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    Star Power - Keanu Reeves's band, Dogstar, isn't very good--but since he's in it, who cares?

    Okay, let's get this out of the way right from the start. For years, I've had a crush on Keanu Reeves. My infatuation hasn't blinded me to Reeves's limitations: I didn't come out of the 1994 film Little Buddha, in which Keanu portrayed Prince Si...

    by Susan Dunlap on July 24, 1997
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    Keeping the Tradition Alive

    When Chuck Tinsley, guitarist for the Denver-based bluegrass act High Plains Tradition, talks about close-harmony singing, the accent is on "close." In performance, Tinsley and his mates (mandolinist Doug Elrick, bassist Kenny Pabst and banjo player ...

    by Marty Jones on July 24, 1997
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    Feedback

    On the surface, the hip-hop revolution seems to be making precious little progress along the Denver-Boulder corridor. While national artists pass through on a semi-regular basis (witness the July 21 Smokin' Grooves festival at Red Rocks), the area ha...

    by Michael Roberts on July 24, 1997
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    Playlist

    Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape (Capitol) Like most of you out there, I figured that the self-titled debut by the Foo Fighters would be on par with a Ringo Starr solo album, so the quality of the disc came as a pleasant surprise. Howe...

    by Joshua Green on July 24, 1997
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    Passing the Test

    Like most Colorado jazz musicians with a taste for experimental sounds, multi-instrumentalist Geoff Cleveland puts food in his belly by playing mainstream and straightahead jazz in area clubs. Doing so is not a chore for him: "When I've been away fro...

    by Linda Gruno on July 17, 1997
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    For the first time in months, the Apples are back in town--but if you miss their appearance Sunday, July 20, at the Fox Theatre with Neutral Milk Hotel and Sissy Fuzz, you won't get another chance to see them for a while. "Oh, my gosh, we've got so m...

    by Michael Roberts on July 17, 1997
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    Rooting Interest - The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head.

    Ahmir Khalib-Thompson, aka ?uestlove, drummer and bandleader of the hip-hop combo called the Roots, has been among the few rap personalities to actively criticize some of his peers for talking trash, endorsing anti-intellectualism and promoting a cri...

    by Michael Roberts on July 17, 1997
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    Playlist

    Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars) When a band has been hyped as relentlessly as this one has, there's always a risk that heightened expectations will lead to profound disappointment. After all, Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, ...

    by Jack Jackson on July 17, 1997
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    A Blast From the Past - Onetime Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin makes tradition sound new again.

    Long before the word "Americana" defined a radio format, guitarist Dave Alvin was leading a musical cattle drive whose path is still being followed by performers caught up in the current alt-country groundswell. The Blasters, which Alvin formed in 19...

    by Marty Jones on July 17, 1997
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    Blood Sport - Wynton Marsalis set out to make a masterpiece. Fatal mistake.

    The artistic history of the twentieth century is dominated by the transformation of low art (creative enterprises that deliberately or unintentionally break the rules of the established order) into high art (types of expression that are regarded by m...

    by Michael Roberts on July 10, 1997
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    The Comets' Tale - The world's oldest rock-and-roll band is still rolling.

    Joey D'Ambrosio makes no bones about his band's place in music history. "We were the first rock-and-roll band to ever be signed to a major label, and the first rock-and-roll band to ever have a hit," he says. "We were also the first to have a song in...

    by Marty Jones on July 10, 1997
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    Kindred Spirits

    "We're not rock stars," contends Bill Buffo, drummer for Kindred, a collection of teenage rockers based in Louisville. "We don't, like, walk around all cocky and stuff like we're these big musicians, you know?" Vocalist Cody Qualls seconds Buffo'...

    by John Jesitus on July 10, 1997
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    Dave Matthews Band vs. Rolling Stone: Who Sucks Harder?

    When Under the Table and Dreaming first appeared in 1994, it garnered mostly positive reviews: People hailed it as sporting "a beguiling sound all its own," while the New York Post dubbed it "hypnotic." But within a matter of months, all that changed...

    by Joshua Green on July 10, 1997
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    Older and Wiser - The members of Pennywise carry on in the wake of tragedy.

    Last year, Jason Thirsk, onetime bass player for the Los Angeles-based punk quartet Pennywise, shot himself in the head and died. It was the kind of terrible event from which many groups never recover. But as Pennywise vocalist Jim Lindberg tells it,...

    by James Mayo on July 10, 1997
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    Love That Dave - Critics hate Dave Matthews, but that doesn't mean you should.

    Whether you love him or loathe him, you can't deny that South Africa-born Dave Matthews has become one of the most popular performers in contemporary music, inspiring the sort of fanatical support that has led to comparisons of his self-named band wi...

    by Joshua Green on July 10, 1997
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    Feedback

    The most recent Denver appearances by Spell, including a June 28 date at Seven South, were the band's first as a free agent in quite a while. Which means, as you might have guessed, that the act's relationship with Island Records is over. Guitar...

    by Michael Roberts on July 10, 1997
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    Feedback

    This week's Playlist (see page 82) looks at three veteran entertainers--Paul McCartney, James Taylor and John Fogerty--who see new recordings as the best way to keep themselves in the public eye. Other folks with decades of stagework under their belt...

    by Michael Roberts on July 3, 1997
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    Another Dose of XTC - After years in the shadows, XTC's Andy Partridge is ready to rejoin the human race.

    The year was 1982, and Andy Partridge should have been on the cusp of stardom. Although the albums Drums and Wires and Black Sea (issued in 1979 and 1980, respectively) did not earn planetary fame for his band, XTC, they attracted a sizable cult foll...

    by Michael Roberts on July 3, 1997
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    O'Luney Tunes - Sometime Kingston Trio member Bob Haworth has another gig--as the King of Fun.

    As he prepares to perform at Thornton Fest, an annual event in the metro-area suburb, Denver's Bob Haworth, clad in patriotic garb that includes a stars-and-stripes stovepipe hat and red, white and blue boots, quickly inventories the weapons in his m...

    by Marty Jones on July 3, 1997
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    Playlist

    John Fogerty Blue Moon Swamp (Warner Bros.) James Taylor Hourglass (Columbia) Paul McCartney Flaming Pie (Capitol) With rock and roll well past its fortieth birthday by now, the notion of the style being exclusively the ...

    by Michael Roberts on July 3, 1997
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