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Thursday, December 2,2010

With shades of 'Trane

John McLaughlin’s dimensional travels

By Dave Kirby
No, the echoes of Coltranes soul-baring masterpiece resonate now through contemporary musicians as faint but unmistakable calls to higher spiritual channeling, and genuine technical expertise in the service of challenging convention. In this regard, one might suggest McLaughlin has been channeling Coltrane for much of nearly 50 years in music.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Time traveler

Stanton Moore digs deep into New Orleans’ history for new CD

By Dave Kirby
Buried well down the program of Stanton Moores latest platter lurks a vaguely sinister little number called Cleanse This House.
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Thursday, November 11,2010

In his own world

Can Mike Gordon stand still?

By Dave Kirby
Well, we suppose a real day off for Gordon wouldnt include doing any interviews, but Phish had just wrapped up its early fall tour with a Halloween gig in Atlantic City, N.J., and it was a day or two before he headed back out for a stretch with his own band.
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Thursday, October 28,2010

Funky roots

Motet plays Earth, Wind and Fire

By Dave Kirby
For a guy who makes his living — hell, draws nearly his every breath — from da funk, it was only a matter time before Dave Watts made this pilgrimage. This year’s series of Motet and Friends trib gig finds Watts fronting a 12-piece band, playing the music of what many consider the absolute sine qua non of ’70s funk ’n’ soul ’n’ R&B, Maurice White’s Earth, Wind and Fire.
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Thursday, September 30,2010

Living la vida viral

OK Go makes the best out of a digital situation

By Dave Kirby
Before long, The Atlantic writer Andrew Sullivan had embedded the video in his Daily Dish blog, with a bonus link to Gizmodos behind-the-scenes column. Huffington Post linked it off its secondary sidebar by mid-afternoon. In a day or two, it was front and center at CNN.
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Thursday, August 26,2010

Strum Together

Yonder Mountain String Band and Leftover Salmon bring strings and things to Red Rocks

By Dave Kirby
I was the lead guitar player, explains Drew Emmitt, and he always told me that he didnt want to sound like me at all. He wanted his rock sound to be different. So he never used any sustain or distortion or anything like that. That was my thing. So he just kind of kept it clean.
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Thursday, August 12,2010

Light it up

Los Lobos are burning it down

By Dave Kirby
Not that wed know anything about this, but sometimes the hardest part of getting a piece of work done is just starting it, getting the wheels turning, finding a way in while being stared at by a blank page waiting for a lead sentence, or that first brushstroke, or a recording studio waiting for a bunch of songs.
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Thursday, August 5,2010

A gentle virtuoso

Bill Frisell speaks softly

By Dave Kirby
He is, after all, one of the instruments greatest conversationalists, a quiet virtuoso of deft touch and uncommon ear, fluent in a dialect based in jazz but inflected with roots of Americana, blues, rag and folk.
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Thursday, July 29,2010

Things with wings

Paper Bird dances on a breeze

By Dave Kirby
While the sophomore slump thing, releasing a vaguely disappointing follow-up to a surprisingly strong debut, may or may not be the most predictive model for a recording bands fortunes these days, especially since making records is often now a...
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Thursday, July 22,2010

Recording the next chapter

Big Head Todd & The Monsters get beautiful on latest album

By Dave Kirby
As the soul-streaked strains of Todd Park Mohrs voice laments the laws of love and justice on the bands new single Beautiful, carried on the wings of one of modern rocks most effortlessly nimble rhythm sections, it feels as if the Monsters are back again .
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