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Thursday, July 11,2013

Pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman: Losing his religion

Chuck Klosterman talks about villains and why he can't hate bands anymore

By David Accomazzo
At some point, Chuck Klosterman lost the reserves of feelings he used to invest in disliking a band. He once relished the arguments over why the Red Hot Chili Peppers suck, or which mid-period Beach Boys album is the best. But now, he says he just doesn’t care like he used to, something he realized 10 years ago when he slid into his CD player a promo copy of The Very Best of the Eagles, a band he had once loathed.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Municipalization battle

Last-minute grassroots campaign pays off

By David Accomazzo
Sometime in 2011, as the citizens of Boulder were deciding whether to take the first step towards municipalizing the electric utility, Xcel Energy’s partner in anti-municipalization, the Boulder Smart Energy Coalition, paid to produce a series of “Harry and Louise” commercials warning residents against the dangers should they vote yes.
Thursday, June 20,2013

Cottage foods 2.0

Changes to law should pave way for prepared foods at farmers’ markets

By David Accomazzo
The 2012 Colorado Cottage Foods Act was supposed to allow farmers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to make foods in their home kitchens and sell them to consumers, offering farmers an extra revenue stream and entrepreneurs a testing ground for business ideas.
Thursday, June 20,2013

U lke Shkspr?

More than a few laughs come when the Bard gets abridged

By David Accomazzo
The first thing I notice when I find my seat for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) is that black-clad stagehands are all over the stage, moving various props and other junk around. In fact, save for a giant pair of double-doors in the center of the stage, the set resembles more of a prop closet you’d find in the bowels of a theater than something you’d see on stage.
Thursday, June 13,2013

The evolution of Dan Savage

Columnist’s libertine philosophies have morphed him into America’s sex guru

By David Accomazzo
Through his sex column, “Savage Love,” Dan Savage has become one of the highest-profile gay figures in the country, a tireless and fearless advocate of a liberalized philosophy on sex and relationships.
Thursday, May 30,2013

Physical theater and the silent tragedy of the inanimate

By David Accomazzo
Claire Patton and Lucia Rich, both wearing all-black clothes for the evening’s rehearsal, are sitting in a studio space in a structure outside a North Boulder home, trying to explain what “physical theater” means.
Thursday, May 23,2013

Been away for too long

Soundgarden returned from hiatus for right reasons — and the results are good

By David Accomazzo
Before Soundgarden took the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in July 2011, you could forgive the casual fan for wondering whether the band members were just the latest rock gods to pad their bank accounts with fan nostalgia.
Thursday, May 9,2013

Lysergic settings

The Black Angels are on the unexplored sonic frontier

By David Accomazzo
There’s a nostalgic element to the term “psych-rock” that harkens back to the tie-dyed, patchouli-scented dorm rooms that spun the records of The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and Velvet Underground. Calling something “psychedelic” invokes a sort of free-love, tripped-out aesthetic that recalls the ’60s and the pioneering days of rock ’n’ roll.
Thursday, May 2,2013

The Yawpers: Going through changes

Frontman Nate Cook on upcoming album, lineup changes and why the group is no longer a 'Boulder band'

By David Accomazzo
A slew of changes has rocked Nate Cook’s world this past year. His band, The Yawpers — rock ’n’ roll with a country twinge, starring two acoustic guitars and a drum set — is letting their record deal with Boulder label Adventure Records expire, and the band has leapt over to Colorado SpokesBUZZ, becoming the first non-Fort Collins band to sign with the FoCo-based nonprofit/label.
Thursday, April 25,2013

Home on the Flatirons

West Water Outlaws savor the hometown experience

By David Accomazzo
West Water Outlaws had a plan heading into this year’s South By Southwest. Before arriving in Austin, the band played a slew of tour dates with the aim of honing its chops prior to the big stage at SXSW. The four band members slogged through shows of varying quality, sometimes just playing for the bartender, sometimes drawing a crowd.