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Thursday, September 1,2011

Matters of life and death

New film festival explores life’s two inevitabilities

By Chris Callaway
The first annual Life and Death Matters International Multimedia Festival — better known as LADmatters — promises to be a thought-provoking, engaging event with plenty to prick the senses. Running Sept. 1 to Sept. 4 at various venues in Boulder, the event encompasses speakers (including famed autistic writer and teacher Temple Grandin), panels, seminars, workshops, films and short plays.
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Thursday, August 18,2011

L.A. gains appeal

Death Cab’s change inevitable

By Chris Callaway
Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard is all about change. The singer/guitarist, currently on tour with his bandmates in support of their seventh album, Codes and Keys, once wrote a driving, gritty, guitar-fueled pop tune about the ills of Los Angeles called “Why You’d Want to Live Here.” Gibbard now lives in L.A. with his wife, actress/musician Zooey Deschanel.
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Thursday, May 19,2011

31 albums and going strong

Cockburn strips down to basics for latest

By Chris Callaway
'I guess I could have forced the issue, but it didn't seem like a good idea,' he says. 'Basically, through that period of time, my girlfriend moved to New York, lived there for five years and then moved back to San Francisco, where she had been living before that.'
Thursday, April 7,2011

Ditching the mansion for the trailer

An accident left director Tom Shadyac yearning for non-material fulfillment

By Chris Callaway
'I had the big estate and I saw that it didn't pay,' he says. 'I had that kind of awakening moment in my first Beverly Hills house where I realized, 'Oh, this didn't do what they told me it would do.' I had been walking into different models and experimenting, and something spoke to my heart about a very simple space.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Licking the beaters

The Posies quietly release best album in years

By Chris Callaway
When I was a 12-year-old aspiring musician and daydreamer, music flowed through my mind like heroin in William Burroughs blood. I wanted to play hard and crazy like the metal bands I idolized.
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Thursday, May 27,2010

Blast from the past

Boulder group takes the ’70s into the ’10s

By Chris Callaway
Eventually we had our chance to prove ourselves to the local rock scene at a major battle of the bands at an area high school.
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Thursday, April 8,2010

Rogue Wave perseveres through crippling health problems

By Chris Callaway
"I'm on my second transplant now," he says. "I've had it since 2007, a little over two years. I didn't find a donor. It was a kid who passed away in a car accident. He was such a good match for me it shot me to the top of the waiting list. I had only been on for one year, and I had about five more years.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Working out the kinks: For Ray Davies, the music goes on

By Chris Callaway
It was in the larger-than-life era of music video when I discovered former Kinks frontman Ray Davies, decades after he had constructed the timeless 1964 rock anthem “You Really Got Me.” The Kinks had just released their 1984 album Word of Mouth, and the clip for “Do It Again” — with Davies at his power-pop best — was in heavy rotation. The post-punk power chords, monster hooks and energy-packed drumming had me grinning like a Cheshire cat.
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