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    BUT WHAT ABOUT BETTY?

    There's nothing ladylike about Veronica. The Boulder-based trio--guitarist/vocalist Ted Thacker, drummer John Call and bassist Vernon "Tom" Sprenkle--delivers punchy, two-minute pop songs with a careening energy fueled by testosterone and/or alcohol....

    by John Jesitus on August 31, 1994
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    THE MAVERICKS RIDE AGAIN

    "The Mavericks are pretty much anything but safe in this business," says Robert Reynolds, bassist for the hottest country band ever to come out of Miami, Florida. "I believe that if we brought in the music and did our best in the studio, we still cou...

    by Michael Roberts on August 31, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Julian Cope Autogeddon (American) Anyone who wants to know a little bit more about the fine line between insanity and genius would do well to give this a listen. The esteemed Mr. Cope is certainly capable of making accessible pop: He manned the d...

    by Jason Horwitch on August 24, 1994
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    INSTRUMENTS OF DESTRUCTION

    Author Gertrude Stein wrote that all vigorous art is irritating--and once it ceases to be irritating and becomes pleasant, it is no longer of any use. The members of Instrument Panel, an aleatory Boulder-based quartet committed to turning any sound i...

    by Linda Gruno on August 24, 1994
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    VANDALS WITH CARE

    Joe Escalante, bassist and founder of the Vandals, knows something about real punk rockers, in part because he and his bandmates (guitarist Warren Fitzgerald, vocalist Dave Quackenbush and drummer Josh Freese) have seen their share of poseurs. "[...

    by Brad Jones on August 24, 1994
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    TODAY, BOULDER. TOMORROW, THE WORLD - KBCO'S FORMAT SPROUTS UP AROUND THE U.S.

    So you're an affluent young professional. You're smart, attractive--a doer, not a couch potato. You never forget to separate your recyclables, and you make sure that your Lexus is in perfect tune to keep air pollution to a minimum. You may be in your...

    by Michael Roberts on August 24, 1994
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    WOODSTOCK REDUX

    The news media seemingly has given as much coverage to last weekend's Woodstock II as was paid to the Normandy Invasion. Countless articles and radio and TV broadcasts have inundated us with everything we could ever want to know about the performers ...

    by Michael Roberts on August 17, 1994
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    SHE AIN'T HEAVY - SHE'S THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES' N'DEA DAVENPORT, A SOUL SONGSTRESS FOR THE NINETIES.

    The pop landscape isn't exactly crowded with divas. While the Sixties produced Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and other flamboyant goddesses on earth, the current decade seems destined to be remembered as a time when many female performers preferred tou...

    by Michael Roberts on August 17, 1994
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    LATE BLOOMERS - THE GIN BLOSSOMS' ROBIN WILSON ON BOOZE, DEATH AND HIT RECORDS.

    For the last couple of years, the Gin Blossoms have seen more of the road than Bob Hope in his prime. Since the 1992 release of the album New Miserable Experience, the Tempe, Arizona-based quintet--vocalist Robin Wilson, guitarist/vocalist Jesse Vale...

    by John Jesitus on August 17, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Manu DiBango, Friday, August 19, at the Ogden Theatre, has a lot of famous friends, many of whom appear on his latest Giant Records release, Wakafrika. But in spite of the presence of Peter Gabriel, Sinead O'Connor, King Sunny Ade, Youssou N' Dour an...

    by Michael Roberts on August 17, 1994
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    BIG SMACK ATTACK

    Things are not always what they seem--especially when it comes to Smackjacket's John Bogovich. On the surface, this 26-year-old vocalist/ guitarist seems the epitome of Nineties hard-rock nihilism: His scalp is shaved, his ears sport large, primi...

    by Brad Jones on August 17, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Various Artists The Lion King: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Walt Disney) On the heels of the relatively strong material from Beauty and the Beast and the okay tunes from Aladdin come the generally treacly songs from the faux-Bambi cu...

    by John Jesitus on August 10, 1994
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    THROTTLE UP

    "Most rockabilly bands don't really like us," says Rex Moser, guitarist and lead warbler for the Denver-based punkabilly trio known as the Throttlemen. Given the threesome's irreverent passion for grafting traditional rockabilly riffs onto accele...

    by Brad Jones on August 10, 1994
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    LET FREEDY RING

    Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston owes much of his newfound prominence to the fledgling Adult Album Alternative (or Triple A) radio format birthed by Boulder's KBCO-FM--and he knows it. But that doesn't mean he spends a lot of time absorbing music ma...

    by Michael Roberts on August 10, 1994
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    3'S A CROWD - UNMASKING THE TWO BRITISH MASTERMINDS BEHIND THE JAZZ-RAP SENSATION US3.

    In the world of hip hop, too many performers think that playing sampled funk grooves behind their own bad raps magically transforms them into composers. Mel Simpson, the producer and conceptualist behind the jazzy hip-hop project called Us3, disagree...

    by Linda Gruno on August 10, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Marilyn Manson Portrait of an American Family (Interscope/nothing) If this is a legitimate effort to piss people off, it's a failure: Although borrowing pseudonyms from serial killers (bandmembers here include Daisy Berkowitz, Madonna Wayne Gacy ...

    by Linda Gruno on August 3, 1994
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    DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE

    To Rivers Cuomo, singer and guitarist for the L.A.-based guitar pop band called Weezer, the glass is half empty. "I'm a real pessimist," Cuomo says in a dour monotone. "When we put out this record, I thought everyone would completely ignore it." ...

    by Michael Roberts on August 3, 1994
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    EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED

    As members of the Lost Angel Stone Ensemble, Boulderites Tom Wasinger and Jesse Manno play with rocks--literally. With the exception of melodic fragments produced on a small jade ocarina, their music is performed entirely on resonating stones. "T...

    by Linda Gruno on August 3, 1994
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    MEET THE LOAF - HE'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN SHOW BIZ--AND NO, THAT'S NOT A FAT JOKE.

    Just like the lunchroom staple for which he's named, Meat Loaf is a mixture of many elements. The one he seems to prefer is rebellion: By way of explaining the course of his career to date, the once-rotund retro rocker says, "I've always swum upstrea...

    by John Jesitus on August 3, 1994
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    WHO CARES?

    There was a time when the idea of the Who's vocalist, Roger Daltrey, teaming in concert with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to perform "the songs of Pete Townshend" would have sounded like a comic's satirical prediction. During their heyday, Sixties...

    by Mark Barsotti on July 27, 1994
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