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    Free Beer

    "I like beer, bikes and my model trains," declares Beer Can Bob Schuster. He also likes music--hence his role as frontman and bassist for Beer Can Bob and the Stampede--but as he blows the foam off a cold one at his home in Boulder's San Lazaro Trail...

    by Joshua Green on November 21, 1996
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    Playlist

    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Now I Got Worry (Matador) R.L. Burnside A Ass Pocket of Whiskey (Matador) Mr. Spencer doesn't fit the mold of your run-of-the-mill sonic archivist. His music is derived from the blues, rockabilly ...

    by John Jesitus on November 14, 1996
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    Mood Swingers - The Czars make some of Denver's most beautiful noises.

    But for the quality of their music, the Czars, a band that's emerged as one of Denver's most hypnotic live acts, would not exist. And therein lies a tale. Founding Czars John Grant and Chris Pearson met at a local nightclub in the spring of 1994...

    by Amy Kiser on November 14, 1996
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    Women's Glib

    During performances of "Crazy Song," a variation on the Patsy Cline favorite, Boulder's Lisa Wagner displays an impressive voice--or maybe two. She delivers the ditty's familiar lines in a heartfelt croon but is continually interrupted by a demonic a...

    by John Jesitus on November 14, 1996
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    Feedback

    Pete Townshend, who recently came through town as part of the Who's latest reunion tour, is rock's most prominent sufferer of ear problems; years of exposure to loud noise has left him with tinnitus, a condition that causes a persistent ringing or ro...

    by Michael Roberts on November 14, 1996
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    Blind Faith Redux - June of 44 is one of today's finest supergroups. Depending upon your point of view, that is.

    Is it possible for a group to be a supergroup if very few people have heard of either the alleged supergroup or any of the other groups whose reputations make the new group so super? Jeff Mueller, singer and guitarist for the bruising, riveting combo...

    by Michael Roberts on November 14, 1996
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    Chamber Music, Latin Style

    Cuarteto Latinoamericano is the classical world's only full-time string chamber ensemble made up exclusively of Latin American musicians--but don't make the mistake of dismissing the group as a novelty. Performances by the foursome (Saul Bitran, olde...

    by Linda Gruno on November 14, 1996
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    Yesterday and Today - What the years have done to the Who.

    Then: I first saw the Who in 1979, when I was in high school. Drummer Keith Moon had died the year before--in an unintended satire of the kick-the-habit movement, he overdosed on medication designed to help him kick his alcohol addiction. But rather ...

    by Michael Roberts on November 7, 1996
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    World of the Living Dead

    Denver's Jonathan Canady is a very disturbed young man. The recordings he makes under various handles (Dead World and Deathpile among them) are horribly dark and severe--and Canady admits that these descriptives apply to him as well. "I'm a pretty mi...

    by Michael Roberts on November 7, 1996
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    Cool Jerk - Getting on a new track with Railroad Jerk.

    A few years ago the members of New York City's Railroad Jerk found themselves at Niagara Falls, milling among families of fat Midwesterners, honeymooners and suicidal loners. "It was a nice day, and we were on tour and had a day off there," elaborate...

    by Amy Kiser on November 7, 1996
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    Feedback

    For several years, John Chamie has been one of the leading personages in the Denver-Boulder dance-music universe. But lately he's broadened his scope. Now he wants to bring the sounds he loves to the rest of the world--and the quality of the early re...

    by Michael Roberts on November 7, 1996
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    Playlist

    John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey Dance Hall at Louse Point (Island) This disc has garnered the worst reviews of Ms. Harvey's brief career, and that's understandable. Compared with 1995's remarkable To Bring You My Love, it's resolutely m...

    by John Jesitus on November 7, 1996
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    In the Name of Loaf

    Rock musicians who are sensitive to criticism would do well to take a lesson or two from Archers of Loaf's Eric Bachmann. After half a decade in the music business, the guitarist/vocalist not only has learned to cope with the negative feedback that g...

    by Brad Jones on November 7, 1996
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    Another Descent - The Descendents live to punk again.

    "We're all about nerd lib," declares Karl Alvarez, bassist for the recently reunited punk act the Descendents. "Be proud of your nerd." "We are the champions of the nerds--no doubt about it," concurs Milo Aukerman, Descendents frontman and star o...

    by James Mayo on October 31, 1996
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Professor - Take a lesson from the genius of Nineties dub.

    Although England's Mad Professor claims to be sane, his many albums offer an argument to the contrary. The leading practitioner of dub music, an instrumental outgrowth of reggae that's known for its studio effects, he makes music that's thoroughly, w...

    by Joshua Green on October 31, 1996
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    Heads Down - The Heads' Jerry Harrison on the controversial decision to carry on without David Byrne.

    It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Chances for the resurrection of Talking Heads, a justly revered band that has been dormant since the release of the 1988 long-player Naked, looked slim: While Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, the married...

    by Michael Roberts on October 31, 1996
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    Bragging Rights - Fatherhood has given Billy Bragg a new reason to make music.

    "Thatcher's gone," notes singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. "Reagan's gone. Some people have wondered if that's why I disappeared off as well." Indeed, Bragg, an England-based performer as well-known for his left-wing views as for his tunes, has main...

    by Susan Dunlap on October 31, 1996
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    Feedback

    In talking about Rock Island, the LoDo club he owns, David Clamage offers kudos to a such a long list of past and present employees and associates that he sounds like Sally Field on Oscar night. But his excitement is understandable. After all, on Thu...

    by Michael Roberts on October 31, 1996
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    The Bucks Stop Here

    Let's get this out of the way right at the top: The father of Evan, Paige and Preston O'Meara, who constitute three-fifths of Denver's 8-Bucks Experiment, owns Northglenn-based O'Meara Ford Center and O'Meara Isuzu, two of the metro area's largest an...

    by John Jesitus on October 31, 1996
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    Feedback

    Before the Bruce Springsteen show at the Paramount on October 16, I caught a few minutes of the second and (blessedly) final presidential "debate," broadcast live to the nation from San Diego. What I saw of the event wasn't exactly scintillating: Bil...

    by Michael Roberts on October 24, 1996
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