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  • Unkind Cuts

    published February 23, 2006

    After the Rocky Mountain News reduced its once-extensive stock listings to a single page, business editor Rob Reuteman spoke with... More >>

  • Twice as Ice

    published February 23, 2006

    Critics reviewing AnimaminA, the debut EP by Iceland's Amina, often assume that the disc's seemingly serene yet unexpectedly intricate... More >>

  • Il Divo

    published February 23, 2006

    This review is not an indictment of Il Divo, despite the crimes its members have committed against the human eardrum. Likewise, it isn't intended... More >>

  • CacheFlowe

    published February 23, 2006

    Justin Gitlin, who goes by CacheFlowe, is a laptopper with a difference. He's neither a devoted dance-music maven in thrall to four-on-the-floor... More >>

  • Bon Jovi

    published February 23, 2006

    Sure, sure, it's a big concert and all, but what the people really want to know is: Why did Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Heather... More >>

  • The Sword

    published February 23, 2006

    The men of the Sword are so devoted to vintage werewolf-rock touchstones that it's hard to know whether they're celebrating the style or... More >>

  • Tube Time

    published February 16, 2006

    There are so many things wrong with "Shot-and-Beer Pittsburgh Froths at Mouth," a January 18 effort by Rocky Mountain News columnist... More >>

  • Constant Motion

    published February 16, 2006

    In "Everything Is Alright," the latest single from Motion City Soundtrack, vocalist/guitarist Justin Pierre declares, "I'm through with these... More >>

  • Arctic Monkeys

    Whatever People Say I Am, That¹s What I¹m Not

    published February 16, 2006

    U.K. music scribes have always been addicted to hype -- but their ballyhooing of Arctic Monkeys is over the top even by their standards. The group... More >>

  • 12 Cents for Marvin

    published February 16, 2006

    The increasing homogeneity of American culture hasn't completely wiped out unique characteristics of regional music scenes: Austin, Atlanta and... More >>

  • Jeff Tweedy

    published February 16, 2006

    Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is an interesting performer in part because he regularly wars with doubts his loyalists can't see. As reported by the... More >>

  • Coldplay

    published February 16, 2006

    Last year, Coldplay's Chris Martin learned a valuable lesson: Be cautious when invoking the sacred name of Bono. Martin broke this rule just prior... More >>

  • Fred Hess

    published February 16, 2006

    Saxophonist Fred Hess shows no signs of caring about stardom or fame or any of the other forces that drive so many of his fellow musicians.... More >>

  • Dino's Sore

    published February 9, 2006

    Although many Denver sports fans have never heard of talk-show host Dino Costa, he's determined to seize their attention -- and once he... More >>

  • Beat It

    published February 9, 2006

    Jack Dangers, the main man behind Meat Beat Manifesto, has been credited with plenty of musical innovations over nearly two decades, but he's... More >>

  • Cat Power

    published February 9, 2006

    Dear Sir, released in 1995, marked singer-songwriter Chan Marshall as one Power-ful Cat -- but as the years wore on, she proved to be a... More >>

  • Storytyme

    published February 9, 2006

    It's likely that brothers Pete, Phil and Tony Lewis were on something -- probably a lot of something -- when they recorded RV... More >>

  • Robert Randolph & the Family Band

    published February 9, 2006

    Pedal-steel-guitar sensation Robert Randolph owes much of his rapid rise over the past several years to a simple if seldom-stated fact: In the... More >>

  • James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards

    published February 9, 2006

    The sons of famous fathers start out several rungs higher on life's ladder than do the rest of us, but this head start doesn't guarantee... More >>

  • CSI: Denver

    published February 2, 2006

    To former Wall Street Journal scribe Jonathan Weil, a "biopsy" is an inquiry into a seemingly healthy enterprise that exposes a... More >>

  • Ba-Ba-Barbara

    published February 2, 2006

    In club land, Misstress Barbara, the best-known alter ego of DJ Barbara Bonfiglio, is renowned for decking dancers with the hardest of hard... More >>

  • An Angle

    published February 2, 2006

    An Angle's Kris Anaya knows how to stick to a theme. The name of the latest disc by his "band" (a rotating lineup of pals and co-conspirators) is... More >>

  • Kool Keith

    published February 2, 2006

    During a 1998 interview with Westword, Kool Keith came across as so generally unhinged that he seemed well on his way to becoming a... More >>

  • Race Card

    published January 26, 2006

    According to Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi, "It's the media's job to make sure and report the news, not to make sure... More >>

  • New Sensation

    published January 26, 2006

    INXS bassist Garry Beers admits that J.D. Fortune, a contestant on last year's reality-TV series Rock Star: INXS, didn't make a great... More >>

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