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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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    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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    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

    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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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    P.J. Harvey, with Live and Veruca Salt, Wednesday, August 23, at Red Rocks, is a rarity in contemporary pop music: an artist whose integrity and love of creative risk are virtually unassailable. As demonstrated by recordings such as Rid of Me and las...

    by Michael Roberts on August 23, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Sympathy F, with Genuine, X LuLu, Terminal Hinge and Spoon Collection, Wednesday, August 23, at the Mercury Cafe, certainly deserves to have been chosen as one of five area finalists to compete in this, the Denver edition of the third annual Ticketma...

    by Michael Roberts on August 23, 1995
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    THE DAISY CHAIN - FROM OBSCURITY TO A TOUCH OF NOTORIETY WITH TRIPPING DAISY.

    It's unlikely that every allegedly autobiographical story recounted by Tim DeLaughter, guitarist and vocalist for the Dallas-based band Tripping Daisy, is true. But he tells his tales with such conviction and with so much twangy, ingenuous charm that...

    by Michael Roberts on August 23, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Maids of Gravity, with Chaos Theory, Saturday, August 19, at Cricket on the Hill, features two members--vocalist/guitarist Ed Ruscha and guitarist Jim Putnam--who were part of Brad Laner's visionary band Medicine in 1991 and 1992. It should come as n...

    by Michael Roberts on August 16, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Vivid Imagination, with No Such Thing and Gothic Frog, Wednesday, August 16 at Cricket on the Hill, is filled with performers who are overqualified to entertain. After all, they're not just musicians, they're amateur sociologists, too: They spend hou...

    by Susan Dunlap on August 16, 1995
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    PRODIGAL SON - EARTH, WIND AND FIRE'S PHILIP BAILEY RETURNS TO HIS HOMETOWN EAGER TO TURN YOUR FROWN UPSIDE DOWN.

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more relentlessly upbeat person than Philip Bailey. Give the 44-year-old Denver native a chance to gripe about the press, record companies or practically any topic into which most of us would love to sink our teeth, an...

    by Michael Roberts on August 16, 1995
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    SALEM'S TRIALS - KEVIN SALEM WANTS TO SUCCEED ONE LISTENER AT A TIME.

    "I tend not to read my own press," says singer-songwriter/guitarist Kevin Salem, from a standard-issue room at a Motel 6 somewhere in North Carolina. "That's death for musicians. To read articles about yourself is a little bit stifling and unproducti...

    by Michael Roberts on August 16, 1995
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    THE VSS ENTERPRISE

    Sonny Kay is as punk rock as anyone in Colorado. Ask him if he agrees, however, and he'll deny it. "No matter what, we're always going to be considered relative to punk," he says of his band, the VSS. "But just for me, personally, what's considered p...

    by Steve Boland on August 16, 1995
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