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Thursday, January 30,2014

Writer reflects on 20 years on the music beat

Tales from the tonal trenches

By Dave Kirby
So while I wasn’t new to the weekly music column game, the ride at the Weekly, Boulder’s upstart arts and news weekly publication, proved to be a great one. Les Claypool telling us in 2001 how he hates to be bored. McCoy Tyner reflecting in 2002 on John Coltrane’s fear of flying and Bud Powell’s sad demise. John Paul Jones recalling how much he hated touring with Led Zeppelin.
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Thursday, January 23,2014

Deep in the stuff

For its first album in four years, The Motet brings the funk

By Dave Kirby
Drummer and Motet majordomo Dave Watts unleashes the Boulder-based band’s seventh and most rigorously cogent CD this coming weekend, titled simply The Motet.
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Thursday, December 19,2013

Hard Working Americans reboot standards

Todd Snider takes a sad song and make it different

By Dave Kirby
The project’s title may well have a double meaning, referring as much to the songs’ original authors working local circuits or plying their trade deep in the gears of the Nashville machine as it does to the protagonists in the songs themselves.
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Thursday, December 5,2013

Boulder band The Wood Brothers tap into the 'The Muse' on new album

Familial cohesion at the root of The Wood Brothers' charm

By Dave Kirby
“That’s how that tune began,” Chris Wood says of his bass line on “Keep Me Around.” “That, and ‘Honey Jar’ is another example, where Jano and I were just playing together and came up with a groove, and Oliver was probably nearby tuning a guitar and he said, ‘Keep doin’ that!’ and recorded a little iPhone voice memo thing so he could remember it.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

Salmon steaks, over easy

With a new drummer, Leftover Salmon hits the road and readies new album

By Dave Kirby
There was a great moment captured on a YouTube video a few weeks ago as Leftover Salmon was tearing into one of their new tunes, a grassy Andy Thorn-penned bit called “High Country,” at the Loveless Café in Nashville.
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Thursday, November 7,2013

That Bear Creek sound

Elephant Revival makes new CD, aided by a studio in the Northwest

By Dave Kirby
The faint whiff of cruel irony wasn’t lost on Elephant Revival’s bassist Dango Rose; merely 10 days after the band members released their new CD These Changing Skies, the skies above their own home turf turned hellish and hammered their neighborhood with the kind of flood people will be talking about for a century.
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Thursday, October 24,2013

The Motet on Halloween: Knee-deep in inspiration

By Dave Kirby
For some years now, The Motet has been leading kind of a schizophrenic life, serving up its regular, originals-heavy set on the festival circuit, while spending some portion of its off time working up cover-version tribute shows for mainly local gigs.
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Thursday, October 17,2013

Friends Like These

Portugal. The Man's success comes from founders' opposite personalities, bassist says

By Dave Kirby
Life days for is pretty good these Portugal. The Man, or at least it was pretty good when we caught bassist Zach Carothers on a rare evening off, rumbling down to the Alabama shore with a busload of homies for a sunset beach party with margaritas and shellfish.
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Thursday, October 10,2013

Yeats and beyond

The Waterboys look to poet for new project

By Dave Kirby
Mike Scott has been heading up The Waterboys for three decades now, with plenty of the usual rock band personnel turnover to be expected of an enterprise this well-tenured, but his latest songwriting collaborator won’t be joining him on the road on his current tour. Because he’s been dead for 74 years.
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Thursday, September 26,2013

Big Gigantic rolls up its sleeves

Band to donate money from pair of hometown shows to flood relief efforts

By Dave Kirby
this time, while most of the national press has moved on and the TV cameras are all wearing local station logos, and chocolate-brown waters are lazily carrying pieces of Boulder County toward the Missouri River, Colorado’s northern Front Range communities are figuring out how to reconstruct themselves.
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