Friday, March 30, 2018

Creed Bratton, Halsey and Ho99o9 among new show announcements

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Creed Bratton may be better known these days for his role on the U.S. version of The Office, but the show’s true fans know his not-so-secret identity as the cofounding guitarist of the Grass Roots, a garage-pop group that was all over the charts back in the late ‘60s. And while a half century has come and gone since his rock-star days, Bratton can still play convincing versions of Top 10 hits like “Midnight Confessions” and “Let’s Live Today.” Plus, he has the show biz acumen to know that his comedic side is a major selling point, which is why his June 11 Summit Music Hall show is being billed as “an evening of music and comedy with Creed Bratton from The Office.”

Meanwhile, for those who don’t necessarily like comedy, but do love music, you’ll also find high-profile performers like Halsey, Rise Against, and former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus among this week’s new show announcements.

Ho99o9 and 3TEETH, Marquis Theater, Denver, April 22
Extortionist, Black Sheep, April 25
Vatican, Black Sheep, April 28
Hypnotic Vibes, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 5
Jackopierce, Black Sheep, May 10
Tyr, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 13
Backtrack, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 17
Emilie Brandt, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 18
Creed Bratton from The Office, Summit Music Hall, Denver, June 11
Bearracuda, Summit Music Hall, Denver, June 15
Middle Class Rut and Black Map, Black Sheep, July 14
Halsey, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 30
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, July 31
3 Doors Down and Collective Soul, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Sept. 11
Rise Against, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Sept. 15
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, and Florence + The Machine to headline new Denver festival

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM

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You can never have too many festivals — as the city of New Orleans proves on a weekly basis — but you can definitely have too few. All of which makes the announcement of a new three-day music festival in our fair state capital all the more gratifying. Especially when that inaugural installment will feature headlining sets by Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder and Florence + The Machine.

The freshly minted Grandoozy music fest is scheduled to take place at Denver’s Overland Park Golf Course from Sept. 14-16. In addition to its heavyweight headliners, the event will feature sets by St. Vincent, The Chainsmokers, Sturgill Simpson, De La Soul, The War on Drugs, Mavis Staples, Phoenix, and a couple dozen other worthy acts.

Grandoozy is the brainchild of Superfly, a New York-based marketing and event company co-founded by Rick Farman and Jonathan Mayers. The two promoters are best known for giving birth to another curiously named festival called Bonnaroo.

You can find the full lineup, as well as other pertinent details, at
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New show announcements include Buddy Guy at Pikes Peak Center

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 10:24 AM

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Colorado Springs blues fans who are thinking about catching Buddy Guy’s March 28 show at Denver’s Paramount Theatre now have another option to take into consideration. The 81-year-old Chicago blues legend — who played guitar on numerous Muddy Waters sessions and has since gone on to win seven Grammys — is adding a June 19 Pikes Peak Center date to his upcoming tour itinerary. We recommend catching both.

Meanwhile, here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements:
Chris Lee of Hamilton, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, March 26
Reve Kalell, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, April 13
Postcards, Marquis Theater, Denver, April 16
Rain in July and 1000 Miles of Fire, Summit Music Hall, Denver, April 27
Carnifest, Summit Music Hall, Denver, April 29
Beth Bombara, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, May 25
Company of Thieves, Summit Music Hall, Denver, May 27
Tommy Emmanuel, Pikes Peak Center, June 10
CHRCH, Hi Dive, Denver, June 18
Buddy Guy, Pikes Peak Center, June 19
Petal and Camp Cope, Summit Music Hall, Denver, June 29
Animal Collective, Ogden Theatre, Denver, July 25
Courtney Barnett, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Sept. 29

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Why and how you can get a sound byte tattoo, if you're into that sort of thing

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Have you ever woken up from a week-long bender and found the word “Dusty” tattooed on your forearm — even though you don’t know anyone named Dusty — and been really pleased with yourself?

If that’s the case, then you’re the ideal target market for Skin Motion, an app that uses your phone’s futuristic AR technology to play a 30-second snippet of music (or that voice in your head or whatever) from a permanent sound-wave tattoo.

For this breakthrough, we can give thanks to a Los Angeles tattoo artist named Nate Siggard, who decided to market the audible body art concept after a friend asked him for a tattoo of a waveform from an Elton John song.

Ridiculous, you say? Well, you can watch a nine-minute video of CNET studio manager Bryan Vangelder explaining why and how he got a permanent sound byte of Dillinger Escape Plan tattooed on his arm:
Simply by using his phone to scan his attractive new indelible tramp stamp, Vangelder can listen to the sound snippet over and over, so long as he continues to pay $10 a year to keep it functioning. (Or until Siggard’s company goes under, whichever comes first.)

While there’s also a $40 activation fee, that’s just a bit more than it would cost to get a microchip implanted in your pet. And will that microchip play music? No. No, it won’t.

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Our MeadowGrass Music Festival 2018 playlist is good, but you can make it better

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 1:00 AM

With MeadowGrass Music Festival's 2018 lineup officially announced, it's time to start getting excited for the annual Memorial Day weekend hoopla, which has been going strong for 10 years now.

In honor of their milestone anniversary, we've compiled a playlist of some top tracks by both headliners and locals. Enjoy this mix of bluegrass, Americana, country, folk and more, and get ready for another great year.

What did we miss?

