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  • Steve Earle

    published July 27, 2000

    Mr. Earle had a moment there, back in the '80s, when he could get the country-music establishment to put out his records and convince commercial... More >>

  • Showing Its Metal

    published July 20, 2000

    Shortly after the debut last September of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness, an enormous, $70 million complex on the University... More >>

  • When on Rome...

    published July 20, 2000

    Jim Rome, a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and star of his own nightly TV program on Fox Sports, takes pride in talking smack.... More >>

  • The Same Old Shlock

    published July 20, 2000

    Throw a stick and you're apt to hit someone who thinks the current pop scene is the worst ever! And who, other than nine-year-old white... More >>

  • Bill Barron

    published July 20, 2000

    There's no shortage of jazz reissues, re-releases or compilations out there, but the majority of them spotlight a relative handful of artists. You... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published July 20, 2000

    North Mississippi Allstars, scheduled for three area gigs this week (a free in-store appearance 4 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Twist & Shout,... More >>

  • A Failure to Communicate

    published July 13, 2000

    For Brian Hansen, 1999 should have been a year to look back on with unadulterated pride. As a reporter for the Colorado Daily, a... More >>

  • Shock of the Old

    published July 13, 2000

    Contrary to popular belief, there are still a handful of jazz musicians with recording contracts who enjoy taking chances. But most of the acts... More >>

  • Jay Cloidt

    published July 13, 2000

    Wit doesn't turn up that often in classical or experimental music, perhaps because composers fear (often with good reason) that the presence of... More >>

  • The Dogfather Speaks

    published July 6, 2000

    So there I was, being led into a roomy townhouse mere blocks from the Denver Dumb Friends League by the Denver Post's Chuck Green... More >>

  • Word of the Pharoahe

    published July 6, 2000

    On the surface, the lineup of the Spitkickers Tour -- De La Soul, Common, Pharoahe Monch and Talib Kweli, with Biz Markie thrown in for comic... More >>

  • The Mendoza Line

    published July 6, 2000

    In the film Clueless, Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, dismisses the music loved by Josh (Paul Rudd), her stepbrother/love... More >>

  • Sage Advice

    published June 22, 2000

    In the Denver radio market, the morning show personalities who get the most attention are the naughtiest ones: the Peak's Howard Stern... More >>

  • Tin Huey

    published June 22, 2000

    As a rule, defunct cult acts should leave well enough alone. Take Tin Huey, which rose from the same late '70s Akron, Ohio, scene that spawned... More >>

  • That Old Fighting Spirit

    published June 15, 2000

    You've been hearing it for weeks: The joint operating agreement that's set to link the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post will... More >>

  • Look for the Union Label

    published June 8, 2000

    In the month or so since the announcement of a proposed joint operating agreement pairing the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain... More >>

  • New Bomb Turks

    published June 8, 2000

    For a movement intended to destroy every bloated, redundant, stereotypical genre in its path, punk rock sure turned out to be conservative. Most... More >>

  • Sporting Chance

    published June 1, 2000

    Since moving to Alma, Colorado, a scenic mountain community not far from Fairplay, Amy Majikas hadn't gotten to see her mother, Janet, nearly... More >>

  • Add It Up

    published June 1, 2000

    The Colorado Department of Transportation's repository of accident reports fills an entire room. Row after row of shelving units that reach up to... More >>

  • For the Record

    published June 1, 2000

    No one's ever accused Sascha Konietzko, the man behind the now-dead KMFDM and the very-much-alive MDFMK, of suffering from incurable optimism.... More >>

  • Seeing Red

    published May 25, 2000

    As recently as last year, Denver officials pushing for a sweeping renovation of Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Friends of Red Rocks, a group of public... More >>

  • Radio for (Lots of) Change

    published May 25, 2000

    Those conservative politicians who routinely bellyache about the alleged liberal bias of the media seldom include mainstream talk radio in their... More >>

  • Smiley Smiles

    published May 25, 2000

    In 1991, author Jane Smiley presented A Thousand Acres, a modernization of King Lear that became a national bestseller and... More >>

  • Man Out of Time

    published May 25, 2000

    Like all of Elliott Smith's best songs, "Junk Bond Trader," a key track on Figure 8, his fine new album, is more than its title indicates;... More >>

  • Air

    published May 25, 2000

    Although "soundtracky" isn't a term recognized by the folks at Webster's, everyone knows what it means -- instrumental music that may work when... More >>

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