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Thursday, April 10,2014

Playing through the pain

Colorado native Katie Herzig channels tragedy into new album

By Brian Palmer
And before she could even think about performing, there was the issue of actually writing something. Herzig went nine months without writing any songs, and when she finally realized it was time to start, the prospect of doing so was daunting. Fortunately for Herzig, once she got going, she gradually started to heal.
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Thursday, January 30,2014

Liz Berube’s mountain road

Singer-songwriter Liz Berube’s debut EP explores the past, present and future

By Brian Palmer
Most of the songs from her debut EP, 2013’s Mountain Road, are based on her life in Colorado or at least were created here. But the closing song on the EP, “When I Was Young,” hearkens back to her days growing up in Vermont.
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Thursday, September 8,2011

Fireworks

Explosions in the Sky successful with unconventional music

By Brian Palmer
When speaking with Michael James, one of the guitarists for Explosions in the Sky, you quickly discover that two things are at the forefront of his mind with respect to the band: time and communication. Sometimes things happen quickly and easily, like when you meet someone for the first time and you hit it off. Other times though, things evolve at a glacial pace.
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Thursday, August 11,2011

Low profile, high standards

Brandi Carlile built her reputation the hard way

By Brian Palmer
For Brandi Carlile, being a musician isn’t about trying to be cool or popular, and making records isn’t an easy way for her to achieve massive fame and fortune without putting significant effort into her craft. For her, music goes much deeper than any of those things.
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Thursday, June 23,2011

Luck happens

If not for chance, Americana duo The Civil Wars wouldn’t exist

By Brian Palmer
Sometimes all you can do is marvel at someone’s dumb luck, blessed fortune, or whatever you want to call it. Like the guy who wins the lottery because he picked one or two of the right numbers by mistake, the woman who hits the jackpot on her first pull on a slot machine after you spend three hours losing money on it, or the unknown actor who lands a highly coveted role in a film just because some producer happened to see him at the right place at the right time. Joy Williams is one half of the popular band The Civil Wars, and the story of how she came to be in the band — as well as that of bandmate John Paul White — is one of those stories.
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Thursday, January 20,2011

Strumming the sacred steel

Robert Randolph pushes a once-obscure instrument to the foretront

By Brian Palmer
"I can't tell you how many times I've gotten e-mails from people who were poor or on the verge of being suicidal or even killing somebody because of something that happened," Randolph says. "And these people came to a show and now they're like, 'Man, I just feel like I want to be a different person.'"
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Thursday, December 16,2010

Surfing with Satch

Joe Satriani continues to draw inspiration from weird places

By Brian Palmer
"I had been introduced to this phrase, 'The Golden Room,' which some psychic had said is a way you protect yourself against negative influence from other people," Satriani explains.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Free from the bureaucracy

Eisley spreads its wings

By Brian Palmer
She punctuates the sentence with a laugh, which is a good sign considering all the problems the band has endured recently. She says their upcoming full-length record ("We're looking at releasing it in early spring, perhaps March") focuses on these struggles.
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Thursday, October 21,2010

Strife into songs

Michael Miller delves into dark days for inspiration

By Brian Palmer
This, in a way, is emblematic of Millers approach to life because he always seems to be waiting for the other shoe to drop. Not that you can blame him exactly; after all, he once endured a break-up on his birthday, which happens to be on April Fools Day.
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Thursday, September 30,2010

Success comes in waves

Songwriter Kate Jaworski is getting recognized

By Brian Palmer
When I found out I was a regional finalist, I had one day to make a music video. All these people helped out: There were climbing videographers who were psyched about the shoot, and I got people to cover my shift at work, she says with a laugh. Everything just came together; it was crazy how it worked out so perfectly.
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