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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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    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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    Just in Kase

    "People can't just take Stevie Ray Vaughan and think he's the creator and almighty god of the blues, because that's just not how it is," says Denver bluesman Lonesome Dan Kase. "He played rock and roll, which was good. But when you base your whole ph...

    by John Jesitus on April 24, 1997
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    Johnny Dowd Wrong Side of Memphis When I began reviewing albums, I instituted a simple rule for myself: I must listen to at least three songs of every recording I receive before deciding whether or not to put it in my giveaway drawer. This doct...

    by Linda Gruno on April 24, 1997
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    Feedback

    Last week's column about the ruckus during the April 9 Jeru the Damaja date at Boulder's Fox Theatre contained a lot of information about the incident, but it lacked an important element: the comments of Jeru himself. When yours truly finally tracked...

    by Michael Roberts on April 24, 1997
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    Road Skalars

    Most acts that are part of the so-called third wave of ska promote themselves using a simple formula for success: touring, touring, touring. But Isaac Green and the Skalars, among the best of this new generation, recently discovered that the road can...

    by Joshua Green on April 17, 1997
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    Veruca Salt Eight Arms to Hold You (Outpost/Minty Fresh) In my review of Veruca Salt's much-ballyhooed debut, 1994's American Thighs, I lamented the band's derivative nature (the Breeders and Sonic Youth were among those paid homage via imi...

    by John Young on April 17, 1997
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    Go East, Young Men - Cephas & Wiggins are keeping a blues tradition alive.

    Guitarist/vocalist John Cephas and harmonica expert Phil Wiggins, collectively known as Cephas & Wiggins, play what's alternately called Tidewater music or Piedmont blues. And while they're not the only ones to do so, Cephas is frustrated that more y...

    by Linda Gruno on April 17, 1997
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    Let It Bern - Dan Bern makes folk music. But you might like it anyway.

    Singer-songwriter Dan Bern is of the rather old-fashioned belief that words--as in lyrics--actually matter. Too bad most of the ones that show up in popular music are so banal. "We live in a very polite time in some ways," he says in a halting y...

    by Michael Roberts on April 17, 1997
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    Heavenly Scent - The Skunk Motel is registering with a new generation of Denver dancers.

    Although Denver has been growing its own brand of DJs for as long as there have been clubs to mix records at, the last five years have witnessed a maturation of the scene and an explosion of urban record-slingers whose work rivals anything being done...

    by Kelly Lemieux on April 17, 1997
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    Feedback

    The Jeru the Damaja/DJ Shadow gig April 9 at Boulder's Fox Theatre should have been memorable for musical reasons. Instead, what will stick in the minds of most of those who were present will be the actions of a handful of knuckleheads who helped per...

    by Michael Roberts on April 17, 1997
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    Immortal Beloved

    In its three years of existence, the Fort Collins-based Immortal Dominion has received about as much attention from the mainstream media as Tom Selleck might from ticketholders at your average Indigo Girls concert. But that doesn't mean that the grou...

    by John Jesitus on April 10, 1997
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    Denver's Big Mike is not a man wanting for confidence. In describing the sort-of rebirth of his best-known band, Phantasmorgasm, he declares, "On a pompous, pretentious note, it's my intention to reclaim Denver from the dregs--from how dismal the sce...

    by Michael Roberts on April 10, 1997
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    Pulpit Fiction

    To many observers, the 39 members of the Heaven's Gate sect who recently committed suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California, are tragic figures. To the Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, they're something more: material. The good reverend, who specializes in comic e...

    by Marty Jones on April 10, 1997
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    That Louvin Feeling - Three new reissues serve as reminders of how good country music can be.

    At this writing, the biggest name in country music is LeeAnn Rimes, a teenager whose handlers have managed to parlay her precocious Patsy Cline impressions into an incredibly lucrative debut album (Blue is triple platinum and still going strong), a G...

    by Michael Roberts on April 10, 1997
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    The Spirit of 72

    "What we do could be interpreted as R&B in spirit," explains Gregg Foreman, guitarist and vocalist for the Delta 72. "But it's definitely not R&B in its purest form. I don't think anybody is going to confuse us with Sam and Dave or Babyface." Ame...

    by Brad Jones on April 10, 1997
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    Playlist

    Big Head Todd & the Monsters Beautiful World (Revolution) A new Big Head Todd album? Well, sort of. These are certainly new songs--or at least songs that haven't turned up on previous albums credited to the band. (Three cuts bear 1989 cop...

    by Joshua Green on April 3, 1997
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    Sliding Home - Lee Roy Parnell thought that slide guitar had a place in country music. He was right.

    Since making his major-label debut in 1991, Lee Roy Parnell has been an unexpectedly fresh presence on hit country radio. With his trademark slide guitar and soulful voice, he has served up four discs of a unique brand of bluesy C&W that stands out a...

    by Marty Jones on April 3, 1997
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