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    Obscene and Heard - What can you get in trouble for saying on the radio these days? Not much.

    Click. On KBPI-FM/106.7, morning DJs Rick Kerns and Kerry Gray are trying to determine why Kerns is having such a tough time getting "laid." A caller suggests, "Because he's an asshole?" Gray is exultant at having received a correct response: "Th...

    by Michael Roberts on December 4, 1997
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    From Canada With Love - Ray Condo and His Richochets aren't Americans, but they love American music.

    "When you talk American culture, you've got to start with music," says Ray Condo, frontman of Ray Condo and His Ricochets. "That's the meat and potatoes of this country. It's the music that broke all the rules, and society followed. There's nothing b...

    by Marty Jones on December 4, 1997
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    If you think that the content of many Denver radio programs flies in the face of political correctness (see "Obscene and Heard," page 81), consider the roles assigned to female DJs, particularly during morning drive time. Women are not entirely absen...

    by Michael Roberts on December 4, 1997
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    Taking Music by the Throat

    On the CD Fly, Fly My Sadness, the Bulgarian Voices--Angelite, a female chorus from Bulgaria formerly known as Le Mystere de Voix Bulgares, collaborates with Huun-Huur Tu, aka the Throat Singers of Tuva. The juxtaposition of the women's ecstatic, dee...

    by Linda Gruno on November 27, 1997
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    The recent death of John Denver seemed to leave Colorado without a pop star whose resume included liquor-related arrests. But as it turns out, someone is already filling the gap: Rick Roberts, lead singer of Firefall. According to a representati...

    by Michael Roberts on November 27, 1997
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    It's Sanskrit to Me

    "What we're doing might as well be an ancient language," explains Tom Sublett, electric bassist for Denver's Sanskrit. "Nobody says, 'It might as well be Sanskrit' anymore, but at one time that was practically interchangeable with 'It's Greek to me.'...

    by Thomas Peake on November 27, 1997
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    A Fish Tale - Instead of capitalizing on the electronica craze, Moby is going his own way.

    When dance-music innovator Moby was first profiled here ("The Beat Goes On," January 20, 1993), what is now called electronica was about as commercial as tainted beef. The rave scene was flowering, and techno--a now-outmoded handle--was gaining great...

    by Michael Roberts on November 27, 1997
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    The Train Rolls On - When it comes to genuine country music, Wayne "The Train" Hancock is steaming full speed ahead.

    Wayne "The Train" Hancock should be in the mood to celebrate. After all, he's earned critical acclaim and the undying gratitude of y'allternative listeners for his first two albums of rousing, staunchly traditional Texas swing, 1995's Thunderstorms a...

    by Marty Jones on November 27, 1997
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    Harmony, German Style - The singers at the Denver Turnverein tell the story of a people, a country and a beautiful form of music.

    The Capitol Hill neighborhood has gone through plenty of changes during the last 75 years. But on this Thursday night at the Denver Turnverein, a funky structure at 1570 Clarkson that has welcomed the city's German population since 1922, time is stan...

    by Marty Jones on November 20, 1997
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    Good Kitty

    Fans and critics have identified San Francisco-based Kitty Margolis as one of her generation's finest jazz vocalists. But Margolis herself isn't ready to make a similar claim. "I'm not even going to try to say that I'm a great jazz singer or tha...

    by Linda Gruno on November 20, 1997
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    The Revenge of Guilty Pleasures - Readers come up with their own list of songs that are so bad they're good.

    At the conclusion of "Guilty Pleasures," an article that appeared in our October 30 issue, I invited readers to send along guilty musical pleasures of their own: awful songs that they can't help enjoying. I was simultaneously pleased and disturbed by...

    by Michael Roberts on November 20, 1997
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    As you know, the current music scene is in the doldrums: Little new ground is being broken, and the bands receiving the most popular acclaim are either rehashes of old groups or the old groups themselves. But even as we head toward the low end of the...

    by Michael Roberts on November 20, 1997
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    When last we heard from Vartan Tonoian (Feedback, May 8), the Russian-born entrepreneur was exulting about the closing of his namesake venue, Vartan Jazz, formerly at 231 Milwaukee Street in Cherry Creek. In his view, the club's collapse gave him an ...

    by Michael Roberts on November 13, 1997
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    Behind the Doors - A new box set reveals Jim Morrison with his pants down.

    The mythology surrounding the 1969 appearance by the Doors at Miami's Dinner Key Auditorium is as thick and obscuring as smoke from a magician's flashpot. Historical revisionists like Oliver Stone, who directed The Doors, a 1991 hagiography of the ba...

    by Michael Roberts on November 13, 1997
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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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    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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