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    Many folks outside the music scene were startled last week when Al Laughlin, longtime keyboard player for the Samples, was arrested in connection with the burglary of a Boulder apartment building. But fans who closely follow the combo weren't surpris...

    by Michael Roberts on September 19, 1996
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    Take Them to Your Leaders - Man or Astro-man? announces plans for world domination.

    Somewhere in the heartland of this great nation of ours, Coco the Electronic Monkey Wizard, one of the masterminds behind the intergalactic surf-rock foursome called Man or Astro-man?, is doing what he does every night--plotting to take over the worl...

    by Brad Jones on September 19, 1996
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    Amazing Feet - Bassist Jeffrey Marshall hasn't found an obstacle yet that he couldn't overcome.

    "I play keyboards, guitar, harmonica and bass," mentions Jeffrey Marshall from the balcony of his downtown Denver apartment. This in itself is impressive but hardly unparalleled; many musicians can lay claim to multi-instrumental talents. But it's un...

    by Marty Jones on September 19, 1996
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    Material Grrrls - The women of Cub aren't as cuddly as you think.

    Early this decade, feminism birthed the riot grrrl, a bastard child whose foster home was the punk-rock stage. This new generation of women fought not only to reintegrate sugar-and-spice girlishness into music, but to give expression to the dirty sid...

    by Amy Kiser on September 19, 1996
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    Soul Coughing Irresistible Bliss (Slash/Warner Bros.) On Ruby Vroom, Soul Coughing's bow, bandleader M. Doughty and his compatriots (complemented immeasurably by genius producer Tchad Blake) seemed absolutely fearless, slamming together j...

    by John Jesitus on September 12, 1996
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    Getting Cosy

    "Recently," says singer Cosy Sheridan, "I've attempted to look at songwriting sort of as a public service." This comment doesn't mean that Sheridan's recordings lack an individual perspective; in fact, she's one of music's more distinctive tunes...

    by John Jesitus on September 12, 1996
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    Taylor Made

    'Eighteen years ago, bluesman Otis Taylor, a longtime fixture at the Denver Folklore Center, walked away from his career as a professional musician with hardly a second thought. "I just quit, because I decided I didn't need that lifestyle," Taylor re...

    by Linda Gruno on September 12, 1996
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    A rule governing participants in the second annual Westword Music Awards Showcase, set to take place September 22 at a variety of LoDo venues (see the ballot on page 94 for more details), states that nominated acts can't be signed to major labels; af...

    by Michael Roberts on September 12, 1996
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    Mystery Man - Who is Ralph Gean, and why is he the latest hero of Denver's musical underground?

    At the Lion's Lair during the waning hours of a Thursday in late August, the hipsters have gathered. Knots of musicians, fans and hangers-on cluster around the venue's bar, patting backs, exchanging gossip and otherwise epitomizing all that is fresh ...

    by Michael Roberts on September 12, 1996
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    Nearly God Nearly God (Durban Poison/Island) Obviously, Tricky isn't lacking in confidence; conceding that he's "nearly" God, as opposed to "better than" God, for instance, doesn't exactly constitute a gusher of modesty. However, Tricky e...

    by John Young on September 5, 1996
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    In the July 11 edition of this here column, I told you about Area 39, a new club (owned by Johnson frontman Haylar Garcia) that features an on-site recording facility. Obviously, the venue/studio notion is an idea whose time has come--and the Bluebir...

    by Michael Roberts on September 5, 1996
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    Strings Attached - Colorado Springs composer Stephen Scott on a different way to play piano.

    To most of his friends and neighbors in Colorado Springs, the notoriously conservative town where he's lived for the past thirty years, Stephen Scott is simply a professor of music at Colorado College. But to listeners interested in the development o...

    by Linda Gruno on September 5, 1996
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    KISS and Sell - Gene Simmons is offering the deal of the century on a slightly used rock band.

    Gene Simmons's famous tongue is wagging like Lassie's tail on breeding day. A publicity vampire, he's been starved of the press for a long, long while, at least in America. Although his albums sold respectably into the Nineties, even many onetime fan...

    by Michael Roberts on September 5, 1996
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    Keys to the Kingdom

    So its lead singer has long hair, its grabbiest instrumentalist is a female violin player, its CD sports a secret bonus track and its live shows attract dozens of flannel-adorned air guitarists. Does that mean Boulder's Sponge Kingdom is just another...

    by Katie Szymanski on September 5, 1996
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    Better Red Than Dead

    "My balls are smokin', my ass is on fire," sings ex-Throttlemen leader Rex Moser, who's fronting a new band, Jetredball. "Hot chili, it's you I desire." If the first image this lyrical slice from the song "Hot Chili" arouses in you is a smiling ...

    by Steve Gray on September 5, 1996
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    Giving Until It Hurts - Great musical moments in Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon history.

    The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon gets no respect. Although most daily newspapers carry a perfunctory paragraph or two about fundraising totals following the annual Labor Day event, the Telethon receives far more ink as a result...

    by Michael Roberts on August 29, 1996
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    Those flyers referring to Spell's Friday, August 30, date at the Bluebird Theater (with the Apples, Space Team Electra and Social Joke) as the act's last Denver gig are a bit overstated--but only a bit. The trio, which features drummer Garrett Shavli...

    by Michael Roberts on August 29, 1996
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    The World According to Beth Quist

    Diversity is a goal that many in the Boulder music scene try to achieve. But rarely is so much of it found in one person, as is the case with Beth Quist. A connoisseur of sound, she sports a resume that seems more like a U.N. mediator's than an enter...

    by Joshua Green on August 29, 1996
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    John Hammond's Blues

    Now in his mid-fifties, country blues guitarist/ vocalist John Hammond has held up well. His thick crop of hair shows no traces of male-pattern baldness. His figure, often accented by stylish suits, remains svelte. And his voice has never sounded bet...

    by Linda Gruno on August 29, 1996
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    Green's Day - Al Green no longer separates church from state of mind.

    There's a good reason why Al Green, perhaps the greatest male soul singer still among the living, appears on so many late-night television shows but is seldom interviewed by the programs' hosts. While his performances are instantly accessible, his co...

    by Michael Roberts on August 29, 1996
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