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    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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    The Missing Link - Link Wray virtually invented modern-rock guitar. So why haven't you heard of him?

    Link Wray is American to the bone. "I'm half Shawnee Indian, you know," he declares, his heavily accented voice imprinted with the unmistakable twang associated with his hometown of Dunn, North Carolina. But even though his guitar playing on his trad...

    by Michael Roberts on June 19, 1997
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    The Mambo King - At 74, Tito Puente is still sitting on Latin music's throne.

    Throughout his remarkable career, Tito Puente--the Magnificent Timbalero who at age 74 is the undisputed king of Latin music--has made music shot through with joy. But he has seldom exhibited such effervescence to the media. Legions of journalists fl...

    by Linda Gruno on June 19, 1997
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    A lot of folks have tried to stop Foreskin 500 over the years. Club owners occasionally refused to book the band, guardians of taste frequently dubbed it offensive, and selected police officers seemed determined at times to use the law to stop the mu...

    by Michael Roberts on June 19, 1997
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    Whipping It Good - Rock Island's salute to fetishism has come again.

    "Many people consider fetish to be wearing leather, latex and rubber outfits, or something basic like that--but fetish is much more than a costume," says Jamie Goldberg, one of the men behind "Whip It II: The Ritual," a fetish party that's returning ...

    by Kelly Lemieux on June 19, 1997
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    Without a Net - Flying high with Acrobat Down.

    Hans Buenning is best known as one fourth of Acrobat Down, an ultra-catchy Denver-based combo. But Buenning is more than just an accomplished musician; he's also a dance-floor superfreak who recently invented his own trademark step. "It's called...

    by Brad Jones on June 19, 1997
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    The Lords' Prayers - The adventurous sounds of the Lords of Howling.

    The cover of Baltimore Pearl Crescent White Admiral Sister Meadow Painted God Will Visit You, the latest CD from the Lords of Howling, is cut from old vinyl records, the obsidian sheen sanded and imprinted with intricate designs. Moreover, the rest o...

    by Amy Kiser on June 12, 1997
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    Simply the Tesh - The wit and wisdom of John Tesh. Seriously.

    If I claimed that I would like not to bury John Tesh but to praise him, I would not be entirely truthful. But I do have to give him at least a modicum of credit for grace under fire. He knows as well as anyone that the most prominent items on his res...

    by Michael Roberts on June 12, 1997
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    Cash on the Barrelhead - After a period of obscurity, Johnny Cash is once again a wanted man.

    It was due in stores by July, but a lifetime of memories does not come easy to a man whose first hit came 41 years ago, when he was a member of a Sun Records roster that included Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and a boy named Elvis. So the world will ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 12, 1997
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    Keeping up with the doings of Colorado Public Radio (CPR) is like tracking a major corporation in a perpetual acquisition mode. The statewide system of stations, overseen by Max Wycisk and run from the Denver offices of KCFR-FM/90.1, is forever looki...

    by Michael Roberts on June 12, 1997
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    Mark Eitzel West (Warner Bros.) Eitzel is one of those guys who could shoot the president and still not end up on the nation's front pages. He served as frontman for the American Music Club, but the act never achieved anything more than cul...

    by John Young on June 5, 1997
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    In all likelihood, those of you who've not yet joined the computer revolution are blissfully unaware of the entertainment Web site competition that's heating up online. Digital City Denver, an invention of America Online, was the first to jump into t...

    by Michael Roberts on June 5, 1997
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    The Closing of the American Ear - We have more musical choices than ever before. So why are so few of us taking advantage of them?

    The late Christopher Wallace, who went by the names Biggie Smalls and the Notorious B.I.G., is represented on the Billboard roster of best-selling albums by Life After Death, which at this writing remains the third most popular recording in the count...

    by Michael Roberts on June 5, 1997
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    Erasing the Past - Erasure's Vince Clarke visits America to check on the state of his baby: electronica.

    Vince Clarke, the instrumental ringleader of the pop duo Erasure, has cast a large shadow over the field of electronic music. As a founding member of the seminal Eighties electro-bands Depeche Mode, Yazoo (aka Yaz) and the Assembly, he used his formi...

    by Kelly Lemieux on June 5, 1997
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    Fiddling About - The Fiddlin' Foresters are at home on the range.

    Even musicians who've played hundreds of concerts can usually cite a single show that was pivotal to their careers. The members of Colorado's Fiddlin' Foresters are no different--but their definitive gig certainly was. "One of the big turning points ...

    by Marty Jones on June 5, 1997
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    Suicide Solution

    With the programmers at MTV playing far fewer music videos than they have in years past, simply getting a clip onto the network is a victory of sorts for young bands on the rise. But for the ska-punkers in Detroit's Suicide Machines, breaking onto th...

    by James Mayo on June 5, 1997
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    Life With Fluffy - Fluffy's Amanda Rootes officiates at the wedding of glamour and punk.

    Amanda Rootes, the aptly named platinum blonde who fronts the English punk outfit Fluffy, has something important on her agenda. She reveals, "We're just about to get our wigs done." Do any of you punk-rockers have a problem with that? If so, yo...

    by Michael Roberts on May 29, 1997
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    Prior to Beck Hansen's May 22 appearance at Red Rocks, I had seen him give two of the worst performances of all time--the first in April 1994 at Boulder's Ground Zero, the second in July 1995 at Fiddler's Green as part of that year's Lollapalooza fes...

    by Michael Roberts on May 29, 1997
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    The Holmes Brothers Promised Land (Rounder) Most of the CD stores that stock material by the New York-based Brothers Holmes--and not nearly enough of them do--place it in the blues section, as if that's the only kind of music that three Afr...

    by John Jesitus on May 29, 1997
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    Scott Willhite is a man of many moods. He's best known in these parts as the guitarist for Turnsol, an overtly accessible modern-rock aggregation that's built up a sizable local following (the band opens for Zeut at the Bluebird Theater on Saturday, ...

    by Michael Roberts on May 22, 1997
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