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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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    Out Here

    Ghost of a band 3 Pound Universe Wes Martin CMP Records Wes Martin, the last-minute New Bohemian guitarist added shortly after the band got signed to Geffen in 1987, wrote most of this material five years ago, as the Bos were going b...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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    Trial by fire - Alejandro Escovedo still finds inspiration in guilt and family

    In the musical mythology, Austin is one of the coolest, most laid-back music towns on the planet, a Central Texas bohemia where slack and good vibes rule. But just beneath the seeming bonhomie, one finds a voracious creature that eats its own--and fr...

    by Rob Patterson on May 2, 1996
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    Out There

    Big green Blow it Out Your Ass Veruca Salt DGC Records Steve Albini goes for the gold and grabs at straws: Whether the former Big Black frontman now lends his precious name to the likes of Veruca Salt and Bush for pop prestige (theirs, ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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    A star is born? - Ann Magnuson exists between fame and the fringe

    Clad in a pale green sweater and faded jeans, her red hair cut short and her face barren of any makeup, Ann Magnuson cuts a drab path through the lobby of the Sheraton Park Central. It's a stark contrast to the look she wears best--the more-glamorous...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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    Bass player for mayor - Ex-Killbilly member Richard Hunter runs for Fort Worth office--no, seriously

    When Richard Hunter announced he was running for the office of mayor in Fort Worth, he expected everyone to figure he was goofing. After all, Hunter isn't a politician. He's a long-haired 25-year-old bass player, for God's sake, best known for his st...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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    Bitter pills - Stop freaking out-- Tablet's deeper than you think

    Listening to a musician talk about his or her craft is often as enticing a prospect as watching sausage being made. That is, you don't want to know how many fingernails and lower intestines and skull fragments get ground into the mixture; you only wa...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Worshipping the Gods As a performer, Young Gods' frontman Franz Treichler is Jim Morrison reincarnate. He stands with his eyes closed, sweaty hair in his face, arms outstretched as if he wants to fly or be crucified, and his voice vacillates betw...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on April 25, 1996
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    Listening for Mr. Goodbar - Winning over her heart's as easy as blowing in her ear

    Let's say you're single, and you meet someone interesting and attractive--maybe at a party or on the job, wherever. You have a nice conversation and seem to have common tastes, so you think you'd like to know this person better. But you've had your s...

    by Michael Corcoran on April 25, 1996
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    Out There

    Bastard of middle age Eventually Paul Westerberg Reprise Records The Monkees are headed out again this summer looking to rake in the cheap dollars of middle-age nostalgia, bloated in the knowledge there are plenty of suckers out there w...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 1996
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    The education of Michelle Shocked - Once portrayed as a bumpkin, she's finally wised up

    Michelle Shocked doesn't get back to Dallas much anymore. She lives in New Orleans now, and though she lives in a state bordering Texas, she resides just far enough from her old home that she doesn't much think about Texas anymore--except, maybe, whe...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 1996
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    Out Here

    Trio of one Three Women Domestic Science Club Crystal Clear Sound Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt did it first in 1987, donning their Sunday best for the stirring Trio and attending services at the Church of the Holy Tr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 1996
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    The wolf survives - For 23 years, Los Lobos has been the best band in America

    Los Lobos has existed for 23 years now. Its members were, for the most part, childhood friends who grew up in the same East Los Angeles neighborhood. They were raised on the same blocks, attended the same schools, listened to the same music, played i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 18, 1996
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    Winners take mall - When the readers voted the rock, the Old 97's came away 'big' winners

    On a windy and colder-than-usual Sunday night in April, more than 3,000 people showed up in Deep Ellum to do nothing more than hear local bands. There were no street fairs, no free food, no mimes, no apartment open houses. No, these people piled into...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 18, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Beat surrender Nobody likes a rock-and-roll star, but everybody loves one. Rock-and-roll stars--the singers and guitarists who look bigger than life even when they're half a mile away on an arena stage--are the ultimate figments of the imaginatio...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 18, 1996
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    Mind games - Kim Deal puts her rock together all wrong, all right?

    At first, Kim Deal ignores the constant interruptions caused when someone keeps trying to click in on her call waiting; she says to forget it, that it's probably not important. But soon she can't get a word out without getting cut off. "Hang on for a...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 18, 1996
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    Out There

    A pain in the ass Shot The Jesus Lizard Capitol Records The Butthole Surfers' new Electric Larryland is their first "rock" record, the psychedelic shtick contained and the avant jerking off restrained until you realize they're not scr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 18, 1996
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    1996 Dallas Observer Music Awards (Part I)

    To hell with tradition. Instead of dedicating the annual Dallas Observer Music Awards issue to just the winners, this year we decided to feature all the bands nominated before the ballots are counted. The Music Awards are, after all, voted up by the ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 11, 1996
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    1996 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    Album Producer North Texas appears to be the latest Happy Hour of Talent luring thirsty A&R reps from major labels all over America. But for every CD or demo that drew the attention of some A&R schlub, there had to be a producer behind the scenes...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 11, 1996
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