Comment with your favorite tracks from this year's artists, as we'll be updating this list up until May 25.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

2018 Record Store Day announces exclusive offerings

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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Vinyl enthusiasts, start your engines. Yes, it’s that time of year again, when Record Store Day organizers announce their upcoming limited-edition offerings. Highlights of this year’s event, which takes place in brick-and-mortar shops around the world on April 21, will include:

• A metal box set from Run The Jewels that includes a clear etched vinyl disc branded by Marvel Comics as well as an RTJ slipmat

• A Courtney Barnett double EP on picture discs, with commemorative poster and temporary tattoo

• A trio of LPs featuring unreleased David Bowie live performances on 180gm vinyl

• A five-LP set commemorating the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

• A 1st Studio Dub Plate Special box featuring five 7” singles worth of classic and unreleased material

Other noteworthy RSD releases will include a 12” collaborative single from Brian Eno and My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, the first vinyl reissue of a Cure remix album, and a 12” picture disc of John Fogerty’s Short Stop album hat looks like a well-worn baseball.

And finally, in the Dishonorable Mention category, you’ll find a live recording of Rage Against the Machine’s performance outside the 2000 Democratic National Convention, one of two “shadow conventions” funded by billionaire Arianna Huffington, premised on the idea that there was zero difference between candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush. (Real smart move, Rage.)

You can find info on these and hundreds more Record Store Day releases at

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Slayer, Neko Case added to Fiddler's lineup, and the best of this week's concert announcements

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 10:25 AM

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Colorado’s legion of Slayer fans can now breathe a sigh of relief. Earlier this year, the California speed-metal stalwarts announced a farewell tour schedule that skipped over our fair state, but a string of newly added dates will include an Aug. 18th appearance at Fiddler's Green. The venue is also adding Neko Case, Ray LaMontgne, The Revivalists, and Joe Bonamassa to its summer schedule.

Meanwhile, here’s this week’s full list of new concert announcements:
  • Oh, Whale, Black Sheep, March 16
  • Bloodline, Black Sheep, March 26
  • Otherwise, Marquis Theater, Denver, April 2
  • Slaughter to Prevail, Marquis Theater, Denver, April 5
  • Zaytoven, Marquis Theater, Denver, April 20
  • Split Lip Rayfield, Black Sheep, April 22
  • Morbid Angel, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Apr. 30
  • Days N’ Daze, Summit Music Hall, Denver, June 1
  • Self Defense Family, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 14
  • Neko Case with Ray LaMontagne, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 10
  • Citizen, Black Sheep, July 22
  • Joe Bonamassa, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 5
  • Slayer, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, Aug. 18
  • The Revivalists, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Sept. 13

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Neil Young’s Pono and the UK’s Grammys

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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While U.K. music fans may not appreciate constant referrals to their beloved Brit Awards as “The British Grammys,” last week’s announcement of the latest winners went a long way toward confirming that nickname.

Three of the eight Brit Award honorees — Kendrick Lamar, The Foo Fighters, and Lorde — are non-U.K. acts who were also 2018 Grammy nominees, while Damon Albarn’s animated Gorillaz (who actually are British) have nearly a dozen Grammy nominations under their own belt.

It’s also a safe bet that three of the remaining 2018 winners — Harry Styles, Rag’n’Bone Man and Dua Lipa — will all be fêted at next year’s Grammy celebration.

In fact, the only Brit award winner who will likely never find favor among Grammy voters is Stormzy, whose mix of grime, jungle and garage music doesn’t play well in America.

Compare that to the preceding decade, where half of the Brit Awards’ “Single of the Year” winners — Little Mix, Rudimental, Tinie Tempah, JLS, and Girls Aloud — linger in obscurity here in the States.

All of which raises the possibility that the U.K. and U.S. music scenes have begun to coalesce in a way that hasn’t been seen since the ‘60s, when the Beatles, Stones and several other British Invasion artists ruled the American airwaves. Whether or not that would be a good thing remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, poor Neil Young’s much-hyped Pono has been having trouble on both sides of the Atlantic.

While vinyl LPs, cassette tapes and MP3s have played transformative roles in the history of the recording medium, the high-res digital music service he’s been championing for the past four years has now reached the point where it’s very unlikely to do that.

In case you were wondering, Pono is the Hawaiian word for righteousness — as opposed to self-righteousness — although there’s clearly some of that involved here, as well.

Young is blaming Pono’s failure in the marketplace on the music industry’s forces of evil.

“The record labels killed it,” he told the Chicago Tribune in a Valentine’s Day interview that was anything but a love letter. “They killed it by insisting on charging two to three times as much for the high-res files as for MP3s. Why would anybody pay three times as much?”

That’s a fair question, especially at a time when music consumers have gotten used to paying nothing at all.

This is not the first time Young has butted heads with the industry over technology. It was 35 years ago that his largely vocoder-drenched Trans album prompted a $3.3 million lawsuit from Geffen Records, who really would have preferred to sell something that actually sounded like Neil Young.
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Monday, March 5, 2018

99 Bottles to celebrate 10th anniversary with farewell show

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 1:40 PM

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For Colorado Springs’ Oi! community, 99 Bottles’ March 31 show at the Triple Nickel will be a bittersweet occasion, even if most don't remember any of it the next morning.

The group, who were the subject an Indy cover story prior to their participation in a 2016 anti-Klan benefit, will be simultaneously celebrating both their 10th anniversary and their final show with founding frontman Mario Dalla Betta, who will soon be packing his Vespa and heading out of town.

In addition to the local headliners’ classic anthems like “Working Drunk” and “Skinhead Violence,” the all-ages show will also feature tinnitus-inducing sets from Night of the Living Shred, The Stickups, and Out for Blood. As the show poster puts it: “Come for the bands! Stay for the booze! Leave with a headache!”

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