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    Welcome to Wally's world - True songs from the mayor of Pleasantville

    Mention the term "singer-songwriter" and immediately the image appears: an excessively serious soul--acoustic guitar in hand--singing an excessively serious song. Wally Pleasant may actually be a singer-songwriter, but you won't hear about Tom Dooley...

    by Zac Crain on November 21, 1996
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    Out There

    Nothing's shocking Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson Nothing/Interscope Welcome to the "shocking" world of Marilyn Manson--a pop circus where the clowns combine the names of media icons and serial killers (Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayn...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 21, 1996
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    Out There

    Classic rock Being There Wilco Reprise Records The drum rumble that starts off this two-disc set and soon turns to feedback suggests Wilco certainly isn't lagging in its quest to remove itself from Uncle Tupelo territory. Being There ...

    by Matt Weitz on November 14, 1996
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    Musical conquistador - Dallas' Grover Wilkins uncovers the lost music of old Spain

    Grover Wilkins hadn't intended to make musical history. He was happy with his life: conducting avant-garde 20th-century music in Pittsburgh and in Paris, France, and getting Fulbright scholarships to do research on the group of 20th-century French co...

    by Laurel Ornish on November 14, 1996
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    Street Beat comb-over competition

    There is nothing new under the sun, as God once dictated to somebody; no one knows this better than the hapless members of the Publicist Tribe who must call up those who serve as amanuensis to their respective Local (and even more frighteningly, Nati...

    on November 14, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Professionalism never sounded so good Marshall Crenshaw opened last year's performance in Deep Ellum with the offhand greeting "Hello, we're professional rock musicians." He then proved his yeomanlike salutation a massive understatement, revealin...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on November 14, 1996
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    The Agnelli and Finch conspiracy - The temporary addition of former Washington Square makes for a Brave New Combo

    Lauren Agnelli--known to most for her association with neofolkie groundbreakers the Washington Squares--imparts a New Yorker's sense of forward momentum; one of her favorite words is "apace," and when she tells you that "when someone makes me feel go...

    by Matt Weitz on November 14, 1996
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    Out Here

    Shooting star Chandelier Musings Comet Dedicated Records Those who wander the demo-strewn caverns of Local Band Hell soon learn not to trust much of what crosses their desk; instead, they come to rely more on word of mouth. It's with ...

    by Matt Weitz on November 14, 1996
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    Messing up in public - Ray Davies gets the kinks-- but not the Kinks-- out of his career

    In its September 11, 1964, issue, the British pop magazine New Musical Express featured an article on the Kinks underneath the headline "This week's chart-toppers." Each member of the band, which had just stepped into the limelight on the strength of...

    by Rob Walker on November 14, 1996
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    The truth of sissy force - Indie stalwarts Romanovsky and Phillips spread the gay gospel

    The guys who are known as Romanovsky and Phillips are funny and freewheeling during their Sunday afternoon interview from New Mexico, but one question quickly corks their flow of irreverence and candor: "Is Romanovsky and Phillips still a duo ro...

    by Jimmy Fowler on November 7, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Searching for a truer sound Like it or not (and from all accounts they don't), the two artists who gave the late and much-lamented Uncle Tupelo its scope and direction--Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Son Volt's Jay Farrar--are bound together in peoples'...

    by Matt Weitz on November 7, 1996
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    Rise and shine - Weekend offers a whirlwind tour of local music scene

    Paula Moore has long been a Deep Ellum fixture (dare we say "Ellument?"), with a history that dates back to the late Video Bar and the founding of Last Beat Records. Now a regional A&R person for MCA (she just made the jump from RCA), she may be best...

    by Matt Weitz on November 7, 1996
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    Out Here

    Reel Life Trout Fishing in America Trout Records It's to the credit of Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood that Trout Fishing in America doesn't come off as cutesy shtick, but rather the most natural thing in the world; Reel Life does nothing to ...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on November 7, 1996
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    Out There

    The Waiting Game Claire Martin Honest Records Claire Martin never actually scats on her debut; rather, she delivers the rhythms of great scatting through sheer energy. The possibility that the music might break away from her unbridled singi...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on November 7, 1996
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    Rising star - Denyce Graves is the current Carmen of choice, and TDO has her

    American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is the hot Carmen right now, and for the next two weeks, she belongs to the Dallas Opera. It was one year ago, on October 7, 1995, that Graves made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role in Carmen, an even...

    by Laurel Ornish on November 7, 1996
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    Out There

    Love's labor lost October Rust Type O Negative Roadrunner Records Two themes run through the fourth Type O Negative album: love and death. Most of the time they are indistinguishable--"Love You to Death," "Die With Me"--giving October R...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on October 31, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Oscillator to the moon Stylistic mutation has been the tonic for old, tired rock-'n'-roll horses since the Beatles fiddled with sitars and Deep Purple jammed with a symphony orchestra. For the past six years the London-based collective Stereolab ...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on October 31, 1996
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    Don't call it a comeback - The Descendents renew their quest for ALL

    After seeing the Sex Pistols spit and sneer their way across America, it might be easy for jaded mosh pit denizens and music critics alike to dismiss the new Descendents album, Everything Sucks, as yet another moneymaking scheme aimed at the ears and...

    by Zac Crain on October 31, 1996
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    Out Here

    Be here now Return of the Funky Worm Johnny Moeller and Paul Size Dallas Blues Society Records Walk in the Sun Sue Foley Discovery Records What is it about the blues, that each generation has to peer into them, squinting? Mayb...

    by Matt Weitz on October 31, 1996
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    The one that you want - High-school confidential, reflected in a '90s fun-house mirror

    It was a little more than two years ago that Dawn Miller (formerly of Wayward Girl) was talking to pal Aden Holt, owner of local indie label One Ton Records, about an idea she'd had: a local band compilation that would rework the soundtrack to the mi...

    by Matt Weitz on October 31, 1996
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