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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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Thursday, April 22,2010

A night of furious chops: Two high-octane axe-grinders rock Boulder Theater

By Dave Kirby
You can't help but wonder about the mechanics at work when Robben Ford and Larry Carlton work a stage together. Both are monster players with a deep bag of tricks.
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Thursday, March 25,2010

Asylum Street Spankers find salvation

By Dave Kirby
So unsurprisingly, we were told it might be a bit of a trick to get Christina Marrs on the horn last week, with the convention in full gallop.
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Thursday, March 18,2010

Temper Trap's big arc

By Dave Kirby
Bassist Jonny Aherne sounded a little out of breath when we got him on the next try winded, and suitably awed by tradition walking through San Francisco's storied Fillmore Auditorium, the ghosts of Jerry and Jimi and Janis milling around backstage, probably brushing a little ceiling-plaster dust off their spectral shoulders.
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Wednesday, March 10,2010

Great Big Sea rides wave into Boulder

By Dave Kirby
Great Big Sea founder and lead vocalist Bob Hallett was still shaking off the airline rattles when we caught him earlier this week, back in the Maritimes after a victory-celebration gig in Vancouver, the Friday before the Olympics went off the air. Y’know, you can be one of the biggest bands in Canada and get invited to do a show in front of a zillion-strong TV audience at the Olympics, but slim chance getting a ticket for the hockey finals.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Great American Taxi goes big

By Dave Kirby
To hear Vince Herman tell it, Great American Taxi’s second CD, that ever-dreaded sophomore effort thing, found itself looped out in the exhausted vagaries of a dysfunctional post-millennial record business. Just when people are getting back into actually making records, no one can figure out to sell them.
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