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  • Homecoming at Starz

    published July 23, 2009

    Being a young actress in Hollywood can be a horror show even for performers who achieve something akin to stardom – a condition that's... More >>

  • The Album Leaf

    published July 23, 2009

    Multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle, the man behind the Album Leaf, wasn't always such a mellow fellow. Back in the '90s, he got his first... More >>

  • Rough Draft

    published July 23, 2009

    The messages in contemporary-Christian songs have grown more subtle over time as bands have sought to broaden listenership — hence lots... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published July 23, 2009

    Being a young actress in Hollywood can be a horror show even for performers who achieve something akin to stardom – a condition that’s... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published July 16, 2009

    The astronaut drama Countdown is a curio from both a historical and filmic standpoint. The movie, co-starring James Caan and Robert... More >>

  • Countdown at the Boulder Public Library

    published July 16, 2009

    The astronaut drama Countdown is a curio from both a historical and filmic standpoint. The movie, co-starring James Caan and Robert Duvall,... More >>

  • Japandroids

    published July 16, 2009

    Lyrics: Are they necessary? Not always — and a little can go a long way. "The Boys Are Leaving Town," the first song on... More >>

  • Michaela Rae

    published July 16, 2009

    Should you wait to sing the blues until your voice has changed? That unlikely question is central to this debut by Michaela Rae Knox, who cut... More >>

  • The Thief of Baghdad

    published July 9, 2009

    The Thief of Baghdad is an enormous contradiction of the auteur theory. The 1940 release credits three directors — Ludwig... More >>

  • Snoop Dogg is ready to embark on his Blazed and Confused tour, jacc

    published July 9, 2009

    Copy editors, grammarians and assorted other speakers of English: Apologies in advance for our e-mail interview with Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop... More >>

  • Bon Iver

    published July 9, 2009

    Justin Vernon, Bon Iver's central figure (joined on these bills by The Wheel), is a Wisconsin-based singer-songwriter who first gained... More >>

  • The Rural Alberta Advantage

    published July 9, 2009

    Many people think of folk music as precious and pretentious in equal measure — the equivalent of arming whiny occupants of reality-show... More >>

  • Drop Dead, Gorgeous

    published July 9, 2009

    Plenty of haters ripped into 2007's Worse Than a Fairy Tale, accusing Drop Dead, Gorgeous of softening its assault to up the... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published July 9, 2009

    The Thief of Baghdad is an enormous contradiction of the auteur theory. The 1940 release credits three directors — Ludwig... More >>

  • An Unlikely Weapon

    published July 2, 2009

    Eddie Adams, the late photographer at the center of An Unlikely Weapon, which opens July 2, was a romantic of an especially... More >>

  • LA Riots

    published July 2, 2009

    Daniel LeDisko and Jo'B, the twosome currently causing LA Riots, are the remixers of the moment — definitely a short-term position given... More >>

  • Michael Dean Damron

    published July 2, 2009

    This time last year, Michael Dean Damron, former frontman for I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, was planning a trip to Denver with his... More >>

  • Death Hickey Blues

    published July 2, 2009

    Although the music on this four-song EP doesn't skimp on commercial elements, it's actually quite an odd hybrid. For the most part, lead singer... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published July 2, 2009

    Eddie Adams, the late photographer at the center of An Unlikely Weapon, which opens July 2, was a romantic of an especially... More >>

  • Revanche at Starz

    published June 25, 2009

    Revanche defied both the odds and the standard formula in earning Austria a richly deserved Oscar nomination for best foreign... More >>

  • Phoenix

    published June 25, 2009

    Phoenix, appearing with Amazing Baby, is generating a buzz nearly a decade in the making. The electro-tinged French group, whose lineage has... More >>

  • Crocodiles

    published June 25, 2009

    The Fat Possum Records aesthetic, whether it pertains to rock groups like the Black Keys or blues artists à la R.L. Burnside, champions... More >>

  • Meese

    published June 25, 2009

    Patrick Meese's friendship with Isaac Slade was handy from a getting-noticed standpoint. But now that Meese's namesake band is receiving the... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published June 25, 2009

    Revanche defied both the odds and the standard formula in earning Austria a richly deserved Oscar nomination for best foreign film.... More >>

  • Throw Down Your Heart at Starz

    published June 18, 2009

    "I just want to blend in," claims banjoist Béla Fleck early in Throw Down Your Heart, a documentary about his musical... More >>

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