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    Heavy Petting - The Pet Sounds Sessions is the weirdest boxed set yet.

    Released in June 1966, the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds was regarded at the time of its appearance as a commercial disappointment. As author Timothy White reports in The Nearest Faraway Place, his detailed 1994 biography of the band, representatives of Cap...

    by Michael Roberts on February 5, 1998
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    Low Estate, the scorching second album by 16 Horsepower, is reaching retailers in the United States this week, but it's already a success beyond these shores. Says the band's leader, singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards, "It's...

    by Michael Roberts on January 29, 1998
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    Wright on Track

    In a working-class town north of Columbus, Ohio, a few years back, the rowdy patrons were drinking beer out of buckets--using straws--when the bartender clanged a ship's bell and announced, "I want all of you to hear this sax player!" Such an in...

    by Thomas Peake on January 29, 1998
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    Getting in Between Sheets

    By day, Billy Sheets teaches special education to middle-schoolers in Los Angeles. But by night, he offers a different brand of instruction to swing dancers across Southern California. In a musical environment in which most combos make hep-cat Fortie...

    by Marty Jones on January 29, 1998
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    Various Artists Lounge-A-Palooza (Hollywood) Various Artists Paint It Blue: Songs of the Rolling Stones (House of Blues) London Philharmonic Kashmir: Symphonic Led Zeppelin (Point) A hundred years ago, the creative lands...

    by Amy Kiser on January 29, 1998
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    Blackwater Runs Deep - The guiding vision behind Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise.

    "I would've loved to be a pitcher in baseball," says Robert Bradley. "When I was younger, I was a big Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals fan. And I liked the Yankees, too, because being from Alabama, those were the teams you could get on the rad...

    by Michael Roberts on January 29, 1998
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    Supreme Beings

    Virtuosic guitarist/singer-songwriter Adrian Romero grew up as a classical-music prodigy. So why has he placed this style on the back burner in order to roam the pastures of pop music alongside his band, Love Supreme? He shrugs off the question with ...

    by Kelly Lemieux on January 22, 1998
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    Brother From Another Planet - When it comes to hip-hop, Dr. Octagon veteran Kool Keith is out of this world.

    When I learned that Kool Keith was coming to town, I reacted with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. As a founding member of Ultramagnetic MC's, a mysterious but influential Eighties/Nineties rap act, and the voice behind Dr. Octagon's Dr. Octa...

    by Michael Roberts on January 22, 1998
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    Nature abhors a vacuum, and so do concert promoters--which is why the Denver live-music market has been weaving like Charles Bukowski on a bender ever since Barry Fey announced that he had sold the remaining shares of his Fey Concerts firm to Los Ang...

    by Michael Roberts on January 22, 1998
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    Accordion to Whom?

    To most stateside music lovers, the idea of a road show starring three accordion players conjures up images of Geritol-chugging seniors playing polkas to nodding retirement-home residents. Even here in Denver, where the instrument stars in the rousin...

    by Marty Jones on January 22, 1998
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    Say goodbye to the Hectics as you knew them. The group, a Westword profile subject ("Getting Pretty Hectic," April 25, 1996), called it quits shortly after a December 19 performance at the 15th Street Tavern and just before this very publication plac...

    by Michael Roberts on January 15, 1998
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    Rubbed the Right Way - Masseuse Carla Madison keeps in touch with the Denver music scene.

    Carla Madison has probably been skin-to-skin with more famous musicians than anyone in Denver. But while most women would be reluctant to reveal such a fact, Madison takes pride in discussing the hefty number of stage-stomping idols she's had her han...

    by Marty Jones on January 15, 1998
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    Bjork Homogenic (Elektra) There's no shortage of acts that have mingled ancient music with new technology, and although some of the results have been interesting (Dead Can Dance), plenty of others have inspired only yawns (Enigma). None, ho...

    by Michael Roberts on January 15, 1998
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    Designing Men - With Shapes, Polvo vaults into the forefront of experimental rock acts.

    Guitarist Dave Brylawski, one of the principal architects behind Polvo, is an adamantly regular guy. So eager is he to make a personal connection with the Coloradan on the other end of the telephone wire that he is soon noting that his brother lives ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 15, 1998
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    The Return of Superfly - One of the best albums of the Seventies is more timely than ever.

    Today's hardcore rappers are in a difficult position. Many of them achieved success via exciting accounts of drinking, drugging, dealing, whoring and homicide that they defended by claiming that the tales were simply reflections of the hard realities...

    by Michael Roberts on January 8, 1998
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    At the risk of stating the obvious, Barry Fey was the single most powerful figure in Denver concert promotions from 1967 until last August 11, when he publicly divulged that he was selling the remaining shares of his signature firm, Fey Concerts, to ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 8, 1998
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    Shania Twain Come On Over (Mercury) First time around, producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange went through the motions of trying to make Twain, who's the object of his Svengalism, sound somewhat like a country artist. But even though she's still...

    by Linda Gruno on January 8, 1998
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    Wooley Thinking

    Denver music fans are well aware of Ron Miles's growing national reputation. But even they may be surprised to learn that the instrumentalist's presence in the area was a primary reason that Nate Wooley, one of the freshest young voices in jazz, move...

    by Linda Gruno on January 8, 1998
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    The Three Weissman - Learning jazz from the ground up with the Perry Weissman 3.

    Denver's Perry Weissman 3, a five-piece combo featuring no one named Perry, is, by default, a jazz machine. However, none of its members are wholly comfortable with this definition. "We started out doing jazz standards, so we always have ended u...

    by Amy Kiser on January 1, 1998
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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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