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    Roadshows

    Hot buttered soul Snoop may well be the Doggfather, but Isaac Hayes (pictured) is still one of soul music's Godfathers. Few songs show up in both the form of parody and sincere tribute as often as his "Theme from Shaft," and few rappers have pers...

    by Matt Weitz on February 6, 1997
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    Out Here

    Green, green grass of home who to love and when to leave Mary Cutrufello Independent release By now the more obvious aspects of Mary Cutrufello have been reduced to filler fodder, but the contrasts inherent in an African-American female...

    by Matt Weitz on February 6, 1997
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    Out Here

    Old tricks, new dogs Texas Blueswomen Chonita Turner, Jav-Lyn, and Lady Lotion TopCat Records Apart from touring acts like Buddy Guy and local blues jams, there exists a whole group of R&B/blues clubs that see few white faces but are ...

    by Matt Weitz on January 30, 1997
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    Battle stations, damage control - Jeru the Damaja aims to save rap from itself

    Most '90s celebrities understand that baring their souls comes with the territory. Your average personality mag is brimming with profiles of famous people who disclose their deepest, darkest secrets as casually as they cash their royalty checks--and ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 30, 1997
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    Ain't life pop? - Grand Street Cryers enter Robinson-Wood's hum-along sweepstakes

    Tim Locke, felled by the season's latest and nearly ubiquitous strain of flu, still manages to sound excited through the coughing and sniffling. Locke is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and main muse behind Grand Street Cryers, the Dallas pop quintet t...

    by Rick Koster on January 30, 1997
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    Out There

    As years go by 20th Century Blues Marianne Faithfull Reverso/RCA Records Berlin in the '20s: no other phrase conjures up quite so complete a picture of decadence and doom. Denizens of the Weimar Republic had the hedonist's perfect exc...

    by Matt Weitz on January 30, 1997
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    Roadshows

    The feminine mystique There are some people who are so possessed of a love for life--and for love--that they are virtually forces of nature, blowing through situations and scenarios like some emotional Tasmanian devil. No matter how much these fo...

    by Matt Weitz on January 30, 1997
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    Stylistic etouffee - Hippie Gumbo gets it right

    When Rick Reid's will-to-Zydeco--honed in earlier bands Zydeco Faux Pas, then the Zydeco Swamptones--collided with the pop/cover-band tendencies of the Joybangers last summer, a new and wonderful thing was born: the band Hippie Gumbo. Perhaps it was ...

    by Matt Weitz on January 30, 1997
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    Willing to wait - Lou Barlow works on solidifying Sebadoh's reputation

    Mirrors cover the walls of every room except the bedroom in Lou Barlow's ancient Boston apartment house. Dark, wine-colored carpet and ornate woodwork line the new dwelling of the guiding auteur of lo-fi rock heroes Sebadoh. Their "Willing to Wait," ...

    by Brendan Doherty on January 23, 1997
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    Out There

    It Happened One Night Holly Cole Metro Blue/Capitol Records Jazzy singer Holly Cole perfectly illustrates how cool warmth can be. Her live show is so affecting that she can make even a huge outdoor shed like Starplex seem close and intima...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on January 23, 1997
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    Still flying - High note king Maynard Ferguson rules the road

    He was an avatar of fusions to come, a trumpet man whose high-C-over-C wailings presaged the mix of rock heroics and jazz technique that would later give birth to such acts as Blood, Sweat and Tears and Chicago, and then a thousand more. When he play...

    by Matt Weitz on January 23, 1997
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    When is a bill not a bill? - When it's a recommendation, but still: watch out

    Contrary to a report in Tuesday, January 14's Austin American-Statesman, a recommendation to restrict the presence of anyone under 21 in establishments that sell alcohol is not a bill, but that still doesn't mean that club owners, club-goers, and mus...

    by Matt Weitz on January 23, 1997
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    Out Here

    Running on Ice Vertical Horizon Rhythmic Records I don't know how you would define Vertical Horizon musically. The sound that Matt Scannell and Keith Kane make is too acoustic and soft for most contemporary pop rock; their plaintive lyric...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on January 23, 1997
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    Roadshows

    Houston El Mover Say what you will about Joe King Carrasco, but he's responsible for two enduring rock 'n' roll memories. The first was years ago, during the heyday of Austin punk, at Duke's Royal Coach Inn. It was a red-hot night, both for the p...

    by Matt Weitz on January 23, 1997
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    Farther along - Emmylou Harris has a new boxed set, but she won't be trapped by that cardboard tombstone

    She does not stick out in the dilapidated lobby of Los Angeles' Farmer's Daughter Motel on Fairfax, just across the street from the restaurants and product bins of the Farmer's Market. Her famous long hair--black with road-map streaks of gray running...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 16, 1997
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    Out There

    Songs from the sound museum Songs from the Night Before David Sanborn Elektra Records The saxophone has a reputation for being one of the sexiest jazz instruments. This generalization has never held much sway with me; for romance, I'll ...

    by Brendan Doherty on January 16, 1997
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    Roadshows

    The long and winding road At long last, the Right Reverend Billy C. Wirtz--over-the-top satirical singer-songwriter, one-man floor show, living lampoon of all things musical--has straightened out. Well, sort of. "I'm glad you called when you...

    by Matt Weitz on January 16, 1997
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    Give peace a chance - The sound of the urban night comes from a most unlikely place

    If you're driving through downtown Terrell, you probably wouldn't notice the small radio station between the travel agency and the clothing store on Moore avenue. The station--with its faded wood front and DJ booth facing the street (with a large win...

    by Anthony Armstrong on January 16, 1997
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    Ed Hagan, 1919-1996 - Another true original leaves us

    The face on the cover of Cafe Noir's album The Waltz King was perfect for the eclectic classicist/jazzbo aggregation: lined and weathered, it bespoke not only many miles and countless rooms, but also wisdom; sadness too, yes, but leavened with the pe...

    by Matt Weitz on January 16, 1997
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    Out Here

    101 punks Pretty Ugly Mess Last Beat Records Cris Mess sings like a young, pissed-off Billy Idol (circa Generation X), but you can't help noticing that this album sounds like it has been preserved in a time capsule for the last 20 yea...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on January 16, 1997
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