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    Tin Hat Trio - Helium (Angel)

    Taking cues from the late Argentine tango wizard Astor Piazzolla, the three conservatory-trained East Coast musicians who make up the Tin Hat Trio continue to tinker with "world music" -- and boy, do they like to tinker. Recorded almost completely wi...

    by John La Briola on May 25, 2000
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    Catatonia - Equally Cursed and Blessed (Atlantic)

    Catatonia's second effort to see American release combines the Welsh band's sarcasm, gravelly vocals, smartly overplayed pop and an attitude that reeks of cigarettes, hard liquor and the morning after to give lightheartedness a swift kick in the groi...

    by Sean Neumann on May 25, 2000
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    Backwash - Jello does a shot on the latest local-music compilation.

    Join me now in a little creative visualization, won't you? It's the not-so-distant future, and that digital dial in your self-cleaning car is pumping in nothing but corporate radio 24-7. Megalithic corporations like Clear Channel and AM/FM have suc...

    by Laura Bond on May 25, 2000
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    Critic's Choice - The Automaton Adventure Series

    The Automaton Adventure Series, with Fast Action Revolver, Friday, May 26, at the 15th Street Tavern, is another Northwestern outfit that makes you wonder if the same daylong misting that cultivates mushrooms, moss and lush scenery in that region als...

    by Mike Engstrom on May 25, 2000
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    Hit Pick - Uversa

    Uversa, with Neil Haverstick's Space Music, Thursday, May 25, at the Lion's Lair, is the ethereal, guitar-driven project of composer TJ Edwards -- who seems as comfortable strumming a classical acoustic guitar as he is generating some crunchy electri...

    by Chris Decker on May 25, 2000
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    Sounds Like Fun! - A Bar's White Party

    When an overwhelming response to last year's Victoria's Secret online fashion show caused the company's Web site to crash, one thing was confirmed: Short hemlines attract. It's something the fashion-savvy folks at the A Bar learned with last year's W...

    by Gabby Templet on May 25, 2000
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    Postivly Negativ - Sampling ad infinitum with America's sonic outlaws.

    In medieval times, a form of recreational torture involved placing a condemned person's head inside a heavy, cast-metal church bell and ringing it until he or she went insane. Forget about going deaf. We're talking flipped-out, gone-down-the-road wac...

    by John La Briola on May 18, 2000
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    Up With People - The People Under the Stairs question hip-hop's answers.

    If you tell Thes One and Double K of the L.A.-based hip-hop duo The People Under the Stairs that they sound dated or old-school, they take it as the ultimate act of appreciation. "That's the best compliment ever," says MC Thes One. "I don't want to...

    by James Mayo on May 18, 2000
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    Golden Years - Terraform Records covers the extremes of the local dance spectrum.

    Running an independent record label is always a tricky business proposition. You needn't be a business-school graduate to recognize that music is a big, big industry and that the little guy is often squashed beneath the heavy boot of seemingly omnisc...

    by Timothy Pittz on May 18, 2000
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    No Doubt - Return of Saturn (Interscope)

    Pop tart Gwen Stefani -- pretty as she can be, with a midriff for the ages -- celebrated a special birthday recently: the dreaded three-oh. And by industry standards -- those sad, governing, youth-obsessed, number-crunching principles -- such a cosmi...

    by John La Briola on May 18, 2000
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    Ween - White Pepper (Elektra)

    Ween has a perception problem: Non-fans know it best as a somewhat offensive, zany, wacko goofball outfit mainly out to parody and desecrate. But if no one's taking Ween seriously, we can safely blame the victims here, what with such career moves as...

    by Brian Doherty on May 18, 2000
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    Soul on Soul - Dave Douglas (RCA Victor)

    Trumpeter Dave Douglas, jazz magazine cover boy and darling of the European jazz set, is multifaceted, to be sure. The introspective classicist can suddenly turn into a fiery post-bop improviser, and the eclectic composer can re-emerge as the all-out...

    by Bill Gallo on May 18, 2000
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    Backwash - Cabaret Diosa puts its surf-mambo sound on celluloid.

    Cabaret Diosa -- the nine-piece extravaganza of guitars, horns, mambo, swing, jazz and, of course, dancing -- is a band that exudes more drama than a late-night Springer marathon. It seems fitting, then, that director Erich Toll of Boulder's Big Worl...

    by Laura Bond on May 18, 2000
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    Critic's Choice - Vic Chesnutt and Kristin Hersh

    Vic Chesnutt and Kristin Hersh, with the Willard Grant Conspiracy, Tuesday, May 23, at the Fox Theatre, appear on a double bill they've dubbed "In Their Own Worlds." It's an apt title considering Chesnutt and Hersh are songwriters who seem tapped int...

    by Laura Bond on May 18, 2000
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    Hit Pick - Denver Turnverein Choir

    Denver Turnverein Choir, Saturday, May 20, at the Denver Turnverein, 1570 Clarkson Street, sports a cultural heritage as rich as Denver itself. The outfit's namesake building dates back to the early part of the twentieth century and serves as the cul...

    by Marty Jones on May 18, 2000
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    Sounds Like Fun! - Super Diamond

    If diamonds are a girl's best friend, imagine how you could score with Super Diamond, Saturday, May 20, at the Ogden Theatre. The band is lighting up marquees and dazzling audiences these days with its very own Neil Diamond experience. Save your snee...

    by Mary Guiden on May 18, 2000
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    Endless Lionel - Lionel Richie is back. Make your plans accordingly.

    True story: During the mid-'80s, when Lionel Richie, the once and future king of marsh- mellow soul, straddled the pop-music sphere like a colossus, I owned a life-sized cardboard standup of the former Commodore that my malevolent loved ones and I wo...

    by Michael Roberts on May 11, 2000
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    Blues Traveler - Ben Stevens is on the road again -- and he couldn't be happier.

    Ben Stevens has just driven from his home in Lyons, Colorado, to Denver for a taste of his favorite pizza. It's a considerable effort, considering all the pizza joints he's passed on the way to Famous Pizza on South Broadway. "You can't get good pizz...

    by Marty Jones on May 11, 2000
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    Combination Platter - Amon Tobin mixes hip-hop and drum and bass with all that future jazz.

    It's become increasingly easy -- and respectable -- to create electronic music. Platinum-selling artists like Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers have steadily worn down America's innate resistance to sampled dance music, and in many ways, the ...

    by Charlie Amter on May 11, 2000
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    Backwash - The music showcase came and went without the world blowing up.

    Last week, some people had the notion that the world might end. On Friday, May 5, eight major bodies in our solar system aligned, and some apocalypse-watchers were downright positive that none of us would live to tell about it (or learn about it late...

    by Laura Bond on May 11, 2000
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