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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Laurie Anderson, Thursday, March 2, at the Paramount Theatre, has been busy lately: She recently issued Bright Red, her first new recording in five years (another disc, The Ugly One With the Jewels, is due in mid-March); Stories From the Nerve Bible,...

    by Linda Gruno on March 1, 1995
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    DELUNA TUNES

    "I think that in jazz as a whole, the musicians have a problem with reaching out to the audiences," says percussionist Bobby DeLuna of the Bobby DeLuna and Richard Kermode Band. "Audiences just watch a jazz band. They don't listen." By contrast, he c...

    by Linda Gruno on March 1, 1995
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    SPEARHEAD'S UP - THERE'S NOTHING DISPOSABLE ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI'S LATEST ADVENTURE IN HIP HOP.

    Michael Franti, former leader of the brilliant hip-hop duo Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, still isn't thrilled with all the ways of the world. But in his latest group, Spearhead, he's found new ways to express his displeasure. "One of the thing...

    by Michael Roberts on March 1, 1995
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    IS HE BLUE? - G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE PLAY THE BLUES THE NEW-FASHIONED WAY.

    You'd anticipate that a guy born with a handle like Garrett Dutton III would wind up with a few affectations. What comes as a surprise, then, is not Dutton's theatricality but his pose of choice. You see, young, white Garrett--aka G. Love, leader of ...

    by Michael Roberts on March 1, 1995
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    LO NO MORE - SEBADOH'S LOU BARLOW GOES BEYOND LO-FI.

    "I don't know what our sound is," says Sebadoh singer/guitarist Lou Barlow. "We've always kind of consciously avoided having a sound." And they've done a damned good job of it, too. Since Barlow and his fellow Sebs (bassist Jason Loewenstein and d...

    by Brad Jones on March 1, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Little Axe The Wolf That House Built (OKeh/Epic) If you're a purist, give this sucker wide berth, because it's sure to piss you off. Yep, Little Axe uses the blues the way Enigma used Gregorian chants--as raw material for atmospheric samples. Whi...

    by Linda Gruno on February 22, 1995
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    THE LORDS' PRAYERS

    Ruth McCardle, aka Lady Galore, considers herself to be healthy, not perverted. The lead singer of Belgium's Lords of Acid writes off folks to the west of the Atlantic as being "too hung up about sex. Americans don't teach children about sex. They fo...

    by Susan Dunlap on February 22, 1995
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    FOR PETE'S SAKE

    As a devotee of from-the-gut tunesmiths, 25-year-old Pete Droge isn't afraid to write songs in which he wears his heart on his flannel sleeve. But performing them before his musical idols is another story. For example, Droge found it "overwhelmin...

    by John Jesitus on February 22, 1995
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    FATHER AND SON REUNION - RAPPER COMMON SENSE GETS BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS DAD.

    Denver's Lonnie Lynn hadn't been planning to make his debut as a rapper. After all, Lynn's game was basketball, not hip hop--and it had been nearly two decades since he'd shot hoops for a living. His son, Rashid, was the Lynn who specialized in rhymi...

    by Michael Roberts on February 22, 1995
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    FACE THE MUSIC

    The stage antics that distinguish Denver's Meanface--vocalist Dan Berger, guitarist Jeff Leddy and drummer Rick Layton--are far from G-rated. But shortly after the bandmembers added a bestiality video and autopsy slides to their onstage repertoire, t...

    by Steve Boland on February 22, 1995
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    FEATS OF CLAY

    Denver-based harmonica player Clay Kirkland is often described as having the fastest tongue in the West--a compliment based less on his style of speech than his atypical approach to blowing the harp. "Some harmonica players form an embouchure wit...

    by Linda Gruno on February 15, 1995
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    IN THE BLACK - REAL PUNK ROCK LIVES--ON DENVER'S BLACK PLASTIC RECORDS.

    It's a sorry time for those punk rockers who hoped their favorite music would remain forever underground. After all, Green Day's major-label debut, Dookie, has just hit the quadruple-platinum mark, while Orange County's Offspring have sold nearly as ...

    by Brad Jones on February 15, 1995
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    STAX OF WAX

    The final chapter of The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles collection (subtitled Volume 3: 1972-1975) is, in some ways, a cynical commercial ploy. After all, this 10-CD, 213-song opus will cost you big bucks at your friendly neighborhood music store, y...

    by Michael Roberts on February 15, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Trenchmouth Trenchmouth vs. the Light of the Sun (East/West) Trenchmouth means to test just how far the millions of freshly minted "alternative" fans are willing to go: Are they drawn to new music simply because it's fashionable, or are they genu...

    by John Jesitus on February 8, 1995
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    THEY BELIEVE THE HYPE - THE MEMBERS OF OASIS GRACIOUSLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.

    The same folks who were appalled when John Lennon claimed that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ will no doubt be outraged by the five newest egomaniacs in town. They go by the name of Oasis, they hail from Manchester, England, and they've al...

    by Susan Dunlap on February 8, 1995
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    THE GREAT WHITE WAY - LAVELLE WHITE HASN'T TAKEN ANY SHORTCUTS TO SUCCESS.

    "Everyone has been so wonderful to me," says vocalist Lavelle White. "I love all of them--and I love you, too. I haven't met you, but I love you dearly with all my heart." Obviously, White is in a bubbly mood. And why not? In 1994, more than thirt...

    by Michael Roberts on February 8, 1995
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    WANTED: BASSIST AND DRUMMER... - ...TO JOIN WHAT COULD BECOME DENVER'S BEST POP BAND.

    Tonight, in untold thousands of bedrooms and garages across the country, musicians will gather to write and record songs. Many of these tunes will bite, of course, and many more will so closely resemble current or past hits that they'll have little r...

    by Michael Roberts on February 8, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Slick Rick Behind Bars (Def Jam) Rick James Bustin' Out: The Best of Rick James (Motown) With the Snoop Doggy Dogg trial looming and accused multiple murderer O.J. Simpson presently getting more press than he ever did for packing a pigskin, i...

    by John Young on February 1, 1995
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    WILL THE PEAK INHERIT THE EARTH? - TWO NEW STATIONS TURN DENVER RADIO UPSIDE DOWN.

    In the media business, it's considered suicidal to admit feeling panicked. But given the latest report from the Arbitron ratings service--a report that could portend the biggest power shift in Denver radio this decade--you can bet that more than a fe...

    by Michael Roberts on February 1, 1995
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    WHINERS BEWARE

    Pianist, composer and New York-music-scene veteran Robin Connell has very little patience for musicians who whine. In fact, Connell--currently living in Greeley, where she's working on a doctorate in musical composition at the University of Northern ...

    by Linda Gruno on February 1, 1995
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