On their third CD, Blast, the Plates pack a heap of intensity into their tight compositions, with most of the tunes clocking in around the three-minute mark and one track, “Sugar at the Controls,” barely exceeding 68 seconds.
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Colorado’s Gasoline Lollipops are on the rise. The tenacious Boulder-based group grafts inspired alt-folk songwriting to the rootsy sounds of country, rockabilly and bluegrass.
The announcement that Quixote’s True Blue was closing this past October came as a shock to its dedicated patrons. More than just a bar to its regular clientele, the Denver jam-music venue represented a way of life.
The Workshy is a beautiful testament to six musicians from very different musical styles coming together to create a sound we haven’t heard before. From funk to prog, as well as jazz, disco and Latin.
The current incarnation of Steely Dan is comfortably faithful to the old sound. Fagen mostly plays the piano, but also offered up some plastic organ with its funky slide effect, as with his classic solo in “Do it Again.” Fagen is a self-taught keyboardist, who refined his jazz harmonies by going to see Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis when he was developing as a musician.