Trevor Hall Bringing 'The Fruitful Darkness' To Cervantes' Denver for New Year's Eve

By: Trevor Ryan

Veteran singer/songwriter Trevor Hall has just released his new EP The Fruitful Darkness PT. 1, a three-track record that leads off with the mellow acoustic riffs of the title track. This particular song appeals to the wanderer in us all. As Hall croons, “I had to find my way through,” his raspy vocals are accompanied only by his guitar and a small choir near the end.

Listen to The Fruitful Darkness PT. 1:

Next is a slightly more upbeat tune with the follow up track, “What I Know,” a song that shows off the reggae roots that Hall is known for, but features an R&B feel as well. From here, we’re set up for more catchy rhythm and synth work with the final track, “Wander.” His smooth voice grooving, “my home is where I wander, body and soul” shows Hall’s rawness and gives us a welcomed twist to a more standard, overall R&B feel. The feels are strong with this one.

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Be sure to keep up with Trevor Hall on Facebook and catch him at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on NYE weekend, December 30th and 31st. You can find tickets here.

-Trevor

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Red Bull Sound Select Brings The Hotelier, Thick Business, & Overslept To Globe Hall Denver

Red Bull Sound Select and Consequence of Sound have joined forces this month to bring The Hotelier with Thick Business and Overslept to Denver’s Globe Hall Wednesday, September 6th. You can save $10 off tickets and snag entrance for only $5 by RSVPing at this link. Curious about the bill? We’re glad you asked...

The Hotelier.

The Hotelier.

The Hotelier, who are touring on their third record Goodness, are a Massachusetts alt rock outfit who first gained wide attention in 2014. Pitchfork once said their record Home, Like NoPlace Is Thereburns with a five-alarm intensity… with rousing group chants, call-and-response hooks, and collegiate jangle.” It’s been considered a “classic of the emotive rock-revival cannon,” meaning you should join us at this show for the feels.

Thick Business.

Thick Business.

Thick Business, who we actually caught at The UMS in 2016, are a Boise, Idaho based four-piece who mix indie with prog rock and psych pop. Apes On Tape recently said, “Thick Business borders on the epic while still being a damn good time.” We concur. Your $5 is worth it for this band alone.

Overslept.

Overslept.

And then there is local quartet Overslept, a mixture of “heartwarming indie rock and acoustic-forward pop.” The Denver band are currently playing shows in support of their record That’s Not Very Punk Rock Of You, which the band describes as “a collection of low gain songs.” Cool.

So grab your tickets now for this 18+ show and get ready for sweet sounds and BBQ at Denver’s Globe Hall with Red Bull Sound Select and Consequence of Sound. Tickets are only $5 at our link; $15 at the door. More information in the Facebook event. See you on Wednesday, September 6th Denver!

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Slip Into The Ether This Monday With Leif Vollebekk at Lost Lake Denver

By: Sierra Voss

Montreal singer/songwriter Leif Vollebekk will take the stage at Lost Lake next Monday, May 8th. If you are looking for a truly beautiful night of serenades, Leif is your guy. Vollebekk recently released his album, Twin Solitude, via Secret City Records. The album was recorded live on tape, a perfect vector to embrace Vollebekk’s silky vocals. The album was released this past February, four years after his first album, North Americana.

Leif.

Leif.

Leif Vollebekk has become known for his poetic interpretations of his life, transporting audience members to relatable memories and stories of “being” in this world:

“Heart's on fire; so is the page. Everybody round here is telling me to act my age, I'm tryin'. Things are only revealed in the light that is given. Oh to be freed from the pardon when all else is forgiven. Rain outside is blowing in the curtains. Nothing is revealed but nothing is for certain. As I recall you was drinking from the sanctuary wine… Well don't worry baby we'll find all of our lost time.”

Transitioning into the busyness of the work week can be rough. Maybe you need to slow down next Monday and get some sweet, warm, nourishing tunes from Leif Vollebekk? Get your tickets here! Mitchel Evan & Clayton Wyatt are opening! Need more convincing? Take a listen to “Into The Ether,” off his newest album below!

