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  • THE GOODS

    published December 27, 1995

    part 1 of 2 Far be it from us to contradict Frank Sinatra, but in many ways, it was not a very good year. Commercial music stagnated to... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published December 27, 1995

    Ozzy Osbourne, with Korn, Monday, December 31, at McNichols Arena, has reneged on his retirement, and who can blame him? During his gory days with... More >>

  • THE GOODS

    published December 27, 1995

    part 2 of 2 FOLK Arcady, Many Happy Returns A lot of Irish music is dour; its obsession with questions of mortality and faith can... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published December 27, 1995

    Brethren Fast, Saturday, December 30, at Cricket on the Hill, is well named. The threesome is built on the guitar of Don Messina and bass-ic... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published December 20, 1995

    Foreskin 500, Tuesday, December 26, at the Bluebird Theater, should shake you out of the post-holiday doldrums. The boys, who've been known to air... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published December 20, 1995

    Spell, with Fox Force 5, Friday, December 22, at the Bluebird Theater, hasn't achieved the national breakthrough for which many locals were... More >>

  • MUSIC BY FAMOUS PEOPLE

    published December 20, 1995

    part 2 of 2 Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball (Elektra) Harris has an exquisite voice that's especially moving when contrasted with... More >>

  • MUSIC BY FAMOUS PEOPLE

    published December 20, 1995

    part 1 of 2 The Beatles Anthology, Volume 1 (Capitol/Apple) Anyone who expects this to be filled with fresh revelations is... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published December 13, 1995

    Ken Nordine Colors (Asphodel) Of all the discs released during the high-water-mark year of 1967, this is among the most obscure--and... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published December 13, 1995

    The Throttlemen, with the Hillbilly Hellcats, Thursday, December 14, at the Bluebird Theater, is the latest vehicle whose pedal Denver rock... More >>

  • JUST SAY NOEL

    published December 13, 1995

    It's not easy to make creative holiday music. Writing a seasonal classic is all but impossible; besides, it takes years to know if you've... More >>

  • VELVETY GOODNESS

    published December 13, 1995

    Acting like you're famous while you're still a relative unknown often can lead to actual fame. That's a lesson many performers never learn,... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published December 6, 1995

    Meat Puppets No Joke! (London) For the Meat Puppets, the key has always been striking the right balance. When the Kirkwood brothers,... More >>

  • ANTHRAX FIGHTS A NEW DISEASE

    published December 6, 1995

    Trends always have risen and/or vanished quickly in the pop-music universe, but seldom as viciously as right now. Metal is a case in point. Since... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published December 6, 1995

    Baldo Rex, with Boss 302, Friday, December 8, at the Lion's Lair, hasn't yet taken the nation by storm because of a single, fatal flaw:... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published December 6, 1995

    George Clinton, Thursday and Friday, December 7 and 8, at the Fox Theatre, and Friday, December 9, at the Ogden, may not create at the furious... More >>

  • BABES IN SLUMBERLAND

    published December 6, 1995

    Kat Bjelland, the leader of the post-punk threesome Babes in Toyland, is paying for her good times. The previous weekend, at the end of a... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published November 29, 1995

    Henry Rollins, Saturday, December 2, at the Ogden Theatre, takes pride in selling out, so long as he does it his way. Whereas most old-school... More >>

  • WHO'S THE BOSS

    published November 29, 1995

    Boss Hog leader Cristina Martinez has no intention of exploiting her sexuality to make a living. After all, she's already done enough of... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published November 22, 1995

    Windowpane, with Benjamina Ficus Exotica, Saturday, November 25, at the Lion's Lair, has a new drummer: Kenny Ortiz, the man with the sticks in... More >>

  • POUR BOY

    published November 22, 1995

    Avoiding any mention of alcohol during a chat with Shane MacGowan would be as stupid as neglecting to ask Elizabeth Taylor about marriage,... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published November 15, 1995

    Green Day Insomniac (Reprise) In the press biography sent to reviewers with this CD, flack Ben Weasel (a nom de plume, perhaps?)... More >>

  • FOND O' WANDA

    published November 15, 1995

    Plenty of people have fantasized about the young, virile, mid-Fifties Elvis Presley. But Wanda Jackson, who can make a persuasive claim for being... More >>

  • TAKING YOUR LUMPS

    published November 15, 1995

    The bar crawlers gathered at Herman's Hideaway this brisk Friday night in October know exactly what they want: accessible funk grooves, catchy... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published November 15, 1995

    Brutal Juice, with Neurosis and GWAR, Sunday, November 19, at the Ogden Theatre, is not what you'd call a good date band: The name of the... More >>

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