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Live Music Tonight: Blue Rodeo

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Blue Rodeo

Triple Door Mainstage, $30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

In the late '80s, Blue Rodeo's records were always for sale via that 39-cassettes-for-a-penny scam that appeared in Star magazine. Little did we know that these savvy roots-rockers from up north were digging Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers long before those punks in Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks. Of course, it was the '80s, which meant Blue Rodeo's earnest jams also sounded a lot like Crowded House, the Proclaimers, and cheesy Bruce (the one who busted Caucasian moves in the "Dancing in the Dark" video). Yet there's no denying that Diamond Mine album from '89; "Girl of Mine" is just an awesome chunk of country-soul. Hell, even last year's Small Miracles contains a good 20–25 minutes of country-rock heaven. The organ tones rule.

-- JUSTIN F. FARRAR

 
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