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  • The Michigan Way

    published July 12, 2001

    Although no-fault auto insurance was once seen as a cure for expensive policies and... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published July 12, 2001

    At this point, no one doubts that a lot of great music has been made under the influence of marijuana: As my first exhibit, I present the island... More >>

  • The Making of a Pundit

    published July 5, 2001

    For better or worse, Denver may be home to more media-savvy legal experts per capita than any other American city: Scott Robinson, Dan... More >>

  • Monster Magnet

    published July 5, 2001

    "My whole life in Monster Magnet, and pretty much my whole life in rock and roll, has been a cross between the ultimate satirical stereotype and... More >>

  • Anchor-Go-Round

    published June 28, 2001

    In March, Tom Green announced that he would be leaving his post as lead sportscaster on Channel 7 to take the helm of Rocky Mountain... More >>

  • To Air Is Human

    published June 28, 2001

    The latest recording by the Parisian duo Air, 10,000 Hz Legend, has received radically mixed notices. Some critics trumpet it as the most... More >>

  • Ginuwine

    published June 28, 2001

    The popularity of tough-nosed hip-hop continues to present challenges to R&B vocalists. Soulsters who go too heavy on sentiment, eschewing the... More >>

  • Radio Rumble

    published June 21, 2001

    The media mega-conglomerate Clear Channel has always been combative. But the bigger the company gets (at present, the firm owns approximately... More >>

  • R.E.M.

    published June 21, 2001

    What a sad state of affairs. R.E.M., whose sound helped revolutionize college radio and whose subsequent success proved that bands embraced by... More >>

  • Median Range

    published June 14, 2001

    The most immediate effects of the joint operating agreement between the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News -- fewer weekend... More >>

  • The Adams Family

    published June 14, 2001

    In an earlier media age, historians didn't have to worry about matters such as voice and personal appearance. They could sound like a rusty hinge... More >>

  • The Soft Boys

    published June 14, 2001

    Putting out an extraordinarily generous two-disc collection based upon a 21-year-old LP that was hugely unsuccessful at the time of its release... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published June 14, 2001

    Yeah, Red Rocks is old -- officially sixty years old this year and closer to sixty million years old in actual fact. But is there a better... More >>

  • Out With the Old

    published June 7, 2001

    Newspaper lore is filled with tales of grizzled reporters whose wealth of experience and seen-it-all demeanor endear them to readers and... More >>

  • Janeane's World

    published June 7, 2001

    Why an interview with comedienne/actress Janeane Garofalo in Westword's music section? Plenty of reasons. For one, she entered the public... More >>

  • Stripped Down

    published May 31, 2001

    The Gold Club trial taking place right now in Atlanta features what Rocky Mountain News sports columnist Dave Krieger wittily... More >>

  • At the Helm

    published May 31, 2001

    Drummer Levon Helm spent a lot of years smoking a lot of cigarettes, so it wasn't the biggest shock in the world when, in 1997, doctors told him... More >>

  • Parents Beware

    published May 24, 2001

    An unsigned news short in the May 9 Rocky Mountain News reported that Jamie White and Danny Bonaduce, co-stars of the aptly... More >>

  • Couch

    published May 24, 2001

    " Ambient rock" sounds oxymoronic, like "hot-water heater," "military intelligence" and "Rush Limbaugh." But in the collective hands of Couch, a... More >>

  • Avenging Angel

    published May 17, 2001

    In the late 1970s, when June Turner's son, Ron Mays, first told her that he wanted to dedicate his life to art, two words flashed through this... More >>

  • Let's Make a Deal

    published May 17, 2001

    It's been over a month since the official deployment of the Denver dailies' joint-operating agreement, and the chaos has hardly calmed,... More >>

  • OutFoxed

    published May 10, 2001

    On April 20, a number of people in the broadcast and public-relations fields received a succinct e-mail from Scott McDonald, managing... More >>

  • Fantastic Plastic Machine

    published May 10, 2001

    Japanese performers frequently bring a wonderfully fresh perspective to American pop. The bouncy sounds that too many musicians on this side of... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published May 10, 2001

    Kevin Barnes, the primary instigator behind Of Montreal, Saturday, May 12, at the 15th Street Tavern, says that the act's latest disc, the... More >>

  • Old News

    published May 3, 2001

    Dave Minshall doesn't get recognized on the street all that often these days, even though he spent well over two decades as a featured... More >>

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