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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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    Feedback

    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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    Feedback

    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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    Playlist

    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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    Feedback

    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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    Playlist

    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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    Feedback

    Listeners to KS-104 (aka KQKS-FM/104.3) can be forgiven for wondering if the station has been abandoned. Earlier this year, the entire KS-104 air staff was raided by KJMN-FM/92.1 (Jam'n), the station that rose from the ashes of the late, lamented 92X...

    by Michael Roberts on November 28, 1996
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    Heavy, Man. - The ten worst concept albums of all time.

    Back before long-form videos and CD-ROMs existed, musicians used the concept album to overextend their half-baked ideas. Not content with letting one song do its job, groups charged an entire collection with the mission of delivering a single dunderh...

    by Serene Dominic on November 28, 1996
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    Staking Their Pain

    When Denver's Painstake was formed three years ago, its members adhered to straight-edge, a movement in which followers eschew drugs, drinks and other indulgences. Since then, however, the combo has gone through changes in lineup and philosophy. Whil...

    by James Mayo on November 28, 1996
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    Feedback

    As alluded to in Backbeat's lead article ("Our Gangstas," page 71), gangsta-rap artists who sell albums in the millions have been unable to cash in at arenas across the country. The primary reason remains security fears. Promoters are afraid that giv...

    by Michael Roberts on November 21, 1996
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    Playlist

    Wesley Willis Feel the Power (American) If you're wondering where opportunity ends and exploitation begins, the answer is...here. Willis, for the handful of you who have not yet been subjected to him, is a Chicagoan with a potpourri of me...

    by Joshua Green on November 21, 1996
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