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  • Still Mortifying

    published May 3, 2001

    At 73, Mort Sahl has influenced virtually every topical comedian working today -- a distinction he neither claims for himself nor appears to take... More >>

  • Self-Portrait

    published May 3, 2001

    Damon Gough, who performs under the moniker Badly Drawn Boy, has a thing or two to learn about being an English pop star. Whereas most... More >>

  • Eugene McDaniels

    published May 3, 2001

    The trouble with all too many reissues is overfamiliarity: Record-company execs often launch already popular titles onto the market years or... More >>

  • Paper Trail

    published April 26, 2001

    "Please let me introduce myself. I'm Randy Miller, owner of the Colorado Daily..." So began a letter, headlined "Dear Reader," that... More >>

  • Various artists

    published April 26, 2001

    For years, decades, ages, epochs, music journalists have been writing articles declaring that Rock Is Dead -- but it ain't, my friends. The... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published April 26, 2001

    The Bowed Piano Ensemble is best observed from a sky-cam. The group consists of ten musicians who are affiliated with Colorado College in... More >>

  • Tilting at Windmills

    published April 19, 2001

    The fight against the Denver dailies' joint operating agreement ended not with a bang, but with a snicker. Or maybe two. The second such bit... More >>

  • Full Steam Ahead

    published April 19, 2001

    A couple of telling facts about Shipping News: Fact one: The band -- whose approach to what we still persist in calling "rock music" is at... More >>

  • Albert Nicholas With Art Hodes' All-Stars

    published April 19, 2001

    All too often, current jazz artists take the easy way out, tossing off variations on the tried and true for an ever-shrinking audience rather than... More >>

  • What We've Lost

    published April 12, 2001

    At its best, the rapport between area readers and their hometown daily newspapers, the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, is... More >>

  • Momus

    published April 12, 2001

    Scotsman Nick Currie's decision to record under the name Momus, defined in one friendly Webster's as "the Greek god of blame and mockery," was an... More >>

  • A Tiger's Tale

    published April 5, 2001

    The March 30 press conference near the federal courthouse downtown didn't contain many surprises. For instance, it wasn't shocking that Jake... More >>

  • Power Age

    published April 5, 2001

    These days, AC/DC's immaturity is starting to look awfully mature -- and not just in years. The band's membership may have shifted over the... More >>

  • Stephen Malkmus

    published April 5, 2001

    Being a cult hero has its advantages: Worship by millions isn't often part of the package, but worship by thousands ain't bad. Yet the job isn't... More >>

  • Mr. Natural

    published March 29, 2001

    When Olu Dara put out his first album, In the World: From Natchez to New York, in 1998, most jazz lovers knew what to expect -- the sort of... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published March 29, 2001

    For years, it's seemed, most hip-hop acts receiving good notices in the mainstream and alternative media have subsequently been rewarded with... More >>

  • Watching the Losers

    published March 22, 2001

    It's February 26, and the Denver Nuggets are preparing to play what is arguably their most important game of the year. The 2000-2001 campaign had... More >>

  • Cave Exploring

    published March 22, 2001

    There's a perception in this great land of ours that masterful singer-songwriter Nick Cave makes depressing music. But, as Cave points out, this... More >>

  • The Little Station That Could

    published March 15, 2001

    The recent purchase of Fort Collins's KUNC-FM -- a 100,000-watt public-radio station affiliated with the University of Northern Colorado -- by a... More >>

  • Ace in the Hole

    published March 15, 2001

    Eddie Hayes's nom de plume -- Aceyalone -- suggests that the man himself doesn't mind walking the path less traveled, and neither does his music,... More >>

  • Peter Frampton

    published March 15, 2001

    Some questions for folks of a certain vintage: Remember growing up in the '70s? Remember how embarrassing it was? Remember wishing you'd... More >>

  • Tortoise

    published March 15, 2001

    The early line on Standards -- that the disc would prove to be Tortoise's most accessible release thus far -- caused the heart of this... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published March 15, 2001

    Erykah Badu, Friday, March 16, at the Fillmore Auditorium, with Talib Kweli and Musiq Soul Child, arrived on the public stage in 1997, and... More >>

  • Lord of the Fans

    published March 8, 2001

    At first glance, it appeared that the Empire had struck back at Fantastic Media, the Aurora company known nationwide as a one-stop worship center... More >>

  • Watch Your Mouth

    published March 8, 2001

    In the radio biz, hosts are supposed to be provocative: Executives don't pay the big bucks for nice and dull, do they? But there's always a danger... More >>

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