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1998 Stories by Michael Roberts

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  • Bring Back That Sunny Day

    published October 8, 1998

    Sunny Day Real Estate is less a band than a psychodrama. Decisions aren't just made; they're agonized over. Relationships don't simply end; they... More >>

  • Father Cube

    published October 1, 1998

    O'Shea Jackson, known to friends and enemies alike as Ice Cube, has a daughter, a son and a stepson whose ages range from four to eleven. But... More >>

  • Feedback

    published October 1, 1998

    In this space last week, Don Howe, local head honcho for Cincinnati's Jacor Communications, which owns eight powerful radio stations in the... More >>

  • Say Unkle

    published September 24, 1998

    James Lavelle, the 24-year-old founder and president of England's Mo Wax Records, has an active fantasy life, and movies are his touchstone. The... More >>

  • Playlist

    published September 24, 1998

    Elliott Smith XO (Dreamworks) Considering the one-dimensional press Elliott Smith has been receiving of late, you can be... More >>

  • Feedback

    published September 24, 1998

    The fourth annual Westword Music Awards Showcase, held September 20 in LoDo, featured music of virtually every description, as well as a special... More >>

  • Feedback

    published September 17, 1998

    If you want to get technical, the Westword Music Awards Showcase guide at the center of this issue is an advertising supplement. But it's also the... More >>

  • Playlist

    published September 10, 1998

    Aceyalone A Book of Human Language (Project Blowed) Why do so many artists choose to take the path of least resistance? The... More >>

  • Going to W.A.R.?

    published September 10, 1998

    The building at 2401 Broadway in Boulder doesn't blend into the scenery. Designed by the late architect Charles Haertling, whose "mushroom house"... More >>

  • Feedback

    published September 10, 1998

    Howard Stern is capable of turning a radio market upside down faster than any other single on-air personality. Although he's been involved in... More >>

  • Playlist

    published September 3, 1998

    Hole Celebrity Skin (Geffen) When a colleague of mine who'd heard an advance copy of this disc told me that it was essentially a... More >>

  • He's Big in Japan

    published September 3, 1998

    Bernie Worrell knew that listeners outside the United States had long treated classic American music more honorably than had those within it.... More >>

  • Feedback

    published September 3, 1998

    The January 15, 1998, edition of this column introduced you to Big Pauli & Mr. V-Lo, a spinoff from the Denver hip-hop act Deuce Mob ("Join the... More >>

  • Feedback

    published August 27, 1998

    Those of us who grew up as fans of punk and alternative music always have our radar up, and as a result, we can sense a sellout a mile off. When,... More >>

  • My Seven Hours With Lilith

    published August 27, 1998

    HOUR ONE: It's 3:20 p.m. on August 23, and within seconds of arriving at Fiddler's Green, where the Lilith Fair is taking place, the phrase... More >>

  • Feedback

    published August 20, 1998

    On page 88 of this issue, you'll find the first ballot for the 1998 edition of the Westword Music Awards Showcase, which takes place at seven... More >>

  • Native Intelligence

    published August 20, 1998

    It was exciting news that Robbie Robertson was scheduled to perform on August 20 at Boulder's Fox Theatre as part of a showcase tied into the... More >>

  • The Spice of Life

    published August 13, 1998

    As I was trying to keep my head above the torrent of hormones that was flooding Fiddler's Green during the August 5 Spice Girls concert, I found... More >>

  • Feedback

    published August 13, 1998

    While going through my late father-in-law's album collection recently, I chanced upon the platter above--archaeological evidence that Peggy Lee... More >>

  • Beyond the Fugees

    published August 6, 1998

    When last we checked in with Wyclef Jean ("Rhymes of Passion," March 21, 1996), he was desperately trying to remain on his feet in spite of the... More >>

  • Feedback

    published August 6, 1998

    Here at Westword, we joke about the so-called Best of Denver curse. The mythology goes something like this: As soon as we give an award to a... More >>

  • On the Money

    published July 30, 1998

    When asked whether he likes Hello Nasty, the latest album by the Beastie Boys, singer-songwriter/keyboardist Mark Ramos Nishita, aka Money Mark,... More >>

  • Feedback

    published July 30, 1998

    How difficult is it for a local artist to get a song played on a commercial radio station? For the answer, consider the following cautionary tale,... More >>

  • They Haven't Gone Blind--Yet

    published July 23, 1998

    "I don't want to say we're porn rock," says J.J. Nobody, vocalist and bassist for the Colorado Springs-based punk band called the Nobodys. "But... More >>

  • Keen Thinking

    published July 23, 1998

    Long before he could play a lick, Robert Earl Keen was penning songs. He just didn't know it at the time. "I've always written rhyming... More >>

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