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  • Killing Time

    published October 21, 2004

    I wouldn't consider us a throwback, but I also wouldn't say we're reinventing the wheel of rock and roll," says Ronnie Vannucci, drummer for the... More >>

  • Elvis Costello and the Imposters

    published October 21, 2004

    The other Elvis has long displayed a weakness for genre exercises, and while some of his dabblings have worked (most notably the pseudo-R&B of... More >>

  • Jill Scott

    published October 21, 2004

    Upon their first spin of Scott's latest, many listeners will miss the lightning lurking within the quiet storm. Her new disc initially seems too... More >>

  • The Last Seen

    published October 21, 2004

    I confess: After one glance at this six-track EP's lame graphics and dull jacket photo (the moratorium on pics featuring sensitive-looking... More >>

  • Bob Dylan

    published October 21, 2004

    Mr. Zimmerman doesn't need an excuse to hit the highway; over the years, he's played in support of good albums, bad albums and no albums at all.... More >>

  • Mos Def

    published October 21, 2004

    Opportunity has done a lot of knocking at Mos Def's door, and he keeps answering. In addition to hosting poetry jams on HBO (and receiving an Emmy... More >>

  • The Message

    published October 14, 2004

    On October 7, separate stories on the same topic that ran in the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News prompted plenty of... More >>

  • R. Kelly

    published October 14, 2004

    R. Kelly is the Bill Clinton of R&B -- a man who deals with scandal by tenaciously forging ahead. This two-CD package is enjoyably tuneful from a... More >>

  • Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette

    published October 14, 2004

    With the notable exception of Charo, mellowness generally comes with age. This adage helps explain why the latest CDs by Jarrett, Peacock and... More >>

  • Terror Squad

    published October 14, 2004

    Smartasses on VH1 have had a great time ripping "Lean Back," the ubiquitous hit single from True Story, Terror Squad's latest CD, but most... More >>

  • The Ponys

    published October 14, 2004

    Truly original music is always better than a pastiche -- unless, that is, the truly original music chomps and the pastiche is particularly... More >>

  • The Message

    published October 7, 2004

    Scott Patrick and Denise Plante, who co-host Colorado & Co. , a daily talk program recently launched by Channel 9, were... More >>

  • Northern Exposure

    published October 7, 2004

    Montreal's Sam Roberts is looking forward to performing in Colorado, even though the state is associated with a pain that's lingered within him... More >>

  • Nelly

    published October 7, 2004

    Listeners inclined to dismiss Nelly as the MC Hammer of the 21st century should feel free to do so, since, basically, that's what he is. But as a... More >>

  • Deca

    published October 7, 2004

    Deca’s hardly a hip-hop newcomer, having served time with Elemental and Prana, and his years on the scene enhance his latest solo album. On “Sh... More >>

  • Frog Eyes

    published October 7, 2004

    "What the hell?" This question and others containing even juicier profanities may pop out of folks who spin The Folded Palm, a new disc by... More >>

  • The Message

    published September 30, 2004

    Newspapers are generally good at reporting about lawsuits involving major businesses within their circulation area, but they can be notably less... More >>

  • R.E.M.

    published September 30, 2004

    Judging by its recent sales figures, R.E.M. doesn't matter much anymore -- but members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills hope to prove... More >>

  • Wovenhand

    published September 30, 2004

    On the third Wovenhand album, 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards doesn't do anything particularly new. Yet the disc manages to sound... More >>

  • Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminals' Starvation League

    published September 30, 2004

    Even folks who love "Detroit City" and other hits by Bobby Bare Sr. would be thoroughly bored by Bobby Jr. if he were only interested in aping his... More >>

  • Viva Voce

    published September 30, 2004

    Anita and Kevin Robinson constitute the entire membership of Viva Voce, and because they're an item off-stage as well as on, their band is... More >>

  • Capitol Idea

    published September 30, 2004

    Fledgling authors are generally counseled to write about what they know -- but if there's anyone with an incentive to ignore that advice, it's... More >>

  • The Message

    published September 23, 2004

    According to Wayne Laugesen, a columnist for the Boulder Weekly, there are times when members of the press need to stop observing... More >>

  • The Fu, the Proud

    published September 23, 2004

    We play what we're into, and what we're into is loud, heavy rock," says singer-guitarist Scott Hill, the leader of California's Fu Manchu. "We're... More >>

  • Ashlee Simpson and Ryan Cabrera

    published September 23, 2004

    A moment of silence, please, to mark the breakup of the most attractive young twosome of at least the last month and a half, Ashlee Simpson and... More >>

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