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    Roadshows

    The men with the Midas touch Utilizing its ska-influenced sound to stand out from the rest of the pop-punk pack, Goldfinger has come out of nowhere (Los Angeles, actually) to land its first single, "Here In Your Bedroom," on MTV and radio station...

    by Zac Crain on June 6, 1996
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    Crawlin' back from Chicago - Mike Morgan slows his mojo hand with a soulful sound

    Some summers it seems that there are more blues players in Dallas than mosquitoes, all buzzing and shuffling along the same wide and worn Chicago groove. Mike Morgan's been there, too, and he wonders if part of the problem isn't that musicians tend t...

    by Matt Weitz on June 6, 1996
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    Out Here

    The next best thing Live at the Vortex Rotten Rubber Band Heat Wave Few local bands do as good a job of transporting an audience into the sweaty, smoky heart of a weekend night as the Rotten Rubber Band. Passing out percussion instrumen...

    by Matt Weitz on May 30, 1996
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    Angel's wings - Cowboy Junkies drone and moan toward brilliance

    Margo Timmins stands on the edge of the Los Angeles Wiltern Theater stage, her arm draped over the microphone stand. She buries her head in her arm, looking like she can barely breathe, much less continue with the show. To her right, brother Michael,...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 1996
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    Out There

    Inappropriately named Today's Specials Specials Virgin/Kuff Seventeen years after their debut, this version of the Specials--which corrals a few of the originals (Neville Staples, Roddy Byers, Horace Panter) but suffers from the absence...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 1996
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    Batter up - In the midst of a silver age, the Light Crust Doughboys are swinging for the bleachers

    Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery is a politely unassuming man, small in a way that suggests concentrated vitality rather than size. His 83 years show neither on his waist nor in his eyes. There's little to suggest that this grandfather had once walked with...

    by Matt Weitz on May 30, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Lone Star special When Borders Books and Music hosts its free "Asphalt Rhythms" show June 1 at the store's Plano location--out in the parking lot, no less--here's an opportunity to hear Texas music's champions (Ronnie Dawson, Jimmie Dale Gilmore)...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 1996
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    Bronco hole - Dallas' last great concert hall suffers growing pains

    "I'm only going to play bowling alleys from now on." With that sentiment, Bruce Springsteen christened the new Bronco Bowl--one more legendary memory heaped upon so many old ghosts that still haunt the place, which is still Dallas' last, best mid-siz...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Hillbilly deluxe - BR5-49 represents the conscience of the new Nashville

    Like members of some secret society, people in the music industry speak in code. This is especially true in Nashville, which in some ways is like a charismatic cult within the already alien world of the music business at large. The latest phrase...

    by Rob Patterson on May 23, 1996
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    Catch a wave - The only difference between Pet Sounds and Stereolab is a mere 30 years

    Speaking to England's New Musical Express earlier this year, Stereolab mastermind Tim Gane announced that the Beach Boys is his favorite band. It was an unequivocal claim--"It all sounds brilliant," he insisted--even if it didn't make much sense at f...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Out There

    Waymore or less Right for the Time Waylon Jennings Justice Records Willie Nelson makes his "comeback" doing Paul Simon's "An American Tune" and "Graceland" on Across the Borderline in 1993, then Waylon turns around three years later and...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Flame on Clouds Taste Metallic, the latest Flaming Lips album, sounds like it was recorded in a toy store: Cheap bells and whistles tinkle in the background as unidentifiable sounds whiz by like wind-up toys, mixing together until they become an ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Out Here

    Survival of the fittest Just Rockin' and Rollin' Ronnie Dawson Upstart Records The once and future Blond Bomber makes his national debut for the second time in his career, 40 years after he hit it small with "Action Packed" and signed t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 1996
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    Out with the new wave - VVV Records closes its doors after 17 years

    Three years ago, Neal Caldwell sold VVV Records and thought he was done with the store forever. Caldwell, among the key members of Dallas' new-wave scene of the late '70s and early '80s as a member of N.C.M., had opened VVV in 1979 to import impossib...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 16, 1996
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    Roadshows

    God bless Al Green When Al Green stepped off the concert stage in 1979 and took his place behind the pulpit, the greatest singer alive never once tried to reconcile the disparities: His soul belonged to God, his heart belonged to the ladies, and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 16, 1996
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    Out Here

    Trendy bastards The Great Southern Trendkill Pantera East West Records Pantera used to moan they never got any media attention, but now, like true platinum punks who've discovered any rage is good rage at the cash register, they bitch a...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 16, 1996
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    He stole the soul - Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli exposes his big Black heart

    When Greg Dulli first went off to college in 1983, he packed two posters to put on his wall there. One was of Aerosmith; the other, Earth, Wind and Fire. Thirteen years later, it's evident from the music of his band the Afghan Whigs--a judicious...

    by Gina Arnold on May 16, 1996
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    Out There

    Singles going steady Down on the Upside Soundgarden A&M Records Superunknown wasn't a consistently great album, but every time you heard a single on the radio, Soundgarden managed to make everything around it seem thin and inconsequenti...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 16, 1996
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    All punk cons - Riot Squad breathes old life into a rotting corpse

    This year marks British punk rock's 20th birthday, but the Sex Pistols reunion tour hangs in the air like the stench of death--or at least the suspicious smell of a million moldy dollar bills. As John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, and Glen Matlock p...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on May 16, 1996
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    Out Here

    Adding to subtract Crow Pot Pie Slobberbone Doolittle Records This isn't to be confused with Slobberbone's same-titled, Sam McCall-produced debut of last year, but that won't be a problem because the "new" version bears only a slight ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 9, 1996
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