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    Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects Shabeesation (Rykodisc) Those of you who rail against cultural appropriation should start sharpening your knives for this one. A trance band reviled in its native Morocco because of its impolitic name (Ais...

    by Michael Roberts on April 11, 1996
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    Jack Logan Mood Elevator (Medium Cool/Restless) Logan's history (he's a mechanic turned songwriting savant) has so captivated journalists that many of them have neglected to actually consider his music as anything other than a sidebar to ...

    by Amy Kiser on April 4, 1996
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    Running on Fumes - Seven years down the road, the members of Gas Huffer are breathing easier.

    "We're basically just a ham-fisted punk band," declares Matt Wright, lead singer for Seattle's Gas Huffer. "But I like to think that there's a little finesse to our music, too." There is, but it may not be apparent upon first listen. After all, t...

    by Brad Jones on April 4, 1996
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    Feedback

    Although there are numerous venues in the Denver-Boulder area that spotlight jazz, all but a handful concentrate on the watered-down variety--music that's fine in the background but less challenging than Pong. As a result, some of the region's best j...

    by Michael Roberts on April 4, 1996
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    Some Like It Hot - Life's a party for the Sugar Twist Kids.

    It's an hour shy of midnight on a Saturday night in early March, and a case of the Andromeda Strain seems to have brought activity in Boulder's industrial section to a dead stop. But this apparent tranquility is deceptive. Outside one nondescript war...

    by Michael Roberts on April 4, 1996
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    Feedback

    Among the winners at the 35th annual Downtown Denver Partnership awards presentation earlier this month was the Spot, at 2019 Stout Street--an operation to which few people over the age of twenty are hip. And that's good. Because unlike most public-p...

    by Michael Roberts on March 28, 1996
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    Playlist

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Murder Ballads (Reprise) "It sounds like you're playing that at the wrong speed," a co-worker told me as I spun this CD at my desk--and that's as succinct an encapsulation of Cave's pluses and minuses as you're...

    by Joshua Green on March 28, 1996
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    Happy Lou - In concert, Lou Reed takes a walk on the mild side.

    Luna was an appropriate opening act for a Lou Reed concert--perhaps too much so. As lead guitarist/vocalist Dean Wareham pulled angular, occasionally atonal lines from his six-string March 21 at the Paramount Theatre, even quasi-knowledgeable list...

    by Michael Roberts on March 28, 1996
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    Charlie's Angels

    "I've been listening to music by Charles Manson for a long time, and I really like his songs," reveals Ang, vocalist for Denver's Scramblehead. "Charles Manson is interesting in the sense of his situation as a whole, and the man himself is a very int...

    by Joshua Green on March 28, 1996
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    Divide and Conquer

    Not long ago, subcultural clans seemed a lot easier to define. For example, citizens of the hetero world once knew (or thought they knew) that the music beloved by gay men ran the gamut from ABBA and disco to show tunes and Judy Garland. By the sa...

    by Steve Boland on March 28, 1996
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    'Head Games - Members of Radiohead hope their latest trip to Colorado won't be as creepy as the last.

    Radiohead's last Denver date--October 4, 1995, at the Ogden Theatre, opening for Soul Asylum--was a show no one in the band will soon forget. Shortly after the arrival in town of the musicians (lead vocalist/guitarist Thom E. Yorke, background vocali...

    by Susan Dunlap on March 28, 1996
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    South by Southwest '96--with bullets. *At a crowded seminar entitled "Why All the Clamor for Entertainment News?", Village Voice senior editor Ann Powers claimed that Hootie & the Blowfish are "fascinating." Because she's a respected professional...

    by Michael Roberts on March 21, 1996
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    The Simpel Truth

    The pop-music aficionados in Aurora's Simpeltones aren't looking for corporate sponsorship. They've already been involved in one such deal, and the experience left a bad taste in their mouths. "We were actually sponsored by Budweiser for a year,...

    by Joshua Green on March 21, 1996
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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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