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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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Thursday, August 29,2013

Electric Red: Ghosts of fusion past

Electric Red is not kind of blue

By Dave Kirby
You hear it immediately, and practically see it, too. The glowering and stooped visage of post-Bitches Brew Miles Davis, prowling across a stage and cueing one of his sidemen for a solo with a hand gesture, the trumpet pointed south, the music tightening and loosening around a fragmentary melodic figure, distortion and backbeat, the elegant chaos of gaseous music solar systems resisting a surrender to form.
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Thursday, August 22,2013

NedFest 2013: Standing strong

For second festival after death of founder, NedFest soldiers on

By Dave Kirby
A year after Michigan Mike’s tie-dye-in-the-dust music fest proved it can go on without him, with a little help from his friends, NedFest still swings a pretty mean hula hoop.
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Thursday, August 1,2013

Psych rock group Eugene's Axe on the leading edge

Is Eugene’s Axe ready for a close-up?

By Dave Kirby
There’s some undeniable peril in tapping a rock song reference to name your band.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Yo La Tengo still has it

Ira Kaplan discusses what 20 years flying under the mainstream feels like

By Dave Kirby
Staying the same for almost 30 years has it benefits, explains Yo La Tengo helmsman Ira Kaplan, but it’s also OK to shuffle the deck once in a while.
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Thursday, May 2,2013

What makes The Egg roll?

Ned Scott on twins, rhythm and the joys of live music

By Dave Kirby
We caught Ned Scott, keyboardist and one of The Egg’s founding twin brothers, during a quiet evening a couple of weeks ago at home in his Notting Hill flat, just as he was about to step away to prepare (honestly) a cup of tea.
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Thursday, April 18,2013

Black Mountain don’t surf

Canadian psych-rock band lands on an unlikely soundtrack

By Dave Kirby
Soundtrack albums are usually little more than cheerfully anachronistic artifacts of the unholy alliance between Big Film and Big Music — the major labels used to use them as a roll-of-the-dice jet pack for their prospect acts, hoping that a box-office smash would help launch their prospect band’s fortunes, and for the bands it was usually a safe bet.
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