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    Burning down the house - Pervis fires up their new CD

    It's summer, 1994, and Pervis is headlining an MCA Records showcase at Trees. Co-sirens Rachael Strauss and Cristina Harrison writhe, high-kick, and caterwaul to the punk-metal rumble of their three male counterparts. "Slut rock," one naysayer snarls...

    by Alex Magocsi on December 12, 1996
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    Out Here

    Local tidings A Loving Christmas Mark Loving Independent release Mark Loving is a music critic's worst nightmare: a man who's always singing to himself around the house and at work, so family and friends finally prevail on him to make...

    by Jimmy Fowler on December 12, 1996
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    Should auld acquaintance be forgot - Two area favorites are back--one returning, the other reborn

    "Naomi's is absolutely my favorite place in the world to play," says roots-country hotshot Mary Cutrufello about her return to the club December 14--her first visit since June. "The people there are really salt-of-the-earth types, and I'd do anything...

    by Matt Weitz on December 12, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Singing in the rain I'm not sure why Weezer's music isn't silly; it certainly sounds like it should be. Their rhythmic, nearly sing-songy tunes communicate a jaunty popular-music temperament, and their topics tend toward banal (if often universal...

    by Arnold Wayne Jones on December 12, 1996
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    Pick of the litter - One-time punk producer takes an ancient instrument and plots the roots of Christmas

    There are moments of almost primal resonance that can come upon you at elemental times: when watching moving water--surf or stream--or fire, or the wind play across fields of dense grass. In those moments you can suddenly feel connected to the thousa...

    by Matt Weitz on December 12, 1996
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    Swingin' west - Scottish author waltzes across Texas in pursuit of the music he loves

    Sometimes we don't really see ourselves until we glimpse our reflection in someone else's eyes. Or in their mirrored sunglasses: Noted Scottish author and western swing fan Duncan McLean--in town soon for a series of readings and to host a show featu...

    by Matt Weitz on December 5, 1996
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    Jingle bells, Jingle sells - The industry aims for the heart of Christmas-- with a shotgun

    Commerce and Christmas have long been linked; heck, at the end of A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge still had to buy the Cratchits that turkey, and in fact how he handled his money was one of the primary ways in which we could tell the change the sp...

    by Matt Weitz on December 5, 1996
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    Roadshows

    A bird in the hand Ah, the '70s, when the road of excess led not to the palace of wisdom but to the amphitheater of even more excess and the cradle of southern boogie. With 1990's Shake Your Money Maker the Crowes re-invigorated the genre, pullin...

    by Matt Weitz on December 5, 1996
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    Glory and injustice - Is bass legend Chuck Rainey falling through the cracks?

    Asked if anyone in history has played bass more than himself--in terms of sheer numbers of successful records--Chuck Rainey shrugs. "I don't think so," he says. Rainey's bass work appears on essential albums by Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Quincy Jon...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on November 28, 1996
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    Out Here

    Across the spectrum A Charmed Life Joe LoCascio Trio Tafford Music Improvisation and innovation in jazz are somewhat akin to a squelch knob on a radio--turn it up high enough and it becomes impossible to listen to. The challenge has a...

    by Matt Weitz on November 28, 1996
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    And a search for the truth - On the West Coast, Jeff Liles shoots and scores

    Jeff "Chate" Liles is one of the few people who appears in Street Beat and has had enough. Exposure, that is--the swimming pools and movie stars of the glamorous music biz. "Oh, man, don't put that in," he said when discussing his move out to Los Ang...

    by Matt Weitz on November 28, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Historia de la musica rock Now I Got Worry, the latest Blues Explosion album, kicks off with Jon Spencer letting out a primal scream that sounds like a young James Brown on amphetamines. Then the album explodes--pun intended--into a frenzy of swa...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 28, 1996
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    Out There

    A murder of two Recovering the Satellites Counting Crows Geffen Records Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow A&M Records These two sophomore albums are attempts at redefinition, but the efforts work for one--to a degree--and fail the...

    by Matt Weitz on November 28, 1996
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    Out Here

    Removable labels Dem's Good Beeble The Gourds Munich Records Authenticity as a concept has been something of a bugaboo since before Ry Cooder started imitating dust-bowl farmers and African-American Pullman porters. Nowadays--with retro...

    by Matt Weitz on November 21, 1996
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    It don't mean a thing - Swingster and Fort Worth homeboy Red Young comes back home

    Although the current lounge revival seems to be everywhere--one half-expects to see squirrels wearing tiny smoking jackets and clutching wee martini glasses as they dart about burying their nuts for the winter--keyboardist and Fort Worth native Red Y...

    by Matt Weitz on November 21, 1996
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    Blood on the tracks - A former Chili Pepper embraces his demon

    His upper teeth are nearly gone; they have been replaced by tiny slivers of off-white that peek through rotten gums. His lower teeth, thin and brown, appear ready to fall out if he so much as coughs too hard. His lips are pale and dry, coated with sp...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 21, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Blood, sweat, and tears Five years ago Social Distortion joined the Ramones at the old Bronco Bowl for one of rock's dream double bills--the kind that we don't get in Dallas that often. The two bands made three simple chords sound like heaven and...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 21, 1996
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    Welcome to Wally's world - True songs from the mayor of Pleasantville

    Mention the term "singer-songwriter" and immediately the image appears: an excessively serious soul--acoustic guitar in hand--singing an excessively serious song. Wally Pleasant may actually be a singer-songwriter, but you won't hear about Tom Dooley...

    by Zac Crain on November 21, 1996
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    Out There

    Nothing's shocking Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson Nothing/Interscope Welcome to the "shocking" world of Marilyn Manson--a pop circus where the clowns combine the names of media icons and serial killers (Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayn...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 21, 1996
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    Out There

    Classic rock Being There Wilco Reprise Records The drum rumble that starts off this two-disc set and soon turns to feedback suggests Wilco certainly isn't lagging in its quest to remove itself from Uncle Tupelo territory. Being There ...

    by Matt Weitz on November 14, 1996
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