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    What's funny to one person may be offensive to someone else. That's a truism that's reiterated to me with every issue of Westword--and one with which Dave Haupt, publisher of the Boulder edition of a journal called the Onion, is also familiar. But ju...

    by Michael Roberts on February 13, 1997
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    World Without End

    While reggae historically has been political music, few specialists in the style have been as actively or as visibly involved in debating the issues of the day in song as Jamaica's Third World. "The music is borne from the message," explains keyboard...

    by Joshua Green on February 13, 1997
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    Sentimental Lou - Sebadoh's Lou Barlow has found a way to put the pathos back into punk.

    During "On Fire," the opening cut of Sebadoh's latest CD, Harmacy, Lou Barlow sings a couplet that typifies both his dilemma and his gift: "My opinion could change today/But I'm responsible anyway." Confessions of emotional turmoil have defined ...

    by Amy Kiser on February 13, 1997
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    Show Them the Money - New Edition is banking on a reunion to revive its members' fortunes.

    Ronnie DeVoe, one-sixth of the reunited New Edition, is all business--more or less. He's over two hours late for a scheduled telephone interview ("I had a rough one last night," he explains, laughing), but when he finally calls, he's as bottom-line-o...

    by Michael Roberts on February 6, 1997
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    Winning One for the Zippers - How the Squirrel Nut Zippers landed calypso on modern-rock radio.

    "I think there's a certain amount of the Southern myth that's true," says Tom Maxwell, vocalist, guitarist and sax man for the hippest "hot jazz" revivalists going, North Carolina's Squirrel Nut Zippers. "And I think we're a Southern band in many way...

    by Marty Jones on February 6, 1997
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    Any resemblance between truck driver/country-and-Western vocalist Bub Taylor and Denver singer-songwriter Bob Tyler is purely logical--on the surface, at least. Dig a little deeper, though, and you're apt to become more than a little confused. See, B...

    by Michael Roberts on February 6, 1997
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    Whores and Pigs and Ponies--Oh, My!

    A typical gig by Denver's Whores, Pigs and Ponies is apt to feature fire spitting, cross-dressing, codpieces and simulated sex acts: For example, bassist/vocalist Rel has been known to mime fellatio on a latex penis worn by guitarist/vocalist Jud Van...

    by James Mayo on February 6, 1997
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    Tricky vs. Metallica - It was the tag-team grudge match of early '97. Guess who won.

    The financially disastrous concert season that was 1996 precipitated a rash of think pieces in which pundits attempted to explain why music fans stayed away in droves from all but a handful of last year's major concerts. Many factors were cited in th...

    by Michael Roberts on January 30, 1997
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    Anyone who doubts that our society is too obsessed with celebrities would have had his mind changed by the January 22 press conference at the Temple Buell in support of VH1. One attendee who shall remain nameless for his own protection called it "blo...

    by Michael Roberts on January 30, 1997
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    Anti-Flag Die for the Government (New Red Archives) Punk nostalgia right down to the fake Limey accents. I take it about as seriously as I take Sha Na Na. Musicianship: D-minus. Originality: F. Listening pleasure: F. --Dana Collins ...

    by James Mayo on January 30, 1997
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    Straight From the 'Harts - How the Dalhart Imperials have become roots-music royalty.

    Most times when Les Cooper is on stage, he's singing with the band he fronts, Denver's Dalhart Imperials. But on this evening, he and his wife, Joan, are teaching dance steps to an attentive crowd whose members seem to have stepped straight from The ...

    by Marty Jones on January 30, 1997
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    Man on a Mission

    New York-based pianist Fred Hersch is a superior soloist as well as an excellent producer, composer, arranger, group leader and sideman. But in most of the articles about him, these attributes are given short shrift in favor of chatter about his pers...

    by Linda Gruno on January 23, 1997
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    The Vinyl Solution - Think 45s are a thing of the past? Think again.

    The main floor of Mountain Coin, located in an industrial cube of a building on a lonely stretch of 62nd Avenue just west of Interstate 25, is packed with the latest in electronic games and diversions. There's "Wrestlemania," in which a beefy champio...

    by Michael Roberts on January 23, 1997
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    Because of various negative comments I made in print about the state of Denver radio late last year, I spent the month of December being excoriated by jocks at four radio stations--a personal record for me. These enjoyably vituperative attacks were o...

    by Michael Roberts on January 23, 1997
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    Striking Oil - The curative effect of the New Wizard Oil Combination.

    If you talk to Wally Collins about Boulder's New Wizard Oil Combination, the musical aggregation he formed more than a quarter-century ago, make sure you get your lingo straight. "It's not a band," he says a bit testily. "We're a group or a choir, bu...

    by Marty Jones on January 23, 1997
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    Warburton's Piece

    One of the reasons bass legend Paul Warburton knows so much about the fabric of his music is that he's actually made music with it. Fabric, that is. "Before I started playing bass, when I was fourteen, I'd lay on my bed, which was covered with o...

    by Linda Gruno on January 16, 1997
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    If you've been to an avant-garde jazz show in Denver during the past decade, you've probably seen Alex Lemski, the president and driving force behind Denver's Creative Music Works, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Tall, gangly and in...

    by Michael Roberts on January 16, 1997
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    Ivo Perelman + "Cama de Terra" (Homestead) Oranj Symphonette Plays Mancini (Gramavision) The phrase "forward into the past" is such an obvious (and amusing) contradiction that the comedy troupe Firesign Theatre used it as the ti...

    by Brad Tyer on January 16, 1997
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    Damage Control - Jeru the Damaja aims to save rap from itself.

    Most Nineties celebrities understand that baring their souls comes with the territory. Your average personality mag is brimming with profiles of famous people who disclose their deepest, darkest secrets as casually as they cash their royalty checks--...

    by Michael Roberts on January 16, 1997
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    Various Artists Deep in the Heart of Tuva: Cowboy Music From the Wild East (Ellipsis Arts) Various Artists Tibet: The Heart of Dharma (Ellipsis Arts) Hukwe Zawose Chibite (Real World/Caroline) "World music" is one of t...

    by Kevin Crouse on January 9, 1997
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