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  • Train

    published July 3, 2003

    O.A.R. Guster. Hootie & the Blowfish. God Street Wine. Lisa Loeb. The Spin Doctors. Edwin McCain. The Wallflowers. Soulhat. The Cranberries. Jack... More >>

  • Spring Heel Jack

    published July 3, 2003

    Ashley Wales and John Coxon, the men of Spring Heel Jack, helped innovate and popularize drum-and-bass, a stripped-down electro movement that may... More >>

  • The Message

    published June 26, 2003

    When attorney Dani Newsum tackles current events during appearances on KBDI-TV/Channel 12 programs such as Colorado Inside Out, she... More >>

  • Koufax

    published June 26, 2003

    Those who focus too heavily on history are doomed to overestimate it. Witness Koufax, which joins American Analog Set and KaitO at the Larimer... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published June 26, 2003

    Saturday Looks Good to Me, playing at the Larimer Lounge on Friday, June 27, sports a nostalgic streak that, fortunately, is shot through... More >>

  • The Message

    published June 19, 2003

    Anyone who believes the issue of race in these United States has been resolved once and for all should book a one-way ticket to Fantasyland. For... More >>

  • Chambers Music

    published June 19, 2003

    On the morning before the first birthday of her firstborn, Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers slept late, and with good reason. The... More >>

  • Adrian Romero

    published June 19, 2003

    During the '90s, when he played bass for the edgy combo Iz and fronted a group pointedly dubbed Love Supreme, Adrian Romero established himself as... More >>

  • The Message

    published June 12, 2003

    On June 2, when the Federal Communications Commission voted by a slender majority to slacken many of its broadcast ownership rules, most... More >>

  • The Message

    published June 5, 2003

    For ages, seemingly, the fight for television-news viewers in Denver has been about as competitive as a bare-knuckles grudge match between... More >>

  • Lounge Wizard

    published June 5, 2003

    If European television ever produces a show called Scandinavian Idol, Sondre Lerche could fill the Clay Aiken slot perfectly. The... More >>

  • The Clean

    published June 5, 2003

    Someone at Merge must have had a screw loose to okay the release of a sprawling retrospective spotlighting an obscure New Zealand act that means... More >>

  • The Message

    published May 29, 2003

    Earlier this month, the Society of Professional Journalists' Colorado branch lauded the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News for... More >>

  • Sky High

    published May 29, 2003

    The building blocks of rock music -- a guitar or two, a bass, some drums -- haven't changed much in the half-century or so since the genre emerged... More >>

  • The Message

    published May 22, 2003

    The case of Jayson Blair, a New York Times reporter who resigned after higher-ups discovered that an enormous percentage of his... More >>

  • The Decemberists

    published May 22, 2003

    Colin Meloy, the singer-songwriter at the heart of the Decemberists, spent his musically formative years in Missoula, Montana, but you couldn't... More >>

  • Darkness Rises

    published May 22, 2003

    Hundreds of trends have materialized and vanished since the birth of the gothic subculture. So why does goth remain in the black well over two... More >>

  • The Message

    published May 15, 2003

    The Sunday, May 4, Denver Post was first-rate from top to bottom. The front page was anchored by "The Pariah," a complex and thoughtful... More >>

  • Hat Trick

    published May 15, 2003

    From the beginning, Mark Orton, Rob Burger and Carla Kihlstedt, the instrumentalists behind San Francisco's Tin Hat Trio, understood that some... More >>

  • Notes From the Underground

    published May 15, 2003

    At first glance, there are few similarities between Fast Food Nation, the enlightening book that made author Eric Schlosser's... More >>

  • The Message

    published May 8, 2003

    On March 31, Denver observed an official city holiday in memory of Cesar Chavez, the late labor organizer who devoted his life to helping... More >>

  • Colcannon

    published May 8, 2003

    Back in 1984, when Colcannon was formed, the notion that a Celtic group of such high quality could emerge from a part of the world so... More >>

  • The Message

    published May 1, 2003

    Ask typical area viewers to list the most influential figures in Denver TV, and you'll probably wind up with a roster filled with on-air talent.... More >>

  • Darryl Worley

    published May 1, 2003

    Until recently, there have been two main political schools of thought in country music. The first calls upon its acolytes to challenge and/or... More >>

  • The Message

    published April 24, 2003

    Media-friendly military specialists became a sought-after commodity months before American armed forces set foot on Iraqi soil, and once... More >>

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