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    Since its inception, 16 Horsepower has been the product of three people: multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards, drummer Jean-yves Tola and bassist Keven Soll. While Edwards was clearly the frontman for the band, the other players were key contri...

    by Michael Roberts on June 13, 1996
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    'Head of the Class

    Drummer Dan Haugh and bassist Mike Kunka, collectively known as godheadSilo, would like to join Motsrhead and the Who on a roster of the loudest acts in the history of rock and roll. But one thing stands in their way: space. "We'd like to take t...

    by Brad Jones on June 6, 1996
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    Charge! It

    It's a Tuesday night in downtown Denver, and Chuck Shockney, music instructor, organ salesman and part-time musician, is preparing for another gig. He sits down at his keyboard, turns on his rig and slides into a tune for the usual audience of...50,0...

    by Marty Jones on June 6, 1996
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    They've got the local music in them. Flesh Blanket, by Zoon Politikon, is not a punk album in the contemporary, major-label sense--meaning that it sounds nothing like Green Day. Instead, the act, as captured by producer Tim Beckman, gives you an ...

    by Michael Roberts on June 6, 1996
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    The Cat's Meow - Sam Coffman, leader of Cat Unit, wants to give jazz new life.

    "Have you noticed how a majority of the musicians around here are about a generation behind in the way that they play?" asks Sam Coffman, a composer/pianist who leads the Denver jazz act Cat Unit. "And hey, it's not just around here; I think it's a c...

    by Linda Gruno on June 6, 1996
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    Kids Do the Darnedest Things

    Madonna's baby-to-be (reportedly a girl to be named Lola, after the Marlene Dietrich character in 1930's The Blue Angel) is a star even before sticking her head out of her mom's well-publicized womb. But will she stay one? It's not easy, as the offsp...

    by Michael Roberts on June 6, 1996
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    Native Tongues - On her new album, Tish Hinojosa speaks her languages.

    "In a way, it's almost a privilege not to be played on the radio," singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa says with a laugh. "Sure, I'd love to have radio success--I'd be lying if I didn't say that. But the quality and content of the music are just as impor...

    by Michael Roberts on May 30, 1996
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    Feedback

    Thus far, videotape shot during the aftermath of the punk-rock-show-turned-riot at a Denver VFW hall on May 18 (Feedback, May 23) hasn't caused the stir many attendees were hoping, in part because of its highly variable quality. Dave Paco, bassist fo...

    by Michael Roberts on May 30, 1996
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    Howlin' Maggie Honeysuckle Strange (Columbia) Who'd a thunk that in 1996, one of the hottest sounds in the United States would come courtesy of the Rolling Stones? Not that the Stones are suddenly enjoying a personal revival; while catalo...

    by Linda Gruno on May 30, 1996
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    Hour Gang

    If the members of Denver's Eleventh Hour appear to be suffering from an identity crisis, you can hardly blame them. According to Howard Bridges II, drummer for the youthful combo--which also includes lead vocalist/guitarist Shane Ewegen, bassist/ voc...

    by John Jesitus on May 30, 1996
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    Tortoise and the Air - For Tortoise's John Herndon, it's not just the notes. It's the space between them.

    One expects even those rock musicians inclined toward experimentalism to eventually embrace the four-minute pop song, or to otherwise marry the gems of their wanderings to our culture's more prominent musical conventions. But thus far, John Herndon, ...

    by Amy Kiser on May 30, 1996
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    Feedback

    The mainstream-media coverage of the so-called melee that took place Saturday, May 18, at a punk show staged at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall was, in a word, typical. The television news accounts that I saw immediately following the incident--whi...

    by Michael Roberts on May 23, 1996
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    Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire (Epic) Why are so many left-wingers humorless? Sure, there are terrible things happening on this little globe of ours--war, torture, rape, racism, discrimination, deforestation--and anyone willing to b...

    by John Jesitus on May 23, 1996
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    Whatsa Matto? - Yuka Honda's Cibo Matto makes delectable treats for the postmodern ear.

    Shortly after moving from Japan to the United States in the late Eighties, Yuka Honda landed a job writing about American food for a Japanese magazine. On the surface, the position seems to have little in common with her current role, as half of a re...

    by Michael Roberts on May 23, 1996
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    Tribe and Tribulations - Boulder native Leslie Mah finds a home with the punks in Tribe 8.

    Very little unnerves Leslie Mah, guitarist for San Francisco's Tribe 8. But she admits to being a bit nervous about playing her first show in Colorado since moving away from her home state seven years ago. "It's going to be a little weird, becau...

    by Michael Roberts on May 23, 1996
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    Bloodletting - Performance artist Cristofer Lix talks and sings about living with AIDS.

    Six years ago this month, Cristofer Lix was admitted to a hospital with a severe headache, the result of a pharmacist's misreading of his prescription for sinus medication; for two days he had been inadvertently taking a drug for high blood pressure ...

    by Amy Kiser on May 23, 1996
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    Old Hag - A Merle Haggard boxed set serves as a welcome reminder that country music can be dangerous.

    At the Academy of Country Music awards presentation in late April, a slew of country stars were rounded up for a tribute to Merle Haggard, the designated recipient of a lifetime achievement statuette. Clint Black, wearing his trademark chapeau, intro...

    by Michael Roberts on May 16, 1996
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    Paul Westerberg Eventually (Reprise) You've got to feel bad for Westerberg. As the mouth behind the Replacements, the man practically invented what's now known as alternative rock, but pretty much the only thing he got for this achievemen...

    by Amy Kiser on May 16, 1996
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    The Martian Chronicles - Fort Collins's Armchair Martian is ready to take its sound nationwide.

    Splayed across the floor of Fort Collins's Blasting Room studio, Jon Snodgrass--guitarist/vocalist for the punk band Armchair Martian--is fervently expounding on the virtues of one of his favorite musicians. But while Snodgrass is a modern rocker thr...

    by Brad Jones on May 16, 1996
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    They're Melting! They're Melting!

    With washed-up bands from the Seventies reuniting faster than you can say "Fiddler's Green," perhaps it's only fitting that Modern English, a seemingly washed-up band from the Eighties, should also be in search of a nostalgia wave to ride. But unlike...

    by John Jesitus on May 16, 1996
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