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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    The New Bomb Turks, Saturday, November 11, at Mammoth Events Center, with Lag Wagon, Samiam, No Doubt, Pietasters, Teengenerate, Strung Out, Buck-O-Nine, Slapstick and the rest of the participants in the Board As Usual '95 festival, hail from Columbu...

    by Brad Jones on November 8, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Jux County, with Jonny Rocket, Friday, November 10, at the Bluebird Theater, stars Andy Monley, a performer who understands how the rock-music game is played but chooses to operate by his own set of rules anyhow. And that's good, because his singular...

    by Michael Roberts on November 8, 1995
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    IN THE PINK

    For decades the USSR officially denied its citizens the small pleasures afforded by "decadent" Western rock and roll. But in recent years, pop-culture-starved Russians were subjected to something worse--visits from bland stars such as Billy Joel and ...

    by Steve Boland on November 8, 1995
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    MERCURY RISING

    The last time Mercury Rev guitarist Jonathan Donahue saw Denver, it was in the rear-view mirror of a bus speeding out of town. Flash back to summer 1994 and Mercury Rev's appearance on the second stage at Fiddler's Green as part of the annual Lol...

    by Michael Roberts on November 8, 1995
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    A MORE PERFECT UNION - THE THINKING FELLERS UNION LOCAL 282 BUILDS ITS SOUND FROM THE GROUND UP.

    Hugh Swarts, one fifth of Oakland, California's Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, is having a tough time adjusting to the digital age. In fact, the guitarist/vocalist/percussionist hasn't even purchased his first compact disc player yet. "I'm kin...

    by Brad Jones on November 8, 1995
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    HANDS UP

    The music made by the eclectic quintet Laughing Hands can't be confused with that of most other Denver-area groups: Its folk-meets-worldbeat sound is like an exceedingly enjoyable course in ethnomusicology. But string bassist Tim Cross, who's been pa...

    by Kim Leydig on November 1, 1995
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    THE CHASE IS ON

    At most record stores, Eagle Dances With the Wind, the Canyon Records debut by the Denver-based Native American duo Red Tail Chasing Hawks, is filed in the new-age section. And that's too bad, because, as Hawks pianist James Torres points out, there'...

    by Linda Gruno on November 1, 1995
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    YOUNG, GIFTED AND BROWN

    "A lot of motherfuckers are like me--they listen to old shit," says the 21-year-old soulster who calls himself D'Angelo. "That's my music, those are my jams. Because a lot of the new music that's coming out, it isn't cutting it on an artistic level. ...

    by Michael Roberts on November 1, 1995
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    FEELING BJORKYWHAT THE HELL IS THAT ZANY BJORK SAYING NOW?

    Bjork Gudmundsdottir insists that she has her down moments, but her claim is unconvincing. After all, she makes this statement from an airport in Reykjavik, Iceland (her hometown), that's being pounded by a massive snow storm: "You look out the windo...

    by Michael Roberts on November 1, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Hazel Miller, Saturday, November 4, at the Beacon Grill, may look like somebody's kindly aunt in this photograph, but put a microphone in her hands and she'll belt out a blues mean enough to peel the skin off your arms. A sizable percentage of Denver...

    by Michael Roberts on November 1, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Supersuckers, opening for White Zombie and the Toadies, Thursday, November 2, at McNichols Arena, began making tuneful, relentless punk rock back when the members of Rancid had to ask their moms to drive them to the arcade, and they still do it bette...

    by Michael Roberts on November 1, 1995
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    COOKING WITH BAKER

    Many professional musicians feel that music instructors teach because they're not adequate performers. In some instances this is true--but not when it comes to Lynn Baker. The director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music at Denver University's Lamon...

    by Linda Gruno on October 25, 1995
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    OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

    Yeah, every performer with vocal chords and half a clue talks about artistic integrity--about making music that quenches his or her creative thirst without regard to the marketplace, which by its very nature dilutes and diminishes the purity and impa...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Spiritualized, Wednesday, October 25, at the Mercury Cafe, works in textures: oscillating notes or aural phrases piled atop each other or blended together until they beget a fuzzy, moody sound deep enough to wallow in. Jason Pierce, aka J. Spaceman, ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Little Fyodor and Babushka, with the Wryeteous Py Bayk Jammbory, Saturday, October 28, at Penny Lane in Boulder, were nominees for this year's Westword Music Awards--and you can bet that no one was more dumbfounded by this turn of events than Fyodor,...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    GOING STRAIT

    Until his band began receiving attention, Danny Amis, songwriter and lead guitarist for rock instrumentalists Los Straitjackets, worked as a stage manager and soundman at a Nashville television studio. And he doesn't want you to know which one. "I'd ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    SO YOU WANT TO BE WITH THE BAND? - THEN CHECK OUT JODECI, WHOSE MEMBERS WANT TO BE WITH YOU.

    If you really want to frighten the hell out of Mr. Dalvin, one of the four youthful, testosterone-spewing love machines in the R&B steamroller Jodeci, all you need to do is mention one word: marriage. "That's scary, man," he chatters. "Maybe when...

    by Michael Roberts on October 25, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Various Artists Randy Newman's Faust (Reprise) Haven't seen the stage version of this piece, but the disc is just the kind of mild disappointment that's to be expected from a concept this goofy. Newman is certainly among our greatest living songw...

    on October 18, 1995
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    OPERATION DESERT SHAGGY

    Shaggy isn't your typical performer. After all, how many dancehall-reggae artists can you name who fought in Kuwait as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps? Of course, armed conflict with Iraqi soldiers wasn't part of the plan when Shaggy--born Orvi...

    by Joshua Green on October 18, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    The Reejers, with Baldo Rex, Wednesday, October 18, at the Fox Theatre, had the poor manners to leave their Boulder home for Chicago--but the players (Dave Houghton, Nick Iurato, Dan Tomczyk and Jon Ellison) are making amends with this date, which is...

    by Michael Roberts on October 18, 1995
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