Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B.B. King leads stampede of Pikes Peak Center concert announcements

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM

B.B. King back in the day
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Here’s something that doesn’t happen all that often. Over the course of three hours, folks at the Pikes Peak Center sent out four press releases announcing shows by acts whose combined careers add up to a couple centuries:

B.B. King, widely regarded as the last of the blues legends, will return to the venue on August 14.

Pat Benatar and husband Neil Girardo will play their 35th anniversary tour of chart-topping ‘80s hits on August 19.

Huey Lewis & the News will offer up even more ‘80s pop hits on August 22, and

George Thorogood & the Destroyers will perform their blue-eyed, blues-rock favorites on October 3.

Tickets for King go on sale this Thursday, while the rest go on sale Friday, all at

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Concert alert: Dancehall reggae legend coming to Manitou

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Jamaican musicians can be hugely prolific, but few more so than dancehall reggae artist Frankie Paul, who’s managed to release more than 50 albums over the course of his three-decade career. All of which means he’ll have no shortage of material to draw upon when he comes to Manitou’s Venue 515 this coming Friday.

One of the most critically acclaimed singers in the dancehall genre, Paul has earned considerable acclaim in Jamaican reggae circles, beginning with his 1983 breakthrough hit “Worries in the Dance.”

Although the singer relocated to Gambia in the late ‘90s, he remains concerned about social issues back home. Later this month, he’ll release a new single, “It’s Not Dancehall (Causing Crime),” a sentiment made timely by deejay Vybz Kartel’s murder conviction last week.

"I don't know where they got the idea that dancehall music promotes crime,” Paul told the Jamaican Observer in an interview published earlier this week. “Dancehall has always been about life and fun."

Friday’s show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and more information can be found at
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MeadowgGrass announces 2014 music lineup

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

The MeadowGrass Music Festival, now entering its sixth year, has unveiled its 2014 lineup.

As reported in this week's Reverb column, more acts will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks, including a legion of locals as well as a still-to-be-determined opening-night headliner.

Meanwhile, here's the tentative schedule for the Memorial Day weekend event:

Friday, May 23
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4:45 p.m.: Steve Poltz

6:30 p.m.: The Duhks

8:30 p.m.: TBA

Saturday, May 24

3 p.m.: Cary Hudson

4 p.m.: Ark Life

5:45 p.m.: Grass It Up

7:45 p.m.: Chadwick Stokes

9:45 p.m.: Elephant Revival

Sunday, May 25

11 a.m.: TBA

1:30 p.m.: Taarka

3 p.m.: Willis Alan Ramsey

4:45 p.m.: Birds of Chicago

6:30 p.m.: Caitlin Rose

8 p.m.: The Mother Hips

This year also marks the first time the Black Forest event is being produced by Rocky Mountain Highway, a new organization run by long-time MeadowGrass executive director Steve Harris, who was the long-time host of KRCC's popular Grass Roots Revival show.

You can read more about the festival headliners in this week's Indy writeup and at Rocky Mountain Highway's MeadowGrass site.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Philharmonic announces 2014-15 season

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM


Those who appreciate the classical music world’s most widely celebrated composers will be pleased by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s 2014-15 season, which was announced at Friday evening’s Pikes Peak Center performance.

Although the works being performed are, in many cases, less well-known than their composers, there’s no arguing with the popular appeal of a repertoire that includes Ravel’s Bolero, Puccini’s Tosca and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, alongside works by Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, and Copland.

The local orchestra will also be reprising its multi-media “Vanguard Series,” which consists of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Mozart’s Requiem and Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandolin.

Other noteworthy season offerings include a February 26 performance by violinist Joshua Bell. In addition to widespread critical acclaim and a Grammy Award, Bell is known for a viral video in which he performed in the guise of a street musician and went unrecognized by all but one passerby, earning $32.17 for his 45 minute-performance.

Rounding out the season are holiday concerts as well as a Philharmonic Pops series that features the music of The Who, Disney’s Fantasia, and an American Songbook performance by, as the season’s brochure puts it, “stage, film and TV heartthrob” Cheyenne Jackson.

View the Philharmonic's full season schedule at
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Juggalo Alert! (Don't say we didn't warn you...)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM


Just in case you've been planning to escape the Colorado Springs cold, settle down next to the fireplace with a glass of fine cognac, and turn on FUSE-TV — and, really, who among us wasn't? — we feel obligated to warn you that the cable network will be airing a new episode of Insane Clown Posse Theater tonight.

This week, the two uber-Juggalos are interviewing GWAR lead crooner Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus. What that means, of course, is a prolonged exercise in offensiveness and stupidity. Then again, ICP's inexplicable success and bizarre longevity suggest that clown cohorts Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are anything but stupid.

