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    Brother From Another Planet - When it comes to hip-hop, Dr. Octagon veteran Kool Keith is out of this world.

    When I learned that Kool Keith was coming to town, I reacted with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. As a founding member of Ultramagnetic MC's, a mysterious but influential Eighties/Nineties rap act, and the voice behind Dr. Octagon's Dr. Octa...

    by Michael Roberts on January 22, 1998
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    Nature abhors a vacuum, and so do concert promoters--which is why the Denver live-music market has been weaving like Charles Bukowski on a bender ever since Barry Fey announced that he had sold the remaining shares of his Fey Concerts firm to Los Ang...

    by Michael Roberts on January 22, 1998
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    Accordion to Whom?

    To most stateside music lovers, the idea of a road show starring three accordion players conjures up images of Geritol-chugging seniors playing polkas to nodding retirement-home residents. Even here in Denver, where the instrument stars in the rousin...

    by Marty Jones on January 22, 1998
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    Say goodbye to the Hectics as you knew them. The group, a Westword profile subject ("Getting Pretty Hectic," April 25, 1996), called it quits shortly after a December 19 performance at the 15th Street Tavern and just before this very publication plac...

    by Michael Roberts on January 15, 1998
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    Rubbed the Right Way - Masseuse Carla Madison keeps in touch with the Denver music scene.

    Carla Madison has probably been skin-to-skin with more famous musicians than anyone in Denver. But while most women would be reluctant to reveal such a fact, Madison takes pride in discussing the hefty number of stage-stomping idols she's had her han...

    by Marty Jones on January 15, 1998
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    Bjork Homogenic (Elektra) There's no shortage of acts that have mingled ancient music with new technology, and although some of the results have been interesting (Dead Can Dance), plenty of others have inspired only yawns (Enigma). None, ho...

    by Michael Roberts on January 15, 1998
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    Designing Men - With Shapes, Polvo vaults into the forefront of experimental rock acts.

    Guitarist Dave Brylawski, one of the principal architects behind Polvo, is an adamantly regular guy. So eager is he to make a personal connection with the Coloradan on the other end of the telephone wire that he is soon noting that his brother lives ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 15, 1998
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    The Return of Superfly - One of the best albums of the Seventies is more timely than ever.

    Today's hardcore rappers are in a difficult position. Many of them achieved success via exciting accounts of drinking, drugging, dealing, whoring and homicide that they defended by claiming that the tales were simply reflections of the hard realities...

    by Michael Roberts on January 8, 1998
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    At the risk of stating the obvious, Barry Fey was the single most powerful figure in Denver concert promotions from 1967 until last August 11, when he publicly divulged that he was selling the remaining shares of his signature firm, Fey Concerts, to ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 8, 1998
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    Shania Twain Come On Over (Mercury) First time around, producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange went through the motions of trying to make Twain, who's the object of his Svengalism, sound somewhat like a country artist. But even though she's still...

    by Linda Gruno on January 8, 1998
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    Wooley Thinking

    Denver music fans are well aware of Ron Miles's growing national reputation. But even they may be surprised to learn that the instrumentalist's presence in the area was a primary reason that Nate Wooley, one of the freshest young voices in jazz, move...

    by Linda Gruno on January 8, 1998
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    Home, Sweet Home - The peak performances by Colorado artists in 1997.

    In last week's issue, Westword celebrated 1997's finest albums by national acts. Now it's Denver's turn in the spotlight. What follows is an alphabetical roster of the finest discs released during the last calendar year by locals or recent graduates ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 1, 1998
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    The Three Weissman - Learning jazz from the ground up with the Perry Weissman 3.

    Denver's Perry Weissman 3, a five-piece combo featuring no one named Perry, is, by default, a jazz machine. However, none of its members are wholly comfortable with this definition. "We started out doing jazz standards, so we always have ended u...

    by Amy Kiser on January 1, 1998
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    Anyone who's ever talked to members of the Apples knows that they are among the most modest musicians to ever have walked upright--which is why bandleader Robert Schneider's description of the group's new licensing agreement with Sire Records as "not...

    by Michael Roberts on January 1, 1998
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    And the Winners Are ... - Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.

    Readers angry at me for giving negative reviews to their favorite bands regularly accuse me of not liking anything. This charge is amusing in part because each year since 1991, I have assembled a massive roster of recordings that I do like--the large...

    by Michael Roberts on December 25, 1997
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    Concerts get called off all the time, for a variety of reasons: illness, poor ticket sales, freaks of nature like the blizzard that hit the region this fall. But the circumstances surrounding the postponing of a bash starring Puff Daddy & the Family ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 25, 1997
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    After Further Review - Putting the season's major releases to the test.

    Metallica Reload (Elektra) To put it as plainly as possible, the last Metallica album, 1996's Load, made me angry: To see a band that I had always valued for its integrity change its music for what appeared to be commercial reasons was deep...

    by Michael Roberts on December 18, 1997
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    It's not all that uncommon for musicians and/or fans to found their own independent labels. But Owned & Operated, a new imprint out of Fort Collins, has a couple of marked advantages over most such startups--specifically, name recognition and connect...

    by Michael Roberts on December 18, 1997
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    Chemistry Class

    Denverites Recone Helmut and Clark ov Saturn have not gone out of their way to disassociate themselves from their previous group, Westword profile subject LD-50 ("Lethal Dose," March 13). Like LD-50, which broke up this past summer, their new act, pH...

    by Kelly Lemieux on December 18, 1997
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    Country artist Tim O'Brien, who appears on Saturday, December 13, at the Houston Fine Arts Center in the company of Mollie O'Brien, the O'Boys and the Swallow Hill Swing Band, left his Denver home for Nashville eighteen months ago, partly because he ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 11, 1997
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