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    And now it's time for a startling revelation: It's not easy to find innocence in rock and roll. I know--I recently thought I'd located this rarest of commodities right here in the Queen City of the West, only to discover that just beneath its surface...

    by Michael Roberts on January 2, 1997
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    Commerce City or Bust - The exuberant rock of the Commerce City Rollers.

    Maranda Gaylord, the grande dame of the Commerce City Rollers, has never wanted for moxie. Barely one year after she first strapped on a bass, she tried out for Denver's '57 Lesbian in the hopes of filling the slot vacated by Spell's Chanin Floyd. He...

    by Amy Kiser on January 2, 1997
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    Curtis Mayfield New World Order (Warner Bros.) Mayfield, who was paralyzed from the neck down in an onstage accident, discovered a year or so ago that he could sing as long as his body was in a reclining position. But doing so remains an ...

    by Joshua Green on January 2, 1997
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    Get Local - Begin 1997 with the ten best Colorado CDs of 1996.

    Last week, I compiled my list of favorite national releases from the past year ("The Prize Patrol," December 26). This week, peruse my alphabetical roster of 1996's best Colorado releases: ten fine recordings by a variety of local artists whose work ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 2, 1997
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    The Prize Patrol - The biggest musical winners from 1996.

    What follows is a list of the best albums of 1996. Sort of. Each December this decade, I've sat down to compile a roster of the finest recordings that came my way during the preceding eleven months. But because of the sheer volume of material I'v...

    by Michael Roberts on December 26, 1996
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    The End of the Groove

    It's not that the members of Furious George and the Monster Groove are lazy. Anyone who's seen a club gig by the combo (lead singer James Elias, bassist Luke Davis, drummer Scott Bruggeman, guitarist Jimmy Boardman, trombonists Abraham Martinez and B...

    by Katie Szymanski on December 19, 1996
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    To Buy or Not to Buy - Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.

    Various Artists Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) According to the tabloid press, Evita is the most anticipated new film of 1996--although the people who seem most eager to see this musical biography of th...

    by Michael Roberts on December 19, 1996
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    It's time for Feedback's year-end clearance. All items must go. The closings of (america) and the Tivoli Brewery Restaurant--both located in the Tivoli complex, which serves as a student center for the Auraria campus--are embroiled in a mystery t...

    by Michael Roberts on December 19, 1996
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    Playing the Classics

    "Country music is like Spam," claims disc jockey Rich Beall. "A lot of people don't want to admit to it, but they sure do like it." He pauses before adding, "Some people just don't want to come out of the closet and say, 'I like classic country.'" ...

    by Marty Jones on December 12, 1996
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    The Gravity of the Situation - Maids of Gravity frontman Ed Ruscha tries to play the music game his way.

    "I've always hated the radio," announces Ed Ruscha, leader of the Maids of Gravity, in a sunny, what-me-worry? voice. "Except for, like--well, I listen to oldies and stuff. But hit radio? So much of it is terrible. Basically I'm like, 'Fuck, I can't ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 12, 1996
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    Soul-Jazz Power - Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff haven't changed a lick since the Sixties. And why should they?

    When veteran alto saxophonist Hank Crawford and Hammond B-3 wizard Jimmy McGriff formed a quartet in 1986, their record company, Milestone, documented the union with the release of Soul Survivors, a high-energy platter filled with R&B, blues and lots...

    by Linda Gruno on December 12, 1996
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    Those local reviews just keep coming. Available on Denver's Fahrenheit Records is Mirror Image, from Images, a four-piece that operates in the contemporary-jazz arena. That means that Bob Rebholz and his sidemen concentrate on soothing sounds tha...

    by Michael Roberts on December 12, 1996
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    Christmas Seasoning - Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.

    When it came time to categorize the more than thirty holiday releases I've received this year for our annual seasonal-CD roundup, I made an odd discovery: The discs fell into more different brackets than ever before. In general, this proved to be a g...

    by Michael Roberts on December 12, 1996
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    Tricky Pre-Millennium Tension (Island) In a music scene dominated by the safe, the threadbare and the predictable, Tricky comes on like a sonic anarchist--a ceaselessly creative sort who's eager to abolish all rules, tear down those power...

    by John Jesitus on December 5, 1996
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    The Odd Couple

    "I made up this little story that kind of describes what I do," says Miguel Espinosa, the extraordinary flamenco guitarist who makes up half of Boulder's Curandero. "I imagine a little boy who is walking on this road. So he sees a marble. He puts it ...

    by Linda Gruno on December 5, 1996
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    When an independent radio station is swallowed up by a corporate behemoth, things generally change for the worse. But not always. A case in point is KTCL-FM/93.3, a station that's essentially a property of Jacor, a communications giant based in ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 5, 1996
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    Social Diseases - Mike Ness of Social Distortion has a few problems with today's punk rock.

    Social Distortion's Mike Ness is pacing around an East Coast hotel room, his voice loud, his words tumbling out so quickly that he can't quite keep track of what he's saying from one minute to the next. It's hours before showtime, but he's already ru...

    by Michael Roberts on December 5, 1996
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    Generation D - D Generation aims to teach these young punks a thing or two.

    "I think it's okay to be angry," says Jesse Malin, the loquacious vocalist and frontman for the New York-based punk band D Generation. "We live in this fairy-tale culture where everything is supposed to have a happy ending. People tell you to buy the...

    by Brad Jones on December 5, 1996
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    Joshua Redman Freedom in the Groove (Warner Bros.) Somehow it doesn't seem fair that previous generations of jazz buffs got an opportunity to experience the inventions of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman whe...

    by Brad Jones on November 28, 1996
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    Todd Man Out - Todd Rundgren invites you to a computer revolution.

    By most standards, the music industry has treated Todd Rundgren well. His recordings have been put out by major labels since the late Sixties, and while not all of them were hits, the sales of those that could be described as such have sustained him ...

    by Michael Roberts on November 28, 1996
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