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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    La Musgana, 8 p.m. Friday, February 2, at Cameron Church, is a quartet from Leon, Spain, that specializes in European folk sounds rarely heard in these parts--Castilian, Andalusian, Galician and Murcian styles that are rooted in music brought to Spai...

    by Linda Gruno on January 31, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Colcannon, Sunday, February 4, at the Left Hand Grange Hall in Niwot, makes Celtic folk music of an especially passionate and moving stripe, and this quality has been captured beautifully on the act's latest recording, The Life of Riley's Brother. Pr...

    by Michael Roberts on January 31, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Gladhand, Saturday, January 27, at the Mercury Cafe, is made up of five rather modest folks: The closest thing to a boast bassist Mike Brown can come up with after being asked about new and exciting happenings involving the band is, "Well, we're goin...

    by Michael Roberts on January 24, 1996
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    MASSIVE ATTACK, BOULDER STYLE

    Every Wednesday night, Tulagi, one of Boulder's most venerable rock clubs, gets a new look. Seventies-era furniture supplements its usual decor, as do tapestries and murals enhanced by black lights. The audience is different, too: A visitor might see...

    by Joshua Green on January 24, 1996
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    KRIS AND TELL - A REMINDER FROM KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: HIS LIFE ISN'T ONLY AN ACT.

    In last year's made-for-cable movie Tad, Kris Kristofferson portrayed Abraham Lincoln. Given his strong, rough-hewn features, stern mannerisms and deep, raspy voice, the casting was perfect--too perfect, perhaps. After a quarter-century spent on scre...

    by Michael Roberts on January 24, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Tom Russell, with Nancy Cook, Saturday, January 27, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is another of those artists who's discovered that the gap between folk and country is, commercially speaking, a chasm. While Russell's songs have been successfully covere...

    by Michael Roberts on January 24, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Sherri Jackson, with Sweet Water Well, Thursday, January 18, at the Bluebird Theater, doesn't need much to make her music: a guitar and a couple of backing musicians--plus the occasional throat lozenge--and she's set. That's because she's an incisive...

    by Michael Roberts on January 17, 1996
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    THE ENVELOPE PLEASE - HERE'S WHAT GRAMMY HOPEFULS SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR.

    The annual announcement of nominees for the Grammy awards is usually as lovingly anticipated by people who know and love music as their next proctological examination. Why? Because the performers acknowledged often warrant several years in time-out m...

    by Michael Roberts on January 17, 1996
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    VIVA LAS VEGAS - A BOXED SET WRONGHEADEDLY ATTEMPTS TO REHABILITATE THE LATTER-DAY ELVIS'S REPUTATION.

    Several years ago a friend of mine set out to assemble a tape of Elvis Presley songs under the title "Good Elvis/Bad Elvis." The idea seemed simple: For side A, he planned to compile the finest pieces of Presley; for side B, the worst of the worst--d...

    by Michael Roberts on January 17, 1996
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    TEACH YOUR NIGHT-CLUB SINGERS WELL

    Upon moving to the Denver area from Washington, D.C., two years ago, vocalist/ composer/keyboardist Rekha Ohal suffered the usual setbacks while establishing herself on the local music scene. But rather than sitting home and feeling sorry for herself...

    by Linda Gruno on January 17, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Tim O'Brien, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 19, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is a local boy who continues to make his mark beyond this locality: His current press material includes heartfelt testimonials about his abilities by Mary Chapin Carpen...

    by Michael Roberts on January 17, 1996
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    PLAYLIST

    Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks Orange Crate Art (Warner Bros.) Part two of Brian Wilson's latest comeback can't help but fall short of the expectations it raises. That's no surprise: The surviving fragments of Smile, the unreleased 1967 Beach Bo...

    by Susan Dunlap on January 10, 1996
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    WHAT A DISH

    According to lead singer J.R. Richards, Santa Barbara-based Dishwalla wouldn't be where it is today without the inspiration of a certain poofy-haired pianist and his dead sister--otherwise known as Richard and Karen Carpenter. "I'm honest to God ...

    by Joshua Green on January 10, 1996
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    ALL IN THE FAMILY - PEPPERMENT SHINES WITH ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW.

    On a late December night at the Mercury Cafe, a dozen or so people wander on and off the stage. Some fiddle with various instruments--guitars, horns, hand drums, keyboards. Some chat with those doing the fiddling. And others don't do much of anything...

    by Michael Roberts on January 10, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Spencer Bohren, Saturday, January 13, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is a former Fort Collins resident (he now lives in Casper, Wyoming) whose latest album, Present Tense, finds him doing what he's done for the past quarter-century: paying tribute to Am...

    by Linda Gruno on January 10, 1996
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    RIGHT HAHN

    As a result of his late-Sixties recordings and collaborations with onetime Charles Mingus sideman John Handy and vibraphonist Gary Burton, guitarist Jerry Hahn is seen as a springboard for an entire crop of jazz strummers--Pat Metheny, John Abercromb...

    by Susan Froyd on January 10, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Warren Zevon, Monday, January 15, at the Bluebird Theater, has a sense of humor twisted enough to appreciate the downturn in his commercial fortunes. Appearing on the scene with a self-titled album in 1976, Zevon burned brighter than almost any of hi...

    by Michael Roberts on January 10, 1996
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    HERE'S PROGRESS FOR YOU

    "Everybody in the band has different tastes," confides Tim Cloherty, singer and chief songwriter for SoHo pop group the Rake's Progress. "So when we write songs, we just sort of throw all the ingredients together into a big Rake's Progress casserole ...

    by Brad Jones on January 3, 1996
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    SPECIAL EFX - DAS EFX TRIES TO KEEP IT GOING THREE YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.

    In the pop-music universe, three years is a long time--but not that long. A megahit album can keep spewing singles for much of that span, and even groups who have achieved more moderate success with their debuts can put off their sophomore efforts fo...

    by Michael Roberts on January 3, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Bleecker Street, Friday, January 5, at Cheers, is one of those bands that's easy to overlook; its predominant qualities (reliability, good fellowship, fine musicianship) don't always grab listeners the way they should. But Ben Stevens, Washboard Chaz...

    by Michael Roberts on January 3, 1996
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