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Thursday, August 4,2011

Free radicals charge the tower

Supercollider smashes jazz preconceptions

By Dave Kirby
It was that kind of afternoon, so we caution Jon Gray, trumpeter/vocalist for the local jazz septet Supercollider, that we were going to start our interview in the middle. “Groovy. I’m all about it,” he counters. Jazz bands. Seems like, over the course of jazz music’s more-or-less 100-year history, the music has alternately promoted bands as bands, then soloists fronting bands, then bands again … then soloists again.
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Thursday, August 4,2011

Sean Kelly's long road

The Samples frontman on exhaustion, nostalgia and refocusing the dreams of youth

By Dave Kirby
Kelly pulled the plug on The Samples, the storied, Boulder-founded, pop-reggae franchise, last year, at least as a full-time touring outfit. Sheer exhaustion and some bad business experiences had taken their toll, and Kelly was ready to call it a day.
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Thursday, July 21,2011

Bayou burden

Tab Benoit has made the struggle to preserve wetlands personal

By Dave Kirby
Apart from being one of the great Telecaster stylists out there these days, and a commanding vocalist, Tab Benoit, for anyone who’s seen him, is a presence. Medicine reminds you of that, and you don’t micromanage presence, or program it or splice it in.
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Thursday, July 7,2011

The joys of heavy lifting

Nautical Mile got a fast start but isn’t afraid to work

By Dave Kirby
It could well be that Nautical Mile’s EP release at the Fox Theatre this weekend represents a watershed moment — the young band’s second release, headlining a premiere venue among well-regarded local bands, secure in its lineup and coasting on a decent club following and critical buzz.
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Thursday, June 30,2011

Vintage sounds

Umphrey’s McGee looks to odd inspirations for new album

By Dave Kirby
A piece aired a couple of months ago on NPR about Steely Dan’s legendary sound engineer, Roger Nichols, who had just passed away from cancer. Michele Norris interviewed Donald Fagen about Nichols and his storied inventiveness, including the tale of Walter Becker and Fagen struggling with a drum track for Gaucho’s “Hey Nineteen” and challenging Nichols to come up with a mechanized drum system to outline the beat. Which, in a few weeks’ time, Nichols did, and the dry, relaxed-but-airtight snare line remains intact on the tune 30 years later.
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Thursday, June 9,2011

Raging the Cajun back where it all started

Steve Conn to have mini-reunion with former Gris Gris bandmates

By Dave Kirby
It would align with what we know about Conn - the former bandleader of Boulder's Cajun barburner franchise Gris Gris from the early '80s who left Boulder to seek brighter lights and bigger stages in L.A.
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Thursday, June 2,2011

In the belly of the beast

Noah and the Whale singer shares his thoughts on music critics and more

By Dave Kirby
There`s a bit of peril involved in mining this meme too deeply, but as Noah and the Whale slide a little awkwardly out of their charmingly twee folkie-pop dungarees into shinier, smooth-surface synth-pop threads, it may not be much of a surprise that their third long player, Last Night On Earth, comes across as a collection of bus-window epiphanies and unforced glimpses of puny redemption, plainspoken and seldom aspiring to folk-poet ironies or cleverly understated epistles of revelation.
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Thursday, April 21,2011

The sound of South American strings

Alfredo Muro’s Latin guitar journey

By Dave Kirby
Having only recently moved here from Portland, Ore., where he had lived and worked for 20 years, most of Muro's longtime students are still back in the rainy Pacific Northwest, and Skype affords him a handy and affordable tool to maintain these...
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Thursday, April 14,2011

Communikey creativity

Love laptop music? Hate it? Thank Ableton co-creator Robert Henke The genie is out of the bottle, and she is circuitry.

By Dave Kirby
As quickly as the subgenres of electronic music become tagged and assimilated and commonly negotiated - trance, drone, dubstep, ambient, et al. - Robert Henke smears the palette and bleeds each into the others.
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Thursday, March 17,2011

Notes from the road

Great American Taxi reflects on six years of making music

By Dave Kirby
It was six years last week that Great American Taxi first climbed the Boulder Theater stage for an all-star jam benefiting the Rainforest Action Group.
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