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Thursday, May 27,2010

Baseball in the summer

Two new books illuminate the nuances of the national pastime

By Adam Perry
Although the team is currently struggling just to hover near .500, not much in Colorado says summer like the Rockies.
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Thursday, May 6,2010

Conan vs. Leno

By Adam Perry
Ive known Jay since 1975, and when we were first hanging around, everybody loved Jay, Letterman told told Dr. Phil when they discussed the Jay Leno/Conan OBrien controversy that captivated and entertained America a few months ago.
Thursday, April 29,2010

The (nearly) lost art of sportswriting a proud tradition soldiers on

By Adam Perry
What Mark Twain (himself a sometime-sportswriter) called 'games,' and we now call 'sports,' has captivated people from every intellectual, social and economic category in the last century and helps maintain sanity (as long as you don't think about mind-boggling modern details like $30 million-a-year contracts) in our current times.
Thursday, April 22,2010

Natural-born talent? Author sheds new light on nature-nurture debate

By Adam Perry
To the adults I met as a child, a person's capacity for achievement could be decided at around age 6 or 7 by a simple equation: genes environment, or 'nature nurture.' Given an extra dose of more expansive learning by dynamic teachers, they thought, a 'gifted' child could metaphorically grow from a caterpillar into a butterfly.
Thursday, April 15,2010

Dr. Dog is helping resurrect lo-fi rock, not like they’ll admit it

By Adam Perry
"We never expected or yearned for instant success, because it can be fleeting and it seems like it's difficult to sustain," keyboardist Zach Miller says. "I'm sure we wouldn't have tried to sabotage it had we broken [earlier] but in the meantime we worked hard and were fortunate to get a lot of great opportunities along the way.
Thursday, January 14,2010

A peek into the latest novel from author Mark Behr

By Adam Perry
In Santa Fe, I had a chance to hear 46-year-old College of Santa Fe (CSF) Professor Mark Behr, a Tanzanian-born novelist and essayist, read from his new book Kings of the Water at the O’Shaughnessy Performance Space on the CSF campus.
Thursday, December 31,2009

Top 10 albums of the decade

By Adam Perry
Creating a year-end “Best Albums” list is theoretically impossible unless your dependable scribe has scoured the Earth to not only find but competently listen to every album released over the past 12 months, and it has been reported that 105,000 albums were released last year in the United States alone. Even then, to pen and publish a “Best Albums of the Year” list, it seems a writer must believe that he or she possesses taste so good and true that it denotes the capability to tell the world which excellent sounds they should effectively desire.
Thursday, December 3,2009

Idaho's Finn Riggins continue their indie-pop roll

By Adam Perry
Idaho indie wunderkinds Finn Riggins are on quite a roll, touring sizeable venues this fall with the likes of Built to Spill and showcasing the trio’s diverse and wonderful new long-play Vs. Wilderness.
Wednesday, November 25,2009

Edward Sharpe saves humanity via gypsy-folk

By Adam Perry
Up from Below, the debut full-length album from the ecstatic Los Angeles musical cult known as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is in many ways a revelation.
Monday, November 16,2009

Weak lyrics aside, Imogen Heap and Gregory Alan Isakov delight sold-out eTown audience

By Adam Perry
Imogen Heap’s enchanting voice is one part Tori Amos, one part Alicia Keys, and almost every moment of her music is flush with a touch of just slightly un-proper English charm.