-Sierra

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Leslie DiNicola On Her Recent Breakup Album, Living In NYC, & Sia

By: Trevor Ryan

The room was packed last Friday as Leslie DiNicola took the stage opening for Howie Day at The Soiled Dove Underground in Denver. The venue itself is a small, yet classy archetype living up to its name, as it is located under another establishment. Lights surround the top of a small, well placed stage in the middle of the room, promising intimate shows.

Leslie DiNicola. 

Leslie DiNicola. 

DiNicola, accompanied by pianist Patrick Furth, proved to be at the top of her game during her very personal set, using an extensive vocal range and a ton of emotion. Playing a collection of originals, and even adding a risky Demi Lovato cover of the song “Sky Scraper,” DiNicola showcased a performance of raw talent. It was no surprise then when the iconic Howie Day stepped out that fans were ready for more. Day, who was also at his best, played his own medley of originals and covers. Blending the old with the new, Day quipped that everyone would “get mad” if he only played the new stuff (it’s likely you know him best for “Collide”). His blend of nostalgic classics and new work saw him accompanied by only an acoustic guitar and a few pedals.

Prior to the show, I was lucky enough to sit down with Leslie and find out what it's like coming up in NYC where everyone is chasing fame, who her ultimate collaboration would be with, and of course, what’s coming up next after her most recent EP, 'Love + Destruction.' Keep reading:

So, you’ve been on the road with Howie Day. What's it like touring with someone with that type of experience?

Well, it's amazing. Every artist is different, and you learn something different from each one, and when you're an independent artist out on the road with these veterans who have been doing this for so long, there’s just so much to be gained from the way they perform, to the way they keep it fresh for themselves. And it's a lot of fun- usually (laughs).

You do a lot of covers. This can be a huge breakthrough for certain artists if they choose them correctly. What would you say your biggest hurdle is going through that process?

Yeah, you know for me, I love doing covers. I don't know anyone who doesn't; it’s what makes karaoke so possible. There really is a bit of an art form to it. We’re all familiar with that sensation of hearing a song and just having to sing it. And when that strikes me, usually I sit down with it using what I call a kind of ‘Campfire Test.’ It's this to test to see if a song can stand alone with just the vocals and a guitar. If it does, that's what you want to cover.

Watch Leslie's new music video for her song "Boy + Girl":

What's it like coming up in a city like NYC where essentially everyone is looking for fame?

It's easy to get lost in the shuffle; to be overwhelmed. But to be honest, you have to be real with yourself and find who you are. You have to find your community. There is no lonelier day than the first day you show up to New York City, but if you work hard and take it day by day, you'll get there.

October Project’s, Julie Flanders has been quoted as saying, “DiNicola pours her full soul and tremendous heart into songs you will recognize for their mysterious way of telling your secret story with her powerful voice.” How do you respond to feedback like this?

Um, usually I turn bright red, and giggle like a little school girl (laughs). No really- I have been an admirer of Julie Flanders since I was a kid and I got to open for October Project around five years ago. It's just such an honor really to hear things like that. It's truly an emotion that just can't be described.

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Is there anyone particular you hope to work with in the future?

Oh, um there are so many artists that I would love to work with. People that are really moving me right now are Sara Bareilles, Birdy, Ingrid Michaelson. But as far as a dream collaboration, I would freak out if I ever got to work with Sia. She's just one of the most talented people of our generation.

Your most recent work includes your fifth EP 'Love + Destruction,' released this past December. What was the inspiration behind this project?

So this EP is, for lack of a better term, a ‘breakup album.’ I was in a relationship and when that ended it allowed me to take this to an emotional level. The honesty and the vulnerability that I was able to put into this [EP] was rare for me. It was a very cathartic experience to not have to hold anything back.

Care to share any new or upcoming projects with us?

There have been whispers of October Project and myself maybe collaborating in the future. I guess we’ll have to see what the fall brings…

Keep up with Leslie on Facebook, as well as her website here. And for more info on her current tour, click here.

-Trevor

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'Resolution As Revolution' - Give Our January Spotify Playlist A Listen!

By: Joliene Adams

Did I make a New Year’s resolution? Did you? Whether any of us did or didn’t, the fundamental spirit behind it is a worthy reminder. Every day is an opportunity to begin a personal revolution in all the ways you might dream. Here is a playlist that, for each of its own various sonic and lyrical reasons, can help you toward your own resolution for revolution in 2017.

