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    LIPS SERVICE - THERE'S PLENTY OF FIRE IN THE FLAMING LIPS.

    If Oklahoma City doesn't go down in pop-rock history as the next (yawn) Seattle, Flaming Lips guitarist/vocalist Wayne Coyne won't mind. He likes his hometown the way it is--boring. "We've sort of gone out of our way to say, `Look, there's nothing go...

    by Brad Jones on May 25, 1994
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    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PETER

    Peter Himmelman is definitely not a material guy. The 34-year-old singer-songwriter from Minnesota (best known to the tabloid-reading public as Bob Dylan's son-in-law) says, "I try to view the world as being constantly made manifest by the will of...

    by Mark Barsotti on May 25, 1994
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    PLAYING IT COOL

    Sweet De, the lead voice for Denver's Cool eMCees, is at the microphone at Aurora's Platinum Studio, freestyling a new set of rhymes meant to conclude "The Funky Joint," a tune set for inclusion on the group's upcoming album. De's partner, Skoolboy F...

    by Michael Roberts on May 25, 1994
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    Maggie Estep No More Mister Nice Girl (NuYo/Imago) Calling Ms. Estep a spoken-word artist is tantamount to describing Richard Nixon as a former congressman from California: It doesn't exactly tell the whole story. Sure, Estep speaks a lot of word...

    by Brad Jones on May 18, 1994
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    GEORGIA ON HIS MIND

    Perhaps it's testimony to America's essential greatness that a culture seemingly dominated by news of Roseanne and Tom's marital problems still manages to produce artists as inspired as Georgia's Vic Chesnutt. Chestnutt isn't a ringer for Eddie V...

    by Jason Horwitch on May 18, 1994
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    ALL HAIL DICK DALE - THE KING OF THE SURF GUITAR IS BACK ON THE BOARD.

    After asking guitarist Dick Dale a question, hold on. This rock-instrumental innovator, this creator of surf rock, this influential wild man beloved by players as disparate as the Beach Boys' Carl Wilson and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore has a lot to ...

    by Michael Roberts on May 18, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Barkmarket, with Spongehead, Tuesday, May 24, at Seven South, is a band that inspires strong opinions. Relatively meek listeners likely will hate this trio--hate it with a passion not unlike that exhibited by the mob that recently celebrated the exec...

    by Michael Roberts on May 18, 1994
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    THE PEANUTS GALLERY

    Jeb Bows, the seventeen-year-old guitarist in the Longmont-based band called Linus, doesn't care for the term "Generation X"--and with good reason. Bows and his bandmates--vocalist Dan Parris, guitarist Andy Rothbard, bassist Jason Barlowe and drumme...

    by Brad Jones on May 18, 1994
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    LESS IS MORPHINE - GETTING LOW WITH MARK SANDMAN, THE MAN BEHIND MORPHINE'S ADDICTIVE SOUND.

    In the early Seventies, singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman penned "Roadrunner," one of the great pop songs of all time. Entranced by the tune's indelible riff and celebratory lyrics, Warner Bros. executives ponied up big bucks to make Richman a star,...

    by Michael Roberts on May 11, 1994
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    PAINT IT BROWN

    Greg Brown has a strange effect on people. At first hearing, Brown seems to be a typical folksinger, albeit one with a fine eye for detail. Listen a little closer, however, and you'll likely discover that his modest, laconic approach cloaks a lyri...

    by Michael Roberts on May 11, 1994
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    KNIFE GIRLS

    "We would like to be the world's oldest punk-rock band," declares Michie Nakatani, bassist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter and co-founder of Shonen Knife, Osaka, Japan's latest contribution to the global music scene. "If we can, we would like to p...

    by Justin McLean on May 11, 1994
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Rickie Lee Jones, Tuesday, May 17, at the Paramount Theatre, is a singer-songwriter whose soulful beauty and jazzy articulation has not been dimmed by the years: This Beat angel continues to tantalize her audience by uncovering new, deviant elements ...

    by Linda Gruno on May 11, 1994
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    John Trudell Johnny Damas and Me (Rykodisc) No getting around it: Trudell is dogmatic, didactic and driven to say more about most topics than many listeners are eager to hear. But he's also utterly genuine, aggressively intelligent and as fierce ...

    by Jason Horwitch on May 11, 1994
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    THE EL WAY

    "In Spanish our name means `the specter, the ghost,'" drummer Steve Shiramizu says of El Espectro, a local alternative-rock group in which he's teamed with vocalist John Meggitt, guitarist Fletcher Necley and bassist Chris Kennedy. That's appropriate...

    by Mark Barsotti on May 11, 1994
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    SPELLBOUNDWILL SPELL FINALLY PUT DENVER ON THE ROCK-MUSIC MAP? CASTING A SPELL - HOW LOUD IS THIS BAND? LOUD ENOUGH TO BE HEARD NATIONWIDE.

    Garrett Shavlik can't help himself. Drummer Shavlik is talking about Spell, a trio believed by practically everyone who's heard them to be the latest, greatest hope to come out of the Denver music scene. But instead of promoting his group, which j...

    by Michael Roberts on May 4, 1994
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    TALKIN' 'BOUT A REVOLUTION

    Gil Scott-Heron got it wrong when he told us that the revolution would not be televised. It's been televised repeatedly, and can be witnessed in all its glory in films and videotapes featuring the choreography of Alvin Ailey and performances by artis...

    by Linda Gruno on May 4, 1994
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    BOVINE INTERVENTION

    Rock historian Lester Bangs once observed that "rock and roll is the most democratic and all-American of art forms." What the late, great critic forgot to mention, however, is that it's also the most fun a young punk-rock insurgent can have without a...

    by Brad Jones on May 4, 1994
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    Gil Scott-Heron Spirits (TVT) Gang Starr Hard to Earn (Chrysalis/ERG) You can bet that the members of Gang Starr have worn out a few Gil Scott-Heron albums in their day. Scott-Heron was rapping before hip hop became either fashionable or mark...

    by Brad Jones on April 27, 1994
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    THE QUILL THING

    John Quill sits in his smallish apartment-cum-recording studio in southeast Denver and tries to explain why he's been producing the weekly radio show Radio Free Colorado for more than four years when the financial rewards have been, to say the least,...

    by Michael Roberts on April 27, 1994
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    PLAYING HURT - STANLEY JORDAN RETURNS AFTER RELEARNING HOW TO PLAY THE GUITAR.

    In early 1993, when the editors of Musician magazine published their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, they praised Stanley Jordan as a one-of-a-kind talent whose recent albums "point to a leaner, more spacious style, which only means ...

    by Linda Gruno on April 27, 1994
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