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  • Scene From a Mall

    published December 21, 2000

    During the now blessedly concluded period between election day and Al Gore's belated admission last week that he won't be joyriding in Air... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published December 21, 2000

    Most popular composers, no matter how well known they are or how vast their body of work, tend to be remembered for a relatively small number of... More >>

  • Blood Feud

    published December 14, 2000

    The joint operating agreement between the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post still isn't official: The Justice Department has... More >>

  • Holidaze

    published December 14, 2000

    How many versions of "Jingle Bells" does the average person need? Plenty, apparently. Each year, the recording industry unleashes a torrent of... More >>

  • Fatboy Slim

    published December 14, 2000

    Several years back, when the record industry was trying its damnedest to stir up an electronica youthquake, Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, was the... More >>

  • High Times

    published December 7, 2000

    Paonia, about seventy miles from Grand Junction, is no one's idea of a metropolis: All 1,800 of the town's citizens could fit into Denver's... More >>

  • U2

    published December 7, 2000

    A long time ago (about a decade and a half, actually), in a land far, far away (Los Angeles), I was watching U2 play "One" on the video monitors... More >>

  • The Loose Screw

    published November 30, 2000

    In the beginning, television was rife with creative possibilities because no rules had been written and practically nothing was out of bounds. But... More >>

  • Setting Son

    published November 30, 2000

    At one point during the Wallflowers' November 22 gig at the Fillmore Auditorium, frontman Jakob Dylan acknowledged that "maybe I don't have... More >>

  • The Story of Adele H

    published November 23, 2000

    In the year 2000, Channel 9's Adele Arakawa is Denver's undisputed local news queen, the reliable, levelheaded, take-no-crap senior anchor... More >>

  • Show Them the Money

    published November 16, 2000

    Reporter Aldo Svaldi is currently a sought-after commodity -- but it wasn't always this way. A graduate of the University of Missouri,... More >>

  • Legendary Feat

    published November 16, 2000

    Many rock historians (a rather portentous title for people who write about their favorite bands for a living, but what can you do?) tend to... More >>

  • Big Jay McNeely

    published November 16, 2000

    The "cool" West Coast sound of the '50s and '60s is perhaps Southern California's foremost contribution to the development of jazz during the... More >>

  • Zine but Not Heard

    published November 9, 2000

    For many young urbanites, the cultural vitality of a community can be judged by the number of homegrown, advertiser-supported periodicals that are... More >>

  • Time Bomb Symphony

    published November 9, 2000

    The problem with a lotta power pop (aside from its frequent lack of both power and pop) is the exaggerated sugariness of its words. The honeyed... More >>

  • Lighting a Fire

    published November 2, 2000

    "The liberal media." The phrase is so stale that it's practically fossilized -- not that this condition has prevented politicians of a certain... More >>

  • The Salteens

    published November 2, 2000

    The neo-power-pop movement is like pretty much every other musical revival (ska, swing, salsa and so on): In the end, it's motivated by nostalgia... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published October 26, 2000

    At first glance, it looked like there would be a major turn in the long-running feud between local television outlets and residents of the Lookout... More >>

  • The Wrong Stuff

    published October 26, 2000

    Although approval of the joint operating agreement linking the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News hasn't been finalized, no one... More >>

  • Bass Instincts

    published October 26, 2000

    The reliability of jazz bassist Dave Holland's recorded art is remarkable by any measure. He's been heard on albums since the '60s, and by now his... More >>

  • Survey Says

    published October 19, 2000

    As you and I know, polling has been an intrinsic part of election coverage for years now -- but the 2000 campaign has taken things to a new (and... More >>

  • Blonde Ambition

    published October 19, 2000

    Few marchers in life's rich pageant are enjoying their success as much as Candace Bushnell. A former columnist for the New York... More >>

  • Pickin' Up the Pieces

    published October 19, 2000

    An air of hushed tranquility cloaks the Boulder Junior Academy, an unpretentious cinder-block school in a residential section of the town whose... More >>

  • Broun Fellinis

    published October 19, 2000

    On the surface, these recordings share nothing beyond a common label (Weed, an indie out of Berkeley, California). But a closer listen reveals at... More >>

  • The Missing Linc

    published October 12, 2000

    When members of the local journalism fraternity first heard that Bernie Lincicome would be filling the Rocky Mountain News sports... More >>

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