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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Supersuckers, opening for White Zombie and the Toadies, Thursday, November 2, at McNichols Arena, began making tuneful, relentless punk rock back when the members of Rancid had to ask their moms to drive them to the arcade, and they still do it bette...

    by Michael Roberts on November 1, 1995
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    COOKING WITH BAKER

    Many professional musicians feel that music instructors teach because they're not adequate performers. In some instances this is true--but not when it comes to Lynn Baker. The director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music at Denver University's Lamon...

    by Linda Gruno on October 25, 1995
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    OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

    Yeah, every performer with vocal chords and half a clue talks about artistic integrity--about making music that quenches his or her creative thirst without regard to the marketplace, which by its very nature dilutes and diminishes the purity and impa...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Spiritualized, Wednesday, October 25, at the Mercury Cafe, works in textures: oscillating notes or aural phrases piled atop each other or blended together until they beget a fuzzy, moody sound deep enough to wallow in. Jason Pierce, aka J. Spaceman, ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Little Fyodor and Babushka, with the Wryeteous Py Bayk Jammbory, Saturday, October 28, at Penny Lane in Boulder, were nominees for this year's Westword Music Awards--and you can bet that no one was more dumbfounded by this turn of events than Fyodor,...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    GOING STRAIT

    Until his band began receiving attention, Danny Amis, songwriter and lead guitarist for rock instrumentalists Los Straitjackets, worked as a stage manager and soundman at a Nashville television studio. And he doesn't want you to know which one. "I'd ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    SO YOU WANT TO BE WITH THE BAND? - THEN CHECK OUT JODECI, WHOSE MEMBERS WANT TO BE WITH YOU.

    If you really want to frighten the hell out of Mr. Dalvin, one of the four youthful, testosterone-spewing love machines in the R&B steamroller Jodeci, all you need to do is mention one word: marriage. "That's scary, man," he chatters. "Maybe when...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Various Artists Randy Newman's Faust (Reprise) Haven't seen the stage version of this piece, but the disc is just the kind of mild disappointment that's to be expected from a concept this goofy. Newman is certainly among our greatest living songw...

    on October 18, 1995
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    OPERATION DESERT SHAGGY

    Shaggy isn't your typical performer. After all, how many dancehall-reggae artists can you name who fought in Kuwait as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps? Of course, armed conflict with Iraqi soldiers wasn't part of the plan when Shaggy--born Orvi...

    by Joshua Green on October 18, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    The Reejers, with Baldo Rex, Wednesday, October 18, at the Fox Theatre, had the poor manners to leave their Boulder home for Chicago--but the players (Dave Houghton, Nick Iurato, Dan Tomczyk and Jon Ellison) are making amends with this date, which is...

    by Michael Roberts on October 18, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Letters to Cleo, Sunday, October 22, at the Bluebird Theater, is built around the girlish, quirky, pissed-off voice of singer Kay Hanley--an instrument that contrasts nicely with Hanley's pin-up looks and Gidget-style pigtails. As for the band's musi...

    by Joshua Green on October 18, 1995
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    DOE BOY

    X founder John Doe has found a suitably memorable place from which to talk about KISSINGSOHARD, his first solo album since 1990's Meet John Doe: An eatery in Kentucky, just north of the Tennessee border, called the G&E Drive-In Rest. "They didn't eve...

    by John Jesitus on October 18, 1995
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    A MUNLY MAN

    By definition, Boulder recording artist Jayson Munly Thompson, aka Munly, is a singer-songwriter: He writes and sings his own material, he plays guitar, and--most important--he does it all by himself. Ask the twentysomething musician what he thinks o...

    by Brad Jones on October 18, 1995
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    A GLASS ACT - COMPOSER PHILIP GLASS SEARCHES FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEAUTY IN BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

    As composer Philip Glass holds a phone to his ear on one level of his spacious New York City home, a film crew from the Bravo cable network is setting up a shoot on the floor beneath him. "I don't know exactly what they're doing," Glass admits, exudi...

    by Michael Roberts on October 18, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Barry Black Barry Black (Alias) Even those of you familiar with the odd pop games played by the Archers of Loaf may be taken aback by this solo project put together by the band's frontman, Eric Bachmann. For one thing, this singer doesn't do much...

    by Steve Boland on October 11, 1995
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    OH, BROTHER

    The members of Denver's Brethren Fast are more than mere instrumentalists. They're showmen, damn it, and they'd like everyone to know it. "To be a successful band, you've got to have more than just music," states bassist Mik Messina. "If you're going...

    by Joshua Green on October 11, 1995
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    DEAN-AGE FAN CLUB - FRIENDS OF DEAN MARTINEZ'S BILL ELM REVEALS WHY DEAN MARTIN RULES.

    In the biography Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams, by Nick Tosches, Dean Martin comes across as far more than comedian Jerry Lewis's straight man. Rather, Tosches sees him as an empty vessel who, when filled with the hopes, fantasies...

    by Michael Roberts on October 11, 1995
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    READY TO WARE - HOW MUSIC RESCUED SAXOPHONIST DAVID S. WARE FROM A TAXICAB.

    Tenor saxophonist David S. Ware is a survivor. Now 46, he's spent more than two decades in the mine-laden battlefield that is the New York avant-garde-jazz scene. And he's lived to tell the tale. "Life's discouragements can get to you," he admits...

    by Linda Gruno on October 11, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    The Ginger Baker Quartet, Saturday, October 14, at the National Western Events Center (call 337-1731 for more information), is a fine foursome: Membership consists of Ron Miles, Artie Moore, Jerry Hahn and the aforementioned Mr. Baker, whose recent a...

    by Michael Roberts on October 11, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    David Bowie, with Nine Inch Nails and Prick, Monday, October 16, at McNichols Arena, has managed to hang on to plenty of credibility for a guy who's played as many roles in his lengthy career as Tommy Lee Jones and Michael Caine combined. While he's ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 11, 1995
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