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  • PRODIGAL SON

    published August 16, 1995

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more relentlessly upbeat person than Philip Bailey. Give the 44-year-old Denver native a chance to gripe about the... More >>

  • SALEM'S TRIALS

    published August 16, 1995

    "I tend not to read my own press," says singer-songwriter/guitarist Kevin Salem, from a standard-issue room at a Motel 6 somewhere in North... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published August 9, 1995

    Red Aunts #1 Chicken (Epitaph) Brutal Juice Mutilation Makes Identification Difficult (Interscope) The first thing you... More >>

  • THE VH1-ING OF AMERICAN MUSIC

    published August 9, 1995

    When VH1 went on the air ten years ago, the network was rightly seen as a graying version of its sister channel, MTV. Programmers there attempted... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published August 9, 1995

    Gray Parade, with Lithium Grin and Bustopher Jones, Tuesday, August 15, at 13th Avenue Bar and Grill, isn't a band that's going to bludgeon you... More >>

  • PHAR OUT

    published August 9, 1995

    Derrick Stewart, aka Fatlip, is not about to explode any myths. The members of his group, the Pharcyde, have a reputation as crazy, good-humored... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published August 2, 1995

    Charlie Haden, Thursday, August 3, at the Denver Botanic Gardens, has quietly had one of the most distinguished careers in the short history of... More >>

  • BIG TRANE

    published August 2, 1995

    The music that makes up John Coltrane: Heavyweight Champion--The Complete Atlantic Recordings, a six-CD boxed set due for release in mid-August on... More >>

  • GREAT SKA

    published July 26, 1995

    Although ska may be an exceedingly vibrant and energetic force, it's not a new one. In fact, the roots of the music are practically the same age... More >>

  • LIBRE FOR ALL

    published July 26, 1995

    "That movie The Mambo Kings? That was a lot of Hollywood bull," says Andy Gonzales, bassist and musical director for Latin music purveyors Manny... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published July 19, 1995

    Soul Asylum Let Your Dim Light Shine (Columbia) Back in the days when Say What You Will... and Made to Be Broken (from 1984 and 1986,... More >>

  • NATURE'S WAY

    published July 19, 1995

    Kansas senator Bob Dole's recent attack on popular culture has garnered largely favorable responses despite his blatantly political motivations... More >>

  • DAVE'S WORLD

    published July 19, 1995

    Boulder-based singer-songwriter Dave Gershen isn't shy about making grandiloquent statements. For instance, he says, "A couple of years ago, I had... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published July 12, 1995

    Truman's Water Milktrain to Paydirt (Homestead) You can't describe Truman's Water as just another punk band--not when the closest... More >>

  • STICK A FORK IN IT

    published July 12, 1995

    David Yow tried everything. The lead singer for the Jesus Lizard, second on the lineup at the Lollapalooza Festival (which stopped at Fiddler's... More >>

  • LET THE BAD VIBES ROLLSON OF A GUN--WHO'S THE REAL CAJUN ON THE BAYOU?

    published July 5, 1995

    Be warned, Cajun music enthusiasts: If you live in Colorado, you're not hearing the genuine item. At least that's the contention of... More >>

  • PLAYING IT COOLIO

    published July 5, 1995

    Gangsta-rap performers who've led lives of crime have a leg up in the street credibility game. Snoop Doggy Dogg (soon to be tried for murder) and... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published June 21, 1995

    Perez Prado Mondo Mambo! The Best of Perez Prado and His Orchestra (RCA/Rhino) Various Artists Mambo Mania! The Kings & Queens of... More >>

  • CRITICS' CHOICE

    published June 21, 1995

    If you're wondering why Austin-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist K. (for Kathy) McCarty has won the hearts of so many music journalists, bend... More >>

  • THE CASSANDRA CROSSOVER

    published June 21, 1995

    Cassandra Wilson is a big fan of Cassandra Wilson. When asked how she's able to appeal to both Kenny G listeners and the Ornette Coleman followers... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published June 14, 1995

    The Apples Fun Trick Noisemaker (spinART) Last year, Apples frontman Robert Schneider told Westword he wanted to write "uplifting"... More >>

  • CRIMSON TIDE

    published June 14, 1995

    "Because I've been in King Crimson and Yes and Genesis," says Bill Bruford, among the planet's best-known drummers, "I always get the stuff about... More >>

  • STRETCHING OUT

    published June 14, 1995

    Justine Frischmann, the lead vocalist and guitarist for England's Elastica, has been hearing the comments since her quartet came to public... More >>

  • ADVENTURE TO NOWHERE

    published June 7, 1995

    Judged on the most superficial level possible, KTCL's Big Adventure, a music festival staged on June 3 at Fiddler's Green, was a good deal. The... More >>

  • THE LAST ANGRY MONKEE

    published June 7, 1995

    You can't blame Micky Dolenz for being cranky. After all, he's sitting in a hotel room in Rochester, New York, where he's currently appearing in a... More >>

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