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    Town Without Pity

    At 22, Ryan Adams, frontman for the Raleigh, North Carolina-based band Whiskeytown, has already penned more songs than most tunesmiths do in a lifetime. And even he's not sure how he's done it. "Songs just come to me," he insists. "I don't really try...

    by Joshua Green on September 18, 1997
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    Got Milk? - Elephant 6's Neutral Milk Hotel books a room in Denver.

    In the middle of a late August afternoon, members of Denver's Elephant 6 collective mill sleepily about the duplex shared by Robert Schneider and Hilarie Sidney, both members of the Apples. The musicians, including Athens, Georgia-based singer-songwr...

    by Amy Kiser on September 18, 1997
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    Feedback

    Elsewhere in this issue, you will find the mammoth guide to the third annual Westword Music Awards Showcase, featuring profiles of all 65 of the event's nominees. Included in this roster is an update about the Samples, who are among the five aspirant...

    by Michael Roberts on September 18, 1997
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    Rockabilly of Ages - Texan Ronnie Dawson is an overnight sensation forty years in the making.

    In 1958, Ronnie Dawson, a nineteen-year-old Dallas native, cut "Rockin' Bones," a wildcat anthem about boogying beyond the grave whose refrain boasted, "There's still a lot of rhythm in these rockin' bones." Almost forty years later, Dawson has reach...

    by Marty Jones on September 18, 1997
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    Music Showcase, Take Three

    Now in its third year, the Westword Music Awards Showcase is rapidly becoming a Denver tradition. But it seems like only yesterday that it was nothing more than an idea. In 1995, several Westworders wondered what we could do to raise the profile...

    by Michael Roberts on September 18, 1997
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    The Truth About the Fibbers - Carla Bozulich talks about integrity, barbering and the Geraldine Fibbers.

    Carla Bozulich, lead singer and primary songwriter for Los Angeles's Geraldine Fibbers, is in a drab New York City hotel room, waiting to cut Kevin Fitzgerald's hair. Fitzgerald, the Fibbers' drummer, is not the only bandmember whose noggin Bozulich ...

    by Michael Roberts on September 18, 1997
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    Fortunate Son - Even a gunshot wound can't stop blues giant Son Seals.

    As any lover of the blues realizes, one of the music's principal themes is love gone bad. It's a subject with which Chicago-based bluesman Son Seals is extremely familiar. After all, he was shot in the face on January 5 of this year, and the alleged ...

    by Linda Gruno on September 18, 1997
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    Shorter Over the Long Haul - Faced with the tragic death of his wife, saxophone titan Wayne Shorter chooses life.

    By almost any measure, Wayne Shorter, 64, is among the most influential jazz musicians of the past two generations. The saxophonist first made his mark during a late Fifties/early Sixties tenure with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Then, in 1964, he to...

    by Linda Gruno on September 11, 1997
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    Trick of the Trade - Would someone please try to cheer up Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen?

    On the surface, there seem to be plenty of reasons why guitarist Rick Nielsen should be feeling good about himself and his longtime band, Cheap Trick. The quartet (which also includes bassist Tom Petersson, drummer Bun E. Carlos and vocalist Robin Za...

    by Michael Roberts on September 11, 1997
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    Feedback

    This year has been a bad one for a lot of prominent Colorado bands: Foreskin 500, Roots Revolt and the 'Vengers are just three of the well-known acts to have folded their tents and gone home. And now, unfortunately, Baldo Rex must be added to the lis...

    by Michael Roberts on September 11, 1997
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    Wilder Thing - Welcome to the wacky world of Webb Wilder.

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi, native Webb Wilder has produced one of the most literate, entertaining and flat-out barn-burning musical catalogues of the past couple of decades--which means that he's done more than a few interviews in his day. So before l...

    by Marty Jones on September 11, 1997
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    Converting the Preacherman

    Boulder's Preacherman and the Congregation got its biggest break yet when it was chosen to open last month's Reggae on the Rocks concert. But shortly after leaving the Red Rocks stage to a positive reaction from thousands of fans at the beginning of ...

    by Joshua Green on September 11, 1997
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    Venus Rising - The members of Albuquerque's Venus Diablo want to see the world--and the sooner the better.

    Denver musicians frequently complain about the local scene. But in the minds of the musicians in Venus Diablo, Colorado's capitol is a virtual mecca compared with their home base of Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to bassist Johnny Cassidy, a...

    by Amy Kiser on September 11, 1997
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    Clear as Crystal

    America is in the midst of another British Invasion, at least in terms of the electronica movement. Almost all of the electronic-dance groups making impressive showings on the Billboard sales charts these days hail from merry old England, and even as...

    by Kelly Lemieux on September 4, 1997
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    There's a Riot Going On - The members of Atari Teenage Riot don't think the times are changing fast enough.

    According to Alec Empire, a key part of Germany's incendiary Atari Teenage Riot, the act's songs are "not like popular music, which is there to entertain. We want to destroy the fake harmony that's created by the music and the entertainment industry ...

    by James Mayo on September 4, 1997
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    Playlist

    Echo & the Bunnymen Evergreen (London) Most bands on the comeback trail attempt to reproduce their previous sound but don't quite manage it; an essential, ineffable something is missing. Not so the Bunnymen. Evergreen so precisely duplicate...

    by Chris LaMorte on September 4, 1997
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    Out of the Shadows

    The middle-aged men behind Denver's Bob Gillis Group don't look like musicians. Trumpeter/ keyboardist Gillis could pass for the realtor who lives down the block, the cop who cruises the mall parking lot on Friday nights or a youth pastor at the neig...

    by Linda Gruno on September 4, 1997
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    Feedback

    The Rocky Mountain Music Association, a group that's promoted local acts and musicians for ten years, has faced plenty of challenges during the Nineties. Early in the decade, attendance at its annual MusicFest events began to fall off precipitously; ...

    by Michael Roberts on September 4, 1997
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    The Reich Stuff - A new boxed set gives minimalist Steve Reich maximum exposure.

    Repetition is an element common to virtually every musical style. African drummers pound out beats that conform to set patterns. Rhythm-and-blues figures such as James Brown vamp atop roiling grooves that gain power through their very immutability. P...

    by Michael Roberts on September 4, 1997
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    Playlist

    Slaughter Revolution (CMC/BMG) Warrant Belly to Belly (CMC/BMG) Dokken Shadowlife (CMC/BMG) A recent Rolling Stone article declaring the return of Eighties-vintage hair metal probably left many readers wishing that the g...

    by Michael Roberts on August 28, 1997
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