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  • THE JACKSON FAMILY DISHONORS

    published April 20, 1994

    In February NBC aired a show dubbed The Jackson Family Honors, whose real purpose was to demonstrate that the Jackson family--parents Joseph and... More >>

  • TALK ISN'T CHEAP

    published April 13, 1994

    From the start, the fight for control of talk-radio station KNUS-AM/710 has seemed like a nineteenth-century melodrama--a crusty rich guy who's... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published April 13, 1994

    Otis Rush Ain't Enough Comin' In (This Way Up/Mercury) If you're curious as to what blues aficionados mean when they describe guitar... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published April 13, 1994

    Beck, Friday, April 15, at Ground Zero, has presented a quandary to music-scene observers. They wonder: Is he the new Bob Dylan or the Vanilla Ice... More >>

  • SUICIDE IS BRAINLESS

    published April 13, 1994

    Fans are comparing him to dead rock stars of the past. Commentators are claiming that his demise stands as the perfect symbol for a generation... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published April 6, 1994

    Ted Hawkins The Next Hundred Years (DGC) You would be perfectly justified in assuming that any good reviews given this album would be... More >>

  • HOUSES OF THE MOLDY

    published April 6, 1994

    Oh, my God! They're coming back! Yes, the bands that ruled the touring circuit during the Seventies and Eighties are returning this summer... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published March 30, 1994

    Elvis Costello Brutal Youth (Warner Bros.) Of course you've read those interviews in which Mr. McManus has claimed that this reunion... More >>

  • EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN

    published March 30, 1994

    There undoubtedly are some artists from days gone by whose out-of-print recordings haven't been reissued in the past year, but I'll be damned if I... More >>

  • THE QUIET MAN

    published March 30, 1994

    David Roback, the guitarist and conceptualist behind the mood band Mazzy Star, doesn't reveal much about himself--and you get the feeling that... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published March 30, 1994

    Acetone, Friday, April 1, at the Boulder Theater, is opening for Mazzy Star during its upcoming appearance in Colorado, but the band is more than... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published March 23, 1994

    Beck Mellow Gold (DGC) Yes, this is a complete mess: sloppy, sometimes incoherent, always erratic. Yet these very qualities make Beck... More >>

  • LOVE AND ROCKETS

    published March 23, 1994

    Julie Derby, bassist and lead singer for the melodic, hard-driving Denver band Love Sandwich, isn't your average alternative rocker. Sure,... More >>

  • TOTALLY TUBULAR

    published March 16, 1994

    The 500-channel future of television begins at Chatfield High. In a downstairs classroom of the Littleton school, home of the Chatfield... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published March 16, 1994

    Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral (Nothing/TVT/Interscope) There's nothing you can do to make Trent Reznor happy. Give him a million... More >>

  • GRAND OLD PUNKERS

    published March 16, 1994

    Johnny Ramone is a Republican. Actually, Johnny prefers the term "conservative American," but in a pinch, "Republican" is fine by him. And... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published March 9, 1994

    Richard Thompson Mirror Blue (Capitol) What a bizarre fix Richard Thompson is in. This extraordinary guitarist, vocalist and... More >>

  • DEAR IGGY

    published March 9, 1994

    Iggy Pop's address is Planetarium Station, P.O. Box 482, 127 West 83rd Street, New York, New York, 10024-0482. For fans, this is an important... More >>

  • THE DEVIL MADE HIM DO IT

    published March 2, 1994

    Fiery talk-show host Bob Larson has spent most of his career battling Satan. But over the past several years, he also has been under attack from a... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published March 2, 1994

    James Blood Ulmer Blues Preacher (DIW/Columbia) Ulmer's music has always been an acquired taste, and he's never seemed that interested... More >>

  • RETURN TO GENDER

    published March 2, 1994

    Given the deluge of so-called new-music acts lately, it's no wonder many of them sound the same. It seems that too many of these performers are so... More >>

  • THE GRANDMA AWARDS

    published March 2, 1994

    The Grammy Awards--or the "Grandma Awards," as the Beatles dubbed them in the mid-Sixties--have been around for 35 years, yet they continue to be... More >>

  • CARTER COUNTRY

    published February 23, 1994

    The time was 1978, and Carlene Carter was young, nervy and unafraid to say anything at any time. Her debut album, a self-titled affair released by... More >>

  • EXPERIENCE NOT NEEDED

    published February 16, 1994

    On a lovely evening last May, Dennis Powell and the other teachers and administrators at Denver's Machebeuf Catholic High School attended an... More >>

  • SCHOOL'S OUT

    published February 16, 1994

    For years, former residents of the neighborhood wiped out by Denver's Auraria campus in the 1970s have claimed that authorities stiffed them out... More >>

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