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    ASSAULT AND PEPPER

    Musicians whose bands have undergone personnel changes could learn a few lessons from Corrosion of Conformity vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan. When asked about the departure of former COC lead singer Karl Agell, Keenan doesn't fall back on polite eu...

    by Michael Roberts on October 26, 1994
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    CLOUD NINE - RISING STAR/NINE INCH NAILS CREATOR TRENT REZNOR IS TAKING HIS FRIENDS ALONG FOR THE RIDE.

    In the press materials that accompanied the 1992 EP Broken, Nine Inch Nails's Trent Reznor wrote, "Nine Inch Nails is still not a real band with real people playing real instruments." Today, drummer Chris Vrenna insists that's all changed. Sort of. ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 19, 1994
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    HERE COMES THE NEW BOSS

    In an age when rock and roll strikes some observers as increasingly passe, the members of Denver's Boss 302 still believe it's worthy of praise. Lead singer Rich Groskopf takes every available opportunity to call rock "the premier music genre." Later...

    by Susan Dunlap on October 19, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Spell Mississippi (Island) For those of you who think Westword can't be objective about this Denver-based band, let's start with a few negatives about Spell's major-label debut. First of all, the title leaves a lot to be desired. It's not all tha...

    by Linda Gruno on October 19, 1994
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    SUCK ON THIS

    "We all grew up on bad heavy metal," says Ron Heathman, guitarist for the hardcore pranksters the Supersuckers. "Then we discovered `cool' music and started playing that. But we still have a little bit of the heavy-metal influence in us, too." No ...

    by Brad Jones on October 19, 1994
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    THEY CALL HIM MISTER MANSON! - THE LEADER OF MARILYN MANSON WANTS TO BECOME EVERY PARENT'S NIGHTMARE.

    "I think Charles Manson had a lot of positive things to say and could have been a real cultural leader," says Mr. Manson, the singer and conceptualist behind the shock-rock/industrial band dubbed Marilyn Manson. "But what he did wasn't popular with t...

    by Michael Roberts on October 19, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    R.E.M. Monster (Warner Bros.) Anyone who assumed, after perusing the ink already spilled over this, that Monster would sound like a less accessible version of Metal Machine Music can be forgiven for being somewhat underwhelmed by the reputed nois...

    by Brad Jones on October 12, 1994
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    UNSANE IN THE BRAIN - WELCOME TO THE BLOODY WORLD OF NEW YORK'S UNSANE.

    These days, heavy guitars and macabre imagery seem as closely associated as chocolate and peanut butter. The horror-obsessed riff-slingers in Cannibal Corpse, Slayer and Genitorturers have transformed certain sections of the world's record bins into ...

    by Brad Jones on October 12, 1994
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    THE BLUEBIRD FLIES AGAIN

    Inside the Bluebird Theater on Thursday evening, October 6, not everything was quite ready to go. A by-invitation-only audience--consisting mainly of music-biz scenesters, suit-wearing politicos and just plain folks from the Capitol Hill area--was ad...

    by Michael Roberts on October 12, 1994
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    YAK STREET

    Dave Shirley, the rapper, keyboardist, percussionist, full-time humorist and co-frontman for Denver's Red Yak, offers a succinct review of his group's early work. "We sucked forever," he says. While Shirley and his fellow Yaks (bassist Darren Law...

    by Ellie Rodgers on October 12, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Either/Orchestra, Saturday, October 15, at the Bluebird Theater, is the odd, eccentric, precocious (but dearly loved) brainchild of composer/ saxophonist Russ Gershon. And a hardy youngster it is, for the Boston-based ten-piece jazz ensemble is now c...

    by Linda Gruno on October 12, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Sinead O'Connor Universal Mother (Chrysalis) This album is so incredibly bad that it's actually something of an achievement. O'Connor is a performer known for wearing her heart on her sleeve, but on Universal Mother, her heart's everywhere--and a...

    by Michael Behrenhausen on October 5, 1994
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    SPITTING IMAGE

    The career of the Psychedelic Furs followed a predictable pattern: two striking albums, two okay albums, two tremendously dull albums, breakup. What's surprising is that Richard Butler, the Furs' ex-leader now fronting a combo called Love Spit Love, ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 5, 1994
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    WORDS OF MOUTH

    Boulder poet Benjamin Porter Lewis isn't your average mountain-town java-joint junkie. If his streetwise delivery and frizzy near-dreads don't make that point abundantly clear, his sublimely untutored rants against political injustice and racial prej...

    by John Jesitus on October 5, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Storyville, Friday, October 7, at the Boulder Theater, is a Texas quintet that offers a fresh take on the music of the Lone Star state by coupling its blues base with passionate punk and soul influences. The band, which borrowed its name from New Orl...

    by Linda Gruno on October 5, 1994
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    YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN - DENVER NATIVE BILL FRISELL RETURNS FOR AN EXCURSION INTO COLORADO JAZZ.

    Improvisational wizard Bill Frisell is known worldwide for his ethereal, thinking-man's work on the guitar, which he transforms into a stringed soulmate to wind instruments. The breathy, electrified tone that he produces with the help of volume pedal...

    by Linda Gruno on October 5, 1994
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    X MARKS THE STUPID - DENVER'S LISA CRYSTAL CARVER INVITES YOU TO JOIN GENERATION L.

    Musician/publisher/writer/mother-to-be Lisa Crystal Carver is tired of Generation X and its dysfunctional rantings. In fact, this Denver immigrant would like nothing better than to see the twenty-something crowd exposed for what it really is--a pack ...

    by Brad Jones on September 28, 1994
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    AFTER THE BOARDWALK - TED HAWKINS SINGS ABOUT A LIFE LIKE NO OTHER. HIS OWN.

    Ted Hawkins, age 57, has lived one hell of a life--and he's not finished yet. If Robert Johnson hadn't cashed in his chips at so young an age, his tale might have sounded a lot like this one. It's a story that, understandably, Hawkins doesn't muc...

    by Michael Roberts on September 28, 1994
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    PLAYLIST

    Liz Phair Whip-Smart (Matador) Rock-critic types have treated the release of Whip-Smart with reverence suggestive of the second coming, which in some ways is appropriate--like Exile in Guyville, Phair's slobbered-over debut, this sophomore offeri...

    by John Jesitus on September 28, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Oasis, Tuesday, October 4, at the Mercury Cafe, arrives in Colorado intent on substantiating the beliefs of those who feel the band is the next big thing to come out of Manchester, England. The Epic release Definitely Maybe features "Shakermaker," a ...

    by Susan Dunlap on September 28, 1994
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