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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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    NATURE'S WAY - THE ONLY THINGS NAUGHTY BY NATURE SHOOTS UP ARE HIP-HOP STEREOTYPES.

    Kansas senator Bob Dole's recent attack on popular culture has garnered largely favorable responses despite his blatantly political motivations (the man would give his good arm to be President) and numerous proclamations that were utterly nonsensical...

    by Michael Roberts on July 19, 1995
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    DAVE'S WORLD

    Boulder-based singer-songwriter Dave Gershen isn't shy about making grandiloquent statements. For instance, he says, "A couple of years ago, I had a spiritual awakening. I realized that it was time--that I was sitting on a gift that was too strong, t...

    by Michael Roberts on July 19, 1995
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    NO ALTERNATIVE - A LOOK AT THE MODERN-ROCK SONGS DENVER RADIO IS DOING TO DEATH.

    With KTCL, the Peak and what's left of KBCO all attempting to bend the ears of listeners who went to college during the early Eighties (and apparently lost their taste for musical adventure immediately thereafter), Denver's airwaves hang heavy with t...

    by John Jesitus on July 19, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Truman's Water Milktrain to Paydirt (Homestead) You can't describe Truman's Water as just another punk band--not when the closest thing to an influence you can scratch out of cuts like "Unitraction Bath" is Captain Beefheart. Most of these songs ...

    by Linda Gruno on July 12, 1995
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    GRAY DAZE

    "I think people will enjoy our music most when they're on their third beer," says Matt Squires, bassist for Denver's dream popsters Gray Parade. "When they're just kind of settling down and getting comfortable." "Yeah," adds guitarist Joel Richard...

    by Brad Jones on July 12, 1995
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    RAGGED DOLLS

    Johnny Rzeznik, vocalist/guitarist for the Goo Goo Dolls, describes his reaction to A Boy Named Goo, his group's latest excursion into power pop, with characteristic candor. "I like it more than I thought I would," he says. "I always hate everything ...

    by John Jesitus on July 12, 1995
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    HARTFORD ATTACK

    Even if multi-instrumentalist John Hartford found a cure for cancer, the discovery would probably be overshadowed by what the public sees as an even greater achievement--his writing of "Gentle on My Mind," a hit for Glen Campbell in 1968. But it's be...

    by Linda Gruno on July 12, 1995
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    THE PETER PRINCIPLE

    The image that's long defined Peter Murphy simply does not exist anymore--if it ever did. The former frontman for England's Bauhaus (the standard-bearer for the early Eighties gothic movement), Murphy has a reputation as a pretentious vampire wannabe...

    by Justin McLean on July 12, 1995
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    STICK A FORK IN IT - FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, LOLLAPALOOZA IS DONE.

    David Yow tried everything. The lead singer for the Jesus Lizard, second on the lineup at the Lollapalooza Festival (which stopped at Fiddler's Green on July 8), jumped into the crowd and berated several people in his path from a distance of approxim...

    by Michael Roberts on July 12, 1995
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    PLAYING IT COOLIO - HOW DO YOU GO FROM BEING A JUNKIE TO A RAP STAR? COOLIO KNOWS.

    Gangsta-rap performers who've led lives of crime have a leg up in the street credibility game. Snoop Doggy Dogg (soon to be tried for murder) and Tupac Shakur (in stir for offenses including sexual assault) have ridden their recent fights with the la...

    by Michael Roberts on July 5, 1995
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    A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE - DENVER-BASED HARRIET THE SPY LOOKS FOR PUNK IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES.

    Ask bassist/vocalist Myke Spy of Denver's Harriet the Spy to elaborate on his band's music and you won't get a single reply. Instead, you'll get a whole series of them. Reply number one: "I like Jean-Luc Godard. I want our music to be like one lo...

    by Steve Boland on July 5, 1995
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    JESUS LIZARD SUPERSTAR - PROBABLY NOT--BUT LOLLAPALOOZA REMAINS THE BIGGEST GIG YET FOR CHICAGO'S JESUS LIZARD.

    Bassist David Sims has no idea where his act, the Jesus Lizard, fits in with the rest of this year's Lollapalooza main-stagers. "We're certainly not the headliner," he notes. "And I don't know if I could convince you we're one of the girl bands o...

    by Brad Jones on July 5, 1995
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    RUSH'S HOUR - THE TIME MAY FINALLY HAVE COME FOR OTIS RUSH.

    A generation of English blues rockers, including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Mick Jagger and Jimmy Page, have acknowledged that guitarist/vocalist Otis Rush has provided them with divine musical inspiration. But Rush, who's 61, is not the t...

    by Linda Gruno on July 5, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Perez Prado Mondo Mambo! The Best of Perez Prado and His Orchestra (RCA/Rhino) Various Artists Mambo Mania! The Kings & Queens of Mambo (Rhino) At its best, the mambo, a boisterous style of Latin dance music, is absolutely hysterical. Trumpet...

    by Linda Gruno on June 21, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Deborah Henson-Conant, Friday, June 23, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is a jazz virtuoso and superior improviser with an unlikely specialty--the 47-string grand concert harp. A native Californian now based in New England, she first learned about the ha...

    by Linda Gruno on June 21, 1995
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    CRITICS' CHOICE - FROM GLASS EYE TO DEAD DOG'S EYEBALL, K. MCCARTY HAS A UNIQUE VISION.

    If you're wondering why Austin-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist K. (for Kathy) McCarty has won the hearts of so many music journalists, bend an ear to her list of favorite artists. "Richard Thompson," she says. "I've been listening to him pre...

    by Michael Roberts on June 21, 1995
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