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    THE VSS ENTERPRISE

    Sonny Kay is as punk rock as anyone in Colorado. Ask him if he agrees, however, and he'll deny it. "No matter what, we're always going to be considered relative to punk," he says of his band, the VSS. "But just for me, personally, what's considered p...

    by Steve Boland on August 16, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Red Aunts #1 Chicken (Epitaph) Brutal Juice Mutilation Makes Identification Difficult (Interscope) The first thing you notice about the artwork for these discs is the blood: Red Aunts Angel, E.Z. Wider, Cougar and Sapphire are covered with it...

    by Jason Horwitch on August 9, 1995
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    SIMPLY THE ZEST

    Ashley Kirby, the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for Boulder's Zestfinger, insists on setting the record straight. "We love to jam, but not hippie jam," he asserts. "Our sound is very jazz- and funk-oriented. No trace of Jerry Garcia here." ...

    by Kim Leydig on August 9, 1995
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    THE VH1-ING OF AMERICAN MUSIC - HOW THE CABLE CHANNEL IS RETURNING US TO THE BORING DAYS OF YESTERYEAR.

    When VH1 went on the air ten years ago, the network was rightly seen as a graying version of its sister channel, MTV. Programmers there attempted to endear the service to upscale baby boomers (as opposed to MTV-targeted upscale youth) by focusing on ...

    by Michael Roberts on August 9, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Gray Parade, with Lithium Grin and Bustopher Jones, Tuesday, August 15, at 13th Avenue Bar and Grill, isn't a band that's going to bludgeon you into submission with its sound. Instead, the group specializes in swirling, hypnotic psychedelia--mood roc...

    by Michael Roberts on August 9, 1995
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    PHAR OUT

    Derrick Stewart, aka Fatlip, is not about to explode any myths. The members of his group, the Pharcyde, have a reputation as crazy, good-humored hip-hop stoners, and Fatlip--in conversation, at least--fits this description to a T. As he puts it, "Wha...

    by Michael Roberts on August 9, 1995
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    WHAT A TRIP

    Saxophonist Roy Nathanson, co-founder of the Jazz Passengers, is frequently described as quirky--and he's earned the term the old-fashioned way. According to Nathanson's partner, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, "You look up `quirky' in the dictionary, and...

    by Linda Gruno on August 9, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Wallace Roney, Saturday, August 12, at the Bluebird Theater, came to the public's attention in 1981. Then a 21-year-old Berklee student with no trumpet of his own, he auditioned for Wynton Marsalis's old seat in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, armed wi...

    by Linda Gruno on August 9, 1995
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    CAN YOU BEAT THAT?

    The songs played by Kandombe, a Boulder-based percussion ensemble, represent musical freedom in its truest sense. The performers believe their music cannot be contained or categorized, because the sounds they make are not modeled after various styles...

    by Linda Gruno on August 2, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Charlie Haden, Thursday, August 3, at the Denver Botanic Gardens, has quietly had one of the most distinguished careers in the short history of jazz. As a key part of Ornette Coleman's most famous combo, he contributed the sonorous bass lines that he...

    by Michael Roberts on August 2, 1995
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    BIG TRANE - THE JOYS OF THE NEW JOHN COLTRANE RELEASE.

    The music that makes up John Coltrane: Heavyweight Champion--The Complete Atlantic Recordings, a six-CD boxed set due for release in mid-August on the Rhino imprint, was cut over the course of a relatively brief period of time. Coltrane, fresh from s...

    by Michael Roberts on August 2, 1995
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    THINK FOR YOURSELF - YOU'VE GOT TO USE YOUR HEAD TO GET INTO SHUDDER TO THINK.

    In Craig Wedren's world, people really listen--not only for noises but for the spaces that separate the sounds. "Silence is the ultimate dynamic," says the singer of Shudder to Think. "It's polar to what most bands do, but it can be a beautiful remin...

    by Steve Boland on August 2, 1995
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    JILL OUT! - JILL SOBULE IS KEEPING HER BEDROOM PROCLIVITIES TO HERSELF.

    You might expect a female performer with a hit single entitled "I Kissed a Girl" to be an ardent advocate of the lesbian lifestyle. But singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, who co-wrote the tune with collaborator Robin Eaton, hasn't used the song's success...

    by John Jesitus on August 2, 1995
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    FINGER LICKING GOOD

    J. Ryan, leader of Six Finger Satellite, from Providence, Rhode Island, has a message for Westword readers. "When we were in Denver, I saw a lot of people in fuchsia-colored Jaguars with hippie crap all over them," he grumbles. "I'd like to tell them...

    by Steve Boland on July 26, 1995
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    GREAT SKA - AFTER THIRTY YEARS OF SKA WARS, THE SKATALITES ARE STILL FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT.

    Although ska may be an exceedingly vibrant and energetic force, it's not a new one. In fact, the roots of the music are practically the same age as Tommy McCook, the fiftysomething leader of the Skatalites, one of Jamaica's earliest ska bands. But wh...

    by Michael Roberts on July 26, 1995
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    PERFECTLY EVERCLEAR

    Everclear's Art Alexakis doesn't buy into the tortured-rock-star syndrome. "A lot of bands are kind of whiny, if you ask me," says the vocalist/guitarist. "If you're playing guitar and getting paid for it, that's a pretty good job, I think. I've work...

    by Brad Jones on July 26, 1995
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    LIBRE FOR ALL

    "That movie The Mambo Kings? That was a lot of Hollywood bull," says Andy Gonzales, bassist and musical director for Latin music purveyors Manny Oquendo & Libre. "And I didn't like the book, either. Maybe for the poetry committee it was all right. Bu...

    by Michael Roberts on July 26, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Foetus, Wednesday, July 26, at the Mercury Cafe, makes music far more dangerous than your parents could imagine: It's morbid, electric, ungodly. Jim Foetus has been pumping out material of this description since 1980, and his dense collections of lou...

    by Justin McLean on July 26, 1995
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    BE PREPARED

    Denver-based guitarist Janet Feder didn't expect to be featured in the July issue of Guitar Player. After all, the publication is devoted to electrified music--and Feder performs her classically based material on an acoustic instrument. "I couldn't b...

    by Linda Gruno on July 26, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Soul Asylum Let Your Dim Light Shine (Columbia) Back in the days when Say What You Will... and Made to Be Broken (from 1984 and 1986, respectively) were new, a lot of us had high hopes for this band: Its loud, fast numbers weren't all that distin...

    by Steve Boland on July 19, 1995
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