Click here for our 'Resolution As Revolution' Playlist or play it below:

1. “Highways” - REIGHNBEAUSister Grotto – Blood (Deluxe) (2016)

“Highways” has audible ebb and flow. Electronic pulses fuzz and fade in close while ten words make up the lyrical content and are given constant return. The repetition begins to act on the ear and body/brain like a mantra. A collaboration between New Mexico’s REIGHNBEAU and Denver’s Sister Grotto (Madeline Johnston), this one is dream fuzz that occupies a space somewhere between the here and there of the slightly awake and half asleep. What begins with gentles sounds of a rainstick fades to what sounds like a resampling of the rainstick with more static and fuzz interlaced. Sophisticated subtleties keep this song interesting alongside its relaxed and meditative feel. Let this one help you develop your own mantra for the year to come. Open your heart throttle and imbibe sound poetry: 2017 is a wholly open road.

2. “When” - RUMTUM – Mystic Wonders (2013)

Sampling Vincent Gallo’s hauntingly wistful and imminently gorgeous 2001 “When,” RUMTUM puts a pip in Gallo’s depressive downtempo and melancholic step. RUMTUM takes it away and makes it fresh, fun, and comparatively light. Basically, they take Gallo’s frown, turn it upside down, and give it proverbial jazz hands. They take Gallo’s gentle cooings and splice them to a tune to tap your toe to. RUMTUM isn’t afraid to experiment with anything, and you shouldn’t be either. It’s the new year after all.

3. “Elevate” - Kid Astronaut – Moon Theory (2015)

“Elevate” is chalk full of takeaways. “We were not born to be complacent,” Shockness maintains. Agreed. His loungy R&B sound with a soft hip-hop thump to undergird here goads and uplifts you gently into that place of higher being. And, “We were born to be special.” The task is yours to become the most special version of yourself you can. The possibility to be that is the gift you are given at birth. You owe it to yourself, and the most fundamental things between you and better you at any given time is complacency if you’ve fallen into it. Shake yourself awake. “Elevate” is loaded positivity; it is, in other words, more than positivity for positivity sake. Kid Astronaut summons the best of you.

4. “Base” - CRL CRRLL – Wave (2015)

CRL CRRLL (Carl Carrell) successfully builds a musical jenga tower with “Base” one piece at a time. The song retains solid structure despite the increased pressure of newly added elements, balancing R&B notes in lead vocals, hip-hop in backup vocals, a jazzy quality to the drums and keys, and  then you already have several musical layers by the time her chill lead vocals come in clear. As the song chugs forward into jazzier fusion with all these elements, it ends with a sudden peaceful fade out of ocean shorescapes and the faintest mutterings of what could be voices at the wharf: “Lovin’ just what I am, lovin’ just what I ain’t.” The creed of self-acceptance will serve you well in the next year if you can abide.

5. “Into the Wind” – King Cardinal – Once a Giant (2015)

Remember that scene from Ace Ventura where Ace himself rips out a waiter’s heart and gives it to him in a doggy bag? Welcome to how it feels to listen to King Cardinal’s soulful alt-folk. This is a safe one to cry, mourn, long, hope, and remember to. Brennan Mackey gives the term singer/songwriter new meaning, and he wants your second chance. You enter without words, while Ben Waligoske’s steel pedal daggers you in the side. It continues to supplement, yet give that country-underbelly feel that allows heart pangs to echo through the room. Lean into life as you would gale force winds. Looking back too hard can get you depressed, looking forward too much can bring you anxiety. Just lean where you are, lean into the wind; trust your struggle and be not afraid.

6. “Just Don’t Stop” – The Kinky Fingers – Vagabond (2015)

Tone and message make this a happy, head-bop worthy (or inducing) tune. There is a delightful float in Taylor Doyle’s guitar, and soar in his vocals. Eventually, he stops crooning as he sends you off on a couple high notes, punctuated neatly with three steps back down and low, “Just. Don’t. Stop.” We take instrumental flight with Daniel Hogan and Travis Page’s soft rhythmic drums keeping it steady while the guitar takes surf rock-esque flight with reverb indulgences. This one’s a fun journey for the ear that never loses its path despite its wanderings. It’s a good one to get, or keep, you going in the new year.

