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Thursday, May 1,2014

The Ringers are very highly strung

Wayne Krantz dishes on the perils of ‘the supergroup’

By Dave Kirby
Anyone familiar with Wayne Krantz’s threedecade career (Berklee College of Music grad, sideman to the likes of Donald Fagan and Randy Brecker, a taciturn and artistically feral solo jazz/fusion/avant artist) might therefore find it surprising that the guitarist would be paired up with two other guitarists, Jimmy Herring and Michael Landau, in something that looks an awful lot like … one of those things.
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Thursday, April 24,2014

Postcards from fault line

How West Water Outlaws spent their spring break

By Dave Kirby
While WWO has earned its road cred grinding out mini-tours of southeastern clubs — Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina — and becoming practically familiar faces in Austin, where the band has some family connections, the West Coast was an entirely new market for them. We wondered if Rooker had to spend much time disabusing their newfound Cali fans of the notion that Colorado produced little beyond bluegrass and club music.
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Thursday, March 27,2014

Some wolves do survive

Los Lobos turns 40

By Dave Kirby
The tour leg that swings Los Lobos through Boulder this weekend is something of a victory lap for the East Los Angeles-bred band. It comes just after their December release of Disconnected in New York City, a live chronicle recorded during a three-night stand at the City Winery in Manhattan last year to celebrate the band’s four decade mark.
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Thursday, March 20,2014

Dogs in space

Bluetech makes serial sci-fi albums about first canine astronaut

By Dave Kirby
Bartholomew’s piece evokes a playfulness and buoyant spirit, fragmentary melody lines colliding gently against each other like friendly single-celled amoebas playing slow motion bumper cars in a turquoise Petri dish.
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Thursday, March 13,2014

The ’dudes are back in town

The subdudes patch it up and bring the original lineup back to the Boulder Theater

By Dave Kirby
A year and a half ago, we had a chance to chat with John Magnie and Steve Amedee to get a little background on their work with singer/songwriter Rebecca Folsom, who was just getting ready to release her new album Reunion.
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Thursday, March 6,2014

Trace Bundy does ESPN, but don’t call it a jingle

Boulder-area guitarist prevails in the finals of the ESPN SportsCenter Fan Jam

By Dave Kirby
“[ESPN] emailed me a while back, said hey, we really like your music, we want you to be part of this ‘competition.’ They said they were going to contact eight different musicians, and have all of us provide our own unique arrangement of the SportsCenter theme song.”
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Thursday, February 27,2014

Better living through grooves

The North Carolina electro-psych-tribal quintet deals a two-night stand at the Fox

By Dave Kirby
If Papadosio is forgiving about being associated with the groove scene, and this is likely where they draw a lot of their audience, they’re also a little reluctant to sign up as charter members.
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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