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    Pizzicato Five The Sound of Music by Pizzicato Five (Matador) Self-conscious camp is a volatile commodity. If practitioners of same spend too much time winking at their audience, they wind up as more intellectual versions of "Weird" Al Yankovic (...

    by Steve Boland on February 7, 1996
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    LEMMY AT FIFTY - AGING GRACELESSLY WITH LEMMY KILMISTER, THE MAN BEHIND MOTORHEAD.

    The morning after, Lemmy Kilmister, age fifty, is doing his best to remember the night before. As usual, Lemmy's band, Motorhead, is on tour, but there was no show the previous evening. Rather than catch up on his rest, however, Lemmy abandoned h...

    by Michael Roberts on February 7, 1996
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    GET SICK

    Chris Romero, frontman for the Brighton-based band Sick, may not be the only rocker to support his music by doubling as a hit man, but he's probably the first to boast about it. Of course, Romero's work as an assassin is only an act; he has a sma...

    by Joshua Green on February 7, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Irene Farrera, Friday, February 9, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is certainly ambitious; the singer/guitarist says her main musical objective is to "change the minds of the world's racists, homophobes and political and religious fanatics." Fortunately,...

    by Linda Gruno on February 7, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Celeste Krenz, Saturday, February 10, at the Bluebird Theater, with the Tyler Brothers, is slowly but surely gaining acceptance from a notoriously fickle segment of her audience: radio programmers. Slow Burning Flame, Krenz's latest CD, has found fav...

    by Michael Roberts on February 7, 1996
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    PLAYLIST

    Genius/GZA Liquid Swords (Geffen) Hip-hop's in a bad place right now. There's still plenty of kick left in the style, but by using up the prevalent imagery before they'd found something to take its place, new rappers and old have painted themselv...

    by Joshua Green on January 31, 1996
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    SINGLE VISION - BLUR'S DAMON ALBARN FOCUSES ON BREAKING HIS BAND IN AMERICA.

    Damon Albarn, lead singer and songwriter for England's Blur, is sitting on a London film set, where the video for his band's next single, "Charmless Man" (from last year's album The Great Escape), is being shot. Albarn acknowledges that the clip--whi...

    by Michael Roberts on January 31, 1996
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    BEN AT WORK

    "I do sit down to work on songs," notes slide guitarist Ben Harper, "but really, songs sit me down and say, `It's time to write.' When I see something that needs to be written about, I write about it. When I feel something I need to express, music is...

    by Joshua Green on January 31, 1996
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    THE MAGNIFICENT FIVE - PETE WERNICK'S LIVE FIVE PLAYS BLUEGRASS A NEW WAY.

    Since 1986, Niwot-based banjoist and bandleader Pete Wernick has been president of the International Bluegrass Association, located in scenic Owensboro, Kentucky. He's eminently qualified for the post: He's been a professional bluegrass musician for ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 31, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    La Musgana, 8 p.m. Friday, February 2, at Cameron Church, is a quartet from Leon, Spain, that specializes in European folk sounds rarely heard in these parts--Castilian, Andalusian, Galician and Murcian styles that are rooted in music brought to Spai...

    by Linda Gruno on January 31, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Colcannon, Sunday, February 4, at the Left Hand Grange Hall in Niwot, makes Celtic folk music of an especially passionate and moving stripe, and this quality has been captured beautifully on the act's latest recording, The Life of Riley's Brother. Pr...

    by Michael Roberts on January 31, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Gladhand, Saturday, January 27, at the Mercury Cafe, is made up of five rather modest folks: The closest thing to a boast bassist Mike Brown can come up with after being asked about new and exciting happenings involving the band is, "Well, we're goin...

    by Michael Roberts on January 24, 1996
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    MASSIVE ATTACK, BOULDER STYLE

    Every Wednesday night, Tulagi, one of Boulder's most venerable rock clubs, gets a new look. Seventies-era furniture supplements its usual decor, as do tapestries and murals enhanced by black lights. The audience is different, too: A visitor might see...

    by Joshua Green on January 24, 1996
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    KRIS AND TELL - A REMINDER FROM KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: HIS LIFE ISN'T ONLY AN ACT.

    In last year's made-for-cable movie Tad, Kris Kristofferson portrayed Abraham Lincoln. Given his strong, rough-hewn features, stern mannerisms and deep, raspy voice, the casting was perfect--too perfect, perhaps. After a quarter-century spent on scre...

    by Michael Roberts on January 24, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Tom Russell, with Nancy Cook, Saturday, January 27, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is another of those artists who's discovered that the gap between folk and country is, commercially speaking, a chasm. While Russell's songs have been successfully covere...

    by Michael Roberts on January 24, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Sherri Jackson, with Sweet Water Well, Thursday, January 18, at the Bluebird Theater, doesn't need much to make her music: a guitar and a couple of backing musicians--plus the occasional throat lozenge--and she's set. That's because she's an incisive...

    by Michael Roberts on January 17, 1996
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    THE ENVELOPE PLEASE - HERE'S WHAT GRAMMY HOPEFULS SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR.

    The annual announcement of nominees for the Grammy awards is usually as lovingly anticipated by people who know and love music as their next proctological examination. Why? Because the performers acknowledged often warrant several years in time-out m...

    by Michael Roberts on January 17, 1996
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    VIVA LAS VEGAS - A BOXED SET WRONGHEADEDLY ATTEMPTS TO REHABILITATE THE LATTER-DAY ELVIS'S REPUTATION.

    Several years ago a friend of mine set out to assemble a tape of Elvis Presley songs under the title "Good Elvis/Bad Elvis." The idea seemed simple: For side A, he planned to compile the finest pieces of Presley; for side B, the worst of the worst--d...

    by Michael Roberts on January 17, 1996
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    TEACH YOUR NIGHT-CLUB SINGERS WELL

    Upon moving to the Denver area from Washington, D.C., two years ago, vocalist/ composer/keyboardist Rekha Ohal suffered the usual setbacks while establishing herself on the local music scene. But rather than sitting home and feeling sorry for herself...

    by Linda Gruno on January 17, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Tim O'Brien, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 19, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is a local boy who continues to make his mark beyond this locality: His current press material includes heartfelt testimonials about his abilities by Mary Chapin Carpen...

    by Michael Roberts on January 17, 1996
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