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    Local Yokels - Keep those CDs a-coming.

    Michael Roberts didn't do me any favors as my predecessor in this position. For one, he promised, though not in print, that he would review every single local release to pass through the Westword office, no matter how fleeting the mention. And so he ...

    by Laura Bond on August 19, 1999
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    Critics Choice: GZA

    GZA, at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, August 24, drops lyrical moves that will keep you in check. Touring in support of his third release, Beneath the Surface, this elder statesman of the Wu Tang Clan executes lines that are both visual and abstract. F...

    on August 19, 1999
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    Hit Pick: Oyoyo

    Oyoyo, Friday, August 20, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, is a Denver-based five-member percussion ensemble specializing in traditional African folk music. Leader Emei Ezidinma is Nigerian; "oyoyo" is the Yoruban word for "beauty." The group, ...

    on August 19, 1999
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    The Man Who Would Be King - The thrill still isn't gone for B.B. King, American royal.

    To white-bread America in 1970, the blues was an alien form of music. Ignored by the folks on Main Street, the genre was embraced mainly by record-store-hunting folkies, retro-minded rockers and weed-smoking academics. That is, until B.B. King's "The...

    by Marty Jones on August 12, 1999
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    Feelin' Skavoovie - After quitting college, the experimental ska-sters graduate to a higher musical level.

    Like most guys in high school band, the members of Skavoovie and the Epitones didn't have dates for their junior prom. But it wasn't because they played tuba or marched around in ill-fitting uniforms with caps and ornamental braiding. Instead, they w...

    by Joshua Green on August 12, 1999
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    Mose Better Blues - Septuagenarian jazz poet laureate Mose Allison thrives on the blues.

    After almost fifty years in the spotlight, Mose Allison remains a pianist, singer and songwriter with a dilemma. It seems that the blues roots of the Tippo, Mississippi, native clash with his current jazz edification to create something of a crisis o...

    by Thomas Peake on August 12, 1999
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    Rodent Rock - King Rat packs a punk-rock punch.

    King Rat has found inspiration in the most un-punk of places--namely, the 1979 hit movie Breaking Away. The movie chronicles a young man's struggle with his identity as a "townie" in a Midwestern college town. In the film, the lead character faces ob...

    by James Mayo on August 12, 1999
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    Backwash

    When Doug Bohm migrated from Chicago to Denver in 1994, he quickly found a niche as a gothic industrial concert promoter, a gig that afforded him time to pursue an interest in electronic music with the bands Post-Mortem Stress Disorder and Fish Music...

    by Laura Bond on August 12, 1999
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    Shock Treatment - For Silkk the Shocker and the No Limit Army, success is all in the family.

    When Vyshonn Miller was a little boy, he learned to stick close to his big brother, Percy, as much out of a survivalist instinct as out of brotherly love. Well-respected in the community for his hustling prowess and basketball skills, Percy was someo...

    by James Mayo on August 5, 1999
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    Backwash

    If you listen closely, you can probably still hear the distant sound of champagne corks popping over in the Denver offices of Universal Concerts. After six months on the auction block, employees are breathing a bit more easily following an announceme...

    by Laura Bond on August 5, 1999
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    Just the Good Old Boys - Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd rise again.

    In their heyday in the Seventies, Southern rock giants Lynyrd Skynyrd were the baddest of the bad, a devout hell-raising outfit that helped put their chosen genre of mayhem in the ears of America. Pushing a wall of sound that borrowed from blues, Bri...

    by Marty Jones on August 5, 1999
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    House Music - DJ Tim Sweet is right at home in the Recreational Vehicle. He hopes you will be, too.

    If you were to encounter Tim Sweet at a cocktail party and casually ask him what he does for a living, he probably wouldn't provide a tidy answer. After a moment of furious internal deliberation, he would offer a combination of the following: He's a ...

    by Laura Bond on August 5, 1999
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    Playlist

    Tortoise and the Ex In the Fishtank (Konkurrent/Touch and Go) The only commonality between Tortoise and the Ex, apart from the fact that both are remarkable ensembles in their own right, is that they thrive on unusual collaboration. The Chi...

    by John La Briola on August 5, 1999
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    Monster Magnets - After nearly twenty years, Electric Frankenstein has rock down to a mad science.

    The notion that the music industry is corrupt certainly isn't new--rock history is rife with scandalous tales of shifty, smooth-talking label weasels sticking it to unsuspecting musicians in orifices best probed only by proctologists. Sal Canzonieri,...

    by Brad Jones on July 29, 1999
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    Playlist

    The Donnas Get Skintight (Lookout! Records) Fresh out of Rock and Roll High School, these California girls unapologetically ooze piss and vinegar while chomping on their bubble gum. Blitzkrieging bopping to teen-queen ditties that mix hormo...

    by C.J. Janovy on July 29, 1999
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    The Man and His Symbols - Robyn Hitchcock's latest is out of his mind.

    Underneath the dulcet pop sensibility of Robyn Hitchcock's vast repertoire lurk some potentially unsettling images: having one's soul dry-cleaned, balloon people exploding, supping with the Devil and men with lightbulbs for heads, to name a few. And ...

    by Thomas Peake on July 29, 1999
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    End Transmission - Denver's pirate low-power radio station is pillaged by the FCC.

    Denver resident Dave Granger is a radio junkie who's not afraid to make waves in order to satisfy his addiction. So when the former disk jockey, production man and programmer with KTCL-FM/93.3 FM burned out on corporate rock and "too many dick jokes"...

    by Marty Jones on July 29, 1999
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    Backwash

    Coming to a strange town and trying to get at least a superficial handle on its music scene in a very short time is not quite as complicated as it may initially appear. In much the same way that you expect to see the same fast-food restaurants line t...

    by Laura Bond on July 29, 1999
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    The Wide World of Rap - Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.

    A quarter-century or so after its genesis, hip-hop has finally been acknowledged by the mainstream--but that doesn't mean that all of the misconceptions about it have been exploded. Generations of Americans continue to think of the genre not as an ar...

    by Michael Roberts on July 22, 1999
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    Playlist

    Tom Waits Mule Variations (Epitaph) Old Tom's career has followed the rarest of trajectories: He started out pretty good, only to get better. But how is Mule Variations? Unfortunately, it's pretty good. To understand why what would be ...

    by John Young on July 22, 1999
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