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  • The Unreal World

    published March 14, 1996

    Denver-based singer-songwriter Rebecca Blasband shakes her head. "It's a terrible thing to be famous and broke," she says. She should know.... More >>

  • Playlist

    published March 7, 1996

    The Buckets The Buckets (Slow River) Charlie Chesterman Studebakersfield (Slow River) With the Nashville... More >>

  • Feedback

    published March 7, 1996

    The Denver radio market is like an especially perverse game of Monopoly. Earlier this month, Cincinnati-based Jacor Communications... More >>

  • The Little Mermen

    published March 7, 1996

    As Jim Thomas, string-shredder for the guitar-crazy California trio called the Mermen, is being fetched to the phone for an interview, Mermen... More >>

  • Rock's Roles

    published February 29, 1996

    Sidney Louie Gunter settles into an overstuffed chair in the living room of his spectacular Golden home and stakes his claim to pop-cultural... More >>

  • Feedback

    published February 29, 1996

    Kurt Ohlen is a rockabilly connoisseur. He works at Wax Trax's oldies branch, collects rockabilly recordings and fronts his own authentic... More >>

  • Playlist

    published February 29, 1996

    Terry Allen Human Remains (Sugar Hill) Allen, a country songwriter and Lubbock native who's earned critical acclaim and... More >>

  • The Three Faces of Bobby

    published February 22, 1996

    "It's the singer, not the song" is a phrase the average critic applies too narrowly. The expression is generally hauled out of mothballs to... More >>

  • Feedback

    published February 22, 1996

    Meet Joe Christ. Mr. Christ, as the New York Times would refer to him, is a musician and filmmaker to whom the term "notorious" may safely... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published February 14, 1996

    Salif Keita "Folon"...the Past (Mango) Observers who argue that blending music from different regions or cultures can't help but... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published February 14, 1996

    The 'Vengers, Friday, February 16, at Soapy Smith's, make music that's tough to sit through: The combination of their burbling ska riddims,... More >>

  • JOIN THE MOB

    published February 14, 1996

    "I hear they've got some phat rides in Japan," says Paul Lopez, aka Pauli P, half of the Denver rap duo called Deuce Mob. "Yeah, they're... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published February 7, 1996

    Pizzicato Five The Sound of Music by Pizzicato Five (Matador) Self-conscious camp is a volatile commodity. If practitioners of same... More >>

  • LEMMY AT FIFTY

    published February 7, 1996

    The morning after, Lemmy Kilmister, age fifty, is doing his best to remember the night before. As usual, Lemmy's band, Motorhead, is on... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published February 7, 1996

    Celeste Krenz, Saturday, February 10, at the Bluebird Theater, with the Tyler Brothers, is slowly but surely gaining acceptance from a notoriously... More >>

  • DAHL PARTS

    published January 31, 1996

    part 1 of 3 What was left of forty-year-old Jeff Dahl was placed in an incinerator, reduced to ash and poured into a modest urn. That... More >>

  • DAHL PARTS TWO

    published January 31, 1996

    part 2 of 3 Jonathan had spent most of 1990 talking about Jeff, and his conversation with Mrs. Watson convinced him that he was closer to... More >>

  • DAHL PARTS THREE

    published January 31, 1996

    part 3 of 3 At first, Michelle says, everything was perfect. Jeff displayed his sensitivity, his humor, his good-heartedness. But he was... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published January 31, 1996

    Genius/GZA Liquid Swords (Geffen) Hip-hop's in a bad place right now. There's still plenty of kick left in the style, but by using up... More >>

  • SINGLE VISION

    published January 31, 1996

    Damon Albarn, lead singer and songwriter for England's Blur, is sitting on a London film set, where the video for his band's next single,... More >>

  • THE MAGNIFICENT FIVE

    published January 31, 1996

    Since 1986, Niwot-based banjoist and bandleader Pete Wernick has been president of the International Bluegrass Association, located in scenic... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published January 31, 1996

    Colcannon, Sunday, February 4, at the Left Hand Grange Hall in Niwot, makes Celtic folk music of an especially passionate and moving stripe, and... More >>

  • HIT PICK

    published January 24, 1996

    Gladhand, Saturday, January 27, at the Mercury Cafe, is made up of five rather modest folks: The closest thing to a boast bassist Mike Brown can... More >>

  • KRIS AND TELL

    published January 24, 1996

    In last year's made-for-cable movie Tad, Kris Kristofferson portrayed Abraham Lincoln. Given his strong, rough-hewn features, stern mannerisms and... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published January 24, 1996

    Tom Russell, with Nancy Cook, Saturday, January 27, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is another of those artists who's discovered that the gap between... More >>

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