7. “Get Loose Have Fun” – Dirty Few – Get Loose, Have Fun (2012)

Dirty Few touts warm beer and out-of-tune guitars; they never get too serious about themselves save two exceptions: partying and playing drinking man’s music. They want you to have a jolly good sullied blast of a night, and they shake it off with the tambourine whose sound drops into the background but propels the track forward from the get-go no less. Dirty Few here has that slight 60s pop beat in its pulse and the “ooh, ooh, OHH, OOH” backup vocals. It’s the kind of 60s vibe you can readily imagine leading to proto-punk on down the line, and then to skate rock. But we’ll call it dive-bar rock because no matter the acoustics of the place, any dive-bar is the best venue to catch Dirty Few in. It’s homecourt. Let’s get this 2017 party started!

8. “The Mtn Song” – Rayland Baxter – Ashkelon (2013)

Uh oh. We’re getting sentimental again. But Rayland Baxter could be singing about shoelaces and nonsense and get you to emote. Fortunately, he knows not just how to sing with all his heart, but to storytell both as musical abstraction and in literal lyrical composition. This is one to give you chills. It’s so soft and sweet. He whistles, serenades, and implores, turning over tender phrase after tender phrase as drums and guitar support this gentle, unhurried, and earnest offering of love. Love is all he has to give. Is that enough? Normally I’d say no. But syrup-ing from his earnest, low-lyrical valleys and high peaks, I’d say, “I’ll think on it. Ask again tomorrow,” and know I’ve already decided while falling asleep to the sound of those endearing whistlings in my own head. Even if love is all you have to give in 2017, it’s better than nothing at all, and is, quite truly, one of the best things in the world you can give. So take a note from Baxter and do it with all your heart, soul, and perhaps even your singing voice, should you be so inclined.

9. “Whistle While You Work” – Wheelchair Sports Camp – No Big Deal (2016)

You come in building off mixed whispers of Emcee Kalyn Heffernan. It’s a sheer drop at 00:20 into straight hip-pop thereafter, coming at you with melodic and rhythmic whistles and Joshua Trinidad’s synchronized trumpet horn on blast. Intermixed are, by comparison, callous, hard-cutting electronic beats. They all join together and maintain the BPM to make this track the banger that it is. From the first, Emcee Kalyn Heffernan’s vocals and lyrical delivery are all her own. She captivates. And when she turns the phrase, “they call me Little Miss Guided,” it’s just one of her many lyrical delights. In reference to Wheelchair Sports Camp, the Village Voice reported, “If there were ever a moment for a queer, disabled rapper with a love for pot, jokes, and revolution to be a star, the moment is now.” It’s about time. Thank you 2017.

10. “Left Fist Evolution” – Bianca Mikahn – Left Fist Evolution (2010)

A low, thumping beat and hushed, bluesy choral vocals reel you into this tune. Bianca Mikahn weaves her story in poetic clips and fragments that suggest a certain story without really telling a story in the classic sense. But there’s a story there, for sure. She leads the listener to hear, see, and feel what she’s driving at unequivocally without saying who, when, where, or why. Lyrically, vocally, and stylistically, “Left Fist Evolution” is powerfully evocative. I’ve heard the word “fortified” used to describe Bianca Mikahn, and that is how the listening process and outcome of “Left Fist Evolution” feels. We all need fortification, and music is the next best supplement to vitamins. So take yours by taking this one in.

11. “No Worries” – Trigga ManThe Reminders – Hit Man (2012)

Sampling another old favorite, The Specials’ “Ghost Town” is featured in the background here, and their reggae and ska influence comes through beyond the sample in this song. Where it’s got a pinch of dance hall in the female vocal chorus, there’s a dash of hip-hop with male vocal delivery in verse. Where musical components blend samplings and reminisce on interrelated genres, the content delivery blends too, packed full of literary, cultural, and political references. “Get it twisted like Oliver, yo.” you hear. This is a composite piece of precocious stature that makes it easy to miss if you’re too busy getting down to it the first go around. But also, in 2017, tell yourself as often as possible: “Me no worry with what them say and me not goin’ to be afraid.” Hold strong with Trigga Man and The Reminders’ beats.

