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    Rock 'n' roll high school - Rock, Baby, Rock It! is classic kitsch, but there's a lesson amid the cheese

    Leonard Maltin's Movies on Video called it a "silly period piece"; Video Hound Golden Movie Retriever termed it "weak" and advised that "it probably isn't worth your time." It got attention on It Came From Hollywood, a video collection of cinematic w...

    by Matt Weitz on July 3, 1997
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    Out Here

    Shake it all about Group Dance Epidemic Brave Combo Rounder Records It's always been easy to miss (or misapprehend) Brave Combo's point, so unfamiliar are we with bands that actually have one. Many who prefer a more reflexive, less though...

    by Matt Weitz on July 3, 1997
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    Born again - Rickie Lee Jones leaves Chuck E. behind and looks toward tentative tomorrows

    Rickie Lee Jones doesn't want to be here. Well, here, maybe--in the Novel Cafe on Main Street in Santa Monica, a nice site for a cup of coffee or a light lunch. Rare and used books line the walls, and patrons keep to themselves. It's a pleasant enoug...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 1997
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    Out There

    Sarcophagus rock Flaming Pie Paul McCartney Capitol Records Blue Moon Swamp John Fogerty Warner Brothers Records Neither John Fogerty nor Paul McCartney need prove anything. Fogerty may well have invented roots-rock, and McCartn...

    by Matt Weitz on June 26, 1997
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    Mouths to feed - New Orleans band has many outlets, one goal

    That a solo, acoustic singer-songwriter will open Friday night's Cowboy Mouth/Sister Hazel concert at Trees is a bit incongruous. After all, The Mouth, in all their frenzied, sweat-slingin' passion, is one of the greatest live rock 'n' roll bands in ...

    by Rick Koster on June 26, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Every dog has its day With numerous side projects (the Rentals, Zee Malibu Kidz),guest appearances (Beck, Susanna Hoffs, Ben Lee), and solo albums (violinist Petra Haden's Imaginaryland), That Dog could provide MTV's 120 Minutes host Matt Pinfiel...

    by Zac Crain on June 26, 1997
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    Classical gas - Paul Slavens goes from Freak Show to trio to solo

    Paul Slavens, still known to most Dallas music fans for his now-suspended band Ten Hands, has been busy since he folded that particular tent. Dr. Paul's Freak Show saw Slavens taking over the stage at Club Dada on Wednesday nights and playing with a ...

    by Matt Weitz on June 26, 1997
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    Out Here

    Like a fox Shelley Carrol with Members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra Shelley Carrol Marchel Ivery Meets Joey DeFrancesco Marchel Ivery Leaning House Jazz It has been ascribed to many things--in particular the approaching millenniu...

    by Rick Koster on June 26, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Shake, rattle, rumble, and roll Jump back, everybody--all you retro gods, surf guys, reverb artists, and fey Pulp Fiction-inspired pretenders--The Man is coming to town; make way, make way. The '50s were full of inspired and essential guitar...

    by Matt Weitz on June 19, 1997
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    To tell the truth Sound of Lies The Jayhawks American Recordings Their performance at South by Southwest put to rest any rumors that the Jayhawks couldn't survive the defection of co-leader Mark Olson--at least as a live band. Remaining s...

    by Rick Koster on June 19, 1997
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    School of fish - The Verve Pipe wriggles out from under a hit song

    After several nights on the road, the tour bus has finally come to a daylong rest in North Carolina, and the sun is shining for the first time in weeks for the five young Michigan boys who call themselves the Verve Pipe. Drummer Donny Brown has just ...

    by Richard Baimbridge on June 19, 1997
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    One-man mayhem - Homer Henderson keeps it wild

    For a couple of years now, Homer Henderson (Phil Bennison) has provided folks who like to mix tapes for their friends with an infallible indicator of just when those tapes get listened to. Put one of Henderson's sardonic ditties--"Nightclub Cancer" o...

    by Matt Weitz on June 19, 1997
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    Almost there Too Far to Care Old 97's Elektra Records Wreck Your Life, the 1995 effort of the Old 97's, was a snapshot from a band stretching their original premise to the breaking point, an album that sounded almost like a parody--a prob...

    by Matt Weitz on June 19, 1997
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    'Kill him again, he's not dead yet' - Memories of Ronnie Lane, 1946-1997

    Ronnie Lane, one of rock's most beloved and yet obscure characters, is dead of natural causes at the age of 51, buried in Trinidad, Colorado, and survived by his wife Susan. He leaves behind a legacy encompassing many extremes, seemingly defying the ...

    by Bucks Burnett on June 19, 1997
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    Formula one racers Lamb Lamb Mercury Records Something smells like a trend here. The basic formula seems to consist of a sexy female singer casting out seductive vocals while a geeky DJ-producer sits behind the boards conjuring a whirl of...

    by Richard Baimbridge on June 12, 1997
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    Power trio - Peter Buck goes West with Eitzel, Middle Eastern with Tuatara, and everywhere else with Minus 5

    In the middle of answering a question, Mark Eitzel notices a jacket worn by one of the Warner Bros. Records publicists who are hanging around his hotel room. He forgets what he's saying--something about why he doesn't really hate people, he just like...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 12, 1997
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    Out Here

    Two heads better Strange Happy Earl Harvin and Dave Palmer Leaning House Jazz I've got about 40 CDs in the drawer next to my computer. I listen to them when the guy at the desk next to me gets too loud or the construction crew across the ...

    by Jonathan Eig on June 12, 1997
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    The ghost of Xmas passes - Landmark local band packs it in

    They've been around so long, you probably thought it would ever be thus, but Lithium Xmas--first founded in 1985 and one of the few acts that remain from that era--has decided to call it quits with a pair of shows over the next few weeks. "It's ...

    by Matt Weitz on June 12, 1997
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    Everything but the Pulitzer - Ben Watt debuts as an author with a unique bedside manner

    The comforting sounds of Walking Wounded are playing in the background at New York's Tower Records as a crowd gathers to meet Ben Watt of the coolly subdued dance-pop duo Everything But the Girl, but Watt isn't in town this Tuesday night to spin at a...

    by Richard Baimbridge on June 12, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Dream team In an age of commercialization, wherein big shots such as U2 undergo Lon Chaney-into-Wolfman transformations in calculated attempts to remain hip to fans half their age, it's refreshing to run across Malford Milligan. As the front...

    by Rick Koster on June 12, 1997
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