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    MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE - DENVER'S CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE IS PICKING UP SPEED.

    Eric Richter, guitarist and lead vocalist for Denver-based Christie Front Drive, boasts an extensive--not to mention goofy--range of influences. "One of the albums I'm listening to a lot these days is the Xanadu soundtrack," he reveals. "It bring...

    by Brad Jones on December 21, 1994
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    Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC) Too much is being made of this, and for reasons that are rather hard to fathom: I mean, I can't be the only person in America to have caught this performance during one of the 10,000 or so times it's been a...

    by Linda Gruno on December 14, 1994
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    TERMINAL VELOCITY

    Sub Pop, the ultrasuccessful indie label from Seattle, took a radical risk by signing Velocity Girl to a five-album contract--the longest ever offered by the company. Unlike most of the thick-and-droney-sounding bands the label has promoted in the pa...

    by Jeff Stark on December 14, 1994
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    THE MARSHALL PLAN

    You might not expect the author of such sunny-sounding pop near-classics as "Someday, Someway" to have a testy bone in his body. But there's more angst in Marshall Crenshaw than initially meets the ear. Nursing a heavy head cold in a Dallas hotel...

    by John Jesitus on December 14, 1994
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    MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL

    Denver singer-songwriter Michael Engberg makes a decent living as a solo musician. But if he ever comes up short, he can always earn some extra money the way he once did--by delivering singing telegrams. "I'd say there are three main requirements...

    by Linda Gruno on December 14, 1994
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    TONY! TONY! TONY! - TONY BENNETT IS GETTING OLDER--AND BETTER.

    The campaign to sell Tony Bennett to a new generation of listeners has focused on hipness. Here, according to Madison Avenue, is a crooner beloved by the most popular alternative rockers of the Nineties--a veteran vocalist game enough to appear onsta...

    by Michael Roberts on December 14, 1994
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    Pearl Jam Vitalogy (Epic) This isn't all that hot, but at least these guys are trying. The problem, as usual, are the songs, which are not exactly dripping with originality. "Spin the Black Circle," for instance, could pass for an early X track i...

    by Linda Gruno on December 7, 1994
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    DOGGIE STYLE

    Decked out in his weathered cowboy hat, Wrangler jeans and cherry-red shit-kickers, guitarist Gary England doesn't look like your archetypical surfer, and for good reason. Despite his role as the fair-skinned frontman for Denver's premier instrumenta...

    by Brad Jones on December 7, 1994
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    TATTOO YOU

    What's important to Austin-based guitarist Chris Duarte is written all over his body. A case in point is the strange tattoo on Duarte's chest--a reference to a treasured 1963 Stratocaster. Duarte played the instrument for more than a decade, in l...

    by Linda Gruno on December 7, 1994
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    STAIRWAY TO HELL - OUR LIST OF THE MOST OVERPLAYED CLASSIC-ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME.

    Woodstock isn't the only musical entity celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It's also been a quarter of a century since FM-rock radio came of age as a major commercial force--and broadcasters playing variations on this programming style conti...

    by Michael Roberts on December 7, 1994
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    PLAYLISTIN BRIEF

    Various Artists Woodstock '94 (A&M) Didn't I read about this on a Pepsi twelve-pack?--Michael Roberts Sade The Best of Sade (Epic) The lukewarm smooch tracks from this babe probably couldn't even get a rise from the inmates at Denver County...

    by Justin McLean on November 30, 1994
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    TROWER OF POWER

    In the Seventies, English blues rocker Robin Trower gained fame in large part for his skill at aping Jimi Hendrix. But Trower feels that he has more going for him than his aptitude at mimicry. "I think my greatest asset is the sheer amount of emotion...

    by Linda Gruno on November 30, 1994
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    MAGNAPOP MUSIC - LEAD SINGER LINDA HOPPER COMES OUT FROM UNDER BOB MOULD'S WING.

    Thus far, Magnapop has gotten by with a little help from its friends. The power-pop band's first album, a self-titled release available in the States on the Caroline label, included three songs co-produced by Athens, Georgia's most famous export, ...

    by Michael Roberts on November 30, 1994
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    HOW SWEET IT IS

    Judging by what he's seen and heard from his local and national contemporaries, Tony Achilles, a 25-year-old singer/guitarist with the Denver folk-rock quartet Sweetwater Well, says, "Everybody's into being depressed." But while other Generation ...

    by John Jesitus on November 30, 1994
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    THE REAL STEEL - AFTER A LONG DECLINE, THE BLOOD IS PUMPING THROUGH STEEL PULSE AGAIN.

    The new Steel Pulse song "Back to My Roots" contains an admission most musicians would never make. "We took that commercial road/Searching for some fame and gold," sings lead vocalist David Hinds. "And gained the whole wide world/And almost lost our ...

    by Michael Roberts on November 30, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Tenderloin, with Reverend Horton Heat and Useless Playboys, Friday, December 2, at the Boulder Theater, and Saturday, December 3, at the Ogden Theatre, is well named, for this group from Lawrence, Kansas, is meaty and quite possibly bad for you. Stil...

    by Michael Roberts on November 30, 1994
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    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Orange (Matador) Those of you who pick this up expecting an actual blues album likely will have a heart attack and die before the end of the first song. The blues idiom does make appearances here--almost every song...

    by Jason Horwitch on November 23, 1994
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    IN YOUR PIGFACE

    "I think there's an art involved in bringing all of these people together under the Pigface umbrella," says Martin Atkins, drummer and founder of the industrial supergroup called, yes, Pigface. Fighting to be heard over the buzz of a bad connection (...

    by Susan Dunlap on November 23, 1994
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    WELCOME TO THE CLUB

    We all know how swiftly and confidently time flies. Yet within the big picture, there are an infinite number of slower scenes capable of yielding riches if given the wise, insightful, detailed treatment they deserve. Such is the hunting ground of sin...

    by Jason Horwitch on November 23, 1994
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    TAYLOR TO FIT

    In response to the assurance that his impending fortieth birthday doesn't mean he's at death's door, pedal-steel guitarist and African music enthusiast Glenn Taylor laughs: "But it is. I think turning forty is a milestone--like this stone around your...

    by Linda Gruno on November 23, 1994
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