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  • Here Comes the Judge

    published March 27, 1997

    Never underestimate the power of a bad review. Judge Roughneck, widely regarded as Denver's premier ska ensemble, is living proof. Before winding... More >>

  • Playlist

    published March 27, 1997

    U2 Pop (Island) The hype, the hype, the hype. Regular reports over the course of a year about the making of U2's latest--who... More >>

  • Feedback

    published March 20, 1997

    A few days before the beginning of this year's South by Southwest Music Festival, I told vocalist Myshel Prasad, who was set to showcase with her... More >>

  • Name That Style

    published March 20, 1997

    The four men in the band Live are not what you'd call innovators: If they've ever had an original thought, they apparently have not seen fit to... More >>

  • A Different Shade of Blue

    published March 13, 1997

    For years locals have dreamed about a "Denver sound" that would help establish the Colorado musical universe in the minds of talent scouts and A&R... More >>

  • Feedback

    published March 13, 1997

    In last week's column, you read about claims that the Fort Collins Police Department exerted its muscle to prevent a February show by Denver's... More >>

  • Playlist

    published March 6, 1997

    jb3 Close Grind (NovaMute) When reviewers outside the techno press take to an electronic dance record, it's usually because... More >>

  • Sticky Fingers

    published March 6, 1997

    At last year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Boulder-based multi-instrumentalist Tony Furtado appeared between practically every act on the bill.... More >>

  • Feedback

    published March 6, 1997

    You may recall reading in the January 16 edition of Feedback about the plight of vocalist Jason Hyland Mather, a member of the band Won Lump Some,... More >>

  • Run, Reverend, Run

    published March 6, 1997

    "I don't worry about anything, because I'm a man of faith," says Joseph "Run" Simmons of Run-D.M.C., one of the acts most responsible for the rise... More >>

  • Playlist

    published February 27, 1997

    Built to Spill Perfect From Now On (Warner Bros.) Just when you thought the alterna-sound was completely played out, along... More >>

  • Feedback

    published February 27, 1997

    The reticence of area radio stations to play recordings by local artists isn't exactly a new problem--far from it. But Hakeem Abdul-Khaaliq is... More >>

  • Sister Act

    published February 27, 1997

    The enigmatic folk music of Kate & Anna McGarrigle has a certain darkness about it. A few songs on their most recent disc, Matapedia (issued late... More >>

  • Eye of the Storm

    published February 20, 1997

    Iris DeMent sounds a bit weary. Her first two albums, 1992's Infamous Angel and 1994's My Life, earned almost universal acclaim from critics... More >>

  • Feedback

    published February 20, 1997

    And now, the moment you've all been waiting for--the answers to last week's Grammy challenge ("Quiz Show," February 13). 1. B: Elvis Costello... More >>

  • Playlist

    published February 20, 1997

    Pat Boone No More Mr. Nice Guy (Hip-O) Jimmy Webb Ten Easy Pieces (Guardian) By most measures, rock and... More >>

  • Quiz Show

    published February 13, 1997

    The folks behind the Grammy Awards, which are scheduled to take place February 26 in New York City, like to think that their statuettes go to the... More >>

  • Feedback

    published February 13, 1997

    What's funny to one person may be offensive to someone else. That's a truism that's reiterated to me with every issue of Westword--and one with... More >>

  • Show Them the Money

    published February 6, 1997

    Ronnie DeVoe, one-sixth of the reunited New Edition, is all business--more or less. He's over two hours late for a scheduled telephone interview... More >>

  • Feedback

    published February 6, 1997

    Any resemblance between truck driver/country-and-Western vocalist Bub Taylor and Denver singer-songwriter Bob Tyler is purely logical--on the... More >>

  • Tricky vs. Metallica

    published January 30, 1997

    The financially disastrous concert season that was 1996 precipitated a rash of think pieces in which pundits attempted to explain why music fans... More >>

  • Feedback

    published January 30, 1997

    Anyone who doubts that our society is too obsessed with celebrities would have had his mind changed by the January 22 press conference at the... More >>

  • The Vinyl Solution

    published January 23, 1997

    The main floor of Mountain Coin, located in an industrial cube of a building on a lonely stretch of 62nd Avenue just west of Interstate 25, is... More >>

  • Feedback

    published January 23, 1997

    Because of various negative comments I made in print about the state of Denver radio late last year, I spent the month of December being... More >>

  • Feedback

    published January 16, 1997

    If you've been to an avant-garde jazz show in Denver during the past decade, you've probably seen Alex Lemski, the president and driving force... More >>

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