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Thursday, December 2,2010

Life under Duran Duran

How bad ’80s music shaped Rob Sheffield’s life

By Adam Perry
For some, the bulk of popular music in the 1980s is looked back upon as a mere punch line. Flock of Seagulls? Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney doing "Say Say Say"? Poison? Bob Dylan hamming it up in a tacky video that found him earnestly singing,...
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Thursday, November 18,2010

A Pandora's box of rock 'n' roll

Colorado band Ego Vs Id is not trying to be cool

By Adam Perry
In concert, Ego Vs Id has evolved into one the tightest, most professional-sounding rock groups in Colorado, the volatile Cook jumping all over the stage while EVI slashes its way through a brash, earnest and surprisingly original brand of countrified indie-rock and a few choice covers.
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Thursday, October 21,2010

Country in a Custer mustache

Deer Tick mixes punk rock with Hank Williams

By Adam Perry
Four male musicians in their early 20s ramble on stage to the hoots and hollers of several hundred fans packing a small club or theater. The bassist is blond and clean-cut in glasses that give the impression his mother bought them as a Christmas present.
Thursday, September 16,2010

Filling the gaps of experience

Former Boulderite’s new book of poetry focuses on life’s “white noise”

By Adam Perry
There must be something in the mountain air. More and more young writers are coming to Boulder from far-flung American locales, unlearning who they thought they were as artists and people, and then (usually) moving on, spreading the cool, creative calm of Colorado elsewhere.
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Thursday, August 12,2010

It’s good to see Phish again, regardless of imperfections

By Adam Perry
Monday and Tuesday, thousands of white people from all over the country gathered in the verdant splendor of Telluride to shout David Bowie’s name over and over beneath the mountains. In other words, after a much-needed five-year hiatus, the versatile, talented and amusing Vermont quartet Phish is back — and things have changed.
Thursday, July 15,2010

What's in a video game?

Impossible to ignore, the question arises: Are they art?

By Adam Perry
At this point, presumably, none among us understands exactly what that incredible amount of time and energy did to our minds and bodies. Still, I presume you, too, can feel pretty good knowing that your childhood video-game habit didnt progress into playing Grand Theft Auto.
Thursday, July 1,2010

Charles Bukowski uncovered

New writings by your favorite dirty old man hit the shelves

By Adam Perry
In his next at-bat, the puzzled player hits a screamer off the outfield wall but fails to leave the batters box, standing curiously still until the ball is thrown in to first base at which point he walks to the locker room to face the press as the story ends.
Thursday, June 17,2010

Capturing that local flavor

By Adam Perry
A confused Che beats and disowns his son, later accepting Jesse’s homosexuality as an abberation on the condition that he never mentions it again. Even after Jesse is shot and critically wounded by a homophobic young Mission thug, Che still violently asks his son to make a choice between an openly gay life and a life without a father.
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Thursday, June 10,2010

Psych-rock stars

Sleepy Sun leave their indie-rock brethren in San Francisco

By Adam Perry
Since relocating to San Francisco from Santa Cruz, Sleepy Sun has earned the praise of big-time music-media outlets like Pitchfork, played prominent festivals such as Noise Pop and the UKs All Tomorrows Parties, and toured with Arctic Monkeys.
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.