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    Truckin' man - New traditionalist Dale Watson

    Mr. DJ, won't you please play a real country song? Where's your conscience? What's the problem? Speak up and say what's wrong --Dale Watson, "A Real Country Song" Blessed or Damned Dale Watson rules. In an age where more...

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    Time captured in its flight - James Bland's postcards from the edge of a scene

    The front room and the darkroom behind--on the street side of photographer James Bland's house in the heart of Oak Cliff--are unusually neat for one of the archivists of a scene as random and disordered as the early days of Deep Ellum, back in the mi...

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    House of David - Fathead comes home

    David Newman's Oak Cliff home contains a living-room wall of fame--the "Fathead National Museum"--adorned with his 28 album covers in chronological order. They date from 1959's Fathead: Ray Charles Presents David Newman to last year's Mr. Gentle, Mr....

    by Josh Alan Friedman on October 17, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Satellite of Love Although much has been made lately about Christian music and the mainstream success the genre has enjoyed, most of the songs found there still fit into two categories: "capitalization" numbers wherein you need a lyric sheet in o...

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    Out Here

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

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    Keep coming back - Singer Edie Brickelland some old Bohemians Slip into something viable

    Edie teeters on one foot, streaming consciousness. Kenny noodles a spacey jam while John pings a cymbal here, a cowbell there, tom-tomming a slippery polyrhythmic groove. Slinky, sweaty old-school Boheads--Adina (but no Christina?), Amanda, Mark and ...

    by Alex Magocsi on October 10, 1996
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    Mister Corn Mo rising - Jon Cunningham and his post-modern vaudeville

    The life of Corn Mo--stage name of Jon Cunningham--may well have been saved by rock 'n' roll. He's on stage now, his long blond hair a tangle obscuring his face as he pumps and dips his way through an accordion-driven version of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet...

    by Matt Weitz on October 10, 1996
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    Cut to the chase - B

    Scrapple seems acutely aware of his environment, but he couldn't be safer: He's the four-legged pilot fish to New York City art shark Joe Christ, a transplanted filmmaker-musician-artist from Dallas whose confrontationally weird, painfully intense, a...

    by Matt Weitz on October 10, 1996
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    Out There

    New Country The Picketts Euphonium Rounder Records "Euphony" is a pleasant concordance of sound, but with this, their third album, the Picketts have done more than fall easy on the ears: They've made one of the most affecting arguments ...

    by Zac Crain on October 10, 1996
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    Out Here

    Downfall Solitude Aeturnus Pavement Music Even as the members of Metallica cut their hair and Soundgarden peddles its sub-Sabbath riffs alternatively packaged, Arlington's Solitude Aeturnus continues its quixotic fight for the preservation ...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on October 10, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Casual Gods of the Tom-Tom Club Question of the week: What's the difference between A) a band shamelessly exploiting its past; B) a band that keeps on keeping on like some old milk-cart horse that still must walk its route every morning even afte...

    by Matt Weitz on October 10, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Look out baby--it's the kerosene man Although he came through here last year opening for Concrete Blonde's farewell tour with just himself and an acoustic guitar, it's been five years since former Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn has mounted a...

    by Matt Weitz on October 3, 1996
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    Arts and craftsmen - After the Beasties and Beck, the Dust Brothers strike out on their own

    The pool guy's out back, a borrowed Lucky Strike dangling from his lips as he vacuums leaves out of the crystal-clear water. He comes once every few days to clean this beautiful pool that sits beneath a brick-wall cliff and an arrogantly blue sky, bu...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 3, 1996
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    Grits ain't groceries - Soul Food Cafe tries to take blue-eyed soul to another level

    Those who frequent Local Band Hell are a capricious lot: They want tradition and continuity, yet if an act lingers locally--or, heaven forbid, makes a renewed bid for attention--they start to doubt the act: "Uh, if y'all were any good, woonchy'all be...

    by Matt Weitz on October 3, 1996
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    Out Here

    Big Ronnie Dee Jamboree Rockin' Bones: The Legendary Masters Ronnie Dawson Crystal Clear Sound With age comes self-consciousness, which is why rock 'n' roll has always been--on the creating end at least--the province of the young. A 15-...

    by Matt Weitz on October 3, 1996
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    Out There

    Pop goes the meaning Walking on Locusts John Cale Hannibal Records Be advised that you and John Cale might use certain words with entirely different things in mind: Because Walking on Locusts isn't French film soundtrack, a live album,...

    by Matt Weitz on October 3, 1996
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    Doing family time on planet earth - The Neville Brothers love globally and act locally

    Paul Prudhomme and Marie Laveau--even if they were blazing on crystal meth and working 'round the clock--couldn't begin to figure out the recipe for the gris-gris gumbo that is the Neville Brothers. After all, in New Orleans, a city where funerals ar...

    by Rick Koster on September 26, 1996
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    Out There

    Suckerpunch Suckerpunch 510 Records A cliche can only go so far: "Three chords is all it takes, broken strings, fuck the mistakes," Suckerpunch announces in "Why Bother"--a song that appropriately sums up this album. Unfortunately there are...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on September 26, 1996
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    Roadshows

    A hundred and ten on the old Hogs' Back You don't have to read much light history--let alone Cormac McCarthy--to realize that as a nation our current reality is built upon an ossuary, a mountain of broken skulls and bones that reaches up from the...

    by Matt Weitz on September 26, 1996
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    The good fight - Keb' Mo' makes the fat ladies get up and dance

    Bluesy singer-songwriter Keb' Mo' (street vernacular for Kevin Moore) has reached critical mass with his second OKeh/Epic album, Just Like You, setting the stage for a national breakout. The tall, lanky, and just plain lovable guitarist still looks 2...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on September 19, 1996
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