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Thursday, February 7,2013

Two guys and a process

Discipline and execution are key to El Ten Eleven’s nuanced sound

By Dave Kirby
There’s a gruesome and paradoxical brilliance at work here, instrumental and heavily automated music blasting with humanity and spontaneity, cerebral but soulful.
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Thursday, January 24,2013

Rebecca Folsom’s old-school multimedia extravaganza

By Dave Kirby
A couple of years removed from her successful duo tour with Celeste Krenz, singer/songwriter Rebecca Folsom returns to a Boulder stage this weekend with a new CD, her first in four years and her ninth overall. Why not?
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Thursday, January 17,2013

Calexico's sounds of the Southwest

Tex-Mex group delves into the sounds of its home

By Dave Kirby
Calexico’s John Convertino was fielding questions from the media recently; we were his last interview that day, but also at least his second interview prepping the Boulder market for the Tucson-based outfit’s upcoming Fox Theatre gig. The first one caught him a little off-guard.
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Thursday, January 10,2013

Pigs on the Wing have Animal instincts

Floyd album inspires tribute band

By Dave Kirby
Most iconic rock bands from the 1970s, at least those that lasted long enough to still cast a visible shadow 30 or 40 years downstream, can usually be defined by neatly circumscribed periods, whether as a result of personnel changes, commercial ascendency or artistic evolution.
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Thursday, December 27,2012

Covering your tracks: Boulder favorites The Motet amp up for New Year's Eve

By Dave Kirby
Drummer and Motet bandleader Dave Watts was enjoying a little pre-holiday chill time when we caught him last week.
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Thursday, December 13,2012

Mike Dillon’s elegant chaos

Sideman-turned-leader makes music for a deranged New Orleans circus

By Dave Kirby
We’re not sure who observed once that “timing is everything,” probably someone somewhere whose timing sucked at exactly the wrong juncture, but Mike Dillon’s timing is pretty good.
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Thursday, December 6,2012

Filling the gap between Medeski, Martin and Wood

John Scofield learned the right lessons from his time with Miles Davis

By Dave Kirby
Bassist Chris Wood was taking some midday chill time in Athens, Ga., when we caught up to him last weekend, cooling his heels before his gig that night with The Wood Brothers band, his six-year project with his brother, guitarist and singer Oliver.
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Thursday, November 15,2012

The education of Richard Marx

Singer-songwriter has done it all in the music biz

By Dave Kirby
For a large segment of the pop-music audience who graduated from the waning days of MTV video dominance, Richard Marx will probably be forever associated with a lengthy catalog of late ’80s and ’90s hits.
Thursday, October 25,2012

The ghosts of Manitou Springs

Putting a haunted cemetery to the test

By Dave Kirby
Dead leaves swept gently across the footpaths in Crystal Valley Cemetery last Saturday evening, as if brushed away by a great, unseen hand. A crescent moon slipped silently behind the hills, and several large deer munched quietly on the short grass overlying Manitou and Colorado City’s dead.
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Thursday, October 11,2012

Tommy Castro faces a midlife crisis

Blues singer and guitarist pares down the sound

By Dave Kirby
For a guy who plays the Blues Cruise once or twice a year and festivals around the nation, even taking his blues/soul gig to Europe (he has a date in Paris later this month), Boulder nonetheless holds a special place in his itinerary.
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