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2003 Stories by Jason Heller

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  • Hit Pick

    published September 11, 2003

    Contrary to popular belief, rock and roll is not a form of music. It's not an attitude, either, or a lifestyle, or a sexual position, or even a... More >>

  • Simple Folk

    published September 4, 2003

    It happens once every couple of years. You wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. Your memory's stuck in shuffle mode, so... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published September 4, 2003

    Ovulations? Clowns with knives? Suns that don't want to be photographed? With subjects like these, you might figure that why? isn't your... More >>

  • Fade to Green

    published August 28, 2003

    The collective lyrical output of rock and roll reads like a shopping list of things that are hard to do. Breaking up. Making up. And, inevitably,... More >>

  • Pedal Steel Transmission

    published August 28, 2003

    Drummer Don Ogilvie has taken a pretty bumpy path through the music scenes of Denver and Chicago over the past twenty years. He started out in... More >>

  • Endgame

    published August 21, 2003

    There was a time not too long ago, before the plague of Good Charlotte and Sum 41, when it was still viable -- even respectable -- to be an... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published August 21, 2003

    Denver lost a mighty source of rock power the day the Volts disbanded. From 1991 to 2002, the quartet -- led by the circuit-blowing vocalist J.R.... More >>

  • Man Posse

    published August 14, 2003

    Ask anyone from the '90s music scene about Diggie Diamond, and you'll get quite a reaction: shock, fear, awe, reverence, gagging noises. You might... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published August 14, 2003

    What happens when punks get sick of playing punk? Historically, all kinds of great things, from Public Image Limited to Slint to the Mercury... More >>

  • Camp Rock

    published August 7, 2003

    The words "summer camp" dredge up a ton of memories: campfires, rashes, leaky canoes, homesickness. But at Kake Studios, tucked away behind the... More >>

  • Madlib

    published August 7, 2003

    As far as credentials go, Madlib's got it made. Baptized Otis Jackson Jr., he has an immaculate pedigree: His dad, Otis Sr., was a soul semi-star... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published August 7, 2003

    When you click on the word "Biography" on the Giddy Motors Web site, you're taken to a page that says simply "There are three of us." But... More >>

  • Kid Alienated

    published July 31, 2003

    Late last summer, a pale, willowy young man walked into the vinyl section of a Denver-area record store. He seemed nervous. His glossy black hair... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published July 31, 2003

    Who would have thought that in the early 21st century there'd be a glut of garage-punk bands fronted by Tina Turner-esque soul divas? The Detroit... More >>

  • Punk of Ages

    published July 24, 2003

    My strength is in writing pop songs -- punk-rock pop songs." Dave Smalley, singer/guitarist of the Southern California-based quartet Down by... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published July 24, 2003

    With Terroir Blues, his second solo full-length, Jay Farrar has inched 23 tracks closer to his final destination: an image of... More >>

  • Soul Assassins

    published July 17, 2003

    Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people!" So declared the manifesto of the Symbionese Liberation Army. In 1974,... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published July 17, 2003

    "So, which one of you guys is Rilo?" Yup, Rilo Kiley, appearing Thursday, July 17, at the Climax Lounge, with M Ward and the Golden... More >>

  • The Postal Service

    published July 10, 2003

    It takes sound and meaning to make a word. Remove either one and you're left with a morphological shell; combine them in just the right way... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published July 10, 2003

    According to the medical journals, the symptoms of Swayback disease include weakened arteries, internal bleeding and the laying of abnormally... More >>

  • Feel the Noise

    published July 3, 2003

    The racket is nauseating. Vibrations slither up your tailbone and into your skeleton, rattling ribs and clacking skull against jaw. The heat bakes... More >>

  • Dead Meadow

    published July 3, 2003

    Trilobites. Plesiosaurs. The double-record, gatefold, vinyl LP. One would assume they were all extinct, rendered obsolete, yanked from the gene... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published July 3, 2003

    Mixing rock and funk nowadays is usually about as appetizing as pouring shellac on your pancakes. Luckily for Denver, the Compulsions --... More >>

  • Voices Carry

    published June 26, 2003

    Fly Me to the Moon," by Frank Sinatra. "Crying," by Roy Orbison. "Roxanne," by the Police. The hits keep rolling out of the jukebox and bouncing... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published June 26, 2003

    Punk rock sure has come a long way since the days of three chords, battered amps and shredded knuckles. Just don't tell The Hacks. This... More >>

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