In any case, this is clearly a match made in heaven, as this quote from today's press release makes clear:
"I had a great time in the Big Apple with ICP, making fun of idiotic videos, molesting their girlfriends in the mop closet, and making entire bologna-logs disappear up my ass," said rock and roll's most asinine front-thing. "And once again Fuse had the balls to put GWAR on TV. But isn't it about time we had our own TV show? Who do I need to have sex with?" 
All of which suggests tonight may be a great time to turn off the TV and crack open that book on animal husbandry you've always been meaning to get to.

Still feeling masochistic? Insane Clown Posse Theater airs at 9:30 PM MST, and you can catch a preview of tonight's episode here.

Or you could just scroll down to watch this "web extra" interview with Oderus, in which the cute little guy philosophizes about time being an abyss and other things like that. As he puts it, "There are some things more terrible than death, you know?"

Truer words were never spoken.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Metal weekend update

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:18 PM

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For fans of metal and grindcore who are finalizing their weekend plans, here’s an update on two shows that were featured in this week’s Reverb column.

According to frontman Chris Forsythe, local band Tree of Woe are no longer opening for NOLA sludge-core act Eyehategod Sunday at the Bluebird Theater.

The good news is that Forsythe’s other band, Malakai, will still be playing a set at the Project 5 film premiere this Saturday at the Black Sheep, where they’ll be joined by Denver’s Lola Black.

Meanwhile, you can head over to Reverb to learn more about Project 5.   
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Super Bowl Shuffle: The Remake

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

It hardly seems possible, but there’s more good news on the Super Bowl front.

Well, kind of. This morning brings us a new version of “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” courtesy of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, wrestler Colt Cabana, and a bunch of other musicians and comedians.

Fans of football novelty rap tunes will no doubt remember the song as originally performed back in 1985 by the Chicago Bears, who went on sell more than a half-million copies

Proceeds from this “all-star” remake will be donated to the non-profit Reading Is Fundamental campaign, so you can’t make too much fun of it. Instead, have a listen below and, if so moved, kick in a dollar to enjoy it for a lifetime.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

ReMINDers can't stop, won't stop

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM


When Antoine "Samir" Zamundu promised us The ReMINDers were going to be more active in 2014, he wasn’t kidding.

In just two weeks, the Colorado Springs hip-hop duo did a New Year’s Eve gig at Boulder’s Fox Theatre, performed during a snowstorm at Acacia Park, and spent this past weekend in Washington D.C., where they played with a 100-voice choir and then performed an hour-long set at the Kennedy Center.

On Wednesday, Samir and partner Aja Black put released their best-ever video, “Africa on My Mind,” and today, they announced two new shows. If you're fond of snow, you can catch them Tuesday at Aspen’s Belly Up during “Winter X Games 2014 week.” Or just wait until Saturday, January 25, when they’ll be doing a headlining performance with another youth choir at the free, all-ages “303 Choir Born Champions Colorado Hip-hop concert.”

The latter event takes place at Denver’s St. Charles Recreation Center, with more than a half-dozen other area hip-hop artists sharing the bill.

Meanwhile, you can always go to to keep up with the duo as they continue their campaign to own 2014.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

ReMINDers take over D.C.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 5:55 PM


It’s not everyday that Colorado Springs musicians play an hour-long set at the ridiculously prestigious Kennedy Center.

That’s how local hip-hop duo the ReMINDers spent last evening in Washington D.C. You can watch the full performance video on the Kennedy Center’s homepage today, after which it will continue to be archived here.

You can also click below to view a heartwarming clip of the ReMINDers performing “No Matter” last Friday with the hundred-or-so kids who comprise the Jefferson County Middle School Honor Choir.

Happy viewing!

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire to headline Coachella 2014

Posted By on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM


Another year, another wave of festival announcements. And once again, Coachella is first out of the gate with today’s announcement of its 2014 lineup, headlined by OutKast, Muse, and Arcade Fire.

While Arcade Fire and Muse are rapidly slipping into the “how can we miss you if you won’t go away” category, OutKast has been sufficiently dormant since its “Hey Ya” heyday to take on event status.

Other 2014 booking coups include Pharrell Williams, Lorde, the Head and the Heart, the Knife, and Skrillex. Those with more seasoned tastes can sample the Replacements (well, two of them anyway), Bryan Ferry, Beck, Bad Manners, Motorhead, Pet Shop Boys, Queens of the Stone Age and Neutral Milk Hotel. ‘90s Britpop fans, if there are any out there, can get excited about Oasis singer Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye.

