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    OHIO OR BUST

    part 2 of 2 That afternoon the press was invited to enjoy free grub on a pleasure boat, the Goodtime III, rented for the evening by Radio Shack. There was finger food and liquor aplenty, as well as a band featuring a man in a sailor uniform playing ...

    by Michael Roberts on September 13, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Steve Turre, Wednesday, September 13, at the Mount Vernon Country Club, is best known to television audiences for his stint as a trombonist in the Saturday Night Live band. But in jazz circles, he's revered for his collaborations with Rahsaan Roland ...

    by Linda Gruno on September 13, 1995
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    OHIO OR BUST - THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM: GREAT IDEA OR SIGN THAT THE END IS NEAR?

    part 1 of 1 The display contained the kind of paperwork most of us accumulate as we move from conception to death. A birth certificate from 1943. A doctor's report on the newborn; under the heading "Shape of Head," a nurse had typed, "First day--Ida...

    by Michael Roberts on September 13, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Acoustifuxx, Tuesday, September 12, at the Lion's Lair, is one of two bands to feature Denver original Big Mike--the other, Splatterhouse, is at the Lair on Wednesday, September 6. But under whatever moniker Mike chooses to perform, you can be guaran...

    by Michael Roberts on September 6, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Bracket, with SNFU and the Joykiller, Friday, September 8, at the Glenn Miller Ballroom, contradicts the pundits. The band is proof positive that at least some of today's corporate punk-rock acts are actually better than their forefathers of a decade...

    by Brad Jones on September 6, 1995
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    KEEP TRYNIN - JENNIFER TRYNIN HAS SUCCEEDED BY TRYING AND TRYING AGAIN.

    "My grandmother, Sadie, she's like 93 or 94--she and I have always been very close," says guitarist/vocalist Jennifer Trynin. "And since she's getting older, she can be kind of out of it--she's not always all there. But on my thirtieth birthday, she ...

    by Michael Roberts on September 6, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Henry Threadgill Makin' a Move (Columbia) That Threadgill--a jazz-based saxophonist whose work with the trio Air and a variety of bands that have borne his name has ranged from the indescribably beautiful to the merely gorgeous--keeps landing on ...

    by Steve Boland on September 6, 1995
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    HOLLYWOOD PUNKS OUT

    As what was once called alternative rock has become the music of the majority, Hollywood--our national trend barometer--has jumped onto the bandwagon with its usual gusto. While challenging post-punkers and their ilk once were as likely to land a slo...

    by Michael Roberts on September 6, 1995
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    SONIC BOOMS - AS KID SONIC, JESSE ALLEN MAKES TECHNO FOR GROWNUPS.

    He may be only 22, but Denver-based techno/trance artist Jesse Allen (aka Kid Sonic) is already more business-savvy than a lot of musicians many years his senior. He owns a studio, dubbed Savage Land. He oversees his own publishing company, Alchemy T...

    by Linda Gruno on September 6, 1995
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    STILL HORNY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS - SAX LEGEND MACEO PARKER ON MUSIC, JAMES BROWN AND THE KEYS TO FUNK.

    For three decades, two words have described saxophone playing at its funkiest: Maceo Parker. Parker joined James Brown's back-up band in 1965, and before long he'd created the immortal, punchy riffs that dominate Brown classics such as "Poppa's Got a...

    by Linda Gruno on August 30, 1995
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    BURN, BABY, BURN - AT FIFTY, REGGAE'S BURNING SPEAR HASN'T COOLED OFF YET.

    "Forward is the key," proclaims Winston Rodney, better known to the reggae-loving public as Burning Spear. "You need to look forward. But sometimes in life, you have to look at the past, also--look at the past, and at the present, in order to move in...

    by Michael Roberts on August 30, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    John Vecchiarelli, Thursday, August 31, at the Mercury Cafe, with 40th Day and Idle Mind, won't be here to kick around much longer; the Boulder-based singer-songwriter is moving to San Francisco October 1 in an effort to further his career. So this s...

    by Michael Roberts on August 30, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Infectious Grooves, Sunday, September 3, at Fiddler's Green, headlines Gra-fx, one of the last shed-sized alterna-festivals of the season (also on the bill are Voodoo Glowskulls, Stanford Prison Experiment, Sincola, Sinister Dane, Lord of Word & the ...

    by Michael Roberts on August 30, 1995
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    FILMSTRIP TEASE

    According to bassist Darien Waldhoff, he and the other members of Denver's industrial/ goth act Filmstrip "should just get exorcised and get it over with." The musicians (Waldhoff, singer/programmer Brendan K. Russell and keyboardist Ruth Saringe...

    by Susan Dunlap on August 30, 1995
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    LIVE AND LET LIVE

    What was probably this summer's most anticipated modern-rock amphitheater show proved conclusively that the music's not just for punks anymore. In fact, the August 23 Red Rocks performance by Live, a young Pennsylvania act whose latest disc, Throwing...

    by Michael Roberts on August 30, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Po' Broke 'N Lonely? Forbidden Vibe (Big Beat/Atlantic) Sure, the music of Boyz II Men is fixated on sex--but it's sex of a sanitized, airbrushed kind that most of us know about only from watching movies like The Blue Lagoon. Po' Broke 'N Lonely?...

    by John Young on August 30, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Foo Fighters Foo Fighters (Capitol) First off, let's make one thing clear: This debut long-player from former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl's new band isn't the "new Nirvana album," as many of the rock geeks out there have been claiming. Nor is it o...

    by Michael Roberts on August 23, 1995
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    THE GOSPEL TRUTH - CLARENCE FOUNTAIN ON THE TIMELESS VISION OF THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA.

    Singer Clarence Fountain was already a member of the Five Blind Boys of Alabama when the group--perhaps the greatest gospel ensemble to emerge this century--turned professional in 1944. Within three years he would become the pilot of the crew. Nearly...

    by Linda Gruno on August 23, 1995
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    NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

    Charlie Hunter, a guitarist whose self-named jazz trio has become an unexpected favorite of the nose-rings-and-tattoos crowd, doesn't like being painted into a corner. When asked about attempts by some jazz purists to define what is and what isn't ja...

    by Michael Roberts on August 23, 1995
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    WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?

    In Boulder's neohippie scene, there's a thin line between playing original music and merely regurgitating a popular sound. However, the members of Aquarian Voodoo have found a way to skirt this problem--by doing both at once. The performers (lead...

    by Joshua Green on August 23, 1995
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