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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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    Daring Escape - Chris and Andy Daring left a life of luxury for the old-time music they love.

    In 1989, Andy Daring was a successful mortgage banker with a six-figure income and a lifestyle to match. But he was also a guitarist who played alongside his wife, Chris, a gifted fiddler whom he had married five years earlier--and when he resolved t...

    by Marty Jones on August 28, 1997
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    Feedback

    Boulder-based Starkland Records, owned and operated by Tom Steenland, has issued some of the most idiosyncratic discs imaginable during its years of operation: Take, for example, the recordings of Tod Dockstader, a onetime sound editor for Mr. Magoo ...

    by Michael Roberts on August 28, 1997
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    Etc. - Outstanding in His Field The recordings of Alan Lomax dig up the roots of American music.

    Musical anthropologist Alan Lomax first captured the voice of bluesman Fred McDowell on tape in Como, Mississippi, in 1959, three years after Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and five years before the British Invasion. Because the homog...

    by Mike McGrath on August 28, 1997
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    Bittersweet Del-lights

    Just because the music of Scotland's Del Amitri is tuneful and accessible doesn't mean that the group's lead singer, Justin Currie, is shy about expressing himself. He fires off his opinions straight up, with no chaser. Examples? In Currie's wor...

    by John Jesitus on August 28, 1997
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    It Was All Eddie's Fault - Just try to stop Sammy Hagar from telling how Van Halen did him wrong.

    You've got to hand it to Sammy Hagar. A man less sure of himself might have crawled under a rock in shame after being ignominiously dumped by Van Halen in 1996, a full decade after replacing David Lee Roth as the mega-band's lead singer. (The three o...

    by Michael Roberts on August 28, 1997
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    Mama Knows Best - In Zap Mama, Marie Daulne dispenses the wisdom of the world.

    For vocalist/composer Marie Daulne, founder and lead singer of Zap Mama, multiculturalism was a birthright. She was born in Zaire, the daughter of a Belgian father and a Zairean mother. When she was still an infant, her father was killed during an ep...

    by Linda Gruno on August 21, 1997
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    Feedback

    It's been a bad year for Westword profile subjects. This summer, two of them, Johnny Clyde Copeland and Jeff Buckley, died. And last week brought another victim: First-rate blues guitarist and vocalist Luther Allison, who succumbed to cancer complica...

    by Michael Roberts on August 21, 1997
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    Catie Did

    With everyone from marginally talented sitcom actresses to scores of hairy-legged Indigo Girls wannabes trumpeting their alternative sexual proclivities to boost their careers, you might expect songstress Catie Curtis to be shouting about her lesbian...

    by John Jesitus on August 21, 1997
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    Towering Infernos

    "On our first tour, our van caught on fire in Missouri," recalls Matt Beld, guitarist for Los Infernos. "It was the coldest night of the year, and the wind chill was probably about twenty below. Transmission fluid got all over the transmission, man--...

    by Marty Jones on August 21, 1997
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    Tooting His Own Horn - Toots Hibbert is a reggae giant--and he's not afraid to tell you why.

    There has been one constant in Jamaican music from the early days of ska through the mid-Sixties rock steady period to the development of reggae and beyond: Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, leader of Toots and the Maytals. You might think of him as the For...

    by Joshua Green on August 21, 1997
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    Squawking Head - David Byrne is mad as hell at his former bandmates--and he's not going to take it anymore.

    Those of you who've been counting the days until the reunion of Talking Heads can give your fingers a rest. David Byrne, the act's frontman, makes it abundantly clear that the chances of him joining forces again with keyboardist Jerry Harrison, bassi...

    by Michael Roberts on August 21, 1997
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