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    The Return of Superfly - One of the best albums of the Seventies is more timely than ever.

    Today's hardcore rappers are in a difficult position. Many of them achieved success via exciting accounts of drinking, drugging, dealing, whoring and homicide that they defended by claiming that the tales were simply reflections of the hard realities...

    by Michael Roberts on January 8, 1998
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    At the risk of stating the obvious, Barry Fey was the single most powerful figure in Denver concert promotions from 1967 until last August 11, when he publicly divulged that he was selling the remaining shares of his signature firm, Fey Concerts, to ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 8, 1998
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    Playlist

    Shania Twain Come On Over (Mercury) First time around, producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange went through the motions of trying to make Twain, who's the object of his Svengalism, sound somewhat like a country artist. But even though she's still...

    by Linda Gruno on January 8, 1998
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    Wooley Thinking

    Denver music fans are well aware of Ron Miles's growing national reputation. But even they may be surprised to learn that the instrumentalist's presence in the area was a primary reason that Nate Wooley, one of the freshest young voices in jazz, move...

    by Linda Gruno on January 8, 1998
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    The Three Weissman - Learning jazz from the ground up with the Perry Weissman 3.

    Denver's Perry Weissman 3, a five-piece combo featuring no one named Perry, is, by default, a jazz machine. However, none of its members are wholly comfortable with this definition. "We started out doing jazz standards, so we always have ended u...

    by Amy Kiser on January 1, 1998
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    Home, Sweet Home - The peak performances by Colorado artists in 1997.

    In last week's issue, Westword celebrated 1997's finest albums by national acts. Now it's Denver's turn in the spotlight. What follows is an alphabetical roster of the finest discs released during the last calendar year by locals or recent graduates ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 1, 1998
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    Anyone who's ever talked to members of the Apples knows that they are among the most modest musicians to ever have walked upright--which is why bandleader Robert Schneider's description of the group's new licensing agreement with Sire Records as "not...

    by Michael Roberts on January 1, 1998
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    And the Winners Are ... - Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.

    Readers angry at me for giving negative reviews to their favorite bands regularly accuse me of not liking anything. This charge is amusing in part because each year since 1991, I have assembled a massive roster of recordings that I do like--the large...

    by Michael Roberts on December 25, 1997
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    Concerts get called off all the time, for a variety of reasons: illness, poor ticket sales, freaks of nature like the blizzard that hit the region this fall. But the circumstances surrounding the postponing of a bash starring Puff Daddy & the Family ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 25, 1997
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    After Further Review - Putting the season's major releases to the test.

    Metallica Reload (Elektra) To put it as plainly as possible, the last Metallica album, 1996's Load, made me angry: To see a band that I had always valued for its integrity change its music for what appeared to be commercial reasons was deep...

    by Michael Roberts on December 18, 1997
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    It's not all that uncommon for musicians and/or fans to found their own independent labels. But Owned & Operated, a new imprint out of Fort Collins, has a couple of marked advantages over most such startups--specifically, name recognition and connect...

    by Michael Roberts on December 18, 1997
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    Chemistry Class

    Denverites Recone Helmut and Clark ov Saturn have not gone out of their way to disassociate themselves from their previous group, Westword profile subject LD-50 ("Lethal Dose," March 13). Like LD-50, which broke up this past summer, their new act, pH...

    by Kelly Lemieux on December 18, 1997
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    Country artist Tim O'Brien, who appears on Saturday, December 13, at the Houston Fine Arts Center in the company of Mollie O'Brien, the O'Boys and the Swallow Hill Swing Band, left his Denver home for Nashville eighteen months ago, partly because he ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 11, 1997
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    The Curtain Rises

    At first blush, the decision by the members of Isis Curtain to throw a CD-release party at Antropolis, a new art gallery, seems strange. After all, standard rock-scene etiquette calls for such bashes to take place at the Bluebird or the Ogden instead...

    by Kelly Lemieux on December 11, 1997
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    Now They're Cooking

    When the Moog Cookbook was invited to play live on MTV's Week in Rock program, bandmembers Uli Nomi and Meco Eno, aka Roger Manning and Brian Kehew, didn't see any drawbacks to accepting, even though it would mark their first-ever concert appearance....

    by John Jesitus on December 11, 1997
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    Music for the Holidaze - Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.

    Do folks actually buy new Christmas albums annually? Many must, because each year brings with it a pile of recordings intended to exploit the spending mood in which so many of us find ourselves come December. What follows is an overview of the latest...

    by Michael Roberts on December 11, 1997
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    EC8OR Is Enough

    "I think Berlin is the best city in Germany," says Patric Catani, who collaborates with Gina D'Orio in the Berlin-based electronic agitprop duo known as EC8OR. "But it is also the worst." On the surface, this statement is an obvious contradiction...

    by James Mayo on December 4, 1997
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    Arms Askimbo

    For an aspiring party band, Denver's Askimbo has been known to leave the occasional listener in a mood that's far from festive. At one cafe gig, lead singer/trombonist Howard Bridges II leapt off the stage in order to confront a bouncer who was getti...

    by John Jesitus on December 4, 1997
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    Obscene and Heard - What can you get in trouble for saying on the radio these days? Not much.

    Click. On KBPI-FM/106.7, morning DJs Rick Kerns and Kerry Gray are trying to determine why Kerns is having such a tough time getting "laid." A caller suggests, "Because he's an asshole?" Gray is exultant at having received a correct response: "Th...

    by Michael Roberts on December 4, 1997
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    From Canada With Love - Ray Condo and His Richochets aren't Americans, but they love American music.

    "When you talk American culture, you've got to start with music," says Ray Condo, frontman of Ray Condo and His Ricochets. "That's the meat and potatoes of this country. It's the music that broke all the rules, and society followed. There's nothing b...

    by Marty Jones on December 4, 1997
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