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    Blow fi the American Analog Set the American Analog Set Independent Them indie-rockers are a tortured lot--torn between two worlds, weary of rock and roll but unable to exist without it. They see these rock and roll instruments strapped...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 1995
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    Crossing guard - Springsteen's Ghost is a soft touch in hard times

    A languid harmonica, the trumpet of the downtrodden, is the first sound you hear on Bruce Springsteen's new LP The Ghost of Tom Joad. Then comes the gentle tug of guitar strings and a voice too wise, too weary to worry about enunciating last syllable...

    by Michael Corcoran on November 23, 1995
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    Beached boy Orange Crate Art Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks Warner Bros. Records Whatever their collaborations in the past wrought--most of which was an album nobody's ever heard in its entirety, the legendary Smile album, plus the sin...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 1995
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    From hereto eternity - Frank Sinatra isn't dead.He's just an 80-year-old man

    No performer ever had to grow up in public like Frank Sinatra. No one has ever had every second of his adult life chronicled with so much detail and tenacity--in film, in photos, in books, and most certainly in song. As a result, he is man and myth i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Soul survivor There's a genius in there somewhere--a genuine artist instead of a bullshit artist, Prince instead of Lenny Kravitz. But that's Terence Trent D'Arby for you, an egomaniacal would-be superstar when he debuted in 1987 with the audacio...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 1995
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    Station to station - Ranger Rita tries to find a new voice of and for the people

    When Rita Webb left KNON-FM (89.3) a year and a half ago under the most trying and disheartening of circumstances, it was like being kicked out of the house she had grown up in. Her departure from the community radio station came during a diffic...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 1995
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    It's Neu! and improved Acid/Opium Matt Castille Vas Deferens Organization The third cassette in the 10-tape series from local avant-noise collective Vas Deferens Organization, this is indeed the sound of men playing with their penises i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 1995
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    Live and demystified - More man than legend, Bob Dylan brings it all back home

    Before his November 7 appearance at the Dallas Music Complex, Bob Dylan hadn't performed in Dallas since his 1990 concert at the Fair Park Music Hall. It was a sit-down (and scratch-your-head) affair, with Dylan blurring the line between mattering an...

    by Michael Corcoran on November 16, 1995
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    Out There

    Fade away...please...God Stripped The Rolling Stones Virgin Records The title hints at an "unplugged" set-up--acoustic guitars, no overdubs, live and in-person--but the only thing Keith Richards is unplugged from is a life-support machi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 1995
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    King Curtis - A rockabilly hero is revered abroad, ignored at home

    When Mac Curtis visited England in December 1977, it was not as a tourist, but as a long-awaited hero. Maybe even as something of a god. Curtis had not performed in front of a crowd like this in nearly 20 years, but when he stepped up to the mic...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 9, 1995
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    Vaughan, not forgotten Greatest Hits Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Epic Records A best-of that kicks off with a previously unreleased cover of a Beatles song that should have stayed that way--that is, unreleased; that is, a Beat...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 9, 1995
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    Winedale nation - A man, his guitar, and a last-chance bar on Greenville Ave.

    In 1992, when I began performing Monday nights at the Winedale Tavern on Lower Greenville Avenue, it was Skid Row's royal palace in Dallas. There, some patrons behave as if released from Parkland Hospital's observation ward directly to the Winedale; ...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on November 9, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Middle-age riot The early albums led to it, the later ones strayed from it in varying degrees of brilliant: 1988's Daydream Nation was the album, "Teen Age Riot" was the Epiphany, and the noise was never again so catchy or perfect. Those who'd cl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 9, 1995
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    Out There

    Moody music Original Soundtracks 1 Passengers Island Records The Passengers are Brian Eno and U2 with special guests; the sound tracks may or may not exist in places other than their own minds; the album is more or less a sequel to Eno'...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 9, 1995
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    Out There

    God's favorite singer Your Heart's in Good Hands Al Green MCA Records When Reverend Al gave up girls for God in the late '70s, he was only redirecting his love without sacrificing his passion; he moaned for the Father, groaned for the S...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Mumbling toward Bethlehem When he wants--when the mood strikes him and the lights aren't too bright and the planets are aligned and the promoter's check doesn't bounce--Bob Dylan can give you a great show. Not merely shadowdancing on stage, not j...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 1995
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    The offspring - Dallas' punk bands resurrect the spirit of the '70s

    The three members of Lower Caste Struggle sit hunched around a table, their eyes intense and their fingers fidgety. They scarf down pizza, suck down beer, exhale cigarette smoke, and pontificate about their young lives as punk rockers. Of the three b...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 2, 1995
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    The Chief of conjunto - Santiago Jimenez Jr. maintains his father's historic musical legacy

    Santiago Jimenez Jr. reverently lowers the needle of one of the old wooden phonographs onto an old 78 RPM record made by his late father, Don Santiago Jimenez, in 1928. "Now this is the first record he ever recorded," Jimenez explains, before sitting...

    by Rob Patterson on November 2, 1995
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    Out Here

    Soul survivor In the Mood Ernie Johnson Waldoxy Records According to Ernie Johnson's legend, as he recounted to the Observer last year, the 44-year-old soul singer recorded his first track 27 years ago ("Lovin' You," by Fats Washington)...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 1995
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    Indie, outie - Hurst-based BottleCap Records declares a declaration of independents

    "Indie-rock," once used simply to describe music made on independent record labels with no connections to the majors, has become a genre unto itself as much as "alternative rock" or "metal" or "free jazz." It now signifies a lifestyle, an allegiance ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 1995
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