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  • PLAYLIST

    published October 26, 1994

    Louis Armstrong Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: 1923-1934 (Columbia/Legacy) Now here's a guy plenty of contemporary listeners... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published October 26, 1994

    Bootsy Collins and His New Rubber Band, Saturday, October 29, at the Ogden Theatre, with Dread Zeppelin, is back, baby--but he never really went... More >>

  • ASSAULT AND PEPPER

    published October 26, 1994

    Musicians whose bands have undergone personnel changes could learn a few lessons from Corrosion of Conformity vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan.... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published October 19, 1994

    Spell Mississippi (Island) For those of you who think Westword can't be objective about this Denver-based band, let's start with a few... More >>

  • THEY CALL HIM MISTER MANSON!

    published October 19, 1994

    "I think Charles Manson had a lot of positive things to say and could have been a real cultural leader," says Mr. Manson, the singer and... More >>

  • CLOUD NINE

    published October 19, 1994

    In the press materials that accompanied the 1992 EP Broken, Nine Inch Nails's Trent Reznor wrote, "Nine Inch Nails is still not a real band with... More >>

  • OLD LITTLE GIRL LOST

    published October 12, 1994

    part 2 of 2 Chris tried to commute between Denver and Atlantic City for a few weeks, but soon realized this was not possible. After losing his... More >>

  • LITTLE GIRL LOST

    published October 12, 1994

    Six-year-old Alexis Storkson emerges from her first-grade classroom, scanning the greenery that surrounds her Arvada elementary school in... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published October 12, 1994

    R.E.M. Monster (Warner Bros.) Anyone who assumed, after perusing the ink already spilled over this, that Monster would sound like a... More >>

  • THE BLUEBIRD FLIES AGAIN

    published October 12, 1994

    Inside the Bluebird Theater on Thursday evening, October 6, not everything was quite ready to go. A by-invitation-only audience--consisting mainly... More >>

  • CHATTER MATTERS

    published October 5, 1994

    Ron Parrish, the publisher of Denver's first-ever newsletter devoted entirely to talk radio, says he's confident there are plenty of other locals... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published October 5, 1994

    Sinead O'Connor Universal Mother (Chrysalis) This album is so incredibly bad that it's actually something of an achievement. O'Connor... More >>

  • SPITTING IMAGE

    published October 5, 1994

    The career of the Psychedelic Furs followed a predictable pattern: two striking albums, two okay albums, two tremendously dull albums, breakup.... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published September 28, 1994

    Liz Phair Whip-Smart (Matador) Rock-critic types have treated the release of Whip-Smart with reverence suggestive of the second... More >>

  • HONOR THY AUTHORS

    published September 28, 1994

    A few years back (forever, in pop-culture time), tribute discs were mainly devoid of irony. Collections in which various vocalists or groups... More >>

  • AFTER THE BOARDWALK

    published September 28, 1994

    Ted Hawkins, age 57, has lived one hell of a life--and he's not finished yet. If Robert Johnson hadn't cashed in his chips at so young an age, his... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published September 21, 1994

    Eric Clapton From the Cradle (Reprise) This blues tribute disc was a good idea for three reasons: Much of Clapton's best work has been... More >>

  • THE SOUND OF D-TOWN

    published September 21, 1994

    Shatta Mejia is a teacher--in every sense of the word. A high-school-level instructor for the past three years, he works in an alternative program... More >>

  • CENSURING THE CENSOR

    published September 14, 1994

    Nearly two years after Denver Community Television (DCTV) refused to air one of his gay-themed programs, videographer Tony Palange has won a major... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published September 14, 1994

    Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots (Atlantic) It seems a little unfair to rag on the Pilots. I mean, there are ripoff artists in... More >>

  • JUST SAY AUTONO

    published September 14, 1994

    "At this point, there's a time concern," says Chuck Snow, leader of the AUTONO, Colorado Springs' best, and best-known, rock band. "I have to ask... More >>

  • COME TOGETHER--AGAIN

    published September 14, 1994

    As the summer of the supergroup reunion tours draws to a close, veteran rockers are counting up their winnings. Not everyone got richer quick: For... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published September 7, 1994

    Coolio It Takes a Thief (Tommy Boy) The old school strikes back. Coolio's bio sounds plenty contemporary--he's reportedly a former... More >>

  • THE ORIGINAL GINN

    published September 7, 1994

    Greg Ginn--the founder and creative force behind the pioneering Los Angeles punk band Black Flag and now an accomplished solo artist--has never... More >>

  • CHURCH PLEADS THE FIRST

    published August 31, 1994

    In legal matters involving disgruntled former teachers, the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver has won one and lost one. And the victory came when a... More >>

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