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    PRESS RELATIONS

    "People can interpret labels in a specific sort of way," says Andrew Gray, guitarist for England's Wolfgang Press. "Like `gloom and doom'--they might think of raincoats, you know, or very serious people. Or with `dance,' they think of rave music. But...

    by Susan Dunlap on April 19, 1995
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    FREEDOM OF VOICE

    "You can have every single thing against you in the entire world, but never give up. Don't ever compromise," advises jazz vocalist and pianist Denise Mangiardi. Speaking as much to herself as to her listener, she adds, "I have this continuing argumen...

    by Linda Gruno on April 19, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Lou Rawls, Friday, April 21, at the Odgen Theater, has been singing for over thirty years, and during that time he's mastered an impressive variety of styles: gospel, R&B, Philly soul, smooth-talking pre-rap, blues, jazz and crossover pop. He got his...

    by Linda Gruno on April 19, 1995
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    CHUNKY STYLE - THE MEMBERS OF SUPERCHUNK CONTINUE TO LIVE AN INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLE.

    According to Jon Wurster, drummer for North Carolina's Superchunk, "We get mentioned whenever the big magazines do an article about vinyl or indie labels--that kind of thing. But they aren't usually that interested in the band." Strange, but true...

    by Michael Roberts on April 19, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    Electric Company A Pert Cyclic Omen (Onion/American) Thus far, the memorable work Brad Laner has produced under the auspices of his band, Medicine, has evaded the embrace of the mainstream: A cut on The Crow soundtrack does not a breakthrough mak...

    by Brad Jones on April 12, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    godheadSilo, with the Melvins, Wednesday, April 12, at the Fox Theatre, is the name chosen by two guys who don't care much for musical frills like harmony and melody: They just wanna rock! Bassist Mike and drummer Dan--a duo so dynamic they don't nee...

    by Brad Jones on April 12, 1995
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    KOTTKE IN THE ACT - GUITARIST LEO KOTTKE COMES TO BOULDER TO PERFORM HIS NEXT ALBUM.

    "I feel better the longer I'm alive," says twelve-string guitar sorcerer Leo Kottke. "I think I was at my most unconscious in my late teens, early twenties. I was completely off. As a result, I didn't think I felt bad--because I didn't feel anything....

    by Linda Gruno on April 12, 1995
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    VOLK MUSIC

    Norm Roberts, the only founding member still part of the Denver-based industrial band Ein Volk, has an admission to make. "People have basically told us we sucked," he says. Indeed, Ein Volk--German for "one people"--has come in for more than its...

    by Jeff Stratton on April 12, 1995
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    FORGET THE RUMOUR - NEW-WAVE PIONEER GRAHAM PARKER REFUSES TO GO AWAY.

    Imagine the most frustrating of all possible lives in the music business. Imagine making one, two, three brilliant albums that are all but ignored by the general public. Imagine being signed and then forgotten by record company after record company. ...

    by Michael Roberts on April 12, 1995
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    THE BETTYS ARE OFF

    In the number "Smoke Rings," conceptualist Laurie Anderson intones, "Well, I had a dream, and in it I went to a little town/And all the girls in town were named Betty." By contrast, none of the members of the oddball trio BETTY sport this moniker...

    by Linda Gruno on April 5, 1995
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    PHAIR PLAYS - MEDIA DARLING LIZ PHAIR RELUCTANTLY TAKES HER SHOW ON THE ROAD.

    Liz Phair, who married film editor Jim Staskauskas on March 11, has just returned from an extended honeymoon in the Bahamas--and she's not happy about it. "It's so depressing to come back here at this time of the year," the 27-year-old says from ...

    by Michael Roberts on April 5, 1995
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    VOICE LESSONS

    "When most people come to see us play live for the first time, they expect us to be some strange, experimental band," explains Robert Pollard, frontman for America's latest garage-rock saviors, Guided by Voices. "But we're a fucking power-pop band. W...

    by Brad Jones on April 5, 1995
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    PANZER DIVISION

    "Thank God that metal is going back underground," says Daniel Conca, vocalist for Colorado Springs' Jag Panzer. "Back in the days of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, it was always underground, and it was great. And then MTV came along and destroyed it. ...

    by Michael Roberts on April 5, 1995
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    BACK FROM THE GRAVE

    There are plenty of ways to kill a good group, and the members of Denver's Freddi-Henchi Band have tried most of them. Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, death--the act's history reads like a rhythm-and-blues version of Valley of the Dolls. So it's something...

    by Michael Roberts on March 29, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Kevin Salem, with Carolyn's Mother, Tuesday, April 4, at Herman's Hideaway, is the sort of performer who gets overlooked by everyone other than reviewers--and they overlook him most of the time, too. That's a pity, because Salem (onetime member of Bo...

    by Michael Roberts on March 29, 1995
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    SOMEBODY IN PARTICULAR - A BEHIND-THE-CURTAINS LOOK AT THE BIGGEST LITTLE PROMOTER IN DENVER.

    Two hours before the first of three punk bands is scheduled to hit the stage for a mid-February concert at Denver's Mammoth Events Center, the only people inside are musicians, crew members, promoter Doug Kauffman and a teenager named John Ferrucci w...

    by Michael Roberts on March 29, 1995
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    PONYS' TALE

    "I don't really feel like [a rock star]," observes Chuck Cleaver, singer, guitarist and chief songwriter for Cincinnati, Ohio's Ass Ponys. "With my physique, rock stardom doesn't really come into the picture--unless maybe the Atlanta Rhythm Section l...

    by Brad Jones on March 29, 1995
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    PLAYLIST

    P.J. Harvey To Bring You My Love (Island) Polly Jean is an uncompromising cuss for the most part, but she's not obstinate enough to commit career suicide just yet. So when 1993's Rid of Me, produced for maximum skronk value by Steve Albini, turne...

    by Brad Jones on March 22, 1995
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    EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - FORMER VELVET UNDERGROUNDER JOHN CALE IS STILL DOING WHATEVER HE DAMN WELL PLEASES.

    At the beginning of his performances, John Cale says, "I think a lot of people are kind of mystified by what I'm doing. But on a good night, they're intrigued by the end." Those two sentences neatly encapsulate the dilemma that is Cale. Although ...

    by Michael Roberts on March 22, 1995
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    [UNTITLED] CUTS

    To understand why the music made by Boulder's [Untitled] is so eclectic, it's best to go back to 1987--when, according to bassist Trevor Dutton, "We decided to start a band before we had the instruments." Or at least they didn't have any conventi...

    by Susan Dunlap on March 22, 1995
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