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    SPOON TUNES

    "You can print this on my tombstone if I'm wrong," says Jon E., drummer for Spoon Collection. "I'm in the right place at the right time." Jon's bandmates, vocalist/guitarist S'aint Willy and bassist/backup vocalist Schneid, share this sunny sentim...

    by Susan Dunlap on June 7, 1995
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    ADVENTURE TO NOWHERE

    Judged on the most superficial level possible, KTCL's Big Adventure, a music festival staged on June 3 at Fiddler's Green, was a good deal. The show featured fifteen bands, most of whose performances were generous and energetic. Moreover, the ticket ...

    by Michael Roberts on June 7, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver, Wednesday, June 7, at the Mercury Cafe, plays the kind of meat-and-potatoes rock and roll that critics tend to love or hate depending upon how much they had to drink the night before. Chick Rock, the Drivers' sophomore opu...

    by Brad Jones on June 7, 1995
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    THE LAST ANGRY MONKEE - MICKY DOLENZ ON THE DRAWBACKS AND REWARDS OF LIVING IN THE PAST.

    You can't blame Micky Dolenz for being cranky. After all, he's sitting in a hotel room in Rochester, New York, where he's currently appearing in a production of that theatrical landmark Grease. Worse, he's got a cough and a touch of the flu that he's...

    by Michael Roberts on June 7, 1995
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    NOISE TOWN

    The music of New York-based guitarist Donald Miller and saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich, collectively known as Borbetomagus, has been slapped with some pretty dandy labels. Industrial Strength. Punk Jazz. Trash Jazz. Thrash Jazz. Sauter ackn...

    by Linda Gruno on June 7, 1995
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    CHECKING THE TRENDS

    Anyone hoping to explore the width and breadth of music in general during drive time is out of luck. Over the course of the twenty-plus hours of Colorado radio analyzed for this article, we heard plenty of rock, country and pop, as well as dollops of...

    by Michael Roberts on May 31, 1995
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    DIAL "M" FOR MEDIOCRE - WE'VE JUST LISTENED TO EVERY RADIO STATION IN DENVER--AND BOY, DO OUR EARS HURT.

    part 1 of 2 In 1978 (back when he mattered), Elvis Costello recorded "Radio, Radio," a virulent, wide-ranging assault on the title medium. The key lines neatly encapsulated his views: "The radio is in the hands/Of such a lot of fools/ Trying to anes...

    by Michael Roberts on May 31, 1995
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    DIAL "M" FOR MEDIOCRE

    part 2 of 2PUBLIC RADIO The furor over the funding of public radio is probably fueled by ideology; the Newt Gingriches of Congress don't like paying for what they see as NPR's liberal bias. But setting politics aside, does Denver really need three pu...

    by Michael Roberts on May 31, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Christie Front Drive Christie Front Drive (Caulfield) There are an oodle of pop-core bands slugging it out in the indie underworld right now, but nary a one gets to the euphoric heart of the punk-pop aesthetic quite like Denver's Christie Front D...

    by Michael Roberts on May 24, 1995
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    THE MISSING INK.

    "There's a lot of dissonance involved in our music," notes Martyn Leaper, 26-year-old vocalist, guitarist and chief songwriter for the Denver pop trio known simply as INK. "I don't think we can control what we're going to do next. A lot of times, I j...

    by Brad Jones on May 24, 1995
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    HIP HOPE - NINE AND DA BUSH BABEES ARE TRYING TO PRODUCE A RAP TO REMEMBER.

    While rap and hip-hop remain inaudible on most radio stations, the genre continues to represent the music of choice for a hefty percentage of the under-25 crowd, whose members dump more of their cash on CDs than those in any other single group. These...

    by Michael Roberts on May 24, 1995
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    FRANKLY SPEAKING

    There's nothing like an early death to prompt critical reconsideration--and the reputation of Frank Zappa, who succumbed to cancer in late 1993 at the age of 52, has gotten a major boost as a result of this phenomenon. At the time of his passing, the...

    by Michael Roberts on May 24, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Tricky Maxinquaye (Island) Tricky is already carrying a heavy burden: The British press has labeled him the king of trip-hop, a mixture of hip-hop, acid jazz and other compatible ingredients that's reportedly the latest subgenre to turn England o...

    by Steve Gray on May 17, 1995
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    ROGER WILCO - THANKS TO JEFF TWEEDY AND WILCO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE EMBARRASSED TO LIKE COUNTRY ROCK ANYMORE.

    Wilco's Jeff Tweedy knows a thing or two about rock journalism. "The Flying Burrito Brothers have to be mentioned in any article about a country-rock band," notes the singer/guitarist. "It's like the Velvet Underground or Big Star. For rock critic...

    by Brad Jones on May 17, 1995
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    ZOONER OR LATER

    Denver's Zoon Politikon has been playing catchy power pop in seedy area clubs and crowded living rooms since 1989, but its members still haven't received their fair share of acclaim. Maybe this has something to do with the players' professed laziness...

    by Steve Boland on May 17, 1995
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    GETTING THE LED OUT - THE IN-CONCERT MELLOWING OF JIMMY PAGE AND ROBERT PLANT.

    It was a scene to warm the heart of anyone fearful that the generation gap has widened into an unbridgeable chasm. There, on May 8, in the parking lot of McNichols Arena half an hour prior to the not-quite Led Zeppelin reunion, was a mother on the cu...

    by Michael Roberts on May 17, 1995
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    THE HORROR...THE HORROR... - PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK.

    "I don't really know any musical terms," concedes Kembra Pfahler, the woman behind the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. "I identify with someone like Chubby Checker, who went into rehearsal and described how he wanted a song to sound without getting...

    by Michael Roberts on May 17, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Bill Nelson Practically Wired, or How I Became... Guitarboy! (Gyroscope) Hard to know exactly how Nelson avoided becoming the kind of six-string hero who appears on the cover of Guitar Player two or three times a year. Maybe it's because his best...

    by Steve Boland on May 10, 1995
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    A LITTLE SLICE OF HELL

    A confused businessman recently got lost in the Capitol Hill area. Looking for help, he stumbled into the basement of a nondescript office building, which was at that moment being used as a practice space by the Denver-based punk quintet Hell's Half ...

    by Jeff Stratton on May 10, 1995
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    DIRTY WORK

    During the mid-Seventies, a handful of New Orleans natives armed with kazoos and a small drum earned a reputation, and a few cheap thrills, by tagging along at the end of parades. Initially, this routine was considered a good-timey joke, but over the...

    by Linda Gruno on May 10, 1995
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