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    Home, Sweet Home - The peak performances by Colorado artists in 1997.

    In last week's issue, Westword celebrated 1997's finest albums by national acts. Now it's Denver's turn in the spotlight. What follows is an alphabetical roster of the finest discs released during the last calendar year by locals or recent graduates ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 1, 1998
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    Anyone who's ever talked to members of the Apples knows that they are among the most modest musicians to ever have walked upright--which is why bandleader Robert Schneider's description of the group's new licensing agreement with Sire Records as "not...

    by Michael Roberts on January 1, 1998
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    And the Winners Are ... - Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.

    Readers angry at me for giving negative reviews to their favorite bands regularly accuse me of not liking anything. This charge is amusing in part because each year since 1991, I have assembled a massive roster of recordings that I do like--the large...

    by Michael Roberts on December 25, 1997
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    Concerts get called off all the time, for a variety of reasons: illness, poor ticket sales, freaks of nature like the blizzard that hit the region this fall. But the circumstances surrounding the postponing of a bash starring Puff Daddy & the Family ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 25, 1997
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    After Further Review - Putting the season's major releases to the test.

    Metallica Reload (Elektra) To put it as plainly as possible, the last Metallica album, 1996's Load, made me angry: To see a band that I had always valued for its integrity change its music for what appeared to be commercial reasons was deep...

    by Michael Roberts on December 18, 1997
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    It's not all that uncommon for musicians and/or fans to found their own independent labels. But Owned & Operated, a new imprint out of Fort Collins, has a couple of marked advantages over most such startups--specifically, name recognition and connect...

    by Michael Roberts on December 18, 1997
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    Chemistry Class

    Denverites Recone Helmut and Clark ov Saturn have not gone out of their way to disassociate themselves from their previous group, Westword profile subject LD-50 ("Lethal Dose," March 13). Like LD-50, which broke up this past summer, their new act, pH...

    by Kelly Lemieux on December 18, 1997
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    Country artist Tim O'Brien, who appears on Saturday, December 13, at the Houston Fine Arts Center in the company of Mollie O'Brien, the O'Boys and the Swallow Hill Swing Band, left his Denver home for Nashville eighteen months ago, partly because he ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 11, 1997
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    The Curtain Rises

    At first blush, the decision by the members of Isis Curtain to throw a CD-release party at Antropolis, a new art gallery, seems strange. After all, standard rock-scene etiquette calls for such bashes to take place at the Bluebird or the Ogden instead...

    by Kelly Lemieux on December 11, 1997
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    Now They're Cooking

    When the Moog Cookbook was invited to play live on MTV's Week in Rock program, bandmembers Uli Nomi and Meco Eno, aka Roger Manning and Brian Kehew, didn't see any drawbacks to accepting, even though it would mark their first-ever concert appearance....

    by John Jesitus on December 11, 1997
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    Music for the Holidaze - Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.

    Do folks actually buy new Christmas albums annually? Many must, because each year brings with it a pile of recordings intended to exploit the spending mood in which so many of us find ourselves come December. What follows is an overview of the latest...

    by Michael Roberts on December 11, 1997
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    EC8OR Is Enough

    "I think Berlin is the best city in Germany," says Patric Catani, who collaborates with Gina D'Orio in the Berlin-based electronic agitprop duo known as EC8OR. "But it is also the worst." On the surface, this statement is an obvious contradiction...

    by James Mayo on December 4, 1997
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    Arms Askimbo

    For an aspiring party band, Denver's Askimbo has been known to leave the occasional listener in a mood that's far from festive. At one cafe gig, lead singer/trombonist Howard Bridges II leapt off the stage in order to confront a bouncer who was getti...

    by John Jesitus on December 4, 1997
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    Obscene and Heard - What can you get in trouble for saying on the radio these days? Not much.

    Click. On KBPI-FM/106.7, morning DJs Rick Kerns and Kerry Gray are trying to determine why Kerns is having such a tough time getting "laid." A caller suggests, "Because he's an asshole?" Gray is exultant at having received a correct response: "Th...

    by Michael Roberts on December 4, 1997
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    From Canada With Love - Ray Condo and His Richochets aren't Americans, but they love American music.

    "When you talk American culture, you've got to start with music," says Ray Condo, frontman of Ray Condo and His Ricochets. "That's the meat and potatoes of this country. It's the music that broke all the rules, and society followed. There's nothing b...

    by Marty Jones on December 4, 1997
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    If you think that the content of many Denver radio programs flies in the face of political correctness (see "Obscene and Heard," page 81), consider the roles assigned to female DJs, particularly during morning drive time. Women are not entirely absen...

    by Michael Roberts on December 4, 1997
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    Taking Music by the Throat

    On the CD Fly, Fly My Sadness, the Bulgarian Voices--Angelite, a female chorus from Bulgaria formerly known as Le Mystere de Voix Bulgares, collaborates with Huun-Huur Tu, aka the Throat Singers of Tuva. The juxtaposition of the women's ecstatic, dee...

    by Linda Gruno on November 27, 1997
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    The recent death of John Denver seemed to leave Colorado without a pop star whose resume included liquor-related arrests. But as it turns out, someone is already filling the gap: Rick Roberts, lead singer of Firefall. According to a representati...

    by Michael Roberts on November 27, 1997
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    It's Sanskrit to Me

    "What we're doing might as well be an ancient language," explains Tom Sublett, electric bassist for Denver's Sanskrit. "Nobody says, 'It might as well be Sanskrit' anymore, but at one time that was practically interchangeable with 'It's Greek to me.'...

    by Thomas Peake on November 27, 1997
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    A Fish Tale - Instead of capitalizing on the electronica craze, Moby is going his own way.

    When dance-music innovator Moby was first profiled here ("The Beat Goes On," January 20, 1993), what is now called electronica was about as commercial as tainted beef. The rave scene was flowering, and techno--a now-outmoded handle--was gaining great...

    by Michael Roberts on November 27, 1997
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