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    As we all know, Ron Miles is finally receiving national attention thanks to his recently consummated album pact with Grammavision and the appearance of his latest recording, the first-rate My Cruel Heart. But only a handful of locals recall that Mile...

    by Michael Roberts on July 18, 1996
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    A New Way to Fret - Meet Steven Ray Liedlich, upright guitarist.

    On a weeknight evening at the Blue Note Cafe, perhaps a dozen people chatter over pastries and coffee. The majority of them appear oblivious to Steven Ray Liedlich, a nondescript young man clad in a T-shirt and jeans who's sitting on a chair tucked i...

    by Michael Roberts on July 18, 1996
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    On the Skids - Southern Culture on the Skids is finger-lickin' good.

    Rick Miller, guitarist and frontman for Southern Culture on the Skids, has just returned from a European tour, and he's got trouble. "I've got to get all this cheese out of my system," he says. "People over there eat cheese with everything." To make ...

    by Marty Jones on July 18, 1996
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    A Meice of the Action

    "It's weird where songs come from," muses Joe Reinke, lead vocalist and guitarist for San Francisco's Meices, during a mid-June interview. "They just come out of the air or out of experiences and things like that. You have to live to be able to write...

    by John Jesitus on July 11, 1996
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    A Different Juhl

    "We're thinking of changing our name to 'Juhl: J-U-H-L,'" says Mike Behrenhausen, drummer for Boulder's Juhl. "Because anymore, that's how we have to introduce ourselves: 'Hi, we're in a band called Juhl: J-U-H-L.'" "Yeah," adds guitarist/vocali...

    by Brad Jones on July 11, 1996
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    Family Ties - Tim and Neil Finn prove that they can make music together without killing each other.

    It's early June, and less than 48 hours earlier, an event took place that immediately changed the manner in which the current Finn Brothers tour was perceived. At the conclusion of a concert in London, Crowded House, guitarist/vocalist Neil Finn's ma...

    by Michael Roberts on July 11, 1996
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    Dinosaur Johnson - On his own, Mike Johnson sounds nothing like his main band, Dinosaur Jr.

    In discussing his latest solo project, Year of Mondays, Mike Johnson offers easy dismissals--"It's no big deal" and "It's natural," for example--which imply that sensationalism can find no foothold here. The flexibility and nonchalance of his even-te...

    by Amy Kiser on July 11, 1996
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    Some good news on the local club scene. Club Mecca, at 1360 College Avenue in Boulder, provides something that the Denver-Boulder area has never really had--an all-ages, no-alcohol, after-hours hip-hop club. The venue is in the space that once ho...

    by Michael Roberts on July 11, 1996
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    Beck! Odelay (DGC) Based on the two shows I've seen him perform, Beck Hansen probably isn't the worst performer in the history of popular music, but he's certainly in the top ten. Damn it if the little squirt hasn't made a pretty decent a...

    by Joshua Green on July 11, 1996
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    Please, Mr. Postman - Meet Roger Gillies, letter carrier and walking reggae encyclopedia.

    It's not easy to track down Roger Gillies. His home is officially located in the tiny mountain community of Jamestown, Colorado, but in actuality, it's far removed from the burg's unpaved but passable streets. Simply finding his abode is a challenge-...

    by Joshua Green on July 4, 1996
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    Survey Says - Are Denver listeners getting the radio they deserve? A Backbeat investigation.

    I. Purpose Radio, in Denver and most other American communities, is more segmented than ever before. Demographers and marketing gurus have a tremendous say over what music stations broadcast--so much so that the actual quality of the material tha...

    by Michael Roberts on July 4, 1996
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    Even Stephen

    In a world of pierced navels and rainbow-coiffed power forwards, no-nonsense performers like Stephen Lee tend to get shunted into the background. But the twenty-something singer-songwriter behind the solid new CD No Turnin' Back (on Denver's GMR Ente...

    by John Jesitus on July 4, 1996
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    It's been a couple of weeks since we've spoken. We have some catching up to do. June 21 was the last day on the Denver airwaves for KBPI's Dean Myers and Roger Beaty, aka Dean and Rog; they've been transferred to KSLX-FM/100.7 in Phoenix, an out...

    by Michael Roberts on July 4, 1996
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    Still Hopping - The Toadies have spread the word by doing it on the road.

    "Can you hang on for a minute?" asks Todd Lewis, singer, guitarist and principal songwriter for the Toadies, in response to a click on his phone line. When he returns, he says, "That was MCI. They wanted me to pay my bill." He adds, with a mixture of...

    by Michael Roberts on June 20, 1996
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    Cornering the Market - A plethora of sounds are on display in Tjinder Singh's Cornershop.

    To the easy rhythm a person assumes when striding through an open-air market, Cornershop's Tjinder Singh intones, "First I was a foreigner/Then suddenly everything was cool forever/This Western Oriental's going full circle." These lyrics--from "Wog,"...

    by Amy Kiser on June 20, 1996
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    Horning In

    Jazz pianist/vocalist Shirley Horn is a cult classic. A restrained and reticent woman, Horn loathes interviews and seldom appears anywhere other than her hometown, Washington, D.C. "I was born here," she says from the nation's capital. "I've live...

    by Linda Gruno on June 20, 1996
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    Although it pains me deeply on a personal level, I must admit at the outset that the hero of this next item is Sting. Angela Long is a local substitute teacher who's legally blind, 20/200, even when corrected. Her husband, Kent, a certified atto...

    by Michael Roberts on June 20, 1996
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    Rebel With a New Cause - Steve Earle has taken everything that's been thrown at him--and he's coming back for more.

    So you thought that after coming through heroin addiction, imprisonment and virtual banishment from the country-music industry, Steve Earle would be suitably apologetic and recalcitrant? Think again. As Earle puts it, "There are some people in this w...

    by Michael Roberts on June 20, 1996
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    Strom Warning

    The message flashed at viewers during the introduction of The Last Klezmer--a 1994 documentary film made by Yale Strom, leader of the klezmer/jazz act known as KLAZZJ--underlines the important role the style has played in Jewish culture throughout Ea...

    by Linda Gruno on June 13, 1996
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    The Revolution Lives - Punk godfather Wayne Kramer is keeping the legacy of the MC5 alive.

    "I think we need radical change in politics," says Wayne Kramer, "and that can only come from young people with revolutionary ideas. Right now we're getting business as usual." If that sounds like the brand of verbal throwdown most frequently ass...

    by Michael Roberts on June 13, 1996
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