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The New Pornographers | Fox Theater | 4/13/2011

The New Pornographers kicked off their spring tour to a packed house at the Fox Theater on Wednesday night. What you get from a Pornographers show is a mix of melodies and catchy pop hooks tempered with a sufficient balance of edge, and banter laced with plenty of f-bombs and sarcasm.

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Seattle Folk Neophytes Fill & Thrill SF's Bottom of the Hill

A blazing beacon of turquoise and teal crowns SF’s Bottom of the Hill, as Seattle sextet The Head and the Heart shuffles modestly onto a cramped stage. Delirious fans push forward for an intimate look at the Pacific Northwest folk rockers, as intense high-pitched shrieks erupt from the audience.

Earthy Day with Greensky Bluegrass | Chicago, IL

Happy Earth Day!  We burned a bunch of gasoline to get all these people into this room, but we try to be low impact once we’re here.  I suppose we could have been super environmental and not played but… Hey! It’s 12:31 am! It’s not Earth Day anymore! Yeah!

Dark Star Orchestra | Boulder Theater | 4/16/11

The beauty of the Grateful Dead legacy extends far past the demise of the original line-up that sadly ended with the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. The Grateful Dead created a dedicated community, or rather a counterculture, based on music and family values that have since refused to give up and let go.

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Strange Arrangement | Polygraph | Review

I don’t want to compare Strange Arrangement to any band; I want to compare them to every band.  Take a taste of all the jamband scene has to offer, take a taste of all the funk, bluegrass, soul, and blues of the past, and add them up.  That is what Polygraph sounds like.  The term “poly “meaning “many “is the flavor of this album, many influences, many arrangements and many different ways to get down.  From the fun and quirky to the meaningful and profound,

Cornmeal & The Giving Tree Band | Chicago, IL

Cornmeal and The Giving Tree Band have a lot in common.  They're both from Chicago, both play bluegrass/folk music, and both even have a set of brothers in the band.  When I asked Wavy Dave Burlingame of Cornmeal what he thought of the greenest band in the land o

Method Man & Redman @ the Fox | 4/7/11 | Review

90s hip-hop took over the Fox Theater in Boulder on Thursday night as legendary rappers Method Man and Redman took the sold out crowd back to a time when “it wasn’t about your cars or your jewelry, it was about smokin’ weed and music.” The duo commanded their audience with vigor through the thick cloud of marijuana s

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Beats Antique | Boulder Theater | 4/8/2011 | Review

Attending a live show by Beats Antique takes the listener on a multifaceted ride through world beat instrumentation melded with bass heavy electronica and impressively choreographed dance routines.

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Infamous Stringdusters | Fox Theater | 3/18/2011

It was over a decade ago, when I was barely of legal age to gain entry into a bar, that I used to frequent a small, smoky bar in my native Long Island, NY, and used to catch the house band that played every Monday night. The house band was a blues, funk, and roots-rock outfit that played a wide array of music, and was known for the stellar musical prowess of its members. Anchoring this band was lead guitar player and singer / songwriter Andy Falco, whose slick bluesy electric guitar solos were an oft anticipated segment of each song.

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