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Each Monday night/Tuesday morning at 12:30 a.m. starting on May 20/21, MusicLink (on KBDI-TV/Channel 12) will present a new flavor: BPM, a look at international dance videos and local shakers being produced in association with nightclub (america). The sub-show joins the original MusicLink and Punk TV, a previous spinoff that airs on Tuesday night/Wednesday mornings at the aforementioned time. So stay up late/get up early and check it out.

Look for an official announcement soon about what may be the biggest hip-hop show to come to Colorado in the Nineties: Cypress Hill, the Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, Ziggy Marley and another band to be named later, appearing Tuesday, August 27, at Red Rocks. I could punctuate this notice with a term like "dope" or "fly," but I'm not feeling very stereotypical right now.

Sorry--I was only buggin'. On Friday, May 17, Chilean guitarist Oscar Lopez joins Green Linnett recording artist James Keelaghan at Swallow Hill Music Hall; Lynn Skinner previews her new CD, Interior Motives, at the Divine Science Church, 14th and Williams; Bad Religion gives a mass at the Paramount Theatre, with Unwritten Law; Epitaph labelmates Millencolin and Down by Law are arresting at the Aztlan Theater; Asylum Gallery, 4104 Tejon, hosts a "circus for the senses"; and the 'Vengers use "ska" as a verb at Soapy Smith's. On Saturday, May 18, Jason Bonham puts on a drum clinic at Rupp's Drums prior to an evening of Led Zeppelin-esque entertainment at the Buffalo Rose, and Soak gets wild while celebrating the release of its new, self-titled CD at Gate 12. On Sunday, May 19, lowercase has a capital idea at the Fox, with Unwound; the Pan Jumbies get steely at the Norwest CultureFest, on the Denver University campus; and the Judith Edelman Band, whose new album appears on Compass Records in June, brews at the Acoustic Coffeehouse in Nederland. On Monday, May 20, Skin peels at the Fox. And on Wednesday, May 22, D.O.A. arrives dead at the Mercury, with Automatic 7; Tribal Folk pounds at Caffe Mars; and Dick Dale, the undisputed king of the surf guitar, shreds at the Bluebird. Take his advice: Be a Dick-head, not a ho-dad.

--Michael Roberts

Backbeat's e-mail address is Michael_Roberts @westword.com

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