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Thursday, August 2,2012

Stomp that thang

West Water Outlaws carry Boulder’s blues-rock torch

By Dave Kirby
Blake Rooker, lead singer and guitarist from the Boulder-based West Water Outlaws, responds a little cautiously when we press him to share some highlights from the band’s recent swing through the steamy Southeast, a sure sign that the big noise/big beat blues-rock quartet was probably doing the dive-bar mini-tour thing right.
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Thursday, July 26,2012

All about Herbie

Joey Porter is reminded that funk is the gift that keeps on giving

By Dave Kirby
Keyboardist Joey Porter remembers the first time he encountered Herbie Hancock — or, to be more precise, the first time he mainlined Hancock’s feral funk stylings after the pianist had left Miles Davis’ legendary quintet in 1968.
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Thursday, July 26,2012

RockyGrass turns 40

By Dave Kirby
For a lot of us, turning the odometer over at one of those zero years can be a soul-scraping experience. But at the 40-year mark, RockyGrass is blowing out its candles with a serene and confident grin.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Cheese in threes

String Cheese Incident brings trio of live shows to Red Rocks

By Dave Kirby
When String Cheese Incident announced their summer tour plans a few months back, it was hard not to notice all the three-nighters they had on the bill. Red Rocks Amphitheatre (of course), Horning’s Hideout, Electric Forest. SCI has landed and kept itself near the top of the jam-madness world long enough to sustain these nearly stretch-weekend sieges, and just about any working franchise prowling the interstate highways these days would mortgage its soul to have that luxury, but we asked keys player Kyle Hollingsworth how the band approached these gigs.
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Thursday, June 21,2012

Channeling John

Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell tackles the mighty task of covering the famous Beatle

By Dave Kirby
For many years now, Bill Frisell has made high art of murmur, teasing and coaxing jazz standards and weather-hewn Americana not so much as a master interpreter by way of statement, but more often as a pilgrim by way of inquiry.
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Thursday, June 14,2012

Never die

Through tragedy, My Evil Twin soldiers on

By Dave Kirby
“My Evil Twin has played a lot of places that were, like, the last time they were ever open,” he reflects with a hint of sideways and bemused pride. “We closed the place. … It used to be the Hoffbrau, whatever it was before then. Up in Table Mesa. I can’t remember. I think it’s a hardware store now [Liberty Hardware]. And there was a place down the road from there, near the Tantra Apartments, it used to be a pizza place. And The Cricket. I think we closed that one, too.
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Thursday, May 31,2012

Substance over style

Trace Bundy doesn’t let technique overshadow melody

By Dave Kirby
Trace Bundy’s evolution from capo-slinging, small-stage local hero (endearingly tagged as “the acoustic ninja” by his Boulder-area fans) to Internet sensation and international soloist has landed the acoustic guitarist in an enviably comfortable place — a well-defined and arrestingly honed technique, a relaxed and technically curious approach to songwriting and a core audience willing to follow his instrumental meditations more or less anywhere.
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Thursday, May 17,2012

Prodigal Child

CU grad Pat Grossi brings Active Child to the Larimer Lounge

By Dave Kirby
It’d be a bit of a stretch to find contemporary points of reference to adequately qualify Pat Grossi’s music; we’ll go out on a limb to suggest a club-tempered melding of Jimmy Somerville-meets-Andrea Vollenweider at a trip-hop rave, and if that sounds improbable, well, that’s about the best we can do.
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Thursday, May 10,2012

Ghosts of blues past

Otis Taylor’s latest album leaves you among the spirits of the past

By Dave Kirby
That’s not a coat that Otis Taylor is wearing on the cover of his latest CD, Contraband, released on Telarc a couple of months ago. Not a Sasquatch costume, not a blaxploitation set piece. “It’s a rug!” Taylor explained to us last week. “They threw it on top of me; it was still too dirty.
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Thursday, April 26,2012

Todd Snider’s bipolar spring

Politics and tribute discs on this year’s agenda for singer-songwriter

By Dave Kirby
Our rationale goes something like this: Hey, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and USA Today have already lauded Todd Snider’s Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, the songwriter’s none-too-subtle screed against the current trickledown angst consuming an American public being prepped for four years as Mitt Romney’s pool boy, so we took the opportunity to quiz the songwriter instead on his soon-to-be-released Jerry Jeff Walker tribute CD, Time As We Know It.
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