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    Out Here

    Medicine Bag Bag of Fear Bag Lost Records Bag--unabashed fans of acid rock working in conjunction with mainstays of the local psychedelic garage-band scene like Burnin' Rain's Mike Pemberton--has come up with a late-'60s template that's...

    by Zac Crain on August 1, 1996
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    Let's get rocked - Def Leppard tries to change its musical spots

    The 1980s were a decade of excess, a hedonistic period obsessed with the high life, both figuratively and literally. Musically it was a time of overindulgence as well, full of hyperproduced albums and splendid, over-the-top concerts. Probably no othe...

    by Zac Crain on August 1, 1996
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    Roadshows

    With these hands Living here, it's easy to get a bellyful of Austin, where the water tastes like wine. But there are advantages to living just a few hours from the Live Music Capital of the World, If Not the Galaxy; the semifrequent opportunity t...

    by Matt Weitz on August 1, 1996
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    Aged in the can - Vanity, thy name is cheese

    Music historian and general brainiac George Gimarc knows a good thing when he hears it; he also knows a very, very bad thing when he hears it. Gimarc and co-author Pat Reeder have collected some of the worst of the very, very bad in Hollywood Hi-Fi: ...

    by Matt Weitz on August 1, 1996
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    Out There

    The other side of the pond The Return of Rico Bell Rico Bell Bloodshot The Edge of the World Mekons Quarterstick Even if you didn't know Rico Bell from Adam, you'd be inclined to give his Return a lot of points based on its he...

    by Matt Weitz on August 1, 1996
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    Hope you die before we get old - Reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time

    It is Midsummer Eve in Finland. The chill air is ringing with the music of Bad Religion, and I am standing on a lovely hillside some 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle, surrounded by thousands of Finnish kids in alcoholic stupors. Today--eight...

    by Gina Arnold on August 1, 1996
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    Out Here

    Pilgrim's progress You Can Say That Again Johnny Rodriguez Hightone Records How Great Thou Art Willie Nelson (with Bobbie Nelson) Finer Arts Records If Johnny Rodriguez had released You Can Say That Again in 1976, he might not...

    by Matt Weitz on July 25, 1996
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    Leader of the band - Olympic music director Mark Watters steers the sound of the games

    For Dallas Symphony music director Andrew Litton, a really good night at the Meyerson is a capacity crowd of 2,064. Imagine putting on your tux, going to work, and lifting your baton knowing that three-and-a-half billion pairs of eyes throughout the ...

    by Laurel Ornish on July 25, 1996
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    Out There

    Heart of the Congos The Congos Blood and Fire Given that most of what passes for rhythm and blues today has neither, the reissue of this 20-year-old reggae masterpiece by the sublime vocal duo the Congos is a reminder and a godsend. One of ...

    by Zac Crain on July 25, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Head of the class Certain albums--and, if they're lucky, certain bands--so skillfully present both influence and intent that they come to stand for an entire genre. The Wrens sum up (deep breath) American post-punk rock the same way in which XTC ...

    by Matt Weitz on July 25, 1996
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    Brave new world - Rap's new polish: sophistication or pandering?

    "Yo, we ain't selling out. Fuck crossin' over to them, let them cross over to us!" --N.W.A. Live intro, 1988 Rap music has gotten itself into a tough musical paradox: Soundtrack to inequity, the medium has always equated economic success w...

    by Blaine Jon Howard on July 25, 1996
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    Prodigal son - Back to the same old place

    Many folks were disappointed when harpist and singer Lee McBee left Mike Morgan's band, the Crawl, citing the distance between Dallas and his home in Kansas City. Bands that do the R&B-blues boogie often live or die based on their lead vocalist; the ...

    by Matt Weitz on July 25, 1996
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    Out Here

    Junked and defunct Pawn Shop From Heaven Junky Southern Parallax A certain dulling of the critical faculties begins to occur in those who wander Local Band Hell overmuch: You stop holding out for quality and begin to settle for everybod...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Square peg - Don McCalister Jr. ain't your typical Austin renegade

    It's 9 o'clock in the morning, a perfect time to call record labels and publicity firms and leave messages, secure in the knowledge that the folks who work there haven't even hit their first snooze button yet, and you'll be able to fulfill a return-c...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Out There

    Electric harvest Broken Arrow Neil Young and Crazy Horse Reprise There have been many different Neils in Young's career: the icy jazzbo pretender of This Note's For You and the earnest techno explorer of Trans; rockabilly reinvention vs...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Shuffling toward the Pleistocene Slowly, ponderously, it lumbers onto the horizon, its massive head turning first this way, then that. Somehow, it realizes, something's changed. Is it that the sun is no longer as warm--this winter just a bit long...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Back to the future - Mazinga Phaser's neon glories

    Mazinga Phaser is nothing if not ambitious. Exhausted from a day of intense mixing, producer Matt Castille and four of the six band members are slouching in the bedroom of Castille's home studio. Although fatigued, they're talking enthusiastically, r...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on July 18, 1996
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    Man with a horn - Jeff Aycock hasn't hocked his dreams just yet

    Jeff Aycock makes a pretty good case for predestination. Recalling his childhood in the far-South Dallas Bon Ton neighborhood, he remembers that "everyday, on my way home from school, I'd pass this pawn shop and see all these instruments in the windo...

    by Matt Weitz on July 18, 1996
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    Out Here

    Same as it ever was Stand By Tellus Tellurian Records With a surreal cover whose artistry would be right at home with any of Hipgnosis Studio's bizarre illustrations for '70s acts like Yes, Tellus announces that it shares the ambitions ...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on July 11, 1996
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    Girls school - DIVA's learned a lot about prejudice and potential

    Women in jazz: Those words conjure up images of Ella Fitzgerald, Diane Schuur, and Sarah Vaughan--talented, but usually just standing at a microphone or sitting at a piano, not someone with legs astride, belting out licks on a bass trombone or beatin...

    by Laurel Ornish on July 11, 1996
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