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1999 Stories by Michael Roberts

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  • Playlist

    published July 15, 1999

    Cibo Matto Stereo Type A (Warner Bros.) The latest serving from Cibo Matto has a tough meal to follow. The band's debut, 1996's... More >>

  • Feedback

    published July 15, 1999

    Dick Weissman, who's lived in Denver since 1972, is a performer, the chairman of the music and entertainment studies department at the University... More >>

  • Long Live the Revolution

    published July 15, 1999

    When musical superlatives are dished out, they usually come with qualifiers attached--the greatest rock and roll group, the top hip-hop act, and... More >>

  • More Songs of the Century

    published July 8, 1999

    Last week in this space, we took a musical trip through the first half of the twentieth century--one tune at a time. This week the journey... More >>

  • Feedback

    published July 8, 1999

    Teletunes is one of the longest-running music-video programs in the country: It began appearing on PBS affiliate KBDI-TV/Channel 12 under the... More >>

  • Songs of the Century

    published July 1, 1999

    Mathematicians know the next millennium doesn't begin until January 1, 2001, but at this point, that hardly matters: The citizenry at large has... More >>

  • Feedback

    published July 1, 1999

    A lot has changed in downtown Denver over the past two decades or so, but there's been at least one constant: Soapy Smith's Eagle Bar, at 1317... More >>

  • Feedback

    published June 17, 1999

    Here's a statement that demonstrates a keen grasp of the obvious: Most local record companies fail because of a lack of money. Realizing this,... More >>

  • Playlist

    published June 17, 1999

    Argan South Moroccan Motor Berber (Barbarity) I know that a lot of you have been burned by world music: You've picked up a... More >>

  • The Soundies of Yesteryear

    published June 17, 1999

    From the outside, Bill Cook's house, perched atop a heavily forested hill on the periphery of Woodland Park, near Colorado Springs, looks like a... More >>

  • Playlist

    published June 10, 1999

    John Williams Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace--Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony Classical) The week before the... More >>

  • Pucker Up

    published June 10, 1999

    Humor is a fairly rare commodity in pop music, in part because artists who display even a modicum of it are often dismissed as wannabe comedians.... More >>

  • Feedback

    published June 10, 1999

    During the early years of his career, Bob Dylan could do no wrong--but by the late Sixties, he'd figured out a way. Over the last thirty years,... More >>

  • Alternative Universe

    published June 3, 1999

    "I didn't set out to write kids' music," says Molly Bowers, "and I didn't plan to do anything topical, either. I just wrote this song that was so... More >>

  • Feedback

    published June 3, 1999

    Since the April 20 shootings at Columbine High School, most of us have heard about the harassment of anyone whose clothes bear even the slightest... More >>

  • Feedback

    published May 27, 1999

    Earlier this month, Bret Dowlen, the man who designed the sound system for the Fillmore Auditorium, formerly known as the Mammoth Events Center,... More >>

  • The Mellowing of Mr. C

    published May 27, 1999

    When Elvis Costello was approached by fans during the mid-Eighties, he would squelch their questions with a two-word conversation stopper: "I'm... More >>

  • Feedback

    published May 20, 1999

    Local artists captured for posterity. Hot on the heels of Between the Lines: The Complete Studio Recordings, a gorgeous reissue of... More >>

  • Peace and Love, Nineties Style

    published May 20, 1999

    Chuck Morris is frantic--as usual. The veteran promoter and manager perpetually travels in fourth gear, his movements abrupt, his eyes intense,... More >>

  • Growing Up in Public

    published May 13, 1999

    Last week, Garth Brooks was named Entertainer of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music. But that doesn't mean C&W-loving punk-rocker Mike... More >>

  • Feedback

    published May 13, 1999

    Internet radio isn't a panacea: At this point in its technical development, the sound quality can be mighty iffy. But the airwave-based commercial... More >>

  • Good Times, Gangsta Style

    published May 6, 1999

    On the surface, the timing for the Hard Knock Life tour, a hardcore rap showcase that hit the Denver Coliseum on April 27, could hardly have been... More >>

  • Playlist

    published May 6, 1999

    Joey McIntyre Stay the Same (C2 Records) If you needed any more proof that musical cycles are swirling faster than ever before,... More >>

  • Feedback

    published May 6, 1999

    Local songs from the end of the century. Jonny Mogambo's Colorado Golden, on Hapi Skratch Records, is slick but mostly enjoyable blues... More >>

  • Feedback

    published April 29, 1999

    How could anyone be surprised that Howard Stern made tactless remarks about the Columbine High School shootings during his April 21 broadcast?... More >>

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