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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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Thursday, March 1,2012

Spawning time

As the Fox Theatre marks its 20th anniversary, Boulder’s most celebrated fish come to deposit some roe

By Dave Kirby
Mando/guitarist/co-founder Drew Emmitt remembered the gig when we caught up with him last week, just back from an Emmitt-Nershi tour and slumming it with Salmon on Little Feat’s annual Jamaica Excursion. “Oh yeah,” he chuckles, “that was recorded on Halloween, and we were all in costume. I was wearing this very cumbersome wizard costume with these huge sleeves...
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Thursday, January 26,2012

Here and there

Leo Kottke reflects on his career, plus the strange horror of YouTube

By Dave Kirby
It took a little puzzling, but we finally determined that the last time we caught up to Leo Kottke was late 2002, when he and Mike Gordon paired up for a duo gig at the Boulder Theater. Kind of an odd night — a typically subdued sprinkling of Leo fans awash in a swell of ardent Phaithful, maybe the biggest crowd Kottke had ever played to in Boulder.
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Thursday, December 29,2011

Yonder Mountain String Band occupies Boulder Theater

By Dave Kirby
A recent feature story in The Atlantic took a funny and insightful look at Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival, staged a couple of months ago in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. The piece was as much about the band-sponsored music festival phenomenon as it was about Yonder themselves (although the author was clearly a fan), and when we caught up to Jeff Austin and Dave Johnston last week, we asked them about the gig and whether it says something about what the 13-year-old progressive string band is (or may be) becoming midway through its astonishingly successful second decade.
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