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    Lethal Dose - LD-50 makes electronic music that doesn't go down smooth.

    "I don't think most people understand electronic music," says Clark Nelson, aka Clark ov Saturn, a vocalist and programmer for Denver's LD-50. "Some people think that you turn on the keyboard like a Casio and press the start button and it just does i...

    by James Mayo on March 13, 1997
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    A Different Shade of Blue - Corey Harris got to the Delta by way of Denver.

    For years locals have dreamed about a "Denver sound" that would help establish the Colorado musical universe in the minds of talent scouts and A&R types associated with the record industry. But even though the lack of such a sonic signature may be pa...

    by Michael Roberts on March 13, 1997
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    A Legg to Stand On - Guitarist Adrian Legg sees his music as serious fun.

    When the readers of Guitar Player magazine named English guitarist Adrian Legg's 1992 album Guitar for Mortals the acoustic record of the year over competition that included the Eric Clapton disc Unplugged, many of them probably assumed that Legg had...

    by Linda Gruno on March 13, 1997
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    In last week's column, you read about claims that the Fort Collins Police Department exerted its muscle to prevent a February show by Denver's Foreskin 500 from happening--accusations that police spokesmen deny. But whatever the case, Foreskin's Mark...

    by Michael Roberts on March 13, 1997
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    He's Got His Mojo Workin' - How onetime Denver resident Kirby McMillan Jr. was transformed into Mojo Nixon.

    For the past thirteen years, Mojo Nixon has waged a butt-rockin' assault on some of the more significant ills of society while touting the pleasures to be found in America's underbelly. Once upon a time in the Eighties, this vision infiltrated the ma...

    by Marty Jones on March 13, 1997
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    Meditating Again

    The career of the Meditations has mirrored the rise and fall (and rise again) of the roots-reggae style this vocal trio so passionately espouses. But singer Ansel Cridland insists that reggae's recent resurgence is only partly responsible for his reu...

    by Joshua Green on March 6, 1997
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    jb3 Close Grind (NovaMute) When reviewers outside the techno press take to an electronic dance record, it's usually because the disc is warmer than the average machine-driven platter--a long-player whose simulated humanity gives it a life...

    by Brad Tyer on March 6, 1997
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    Sticky Fingers - Boulder's Tony Furtado fuses musical styles with the power of his picking.

    At last year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Boulder-based multi-instrumentalist Tony Furtado appeared between practically every act on the bill. What was his job? To provide transitions. "I would get up on stage while the sound crew was setting up,"...

    by Michael Roberts on March 6, 1997
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    You may recall reading in the January 16 edition of Feedback about the plight of vocalist Jason Hyland Mather, a member of the band Won Lump Some, who was arrested at Tony's Restaurant and Lounge, a Fort Collins nightspot, after stripping during a pe...

    by Michael Roberts on March 6, 1997
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    Extra Crispin - Welcome to the chiaroscuro world of Crispin Glover.

    Patrons of suburban multiplexes know Crispin Glover for his roles as Michael J. Fox's nerdy dad in Back to the Future and as Arlo, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt's lazy-eyed apprentice, in The People vs. Larry Flynt. The average art-house moviegoer w...

    by Amy Kiser on March 6, 1997
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    Run, Reverend, Run - Run-D.M.C. has seen the light--and wants to show it to you.

    "I don't worry about anything, because I'm a man of faith," says Joseph "Run" Simmons of Run-D.M.C., one of the acts most responsible for the rise of rap in the past fifteen years. "I just do what I do to the best of my ability. I've seen great succe...

    by Michael Roberts on March 6, 1997
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    Built to Spill Perfect From Now On (Warner Bros.) Just when you thought the alterna-sound was completely played out, along comes Perfect From Now On to remind you that good music transcends trends--even ones it might be considered a part ...

    by Brad Tyer on February 27, 1997
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    The Dawning of a New Age - Darren Curtis Skanson is half instrumentalist, half businessman--and all successful.

    According to Denver-based guitarist Darren Curtis Skanson, being a graduate of the Do-It-Yourself School of Music has its drawbacks. "If a girl comes up to my friends in a bar and asks them what they do, it's easy for them to answer the question," he...

    by Marty Jones on February 27, 1997
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    The reticence of area radio stations to play recordings by local artists isn't exactly a new problem--far from it. But Hakeem Abdul-Khaaliq is tackling it in a fresh and aggressive way. He's the co-executive producer of The Bizness, a CD compilation ...

    by Michael Roberts on February 27, 1997
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    Sister Act - Kate & Anna McGarrigle on their continuing family affair.

    The enigmatic folk music of Kate & Anna McGarrigle has a certain darkness about it. A few songs on their most recent disc, Matapedia (issued late last year on the Hannibal imprint), might be cautiously characterized as upbeat--especially "Talk About ...

    by Michael Roberts on February 27, 1997
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    In Full Swing - Forget grunge. Today Denverites are dancing to a very different beat.

    It goes something like this: The follower places her hands lightly in her partner's palms, like a trick poodle begging for treats. The pair then counts together as they execute the fundamental moves that constitute the East Coast swing--step left, st...

    by Amy Kiser on February 27, 1997
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    Eye of the Storm - In a cynical world, Iris DeMent struggles to maintain her virtue.

    Iris DeMent sounds a bit weary. Her first two albums, 1992's Infamous Angel and 1994's My Life, earned almost universal acclaim from critics across the country, but her latest disc, last year's The Way I Should, has been greeted with far less enthusi...

    by Michael Roberts on February 20, 1997
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    And now, the moment you've all been waiting for--the answers to last week's Grammy challenge ("Quiz Show," February 13). 1. B: Elvis Costello lost the 1978 Best New Artist prize to A Taste of Honey, best known for the timeless single "Boogie Oogie ...

    by Michael Roberts on February 20, 1997
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    Playlist

    Pat Boone No More Mr. Nice Guy (Hip-O) Jimmy Webb Ten Easy Pieces (Guardian) By most measures, rock and roll is over forty years old--meaning that at least two generations of performers have grown old as part of this young per...

    by Linda Gruno on February 20, 1997
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    Spirit of '76

    Three of the four members of '76 Pinto reside in the Boulder area, but that doesn't stop the act's Louisville-based drummer, Pat Gill, from saying nasty things about the musicians who live there. That '76 Pinto shares so little in common with the typ...

    by John Jesitus on February 20, 1997
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