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    What Simon Said - Can't the members of Denver's Simon Sez all just get along?

    "Before I started the band, I'd been taking singing lessons to build my confidence--because I didn't think I could sing in front of anybody," explains Leslie Simon, the hyperkinetic, tambourine-shaking front thang for Denver's Simon Sez. After studyi...

    by Amy Kiser on March 21, 1996
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    Playlist

    Strange Cargo Hinterland (Discovery) Torch Song Toward the Unknown Region (Discovery) Caroline Lavelle Spirit (Discovery) In the field of ambient music, where putting your face on the cover of an album is considere...

    by Susan Dunlap on March 21, 1996
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    Rhymes of Passion - The Fugees are determined to make rap, not war.

    "It's kinda hectic, man," says Wyclef "Clef" Jean, rapper, songwriter and sonic engineer for the Fugees. "A lot of things are going on." And, Jean should have added, those things are pretty damn nice--the kinds of things that happen only to a ba...

    by Michael Roberts on March 21, 1996
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    Art echo

    Sonya Aurora Madan claims to have had "no experience before echobelly," the budding band in which she serves as singer, songwriter and frontwoman. But on record, she certainly doesn't sound like a shy novice. For example, during "Scream," the final c...

    by Susan Dunlap on March 14, 1996
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    Irons in the Fire - They're punk. They're ska. They're Christian. They're Denver's Five Iron Frenzy.

    The centerpiece of the living room shared by the members of Five Iron Frenzy is a battered, garage-sale-reject of a coffee table that's littered with precisely the kind of flotsam you'd expect to find in a punk-rock crash pad: gig fliers, dishes, dog...

    by Brad Jones on March 14, 1996
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    Playlist

    Rudy Ray Moore Greatest Hits (The Right Stuff) Most white folks haven't heard of Moore and that's a shame, because he's inspired a lot of the best music and comedy to spring from the African-American culture over the past thirty years. It...

    by Brad Jones on March 14, 1996
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    Feedback

    As demonstrated by a glance at this week's Feedback police blotter, the boys and girls in blue have been making their presence felt on the local music and nightlife scene. First up: an incident that took place Friday, March 1, at the Raven, 2217...

    by Michael Roberts on March 14, 1996
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    The Unreal World - Rebecca Blasband, veteran of The Real World, is getting on with her real life.

    Denver-based singer-songwriter Rebecca Blasband shakes her head. "It's a terrible thing to be famous and broke," she says. She should know. As a cast member of the original, 1992 edition of The Real World, a fictional/nonfictional series that's ...

    by Michael Roberts on March 14, 1996
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    Feedback

    The Denver radio market is like an especially perverse game of Monopoly. Earlier this month, Cincinnati-based Jacor Communications purchased four more stations, bringing its total number of signals in the area to eight (see Feedback, February 14)...

    by Michael Roberts on March 7, 1996
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    Many Happy Returns

    During the late Eighties, people interested in working at the Kansas City branch of the Internal Revenue Service probably spoke with Kevin Mahogany. A onetime employee in the IRS's mail room, Mahogany climbed up the government-employee ladder to a co...

    by Linda Gruno on March 7, 1996
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    The Little Mermen - Surf music and beyond with California's most animated instrumental rock band.

    As Jim Thomas, string-shredder for the guitar-crazy California trio called the Mermen, is being fetched to the phone for an interview, Mermen bassist Allen Whitman grabs the receiver. "Jim has been very abusive to me lately," he says in a deadpan voi...

    by Michael Roberts on March 7, 1996
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    Standing Ital

    Itals singer Keith Porter has been around since reggae's inception, producing a sound that helped form the music's foundation. And he's not about to change his style now. "Roots music means a lot to I," Porter says through a thick Jamaican accen...

    by Joshua Green on March 7, 1996
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    Playlist

    The Buckets The Buckets (Slow River) Charlie Chesterman Studebakersfield (Slow River) With the Nashville establishment in a creative funk of epic proportions (for proof, check out Shania Twain), independent labels are stepping...

    by John Young on March 7, 1996
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    The Butlers Did It

    "In the Boulder-Denver area, there are so many bands that play fifteen-minute jams," says Paul Massey, vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Boulder's Butlers & Thieves. "But we just want to play three-minute pop songs." Indeed, those of you in sear...

    by John Jesitus on March 7, 1996
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    Rock's Roles - Hardrock Gunter: From rockabilly pioneer to insurance agent to rock-and-roll legend.

    Sidney Louie Gunter settles into an overstuffed chair in the living room of his spectacular Golden home and stakes his claim to pop-cultural immortality. "On my new CD we're saying that I'm the man who named the music rock and roll, and I really beli...

    by Michael Roberts on February 29, 1996
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    Feedback

    Kurt Ohlen is a rockabilly connoisseur. He works at Wax Trax's oldies branch, collects rockabilly recordings and fronts his own authentic rockabilly band, the Dalhart Imperials. But even so committed a bop cat as Ohlen is, he was in the dark until re...

    by Michael Roberts on February 29, 1996
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    Playlist

    Terry Allen Human Remains (Sugar Hill) Allen, a country songwriter and Lubbock native who's earned critical acclaim and practically no real money, reassures fans that he won't trade his credibility for commercial success with this album's...

    by Joshua Green on February 29, 1996
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    The Sun's Ray

    In 1990, Sun Ra--the jazz innovator and native (he claimed) of Saturn--spoke of being "a pioneer going through the forest, not really knowing who is there or what's in the forest. That's all I know to be and I know what I'm supposed to be." Three yea...

    by Linda Gruno on February 22, 1996
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    Top of the Hill - B-Real says Cypress Hill's message is still blunt.

    This spring, Los Angeles-based Cypress Hill will be honored with what's become a symbol of pop-cultural hipness: an animated guest appearance on The Simpsons. The pot-loving crew--front man B-Real, rapper Sen Dog, DJ Muggs and new percussionist Eric ...

    by Joshua Green on February 22, 1996
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    The Three Faces of Bobby - A boxed set examines the psyche of the late Bobby Darin.

    "It's the singer, not the song" is a phrase the average critic applies too narrowly. The expression is generally hauled out of mothballs to compliment vocalists whose technically impeccable voices and unique, intuitive phrasing can render questions a...

    by Michael Roberts on February 22, 1996
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