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Thursday, April 14,2011

Communikey creativity

Love laptop music? Hate it? Thank Ableton co-creator Robert Henke The genie is out of the bottle, and she is circuitry.

By Dave Kirby
As quickly as the subgenres of electronic music become tagged and assimilated and commonly negotiated - trance, drone, dubstep, ambient, et al. - Robert Henke smears the palette and bleeds each into the others.
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Thursday, March 17,2011

Notes from the road

Great American Taxi reflects on six years of making music

By Dave Kirby
It was six years last week that Great American Taxi first climbed the Boulder Theater stage for an all-star jam benefiting the Rainforest Action Group.
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Thursday, March 10,2011

Bass Instincts

Stanley Clarke on winning a Grammy, returning to Forever and Charlie Mingus’ bass

By Dave Kirby
But Clarke, whose career extends back four decades across ensemble projects, all-star touring groups and a staggering resume soundtrack and production work, took the whole event as a nice compliment, and immediately gave a nod to his younger recording partners.
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Thursday, March 3,2011

Accidental Institution

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band ages like wine

By Dave Kirby
'Man, I seen so much stuff go down,' reflects Dirty Dozen Brass Band saxophonist Roger Lewis. 'We was playin' a gig in some club, I can't remember what city, and this woman took all of her clothes off. I ain't lyin', this woman just got buck naked on the stage.'
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Thursday, February 24,2011

Songwriting like a sieve

Stockholm Syndrome is a recurring condition

By Dave Kirby
The song, also the title track, is a little off-putting, even as it relaxes from its chunky and rusty-fender guitar chord opening into an uneasily medicated, pedal steel-tinged chorus. At more than seven minutes, it's the CD's opener, its title tune and its longest track but not by a long stretch its most inviting.
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Thursday, February 10,2011

Aural orgy

DeVotchKa makes music for 100 Lovers

By Dave Kirby
'Yeah,' Urata says, 'it's not like we're the Beatles and we were in the studio every day, but, yeah, it did take a year and change to get it together. We didn't really tell anyone that we were going to do it, but we kind of decided that we would let the songs ferment and take on their own life.
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Thursday, January 27,2011

All-star collaboration

Davy Knowles is ready for his close-up

By Dave Kirby
There's a great moment from an audience video shot last October at the Rock 'n Roots fest in Amsterdam of Joe Satriani, Sonny Landreth and Davy Knowles gangtackling the old blue-rock warhorse 'I'm Going Down,' one of those easy-to-rehearse standby numbers that gets festival showcase guitarists together onstage for last-encore artillery practice.
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Thursday, December 30,2010

Johnny O's blues sky

Playing the blues with 300 days of sunshine

By Dave Kirby
Brazil? "My father lives down there half the year," Ohnmacht explains. "I started going down there 10 years ago, and I hooked up with a good buddy who's a producer/manager type guy. He's been putting these little tours together for me. He's connected with a lot of the top acts in Rio, and all the top clubs."
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Thursday, December 9,2010

About Face

Local a cappella heroes, Face, change it up for the holidays

By Dave Kirby
Teetering on the brink of its second decade and firmly established as a local elixir of uncommon sparkle, Face isn't spending too much time worrying about how Mr. Folds helped usher them off NBC's televised Sing-Off thing last year, whining something about their Bon Jovi cover lagging a little on the chorus.
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Thursday, December 2,2010

With shades of 'Trane

John McLaughlin’s dimensional travels

By Dave Kirby
No, the echoes of Coltranes soul-baring masterpiece resonate now through contemporary musicians as faint but unmistakable calls to higher spiritual channeling, and genuine technical expertise in the service of challenging convention. In this regard, one might suggest McLaughlin has been channeling Coltrane for much of nearly 50 years in music.
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