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  • Coming Soon

    published March 23, 2000

    Ron Jeremy is simultaneously the best-known male actor in adult films and the porn star who's hardest on the eyes. At 47, he's relatively short of... More >>

  • Master of the Universe

    published March 23, 2000

    "I like trying to remain mysterious," says Michael Schwartz, whose turntablist nom de plume is Mix Master Mike. "It's like hitting and running --... More >>

  • Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts

    published March 23, 2000

    Here's more proof that C&W authenticity doesn't mean jack anymore. Kelly Hogan, whose past gigs have included stints with the Jody Grind and the... More >>

  • A Word From Our Sponsor

    published March 16, 2000

    During a recent performance at the Lion's Lair, vocalist/griot Gil Scott-Heron preceded his musical set with an extended riff about, among... More >>

  • Give the People a Hand

    published March 16, 2000

    Most once-forgotten bands wind up being forgotten forever by pretty much everyone except the people who were in them -- and depending upon past... More >>

  • John Randall Pelosi

    published March 16, 2000

    Somewhere along the line, most jazz musicians who were interested in actually earning a living at their craft realized that free jazz was better... More >>

  • Clearing the Channels

    published March 9, 2000

    Finally, it has come to pass. On March 6, Texas's Clear Channel Communications announced that 72 of the 125 or so radio stations it must... More >>

  • Kid Loco

    published March 9, 2000

    Kid Loco Kid Loco Presents Jesus Life for Children Under 12 Inches (Atlantic) Trip-hop never quite caught on in the... More >>

  • Sex and the Single Mouse

    published March 2, 2000

    At last week's Grammy presentation, Jennifer Lopez turned plenty of heads -- and caused others to become engorged, thanks to a... More >>

  • A Sperm's Tale

    published March 2, 2000

    David Crosby wasn't on-camera during the pre-Grammy Awards program aired February 23 on both VH1 and CBS; along with mates Stephen Stills, Graham... More >>

  • Steely Dan

    published March 2, 2000

    The calendar says that Gaucho, the last album of original material by Steely Dan, came out just over twenty years ago, but Two Against... More >>

  • 7 Solutions

    published February 24, 2000

    Most broadcast execs shy away from criticizing the local TV newscasts that help butter their bread. But Cindy Velasquez, Channel 7's... More >>

  • The Sideman

    published February 24, 2000

    The complaint most frequently levied against Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a conceptual one. Putting up a tourist-friendly,... More >>

  • Dolly Parton

    published February 24, 2000

    It's been so long that most people no longer remember, but once upon a time, Dolly Parton was one of country music's genuine treasures, a... More >>

  • A Failure to Communicate

    published February 17, 2000

    Denver police chief Tom Sanchez was nowhere to be seen in footage of the February 8 news conference where Mayor Wellington Webb... More >>

  • Soul Power

    published February 17, 2000

    Tom Goldsmith, the man behind the Denver Jazz on Film Festival, has assembled an impressive lineup of flicks for his brainchild's fourth edition.... More >>

  • 2Pac + Outlawz

    published February 17, 2000

    A sick-minded Westword salesperson (is there any other kind?) spun my copy of Still I Rise before I got my hands on it, and upon the... More >>

  • Acess Denied

    published February 10, 2000

    The air's not dead at Boulder's Community Access TV, but it sure isn't feeling very good. In January, Ron Secrist, Boulder's city manager, put... More >>

  • Born and Razed

    published February 10, 2000

    When Nick Mystrom points out the various features of the duplex he's building on South Pennsylvania Avenue, his pride is obvious -- and why not?... More >>

  • Eyes on the Prize

    published February 10, 2000

    The shootings at Columbine High School last year caused untold repercussions, almost all of them bad: lost lives, broken hearts, families ripped... More >>

  • 20 Miles to Go

    published February 10, 2000

    Talk to a purveyor of the blues long enough and you'll eventually hear about how (irony of ironies) the fans in Europe have so much more respect... More >>

  • Draco

    published February 10, 2000

    One of the joys of truly independent discs is the lack of baggage they carry. Or, to put it another way, you can't come to an album with... More >>

  • White on White

    published February 3, 2000

    Last September 15, listeners to the Alice morning team of Jamie White, Frosty Stillwell and Frank Kramer discovered, to their... More >>

  • Stephen Scott

    published February 3, 2000

    In the eyes of the modern classical press, Stephen Scott can't compare with Philip Glass and Steve Reich; an ocean's worth of ink has been spilled... More >>

  • Denver Hears the Music

    published January 27, 2000

    Last fall, city representatives argued that building large terraces on the south side of Red Rocks Amphitheater was an absolutely vital part of a... More >>

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