12. “Music Is a Gift” - Grim & Darling - Beauty Through Pain (2015)

Music is good for you: mind, body, and spirit. And Grim & Darling part with their musical gifts for your benefit as gentle organs and strings grace your entrance: “Create a song as a gift just to give it a way, royalty free, no fee, just in hopes to teach about loyalty, honesty, forgiveness, giving second chances lovingly. Nobody’s above the beat, in fact we need it to breathe. That’s the mentality. Give away your masterpiece as if we never had to eat, leave your ego as a casualty. I’m glad to be passing this to all of you, it’s all truth, try to use it, I will too. I hope we can all focus on the consequences of what we do.” Grim & Darling’s mindful tune serves as an homage to what you musicians do for us. This isn’t empty flattery. Being a musician isn’t easy work, but humans thrive in music, so thank you. Scaling up and down graduated xylophone bars with patience, the delicate clear sounds ring a victorious and encourage your feeling the same about your own power. Get after the new year.

13. “Ready to Live - Pt. 1” - Thug Entrancer - Death After Life (2014)

We start and end on a meditative note, only here we go pure electronic instrumentation. This one’s a sonic journey from sound artist Ryan McRyhew. Thump off to the pace of an electronic pulsating heartbeat as horn-reminiscent tones enter. Sounds begin to grind in and on top, creating an ever complex liftaway into layered reflections on itself. McRyhew does his personal sound poetry one to two new sounds at a time, letting you slowly take in the cerebral, but ready flow of this musical peregrination. Get work done or space out in daydreams to this one. It’ll get you where you’re going if you let it take you there. I hope 2017 finds you more ready to live than ever, and this playlist serves as a continued asset in your endeavor.

Make sure to follow us on Spotify to take a listen to this playlist and more Colorado music playlists at BolderBeat.

-Joliene

All songs per the artists featured. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Boulder In-The-Round Moves to eTown

By: Claire Woodcock

If you’re in Boulder and find yourself in the music scene circle, you’ve probably already come across Boulder In-The-Round. What began as workshopping sessions for founders Hunter Stone and Theresa Peterson soon morphed into into a monthly concert series hosted by Vapor Distillery.

Boulder In-The-Round at its previous location, Vapor Distillery.

Boulder In-The-Round at its previous location, Vapor Distillery.

This year, Boulder In-The-Round has a new home. eTown Hall will host the concert series that features local artists the first Wednesday of every month. The program showcases four songwriters who take turns performing one song at a time, one after the other.

“We’re bringing a different group to eTown that doesn’t go there regularly,” says Stone, also a singer/songwriter in the community. “Our show has its own following of young music lovers and musicians that we’re going to be able to bring to this really cool venue.”

Hunter Stone.

Hunter Stone.

Boulder In-The-Round’s community presence will be amplified by eTown’s state of the art sound equipment engineered by sound technicians at eTown. Local singer/songwriters will set up in eTown’s cafe for an intimate listening room experience.

“If you enjoy this kind of thing, you’re entering a world where everybody there is interested in music too,” says Theresa Peterson, co-founder of Boulder In-The-Round, and a singer/songwriter herself.

Theresa Peterson.

Theresa Peterson.

eTown syndicates its programming nationally, which means the venue often brings in bigger artists. The folks behind Boulder In-The-Round are providing local artists with access and opportunity to state of the art equipment and a larger listening base.

“Having Boulder In-The-Round at eTown opens up the community to who’s coming through, who’s playing when; shows that should be on their radar,” says Stone. “It’s bridging the gap between local and national artists, giving us all a space to grow.”

eTown Cafe, the new home of BITR.

eTown Cafe, the new home of BITR.

Also moving to eTown are the live paintings that Boulder In-The-Round exhibited when they were at the Vapor. Visual artists begin with a blank canvas and the artists create to the beat of the songs. At the end of the night, artists are left with a tangible piece of art from the evening that is sometimes auctioned off to the crowd.

“Art shouldn’t be segregated. Adding that visual aspect to the auditory: seeing someone painting live and seeing what they’re creating in the moment it kind of regulates the growth of the show,” says Stone.  

