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    PARIS BLUES - EXPATRIATE LUTHER ALLISON IS FINALLY APPRECIATED IN THE LAND OF HIS BIRTH.

    Guitarist/vocalist/composer Luther Allison sees a parallel between himself and the fictitious Jake and Elwood Blues. "I guess I'm like the Blues Brothers said," he suggests. "I'm on a mission--a mission from God--to make things work. I am very proud ...

    by Linda Gruno on September 27, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Los Straitjackets The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets (Upstart) The Aqua Velvets Surfmania (Mesa) Friends of Dean Martinez The Shadow of Your Smile (Sub Pop) If Dick Dale can return from terminal obsc...

    by Michael Roberts on September 20, 1995
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    TOTALLY RAD

    Thanks to a current tour and a new CD (New Dark Ages) on a new label (Boulder's W.A.R.? imprint), the Radiators have been busier than ever--so busy, in fact, that the government has taken notice. "The IRS is on my back about my '94 taxes, which I sti...

    by Joshua Green on September 20, 1995
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    UP FROM THE UNDERGROUND - WHY THE VELVET UNDERGROUND MATTERS, WHETHER YOU'RE HIP TO IT OR NOT.

    Over the years, critical reverence for the Velvet Underground (celebrated in the new five-CD boxed set Peel Slowly and See, to be released by Polydor September 26) has become a bit of a joke among rock-scene observers. Sometimes it seems that a fondn...

    by Michael Roberts on September 20, 1995
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    SPECIAL EDWYN

    If you've always found Morrissey a might too perky and Rush Limbaugh a trifle unsure of himself, U.K.-bred rocker Edwyn Collins could be the man for you. With a dossier of critically respected work dating back to the 1980s, a hit single ("A Girl Like...

    by John Jesitus on September 20, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    16 Horsepower, Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, at the Bluebird Theater, is in town to celebrate the release of an EP (issued by Ricochet Records) that is meant to introduce the band to a larger public prior to its full-length debut on a maj...

    by Michael Roberts on September 20, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Low, with Soul Coughing, Friday, September 27, at the Ogden Theatre, likes to take things slow. Really slow. Imagine the Cowboy Junkies performing from the depths of the LaBrea tar pits and you'll get a rough idea of what this trio of minimalists fro...

    by Brad Jones on September 20, 1995
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    BLUES BELL

    Harmonica player Mark Bell is an aging baby-boomer who picked up his first harp in 1973, when he was seventeen. For Bell, it was an epiphany. "I played John Mayall's `Room to Move' by ear," he says, "and I've been cursed with it ever since." Bell...

    by Linda Gruno on September 20, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Lord of Word and the Disciples of Bass, Sunday, September 17, at the Denver University athletic fields, is far from the only act to appear at the second annual Rocky Mountain Music Association Musicfest; the bill also includes Chaos Theory, the AUTON...

    by Michael Roberts 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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