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    SPITTING IMAGE

    The career of the Psychedelic Furs followed a predictable pattern: two striking albums, two okay albums, two tremendously dull albums, breakup. What's surprising is that Richard Butler, the Furs' ex-leader now fronting a combo called Love Spit Love, ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 5, 1994
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    WORDS OF MOUTH

    Boulder poet Benjamin Porter Lewis isn't your average mountain-town java-joint junkie. If his streetwise delivery and frizzy near-dreads don't make that point abundantly clear, his sublimely untutored rants against political injustice and racial prej...

    by John Jesitus on October 5, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Storyville, Friday, October 7, at the Boulder Theater, is a Texas quintet that offers a fresh take on the music of the Lone Star state by coupling its blues base with passionate punk and soul influences. The band, which borrowed its name from New Orl...

    by Linda Gruno on October 5, 1994
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    YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN - DENVER NATIVE BILL FRISELL RETURNS FOR AN EXCURSION INTO COLORADO JAZZ.

    Improvisational wizard Bill Frisell is known worldwide for his ethereal, thinking-man's work on the guitar, which he transforms into a stringed soulmate to wind instruments. The breathy, electrified tone that he produces with the help of volume pedal...

    by Linda Gruno on October 5, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Liz Phair Whip-Smart (Matador) Rock-critic types have treated the release of Whip-Smart with reverence suggestive of the second coming, which in some ways is appropriate--like Exile in Guyville, Phair's slobbered-over debut, this sophomore offeri...

    by John Jesitus on September 28, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Oasis, Tuesday, October 4, at the Mercury Cafe, arrives in Colorado intent on substantiating the beliefs of those who feel the band is the next big thing to come out of Manchester, England. The Epic release Definitely Maybe features "Shakermaker," a ...

    by Susan Dunlap on September 28, 1994
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    HONOR THY AUTHORS

    A few years back (forever, in pop-culture time), tribute discs were mainly devoid of irony. Collections in which various vocalists or groups presented versions of songs associated with a particular singer or songwriter were produced to make money, of...

    by Michael Roberts on September 28, 1994
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    X MARKS THE STUPID - DENVER'S LISA CRYSTAL CARVER INVITES YOU TO JOIN GENERATION L.

    Musician/publisher/writer/mother-to-be Lisa Crystal Carver is tired of Generation X and its dysfunctional rantings. In fact, this Denver immigrant would like nothing better than to see the twenty-something crowd exposed for what it really is--a pack ...

    by Brad Jones on September 28, 1994
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    AFTER THE BOARDWALK - TED HAWKINS SINGS ABOUT A LIFE LIKE NO OTHER. HIS OWN.

    Ted Hawkins, age 57, has lived one hell of a life--and he's not finished yet. If Robert Johnson hadn't cashed in his chips at so young an age, his tale might have sounded a lot like this one. It's a story that, understandably, Hawkins doesn't muc...

    by Michael Roberts on September 28, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Eric Clapton From the Cradle (Reprise) This blues tribute disc was a good idea for three reasons: Much of Clapton's best work has been in the idiom; following up the incredibly successful (and massively overrated) Unplugged with an album of cover...

    by Linda Gruno on September 21, 1994
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    PAVEMENT HITS THE ROAD - SMASHING PUMPKINS' LEAST FAVORITE BAND LEARNS TO DEAL WITH FAME.

    Let's face it: Most rock-and-roll musicians aren't exactly nuclear physicists. So on those rare occasions when a band of savvy rock musicians emerges, reporters usually pounce on them like a mob of doting grandmothers. For proof, look no further ...

    by Brad Jones on September 21, 1994
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    THE SOUND OF D-TOWN - D-TOWN BROWN MAKES HIP HOP THAT'S ANGRY, PASSIONATE AND VERY, VERY SMART.

    Shatta Mejia is a teacher--in every sense of the word. A high-school-level instructor for the past three years, he works in an alternative program under the umbrella of the Boulder Valley school system with "at-risk" students. "About 90 percent of th...

    by Michael Roberts on September 21, 1994
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    SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS - JAZZ GENIUS DAVID MURRAY ON ART, COMMERCE AND KENNY G.

    When saxophonist/composer David Murray attended his twenty-year high school reunion last year, he won an award for having the most unique profession--or, as Murray puts it, "the strangest career." Given Murray's past, it couldn't have been much of a ...

    by Linda Gruno on September 21, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots (Atlantic) It seems a little unfair to rag on the Pilots. I mean, there are ripoff artists in every style of music, and many of these performers wind up being more successful than the true innovators of the...

    by Jason Horwitch on September 14, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Love Jones, Tuesday, September 20, at the Mercury Cafe, is a collection of performers who like their martinis almost as dry as their wit. Along with Chicago's Coctails and Boston's Combustible Edison, the band is part of the burgeoning movement known...

    by Charlie Amter on September 14, 1994
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    JUST SAY AUTONO - THE BEST LITTLE BAND IN COLORADO SPRINGS KEEPS COMING BACK FOR MORE.

    "At this point, there's a time concern," says Chuck Snow, leader of the AUTONO, Colorado Springs' best, and best-known, rock band. "I have to ask myself, `Am I going to wind up washing dishes at Wendy's when I'm forty?'" Snow, 32, finds himself tr...

    by Michael Roberts on September 14, 1994
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    MO' BETTER BLUES

    The standard promotional line on singer-songwriter Keb' Mo' goes something like this: One of the first artists to be signed to Epic's newly revived blues label (Okeh), Keb' Mo' is an unknown Los Angeles-based guitarist who's being heralded as the lat...

    by Linda Gruno on September 14, 1994
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    DADDIES KNOW BEST

    "When most people think of psychedelic, they think of the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix," says Steve Perry, the singer-songwriter for Eugene, Oregon's Cherry Poppin' Daddies. "But to me, that's not psychedelic at all. To me, that's real run-of-the-mill...

    by Brad Jones on September 14, 1994
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    COME TOGETHER--AGAIN

    As the summer of the supergroup reunion tours draws to a close, veteran rockers are counting up their winnings. Not everyone got richer quick: For example, the restoration of Traffic (actually, it was just Steve Winwood getting together with some guy...

    by Michael Roberts on September 14, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Coolio It Takes a Thief (Tommy Boy) The old school strikes back. Coolio's bio sounds plenty contemporary--he's reportedly a former SoCal crack addict--but the occasional hardcore trappings heard on his debut disc are concessions to the marketplac...

    by Justin McLean on September 7, 1994
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