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    Roadshows

    Whenever--and whatever--he wants John Mellencamp deserves something. Sure, he's a mouthy, pushy, arrogant guy who seems to take himself very seriously and often has a chip the size of an asteroid on his shoulder. In the past, he's made much hay o...

    by Matt Weitz on May 29, 1997
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    The last roundup - Soul Food Cafe throws in the towel

    There's nothing wrong with a little self-empowering confidence or belief in your mission, but there comes a time when you have to acknowledge that your plan ain't workin'. After seven years and three albums, and a period of popular ubiquity in the ea...

    by Matt Weitz on May 29, 1997
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    Out Here

    Smells like Texas spirit Gospel Tunes form the Bowels of Texas Various Artists Sutra U Records Big Hits Iron Bong Lost Records As apathy rules the local airwaves, albums like Gospel Tunes from the Bowels of Texas are welcome, if...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on May 29, 1997
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    Bar chords - Harry Dean Stanton sings--but then, he always has

    Answering the door of his Los Angeles home on Mulholland Drive, perched between the Valley and the sky, Harry Dean Stanton appears as he has for decades--a bit ragged but surprisingly sturdy, stubble on a wilting chin, rumpled clothes over a thin fra...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 1997
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    A fistful of tunes - The Big Gundown squints into the sun, throws its serape over its shoulder, and makes its play

    Do you hear a lone trumpet blowing Deguello as you walk from the parking lot to work each morning? Do you still mourn Lee Van Cleef's descent back into television or wish you could peer icily out from under your flat-brimmed cowboy hat at your boss, ...

    by Matt Weitz on May 22, 1997
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    Out Here

    Eat or be eaten Picnic Robert Earl Keen Arista Austin Records It's always an iffy proposition when a much-loved indie cult artist signs with a major label and makes the move to the big time. For sure, our hero deserves a global audience a...

    by Rick Koster on May 22, 1997
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    Timeless flights - The Byrds soar though the changes

    The last two years of the sixties were a time of awesome transition in music, the nation, and popular culture, as well as the sound and personnel of the Byrds, the Los Angeles-based folk-rock band once touted as America's answer to the Beatles (by De...

    by Rob Patterson on May 22, 1997
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    Out There

    Twisted Willies Must've Been High The Supersuckers Sub Pop Records The similarities between punk and country have been remarked upon enough to skip here, so let's just cut to the chase: In an arena filled with varying degrees of separatio...

    by Matt Weitz on May 22, 1997
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    Keeping up with the Joneses - Dallas blues history according to two who lived it

    Things are beginning to happen for local blues stalwarts Tutu and Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones. Tutu has been in Memphis, where his latest album, Blue Texas Soul, on the Bullseye Blues label, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. Although he was edged o...

    by Tim Schuller on May 22, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Pop smart Unlike U2--currently flogging their tuneless pop as a vague multimedia concept, forced by megalomania to put it in quotation marks--the Cardigans stick to pop, pure and simple. The five young Swedes go for the sugar buzz of the three-mi...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on May 22, 1997
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    Out There

    Ich bin ein Berliner Burn, Berlin, Burn! Atari Teenage Riot Grand Royal Records You know you're on the cutting edge of music when Art Forum magazine reviews your album and says you're fresh; and it doesn't hurt to have the Beastie Boys' l...

    by Richard Baimbridge on May 15, 1997
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    Roadshows

    In defense of space cowboys The first time you hear Jamiroquai, you might mistake it for an early Stevie Wonder single--something from back in the days when Little Stevie was too busy gettin' down to do Disney soundtracks. In reality, what you're...

    by Richard Baimbridge on May 15, 1997
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    Rapper's delight - Erotic D looks Beyond 2000

    Fort Worth's Erotic D swims with some of the biggest fish in rap. A veteran of controversial industry figure Suge Knight's Death Row Records, Erotic has worked with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, rapped with the group Life After Death, and gone on to a succ...

    by Matt Weitz on May 15, 1997
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    Out Here

    Reachin' above your raisin' Livin' or Dyin' Jack Ingram Universal Records Crossin the Line Barry Kooda Big Iron Records Each of these albums represents a longtime local musical mainstay continuin' to develop past his point of or...

    by Matt Weitz on May 15, 1997
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    Shooting craps - U2 takes over the world--and turns it into a commercial

    When it comes to Las Vegas, the gambling and the naked showgirls and the 99-cent shrimp cocktails aren't really what make it seem so different from the real world. It's the bizarre architecture: Huge public buildings the size of Versailles or Blenhei...

    by Gina Arnold on May 15, 1997
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    Out of the past - Slaid Cleaves finally molds his influences into the shape of his own voice

    Slaid Cleaves has a soft voice: not mumbled or insecure, just diminished. More than five years of living in Texas has diluted his childhood's Maine inflections, but apparently has not lent him the trumpet-like blare that comes so easy to denizens of ...

    by Matt Weitz on May 8, 1997
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    Out Here

    Function and form Swinging and Singing Johnny Reno Menthol Records Too often in pop, format counts for more than intention or even execution, and we're left feeling vaguely suspicious of Andy Timmons playing the blues with the Pawn Kings ...

    by Matt Weitz on May 8, 1997
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    Out There

    Music for buildings and food Orblivion The Orb Island Records Trace the history of ambient music, and you'll touch on names like Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno, but when it comes to the history of danceable ambient music, Orb would be cons...

    by Richard Baimbridge on May 8, 1997
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    Winner's circle - All the bands that fit,and one that quit

    It's at times like these--after all the tabulation, assignments, editing, and production that go into the magnificent beast that is the Dallas Observer Music Awards--that I'm reminded of the last words of my late favorite uncle: "what truck?" No...

    by Matt Weitz on May 8, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Oh l'amour In the mid-'80s, no artsy high school music collection was complete without the pop avant-garde album Upstairs at Eric's by Yaz--an early electronic project by the creative duo of Vince Clarke and vocalist Alison Moyet. After she left ...

    by Richard Baimbridge on May 8, 1997
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