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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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    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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    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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    Roadshows

    Giving up the funk On his last album, George Clinton asked you to smell his finger, truly spoken like a man who's had his thumb up his ass for a while now. It has been a long time since Clinton was the Funkmaster General: His heyday stretches from...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 11, 1996
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    Big balls - For those about to rock, we salute AC/DC

    "After Show Only" backstage passes are concert promoters' version of a good news-bad news joke. The good news is that you can go backstage. The bad news is that you are often segregated from the real action and rarely get to meet the band. If there i...

    by Michael Corcoran on April 4, 1996
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    Out There

    Catch a fire The Toughest Peter Tosh Heartbeat A sideman who stepped out front only to have his enormous myth disguise the fact his music was often mediocre, Peter Tosh's '60s output surpassed most of his later work; without the Waile...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 4, 1996
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    Roadshows

    They got the beat The Fugees' set at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin last month was one of the more anticipated gigs of the weekend--with good reason, too, not just the result of undeserved hype that follows every band into Aust...

    on April 4, 1996
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    The baddest seed - Nick Cave digs in and gets his hands bloody

    Nick Cave has a hard time describing his music, and as he speaks over the phone from New York City, he does so slowly. He forms his words with calculated enunciation, and though he is never evasive, he answers questions carefully and thoughtfully, li...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on April 4, 1996
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    Fight for a King - Houston club comes to town carrying a lawsuit with Elvis' estate

    It's a wonder the Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. doesn't sue Elvis Costello. Or National Public Radio commentator Elvis Mitchell. Or every single Elvis Presley impersonator stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Priscilla and Lisa Marie don't' take too...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 4, 1996
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    Out Here

    Rhymes with "Brit" Hampden-Sydney Circus Bad Haskells Carpe Diem Records Apparently, the Good Haskells weren't available, so Carpe Diem Records--the local label usually known for quality, home to Cafe Noir and Little Jack Melody until...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 4, 1996
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    To be or not to bop - Texan Jazz unveils the Lone Star contribution to jazz

    In its rush to modernize and colonize, this city destroys more of its musical past every day. The nearly completed Jefferson at Gaston Yards apartments now stand on the old railyards where Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly once disembarked the trai...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 28, 1996
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    Roadshows

    She had to sin to be saved Signed to a major label before she was even voting age, Maria McKee was always doomed to take a fall. No one wants to hear your voice crack in public. McKee's had a big, beautiful voice since the age of 20: Lone Justice...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 28, 1996
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    The beautiful loser - Keith Ferguson keeps a loose grip on Fabulous past

    "I have to admit, there's a guaranteed future in dirty dishes, which there ain't in blues," Keith Ferguson concedes. "I seem to be the only one who regards himself as a professional musician. Our lead singer's a dishwasher in the back of some restaur...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on March 28, 1996
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    Out Here

    The joke's on you Thank God I'm Livin' in the U.S.A.! Pump'n Ethyl DSR Records There's nothing Turner Van Blarcum isn't pissed off about. He's getting hammered by minimum wage ("it's the latest crime wave"), the IRS is out to take what ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 28, 1996
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    Out There

    Mas means less Colossal Head Los Lobos Warner Bros. The premier roots band of the '80s has been mutating into the premier avant-rock band of the '90s--first with Kiko, then as Latin Playboys, now this step in the evolution from bar-band...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 21, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Blue yodel In 1996, a 61-year-old white male singing country music--the gen-yew-wine article, that is, not this pop-pretty-guys-and-doll garbage NashVegas sticks a hat on and calls country--is a novelty, so much so that Prime-Time Live recently s...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 21, 1996
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    The unusual suspects - At South by Southwest, the magic moments count the most

    In 10 years of the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin--the annual gathering of music-bizzers that has become the largest such confab of its kind, drawing well over 5,000 registrants and more than 600 bands--there have been plenty...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 21, 1996
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