Music

Greg Laswell takes a bow

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  It is nice to know that Greg Laswell has a sense of humor. When asked how his latest album, Take a Bow, compares to his previous albums, he deadpans, “I use different song titles and lyrics and melodies...

For second CD, Mute Math had to restart from scratch

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  As Mute Math began touring in support of its latest CD, Armistice, the band faced a familiar challenge — how to rework the new songs so the four-piece band can play them live...

Mason Reed falls prey to his own pretension

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The most on-target aspect of hippie-blues rocker Mason Reed’s latest EP, You Can’t Come Back From Heaven, is the CD packaging. The cover features a slightly dazed Reed looking resolutely through his aviators and out the windshield of a blurry automobile. Sun-...

B.o.B., Lupe Fiasco rock Denver’s Ogden Theater

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The Laser Tour Denver show sold out about three weeks ago. With a tour that features B.o.B. who has the No. 1 hit in the country with “Nothin’ On You,” and headliner Lupe Fiasco who has two superb albums under his belt, the question comes to mind, who really sold out...

A solo show at Pat Metheny’s Cirque du Solenoid

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  In the expansive liner notes accompanying Pat Metheny’s latest project Orchestrion%uFFFD the storied jazz guitarist reflects on his days as a little kid visiting relatives in Wisconsin and sneaking downstairs to the basement to noodle around with an antique ...

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 ...