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    Burn, Baby, Burn - The apocalyptic sound of Society Burning.

    Boom Christopher Paige, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist for the Denver-based Society Burning, comes from a musical family; his father has a background as a percussionist. So how does Dad feel about Boom's band, an industrial trio that eschews a living...

    by James Mayo on November 13, 1997
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    Playlist

    The London Symphony Orchestra Paul McCartney's Standing Stone (EMI) Our nation's classical-music critics have gone after this disc like a great white shark at a blood drive, which makes perfect sense: McCartney, who reportedly spent four ye...

    by Linda Gruno on November 13, 1997
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    The Men of Mouse - Blasting off with Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars.

    Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma, the German duo behind Mouse on Mars, live in a world in which music is king and other matters rarely intrude. So naive were they about marketing that they had to be cajoled by record-company executives into coming up wit...

    by Kelly Lemieux on November 13, 1997
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    The Presidential Blues

    Of all the fan letters received by Cary Hudson, singer and guitarist for the Oxford, Mississippi, trio Blue Mountain, one towers above the rest--and it's easy to figure out why. You see, this particular note was written by Jimmy Carter and delivered ...

    by Joshua Green on November 13, 1997
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    Into the Oblivians - How Eric Oblivian turned Jesus into a punk rocker.

    When artists associated with secular music decide to record a gospel album, it usually means one of two things: Either they are in deep trouble with the IRS, or they have seen the evil of their showbiz ways and want to repent. So when Memphis's audac...

    by Brad Jones on November 6, 1997
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    United They Stand - Three locals are using the media to put Colorado hip-hop on the map.

    If a visitor wanted to find out about the latest in Colorado hip-hop, he'd have a difficult time learning anything from the most readily accessible sources. Reporters at network-TV affiliates probably wouldn't do a story on a local rapper unless he h...

    by Michael Roberts on November 6, 1997
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    Misfits Again - After a fourteen-year absence, the Misfits are back.

    Jerry Only, bassist and co-founder of the Misfits, knows all too well that being an influence doesn't pay the bills. Founded in 1977, Only's band, which was led by singer Glenn Danzig, inspired a generation of punk and metal musicians during its...

    by James Mayo on November 6, 1997
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    Feedback

    The first words spoken by Stevie Nicks to the capacity crowd at McNichols Arena on October 29 for the Fleetwood Mac reunion tour were, "Welcome to our party." But for just an instant, I thought she said, "Welcome to our payday." It was an easy m...

    by Michael Roberts on November 6, 1997
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    Learning From Scratch - Inside the twisted mind of dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry.

    It's 3:30 a.m. in Paris, and Lee "Scratch" Perry is living up to his reputation as one of reggae's most colorful--and least stable--characters. "My real name is Death Before Dishonor," he announces in a gruff, wizened voice. "There is nothing I canno...

    by Joshua Green on November 6, 1997
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    Lighter Than Air - On its new long-player, Helium gets ethereal.

    A few years ago, when rage was all the rage, Mary Timony, singer and guitarist for the Boston-based band Helium, spread breathy layers of female angst over slabs of guitar sludge. But things have changed. While other artists formerly known as angry y...

    by Amy Kiser on October 30, 1997
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    Echo Bounces Back - Ian McCulloch on the surprisingly welcome return of Echo and the Bunnymen.

    At one point or another during the first half of the Nineties, virtually every minor band that had a lightweight MTV hit ten years earlier reunited--and for the most part, I didn't care. Book of Love, Suicidal Tendencies: Sure, I liked them, but it w...

    by Susan Dunlap on October 30, 1997
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    Feedback

    Regular perusers of Westword's Letters column may have noticed that I occasionally come in for criticism from a percentage of this publication's readers, each of whom I love and admire in a sincere and personal way. But I've never received abuse as e...

    by Michael Roberts on October 30, 1997
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    Guilty Pleasures - A list of the lousiest songs a guy ever loved.

    Seven years ago this month, Westword published my list of the 100 worst hit songs of the rock era ("The Scum Also Rises," October 24, 1990). But this countdown to mediocrity, which began with Andy Gibb's "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" and ended with ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 30, 1997
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    No Synthetics Allowed - The musical fabric of the Ray-Ons.

    "We're not a band for vegetarians, you know," says Kyle Loving, guitarist and frontman for Denver's Ray-Ons. "But if you like meat and potatoes, I think you can dig it." True enough, there are no frills on the Ray-Ons' menu--just the rocking rif...

    by James Mayo on October 30, 1997
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    Feedback

    Rumors. Without them, there might be a lot of empty space in this column every week. But, as even I have to acknowledge, they're not always true. Take the chatter surrounding City Spirit, a restaurant and nightspot at 1434 Blake Street that came...

    by Michael Roberts on October 23, 1997
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    Variety, Country Style - On two new reissues, a pair of C&W legends refuse to paint by the numbers.

    Folks trying to fathom commercial country music in 1997 need to look no further than this summer's presentation in New York City's Central Park by singer-songwriter Garth Brooks. The concert, televised live on HBO, drew a leviathan crowd of corn-fed ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 23, 1997
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    A Rainbow in Brown - Blue is only one of the musical colors produced by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.

    Over the fifty years he's been performing in public, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, 73, has earned seven Grammy nominations and numerous W.C. Handy awards, played alongside pupils such as Eric Clapton, Leon Russell and Ry Cooder, and developed a multi-g...

    by Marty Jones on October 23, 1997
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    Harp Attack

    "All harpists do not have long blond hair, and they aren't tall and willowy and quiet," declares Boston-based harp virtuoso Deborah Henson-Conant. "Not by a long shot." Henson-Conant is living proof of this claim. Not only is she a musical innova...

    by Linda Gruno on October 23, 1997
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    Cast of 1000

    Every musician has a story about gigs from hell, but few of these tales can compare with the one told by Michael Rains, bassist and vocalist for Denver's 1000 RPM. The band was booked to play a back-to-classes bash at the Colorado School of Mines, wh...

    by John Jesitus on October 23, 1997
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    Bishop Moves On - In the face of tragedy, Denver's L.L. Bishop keeps dancing.

    That Denver DJ Larry (L.L.) Bishop remains deeply involved in dance music is a tribute to his resilience. After all, his wife and constant companion, Wreath Rose Bishop, died in an automobile accident in Boulder a mere five months ago, and thoughts o...

    by Kelly Lemieux on October 16, 1997
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