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1996 Stories by John Jesitus

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  • Playlist

    published December 5, 1996

    Tricky Pre-Millennium Tension (Island) In a music scene dominated by the safe, the threadbare and the predictable, Tricky... More >>

  • Playlist

    published November 14, 1996

    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Now I Got Worry (Matador) R.L. Burnside A Ass Pocket of Whiskey (Matador) ... More >>

  • Women's Glib

    published November 14, 1996

    During performances of "Crazy Song," a variation on the Patsy Cline favorite, Boulder's Lisa Wagner displays an impressive voice--or maybe two.... More >>

  • Playlist

    published November 7, 1996

    John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey Dance Hall at Louse Point (Island) This disc has garnered the worst reviews of Ms. Harvey's... More >>

  • The Bucks Stop Here

    published October 31, 1996

    Let's get this out of the way right at the top: The father of Evan, Paige and Preston O'Meara, who constitute three-fifths of Denver's 8-Bucks... More >>

  • Playlist

    published October 24, 1996

    Carman Righteous Invasion of Truth (Sparrow) The rub with so much of today's contemporary Christian music isn't its focus on... More >>

  • Twisted Sisters

    published October 3, 1996

    "We're a very high-maintenance band," confesses Christina Ortega, singer and guitarist for the Front Range's Velveeta Sisters. "When we get gigs,... More >>

  • Playlist

    published September 12, 1996

    Soul Coughing Irresistible Bliss (Slash/Warner Bros.) On Ruby Vroom, Soul Coughing's bow, bandleader M. Doughty and his... More >>

  • Getting Cosy

    published September 12, 1996

    "Recently," says singer Cosy Sheridan, "I've attempted to look at songwriting sort of as a public service." This comment doesn't mean that... More >>

  • Media Dar-ling

    published August 22, 1996

    Twenty-something singer-songwriter Dar Williams confesses, "I'm probably getting a little more hype than I'm worth." This becoming display... More >>

  • Playlist

    published August 22, 1996

    Nas It Was Written (Columbia) The reported death of gangsta rap has been greatly exaggerated: It Was Written entered the... More >>

  • In Their Element

    published August 15, 1996

    "Our style of music is called garage punk," says Michael Daboll, lead singer and guitarist for Denver's Element 79--and he's glad to elaborate.... More >>

  • Playlist

    published August 15, 1996

    The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Chaos and Disorder (Warner Bros.) Spite is often overlooked as a spur to creativity, but... More >>

  • Playlist

    published July 18, 1996

    Patti Smith Gone Again (Arista) For an artist with such a stratospheric reputation, Smith's body of work is, in a word,... More >>

  • A Meice of the Action

    published July 11, 1996

    "It's weird where songs come from," muses Joe Reinke, lead vocalist and guitarist for San Francisco's Meices, during a mid-June interview. "They... More >>

  • Playlist

    published July 11, 1996

    Beck! Odelay (DGC) Based on the two shows I've seen him perform, Beck Hansen probably isn't the worst performer in the history... More >>

  • Even Stephen

    published July 4, 1996

    In a world of pierced navels and rainbow-coiffed power forwards, no-nonsense performers like Stephen Lee tend to get shunted into the background.... More >>

  • Playlist

    published June 13, 1996

    The Cranberries To the Faithful Departed (Island) There's a fine line between a distinctive voice and an annoying voice, and... More >>

  • Hour Gang

    published May 30, 1996

    If the members of Denver's Eleventh Hour appear to be suffering from an identity crisis, you can hardly blame them. According to Howard Bridges... More >>

  • Playlist

    published May 23, 1996

    Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire (Epic) Why are so many left-wingers humorless? Sure, there are terrible things happening... More >>

  • They're Melting! They're Melting!

    published May 16, 1996

    With washed-up bands from the Seventies reuniting faster than you can say "Fiddler's Green," perhaps it's only fitting that Modern English, a... More >>

  • Playlist

    published May 9, 1996

    Hootie & the Blowfish Fairweather Johnson (Atlantic) Listening to this album put me in mind of a line from an episode of the... More >>

  • There Otter Be a Law

    published May 9, 1996

    Rick Martinez, drummer for Denver's Otter Popps, is definitely dedicated to his band. After all, one of the main reasons he's upset that his... More >>

  • Playlist

    published May 2, 1996

    Manfred Hubler and Siegfried Schwab Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party (Motel) If you haven't seen a film by director Jess... More >>

  • The Butlers Did It

    published March 7, 1996

    "In the Boulder-Denver area, there are so many bands that play fifteen-minute jams," says Paul Massey, vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Boulder's... More >>

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