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Upcoming Concerts: Hit & Run Bluegrass, Lorene Drive, Los Lobos, Railroad Earth

Hit & Run Bluegrass

Hit & Run Bluegrass The newest phenom in bluegrass music, Hit & Run Bluegrass have really hit the ground running, after only a little over three years in existence. It’s not much hyperbole to say they’ve taken the bluegrass world by storm after they’ve won some of the most prestigious competitions in an incredibly competitive field, at Telluride and Rockygrass as well as others. Sharing the stage with some of the superstars of the genre like Del McCoury, Dave Grisman and Ricky Skaggs isn’t an accomplishment that every new band can claim. But this band is made up of young yet accomplished performers. John Frazier is one of Colorado’s premier mandolinists, and at 22, Erin Coats has been playing bass for almost a decade and a half. Rebecca Hoggan has received attention from Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and Todd Livingston is a Colorado State Dobro Champion. Their sophomore release, last year’s Without Maps and Charts, shows them adept at making their way around the musical map. Openers and Urban Lounge punk favorites Red Bennies will join them on stage at the end for a jam session. Just kidding. February 4, Urban Lounge

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Reader Mail: Another Perspective On Brokeback Mountain

Had enough of the controversy over Brokeback Mountain? To tell you the truth, while Larry H. Miller's name still rubs me raw, I'm kind of sick of it, too. And unless Larry had another hissyfit (or Gayle Ruzicka tried to torch the Broadway), I was done covering it. That is, until reader Chad Davis emailed to say this:

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Upcoming Concerts: Duncan Sheik, In Flames

Duncan Sheik

Duncan Sheik Duncan Sheik emerged at about the same time as Rufus Wainwright, in the mid-90's post-noise pause, the kind of pause that always engenders a contemplative, songwriterly music in the wake of the angry onslaught that was grunge. As opposed to Wainwright’s dramaticism, Sheik always worked within a more laid-back aesthetic. Intelligent lyrics that can actually be heard above the din are nothing new, but can seem a novelty after eardrum-collapsing feedback. Now, ten years after his eponymous Atlantic debut, it’s a fitting time to assess his work thus far. He’s come a long way from his stint on E.R. and his hit “Barely Breathing.”? Five albums later, (a respectable creative output of averaging one every two years) his sound has matured as has he, the latter to deepen his focus, the former as he, like few other major label musicians, responds on his blog to fan’s opinions about his work as well as spirituality and a spirited discussion of the politics of the day. The title cut of his latest release, White Limousine, actually adds a guitar crescendo on its closing chorus, along with his trademark lush orchestrations. Is this vehicle his Yellow Submarine? Maybe not, but this ‘white album’ makes his earlier work seem comparatively monochromatic. February 1, Suede

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From Ski Town to Tinsel Town

By Jill Adler It happens as consistently as snow falls on Thanksgiving. During the last ten days of January, the Sundance Film Festival abducts Park City- choking its ski town charm and playfully twisting it into a Hollywood backdrop for what has become the Greatest Show on Earth (instead of the Greatest Snow as the state motto goes) for independent filmmaking. It takes mere moments but in the week prior to the circus’ visit, Park City transforms. Main Street, Park City ain’t ‘Park City’ anymore.

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