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1998 Stories by Michael Roberts

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  • Summer of Love

    published May 14, 1998

    Most of the biggest shows of the summer concert lineup are headlined by stars from the Sixties and Seventies or by Nineties artists who sound like... More >>

  • Feedback

    published May 14, 1998

    If you're not a record-industry insider, news that the Association for Independent Music convention is being held in Denver from Wednesday, May... More >>

  • Feedback

    published May 7, 1998

    'Tis the season for the announcement of summer concerts--and usually by the time they make it into print, the details surrounding them are fairly... More >>

  • Playlist

    published May 7, 1998

    Ray Wonder Good Music (Nons Records) Daybehavior Adored (Nons Records) Ask most American listeners what they... More >>

  • Harvest Time

    published May 7, 1998

    Death is a big part of Cheri Knight's life. A former member of the Blood Oranges, an acclaimed but obscure roots band that dropped off the branch... More >>

  • Feedback

    published April 30, 1998

    A lot of people have done a lot of whining about Ticketmaster, the monolithic firm that Pearl Jam attacked several years ago. However, most people... More >>

  • Playlist

    published April 30, 1998

    Tortoise TNT (Thrill Jockey) The next time a musician tells you that the reason he's recycling other people's sounds is that... More >>

  • Breaking Up Is Easy to Do

    published April 30, 1998

    David Fox knows a thing or two about the high mortality rate of Denver bands. Fox, a longtime booster of Denver music, co-founded Alley... More >>

  • Playlist

    published April 23, 1998

    Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge) You've read a lot in these pages about the Elephant 6 collective and... More >>

  • Feedback

    published April 23, 1998

    The current issue of Rolling Stone suggests that Internet radio is worth noticing mainly because it's providing a new forum for old-fashioned... More >>

  • Rock of Ages

    published April 23, 1998

    On the way to the Aerosmith concert at McNichols Arena on April 20, I told my beloved companion that the crowd would likely be populated entirely... More >>

  • Feedback

    published April 16, 1998

    A block of local reviews that's totally solid. The Damn Shambles, recently profiled in these pages ("Bar Bands of the World, Unite,"... More >>

  • Jim of All Trades

    published April 16, 1998

    Singer-songwriter Jim White's life has a made-up quality about it. Among the reasons is his colorful way with descriptions; his anecdotes are... More >>

  • Feedback

    published April 9, 1998

    For years, Lord of Word and the Disciples of Bass has been considered one of the local bands most likely to sign with a major label and burst into... More >>

  • The Gospel According to Ben Harper

    published April 9, 1998

    Singer-songwriter Ben Harper is very serious about his job, and he expects others to feel the same way. Which means that when it comes to dealing... More >>

  • Lord Knows

    published April 2, 1998

    Mary Lou Lord has a lot of heroes, including Elliott Smith and Shawn Colvin. But the act whose career she would most like to emulate is more... More >>

  • Playlist

    published April 2, 1998

    Cappadonna The Pillage (Razor Sharp Records/Epic) Killah Priest Heavy Mental (Geffen) As an experiment, I... More >>

  • Feedback

    published April 2, 1998

    Each week, record companies of all shapes and sizes release an avalanche of product, and doing so isn't cheap. The cost of servicing hundreds or... More >>

  • Double Trouble

    published March 26, 1998

    The federal law enforcement officer lurking around the downtown studio of KHOW-AM/630 pleads to remain anonymous. Not that he's doing anything... More >>

  • Feedback

    published March 26, 1998

    When it comes to the South by Southwest Music Conference, bigger isn't necessarily better. This year's model, which ran from Wed-nesday,... More >>

  • Playlist

    published March 26, 1998

    Zeke Kicked in the Teeth (Epitaph) You know rock and roll is in sad shape when Smashing Pumpkins takes home a Grammy for Best... More >>

  • Vanilla on Ice

    published March 26, 1998

    Jimmy Hoffa seems like a more plausible candidate for a comeback than Vanilla Ice. The once and former Robert Van Winkle briefly ruled the... More >>

  • Feedback

    published March 19, 1998

    Ever since the 1992 birth of Rorschach Test, a onetime Denver band now situated in Seattle, James Baker--initially known by the memorable moniker... More >>

  • Playlist

    published March 19, 1998

    Ani DiFranco Little Plastic Castle (Righteous Babe) One of my colleagues suggested that DiFranco is better than most of her... More >>

  • In Praise of Madonna

    published March 19, 1998

    It's easy to understand why most critics are reluctant to praise Madonna. After all, practically everything she does can be read two... More >>

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