Mike Tresemer painting at a Boulder In-The-Round.

Mike Tresemer painting at a Boulder In-The-Round.

Boulder In-The-Round’s first night at eTown is tomorrow, January 4 at 7PM in the eTown cafe. On the bill are singer/songwriters Dechen Hawk, Megan Burtt, Monica Marie and Dusty Stray. Live paintings will be produced by local artists Mick Tresemer and Ellen Moershel

Check out a live video performance from a previous Boulder In-The-Round:

“It’s all original music,” says Peterson. “There’s a lot of collaboration that happens too on the spot. A lot of times we’ll have people that just met or have only met a couple times before just playing on each other’s songs all night.”

“The idea of that being recognized by an outside source and [eTown] giving us a chance to brow our show into a different space, that could potentially help us grow a lot,” says Stone. “It feels really good to have that kind of validation. Theresa and I started this with the mentality that if you build it, it will come.”

And Boulder In-The-Round is well on its way. More on this month’s lineup herekeep up with BITR on their Facebook.

-Claire

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Seu Jorge Played 'The Life Aquatic's Tribute to David Bowie' For Sold Out Gothic Theatre Last Friday

By: Claire Woodcock

Over the weekend, Seu Jorge reprised his role as Pelé dos Santos, the “safety expert” and Brazilian singer-songwriter who acted in and soundtracked the 2004 Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The classic red curtains of The Gothic Theatre in Denver opened on Jorge sporting the Team Zissou trademark uniform, ready to play acoustic hits from the late David Bowie. He launched into “Ziggy Stardust” while pastel pinks and aquatic shades of blue lit up the theatre. Jorge, a Brazilian pop samba revivalist, strummed his maple-shade guitar with intention as he sang the Portuguese translations of Bowie’s hits.

When Jorge first released his covers in coordination with Anderson’s cult film, Bowie praised Jorge’s renditions of his songs by saying, “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.”

Some of the electricity and rhythm of Bowie’s lyrics are lost in translation, but that’s not to say that Bowie songs are not translatable. During his lifetime, David Bowie released French, German, and Indonesian versions of his own songs. Because the Portuguese translations do not always sync up, in many instances Jorge changed lyrics to fit the covers. For those of us who haven’t had much exposure to the language, the English words sometimes stuck out at Friday’s show, like in Jorge’s cover of “Changes” where the chorus rang out in the familiar, “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes” across the room.  

Yet for other tunes, the translation from English to Portuguese was seamless, like in “Rebel, Rebel,” which is arguably one of Jorge’s strongest covers. The crowd of the sold out show did their best to sing along not in English, but in Portuguese. The singing sailor’s setlist veered away from the film’s soundtrack sequence on “Astronauta de Mármore (Starman),” a song which presents a challenge for translation due to its preexisting rhythm. On Jorge’s covers of “Rock and Roll Suicide” and Suffragette City,” he embraced the unsettling and urgent discordant nature of the tunes as he reached for high notes with a grittiness that the late Bowie would have breezed through. On “Lady Stardust,” Jorge was able to settle back into his lower register, where his voice exhibited strength and poise.

Seu Jorge. Photo Credit:   Sierra Voss

Seu Jorge. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

The crowd at Friday's show consisted of an eclectic mix of Bowie lovers and Life Aquatic fans gracious for Jorge’s tribute. People reciprocated Seu Jorge’s enthusiasm, wearing red beanies popularized by Team Zissou, as they tried to stumble through the endings of phrases that they recognized and made their best attempts at several Portuguese sing-a-longs.

Life On Mars. Photo Credit:  Sierra Voss

Life On Mars. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Jorge took a moment during his set to talk about losing Bowie last January. Like so many others, Jorge drew much inspiration from the late artist. He told us that three days after Bowie passed away, Jorge lost his father as well. As a commemoration to them both, he then played “Life On Mars.” In the crux of this moment, it was clear who Jorge was singing for.

As his set closed for the night, the crowd erupted with shouts of “Volta!” which means “Come back!” in Portuguese. Jorge returned for an encore with a reprise of “Rebel, Rebel” while a farewell slideshow of psychedelic images, film clips, and animations played behind him. Finger-picking with elegance, Jorge’s cover of the classic Bowie hit became his own. It was worth listening to twice.

