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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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    Out Here

    Tiny Tim, big record Girl Tiny Tim with Brave Combo Rounder Records After struggling for so long to shrug off the novelty tag that has nipped at its heels since the get-go, Brave Combo teams up with the King of Shlock--the little freak ...

    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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    The Morse code - Texan Ella Mae influenced rock, then she crawled under one

    When they were booked on the same Ed Sullivan Show episode in 1956, Elvis Presley told Ella Mae Morse that listening to her sassy '40s records, such as "Get On Board Little Chillun," "Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet," and her million-selling "Cow C...

    by Michael Corcoran on March 21, 1996
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    Between the cracks - Surprise--David Garza grows up in public and survives

    There are some things that, to be truly enjoyed, require a certain suspension of cynicism--stuff like reading fiction, finding God, falling in love...and music, of course. And cynicism about David Garza--or Dah-veed, as he prefers to be called--has b...

    by Rob Patterson on March 14, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Better than their bite The audience was so sparse all Dave Sardy could do was laugh. The Barkmarket frontman stood at the edge of the Orbit Room stage in late November, staring and smiling slightly at the 15 or so boys--and they were truly boys, ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 14, 1996
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    Stabbed in the redneck - KNON fixture Roy Ashley bids a fiery farewell

    For many of the faithful, Roy Ashley's down-home twang defined what little remained of the old KNON-FM spirit. His was the voice of the people who drove pickups, drank Pearl, and knew all the words to "Waltz Across Texas." On February 29, Ashley wish...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 14, 1996
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    Out Here

    Hero worship Second Coming Bobby Patterson Proud Records At this late date--after a young career spent on the local Abnak/Jetstar label in the '60s, a stint as performer, producer, and writer for Jewel/Paula in the '70s, and lost years ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 14, 1996
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    Out There

    The Devil and Greg Dulli Black Love Afghan Whigs Elektra Records Greg Dulli fancies himself rock and roll's playboy, the homely dude transformed into a soul-singing sex god whenever he plugs in his guitar and stands in front of a video ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 14, 1996
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    Out There

    Stop it, you're killing me! Murder Ballads Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Mute/Reprise When listening to Murder Ballads, you can't help but compare it to recent media events--the films of Quentin Tarantino, the televising of the O.J. Simps...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on March 7, 1996
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    Lou says - The soul of Velvet Underground stares into the Twilight

    Lou Reed speaks in a deadpan growl, his voice never rising or falling even when he becomes energized enough to stress a point. Through a phone receiver, it is almost impossible to tell when he laughs, except when a small gasp of air seems to escape h...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 7, 1996
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    Bastard of young - How the Hebrew school bully got the Perfect gig with a Replacement

    Until I heard from him last week, the name Marc Solomon brought to mind only an ugly, long-dormant childhood memory. Fifteen or so long years ago, Marc Solomon socked me right in the gut during Hebrew school--flat-out punched me for no good reason, o...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 7, 1996
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