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    Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire (Epic) Why are so many left-wingers humorless? Sure, there are terrible things happening on this little globe of ours--war, torture, rape, racism, discrimination, deforestation--and anyone willing to b...

    by John Jesitus on May 23, 1996
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    Whatsa Matto? - Yuka Honda's Cibo Matto makes delectable treats for the postmodern ear.

    Shortly after moving from Japan to the United States in the late Eighties, Yuka Honda landed a job writing about American food for a Japanese magazine. On the surface, the position seems to have little in common with her current role, as half of a re...

    by Michael Roberts on May 23, 1996
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    Tribe and Tribulations - Boulder native Leslie Mah finds a home with the punks in Tribe 8.

    Very little unnerves Leslie Mah, guitarist for San Francisco's Tribe 8. But she admits to being a bit nervous about playing her first show in Colorado since moving away from her home state seven years ago. "It's going to be a little weird, becau...

    by Michael Roberts on May 23, 1996
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    Bloodletting - Performance artist Cristofer Lix talks and sings about living with AIDS.

    Six years ago this month, Cristofer Lix was admitted to a hospital with a severe headache, the result of a pharmacist's misreading of his prescription for sinus medication; for two days he had been inadvertently taking a drug for high blood pressure ...

    by Amy Kiser on May 23, 1996
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    Old Hag - A Merle Haggard boxed set serves as a welcome reminder that country music can be dangerous.

    At the Academy of Country Music awards presentation in late April, a slew of country stars were rounded up for a tribute to Merle Haggard, the designated recipient of a lifetime achievement statuette. Clint Black, wearing his trademark chapeau, intro...

    by Michael Roberts on May 16, 1996
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    Playlist

    Paul Westerberg Eventually (Reprise) You've got to feel bad for Westerberg. As the mouth behind the Replacements, the man practically invented what's now known as alternative rock, but pretty much the only thing he got for this achievemen...

    by Amy Kiser on May 16, 1996
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    The Martian Chronicles - Fort Collins's Armchair Martian is ready to take its sound nationwide.

    Splayed across the floor of Fort Collins's Blasting Room studio, Jon Snodgrass--guitarist/vocalist for the punk band Armchair Martian--is fervently expounding on the virtues of one of his favorite musicians. But while Snodgrass is a modern rocker thr...

    by Brad Jones on May 16, 1996
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    They're Melting! They're Melting!

    With washed-up bands from the Seventies reuniting faster than you can say "Fiddler's Green," perhaps it's only fitting that Modern English, a seemingly washed-up band from the Eighties, should also be in search of a nostalgia wave to ride. But unlike...

    by John Jesitus on May 16, 1996
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    Feedback

    Local consumers interested in picking up the latest music by area artists know they can find it at a handful of locations, including Wax Trax, Twist & Shout, Albums on the Hill and Jerry's Record Exchange. Beginning next week, however, a new outlet s...

    by Michael Roberts on May 16, 1996
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    Feedback

    While recently flipping through a copy of the Denver Post, Neil Slade, a fixture on the local music scene, stumbled across an advertisement for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Under the heading "Notes for the Symphony," the ad featured this pitch: "...

    by Michael Roberts on May 9, 1996
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    Playlist

    Hootie & the Blowfish Fairweather Johnson (Atlantic) Listening to this album put me in mind of a line from an episode of the Seventies sitcom Sanford and Son. In it, Fred, played by Redd Foxx, describes a particularly bland meal. "After d...

    by John Jesitus on May 9, 1996
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    Lush Life

    Miki Berenyi, the lead singer of England's Lush, would like to light a fire beneath the rather placid audiences she's encountered of late. "A lot of people who've been coming to see us in America are 4AD fans," she says, referring to Lush's label, an...

    by Steve Boland on May 9, 1996
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    There Otter Be a Law

    Rick Martinez, drummer for Denver's Otter Popps, is definitely dedicated to his band. After all, one of the main reasons he's upset that his 23-year-old brother, Otter Popps guitarist/vocalist Mike Martinez, is stuck in a Jefferson County work-releas...

    by John Jesitus on May 9, 1996
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    Ralph's Top Service - Welcome to Colorado's premier bluegrass jam. Come in and sit a spell.

    At eight o'clock at night in an Englewood industrial park, a single streetlight casts a milky glow on a simple wooden sign. It reads: "Ralph's Top Service." Although Ralph's, at 2890 South Zuni, is a custom counter and cabinet shop, the scene in...

    by Marty Jones on May 9, 1996
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    Just Deserts - Neil Halstead on the moody, desolate sound of Mojave 3.

    When Neil Halstead--vocalist, guitarist and guiding light for Britain's Mojave 3--thinks of Denver, he pictures singer and fellow bandmate Rachel Goswell. In agony. "We were flying from L.A. to New York last year, and Rachel's eardrum burst duri...

    by Michael Roberts on May 9, 1996
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    Smokin' Herb - Trumpeter Herb Alpert is uninterested in returning to Tijuana.

    "I try not to repeat myself," says trumpeter Herb Alpert. "I don't want to play another version of 'Rise' or 'The Lonely Bull' sideways." Unfortunately, the above comment is the closest Alpert comes to discussing his past with the Tijuana Brass, ...

    by Steve Gray on May 2, 1996
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    Feedback

    College radio has been responsible for the popularization of much of the best pop music over the past couple of decades--yet residents of Denver have virtually no access to such a station. Geographically, the closest college outlet is KUCB, at the Un...

    by Michael Roberts on May 2, 1996
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    Dulli Noted - The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, in black, white and gray.

    One smoggy day in West Hollywood circa 1985, I was standing behind the front counter at Tower Records' Sunset Strip branch when Greg Dulli, my best friend among my co-workers, entered the store carrying a plate of edibles and wearing a merry grin. "I...

    by Michael Roberts on May 2, 1996
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    Moot's Point

    When they're not making beautiful noise together, the members of Denver's Moot are agitating for social change. And luckily, the musicians agree on what changes should be made. "I've tried to play with conservatives before, and I don't think you...

    by Amy Kiser on May 2, 1996
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    The Culture Club

    If reggae fans were given a chance to nominate a performer who's best filled the role of the music's elder statesman since the passing of Bob Marley, Culture vocalist Joseph Hill would receive a lot of votes. Since 1972, when he released his first si...

    by Joshua Green on May 2, 1996
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