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My Morning Jacket

Thursday, August 4, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.

Over the past twelve years, My Morning Jacket has gone through the kind of perfect organic growth that you wish every band would go through. Starting as a ragtag bunch of longhairs from Louisville, Kentucky, who loved Skynyrd and Neil Young alike, the band proved early on that it could balance warm folk balladry with a wall of Marshall stacks, with singer Jim James's heavenly voice suited perfectly to either speed. While the group could easily have remained within those comfortable confines, James and company have constantly moved forward into exciting, beautiful and just plain weird territory. Circuital, the act's latest effort, is a playful, soulful album full of anthemic rockers and torchy slow burners that finds James stepping out from behind his trademark wall of reverb, letting the guitars and keyboards provide the colorful, swelling atmospherics that make seeing My Morning Jacket a massive and ethereal experience.

 
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