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Charlie Faye spends a month in Boulder as part of her...

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Life on the road is a necessary evil for professional musicians. Recording an album means not just a commitment to studio time, gut-wrenching writing sessions and endless rehearsals, but a commitment to a year on the road, playing shows in towns you’ve never heard of...

The Kissaway Trail isn’t breaking barriers but they’re enjoyable

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Here’s the deal, snobs: There’s this Danish quintet called The Kissaway Trail that gathered some steam back in 2007 after they released their debut and performed at music festivals and supported bands like The National and Interpol. They’ve got a great sound, tight ...

Sia kills Denver with cuteness

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For those who are unfamiliar with Aussie singer-songwriter Sia and her music, she’s the type of artist that dig deeps and delivers emotional, soul-searching, introspective lyrics over subdued electronic beats and melodies. Listening to her music, you’d think that ...

A night of furious chops: Two high-octane axe-grinders rock Boulder Theater

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You can’t help but wonder about the mechanics at work when Robben Ford and Larry Carlton work a stage together. Both are monster players with a deep bag of tricks. Carlton has turned an insanely successful ’70s studio career into a jazz and jazz/rock career of ...

Passion and performance are the heart of Lil Sum’n Sum’n

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When I first saw Lil Sum’n Sum’n listed on The Laughing Goat’s event calendar for this month, I told my wife, “I hope to God this band is as cool as their name because I already want to interview them!” Turns out not only is this band talented, creative and ...

Them Crooked Vultures eat Denver alive

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Before I start describing Monday’s Them Crooked Vultures show, I think a little discussion of the group itself is in order. After all, some people (an unfortunate few) may not yet have had the privilege of hearing the self-titled disc from three of the most ...

Otis Taylor challenges your concept of the blues

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Otis Taylor’s got a lot going for him when it comes to the blues. He’s got a Randy Newmatic voice, a masterful grip of how blues guitar should be played, and some pretty imaginative ways of making the blues sound fresh. All of these tools come into play on his new ...

Rogue Wave’s show redeemed by final minutes

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The set was kind of funny at first. There were two drum sets next to each other, eight guitars on a rack in the back, a keyboard, and a few more guitars sprinkled on the stage for good measure. It almost looked like the front window at a music store...

Diego’s Umbrella’s album a whole lotta fun

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If an album has a song called “Lasers ’N Lesbians,” what’s not to love? That’s pretty much all that can be or needs to be said about Double Panther, the latest album to come out from Diego’s Umbrella, a gypsy-rock band from San Francisco...

Electronic Mayhem: Communikey offers interactive electronic music experience

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 Grown organically from a decade of electronic music, this week’s Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts will build cultural bridges between audiences, performers and continents with more ambition than ever before...

Dr. Dog is helping resurrect lo-fi rock, not like they’ll admit...

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  Two years ago, Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog — a quirky, loveable indie-soul band that released its so-so sixth album Shame, Shame on April 6 — packed Denver’s Hi-Dive, a tiny bar on South Broadway that holds about 200 people when the fire department isn’t looking. ...

Citizen Cope has flitted from label to label and now has...

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  Citizen Cope has never been an artist that has enjoyed much radio play or even a big push from his record companies, even though he has spent his entire career up to now on major labels...