As is often the case, many of the most interesting artists can be found in the small print: Chance the Rapper, Holy Ghost!, Bombay Bicycle club, Cage the Elephant, Chvrches, Mogwai, Aloe Blacc… to name just a handful.

Since its 1999 debut, Coachella has been the undisputed leader among inland Southern California polo field music festivals. Find more information on this year’s event, which runs from April 11-13, at

No word, by the way, on a successor to that Tupac hologram.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

ReMINDers to play rare local show Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM


Sure,  it’s sad that Acacia Park’s Acacia Park's 2013-14 "Skate in the Park" series is coming to a close this weekend. But look on the bright side: That means winter is nearly over!

Okay, maybe it doesn’t mean that. But it does mean that we get to see a rare live performance by hip-hop duo the ReMINDers, who’ll be playing for free from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

You can read about it in this week’s Reverb, which also includes an interview with ReMINDers emcee Antoine "Samir" Zamundu.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Top 10 unheard songs of 2013

Posted By on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM


In this week’s Indy music section, you’ll find “The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” an overview of 2013’s best catfights, stealth releases and publicity stunts.

The feature story — which you can find here — also includes write-ups on ten of 2013's best songs that flew well below the radar, with embedded videos so you can listen as you read along.

Meanwhile, here’s an unannotated list of songs with accompanying music.

10. Parquet Courts, “Stoned and Starving”

9. Kacey Musgraves: “Merry Go Round”

8. Chance the Rapper, "Everybody’s Something"

7. World/Inferno Friendship Society, “Go Faster, Think Better”

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6. Charlie XCX, “You’re the One”

5 Emily Wells, “Passenger” (Acoustic Version)

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4. Janelle Monae, “Dance Apocalyptic”

3. Daniel Romano, “He Lets Her Memory Go (Wild)”

2. Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

1. London Grammar, “Wasting My Young Years”

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Saturday music preview: Ugly Sweaters and Unsilent Nights

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Knight in Colors
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In addition to the predicted cold weather respite, this Saturday will offer an especially eclectic lineup of area musical performances. You can get full details in our latest issue’s Reverb, but here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening.

Knight in Colors is returning from its two-month hiatus to play the Black Sheep’s annual Ugly Sweater Xmas Party. The event is also a record release party for Sound|Studies, who’ll be playing a headlining set to celebrate their new Late Night, Early Mornings CD.

Bullhead*ded's Zetfree FoundDed will be playing his first gig as the newest member of Denver progressive hip-hop group Folklorist, who open for Public Enemy at Summit Music Hall.

• Critically acclaimed L.A.-based ambient sound artist Kevin Greenspon will perform at the Subterranean, with Charioteer and Miette Hope opening.

• And finally, check out this week’s interview with New York composer Phil Kline, whose Unsilent Night moving sound sculpture will parade through streets of Old Colorado City. 
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hail! Hail! Rock 'N Roll

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 inductees today, most of whom have little or nothing to do with rock and roll.

Then again, who among us hasn’t played air guitar to Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Cat Stevens?

To realize just how far the organization has strayed from its original mission, have a glance at 1986’s list of inaugural honorees: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley. It’s pretty hard to image any of those artists performing “How Do I Make You,” "Solsbury Hill,” “Man Eater,” or “Peace Train.”

To be fair, the Hall of Fame is also inducting token rock acts KISS and Nirvana. And nothing on the 2014 list can compare to some of the more bizarre past honorees, like Abba, Madonna, and Miles Davis.

After all, it’s not like every rock act has already been used up. High-profile artists that continued to be overlooked include: The Replacements, Joan Jett, Mott the Hoople, Black Flag, Big Star, Deep Purple, Johnny Burnette, Bon Jovi, the Dead Kennedys, Soundgarden, Television, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Iron Maiden, and countless others.

Should be interesting to see how many of those artists make the list before Lady Gaga.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Joe Johnson's ghost of Christmas past

Posted By on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM


If you’re looking for an opportunity to side-step the overwhelming commercialism that passes for holiday cheer, consider catching Joe Johnson tonight at Swirl, where the talented local singer-songwriter will be performing his album, A Cold Christmas Moon, in its entirety.

“I never even performed the whole thing last year,” says Johnson of the Christmas Eve 2012 release, “and don't plan on doing it in its entirety again after this one.”

There’s really just one catch: A Cold Christmas Moon isn’t actually a Christmas album; the title is taken from Woody Guthrie's "1913 Massacre," which he covers on it.

Johnson also does renditions of songs by other local musicians, including the Haunted Windchimes' "Swimming Through a Dream," Jason Miller's "O'Lyda" and Chauncy Crandall's "Justified Sins." Showtime is 8 p.m., with Curtis Boucher opening.

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