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Thursday, August 26,2010

Strum Together

Yonder Mountain String Band and Leftover Salmon bring strings and things to Red Rocks

By Dave Kirby
I was the lead guitar player, explains Drew Emmitt, and he always told me that he didnt want to sound like me at all. He wanted his rock sound to be different. So he never used any sustain or distortion or anything like that. That was my thing. So he just kind of kept it clean.
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Thursday, August 12,2010

Light it up

Los Lobos are burning it down

By Dave Kirby
Not that wed know anything about this, but sometimes the hardest part of getting a piece of work done is just starting it, getting the wheels turning, finding a way in while being stared at by a blank page waiting for a lead sentence, or that first brushstroke, or a recording studio waiting for a bunch of songs.
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Thursday, August 5,2010

A gentle virtuoso

Bill Frisell speaks softly

By Dave Kirby
He is, after all, one of the instruments greatest conversationalists, a quiet virtuoso of deft touch and uncommon ear, fluent in a dialect based in jazz but inflected with roots of Americana, blues, rag and folk.
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Thursday, July 29,2010

Things with wings

Paper Bird dances on a breeze

By Dave Kirby
While the sophomore slump thing, releasing a vaguely disappointing follow-up to a surprisingly strong debut, may or may not be the most predictive model for a recording bands fortunes these days, especially since making records is often now a...
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Thursday, July 22,2010

Recording the next chapter

Big Head Todd & The Monsters get beautiful on latest album

By Dave Kirby
As the soul-streaked strains of Todd Park Mohrs voice laments the laws of love and justice on the bands new single Beautiful, carried on the wings of one of modern rocks most effortlessly nimble rhythm sections, it feels as if the Monsters are back again .
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Thursday, July 1,2010

Mashamatics

Umphrey’s McGee brings its strange user-requested covers to Red Rocks

By Dave Kirby
We go back from the early days of the festival circuit from 10 years ago, so you always look forward to seeing each other when festival season comes back around. Its like all the bands coming together in one communal environment. Its so different from your normal tour grind.
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Thursday, June 24,2010

Music on the electronic frontier

Sonic Bloom Festival celebrates fifth birthday

By Dave Kirby
The journeyman electro-acoustic musician hammered dulcimer player to the ages, percussionist, electronic composer/improviser, core member of Zilla, guest artist to a withering resume of improv-sympathetic bands and artists is in the last...
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Thursday, June 10,2010

Stepping into the spotlight

Dave Rawlings takes the reins from Gillian Welch for solo album

By Dave Kirby
Fourteen years, give or take, is a long time to be the guy off to one side, but Dave Rawlings, the guitarist/songwriter whos been accompanist to Gillian Welch since the mid-90s, is a studiously pragmatic musician.
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Thursday, May 6,2010

Inspired by Boulder’s past, Otis Taylor digs into his own

By Dave Kirby
Brant Turney drove his shovel into the soil on a property in west Boulder a couple of years ago, working a landscaping project for the property owner, when the business end of the blade hit something that wasn't supposed to be there. Or, wasn't supposed to be found.
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Thursday, April 29,2010

A solo show at Pat Metheny’s Cirque du Solenoid

By Dave Kirby
Decades later, riding a career and repute capable of withstanding the perils inherent in such an ambitious project, Metheny brings forth a remarkable piece of work an entire CD composed on a modern extension of the player piano model, accumulating...
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