Rebel Rebel. Photo Credit:  Sierra Voss

Rebel Rebel. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Bowie’s spirit was surely getting freaky with us on Friday evening. So if you liked The Life Aquatic and miss David Bowie, I couldn’t recommend The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions featuring Seu Jorge (2005) more. It’s available on Spotify. And if you’re looking to catch the last leg of Seu Jorge’s tribute tour, grab details and tickets here.

-Claire

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Taarka Playing Hometown Show at Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO This Weekend

By: Mirna Tufekcic

If you want to go back in time but still remain present, then expose your ears to Taarka.  

A band that planted its roots in Lyons, CO in 2006 because of the town’s reputation for a ripe bluegrass and acoustic scene, Taarka has been labeled as the new acoustic supergroup who echo sounds of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, celtic, and Eastern European folk. How do you put all of those together and make it sound good? Pure talent, baby.  

Taarka.

Taarka.

The size of Taarka fluctuates according to the venue and festival they’re playing, and also on how many fellow, talent-oozing musician friends they have up on stage with them. Taarka’s core is a wife-husband duo (David Tiller and Enion Pelta-Tiller) who have performed with members of The Grateful Dead, PhishString Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, Darol Anger, Keller Williams, Taj Mahal, Widespread Panic, The Motet, and The Everyone Orchestra- and the list doesn’t end there.

Over the past ten years, Taarka has drawn on various musical influences that gave birth to their latest album, Making Tracks Home (2015). Turning to their Americana bluegrass roots, Making Tracks Home is moody and poppy while still maintaining classical bluegrass tones. Though they began as a purely instrumental band, Taarka has incorporated songwriting in their latest work that has peaked the interest of many musicians and music lovers alike, giving the group momentum and numerous accolades.

Live, Taarka will lure you into a dance frenzy, and fortunately for you they’re playing a hometown set in Lyons, Colorado on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch at the Wildflower Pavilion this Friday, November 11th with Caribou Mountain Collective. Get yourself a ticket here and keep up with all things Taarka on their website. I’ll be there dancing with you.

-Mirna

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artist featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat

The Devil In Love: Shipwrecks & Sunsets

By: Annie Kane

With influences like Smashing Pumpkins, Bright Eyes, and Tupac, New York’s The Devil In Love is a two-member act with a rotating cast of other musicians jumping in and out for various performances. As a result of this eclectic mix of inspiration, The Devil In Love struggles to pigeonhole themselves into just one genre. In fact, when asked about this, they said, “[We] wish [we] knew what genre to say. Take a listen and then let us know.”

The Devil In Love began in 2013, when Gigi, the center of the project, met Jake. Once the duo began playing together, The Devil In Love’s sound transformed from acoustic folk-punk to one with full instrumentation and more production-based tracks.

Jake and Gigi.

Jake and Gigi.

Hailing from Buffalo, New York, this two-piece stands out most due to their lyrics surrounding social justice. Gigi is transgender and Jake is cisgender, and each contribute lyrically to the socio-political issues in The Devil In Love’s music with their fresh and original perspectives.

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Check out the uplifting new music video for their song “Shipwrecks and Sunsets":

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-Annie

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Conor O'Neill's: The Closest Thing Boulder Has to a Mid-Level Music Venue

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Boulder doesn't have a real mid-level venue and it's a problem.

Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub and Restaurant, or “Conor’s” as it is more affectionately known, is a venue we’ve mentioned before. They have music every night of the week, their open mic night on Tuesdays is notable for hosting up-and-coming artists, and the talented Danny Shafer books the entertainment for the venue.

An Irish Pub is somehow one of Boulder's best music venues. Photo Credit:   Westword  .

An Irish Pub is somehow one of Boulder's best music venues. Photo Credit: Westword.

