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  • Your Friends and Neighbors

    published December 31, 1998

    Last week Westword published a mammoth roster of 1998's top national CDs--but locals have put out some impressive recordings during that same... More >>

  • Feedback

    published December 31, 1998

    Scott Strong, interim program director for KXPK-FM/96.5 (the Peak), says he had been planning to issue a press release announcing his decision to... More >>

  • Year-End Close-Out

    published December 24, 1998

    The following list of favorite albums from 1998 is, to use a technical term, pretty damn big. Here's how it came to be. Each year, I... More >>

  • Feedback

    published December 17, 1998

    Local recordings of note--or at least ones that feature notes. Nowhere in the biography of Shankis, whose disc is called Tales From... More >>

  • Tommy LeeUncensored!

    published December 17, 1998

    Today, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee owns the most famous penis on the Internet--but his generously proportioned man part wasn't the source of his... More >>

  • Playlist

    published December 17, 1998

    Jewel Spirit (Atlantic) In the current edition of Rolling Stone, journalist Neil Strauss tries to portray Jewel Kilcher, who... More >>

  • Feedback

    published December 10, 1998

    Find herein a six-pack of information nuggets. They're bite-sized--and the NBA owners haven't locked them out. Nugget 1: Denver's Soak is... More >>

  • Christmas Packages

    published December 10, 1998

    Most boomers grew up in households that were Christmas-album deprived. Their parents had only a couple of seasonal platters (something by the... More >>

  • Feedback

    published December 3, 1998

    Don't get me wrong: I have no intention of claiming that chain music stores of the oversized variety are entirely bad. For folks living in the... More >>

  • The Major and the Minor

    published December 3, 1998

    Alanis Morissette Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Maverick/Reprise) When it comes to Morissette, there's definitely such a... More >>

  • Are You Sure Hank Done It That Way?

    published November 26, 1998

    Country music in the Nineties is Alan Jackson inexplicably hyping Ford trucks via a rewritten version of "Mercury Blues," a venerable number... More >>

  • Feedback

    published November 19, 1998

    In all likelihood, my November 5 article on Rick James had nothing to do with his recent hospitalization--but just in case it did, I'm sorry.... More >>

  • Two for the Future

    published November 19, 1998

    "Let's face it--negativity sells records," says Taboo, one of the three emcees behind Black Eyed Peas. "It's wack, but it does. Negativity sells... More >>

  • Feedback

    published November 12, 1998

    It's a local-recording blitzkrieg. Look out below. Grace is a project built around the songs of longtime Denver scenester Tom Mestnik and... More >>

  • Monster Mash

    published November 12, 1998

    Dave Wyndorf, the lead singer for Monster Magnet, has heard the snickers from snooty, pretentious reviewers who dismiss his band as the real-life... More >>

  • Feedback

    published November 5, 1998

    The 1997-98 Denver concert-promotion war has led to a handful of casualties: For instance, booker Jeff Krump lost his position at Jacor Concerts... More >>

  • On the Good Foot

    published November 5, 1998

    When Rick James was at the height of his fame, he was a super freak. When he was addicted to cocaine and crack, he was a super freak, too--so... More >>

  • Feedback

    published October 29, 1998

    At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, people in Denver and Boulder will find another choice on their radio dials. KVCU-AM/1190 (aka Radio 1190), a... More >>

  • A Phish Tale

    published October 29, 1998

    In conversation, bassist Mike Gordon sounds exactly as a member of Phish should. He's relentlessly pleasant, and modest, too. Whenever he offers a... More >>

  • Getting Big

    published October 22, 1998

    How powerful is Big Jon Platt? Powerful enough to convince rapper and current Rolling Stone cover boy Jay-Z to take time out of the best week of... More >>

  • Feedback

    published October 22, 1998

    Scott Strong, the interim program director at KXPK-FM/96.5 (the Peak), won't confirm that the station for which he's working has experienced a... More >>

  • The Hype Report

    published October 15, 1998

    Search the Internet for information about the average band and you're likely to wind up with sometimes a lot, sometimes a little. Do the same for... More >>

  • Feedback

    published October 15, 1998

    Because of a ticket snafu, a representative of Universal Concerts led me through the bowels of McNichols Arena just before the start of the Family... More >>

  • Playlist

    published October 15, 1998

    Low owL remix (Caroline) Songs for a Dead Pilot (Kranky) The three ultra-minimalists in Low (who appear with the... More >>

  • Feedback

    published October 8, 1998

    The Minders are no longer one of the best bands in Denver. Just a week or so prior to the appearance of Hooray for Tuesday, the act's charming... More >>

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