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Thursday, October 2,2014

Coming clean

Matisyahu says it doesn’t take a beard to talk to God

By Alan Sculley
While ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill have not taken a razor to their signature facial hair, Matisyahu went clean-shaven and trimmed his hair in December 2011. It radically altered his appearance, but registered with audiences on a much deeper level because of what the whisker whacking represented to an entire population.
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Thursday, July 10,2014

Rick Rubinesque

The Avett Brothers fatten up their sound with help from legendary producer

By Alan Sculley
Scott and Seth Avett and Bob Crawford now have plenty of company on stage with drummer Mike Marsh, keyboardist Paul Delfigia, cellist Joe Kwon and fiddle player Tania Elizabeth in the touring lineup. Crawford, the band’s bass and fiddle player, thinks 2014 will see The Avett Brothers really capitalizing on its expanded live sound.
Thursday, May 15,2014

Words and music

Krewella is bringing vocals to EDM

By Alan Sculley
When Krewella first started talking about signing to major label Columbia Records, the group left no room for confusion on its demand for creative control over its music. “That was a huge priority,” says Yasmine Yousaf, one of Krewella’s two singers. “When we signed to Columbia, it was one of the first things we said. It was like ‘Guys, we’re really headstrong. We’re kind of the assholes if you want to take the creative shit away from us.
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Thursday, April 3,2014

G-Love and Special Sauce learn to G-love their new album

Longtime Philadelphia band gets back to its roots

By Alan Sculley
Philadelphia’s G. Love and Special Sauce will be doing two consecutive nights at the Boulder Theater, Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. But Sugar, the new studio album dropping April 22 that Love is in town promoting is not at all the album he was ready to release when he returned from a recording session in Seattle last year.
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Thursday, February 20,2014

Surprise funk

If you weren’t paying attention, Keller Williams’ latest might shock you

By Alan Sculley
Circumstances took Williams and his music in directions that made some of his influences — including funk — less obvious than they might have otherwise been. As he noted, he became a solo performer out of necessity, not preference.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Moments of panic, averted

When manager, band members quit, the core of In This Moment persevered

By Alan Sculley
As work was set to begin on a new album, manager Rob Blasko dropped the band In This Moment. Then, three weeks later, two band members, guitarist Blake Bunzel (who shared music writing duties with Howorth) and drummer Jeff Fabb abruptly quit the group. Somehow, they endured.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

Electronic musician Pretty Lights: Mapping the sun

Pretty Lights aims for the stars

By Alan Sculley
Right now, electronic music is more than a trend. It’s a tidal wave. Stars like Tiesto, Skrillex and David Guetta are filling arenas, and according to multiple media reports, cashing checks totaling tens of millions each year.
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Thursday, November 7,2013

Straight, no filler

Buddy Guy, 77, is still producing like mad

By Alan Sculley
Buddy Guy’s new release, Rhythm & Blues, is a rarity in an era when EPs and singles are becoming popular formats to release new music. It’s a double album, 22 all-new tracks deep.
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Thursday, October 17,2013

Wale looks ahead with 'The Gifted'

By Alan Sculley
Rapper Wale has never made a secret of his desire to have each of his albums outsell the others and attain major popularity. He named his second album Ambition, after all.
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Thursday, October 3,2013

Success breeds new wheels

Indie singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson rolls through Colorado

By Alan Sculley
Laura Stevenson knew from an early age that she loved music — enough, in fact, to believe it probably would always be a big part of her life.
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