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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Todd Snider, Friday, January 13, at the Bluebird Theater, Saturday, January 14, at the Fox Theatre, and Sunday, January 15, at the Boulder Theater for a taping of E-Town, stands out from the vast majority of young singer-songwriters for an exceedingl...

    by Michael Roberts on January 11, 1995
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    JOHN OF ALL TRADES

    In a world seemingly ruled by ego, Boulder-based singer-songwriter John Vecchiarelli is a definite exception. "I don't know the name of one chord I play," he confesses. A largely self-taught strummer who picked up the guitar less than two years ago, ...

    by John Jesitus on January 11, 1995
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    SWING KID NO MORE

    Puppies eventually become dogs. Teenagers bloom into young adults. And jazz guitarist Howard Alden wants people to know that neo-swing players--those young guys who perform with and like the old guys from the original swing era--can grow up, too. "I ...

    by Linda Gruno on January 11, 1995
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    TAKEN PAST THE LIMIT - EX-EAGLE RANDY MEISNER ON GETTING SCREWED OUT OF A FORTUNE.

    The recent reunion of the Eagles thrilled a disturbingly large number of the nation's music lovers, who gladly handed over wads of bills for the privilege of seeing the outfit play note-for-note renditions of its Seventies staples. Not everyone jumpe...

    by Michael Roberts on January 11, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Todd Snider Songs for the Daily Planet (MCA) Country A&R guys are certainly feeling their oats these days. How else to explain the signing of Snider, an often jubilant busker who sounds no more country than, say, Loudon Wainwright III? "My Genera...

    by Linda Gruno on January 4, 1995
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    THE UGLY TRUTH - THE ROCK-AND-ROLLERS WHOSE FACES COULD STOP A CLOCK. UGLY A LOOK AT THE MOST FRIGHTENING FACES IN ROCK AND ROLL.

    As a new year dawns, let us take a minute to thank the members of Green Day and Offspring for all they've accomplished in recent months. No, we're not talking about how they managed to break a genre of music (punk) that PR folks have been struggling ...

    by Brad Jones on January 4, 1995
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    ELVIS GUMP

    When journalist Albert Goldman issued the book Elvis in 1981, the rock-and-roll community was stunned and appalled. Fans who still got misty at the thought of Elvis Aron Presley's 1977 demise weren't ready for a tome that painted their hero as a moro...

    by Michael Roberts on January 4, 1995
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    IZ STILL IS

    For guitarist Mike Serviolo--the creator of the wonderfully twisted Denver-based group Iz--making music is an arduous and painstaking process. And keeping a band together isn't that easy, either. Iz, you see, has existed for only about a year, bu...

    by Michael Roberts on January 4, 1995
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    SO FINE - THE MOST MEMORABLE ALBUMS OF 1994.

    This was the year that was. And what was the year 1994? From a musical standpoint, it was a transitional period. Some trends arose and some trends died during the past twelve months, but no movements were so overpowering that they brushed aside ev...

    by Michael Roberts on December 28, 1994
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    MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE - DENVER'S CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE IS PICKING UP SPEED.

    Eric Richter, guitarist and lead vocalist for Denver-based Christie Front Drive, boasts an extensive--not to mention goofy--range of influences. "One of the albums I'm listening to a lot these days is the Xanadu soundtrack," he reveals. "It bring...

    by Brad Jones on December 21, 1994
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    YULE'S GOLD - THE GOOD, THE BAND AND THE UGLY CHRISTMAS ALBUMS FOR 1994.

    Every year sees the release of new Christmas albums, but 1994 has witnessed an avalanche of them. And they're flying out of the stores--really flying. At this writing, Miracles: The Holiday Album, by that epitome of evil in the late twentieth century...

    by Michael Roberts on December 21, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC) Too much is being made of this, and for reasons that are rather hard to fathom: I mean, I can't be the only person in America to have caught this performance during one of the 10,000 or so times it's been a...

    by Linda Gruno on December 14, 1994
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    TERMINAL VELOCITY

    Sub Pop, the ultrasuccessful indie label from Seattle, took a radical risk by signing Velocity Girl to a five-album contract--the longest ever offered by the company. Unlike most of the thick-and-droney-sounding bands the label has promoted in the pa...

    by Jeff Stark on December 14, 1994
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    THE MARSHALL PLAN

    You might not expect the author of such sunny-sounding pop near-classics as "Someday, Someway" to have a testy bone in his body. But there's more angst in Marshall Crenshaw than initially meets the ear. Nursing a heavy head cold in a Dallas hotel...

    by John Jesitus on December 14, 1994
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    MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL

    Denver singer-songwriter Michael Engberg makes a decent living as a solo musician. But if he ever comes up short, he can always earn some extra money the way he once did--by delivering singing telegrams. "I'd say there are three main requirements...

    by Linda Gruno on December 14, 1994
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    TONY! TONY! TONY! - TONY BENNETT IS GETTING OLDER--AND BETTER.

    The campaign to sell Tony Bennett to a new generation of listeners has focused on hipness. Here, according to Madison Avenue, is a crooner beloved by the most popular alternative rockers of the Nineties--a veteran vocalist game enough to appear onsta...

    by Michael Roberts on December 14, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Pearl Jam Vitalogy (Epic) This isn't all that hot, but at least these guys are trying. The problem, as usual, are the songs, which are not exactly dripping with originality. "Spin the Black Circle," for instance, could pass for an early X track i...

    by Linda Gruno on December 7, 1994
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    DOGGIE STYLE

    Decked out in his weathered cowboy hat, Wrangler jeans and cherry-red shit-kickers, guitarist Gary England doesn't look like your archetypical surfer, and for good reason. Despite his role as the fair-skinned frontman for Denver's premier instrumenta...

    by Brad Jones on December 7, 1994
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    TATTOO YOU

    What's important to Austin-based guitarist Chris Duarte is written all over his body. A case in point is the strange tattoo on Duarte's chest--a reference to a treasured 1963 Stratocaster. Duarte played the instrument for more than a decade, in l...

    by Linda Gruno on December 7, 1994
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    STAIRWAY TO HELL - OUR LIST OF THE MOST OVERPLAYED CLASSIC-ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME.

    Woodstock isn't the only musical entity celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It's also been a quarter of a century since FM-rock radio came of age as a major commercial force--and broadcasters playing variations on this programming style conti...

    by Michael Roberts on December 7, 1994
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