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  • Surviving the Sixties

    published August 7, 1997

    By New Year's Day of 1970, a hefty number of baby boomers were already nostalgic for the Sixties--and since then, they've kept their myth-making... More >>

  • Feedback

    published August 7, 1997

    Reviews of local recordings--and nothing but reviews of local recordings. Vicki Taylor, whose most recent platter is Out of the Blue, has a... More >>

  • Parental Guidance Suggested

    published July 31, 1997

    Even though Tim Prudhomme, vocalist and guitarist for Fuck, has been a card-carrying member of the music industry for several years, he insists... More >>

  • Feedback

    published July 31, 1997

    Last week in this space, I promised a batch of local reviews, and they'll show up eventually. But in the meantime, enjoy this tale of big stars,... More >>

  • Playlist

    published July 31, 1997

    Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever (Loud) Anyone who doubts that the Wu-Tang Clan has effectively made the transition from band to... More >>

  • Kids Say the Darnedest Things

    published July 24, 1997

    Youth fades. That's a given. But if you've got it, flaunt it. For the members of Bis, a staggeringly ebullient trio from Scotland, this bit... More >>

  • Feedback

    published July 24, 1997

    On the surface, the hip-hop revolution seems to be making precious little progress along the Denver-Boulder corridor. While national artists pass... More >>

  • Playlist

    published July 24, 1997

    Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape (Capitol) Like most of you out there, I figured that the self-titled debut by the Foo... More >>

  • Feedback

    published July 17, 1997

    For the first time in months, the Apples are back in town--but if you miss their appearance Sunday, July 20, at the Fox Theatre with Neutral Milk... More >>

  • Rooting Interest

    published July 17, 1997

    Ahmir Khalib-Thompson, aka ?uestlove, drummer and bandleader of the hip-hop combo called the Roots, has been among the few rap personalities to... More >>

  • Playlist

    published July 17, 1997

    Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars) When a band has been hyped as relentlessly as this one has, there's always a risk... More >>

  • Feedback

    published July 10, 1997

    The most recent Denver appearances by Spell, including a June 28 date at Seven South, were the band's first as a free agent in quite a while.... More >>

  • Blood Sport

    published July 10, 1997

    The artistic history of the twentieth century is dominated by the transformation of low art (creative enterprises that deliberately or... More >>

  • Feedback

    published July 3, 1997

    This week's Playlist (see page 82) looks at three veteran entertainers--Paul McCartney, James Taylor and John Fogerty--who see new recordings as... More >>

  • Another Dose of XTC

    published July 3, 1997

    The year was 1982, and Andy Partridge should have been on the cusp of stardom. Although the albums Drums and Wires and Black Sea (issued in 1979... More >>

  • Playlist

    published July 3, 1997

    John Fogerty Blue Moon Swamp (Warner Bros.) James Taylor Hourglass (Columbia) Paul McCartney Flaming... More >>

  • The Missing Link

    published June 19, 1997

    Link Wray is American to the bone. "I'm half Shawnee Indian, you know," he declares, his heavily accented voice imprinted with the unmistakable... More >>

  • Feedback

    published June 19, 1997

    A lot of folks have tried to stop Foreskin 500 over the years. Club owners occasionally refused to book the band, guardians of taste frequently... More >>

  • Simply the Tesh

    published June 12, 1997

    If I claimed that I would like not to bury John Tesh but to praise him, I would not be entirely truthful. But I do have to give him at least a... More >>

  • Feedback

    published June 12, 1997

    Keeping up with the doings of Colorado Public Radio (CPR) is like tracking a major corporation in a perpetual acquisition mode. The statewide... More >>

  • Playlist

    published June 5, 1997

    Mark Eitzel West (Warner Bros.) Eitzel is one of those guys who could shoot the president and still not end up on the nation's... More >>

  • Feedback

    published June 5, 1997

    In all likelihood, those of you who've not yet joined the computer revolution are blissfully unaware of the entertainment Web site competition... More >>

  • The Closing of the American Ear

    published June 5, 1997

    The late Christopher Wallace, who went by the names Biggie Smalls and the Notorious B.I.G., is represented on the Billboard roster of best-selling... More >>

  • Life With Fluffy

    published May 29, 1997

    Amanda Rootes, the aptly named platinum blonde who fronts the English punk outfit Fluffy, has something important on her agenda. She reveals,... More >>

  • Feedback

    published May 29, 1997

    Prior to Beck Hansen's May 22 appearance at Red Rocks, I had seen him give two of the worst performances of all time--the first in April 1994 at... More >>

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