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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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    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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    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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    Roadshows

    Melting the wax museum Austin's never going to land an alternative-rock band anywhere except in the cut-out bins; Spoon (whose first four albums I owned when they were called the Pixies) and Sincola and Prescott Curlywolf are this year's Glass Ey...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 9, 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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    When the well runs dry - The vitality stops, but the music just keeps on comin'

    Ten years ago it would've been a major event in my life--receiving a new Elvis Costello album in the mail--but when I got All This Useless Beauty last month, it just went in the big pile. After a few days I finally got around to listening to the Cost...

    by Michael Corcoran on May 9, 1996
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    Out There

    Odds and sods All This Useless Beauty Elvis Costello Warner Bros. Records Deep Dead Blue Elvis Costello/Bill Frisell Warner Bros. Records/Nonesuch Warner Bros. has no intention of releasing the Costello/Frisell collaborati...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 9, 1996
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    Fire and fury - Blues hero Sam Myers is the Rocket in the pocket

    In Sam Myers' East Dallas space-age bachelor-pad apartment, the bluesman keeps vintage 1950s LPs of Louis Jordan, Percy Mayfield, T-Bone Walker, and, of course, his old partner in music and moonshine, guitar great Elmore James. An honorary lifetime-a...

    by Josh Alan Friedman on May 9, 1996
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    College rock - UFOFU brings 'alternative' to ETSU and wins the talent show

    In the 14 years during which East Texas State University has been holding its "Five Star Concert Series," never once has a rock-and-roll band graced the school's stage. There have been country bands (Bryan White, who's "country" only between the quot...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 9, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Glam dancing There's not one damned original thing about Spacehog. The ambisexual clothing is lifted straight from the glam section of the history books, as is most of the music--sort of operatic Mott the Hoople metal with a pogo beat--and the sh...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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    Out Here

    Ghost of a band 3 Pound Universe Wes Martin CMP Records Wes Martin, the last-minute New Bohemian guitarist added shortly after the band got signed to Geffen in 1987, wrote most of this material five years ago, as the Bos were going b...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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    Trial by fire - Alejandro Escovedo still finds inspiration in guilt and family

    In the musical mythology, Austin is one of the coolest, most laid-back music towns on the planet, a Central Texas bohemia where slack and good vibes rule. But just beneath the seeming bonhomie, one finds a voracious creature that eats its own--and fr...

    by Rob Patterson on May 2, 1996
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    Out There

    Big green Blow it Out Your Ass Veruca Salt DGC Records Steve Albini goes for the gold and grabs at straws: Whether the former Big Black frontman now lends his precious name to the likes of Veruca Salt and Bush for pop prestige (theirs, ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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    A star is born? - Ann Magnuson exists between fame and the fringe

    Clad in a pale green sweater and faded jeans, her red hair cut short and her face barren of any makeup, Ann Magnuson cuts a drab path through the lobby of the Sheraton Park Central. It's a stark contrast to the look she wears best--the more-glamorous...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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    Bass player for mayor - Ex-Killbilly member Richard Hunter runs for Fort Worth office--no, seriously

    When Richard Hunter announced he was running for the office of mayor in Fort Worth, he expected everyone to figure he was goofing. After all, Hunter isn't a politician. He's a long-haired 25-year-old bass player, for God's sake, best known for his st...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 2, 1996
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    Bitter pills - Stop freaking out-- Tablet's deeper than you think

    Listening to a musician talk about his or her craft is often as enticing a prospect as watching sausage being made. That is, you don't want to know how many fingernails and lower intestines and skull fragments get ground into the mixture; you only wa...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Worshipping the Gods As a performer, Young Gods' frontman Franz Treichler is Jim Morrison reincarnate. He stands with his eyes closed, sweaty hair in his face, arms outstretched as if he wants to fly or be crucified, and his voice vacillates betw...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on April 25, 1996
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