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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Find whatever else has replaced its significance and worry about that.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

In my bed passed out, drunken stupid fool...(enter rad D.R.I. riff here)

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Peter Sellers or Susan Sarandon.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Mowing my lawn.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

The total death-metal-dude mentality.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Our drummer plays in a band with Trey Spruance (Mr. Bungle, Faith No More), and Matt Cameron is the other drummer on the new recording.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Is there anyone who thinks Jack is better than Elliott Smith? I mean, that guy had heart -- that is, until he stabbed it.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer, of course -- but Winger is still the biggest metal band from Colorado, so I will acknowledge that. But I will also acknowledge how gay they are, as well. Go, Weezer!!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

I want to say Jay-Z, because of the Beyoncé factor, but collaborating with Linkin Park is inexcusable. INEXCUSABLE!!!!!

Football or foosball?

It would be coold to see football players throw around a foosball table.

Parting shot?

It sucks we can't make the Showcase this year because we've been kidnapped by Irate Europeans. But good luck to all of the bands: Give Denver hell for one night, goddammit!! (Go, Black Lamb!)

AUBREY COLLINS
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
6 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website:www.aubreycollins.com

Personnel:

Too many to list.

Native or transplant?

Native.

What's in a name?

I was born with it!

When did you form/start performing?

Professionally: age eight..

Releases/discography:

Back to Me and World Without Me.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Blondie and myself.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Makin the change from country to rock.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Hotel Paper (Michelle Branch); Lynyrd Skynyrd's greatest hits; and my newest EP, World Without Me, because it has inspired me on many levels.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Michelle Branch and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

So far, my parents pay the bills.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Never work and play music constantly.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Out playing a live show.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Me. I love acting!!!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Multi-platinum.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

My age.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I can walk on my toes!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Who?

Football or foosball?

Hockey.

Parting shot?

Um, well, if this refers to drinking, I can't drink yet!

CRISPY CRITTERS
NOMINATED IN JAM/BLUEGRASS/IMPROV

Website:www.crispycrittersband.com

Personnel:

Dave Hunt (vocals, guitar); Mike Studeny (vocals, guitar, harmonica, alto saxophone); MIKE "Spanky" McCluer (bass); Paul "Dr. Pos" Cohen (tenor and soprano saxophones); CR Gruver (vocals, keys, organ); Tommy Piercy (drums).

Native or transplant?

East Coast, Texas, Chicago.

What's in a name?

It's great when one name gives a bunch of possible meanings to different people. Names aren't some cosmic key to the universe.

When did you form/start performing?

We started performing as a four-piece a month after meeting up in early summer, 2000.

Releases/discography:

Mountain Mayhem (2002) and various live recordings.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Fun Lovin' Critters.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Mountain Homegrown Artist on Volume 2.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Which ones didn't? Even the ones that sucked had influence -- to know not to play or listen to that crap.

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