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    Justin's Times

    Although numerous reggae lovers feel that 55-year-old Justin Hinds is one of the best vocalists in the music's history, only a handful of Americans are familiar with him--and many of them know him better as a hotelier than as a singer. "I have a...

    by Joshua Green on October 9, 1997
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    Nichols for Your Thoughts

    Singer-songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols is flattered that many of those who've heard his new CD, Lover's Knot, feel that his writing is poetic. But that doesn't mean he does. "I don't write poetry; I write lyrics," he says. "And the lyrics that I writ...

    by Kelly Lemieux on October 9, 1997
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    Feedback

    A lot of observers out there still don't believe that the Denver-Boulder area has a dance scene, and Hardy Kalisher of Boulder's Sol Productions knows why. "I see us as having three separate music communities," he says. "One is the promoters, who spe...

    by Michael Roberts on October 9, 1997
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    Good Prince, Bad Prince - Reports of Prince's creative death have been greatly exaggerated.

    Journalists like yours truly are fond of claiming that there's no such thing as bad publicity, but that's not always the case--and Prince Roger Nelson can prove it. He almost single-handedly made pop music in the Eighties tolerable, but as the decade...

    by Michael Roberts on October 9, 1997
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    The 'Rail Thing - The Derailers bring the Bakersfield sound into the Nineties.

    Tony Villanueva, singer and guitarist for the Texas-based Derailers, sports a hairdo like no other. Buzzed close on top, left long and slick on the sides, it's the quintessential anti-pompadour, more Glenn Ford and Fuller Brush than Elvis Presley and...

    by Marty Jones on October 2, 1997
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    Twenty Years and Counting - Denver's Gary Givant has been DJing since the Seventies--and he's still going strong.

    In 1977, when Gary Givant got his first job as a DJ, his mother wished he would get a real job instead. Two decades later, she's still wishing. In a profession where career longevity is often measured in months rather than years, Givant remains a pow...

    by Kelly Lemieux on October 2, 1997
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    Rap Gets Puffy - Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop.

    Puff Daddy & the Family's No Way Out is as stunningly slack a piece of work as has ever been issued by a major rap act. Puff Daddy, born Sean Combs, has one of the weakest verbal flows of all time: He mouths wan rhymes in a pinched, charisma-free mon...

    by Michael Roberts on October 2, 1997
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    Feedback

    Contests: We're chock-full of them. When the members of the Reejers decided to enter the Jim Beam One Shot to Stardom contest earlier this year, none of them had the slightest expectation that doing so would lead to anything; as guitarist Nick Iu...

    by Michael Roberts on October 2, 1997
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    Playlist

    Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind (Columbia) There's a federal statute prohibiting anyone who doesn't admire Bob Dylan from becoming a rock critic, so it's no surprise that I'm crazy about a great many of his recordings. Highway 61 Revisited and T...

    by Jack Jackson on October 2, 1997
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    The Jeers of a Clown - A major label tried to muzzle Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse. Here's why.

    At this point, more people have heard of The Great Milenko, the fourth CD by the Insane Clown Posse, than have actually heard it. The disc gained notoriety earlier this year when powerful agents of Disney-owned Hollywood Records, the firm that origin...

    by Michael Roberts on September 25, 1997
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    Playlist

    Oasis Be Here Now (Epic) Many reviewers tackling this disc have complained that it's too derivative. Well, duh. You're likelier to get a lie-detector test from John Ramsey than originality from these blokes. But such sniping entirely misses...

    by John Young on September 25, 1997
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    Tales of Wojo

    During the course of an average set, the Boulder-dwelling white boys in Wojo play more funky music than Wild Cherry did during its entire career. In this regard, they're little different from peers in seemingly hundreds of lousy Front Range groups. S...

    by John Jesitus on September 25, 1997
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    Moore Music

    The members of Denver's thriving jazz scene are a varied lot. But musicians like Ginger Baker, Ron Miles, Hugh Ragin, Art Lande, Joe Bonner, Geoff Cleveland, Sam Coffman and University of Colorado jazz-studies head Greg Carroll have one thing in comm...

    by Thomas Peake on September 25, 1997
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    Feedback

    There was agony and ecstasy at the third annual Westword Music Awards Showcase. And I should know: Of the 41 sets offered up by a like number of acts at various LoDo nightspots on Sunday, September 21, I caught 37 of them. Being a glass-is-half-...

    by Michael Roberts on September 25, 1997
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    Got Milk? - Elephant 6's Neutral Milk Hotel books a room in Denver.

    In the middle of a late August afternoon, members of Denver's Elephant 6 collective mill sleepily about the duplex shared by Robert Schneider and Hilarie Sidney, both members of the Apples. The musicians, including Athens, Georgia-based singer-songwr...

    by Amy Kiser on September 18, 1997
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    Music Showcase, Take Three

    Now in its third year, the Westword Music Awards Showcase is rapidly becoming a Denver tradition. But it seems like only yesterday that it was nothing more than an idea. In 1995, several Westworders wondered what we could do to raise the profile...

    by Michael Roberts on September 18, 1997
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    Fortunate Son - Even a gunshot wound can't stop blues giant Son Seals.

    As any lover of the blues realizes, one of the music's principal themes is love gone bad. It's a subject with which Chicago-based bluesman Son Seals is extremely familiar. After all, he was shot in the face on January 5 of this year, and the alleged ...

    by Linda Gruno on September 18, 1997
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    Feedback

    Elsewhere in this issue, you will find the mammoth guide to the third annual Westword Music Awards Showcase, featuring profiles of all 65 of the event's nominees. Included in this roster is an update about the Samples, who are among the five aspirant...

    by Michael Roberts on September 18, 1997
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    Rockabilly of Ages - Texan Ronnie Dawson is an overnight sensation forty years in the making.

    In 1958, Ronnie Dawson, a nineteen-year-old Dallas native, cut "Rockin' Bones," a wildcat anthem about boogying beyond the grave whose refrain boasted, "There's still a lot of rhythm in these rockin' bones." Almost forty years later, Dawson has reach...

    by Marty Jones on September 18, 1997
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    Town Without Pity

    At 22, Ryan Adams, frontman for the Raleigh, North Carolina-based band Whiskeytown, has already penned more songs than most tunesmiths do in a lifetime. And even he's not sure how he's done it. "Songs just come to me," he insists. "I don't really try...

    by Joshua Green on September 18, 1997
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