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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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Thursday, December 22,2011

Shorty’s wild ride

New Orleans’ favorite son hits Denver for two nights

By Dave Kirby
When Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his band Orleans Avenue released their breakthrough CD Backatown in the spring of 2010, there were few outside his club-circuit fan base and the New Orleans cognoscenti who would have predicted how far it would take the 24-year-old brass bandleader.
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Thursday, December 15,2011

Good vibes

Greg Harris of SuperCollider brings the vibraphone to the front

By Dave Kirby
When vibraphone player Greg Harris took his New World Citizen Quartet out to play a couple of months ago, opening for Baaba Maal at the L2 Arts and Culture Center in Denver, he positioned himself behind a Gyil (pronounced JEE-lee), a 14-key xylophone indigenous to the African nations of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire. For an experienced and fluid vibraphone player like Harris, it’s not a huge leap, but then again, the material, the technique and the whole balance between percussive and harnmonic instincts were rooted in the cultures the instrument came from.
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Thursday, December 8,2011

Professor turns virtuoso

Trace Bundy took an odd route to becoming a fingerpicking wizard

By Dave Kirby
Getting a touring musician on the cell phone for a few minutes isn’t exactly rocket science these days, unless their GPS has taken a dive rolling through Sasquatch country or the van has blown a sidewall in a granite-lined mountain pass tunnel someplace, but it seemed like a flourish of cosmic improbability that we cornered Trace Bundy a few weeks ago, not only in his home ZIP code but actually on his way back from the studio — maybe the one place Bundy actually spends less time in than his own house.
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Thursday, December 8,2011

The firmament in 4/4

Mickey Hart makes music with a big bang

By Dave Kirby
Mickey Hart’s latest enterprise, in collaboration with scientists at Lawrence Livermore Labs and engineers at Meyer Sound Laboratory in Berkeley, revolves around tapping the sounds of space — literally — and converting them into musical compositions, both in an electronic and standard rock band context.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Flying Fish

Herman and company take Leftover Salmon out of the fridge, record new material

By Dave Kirby
Vince Herman was in a van last week, somewhere in Northern California, on his way to a gig with Great American Taxi at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. The gig was near the tail end of a stretch of late-year gigs Taxi had peeled off in support of Paradise Lost, the rumble-seat Americana outfit’s third CD in seven years.
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Thursday, October 27,2011

Funk is Dead

The Motet tags an unlikely canon

By Dave Kirby
When we first saw the marquee bill for this year’s gig, Dave Watts and the Motet tribbing-up the Dead, the first thing that hit us was — wait, Watts is covering one of the unfunkiest bands in pop music lore, daring to navigate the meanderings of post-psychedelic, shamanistic jug-band Americana, garnished with guitar solos lofted to the rafters by the colliding aromas of patchouli and Humboldt leaf.
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Thursday, October 6,2011

Head For The Hills is rising

After a stellar year, H4TH brings the show back to Boulder

By Dave Kirby
By just about any measure, Head for the Hills (H4TH) has had a pretty solid 2011. The Fort Collins-founded newgrass quartet unleashed a solid and surprising long-player last year, winning their second consecutive “Best Bluegrass Band” award from Westword copping some head-turning critical attention at Austin’s South By Southwest industry schmoozefest in March, and riding a busy festival season into a handful of smaller-deal local gigs, including a Mishawaka date a couple of weeks ago, an upcoming Fox Theatre show and a two-night, twin-bill stand with Leftover Salmon at the Ogden Theatre around Thanksgiving.
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