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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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Thursday, April 4,2013

Lotus: Cleaning out the grease

As group matures, songwriting gets tighter

By Dave Kirby
We asked Luke Miller, guitarist and one-half of the brother team that comprises the core of the funktronica quartet Lotus, about the flyer we came across in Cleveland last January, while we were in town visiting family.
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Thursday, February 28,2013

Jersey Shore and beyond

Mickey Hart looks to his roots for Sandy benefit album

By Dave Kirby
In the wake of the pitiless thrashing that Sandy delivered to Northern New Jersey and the NYC metro area last November, plenty of musical artists rallied together for benefit projects (most notably the 12/12 Concert) to aid families and towns along the coast.
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Thursday, February 21,2013

Cowgirl Radio looking to cross mediums

Local musician has eyes on Hollywood

By Dave Kirby
Nothing happens quickly in Jerry Greene’s world, at least when it comes to developing and staging his erstwhile music project Cowgirl Radio.
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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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