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  • Sound Bites

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    Sound Bites

    Blue States, First Steps Into (Memphis Industries). Blue States has a three-record discography primarily composed of chillout room wallpaper, the kind of music made for boutiques and club-drug comedowns. This return takes a page from M83 and Caribou...

    on September 27, 2007
  • Hot Hot Heat Simmers Down - Happiness is limited for these Canadians.

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    Hot Hot Heat Simmers Down - Happiness is limited for these Canadians.

    Singer-songwriter/keyboardist Steve Bays and the rest of his mates in Canada's Hot Hot Heat worked for month upon month and spent an unprecedented sum (for them) to make their latest offering, Happiness Ltd. And what did they get as a reward for the...

    by Michael Roberts on September 27, 2007
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    A Tale of Two Rappers - How the hype played out in the 50 Cent vs. Kanye battle royal.

    To be a successful critic is to be a contrarian. When you're handed a story line by a publicist or manager, you're skeptical, and you immediately look for weaknesses in the story you're being sold. So it was with the massively hyped September 11 ...

    by Dan Leroy on September 27, 2007
  • Maria Taylor - Meet a chanteuse that's every bit as sweet as her songs suggest.

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    Maria Taylor - Meet a chanteuse that's every bit as sweet as her songs suggest.

    There's something endearing about speaking with Maria Taylor on the phone. After she's told you in her slight Southern drawl about how she was doing laundry and cleaning her room before heading to Alabama to practice for her next tour, you feel like...

    by Jon Solomon on September 27, 2007
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    The Last Town Chorus - Thursday, September 27, Marquis Theater, 1-866-468-7621.

    Chills. I don't usually do chills, but the opening pedal-steel notes of the Last Town Chorus's version of "Modern Love" signaled the impending possibility, and when Megan Hickey's lonesome, plaintive voice came soaring into the mix, there they were,...

    by Cory Casciato on September 27, 2007
  • The Cave Singers - Saturday September 29, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    The Cave Singers - Saturday September 29, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

    Most folks familiar with "Darling Clementine" never get to the verse where Clem meets her watery demise. The Cave Singers explore that morbid side of the folk tradition, with a healthy fascination for snake-handling congregations. Well before the br...

    by Rick Skidmore on September 27, 2007
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    Andy Milne - Saturday, September 29, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.

    When Andy Milne began thinking about material for his latest solo album, Dreams and False Alarms, he mined the folk music of his childhood in search of songs with a meaningful, strong melodic anatomy. The Brooklyn-based jazz pianist delved into intr...

    by Jon Solomon on September 27, 2007
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    Smashing Pumpkins - Sunday, September 30, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

    "That's the Way (My Love Is)," the second video from Zeitgeist, the latest Smashing Pumpkins CD, opens with Billy Corgan sitting alone in a futuristic swivel chair festooned with Minority Report-type video screens that allow him to monitor and manip...

    by Michael Roberts on September 27, 2007
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    George Jones - Wednesday, October 3, Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, 1-970-619-4100.

    The mere mention of 76-year-old George Jones's name implies country-music authenticity, which explains why he's saluted in the lyrics of Alan Jackson's "Don't Rock the Jukebox" and at least two Travis Tritt tunes, "Outlaws Like Us" and "Put Some Dri...

    by Michael Roberts on September 27, 2007
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    More Power

    Although our August 23 interview with Tower of Power founding member Emilio Castillo mostly focused on the band's new album, the sax player also talked about the early days of playing in Bay Area, coming in at the tail end of the psychedelic scene ...

    @ Backbeat by Dave Herrera on August 22, 2007 @ 6:39 pm
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    Munky from Korn Q&A

    Korn guitarist Munky appeared to be more than a little befuddled during a conversation with Westword for an August 24 profile. A sizable percentage of questions during the interview (which took place on August 1, the day after the release of Korn's e...

    @ Backbeat by Sean Cronin on August 22, 2007 @ 1:30 pm
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    Flashback on Dave Navarro

    The Dave Navarro who was interviewed by Westword for the August 23 Message column is very different from the one who chatted with the paper by phone in late 1990. During that conversation, he was slurring his words, sniffing loudly, bumping into fu...

    @ Backbeat by Sean Cronin on August 22, 2007 @ 1:30 pm
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    Under a Blood Red Rocks Sky

    Slide Show "This song is not a rebel song. This song is 'Sunday Bloody Sunday!'" This song is beset by incorrectly tuned guitars. But let's not get too nitpicky about local U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky's performance of "Sunday Bloody S...

    @ Backbeat by Joel Warner on August 22, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
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    Last Night: Backyard Tire Fire, Year Long Disaster, Clutch @ The Boulder Theater

    Backyard Tire Fire, Year Long Disaster, Clutch August 20, 2007 The Boulder Theater Better than: an actual backyard tire fire or yearlong disaster When I first saw Clutch in Austin in 1994, the audience was mostly clad in backward baseball caps and...

    @ Backbeat by Sean Cronin on August 21, 2007 @ 10:13 am
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    Last Night: Clouds, Your Black Star and Pelican @ Marquis Theater

    Pelican, Clouds, Your Black Star August 19, 2007 Marquis Theater Better Than: The spiciest hot wings you ever ate. First to the stage was Louisville's Your Black Star, a power trio that seemed to have an instrumental thing going at first, but a p...

    @ Backbeat by Sean Cronin on August 20, 2007 @ 6:37 pm
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    This Weekend: The Ron Miles Group @ Dazzle

    The Ron Miles Group Saturday, August 18 Dazzle Better than: A mint julep on a hot summer day Trumpeter Ron Miles has style, man. And that tone, that gorgeous tone, it's just downright classy. And to hear him do mainly a stylish, subdued set of bal...

    @ Backbeat by Sean Cronin on August 20, 2007 @ 11:18 am
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    Last Night: Jim Bianco, Paper Bird and Bitter:Sweet @ The Walnut Room

    Jim Bianco, Paper Bird, Bitter:Sweet August 15, 2007 The Walnut Room Better than: Any variety show I've ever seen. Question: What do you get when you add a musical comedian, an old-timey girl group and a smooth, downtempo chanteuse? Answer: Last ni...

    @ Backbeat by Sean Cronin on August 16, 2007 @ 10:20 am
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    Sound Bites - Capsule record reviews

    Angels of Light, We Are Him (Young God). Michael Gira's path from the Swans to Angels of Light is similar to Nick Cave's journey, but Gira's focus is on intricacies. The devil is in those details -- or, in this case, hiding in the organ, disguised by...

    on September 20, 2007
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    Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals - Lifeline

    Given the advances in digital studio equipment, cutting an album in analog can be both more difficult and more expensive than using readily available modern gear. Ben Harper, though, wanted the old-school experience, so he and his band laid down Lif...

    by Michael Roberts on September 20, 2007
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    Milton Melvin Croissant III - Rhinoceropolis

    Fronting the now-defunct Ultra Boyz, Milton Melvin Croissant III was a frenetically intense, commanding performer. He brought a dark and mysterious charisma to an outfit that was so often like an amped-up hardcore band from some distant future. With ...

    by Tom Murphy on September 20, 2007
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