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    Bragging Rights - Fatherhood has given Billy Bragg a new reason to make music.

    "Thatcher's gone," notes singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. "Reagan's gone. Some people have wondered if that's why I disappeared off as well." Indeed, Bragg, an England-based performer as well-known for his left-wing views as for his tunes, has main...

    by Susan Dunlap on October 31, 1996
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    In talking about Rock Island, the LoDo club he owns, David Clamage offers kudos to a such a long list of past and present employees and associates that he sounds like Sally Field on Oscar night. But his excitement is understandable. After all, on Thu...

    by Michael Roberts on October 31, 1996
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    Another Descent - The Descendents live to punk again.

    "We're all about nerd lib," declares Karl Alvarez, bassist for the recently reunited punk act the Descendents. "Be proud of your nerd." "We are the champions of the nerds--no doubt about it," concurs Milo Aukerman, Descendents frontman and star o...

    by James Mayo on October 31, 1996
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    Lab Rats - Laetitia Sadier on Stereolab's experiments in sound.

    "When people are told about Stereolab," says the band's lead singer, French-born Laetitia Sadier, "I've heard that they often imagine a dance act. But when they come to our shows--well, they get some songs that can be danced to and some songs that ar...

    by Michael Roberts on October 24, 1996
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    Before the Bruce Springsteen show at the Paramount on October 16, I caught a few minutes of the second and (blessedly) final presidential "debate," broadcast live to the nation from San Diego. What I saw of the event wasn't exactly scintillating: Bil...

    by Michael Roberts on October 24, 1996
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    Over the Moon - A new breed of country fan is taking a shine to Moonshine Willy.

    A while back, Kim Docter, the frontwoman behind the psycho-country combo Moonshine Willy, was afraid she was running out of songwriting ideas. Rather than wait idly for her muse to return, however, she attempted to summon her back on a regular basis....

    by Michael Roberts on October 24, 1996
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    The Circus Is in Town

    "In Japan, we saw Kip Winger," maintains Trelvis, bassist for the Denver punk band Pinhead Circus. "He was playing next door to us. I kicked his ass again." Don't worry, Winger fans--if there are any of you still out there, that is. According to...

    by James Mayo on October 24, 1996
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    Carman Righteous Invasion of Truth (Sparrow) The rub with so much of today's contemporary Christian music isn't its focus on God with a capital G. Good songs can be written about anything--Teen Spirit, girls named "Lump," whatever. No, th...

    by John Jesitus on October 24, 1996
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    The company releasing Positive, the latest album by Lord of Word and the Disciples of Bass, is Boulder's Rabid Records; at least that's what it says on the CD's packaging, which you'll soon be able to read for yourself. (A release bash honoring the n...

    by Michael Roberts on October 17, 1996
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    The Odd Couple - A new boxed set paints Miles Davis and Gil Evans in black and white.

    The collaborations between trumpeter Miles Davis, among the most restless (and brilliant) major figures in the history of jazz, and Gil Evans, a composer/arranger who was equally attracted to innovation and traditionalism, have spawned plenty of argu...

    by Michael Roberts on October 17, 1996
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    How the West Was Ween - Gene and Dean Ween take on country music and live to tell the tale.

    In 1994 Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, better known to the world at large as Gene and Dean Ween, issued Chocolate and Cheese, an Elektra Records release that won critical praise, significant radio airplay (for the groovy cut "Voodoo Lady") and ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 17, 1996
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    Flat City

    Many of the performers whom Flat Duo Jets singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber numbers among his heroes were either long in the tooth or dead by the time of his 1966 birth. So it's fairly strange to hear him commenting on something he seldom watches: MTV...

    by Marty Jones on October 17, 1996
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    The Madness Is Spreading

    Ask Denver's Day Butler to describe hip-hop and you won't get a definition; you'll get a mini-course in sociology. "A lot of people say hip-hop is a way of life. But as far as I'm concerned, hip-hop is life," says Butler, the creator, producer, ...

    by Linda Gruno on October 17, 1996
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    Nirvana From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (DGC) In this disc's liner notes, bassist Krist Novoselic writes, "Let all the analysis fall away like yellow, aged newsprint. Crank this record up and realize the bliss, power...and passion...T...

    by Brad Jones on October 17, 1996
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    Seeing Red - Red House Painter Mark Kozelek wants you to know that he isn't suicidal.

    Midway through a telephone interview, Mark Kozelek, the artisan behind Red House Painters, says, "If I haven't been articulate, maybe you could edit me a little. I sound like a retard when I blab. So try to make me sound like I know what I'm talking ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 10, 1996
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    The September 28 Deicide show at the Mercury Cafe was, to put it mildly, a mess. However, seemingly no one can agree on who was at fault or what should be done about it. This much is fairly certain: Deicide, a nationally known band beloved by de...

    by Michael Roberts on October 10, 1996
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    Hey, Denver Joe - How'd you get that drink in your hand--and that incredible way with a song?

    It's a rainy Monday night in Denver, but a small crowd has braved the elements to hear a local legend. Denver Joe Vasquez, wearing a black broad-brimmed hat, black shirt, blue jeans and boots, steps to the microphone and delivers his trademark greeti...

    by Marty Jones on October 10, 1996
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    Better Than Ezra Friction, Baby (Elektra) Dear friends, this CD represents everything that's wrong with alternative music in 1996. Not that it's obviously abysmal. Far from it: The songs here are tuneful and hooky, and the players (guitar...

    by John Young on October 10, 1996
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    Taking Cake

    "Being a musician at our level is pretty much like indentured servitude," reveals Cake singer/guitarist John McCrea. "You're in debt to the Man pretty much, so it's not this glorious, independent lifestyle that people think about when they think abou...

    by Joshua Green on October 10, 1996
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    Low Profile

    "We like to see how little we can get away with," says Zak Sally, bassist for Duluth, Minnesota's Low. "If there's too much in a song, we try to pare away as much as is completely possible. We like to keep it as minimal as we can." And minimal i...

    by Brad Jones on October 3, 1996
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