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    The Final Frontier - Denver's Space Team Electra takes its music to new places.

    Myshel Prasad wants to be understood, but not too easily. After a lengthy interview about The Vortex Flower, a new CD by her band, Space Team Electra, she writes a carefully composed five-page letter clarifying her remarks, then follows it up a few d...

    by Michael Roberts on June 4, 1998
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    Getting Hooked - The wholesome perversity of the Hookers.

    Hookers vocalist Adam Neal is a changed man. When he and his mates (guitarist Noel Reucroft, bassist Pat Smith and drummer Paul Bishop, recently replaced by Chris Hamilton) first picked up their instruments in 1995, he was a middling punk-rocker who ...

    by Brad Jones on June 4, 1998
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    Snake Charmers - Denver's Boa and the Constrictors squeeze new life out of jump blues.

    Musicians generally gravitate toward predictable day jobs to finance their passion: waiting tables, pumping gas, selling CDs and so on. But of the six members of Boa and the Constrictors, only harmonicat Jim Pansa, who is employed at a local violin-r...

    by Linda Gruno on June 4, 1998
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    Playlist

    Tricky Angels With Dirty Faces (Island) Here's a lesson in artistic credibility. Ever since the release of 1995's Maxinquaye, which is among the best and most influential albums to pop up this decade, Tricky has been on a creative roll, but...

    by Joshua Green on June 4, 1998
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    Feedback

    In the December 11, 1997, edition of this column, those of you who've mastered the art of reading may have stumbled upon an item concerning Denver-based singer-songwriter Celeste Krenz and her imminent signing to Bohemia Beat, a nationally distribute...

    by Michael Roberts on June 4, 1998
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    Playlist

    Propellerheads Desksanddrumsandrockandroll (DreamWorks/'Heads Spin) Alex Gifford and Will White, a once-underground U.K. pair known by pretty much everyone but their mothers as Propellerheads, are the latest artists to be hyped relentlessly...

    by Michael Roberts on May 28, 1998
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    'Boning Up - A Boulder music festival pays tribute to the lowly trombone.

    When your job title is Professor of Trombone, you get used to the jokes. Bill Stanley, the University of Colorado at Boulder instructor who holds this obscure handle, has heard them all before, and he can prove it. "What's the difference between a la...

    by Marty Jones on May 28, 1998
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    Shell Game - Tortoise and Isotope 217 bring out two different sides of guitarist Jeff Parker.

    Jeff Parker, guitarist for Tortoise and Isotope 217, has never much liked conforming to expectations. "I went to school in Boston, at the Berklee School of Music," he says. "I was in the jazz scene there--and the thing for a young jazz musician ...

    by Michael Roberts on May 28, 1998
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    Feedback

    Just in case you're curious, the music press often strikes me as an elitist institution, too. Not that I think critics should use popularity to determine who is deserving of coverage; on page 73 of this week's issue is a piece I wrote about a pair of...

    by Michael Roberts on May 28, 1998
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    Feedback

    In this space last week, Pat Martin Bradley, executive director of the Association For Independent Music, said the new-age genre is among the strongest performers in the indie market. She's right, of course: With only a few exceptions, major companie...

    by Michael Roberts on May 21, 1998
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    Jim Dandy to the Rescue - The Southern-rock wildman on sex, politics and firing one up with the president.

    Black Oak Arkansas lead singer Jim "Dandy" Mangrum and his family have just spent the night huddled under a mattress in their bathtub as a string of tornadoes blew through their west Tennessee town. But when the time for an interview rolls around, he...

    by Marty Jones on May 21, 1998
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    Pussy Whipped - The pulchritudinous charms of Nashville Pussy.

    "There aren't any other women out there besides us who play hard and play fast and play proper but still possess a sexy, feminine quality," proclaims Corey Parks, bassist for the Georgia-based rock outfit Nashville Pussy. "Most girls who can really r...

    by Brad Jones on May 21, 1998
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    The Shock of the New - Neon Renaissance wants to change the way Denverites hear music.

    Scott Scholz is to musical ambition what Boris Yeltsin is to vodka consumption. Rather than taking the predictable course and putting together a band dedicated to the realization of his ideas, the 21-year-old student at the University of Denver's Lam...

    by Kelly Lemieux on May 21, 1998
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    Frankly Speaking - Why we care that the king rat has packed it in.

    "And now, the end is near/And so I face the final curtain..." These lines--the first two from "My Way," co-written by, of all people, Paul Anka--have proven irresistible to commentators desperately trying to sum up the life of Francis Albert Sina...

    by Michael Roberts on May 21, 1998
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    Playlist

    DJ Cam The Beat Assassinated (Globetrotter/Sony Music International) Throughout last year's Mad Blunted Jazz, DJ Cam conjured up hip-hop revelations on the DJ Shadow tip--meaning that he dispensed with lyrical excursions in order to explore...

    by Thomas Peake on May 21, 1998
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    Summer of Love

    Most of the biggest shows of the summer concert lineup are headlined by stars from the Sixties and Seventies or by Nineties artists who sound like they're from the Sixties and Seventies. In other words, everything new is old again, as you'll discove...

    by Michael Roberts on May 14, 1998
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    Feedback

    If you're not a record-industry insider, news that the Association for Independent Music convention is being held in Denver from Wednesday, May 13, through Sunday, May 17, likely ranks just below a repeat of Full House on the excitement scale. But fo...

    by Michael Roberts on May 14, 1998
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    The Aging of Sonic Youth - The ultimate indie band embraces the past, the present and the future.

    Is Sonic Youth the Grateful Dead of indie rock? At first the question seems laughable. Whereas much of the Dead's appeal can be traced to the accessibility of the assortment of American music that inspired it, Sonic Youth has consistently challen...

    by James Mayo on May 14, 1998
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    Desperate Measures - The men of Starlite Desperation favor the vinyl solution.

    Compact discs' victory over vinyl wasn't merely a revolution of format. The change in sound quality, which at first furrowed brows, has altered the way musicians write, record and market themselves and has changed listeners' opinions about what sound...

    by Amy Kiser on May 14, 1998
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    Notes From the Underground - Musical crime and punishment with Little Fyodor.

    Denver's Little Fyodor doesn't care if audiences are laughing with him or at him. "That's what your parents tell you to keep you from doing anything foolish," he claims. "And what I'm doing is rather foolish." Perhaps--but Little Fyodor's musica...

    by Thomas Peake on May 14, 1998
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