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  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published June 22, 1994

    Gil Scott-Heron, Friday, June 24, at the Ogden Theatre, may not be the father of rap music, but he's certainly been a major influence on those... More >>

  • SUCKING IN THE SEVENTIES

    published June 22, 1994

    For anyone who thought that punk rock would destroy the popular music of the Seventies, last week was an enormous repudiation. The Eagles, who... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published June 15, 1994

    Cynic, Monday, June 20, at the Gothic Theatre, with Cannibal Corpse and Sinister, looks like your standard-issue death-rock act, from the players'... More >>

  • BECK TO THE FUTURE

    published June 15, 1994

    For Beck, the backlash is in full swing. There's no telling when--or whom--this kind of adverse reaction will strike, but the last two... More >>

  • LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN

    published June 15, 1994

    In promotional materials intended to hype its latest album, Mustang Lightning is called "unmistakably the most energetic and hard-driving band to... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published June 8, 1994

    David Byrne David Byrne (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.) Apparently this is the season for faded new-wave stars to search for their roots.... More >>

  • KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

    published June 8, 1994

    Although rap music became commercially viable only a few short years ago, the style itself has been around in one form or another since at least... More >>

  • BACK TO THE BEACH

    published June 8, 1994

    Mike Love: The name conjures up a particularly Californian image of sun, fun, peace and happiness. If Love, the longtime vocal anchor of the... More >>

  • FRETTING ABOUT MEANING

    published June 1, 1994

    In 1989 the life of fortysomething anthropologist Rebecca McSwain was changed by MTV. "The video of `Dr. Feelgood' by Motley Crue really... More >>

  • THE BITCHES ARE BACK

    published June 1, 1994

    Many of you men and women out there probably think "bitch" is a bad word. According to the members of the punk quartet 7 Year Bitch, you're... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published May 25, 1994

    Kokane Funk Upon a Rhyme (Ruthless/Relativity) I admit it: When I saw the cover of this album, I figured that the disc would bite. The... More >>

  • PLAYING IT COOL

    published May 25, 1994

    Sweet De, the lead voice for Denver's Cool eMCees, is at the microphone at Aurora's Platinum Studio, freestyling a new set of rhymes meant to... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published May 18, 1994

    Maggie Estep No More Mister Nice Girl (NuYo/Imago) Calling Ms. Estep a spoken-word artist is tantamount to describing Richard Nixon as... More >>

  • ALL HAIL DICK DALE

    published May 18, 1994

    After asking guitarist Dick Dale a question, hold on. This rock-instrumental innovator, this creator of surf rock, this influential wild man... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published May 18, 1994

    Barkmarket, with Spongehead, Tuesday, May 24, at Seven South, is a band that inspires strong opinions. Relatively meek listeners likely will hate... More >>

  • PUBLISH AND PERISH

    published May 11, 1994

    Last year, Bert Matthews had to fight the City of Denver and the Colorado Rockies for the right to hawk The Homestand Flier, the baseball-themed... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published May 11, 1994

    John Trudell Johnny Damas and Me (Rykodisc) No getting around it: Trudell is dogmatic, didactic and driven to say more about most... More >>

  • PAINT IT BROWN

    published May 11, 1994

    Greg Brown has a strange effect on people. At first hearing, Brown seems to be a typical folksinger, albeit one with a fine eye for detail.... More >>

  • LESS IS MORPHINE

    published May 11, 1994

    In the early Seventies, singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman penned "Roadrunner," one of the great pop songs of all time. Entranced by the tune's... More >>

  • SPELLBOUNDWILL SPELL FINALLY PUT DENVER ON THE ROCK-MUSIC MAP? CASTING A SPELL

    published May 4, 1994

    Garrett Shavlik can't help himself. Drummer Shavlik is talking about Spell, a trio believed by practically everyone who's heard them to be... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published April 27, 1994

    Gil Scott-Heron Spirits (TVT) Gang Starr Hard to Earn (Chrysalis/ERG) You can bet that the members of Gang Starr have worn... More >>

  • THE QUILL THING

    published April 27, 1994

    John Quill sits in his smallish apartment-cum-recording studio in southeast Denver and tries to explain why he's been producing the weekly radio... More >>

  • KNOW BUDDIES

    published April 20, 1994

    When Leonard Fahrni says he reads Playboy for the magazine's articles, you can believe him. Fahrni does indeed read Playboy--and Entertainment... More >>

  • THE SECRET FORMULA

    published April 20, 1994

    When my wife and I were planning to have a second child, we didn't give much thought to what we would feed him or her--we naively thought that... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published April 20, 1994

    Hole Live Through This (DGC) After weighing what we've learned from the celebrity press (now there's a reliable source), it seems... More >>

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