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    The Odd Couple - A new boxed set paints Miles Davis and Gil Evans in black and white.

    The collaborations between trumpeter Miles Davis, among the most restless (and brilliant) major figures in the history of jazz, and Gil Evans, a composer/arranger who was equally attracted to innovation and traditionalism, have spawned plenty of argu...

    by Michael Roberts on October 17, 1996
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    How the West Was Ween - Gene and Dean Ween take on country music and live to tell the tale.

    In 1994 Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, better known to the world at large as Gene and Dean Ween, issued Chocolate and Cheese, an Elektra Records release that won critical praise, significant radio airplay (for the groovy cut "Voodoo Lady") and ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 17, 1996
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    Flat City

    Many of the performers whom Flat Duo Jets singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber numbers among his heroes were either long in the tooth or dead by the time of his 1966 birth. So it's fairly strange to hear him commenting on something he seldom watches: MTV...

    by Marty Jones on October 17, 1996
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    The Madness Is Spreading

    Ask Denver's Day Butler to describe hip-hop and you won't get a definition; you'll get a mini-course in sociology. "A lot of people say hip-hop is a way of life. But as far as I'm concerned, hip-hop is life," says Butler, the creator, producer, ...

    by Linda Gruno on October 17, 1996
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    Playlist

    Nirvana From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (DGC) In this disc's liner notes, bassist Krist Novoselic writes, "Let all the analysis fall away like yellow, aged newsprint. Crank this record up and realize the bliss, power...and passion...T...

    by Brad Jones on October 17, 1996
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    Seeing Red - Red House Painter Mark Kozelek wants you to know that he isn't suicidal.

    Midway through a telephone interview, Mark Kozelek, the artisan behind Red House Painters, says, "If I haven't been articulate, maybe you could edit me a little. I sound like a retard when I blab. So try to make me sound like I know what I'm talking ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 10, 1996
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    Feedback

    The September 28 Deicide show at the Mercury Cafe was, to put it mildly, a mess. However, seemingly no one can agree on who was at fault or what should be done about it. This much is fairly certain: Deicide, a nationally known band beloved by de...

    by Michael Roberts on October 10, 1996
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    Hey, Denver Joe - How'd you get that drink in your hand--and that incredible way with a song?

    It's a rainy Monday night in Denver, but a small crowd has braved the elements to hear a local legend. Denver Joe Vasquez, wearing a black broad-brimmed hat, black shirt, blue jeans and boots, steps to the microphone and delivers his trademark greeti...

    by Marty Jones on October 10, 1996
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    Playlist

    Better Than Ezra Friction, Baby (Elektra) Dear friends, this CD represents everything that's wrong with alternative music in 1996. Not that it's obviously abysmal. Far from it: The songs here are tuneful and hooky, and the players (guitar...

    by John Young on October 10, 1996
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    Taking Cake

    "Being a musician at our level is pretty much like indentured servitude," reveals Cake singer/guitarist John McCrea. "You're in debt to the Man pretty much, so it's not this glorious, independent lifestyle that people think about when they think abou...

    by Joshua Green on October 10, 1996
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    Low Profile

    "We like to see how little we can get away with," says Zak Sally, bassist for Duluth, Minnesota's Low. "If there's too much in a song, we try to pare away as much as is completely possible. We like to keep it as minimal as we can." And minimal i...

    by Brad Jones on October 3, 1996
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    The New Traditionalists

    The New York-based sextet called the Klezmatics is known for playing "in the tradition." But Klezmatics trumpeter/keyboardist/arranger Frank London denies that this reputation means the band is unadventurous. "We make informed choices," he says. "We ...

    by Linda Gruno on October 3, 1996
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    Feedback

    On the surface, it seemed to be a fairly benign, straightforward press release. Dated September 17 and sent from the offices of Fey Concerts, the announcement (headlined "The Cranberries Forced to Cancel Remaining Dates of Their 1996 U.S. Tour") stat...

    by Michael Roberts on October 3, 1996
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    Twisted Sisters

    "We're a very high-maintenance band," confesses Christina Ortega, singer and guitarist for the Front Range's Velveeta Sisters. "When we get gigs, we tell them, 'We really need a big dressing room with electrical outlets, okay? Trust me--when you see ...

    by John Jesitus on October 3, 1996
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    The Shed Spread - This summer's outdoor-concert season was the weakest in years. Doesn't anyone want to hear music outside anymore?

    In early June, on the cusp of the summer concert season, I received an e-mail message from a reader, Bryan Matheny, who had a terrifying anecdote to relate. "I usually have my radio dialed in to the benign KVOD when I wake up in the morning," he wrot...

    by Michael Roberts on October 3, 1996
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    Dirty Work - The Dirty Three make instrumental music with plenty to say.

    "I'm in Boston, in bed with a fucked knee, drinking cold coffee," laments Warren Ellis, violinist extraordinaire for Australia's Dirty Three. But in describing how he earned his wound, a hint of pride seeps through the cloud-cover of his exasperation...

    by Amy Kiser on October 3, 1996
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    Feedback

    The Westword Music Awards Showcase--an on-site report. At 6 p.m. Sunday evening, September 22, I strolled into a room adjacent to McCormick's Fish House & Bar and found Johnny Long peeling off blues licks from his trusty guitar while a drummer wh...

    by Michael Roberts on September 26, 1996
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    Positive Vibrations

    Stay Positive is more than just the title of reggae star Pato Banton's new album. It's become something of a life philosophy for the Birmingham, England, native--and that, he believes, has everything to do with his success as a performer. "For m...

    by Joshua Green on September 26, 1996
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    Not-So-Young Turks - The New Bomb Turks are hitting harder because they're hitting slower.

    During his interview with Westword, New Bomb Turks vocalist Eric Davidson interrupts his frenetic monologues only long enough to take quick slurps from what must be his twentieth cup of joe that day. But caffeine isn't the only explanation for the fr...

    by Amy Kiser on September 26, 1996
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    Minders Over Matter

    Keeping track of who plays what in the Minders is comparable to following the trysts in a typical episode of Melrose Place. In other words, everyone plays everything. The music made by this Denver-based band results from instrument-swapping and idea-...

    by Susan Dunlap on September 26, 1996
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