Music

Todd Snider’s Nashville life creeps into his music

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Long since graduated from the anti-heroism of mid-90s, grunge-skeptical, alt-folkie status, Todd Snider has quietly grown into a songwriter of unique vintage, capable of uncorking rickety masterpieces of unsung contenders, sardonic social commentary and offbeat ...

Top 10 albums of the decade

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A serviceable definition I recently came across for the word “best” was “of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality.” As a journalist, the job regularly includes the hopefully tasteful, relevant use of superlatives, but incorporating the word “...

Local jamgrass vets Leftover Salmon celebrate 20 years together

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"Vince was like, ‘Let’s just call it Leftover Salmon,’ and I said, ‘Okay, sure. Why not?’ That’s how it all got started,” Drew Emmitt reminisces about the Salmon’s first show at the Eldo Brewery and Taproom in Crested Butte back in 1989. “Since we were calling it ‘...

Top five mixtapes of 2009

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Industry rule number 4,080, as set forth by A Tribe Called Quest on The Low End Theory, is still true. Record company people are still shady. Luckily, record company people hold dwindling influence over what hip-hop music you get to hear...

DJ Vajra moves away from battling to producing

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"Where I grew up, it was a lot more culturally diverse than Denver, so there was a lot of racial tension,” says Chris Karns about growing up in Ft. Wayne, Ind. “So there were a lot of white kids in my neighborhood that would pick on me for listening to rap music...

Cracker works to not be easily definable

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Guitarist Johnny Hickman says he wouldn’t be happy playing with a band that stuck to a similar sound from song to song and album to album...

No more New Year’s Eve shows for Yonder Mountain String Band

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For fans of Colorado-based oddball bluegrass pop act Yonder...

Legendary guitarist Al Stewart rediscovers his obscurities

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There was probably mud on their boots when they were marched out to the Katyn Forest that day in 1940...

3OH!3 finally get a break to work on new music

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On the Dec. 4 broadcast of the mtvU Woodie Awards, Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte walked out on stage to present the Left Field Woodie Award dressed like a couple of Lady Gagas. Foreman and Motte, known as the Boulder-bred group 3OH!3, lost the Best New Artist ...

With new music on the way, Flobots’ activism remains a priority

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The Front Range has been plentiful in its supply of musical success stories over the past several years. The Fray effectively candy-coated radio airwaves in a transcontinental scope and, in turn, provided a steady supply of green to starving music industry wallets. ...

Reviews for Dec. 17

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House concerts bring community and culture to a living room near...

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Depending on which Saturday night you decide to stop by Dan Fairchild’s house, you could be treated to a string quartet, a Brazilian guitar trio, or a Balkan brass band. Fairchild is one of several hosts of house concerts in Boulder and has been bringing artists and ...