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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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Thursday, April 5,2012

Back to the future

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones’ stop in Boulder with original lineup might be its last

By Dave Kirby
For fans of the original Bela Fleck and the Flecktones franchise, the band’s Grammy win in February for Best Instrumental Composition for “Life in Eleven” came as a welcome gift, a kind of promise re-fulfilled.
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Thursday, March 29,2012

Flee!

Europe has no taste for the subtle nuances of Gwar

By Dave Kirby
We were recently granted audience with Oderous Urungus from GWAR’s Slave Pit headquarters in Richmond, Va. Urungus had not long before announced that the European leg of their latest assault had been whacked (out of fear, presumably). We asked if there was a sense of letdown in the Swarm.
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Thursday, March 22,2012

Swamp thing

Moreland and Arbuckle the outlook

By Dave Kirby
Dustin Arbuckle’s year is still young, but if the guy at the recent New Brunswick, N.J., gig is any indicator, he may want to plan for longer set lists.
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Thursday, March 15,2012

Strange train

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros took to the rails to tour the country

By Dave Kirby
Just a few days before Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros descend on the Boulder Theater, the band will be making an appearance at Austin’s South By Southwest festival to promote Big Easy Express, a new film directed by Emmett Malloy covering the troupe’s tour-by-rail excursion last May with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show.
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