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  • Talking Points

    published September 27, 2001

    Fortunately for Coloradans, the biggest local story on September 11 and the days immediately thereafter wasn't collapsing buildings or appalling... More >>

  • Stop Imagining

    published September 27, 2001

    On September 19, the Rocky Mountain News published a letter from Francois Bellouin of Boulder that began as follows: "Yesterday I was... More >>

  • As the Smoke Clears

    published September 20, 2001

    On September 13, two major stories took place in Denver: Governor Bill Owens announced the grades earned by public schools across the state... More >>

  • System of a Down

    published September 20, 2001

    The hard-rock cycle seems to be spinning again. For the past couple of years, the genre has hawked up one minor variation on Limp Bizkit after... More >>

  • The Media Eye

    published September 13, 2001

    Although I am a professional consumer of media (meaning that I get paid to monitor the press in all of its many facets), I am not all that... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published September 13, 2001

    Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, the most recent album by PJ Harvey, received the usual critical hosannas, and it's in... More >>

  • Two-Way Player

    published September 6, 2001

    The transition from jock to jock talker isn't always easy, especially when the subject is football. On-the-field talent, and the fame that comes... More >>

  • Aaliyah

    published September 6, 2001

    Writing reviews of recordings by freshly dead artists is a tricky business that frequently results in overrating, a critical embarrassment that... More >>

  • No Scoop for You

    published August 30, 2001

    When the business wings of the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post were fused earlier this year via a joint operating agreement,... More >>

  • Another Piece of the Rock

    published August 30, 2001

    There have been rock-and-roll record geeks for as long as there's been rock and roll -- but it took the music industry a while to catch on. Back... More >>

  • Taking on the Empire

    published August 23, 2001

    Like most people in the live-music trade, Doug Kauffman, Jesse Morreale and Chris Swank, the three partners behind the promotion firm Nobody in... More >>

  • Tha Liks

    published August 23, 2001

    Although its members insist otherwise, my guess is that Tha Alkaholiks changed their name to Tha Liks mainly to ensure that their new disc,... More >>

  • As the Web Turns

    published August 16, 2001

    For a talk-show host working at a station with ratings more anemic than one of Dracula's victims, KNUS's Jimmy Lakey has plenty of... More >>

  • One Size Fits All

    published August 16, 2001

    If anyone should understand the pitfalls of being labeled, it's DJ and producer Roni Size. Back in 1997, upon the release of his innovative... More >>

  • Rammstein

    published August 16, 2001

    In one of those ironies with which popular culture brims, Marilyn Manson was tarred with the stain of the Columbine shootings even though the... More >>

  • YOUtv and You

    published August 9, 2001

    At twenty minutes past noon on the last day of July, a man wearing a "Licensed to Speed" T-shirt backed into the Grand Dining Hall (read: food... More >>

  • Press for Success

    published August 2, 2001

    For the truest of Christian believers, Good Friday is among the most sacred dates on the calendar. In America, though, very few receive time off... More >>

  • Arling.Cameron.Swarte

    published August 2, 2001

    Once upon a time, back in the dark ages (before advertising tie-ins were cool), performers who sold their music for use in peddling products were... More >>

  • Bleep That

    published July 26, 2001

    At first glance, the $7,000 fine the Federal Communications Commission levied on May 31 against Colorado Springs-based KKMG, known as Magic FM,... More >>

  • Fearless Mosley

    published July 26, 2001

    "It's hard to write mysteries," author Walter Mosley notes, "because you have to worry about plot so much. In that way, it's much harder than any... More >>

  • Oklahoma!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    published July 26, 2001

    The passage of years tends to color perceptions of music conceived for the stage, no matter how good it is. Take Oklahoma!, which has been... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published July 19, 2001

    Back when grunge was the flavor of the week, its spiritual cousin, garage rock, seemed ready to bust into the mainstream. But after Kurt Cobain... More >>

  • Micromars

    published July 19, 2001

    In the early days of electronic instruments, the use of such noisemakers virtually guaranteed that the resulting music, good or bad, would have a... More >>

  • A Vicious Cycle

    published July 12, 2001

    Dan Leventhal has always considered himself a safe motorcycle rider. He makes it a point to obey all posted traffic laws and doesn't take... More >>

  • Watching the Sunset

    published July 12, 2001

    Media coverage of the most recent Colorado legislative session concentrated on a handful of grabby issues: the failed attempt to pass a growth... More >>

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