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    The Curator of Pet Sounds - Von Hemmling's Jim McIntyre is at home with the Elephant Six family. Literally.

    Jim McIntyre, the brain behind Von Hemmling, lives among amps and mikes and dogs and cats at Pet Sounds, the shabby yet illustrious recording haven of the Apples and other acts affiliated with the Elephant Six imprint. In doing so, he's grown accusto...

    by Amy Kiser on April 29, 1999
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    England's Shame - No one told Gomez's Tom Gray that British rock stars are supposed to be loudmouths.

    Gomez is an up-and-coming English rock group, but its members don't act like it. Their clothes aren't terribly exciting, their music doesn't "shimmer," "jangle" or "pulsate" from the speakers of a dance club near you, and they resist the urge to tell...

    by Jenny Shank on April 22, 1999
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    A Hamblin You Can Dance To - Ken Hamblin III, aka DJ K-NEE, on the shaping of Denver nightlife in the Nineties.

    "I try to imagine what the scene in Denver would be like if we hadn't been here--myself, Darrin Choice, John Chamie, Hipp-E and the other visionaries," says Ken Hamblin III, better known as DJ K-Nee. "And I'm not certain it would be as interesting. W...

    by Kelly Lemieux on April 22, 1999
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    Still Burning - Jon Spencer and Alec Empire want you to get a sample of R.L. Burnside.

    In conversation, bluesman R.L. Burnside exudes satisfaction. He doesn't have an unkind word for anyone, and his comments glow with a sort of beatific acceptance: He delivers his most common replies--"Mmmmmm-hmmmmm," "That's right," "Oh, yeah" and "I ...

    by Michael Roberts on April 22, 1999
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    Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton Trio II (Asylum) When Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt recorded the first Trio in 1987, the collaboration made sense. Harris had been building a respectable country audience, Parto...

    by Michael Roberts on April 22, 1999
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    Despite author Thomas Wolfe's definitive warning, lots of people regularly try to go home again, only to find that the old place is no longer what it used to be. But not all such journeys end in disaster. Take the Smashing Pumpkins concert on April 1...

    by Michael Roberts on April 22, 1999
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    Playlist

    Schrasj F (Ojet) the buddyrevelles September, November (Motorcoat) Kitty Craft Beats and Breaks From the Flower Patch (Kindercore) Masters of the Hemisphere Masters of the Hemisphere (Kindercore) Over the past ...

    by Sean McDonald on April 15, 1999
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    Party On, Garth - DJ Garth delivers a blast from the Eighties past.

    When it comes to the Denver club scene, the Eighties are in. Expensive venues such as Polyester's and Lucky Star are treating expanding crowds to a diet laden with plenty of the Human League and the Cure, and nightspots associated with modern rock or...

    by Kelly Lemieux on April 15, 1999
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    Everything's Zen - The punk-soul warfare of Zen Guerrilla.

    Standing six-foot-seven and sporting a dark, frizzy coif straight out of the Handsome Dick Manitoba playbook, Zen Guerrilla vocalist Marcus Durant looks more like a refugee from the White Panthers than a budding soul sensation. Yet Durant insists tha...

    by Brad Jones on April 15, 1999
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    Colorado has never provided fertile ground for independent labels: With only a few exceptions (most notably, Boulder-based W.A.R.?), most area imprints that started with high hopes wound up quickly dying on the vine. But that hasn't stopped hearty lo...

    by Michael Roberts on April 15, 1999
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    The ABBA Experiment - Twenty-five years later, Sweden's still getting its revenge.

    April 7, 1999: Prologue to the experiment: ABBA, a Swedish quartet starring Agnetha "Anna" Fltskog, Benny Andersson, Bjsrn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid "Frida" Synni-Lyungstad-Fredriksson-Andersson, was immensely successful during the 1970s and early 1...

    by Michael Roberts on April 15, 1999
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    Playlist

    Virginia Rodrigues Sol Negro (Hannibal) As the global village shrinks, strife seems to grow, and terrorism, trade tiffs and border skirmishes tempt us to forget about the accompanying merits of intellectual and artistic continental drift. S...

    by John Young on April 8, 1999
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    Spread the Jam - Medeski, Martin and Wood branch out beyond jazz.

    Medeski, Martin and Wood may record for Blue Note, the most venerable of jazz labels, but the trio's music is practically impossible to describe without using a hyphen: Sometimes it's jazz-soul, sometimes it's jazz-funk, sometimes it's jazz-hip-hop, ...

    by Michael Roberts on April 8, 1999
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    Slack Time - The Slackers push ska forward by looking back.

    "You know what it is about our band?" asks Marq Lyn, vocalist for the Slackers, a New York City-based ska act. "We have the be-humble-and-shut-the-fuck-up policy. If anything slightly good happens to us, that makes our day. If someone gives us half a...

    by Joshua Green on April 8, 1999
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    Bombs Away - The Cherry Bomb Club is just heating up.

    Late last November, the 15th Street Tavern, Denver's favorite venue for ear-splitting punk, was filling up with the usual suspects: Most of the audience members sported either ripped T-shirts or chains. But did they protest when the Cherry Bomb Club,...

    by Steve Gray on April 8, 1999
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    Trends come and trends go--which means, no doubt, that the current swing revival is likely to become the dead-and-forgotten swing revival before too many more flicks attempting to exploit it can stiff. (Did you see Blast From the Past? Me neither.) S...

    by Michael Roberts on April 8, 1999
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    Jet Boys - Jets to Brazil is taking off.

    Guitarist/vocalist Blake Schwarzenbach isn't quite sure what to make of the "emo-core supergroup" tag journalists have bestowed upon his new project, Jets to Brazil, but it's safe to say he doesn't much care for it. "I think it's a little ridiculous,...

    by Brad Jones on April 1, 1999
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    Dirty Business - Dirty Pool sells itself any way it can.

    Paul Shellooe, the hard-rocking frontman and guitarist for Dirty Pool, is a software designer by day, so it's no surprise that he's eager to discuss his outfit's plans for using the latest whiz-bang gadgetry to achieve success in Colorado and beyond....

    by Marty Jones on April 1, 1999
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    Feedback

    Some critics feel that open-mindedness is a waste of time. For instance, an ex-colleague at a Westword sister paper once pitched music editors like myself on a review of a Rolling Stones kickoff tour date by guaranteeing to rip the band a new one, de...

    by Michael Roberts on April 1, 1999
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    Shine On - Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse is running the race his way.

    Back when Mark Linkous, the man behind Sparklehorse, was dirt poor, he would venture into the woods near his Virginia farmhouse and root around for pieces of old rusty tin. "I'd make whirligigs out of them or shoot them up with a shotgun and write 'T...

    by Amy Kiser on April 1, 1999
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