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    IN THE BLACK - REAL PUNK ROCK LIVES--ON DENVER'S BLACK PLASTIC RECORDS.

    It's a sorry time for those punk rockers who hoped their favorite music would remain forever underground. After all, Green Day's major-label debut, Dookie, has just hit the quadruple-platinum mark, while Orange County's Offspring have sold nearly as ...

    by Brad Jones on February 15, 1995
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    STAX OF WAX

    The final chapter of The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles collection (subtitled Volume 3: 1972-1975) is, in some ways, a cynical commercial ploy. After all, this 10-CD, 213-song opus will cost you big bucks at your friendly neighborhood music store, y...

    by Michael Roberts on February 15, 1995
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    Trenchmouth Trenchmouth vs. the Light of the Sun (East/West) Trenchmouth means to test just how far the millions of freshly minted "alternative" fans are willing to go: Are they drawn to new music simply because it's fashionable, or are they genu...

    by John Jesitus on February 8, 1995
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    THEY BELIEVE THE HYPE - THE MEMBERS OF OASIS GRACIOUSLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.

    The same folks who were appalled when John Lennon claimed that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ will no doubt be outraged by the five newest egomaniacs in town. They go by the name of Oasis, they hail from Manchester, England, and they've al...

    by Susan Dunlap on February 8, 1995
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    THE GREAT WHITE WAY - LAVELLE WHITE HASN'T TAKEN ANY SHORTCUTS TO SUCCESS.

    "Everyone has been so wonderful to me," says vocalist Lavelle White. "I love all of them--and I love you, too. I haven't met you, but I love you dearly with all my heart." Obviously, White is in a bubbly mood. And why not? In 1994, more than thirt...

    by Michael Roberts on February 8, 1995
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    WANTED: BASSIST AND DRUMMER... - ...TO JOIN WHAT COULD BECOME DENVER'S BEST POP BAND.

    Tonight, in untold thousands of bedrooms and garages across the country, musicians will gather to write and record songs. Many of these tunes will bite, of course, and many more will so closely resemble current or past hits that they'll have little r...

    by Michael Roberts on February 8, 1995
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    Slick Rick Behind Bars (Def Jam) Rick James Bustin' Out: The Best of Rick James (Motown) With the Snoop Doggy Dogg trial looming and accused multiple murderer O.J. Simpson presently getting more press than he ever did for packing a pigskin, i...

    by John Young on February 1, 1995
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    WILL THE PEAK INHERIT THE EARTH? - TWO NEW STATIONS TURN DENVER RADIO UPSIDE DOWN.

    In the media business, it's considered suicidal to admit feeling panicked. But given the latest report from the Arbitron ratings service--a report that could portend the biggest power shift in Denver radio this decade--you can bet that more than a fe...

    by Michael Roberts on February 1, 1995
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    WHINERS BEWARE

    Pianist, composer and New York-music-scene veteran Robin Connell has very little patience for musicians who whine. In fact, Connell--currently living in Greeley, where she's working on a doctorate in musical composition at the University of Northern ...

    by Linda Gruno on February 1, 1995
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    SAINT BE PRAISED

    "I've had experiences," recalls Corrina Peipon, singer and lyricist for the Denver postpunk band St. Andre, "where I've been at Kinko's making fliers and people will look over my shoulder and say, `Oh, hey, are you a death-metal band?'" Misunderst...

    by Steve Gray on February 1, 1995
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    YOU ASKED FOR IT - OUR READERS REVEAL THE OTHER OVERPLAYED CLASSIC-ROCK SONGS.ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

    The people have spoken. At the conclusion of our recent list of pop history's most overplayed classic-rock songs ("Stairway to Hell," December 7), we invited you, our readers, to point out any tunes we might have overlooked. The response was volum...

    by Michael Roberts on January 25, 1995
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    HANDLE WITH KAREN

    As the sun sets and "apres-ski" begins at Acoustic Coffee and News, a snug hippie haunt in Nederland, clumps of snowboarders drag in and mix with other flannel-wearing Boulder refugees. It's pretty typical as such scenes go--mellow people with string...

    by Ellie Rodgers on January 25, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Various Artists The Colpix-Dimension Story (Rhino) On first listen, many of these forty cuts sound downright terrible--and they don't improve with repeated plays. Nonetheless, this collection exerts a certain fascination, if only because it captu...

    by Linda Gruno on January 18, 1995
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    WINDS OF CHANGE - INCREASING NOTORIETY ISN'T GOING TO BLOW AWAY TSUNAMI.

    Independent labels aren't the cozy, accessible harbors of artistic freedom they used to be. Call most of these onetime upstarts and you'll find yourself playing tag with a chain of receptionists, press agents and tour managers every bit as convoluted...

    by Brad Jones on January 18, 1995
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    POWERING UP - 16 HORSEPOWER FINALLY GETS THE RECORD CONTRACT IT DESERVES.

    Approaching a certain nondescript building in the warehouse district north of downtown Denver can be an unnerving experience--especially if you're visiting at night. The street is poorly lit, the people meandering nearby have the look of the criminal...

    by Michael Roberts on January 18, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    William Clarke, Thursday, January 19, at Herman's Hideaway, is a California native and harmonicat who caught the blues bug at sixteen. While his peers were listening to Beach Boys tunes, Clarke was sneaking into Watts dives in order to learn at the f...

    by Linda Gruno on January 18, 1995
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    Ice Cube Bootlegs & B-Sides (Priority) I've gone back and forth on this character so many times that the only thing I'm sure of in 1995 is that he's still got the potential for greatness. Hard to describe why--there's plenty of idiocy sprinkled t...

    by Linda Gruno on January 11, 1995
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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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