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    Roadshows

    Lone Star special When Borders Books and Music hosts its free "Asphalt Rhythms" show June 1 at the store's Plano location--out in the parking lot, no less--here's an opportunity to hear Texas music's champions (Ronnie Dawson, Jimmie Dale Gilmore)...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 1996
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    Bronco hole - Dallas' last great concert hall suffers growing pains

    "I'm only going to play bowling alleys from now on." With that sentiment, Bruce Springsteen christened the new Bronco Bowl--one more legendary memory heaped upon so many old ghosts that still haunt the place, which is still Dallas' last, best mid-siz...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Hillbilly deluxe - BR5-49 represents the conscience of the new Nashville

    Like members of some secret society, people in the music industry speak in code. This is especially true in Nashville, which in some ways is like a charismatic cult within the already alien world of the music business at large. The latest phrase...

    by Rob Patterson on May 23, 1996
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    Catch a wave - The only difference between Pet Sounds and Stereolab is a mere 30 years

    Speaking to England's New Musical Express earlier this year, Stereolab mastermind Tim Gane announced that the Beach Boys is his favorite band. It was an unequivocal claim--"It all sounds brilliant," he insisted--even if it didn't make much sense at f...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Out There

    Waymore or less Right for the Time Waylon Jennings Justice Records Willie Nelson makes his "comeback" doing Paul Simon's "An American Tune" and "Graceland" on Across the Borderline in 1993, then Waylon turns around three years later and...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Flame on Clouds Taste Metallic, the latest Flaming Lips album, sounds like it was recorded in a toy store: Cheap bells and whistles tinkle in the background as unidentifiable sounds whiz by like wind-up toys, mixing together until they become an ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Out Here

    Survival of the fittest Just Rockin' and Rollin' Ronnie Dawson Upstart Records The once and future Blond Bomber makes his national debut for the second time in his career, 40 years after he hit it small with "Action Packed" and signed t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Out with the new wave - VVV Records closes its doors after 17 years

    Three years ago, Neal Caldwell sold VVV Records and thought he was done with the store forever. Caldwell, among the key members of Dallas' new-wave scene of the late '70s and early '80s as a member of N.C.M., had opened VVV in 1979 to import impossib...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 16, 1996
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    Roadshows

    God bless Al Green When Al Green stepped off the concert stage in 1979 and took his place behind the pulpit, the greatest singer alive never once tried to reconcile the disparities: His soul belonged to God, his heart belonged to the ladies, and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 16, 1996
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    Out Here

    Trendy bastards The Great Southern Trendkill Pantera East West Records Pantera used to moan they never got any media attention, but now, like true platinum punks who've discovered any rage is good rage at the cash register, they bitch a...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 16, 1996
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    He stole the soul - Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli exposes his big Black heart

    When Greg Dulli first went off to college in 1983, he packed two posters to put on his wall there. One was of Aerosmith; the other, Earth, Wind and Fire. Thirteen years later, it's evident from the music of his band the Afghan Whigs--a judicious...

    by Gina Arnold on May 16, 1996
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    Out There

    Singles going steady Down on the Upside Soundgarden A&M Records Superunknown wasn't a consistently great album, but every time you heard a single on the radio, Soundgarden managed to make everything around it seem thin and inconsequenti...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 16, 1996
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    All punk cons - Riot Squad breathes old life into a rotting corpse

    This year marks British punk rock's 20th birthday, but the Sex Pistols reunion tour hangs in the air like the stench of death--or at least the suspicious smell of a million moldy dollar bills. As John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, and Glen Matlock p...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on May 16, 1996
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    Out Here

    Adding to subtract Crow Pot Pie Slobberbone Doolittle Records This isn't to be confused with Slobberbone's same-titled, Sam McCall-produced debut of last year, but that won't be a problem because the "new" version bears only a slight ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 9, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Melting the wax museum Austin's never going to land an alternative-rock band anywhere except in the cut-out bins; Spoon (whose first four albums I owned when they were called the Pixies) and Sincola and Prescott Curlywolf are this year's Glass Ey...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 9, 1996
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    When the well runs dry - The vitality stops, but the music just keeps on comin'

    Ten years ago it would've been a major event in my life--receiving a new Elvis Costello album in the mail--but when I got All This Useless Beauty last month, it just went in the big pile. After a few days I finally got around to listening to the Cost...

    by Michael Corcoran on May 9, 1996
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    Out There

    Odds and sods All This Useless Beauty Elvis Costello Warner Bros. Records Deep Dead Blue Elvis Costello/Bill Frisell Warner Bros. Records/Nonesuch Warner Bros. has no intention of releasing the Costello/Frisell collaborati...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 9, 1996
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    Fire and fury - Blues hero Sam Myers is the Rocket in the pocket

    In Sam Myers' East Dallas space-age bachelor-pad apartment, the bluesman keeps vintage 1950s LPs of Louis Jordan, Percy Mayfield, T-Bone Walker, and, of course, his old partner in music and moonshine, guitar great Elmore James. An honorary lifetime-a...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on May 9, 1996
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    College rock - UFOFU brings 'alternative' to ETSU and wins the talent show

    In the 14 years during which East Texas State University has been holding its "Five Star Concert Series," never once has a rock-and-roll band graced the school's stage. There have been country bands (Bryan White, who's "country" only between the quot...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 9, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Glam dancing There's not one damned original thing about Spacehog. The ambisexual clothing is lifted straight from the glam section of the history books, as is most of the music--sort of operatic Mott the Hoople metal with a pogo beat--and the sh...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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