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    Beck on the Highway - The man of the moment wants some moments for himself.

    Beck Hansen is tired. He's in England, a country where hot American acts are routinely vilified by reviewers who are suspicious of any trend that did not get its start from them. Beck, however, has somehow been spared this treatment. Since his arriva...

    by Michael Roberts on May 22, 1997
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    Cool 'Cats

    At a recent battle-of-the-bands contest sponsored at Lafayette's Centaurus High School by the community's police department, the five local teenagers known collectively as the Gashcats were subjected to unseasonably cold temperatures, stinging winds ...

    by John Jesitus on May 22, 1997
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    Feedback

    Notes from the local underground. The first thing you hear on pianist David London's new CD is London himself, sounding like a homegrown Fabio. "My name is David London," he says over a lush backing track, "and this is my creation, Music on the R...

    by Michael Roberts on May 15, 1997
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    Tiptoeing Through the Tulips - The flowering of Holland's Bettie Serveert.

    The song that introduced Carol van Dijk, vocalist and guitarist for Bettie Serveert, to the pop-music audience as a whole was 1992's "Tomboy." The tune's title is an appropriate one; on it, the singer's voice exudes a friendly, genderless, Huck Finn ...

    by Amy Kiser on May 15, 1997
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    Making Trouble

    "I guess you could call us a garage-punk band," says Mike Maker, vocalist and spokesman for Spokane, Washington's Makers. "I could see why some people would think that, because of the way we look and the way we sound. But I hate to call ourselves tha...

    by Brad Jones on May 15, 1997
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    Punks of the Rising Sun - Thanks to Electric Summer, the Denver music scene is turning Japanese.

    Like countless groups before it, Denver's Electric Summer formed on a university campus. But there's a difference between the average college combo and this punk-rock quartet. You see, the school in question is Teikyo Loretto Heights University, a so...

    by Marty Jones on May 15, 1997
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    Playlist

    Radish Restraining Bolt (Mercury) Hate to break it to you, Kurt, but this is what the movement you popularized has come to--imitations of you by a fifteen-year-old kid from Texas. Ben Kweller is his name, and he's got your style nailed. The...

    by Kelly Lemieux on May 15, 1997
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    No Regular Guy

    When asked why he plays the music he does, blues singer-songwriter Guy Davis quotes a line borrowed from Son House: "The blues chose me." When he elaborates, however, his words are his own. "In whatever I do, I intend to continue to play the blues. I...

    by Linda Gruno on May 15, 1997
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    To Rush or Not to Rush? - Geddy Lee presents the case for Canada's most famous power trio.

    Okay, I admit it: I've never understood the appeal of Rush. When friends would tout the instrumental gymnastics and lyrical insights of bombastic discs such as 1976's 2112 (largely inspired by the writings of--gulp--Ayn Rand), I'd respond with a shud...

    by Michael Roberts on May 15, 1997
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    Grade C - Craig C is taking Denver house music to the masses.

    Craig Christensen, aka DJ Craig C, has been spinning dance records at Denver nightspots for five years--an eternity by late-night standards. But he shows no signs of slowing down. He and his frequent partner, DJ Dealer (ne Greg Diehl), have become na...

    by Kelly Lemieux on May 8, 1997
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    Flop Mart - U2 brings its carnival to Denver--and Denver shrugs.

    Hubris: an overweening self-confidence that can lead to calamity. Many a hero in Greek literature met a grim fate as a result of this failing, and in virtually every case, their collapses were richly deserved. These characters weren't merely examples...

    by Michael Roberts on May 8, 1997
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    Songs From the Hamster Theatre - Onetime Denver Gentleman David Willey's new group puts on a captivating show.

    "There are questions I've tried really hard not to ask myself about my own music--what lifestyle does it reinforce, what niche does it fit into," claims accordionist David Willey, the creative force behind Denver's Hamster Theatre. "Because I'm opera...

    by Amy Kiser on May 8, 1997
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    Feedback

    The hype surrounding the current tour by the Chemical Brothers has been somewhat less overwhelming than the hoopla associated with U2's current jaunt (see page 71)--Dennis Hopper hasn't offered to narrate any network television specials for them yet....

    by Michael Roberts on May 8, 1997
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    Feedback

    Avoid writing about Denver radio for a few months and look what happens: hirings, firings, format shifts and random bloodletting. Let's try to catch up, shall we? Hilary Schmidt, among the brightest DJs on the local scene over the past couple of...

    by Michael Roberts on May 1, 1997
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    Foggy Notion

    Pat Kincaid, frontman for Denver's Foggy Mountain Fuckers, first encountered country music at age seven. "I had this babysitter who I'd stay with, and she was really into country," he says. "Every day for about a year, she played the live Waylon Jenn...

    by Marty Jones on May 1, 1997
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    Mama Knows Best

    "College music has evolved into instrumental music being accepted," says Erik Deutsch, keyboardist for the singer-less Boulder-based collective Fat Mama. "Bands like Medeski, Martin & Wood and Groove Collective are popular now just because it's a nic...

    by James Mayo on May 1, 1997
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    Building for the Future - Built to Spill's Doug Martsch searches for the happy medium between fatherhood and rock and roll.

    Doug Martsch of Built to Spill, among the few sparks on the swiftly dimming alterna-scene, is a guitarist, singer and songwriter of great skill and intensifying renown thanks to Perfect From Now On, an impressive full-length recently released by Warn...

    by Michael Roberts on May 1, 1997
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    Playlist

    The Offspring Ixnay on the Hombre (Columbia) Despite the presence of Jello Biafra on "Disclaimer," a bit o' hucksterism plopped at the top of this disc in an effort to rent a little credibility, Ixnay is punk rock only in the broadest sense...

    by Kelly Lemieux on May 1, 1997
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    Standing Tall - When it comes to punk-rock chaos, the Dwarves definitely don't come up short.

    For over a decade, singer Blag Dahlia and the band he fronts, the Dwarves, have done a good job of rattling the cages of rock-music fans. Since its 1986 debut, the group's players (currently Dahlia, guitarist Whslley Smskes, bassist Gash Money and dr...

    by Marty Jones on April 24, 1997
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    Future Shock - Is electronica the next big thing, or another passing fancy?

    Anyone who's ever paid the slightest attention to popular music in these United States has long realized that the record industry's response to an economic slump is to manufacture a trend. There's no shortage of examples: The birth of rock and roll, ...

    by Michael Roberts on April 24, 1997
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