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More than just bluegrass

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When you look at it, it’s called a ‘bluegrass festival,’ but it’s a wide-open music festival,” says mandolin great Sam Bush. “I’ve seen everything from Little Feat to Paco de Lucia to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson to Bill Monroe to Ralph Stanley. Just last year they ...

Concrete Blonde tours for the fun of it

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  Concrete Blonde are that rare animal, an alt-rock band with staying power. The group’s first, self-titled album got the band’s career rolling in 1986, but it wasn’t until 1990’s Bloodletting, featuring the singles, “Joey,” “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” and “...

Backstreet Boys aren%uFFFDt backing down

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Backstreet Boys, older, still getting shrieked at There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love the Backstreet Boys and those who hate them. And whichever group you fall into, you can’t avoid the reality that this group of boy wonders helped ...

The Two Man Gentleman Band are farce done well

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When I initially received a disc of Live in New York! by The Two Man Gentlemen Band, I had severe reservations. Novelty music is the slipperiest slope a group can climb. When it’s good it’s as funny as the greatest standup comics, but when it’s bad it’s more annoying...

Stepping into the spotlight

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Fourteen years, give or take, is a long time to be the guy off to one side, but Dave Rawlings, the guitarist/songwriter who’s been accompanist to Gillian Welch since the mid-’90s, is a studiously pragmatic musician. Welch’s voice and restless fluency in any ...

Psych-rock stars

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In the summer of 2006, I was drumming in a fledgling San Francisco psychedelic indie-rock band called The Love X Nowhere when we played to a sparse West L.A. crowd along with a bluesy young opening act called Mania, made up of scruffy UC Santa Cruz kids. “Mania...

Emerging from the shadows

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Karen Elson on being the musician who is Jack White’s wife Karen Elson is not Jack White’s wife. Well, technically she is, but the famous model-turned-musician lives under a looming shadow of attachment to The White Stripes that seems a bit unfair. Perhaps ...

The Young Veins keep it light and nostalgic

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What Paul Simon is to Vampire Weekend, The Beatles are to The Young Veins. On their debut Take A Vacation! the band serves as a throwback machine that incessantly pumps out song after song of fun and catchy retro-pop in the same — well — vein of the music that made ...

Classical mashups

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  You might be surprised that Lyons, best known as a national center for folk and bluegrass with its RockyGrass and Rocky Mt. Folk festivals, the RockyGrass Academy and dozens of other events through the year, has now become the home of a classical chamber music ...

Free, loose and improvised

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Don`t get him wrong: Australian multi-instrumentalist Nicky Bomba loves drumming with his brother-in-law John Butler’s trio, which plays Red Rocks on June 4...

Making whatever music you can

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Start with a gritty New Orleans street-band influence — all fun, all music, all party. Throw in more musical influences than you can count, from Eastern European gypsy grass to George Clinton funk to Bugs Bunny cartoons, and you’re getting close. Add a sizable ...

Statewide Emergency declared at the Fox Theatre

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It’s pitch black on the stage. The lights are off and the sound is growing. Matt Paradis’ silhouette stands boldly as the sound grows. This was the face of Statewide Emergency Saturday night at the Fox Theatre.The band is the latest local explosion to hit the ...