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  • SO FINE

    published December 28, 1994

    This was the year that was. And what was the year 1994? From a musical standpoint, it was a transitional period. Some trends arose and some... More >>

  • YULE'S GOLD

    published December 21, 1994

    Every year sees the release of new Christmas albums, but 1994 has witnessed an avalanche of them. And they're flying out of the stores--really... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published December 14, 1994

    Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC) Too much is being made of this, and for reasons that are rather hard to fathom: I mean, I... More >>

  • TONY! TONY! TONY!

    published December 14, 1994

    The campaign to sell Tony Bennett to a new generation of listeners has focused on hipness. Here, according to Madison Avenue, is a crooner beloved... More >>

  • THAT'S ALL, FOLKS

    published December 7, 1994

    In September the reopening of the Oriental Theatre, at 4335 West 44th Avenue, was being touted as a harbinger of good things for northwest... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published December 7, 1994

    Pearl Jam Vitalogy (Epic) This isn't all that hot, but at least these guys are trying. The problem, as usual, are the songs, which are... More >>

  • STAIRWAY TO HELL

    published December 7, 1994

    Woodstock isn't the only musical entity celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It's also been a quarter of a century since FM-rock radio came... More >>

  • PLAYLISTIN BRIEF

    published November 30, 1994

    Various Artists Woodstock '94 (A&M) Didn't I read about this on a Pepsi twelve-pack?--Michael Roberts Sade The Best of... More >>

  • MAGNAPOP MUSIC

    published November 30, 1994

    Thus far, Magnapop has gotten by with a little help from its friends. The power-pop band's first album, a self-titled release available in... More >>

  • THE REAL STEEL

    published November 30, 1994

    The new Steel Pulse song "Back to My Roots" contains an admission most musicians would never make. "We took that commercial road/Searching for... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published November 30, 1994

    Tenderloin, with Reverend Horton Heat and Useless Playboys, Friday, December 2, at the Boulder Theater, and Saturday, December 3, at the Ogden... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published November 23, 1994

    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Orange (Matador) Those of you who pick this up expecting an actual blues album likely will have a... More >>

  • ALONG CAME JONES

    published November 23, 1994

    Like Hank Williams, the acknowledged king of country, George Jones tried to drink, carouse and good-time his way into an early grave. Unlike... More >>

  • SHOOTING STAR

    published November 16, 1994

    Denver filmmaker Ronnie Cramer is worried. "I'm not going to wind up looking like Ed Wood, am I?" he asks. Comparisons to the late Wood, a... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published November 16, 1994

    Barbra Streisand The Concert (Columbia) Streisand has dedicated at least the most recent ten years of her career to trumpeting her own... More >>

  • ROCKABILLY, EUROPEAN STYLE

    published November 16, 1994

    "Yes, we have been to Tennessee," says Mike Taveira, lead guitarist for the Denver-based rockabilly band the Tennessee Boys. "We have been to the... More >>

  • HUMP DAY

    published November 16, 1994

    To put it succinctly, the music of certain artists is primarily intended for fucking. Yeah, you can listen to it in your car when you're alone,... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published November 9, 1994

    Esquivel! Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music (Bar/None) I'm more than a little doubtful about the staying power of the new cocktail... More >>

  • ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

    published November 9, 1994

    The year was 1988, the group was Public Enemy and the album was It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, as incendiary a blast of... More >>

  • REVENGE OF THE GEEK

    published November 9, 1994

    It's probably not a good idea to take literally singer-songwriter Lisa Germano's claim, "In the beginning, I was thinking I was going to do a... More >>

  • DEEP IN THE HEART OF TAXES

    published November 2, 1994

    It started out as a way to save the Boulder Theater. But ballot initiative 2C, to be decided by Boulder voters on November 8, has become more than... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published November 2, 1994

    Soul Coughing Ruby Vroom (Slash/Warner Bros.) If you had any doubt that lead vocalist M. Doughty used to review music (for the New... More >>

  • ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SINGERS!

    published November 2, 1994

    For the most part, it looked and sounded like practically any rock concert. The throng at McNichols Arena on a Tuesday night in late October was... More >>

  • SHLOCK OF THE NEW

    published November 2, 1994

    For those who like music with an edge, "I'll Make Love to You," by Boyz II Men (the biggest selling single in the country for over two months now)... More >>

  • SOFT-HEARTED WARE

    published October 26, 1994

    Subby the Submarine is an awfully nice vehicle, and environmentally friendly, too--he's solar-powered. He and his best friend, an Arctic tern... More >>

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