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    Father Cube - Ice Cube on child-rearing and Family Values.

    O'Shea Jackson, known to friends and enemies alike as Ice Cube, has a daughter, a son and a stepson whose ages range from four to eleven. But despite their tender years, he sees no reason why they shouldn't be able to enjoy the furious wit and wisdom...

    by Michael Roberts on October 1, 1998
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    In this space last week, Don Howe, local head honcho for Cincinnati's Jacor Communications, which owns eight powerful radio stations in the Denver-Boulder area, got to crow about problems at KKHK-FM/99.5 (the Hawk), a competitor that went from celebr...

    by Michael Roberts on October 1, 1998
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    The Break of Don - The Don Kronicals are a hip-hop partnership with punch.

    "The first thing that defines an artist who is local," says Montbello rapper Bumpy Chill, "is to do a show without using anyone else's beats and then see how the crowd reacts." The Don Kronicals, which pairs Chill with his cousin, Aurora's L.O., ...

    by James Mayo on September 24, 1998
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    Say Unkle - Mo Wax founder James Lavelle tries to explain Unkle, the sort-of band behind one of the year's most flamboyant albums.

    James Lavelle, the 24-year-old founder and president of England's Mo Wax Records, has an active fantasy life, and movies are his touchstone. The promotional items for Psyence Fiction, a new CD credited to a project he's dubbed Unkle, include a mockup...

    by Michael Roberts on September 24, 1998
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    Elliott Smith XO (Dreamworks) Considering the one-dimensional press Elliott Smith has been receiving of late, you can be forgiven for assuming that XO captures the sound of a strange, homely man sobbing himself to sleep over his acoustic gu...

    by John Young on September 24, 1998
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    Reid-ing Music - Multi-instrumentalist Harvey Reid proves that acoustic folk doesn't have to be boring.

    Harvey Reid looks like your standard-issue new-age guitarist. But when he speaks about the state of the acoustic-music field he works in, it's clear that there's more behind his flowing locks than initially meets the eye. "A lot of my guitar compadre...

    by Marty Jones on September 24, 1998
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    The fourth annual Westword Music Awards Showcase, held September 20 in LoDo, featured music of virtually every description, as well as a special guest appearance by representatives of the Denver police department. Let's get to the latter situati...

    by Michael Roberts on September 24, 1998
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    If you want to get technical, the Westword Music Awards Showcase guide at the center of this issue is an advertising supplement. But it's also the most extensive overview of the Denver-Boulder music scene that any area publication will print this yea...

    by Michael Roberts on September 17, 1998
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    Leading the Attack - England's Massive Attack is still making the Nineties more interesting.

    Massive Attack's sound, which integrates street life, DJing, music, art and angst, has played a major role in shaping the pop music of the Nineties--and with this accomplishment have come some impressive spoils. Today the group's Robert del Naja (aka...

    by Kelly Lemieux on September 17, 1998
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    On the Money - Money Plays Eight was a gamble from the start--but it's paying off.

    Just because the word "swing" frequently accompanies descriptions of Money Plays Eight's music doesn't mean the members of the group are happy about it. "We wouldn't even describe ourselves as swing," insists singer James Leo, one of two imposin...

    by Jeff Stratton on September 17, 1998
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    Playlist

    Barry Adamson As Above, So Below (Mute) With this disc, the criminally underrated Adamson takes a risky plunge off his ivory tower of instrumental ambience. This composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist has compiled a decade-long discog...

    by James Mayo on September 17, 1998
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    Toning Up - The Geritones prove that you're never too old to swing.

    Pianist Forrest Meyer is the leader of a group that specializes in big-band music--a style that's hotter today than it's been in decades--and whenever he plays live, he draws large and appreciative crowds. But while most of his peers work their brand...

    by Marty Jones on September 10, 1998
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    Aceyalone A Book of Human Language (Project Blowed) Why do so many artists choose to take the path of least resistance? The current plight of rapper Aceyalone offers an answer. Born E.M. Hayes Jr., Aceyalone was part of the Freestyle Fellow...

    by Jack Jackson on September 10, 1998
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    Going to W.A.R.? - The inside story of the little Boulder label that could.

    The building at 2401 Broadway in Boulder doesn't blend into the scenery. Designed by the late architect Charles Haertling, whose "mushroom house" made a guest appearance in Woody Allen's 1973 sci-fi comedy Sleeper, it's very large, very white and ver...

    by Michael Roberts on September 10, 1998
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    Howard Stern is capable of turning a radio market upside down faster than any other single on-air personality. Although he's been involved in big-time media for ages, he continues to inspire the ire of the Federal Communications Commission (the fines...

    by Michael Roberts on September 10, 1998
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    Playlist

    Hole Celebrity Skin (Geffen) When a colleague of mine who'd heard an advance copy of this disc told me that it was essentially a Go-Go's record, my first reaction was relief: Thank God it's not a heartfelt screed about how Courtney Love rea...

    by Jenny Shank on September 3, 1998
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    He's Big in Japan - Keyboardist Bernie Worrell doesn't want America to lose its funkiness.

    Bernie Worrell knew that listeners outside the United States had long treated classic American music more honorably than had those within it. Likewise, he'd heard plenty of stories about veteran jazz, country or rockabilly artists who'd either moved ...

    by Michael Roberts on September 3, 1998
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    Jammin' - Jam X was a turntablist before turntabling was cool.

    Turntablists--DJs who turn mixing and spinning into hip-hop performance art--have made a big noise in San Francisco and New York, but they're just now getting the attention they deserve in many other cities. As a result, most locals don't realize tha...

    by James Mayo on September 3, 1998
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    Salas Days - A.J. Salas hasn't let his youth get in the way of playing the blues.

    The past twelve months have been very, very good to A.J. Salas. Since last summer, the blues-and-boogie-woogie pianist has composed and arranged a piece for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and wowed large crowds at the People's Fair, the Cherry Creek...

    by Marty Jones on September 3, 1998
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    The January 15, 1998, edition of this column introduced you to Big Pauli & Mr. V-Lo, a spinoff from the Denver hip-hop act Deuce Mob ("Join the Mob," February 14, 1996). The Mob's breakup, which took place after the group opened for the Ice Cube side...

    by Michael Roberts on September 3, 1998
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