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    The one that you want - High-school confidential, reflected in a '90s fun-house mirror

    It was a little more than two years ago that Dawn Miller (formerly of Wayward Girl) was talking to pal Aden Holt, owner of local indie label One Ton Records, about an idea she'd had: a local band compilation that would rework the soundtrack to the mi...

    by Matt Weitz on October 31, 1996
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    Not so Mickey Mouse - TV icon Cubby O'Brien has done quite well since leaving Uncle Walt's band

    "Mouseketeers' roll call, sound off now! Karen! Cubby! Annette! Sharon! Lonnie! Bobby...!" Who of the TV generation was not indelibly imprinted by The Mickey Mouse Club, the '50s TV show Life magazine referred to as "the first organization many ...

    by Laurel Ornish on October 31, 1996
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    Un-rock Star - Fired Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese seeks life after fame in North Texas

    Dave Abbruzzese rallies bandmates Paul Slavens, Doug Neil, and Gary Muller for a firewood run--a trip out in the 4X4 to scavenge dead branches for the fireplace at Abbruzzese's North Texas recording retreat. David Castell chooses to stay behind to co...

    by Howard Wen on October 24, 1996
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    Metal's crimson King - The mellow Satanism of King Diamond

    The lunchtime clientele is about what you'd expect for a semirural rib shack not too many miles from Texas Stadium. There are a couple of telephone repairmen, a table of secretaries giggling over a pitcher of beer, and an isolated sales guy trying to...

    by Rick Koster on October 24, 1996
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    Out There

    Moist and delicious Fashion Nugget Cake Capricorn Records First steps are inspiring, but more than one newborn band has learned that many things are possible with those steps, and that some of them--like smashing your forehead on the ed...

    by Matt Weitz on October 24, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Broken whiskey glass, parts one and two Gather 'round, oh ye insurgent honky-tonkers and new-country hellions, and pay fealty to some of the men who first chalked out the pattern for the clothes you now wear so stylishly: Jason Ringenberg and the...

    by Matt Weitz on October 24, 1996
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    Junkyard jazz - The Calways go a little crazy

    It's obvious that tonight--with Deep Ellum roiling in the aftermath of the Texas-OU game--was not the best night to schedule an interview at Sol's Taco Lounge. An orange-and-white Winnebago at the curb is but a faint warning of the mayhem within: a c...

    by Matt Weitz on October 24, 1996
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    Out Here

    i'dswingitintheevening ifihadahifi Meredith Louise Miller Steve Records A friend once interviewed Meredith Louise Miller for a local radio station. "What's so great about you," my pal enthused, "is that you say all the goofy things abou...

    by Matt Weitz on October 24, 1996
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    Out There

    Everything Sucks Descendents Epitaph Records Call it charisma. Or attitude. Whatever it is, it is essential to the role of frontman. Milo Aukerman has it, but when he left the Descendents to pursue a career in biochemistry, he took it with ...

    by Zac Crain on October 17, 1996
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    Truckin' man - New traditionalist Dale Watson

    Mr. DJ, won't you please play a real country song? Where's your conscience? What's the problem? Speak up and say what's wrong --Dale Watson, "A Real Country Song" Blessed or Damned Dale Watson rules. In an age where more...

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    Time captured in its flight - James Bland's postcards from the edge of a scene

    The front room and the darkroom behind--on the street side of photographer James Bland's house in the heart of Oak Cliff--are unusually neat for one of the archivists of a scene as random and disordered as the early days of Deep Ellum, back in the mi...

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    House of David - Fathead comes home

    David Newman's Oak Cliff home contains a living-room wall of fame--the "Fathead National Museum"--adorned with his 28 album covers in chronological order. They date from 1959's Fathead: Ray Charles Presents David Newman to last year's Mr. Gentle, Mr....

    by Josh Alan Friedman on October 17, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Satellite of Love Although much has been made lately about Christian music and the mainstream success the genre has enjoyed, most of the songs found there still fit into two categories: "capitalization" numbers wherein you need a lyric sheet in o...

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    Out Here

    Be here now Return of the Funky Worm Johnny Moeller and Paul Size Dallas Blue Society Records Walk in the Sun Sue Foley Discovery Records What is it about the blues that makes each generation have to peer into them, squinting?...

    by Matt Weitz on October 17, 1996
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    Keep coming back - Singer Edie Brickelland some old Bohemians Slip into something viable

    Edie teeters on one foot, streaming consciousness. Kenny noodles a spacey jam while John pings a cymbal here, a cowbell there, tom-tomming a slippery polyrhythmic groove. Slinky, sweaty old-school Boheads--Adina (but no Christina?), Amanda, Mark and ...

    by Alex Magocsi on October 10, 1996
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    Mister Corn Mo rising - Jon Cunningham and his post-modern vaudeville

    The life of Corn Mo--stage name of Jon Cunningham--may well have been saved by rock 'n' roll. He's on stage now, his long blond hair a tangle obscuring his face as he pumps and dips his way through an accordion-driven version of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet...

    by Matt Weitz on October 10, 1996
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    Cut to the chase - B

    Scrapple seems acutely aware of his environment, but he couldn't be safer: He's the four-legged pilot fish to New York City art shark Joe Christ, a transplanted filmmaker-musician-artist from Dallas whose confrontationally weird, painfully intense, a...

    by Matt Weitz on October 10, 1996
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    Out There

    New Country The Picketts Euphonium Rounder Records "Euphony" is a pleasant concordance of sound, but with this, their third album, the Picketts have done more than fall easy on the ears: They've made one of the most affecting arguments ...

    by Zac Crain on October 10, 1996
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    Out Here

    Downfall Solitude Aeturnus Pavement Music Even as the members of Metallica cut their hair and Soundgarden peddles its sub-Sabbath riffs alternatively packaged, Arlington's Solitude Aeturnus continues its quixotic fight for the preservation ...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on October 10, 1996
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    Roadshows

    Casual Gods of the Tom-Tom Club Question of the week: What's the difference between A) a band shamelessly exploiting its past; B) a band that keeps on keeping on like some old milk-cart horse that still must walk its route every morning even afte...

    by Matt Weitz on October 10, 1996
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