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    Texas Flood

    Wildlife biologists call it "fish fever"--a temporary madness that afflicts freshly weaned brown bears in the first summer they must fend for themselves. Summers in brown-bear country are as short as the winters are long, and eating before the snow f...

    by David Holthouse on March 28, 1996
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    Rhymes of Passion - The Fugees make rap, not war

    "It's kinda hectic, man," says Wyclef "Clef" Jean, the Haitian-blooded rapper, songwriter and sonic engineer for the Fugees. "A lot of things are going on." And, Jean should have added, those things are pretty damn nice--the kinds of things that...

    by Michael Roberts on March 28, 1996
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    Slow Gin Fizz

    Gin Blossoms Congratulations I'm Sorry (A&M) Being local heroes in the national spotlight carries its share of burdens, as the mixed-blessings title of Gin Blossoms' second major-label release clearly references. No matter what the GBs do...

    by Serene Dominic on March 21, 1996
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    Rocketmen - Love and Rockets is on a brave, new mission to inner space

    Last April, members of the British pop-ambient trio Love and Rockets came perilously close to testing Neil Young's contention that "it's better to burn out than to fade away." The musicians were in California to record L&R's new album Sweet F.A. when...

    by Matt Golosinski on March 21, 1996
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    Silly Rabbit Dust (Orphan Boy) The experimental rockers in Silly Rabbit make it one of the most danceable groups to emerge from Seattle's postgrunge wasteland. This eight-piece urban groove machine consists of guitars, sequencers, an unst...

    by Kevin Roe on March 21, 1996
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    Raga Muffins

    So I'm in Eastside Records a few days back looking for old Devo albums (don't ask why), and I spot this stack of small, black handbills someone has placed at the bottom of the racks amid a smattering of other fliers for rock shows and raves. The bill...

    by David Holthouse on March 21, 1996
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    American Son - Uncle Tupelo passed away, butheartland rocker JayFarrar has plugged backin with Son Volt

    Jay Farrar isn't much of a talker. Son Volt's 29-year-old singer/songwriter comes across in conversation like a man in desperate need of a nap. His voice is low and lazy, his thick, Midwestern drawl stretching what few words he utters into slow, grog...

    by Ted Simons on March 14, 1996
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    Then You Die, She Dies, Everybody Dies

    Come on, now, let's be honest: Going to see the souped-up rerelease of Heavy Metal is a bad move, unless a) you're about five bong hits beyond stoned silly; b) you have an insatiable taste for early '80s cheese metal (hey, dude, Sammy Hagar rocks!); ...

    by David Holthouse on March 14, 1996
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    The Mermen Songs of the Cows (Mesa/Bluemoon) San Francisco's Mermen take the concept of instrumental surf music so far from shore that something new comes bubbling to the surface. It's the audio equivalent of Dick Dale poached in psychede...

    by Matt Golosinski on March 14, 1996
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    Baaah! Humbucker! - The Piersons come out swinging on a raucous first CD

    "Going down into town tonight/To drink our fill and start a fight." So goes a line from "Helen Reddy," the "hear me roar" opening track from the Piersons' tempestuous debut CD, Humbucker, scheduled to hit shops Tuesday. Maybe it's the put-up...

    by Serene Dominic on March 14, 1996
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    Tom Marches On - It's not unusual to find we're still in love with him, woah woah woah woah, woah woah woah woah woah woah

    Here's a mentally stimulating game--think of any song written in the last 45 years, then imagine Tom Jones singing it. No matter what your level of creativity, it should be tough to picture Jones botching a tune--any tune. In the last 30-plus ye...

    by Serene Dominic on March 7, 1996
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    Fallen Angels - For the Valley's premier power-pop band, retro is all a state of mind

    Her name was Holly Golightly--not the Audrey Hepburn character in Breakfast at Tiffany's, but the Hollywood hooker who lived at the same hotel as the Beat Angels last October, when the Phoenix fivesome was in L.A. to finish recording its debut album,...

    by David Holthouse on March 7, 1996
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    Its Called Sarcasm

    We're gonna make this one a letter-and-response column. Here's the letter: "Was there really a good reason for David Holthouse to trash Brian Smith of the Beat Angels (Coda, February 15)? "Holthouse doesn't have to like the Beat Angels' mu...

    by David Holthouse on March 7, 1996
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    Dripping Wet - A pachyderms, reverb and a go-go dancer named Danielle--it's all in the name of surf for these Phantoms from San Francisco

    Groupies are a sore subject in the Phantom Surfers' camp. "The only people who want to meet us are overweight record collectors looking for matrix numbers," says bassist Michael Lucas, sighing. "The women who attend our shows have a few drinks an...

    by Leigh Silverman on February 29, 1996
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    The Refreshments Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big & Buzzy (Mercury) There's nothing like success to bring out the muttering bastards. Instead of celebrating this ubiquitous Tempe bar band's major-label debut on Mercury, outspoken members and fans of les...

    by Roni Sarig on February 29, 1996
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    Getting Down

    Gunshot. Not the deep boom of a high-caliber revolver, but the sharp, evil pop of a nine millimeter. Everyone else in the room and the hall just outside it--there were eight of us, in all--hit the floor in a hurry and started making for the ...

    by David Holthouse on February 29, 1996
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    Creep Show - Jacked up on more volts than Frankenstein's monster, White Zombie patrols the perimeter of garish pop metal

    White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult speaks in the whiskey-and-cigarettes drawl of a heavy-metal road warrior, a title she's earned after nearly four years of constant touring in support of her band's 1992 major-label debut, La Sexorcisto, and last year'...

    by Matt Golosinski on February 29, 1996
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    Seven Storeys Underground - Can a band too loud for Prescott find happiness in Tempe?

    It's January 29, but no one here's calling it "Super Monday." All last week, Tempe had been under siege as blimps of every shape and sponsor circled overhead like buzzards, and beer-guzzlin' NFL enthusiasts of every shape and temperament took ove...

    by Serene Dominic on February 22, 1996
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    Various artists From Dusk Till Dawn (Epic) Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's stab at a vampire thriller turned out to be a wobbly stake in the heart, but the setting of its gore-fest finale--a cavernous, border-town bordello called the "Titty...

    by Jon Kinzler on February 22, 1996
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    Dizzyland: E-Ticket Ride

    Peculiar, plastic things from strangers have recently become a motif in my life. The first was a Jesus-head Pez dispenser (yeah, I didn't know they made 'em, either), mailed with no return address, phone number or accompanying explanation other than ...

    by David Holthouse on February 22, 1996
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