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Friday, March 20,2015

Electro-evolution

Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath on remixes and a booming career in multiple bands

By Adam Perry
The loveable electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso, based in North Carolina and featuring talented young Mountain Man singer Amelia Meath, plays the Gothic Theatre in Denver on Saturday night. The sh
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Thursday, March 12,2015

A walk on the dark side

Weird? Violent? You’re ready fodder for Dale Bridges’ next book

By Adam Perry
Justice, Inc. is the debut short-story collection by former Boulder Weekly A&E editor Dale Bridges, who left the paper in 2009 to rent a tiny room on the Hill and write stories about, among other things, zombies, InstaBabies, clones made for the purpose of public executions and recreational killing sparked by conversations at Denny’s. Bridges, who grew up in Colorado and now lives in Austin, writes about the black hearts of both men and women with both levity and vitriol. The up-and-coming satirist currently works the nightshift at a bookstore in Austin; he says the “weird customers” inspire his writing. Recently, Bridges called Boulder Weekly to talk about Justice, Inc.
Thursday, January 15,2015

Words from the road

Luke Redfield’s love of the West fuels a life in music

By Adam Perry
Redfield, 31, grew up a preacher’s son in small, humble and peaceful Minnesota and Nebraska towns, and is quick to quote memes about the morality of work, such as “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.
Tuesday, December 30,2014

THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE MEMORABLE ALBUMS OF 2014

A review of some of this year’s best music

By Adam Perry
TAYLOR SWIFT, who says she looks at albums as “sort of statements,” has sold an awful lot of albums this year. The unabashedly pop (as opposed to country-pop, her previous focus) 1989.
Thursday, October 16,2014

Riding for a lifeline

A biking trip to explore a family’s Slovakian roots takes some surprising turns 

By Adam Perry
You do not look like a person who has just biked over 100 kilometers,” Jan “Jano” Rohac of Greenways Travel Club told me, very matter-of-factly, in his thick Slovakian accent as I entered the Grand Hotel Matej in Banská tiavnica, Slovakia, after sunset.
Monday, June 23,2014

Andrew Bird's performance at Chautauqua was the anti-Kanye

Majesty and humility in both performer and venue

By Adam Perry
When I first heard that Kanye West had referred to himself as “the Michael Jordan of music,” I immediately recalled the first time I heard Andrew Bird’s instrumental Useless C
Thursday, June 5,2014

The jokers of spades

Red Fang likes its sludge-metal with a hint of whimsy

By Adam Perry
Not many modern metal groups are featured on NPR’s First Listen or routinely garner nearly a halfmillion YouTube views when a new music video is released. But Portland sludge-rock favorite Red Fang, which plays the Gothic Theatre in Denver this Friday night, has a unique way of maintaining a sense of unbridled fun, for both band and listener, while playing remarkably heavy songs with remarkably dark lyrics.
Thursday, March 20,2014

Demise of Dead band births Chicha

Local guitarist uses Craigslist to bring Amazonian music to Boulder

By Adam Perry
“It took forever to get the band together, mostly with Craigslist,” says Lee, who calls Chicha’s repertoire “modern Latin."
Thursday, February 27,2014

Comrades in axes

Dr. Dog's longevity owes to the bond between band members

By Adam Perry
It’s been a long ride for Dr. Dog. The band got its start about 15 years ago playing parties in Philadelphia before becoming a beloved underground band.
Thursday, February 13,2014

Review: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks at the Gothic Theatre, 2-12-14

By Adam Perry
Stephen Malkmus, with his three-piece band the Jicks, was pretty masterful last night at the Gothic Theatre in Denver, playfully soloing over '60s-influenced indie-rock with a much more psychedelic, and musically challenging, vibe than Pavement, the band he founded 25 years ago in the Northern California town of Stockton.
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