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    Simply the Quest - A Tribe Called Quest meets the press--in a manner of speaking.

    As an act becomes more successful, its relationship to music critics mutates in tangible ways. Take the frequency with which artists do interviews with the print media, for example. New performers trying to make a name for themselves will talk to any...

    by Michael Roberts on August 22, 1996
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    Media Dar-ling

    Twenty-something singer-songwriter Dar Williams confesses, "I'm probably getting a little more hype than I'm worth." This becoming display of modesty is prompted by a line from a recent edition of Stereo Review; a critic there dubbed her "the Gr...

    by John Jesitus on August 22, 1996
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    These notes are for you. Tippy, from the cranium of Denver's Neil Slade, reminded me of Seventies-vintage Todd Rundgren in its juxtaposition of pure pop melodies, sometimes arch lyrics, challenging structural conceits and substantial ambition. "S...

    by Michael Roberts on August 22, 1996
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    Nas It Was Written (Columbia) The reported death of gangsta rap has been greatly exaggerated: It Was Written entered the Billboard sales charts at number one, and three weeks later, it's still there. But although this album contains the u...

    by John Jesitus on August 22, 1996
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    Gone but Not Forgotten - Denver's Carol Downey keeps Elvis's flame alive.

    On August 16, 1977--nineteen years ago this week--Elvis Presley died. But while the general public believes he's at rest on the property of Graceland, his Memphis home, Carol Downey, perhaps Denver's most devoted Elvis booster, knows the truth. ...

    by Marty Jones on August 15, 1996
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    In May, I derided Denver's electronic media and the folks at our fair city's daily newspapers for their hysterical coverage of an altercation between kids and cops during a punk-rock show at an area Veterans of Foreign Wars hall. Well, the coverage o...

    by Michael Roberts on August 15, 1996
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    In Their Element

    "Our style of music is called garage punk," says Michael Daboll, lead singer and guitarist for Denver's Element 79--and he's glad to elaborate. After all, Daboll and his brethren (bassist Mike Gilligan and drummer Jeff Learman, supplemented by Dancin...

    by John Jesitus on August 15, 1996
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    Free Willie - A gospel album on a Denver record label is the latest step in the rehabilitation of Willie Nelson's career.

    Willie Nelson is right where you'd expect to find him: on a tour bus, heading from one show to the next. He's 63 years old and wears every one of his adventures on his leathery features. But he still has a guitar and a voice, and he fully intends to ...

    by Michael Roberts on August 15, 1996
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    The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Chaos and Disorder (Warner Bros.) Spite is often overlooked as a spur to creativity, but it's as capable of providing artistic inspiration as love and beauty--something that Chaos and Disorder amply dem...

    by John Jesitus on August 15, 1996
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    100 Proof Dash

    Life on the road can be fun for a traveling rock-and-roller--but according to Ned "Hoaky" Hickel, bassist for New Orleans-based Dash Rip Rock, it's not without its drawbacks. "With all this traveling we've been doing," he laments, "there's no time fo...

    by Marty Jones on August 8, 1996
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    In September 1994, I scribbled an article for this publication entitled "Come Together--Again"; it was intended to lampoon then-current supergroup reunion tours by acts such as the Eagles and Steely Dan via a supposedly fictional list of other outfit...

    by Michael Roberts on August 8, 1996
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    Something's Phishy - Legions of neo-hippies latch on to the catch of the day.

    I park my car along the side of a narrow road at 7:10 Sunday evening, August 4, and begin running up the incline toward Red Rocks, where the Vermont phenom Phish is due to take the stage in less than twenty minutes. My speed and technique certainly d...

    by Michael Roberts on August 8, 1996
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    Good Vibrations - The long, hard road traveled by the members of Israel Vibration.

    It's not uncommon to hear stories of a reggae star's rise from the ghettos of Jamaica to international fame. But few performers have endured as much or struggled as hard as the harmony trio Israel Vibration, whose members are all survivors of polio. ...

    by Joshua Green on August 8, 1996
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    Be Four

    Prior to departing for a tour of California, George Fraska and Dave Paco, of the Denver punk band called Four, announce their intention to indulge in a favorite hobby between gigs. "Me and Dave have this thing about spanking kids," says vocalist...

    by James Mayo on August 8, 1996
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    Neil Young and Crazy Horse Broken Arrow (Reprise) In a review of 1977's That Obscure Object of Desire, the last film made by the late Luis Bunuel, Pauline Kael noted the relaxed confidence of the director's work; after decades spent absor...

    by Joshua Green on August 1, 1996
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    Ultra Violence

    When a writer at the New York Times coined the phrase "heroin chic" to describe those underaged bulimia babes who have defined the fashion scene in recent years, he didn't have Augy, the front man for Denver's MK Ultra, in mind. But the term applies....

    by Steve Boland on August 1, 1996
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    Honesty Is Golden - Dan Murphy comes out from behind a bank of Golden Smog.

    Golden Smog began its life as what singer-guitarist Dan Murphy describes as "the cover band from hell. We'd learn, like, twenty or thirty covers in two days. And we'd just barely learn them. We'd play requests, too--like 'Freebird.' There'd always be...

    by Michael Roberts on August 1, 1996
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    Singer/guitarist Michael Daboll loves garage music. He loves to play it in his band, Element 79, and he loves to listen to albums by other artists who love it, too. Which goes a long way toward explaining why Daboll has created Treble Fest! '96, a ce...

    by Michael Roberts on August 1, 1996
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    Surf's Up - A new boxed set reveals the dark side of catching a wave.

    The exhaustive liner notes that accompany Cowabunga! The Surf Box, a four-CD set recently issued on the Rhino imprint, are certainly respectful of the musical category dubbed surf; you'd expect nothing less from John Blair, author of The Illustrated ...

    by Michael Roberts on August 1, 1996
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    Going Nuts - The Polka Nuts keep music all in the family.

    It's Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus hall in Brighton, Colorado, and about 250 people are mingling near the stage, waiting for the band to strike up. Their patience is soon rewarded: Mike Gaschler counts to three, then gives his accordion a...

    by Marty Jones on July 25, 1996
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