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    The Spirit of 72

    "What we do could be interpreted as R&B in spirit," explains Gregg Foreman, guitarist and vocalist for the Delta 72. "But it's definitely not R&B in its purest form. I don't think anybody is going to confuse us with Sam and Dave or Babyface." Ame...

    by Brad Jones on April 10, 1997
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    Playlist

    Big Head Todd & the Monsters Beautiful World (Revolution) A new Big Head Todd album? Well, sort of. These are certainly new songs--or at least songs that haven't turned up on previous albums credited to the band. (Three cuts bear 1989 cop...

    by Joshua Green on April 3, 1997
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    Sliding Home - Lee Roy Parnell thought that slide guitar had a place in country music. He was right.

    Since making his major-label debut in 1991, Lee Roy Parnell has been an unexpectedly fresh presence on hit country radio. With his trademark slide guitar and soulful voice, he has served up four discs of a unique brand of bluesy C&W that stands out a...

    by Marty Jones on April 3, 1997
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    Feedback

    As you know, Boulder is a community that tends to attract unique personalities--like Heaven's Gate guru Marshall Applewhite, for one. But Applewhite's wide-eyed, flighty blather about UFOs and recycling your containers represents only one of the city...

    by Michael Roberts on April 3, 1997
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    Life Is a Cabaret - Welcome to the wonderful world of Cabaret Diosa.

    The members of Boulder's Cabaret Diosa rarely refer to themselves as a band. Rather, they see the aggregation as a place, like a Latin Brigadoon or Shangri-La that exists as if by magic for a night and then is gone again: a luxuriant, recurrent dream...

    by Amy Kiser on April 3, 1997
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    The Shadow Knows - DJ Shadow makes instrumental music. But he can't keep quiet about the state of hip-hop.

    Josh Davis, aka DJ Shadow, is a provocateur. Plenty of hip-hop artists are dismayed by what's happening to their chosen musical form, but most take a cautious, it's-all-good approach to remarking about it in the press. By contrast, Shadow goes out of...

    by Michael Roberts on April 3, 1997
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    Feedback

    At their Saturday, March 29, concert at the DU Fieldhouse, the Samples will consist of Sean Kelly, Andy Sheldon, Jeep MacNichol and Al Laughlin. If you like this lineup, make sure to check out the show--because this is the last local concert to featu...

    by Michael Roberts on March 27, 1997
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    Have You Never Been Cello? - The anti-classical classical music of Rasputina.

    From the looks of Agniezska Rybska, Melora Creager and Julia Kent, the three cellists who make up New York's Rasputina, it would be easy to assume that they would be happiest at home, clad in corsets and tatted organdy in dim drawing rooms like the w...

    by Amy Kiser on March 27, 1997
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    Hail to the Chief

    Putnam Murdock, guitarist and vocalist for Boulder's Chief Broom, is not an especially earnest student, but he has learned something important during his time at the University of Colorado in Boulder. "As I grow older," he says, "I'm realizing that t...

    by Joshua Green on March 27, 1997
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    Here Comes the Judge - Judge Roughneck on the insult that turned it into a band.

    Never underestimate the power of a bad review. Judge Roughneck, widely regarded as Denver's premier ska ensemble, is living proof. Before winding up on the receiving end of a particularly vituperative slam, the act was a hobby--a cover band that Byro...

    by Michael Roberts on March 27, 1997
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    Playlist

    U2 Pop (Island) The hype, the hype, the hype. Regular reports over the course of a year about the making of U2's latest--who was producing, who was mixing, who was standing in the spotlight, who was standing on the sideline. Internet leak...

    by Marty Jones on March 27, 1997
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    The Profit of Jazz - Businessman Al Ferguson believes there's money to be made from his sound.

    Most musicians are more comfortable talking about music than merchandising--but not Al Ferguson. When discussing Fascinating Rhythm, a group whose name he likes so much that he's had it trademarked, the Denver-based Ferguson often sounds more like th...

    by Linda Gruno on March 20, 1997
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    Feedback

    A few days before the beginning of this year's South by Southwest Music Festival, I told vocalist Myshel Prasad, who was set to showcase with her band, Space Team Electra, that she would likely hear some truly inspirational music during her time at t...

    by Michael Roberts on March 20, 1997
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    Zeke Freak

    Triumphs may be the current motorcycle of choice among members of the posh Hollywood set, but mention the "T" word to Zeke frontman Blind Marky Felchtone and you're likely to get clobbered. "I just can't get behind anything that pisses oil and w...

    by Brad Jones on March 20, 1997
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    All Hail the Emirs

    "We are the guardians of the faithful," declares Fletcher Neeley, guitarist for the Emirs. "We are fine purveyors of Mile High City mayhem since 1972." Like most of the claims made by Neeley, this one isn't exactly a paragon of accuracy: In 1972 ...

    by James Mayo on March 20, 1997
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    Name That Style - Do the members of Morcheeba make trip-hop? No--they make music.

    The four men in the band Live are not what you'd call innovators: If they've ever had an original thought, they apparently have not seen fit to share it with the general public. But even if they're not stellar when it comes to making fresh music, the...

    by Michael Roberts on March 20, 1997
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    Lethal Dose - LD-50 makes electronic music that doesn't go down smooth.

    "I don't think most people understand electronic music," says Clark Nelson, aka Clark ov Saturn, a vocalist and programmer for Denver's LD-50. "Some people think that you turn on the keyboard like a Casio and press the start button and it just does i...

    by James Mayo on March 13, 1997
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    A Different Shade of Blue - Corey Harris got to the Delta by way of Denver.

    For years locals have dreamed about a "Denver sound" that would help establish the Colorado musical universe in the minds of talent scouts and A&R types associated with the record industry. But even though the lack of such a sonic signature may be pa...

    by Michael Roberts on March 13, 1997
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    A Legg to Stand On - Guitarist Adrian Legg sees his music as serious fun.

    When the readers of Guitar Player magazine named English guitarist Adrian Legg's 1992 album Guitar for Mortals the acoustic record of the year over competition that included the Eric Clapton disc Unplugged, many of them probably assumed that Legg had...

    by Linda Gruno on March 13, 1997
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    Feedback

    In last week's column, you read about claims that the Fort Collins Police Department exerted its muscle to prevent a February show by Denver's Foreskin 500 from happening--accusations that police spokesmen deny. But whatever the case, Foreskin's Mark...

    by Michael Roberts on March 13, 1997
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