With Corley now persona non grata at Jacor, which runs eight of the most popular outlets in the Denver-Boulder area, she would seem to have extremely limited employment options. Still, she hopes she hasn't logged her last shift on the local airwaves. "Denver is my home--I bought a house here--and I want to stay," she insists. "I don't want to fight with anybody; I just want to play music on the radio, which Jacor didn't understand. And I hope that because of my time here, I'm marketable enough in this town. But if I'm not, I'll have to go somewhere else."

Setting aside Corley's caustic commentary for a moment, it should be noted that KTCL is sponsoring quite an intriguing event this week: "The Underground Adventure." The bash, set for Saturday, August 8, at Copper Mountain, is a high-rent rave featuring a slew of talented locals, including Westword profile subject L.L. Bishop ("Bishop Moves On," October 16, 1997), and big-timers Josh Wink and Alex Gifford of Propellerheads. (Gifford is also making an in-store appearance at Twist & Shout on Friday, August 7.) To learn more, call 575-1149 or 331-2343.

CD-release parties-o-rama. On Friday, August 7, Buzz Bomber and the M-80s show off their latest album, Beating Up My Best Friend, at Cricket on the Hill, and the Ladonnas bring fresh platters to the 15th Street Tavern, with Negative Man. On Saturday, August 8, Steven Walters introduces a new disc, Just This Moment, at Vocal Journeys Studio, 602 Maxwell St. in Boulder. And on Sunday, August 9, Melange entertains in honor of its own recording at the Soiled Dove. Bring your own noisemakers.

My nemesis, Cindy Wonderful, is back. Ms. Wonderful, who's thanked me for past positive reviews by ceaselessly tormenting me (check out the October 30, 1997, Feedback for a sample), has just formed Rainbow Sugar, which she describes as a "white, all-girl rap band." But even though her new act is in the most nascent stage imaginable, Wonderful wants press--and she wants it now. "I warned you what would happen if you neglected to review me one more time," she writes. "Since it is obvious you are a sadist, you leave me no choice." This strange threat was accompanied by a Rainbow Sugar demo whose five tunes, highlighted by "Dynamite" and "Meow Meow," struck me as shaggy, ragged, energetic and thoroughly enjoyable. But do you think Wonderful (who can be reached care of Stupid Records, 865 Northridge Road, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126) will be satisfied with such praise? Me neither.

Maybe she'll move on to another victim if I slag her music next time. On Thursday, August 6, Cirrus spins at the Ogden Theatre, and the Freddy Jones Band and Sherri Jackson play for free in Larimer Square. On Saturday, August 8, Jack Off Jill provides mutual satisfaction at the Snake Pit, with Psychotica. On Sunday, August 9, Roz Brown and Bill Barwick play for the benefit of the Morrison Cowboy Celebration at the Fort. And on Tuesday, August 11, the Verve displays same at Red Rocks. Whatever that means.

--Michael Roberts

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