    Out Here

    Q and the Black Martin Q and the Black Martin Moondog Records Challenging and confounding the listener is a dangerous path: You might be as weighty as Bone Machine-era Tom Waits, yes, but you could also end up as annoying as faux-lounge act...

    by Matt Weitz on December 25, 1997
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    Out There

    Finally in front Transplanting Elaine Summers Loosegroove Records Pete Droge and his band the Sinners offered up one of the best releases of 1996 in Find a Door, an album of slightly skewed rock. Helping out was the potent voice of Elaine...

    by Matt Weitz on December 25, 1997
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    Cry tough - Essential bassist Tommy Shannon hangs in there

    Tommy Shannon and his wife, Kumi, are raising four elegant horses--three of them Trakehners, an athletic European breed--on their Austin ranch. This land, where the Shannons have recently settled, spills out into unspoiled Hill Country. With just a b...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on December 25, 1997
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