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    The Electrolux Company

    Mike Elkerton is a rock-and-roll musician in love with Americana's cliches. So when he's told that his latest band, Electrolux, conjures up images of Fifties-era prison flicks, movies by Roger Corman and Russ Meyer and other cultish faves from cinema...

    by Steve Boland on April 18, 1996
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    Feedback

    These are the discs of your lives. "Kitchen of rhythm/Pocket of dreams/ Falling these angels/How desperate it seems": These lyrics, from "Lemon Ceiling," a selection on Sponge Kingdom's self-titled CD, offer an indication of the earnest poetic...

    by Michael Roberts on April 11, 1996
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    Gone Loco

    The members of Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeno Band certainly know their stuff. Not only do they play distinctive m?sica that celebrates the Mexican-American heritage; they're also as well-educated as the employees at many colleges. In fact, Jose B. Cuel...

    by Linda Gruno on April 11, 1996
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    The Mouths That Roar - Watch out, Dean and Rog. The other radio creeps are creeping up on you.

    On Tuesday, April 2, KBPI disc jockeys Dean Myers and Roger Beaty--better known as Dean and Rog--demonstrated how well they'd learned their lesson. As every local able to turn on a radio knows, Myers and Beaty, who can be found weekdays from 6 t...

    by Michael Roberts on April 11, 1996
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    Hate State

    It hardly seems strange that Sam Destefano, guitarist and lead screamer for Denver's Hate Fuck Trio, moonlights for a band called Bob's Lawn Service. But when fellow Trio bandmembers Pete Cassidy (bass), Jon Destefano (rhythm guitar) and Sean Weldon ...

    by Steve Gray on April 11, 1996
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    Love Story

    Somehow it's appropriate that the members of Love and Rockets are figuratively climbing out of their graves. As part of Bauhaus, a seminal goth band born in 1979, Rocketeers Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins helped turn a generation of teena...

    by Steve Boland on April 11, 1996
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    Playlist

    Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects Shabeesation (Rykodisc) Those of you who rail against cultural appropriation should start sharpening your knives for this one. A trance band reviled in its native Morocco because of its impolitic name (Ais...

    by Michael Roberts on April 11, 1996
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    Playlist

    Jack Logan Mood Elevator (Medium Cool/Restless) Logan's history (he's a mechanic turned songwriting savant) has so captivated journalists that many of them have neglected to actually consider his music as anything other than a sidebar to ...

    by Amy Kiser on April 4, 1996
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    Running on Fumes - Seven years down the road, the members of Gas Huffer are breathing easier.

    "We're basically just a ham-fisted punk band," declares Matt Wright, lead singer for Seattle's Gas Huffer. "But I like to think that there's a little finesse to our music, too." There is, but it may not be apparent upon first listen. After all, t...

    by Brad Jones on April 4, 1996
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    Feedback

    Although there are numerous venues in the Denver-Boulder area that spotlight jazz, all but a handful concentrate on the watered-down variety--music that's fine in the background but less challenging than Pong. As a result, some of the region's best j...

    by Michael Roberts on April 4, 1996
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    Some Like It Hot - Life's a party for the Sugar Twist Kids.

    It's an hour shy of midnight on a Saturday night in early March, and a case of the Andromeda Strain seems to have brought activity in Boulder's industrial section to a dead stop. But this apparent tranquility is deceptive. Outside one nondescript war...

    by Michael Roberts on April 4, 1996
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    Feedback

    Among the winners at the 35th annual Downtown Denver Partnership awards presentation earlier this month was the Spot, at 2019 Stout Street--an operation to which few people over the age of twenty are hip. And that's good. Because unlike most public-p...

    by Michael Roberts on March 28, 1996
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    Playlist

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Murder Ballads (Reprise) "It sounds like you're playing that at the wrong speed," a co-worker told me as I spun this CD at my desk--and that's as succinct an encapsulation of Cave's pluses and minuses as you're...

    by Joshua Green on March 28, 1996
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    Happy Lou - In concert, Lou Reed takes a walk on the mild side.

    Luna was an appropriate opening act for a Lou Reed concert--perhaps too much so. As lead guitarist/vocalist Dean Wareham pulled angular, occasionally atonal lines from his six-string March 21 at the Paramount Theatre, even quasi-knowledgeable list...

    by Michael Roberts on March 28, 1996
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    Charlie's Angels

    "I've been listening to music by Charles Manson for a long time, and I really like his songs," reveals Ang, vocalist for Denver's Scramblehead. "Charles Manson is interesting in the sense of his situation as a whole, and the man himself is a very int...

    by Joshua Green on March 28, 1996
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    Divide and Conquer

    Not long ago, subcultural clans seemed a lot easier to define. For example, citizens of the hetero world once knew (or thought they knew) that the music beloved by gay men ran the gamut from ABBA and disco to show tunes and Judy Garland. By the sa...

    by Steve Boland on March 28, 1996
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    'Head Games - Members of Radiohead hope their latest trip to Colorado won't be as creepy as the last.

    Radiohead's last Denver date--October 4, 1995, at the Ogden Theatre, opening for Soul Asylum--was a show no one in the band will soon forget. Shortly after the arrival in town of the musicians (lead vocalist/guitarist Thom E. Yorke, background vocali...

    by Susan Dunlap on March 28, 1996
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    Feedback

    South by Southwest '96--with bullets. *At a crowded seminar entitled "Why All the Clamor for Entertainment News?", Village Voice senior editor Ann Powers claimed that Hootie & the Blowfish are "fascinating." Because she's a respected professional...

    by Michael Roberts on March 21, 1996
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    The Simpel Truth

    The pop-music aficionados in Aurora's Simpeltones aren't looking for corporate sponsorship. They've already been involved in one such deal, and the experience left a bad taste in their mouths. "We were actually sponsored by Budweiser for a year,...

    by Joshua Green on March 21, 1996
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    What Simon Said - Can't the members of Denver's Simon Sez all just get along?

    "Before I started the band, I'd been taking singing lessons to build my confidence--because I didn't think I could sing in front of anybody," explains Leslie Simon, the hyperkinetic, tambourine-shaking front thang for Denver's Simon Sez. After studyi...

    by Amy Kiser on March 21, 1996
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