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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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    The Cranberries To the Faithful Departed (Island) There's a fine line between a distinctive voice and an annoying voice, and Dolores O'Riordan is on the wrong side of that line. Following in the footsteps of prime-time Stevie Nicks, whose...

    by John Jesitus on June 13, 1996
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    A Rosey Future

    "A lot of people been saying that I'm not consistent," reports Michael Rose. "And they say this is why no one hears of me." On the surface, these rebukes seem warranted. After all, Rose left Black Uhuru, the group for which he's best known, in 19...

    by Joshua Green on June 13, 1996
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    Fat City - The heavy sound of Denver's Fatwater.

    When bassist Kelly Dermody first joined Denver's Fatwater, the group members claimed to be a rowdy fraternity of extreme kayak enthusiasts given to shouting "Fatwater!" as they approached frothing rapids. That Dermody was fooled is understandable. On...

    by Amy Kiser on June 13, 1996
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    Since its inception, 16 Horsepower has been the product of three people: multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards, drummer Jean-yves Tola and bassist Keven Soll. While Edwards was clearly the frontman for the band, the other players were key contri...

    by Michael Roberts on June 13, 1996
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    'Head of the Class

    Drummer Dan Haugh and bassist Mike Kunka, collectively known as godheadSilo, would like to join Motsrhead and the Who on a roster of the loudest acts in the history of rock and roll. But one thing stands in their way: space. "We'd like to take t...

    by Brad Jones on June 6, 1996
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    Charge! It

    It's a Tuesday night in downtown Denver, and Chuck Shockney, music instructor, organ salesman and part-time musician, is preparing for another gig. He sits down at his keyboard, turns on his rig and slides into a tune for the usual audience of...50,0...

    by Marty Jones on June 6, 1996
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    Feedback

    They've got the local music in them. Flesh Blanket, by Zoon Politikon, is not a punk album in the contemporary, major-label sense--meaning that it sounds nothing like Green Day. Instead, the act, as captured by producer Tim Beckman, gives you an ...

    by Michael Roberts on June 6, 1996
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    The Cat's Meow - Sam Coffman, leader of Cat Unit, wants to give jazz new life.

    "Have you noticed how a majority of the musicians around here are about a generation behind in the way that they play?" asks Sam Coffman, a composer/pianist who leads the Denver jazz act Cat Unit. "And hey, it's not just around here; I think it's a c...

    by Linda Gruno on June 6, 1996
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    Kids Do the Darnedest Things

    Madonna's baby-to-be (reportedly a girl to be named Lola, after the Marlene Dietrich character in 1930's The Blue Angel) is a star even before sticking her head out of her mom's well-publicized womb. But will she stay one? It's not easy, as the offsp...

    by Michael Roberts on June 6, 1996
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    Native Tongues - On her new album, Tish Hinojosa speaks her languages.

    "In a way, it's almost a privilege not to be played on the radio," singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa says with a laugh. "Sure, I'd love to have radio success--I'd be lying if I didn't say that. But the quality and content of the music are just as impor...

    by Michael Roberts on May 30, 1996
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    Feedback

    Thus far, videotape shot during the aftermath of the punk-rock-show-turned-riot at a Denver VFW hall on May 18 (Feedback, May 23) hasn't caused the stir many attendees were hoping, in part because of its highly variable quality. Dave Paco, bassist fo...

    by Michael Roberts on May 30, 1996
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    Playlist

    Howlin' Maggie Honeysuckle Strange (Columbia) Who'd a thunk that in 1996, one of the hottest sounds in the United States would come courtesy of the Rolling Stones? Not that the Stones are suddenly enjoying a personal revival; while catalo...

    by Linda Gruno on May 30, 1996
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    Hour Gang

    If the members of Denver's Eleventh Hour appear to be suffering from an identity crisis, you can hardly blame them. According to Howard Bridges II, drummer for the youthful combo--which also includes lead vocalist/guitarist Shane Ewegen, bassist/ voc...

    by John Jesitus on May 30, 1996
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    Tortoise and the Air - For Tortoise's John Herndon, it's not just the notes. It's the space between them.

    One expects even those rock musicians inclined toward experimentalism to eventually embrace the four-minute pop song, or to otherwise marry the gems of their wanderings to our culture's more prominent musical conventions. But thus far, John Herndon, ...

    by Amy Kiser on May 30, 1996
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    Feedback

    The mainstream-media coverage of the so-called melee that took place Saturday, May 18, at a punk show staged at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall was, in a word, typical. The television news accounts that I saw immediately following the incident--whi...

    by Michael Roberts on May 23, 1996
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    Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire (Epic) Why are so many left-wingers humorless? Sure, there are terrible things happening on this little globe of ours--war, torture, rape, racism, discrimination, deforestation--and anyone willing to b...

    by John Jesitus on May 23, 1996
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