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Thursday, May 26,2011

Songs that stick

Sarah Jaffe’s throwaway tunes became unexpected hits

By Matt Conner
Jaffe's stock continues to rise despite her confusion about her own success, but those in the know realize a strong melody wins every time. Whether she's earning the respect of her musical heroes or earning new fans along the way, few artists have experienced the grassroots whirlwind like Jaffe.
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Thursday, April 7,2011

From the schoolyard to the stage

The Big Motif’s second album is the product of six years as a band

By Matt Conner
Yes, that means that jazzy blues/rock you've enjoyed for years at bars and events around Boulder and Denver was actually a bunch of teenagers. Three, in fact. Jeff Jani and Hunter Roberts grew up a block apart and met Tony Pacello through a radio contest to put together a youth band.
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Thursday, April 7,2011

Still Super

That the New Pornographers can organize a tour is a minor miracle

By Matt Conner
'I think the best thing about everybody having their own projects is that you lose some of the frustration,' Newman says. 'If the New Pornographers was the only thing that people did, yet they still wanted to write their own thing, but they were relegated to [being] a person in the band who didn't write or sing, they would be frustrated.'
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Thursday, March 24,2011

Beyond Austin

Fresh off SXSW, Foster the People takes on the world

By Matt Conner
That's the sort of year the Los Angeles indie rock band has enjoyed, as the sheer fun and energy of hipster tracks like 'Pumped Up Kicks' resonates on playlists coast to coast. The band's upcoming North American tour, which brings them through Denver on Wednesday, sold out numerous shows up and down both coasts and Chicago as well.
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Thursday, March 17,2011

Award success

Infamous Stringdusters get a Grammy boost

By Matt Conner
'I was in Nashville with [Andy] Falco when I first heard,' Pandolfi says. 'I wasn't paying any attention to it at all, but I got a message from a friend saying, 'Congratulations on the nomination.' There was some quick Google-searching right after that, and we were able to figure out what was going on.
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Friday, February 25,2011

Rejuvenated sounds

Morcheeba takes a break then dives into new album

By Matt Conner
Ross Godfrey was ready to relax. So was his brother, Paul, for that matter. The two brothers behind Morcheeba spent the better part of 15 years experimenting with electronic and trip-hop elements, recording six albums and touring the globe to make a living. As Ross states, it was time for a break.
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Thursday, January 20,2011

Born to rap

Lyrics Born has a calling

By Matt Conner
Generally speaking, the audience comes for a good time, and the Bay Area rapper certainly plans to 'throw down' and 'party hard.' But after several years in the music industry, Lyrics Born has provided as much inspiration as perspiration - and it's that aspect of his career that's most important.
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Thursday, January 13,2011

Jamming at the disco

The show must go on for Disco Biscuits

By Matt Conner
In the meantime, the Disco Biscuits have called upon several friends who've filled in admirably and given their fans a "great show each and every night," Brownstein says. He admits that the Biscuits aren't the first jam band to move beyond injuries or, even worse, death, and that pleasing fans is the name of the game.
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Thursday, December 23,2010

All that jazz is good for you

Adam Bodine Trio plays from the heart

By Matt Conner
"I wasn't necessarily sick of playing with others and I don't want to put that down by any means, but the original stuff was what became the most challenging for me," Bodine says. "It became a matter of wanting to progress as a musician and develop that repertoire."
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Thursday, December 2,2010

Spiritual changes

Brother Ali thinks recent personal turmoil will inspire his music

By Matt Conner
The Minneapolis hip-hop artist is part of the famed Rhymesayers collective along with Atmosphere, P.O.S. and MF Doom. Hes collaborated with The Roots, played the late night TV circuit, and was featured as One to Watch in Rolling Stone. Hes also an incredibly devout Muslim who just returned from the most intense experience of his life.
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