At first glance, Conor’s looks a little like your average college joint. There’s a big front room with booths and chairs, a bar wraps around the right corner, and the stage is in the back. And let’s be honest, the stage is small. With a lack of mid-level music venues in Boulder, if we’re ranking stages, The Lazy DogThe Biergarten and even The Riverside probably place ahead of Conor’s. Conor’s also stacks all of their floor furniture behind the performing band to make room for a dance floor, which makes it a bit cramped, even for something like a three-piece. And bands have to run their own sound. But Conor’s still holds a special place in Boulder’s music scene, and this is why:

As mentioned, Boulder lacks mid-level music venues. Oh how we crave a Larimer Lounge, a Hi-Dive, or a Cervantes. Alas, we have none (investors, please approach). Boulder bands start in coffee shops or small bars, advance to a place the size of Conor’s, and then go on to play the worshiped Fox or Boulder Theater. This is the Boulder ladder; this is often the standard progression for a band in the Boulder music scene. Thus Conor’s is, in some respects, all that we have to hope for when we pray for a mid-level club. And this makes Conor’s a pretty great stepping stone for local talent.

Local Band Whiskey Autumn at Conor's. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Local Band Whiskey Autumn at Conor's. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Conor’s has a winning combination with Danny Shafer's skilled ear approving shows, a fun atmosphere, and the fact that it is (almost) always really busy. The drinks are decent, the place attracts a lot of college kids + a twenty-something crowd interested in music, and because the stage room has no real seating during shows, people become more engaged with the performers. You have to stand (like you would at a rock club), you have to watch, you want to dance, and usually you do. It’s always a party; it’s always a good time. Even on slower nights, I’ve never walked out of Conor’s wishing I’d gone somewhere else.

Dr. Dog's Secret Show at CO. Photo Credit:   Daily Camera

Dr. Dog's Secret Show at CO. Photo Credit: Daily Camera

Conor’s support and showcase of local music is our best shot of pushing performers into bigger Boulder venues, or into legitimate mid-sized Denver spots. Seriously- go catch a Conor’s show. You are guaranteed a good time, you’re supporting local music, you make it possible for Conor’s to support said local music, and your presence at a Conor’s show is living proof of what Boulder needs: mid-level music venues. So rock club entrepreneurs, where you at?

-Hannah

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Magic On the No Name Moon: Pete Laffin & Moonwavve

By: Zach Dahmen

There was a lot of talent at The No Name last weekend.

The sounds of local Boulder music often flow out of a mysterious wooden door, if you know where to listen. And last Friday night was no exception as Pete Laffin and Moonwavve took over the dimly lit speak-easy that patrons affectionately call The No Name. Atop a stool with acoustic guitar in hand, Laffin started things off jamming a medley of covers with Augustus frontman Colin Kelly. Laffin’s taste is varied, from his performance of Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For a Film)” to Neil Young’s folky “Harvest Man”. Laffin moves into each song with a chameleon-like voice, bending his range to fit each song. When I ask him about this later he says, “I want to give each song the respect it deserves.”

Laffin and Kelly then worked in some original tunes. Kelly slid into several melodies with precision-picking, proving a prowess on guitar that is undeniable. Kelly has a voice that blended well with Laffin’s too. After a string of Laffin’s songs, they moved into the LedBelly cover, “In the Pines”. It was here that their harmonic capabilities shone best. Their bluesy rendition was passionate and haunting while showcasing the depth and rawness of Laffin’s vocality. Overall, it was a fervent and engaging performance.

Following Laffin and Kelly, the audience was washed in the beautiful stylings of new trio Moonwavve. Derek Warwick was on the synthesizers and bass, lead vocalist Allison Eason was on guitar, and Greg Corcione kept things steady on drums. Corcione brings the pulse; Eason and Warwick offer the spontaneity. And that is the beauty of this arrangement. Eason haunted the first half of the set vocally, drawing in the audience by pressing into the microphone as if it were an extension of her voice. Her melodic, spacey vocals give personality and life to the beats. One of my favorites was “Song #8”, which has a mellow Tv On The Radio vibe pulsing with a great pop sensibility.  

Eason in blue. Photo Credit:  Alex Braelow

Eason in blue. Photo Credit: Alex Braelow

Moonwavve is a relatively new creation, and a big departure from Eason’s usual acoustic singer-songwriter style. Said Eason, “I was looking for someone to play with, and at a Ridgelings show, Derek mentioned he was looking for someone to get synthy with. A couple of weeks later we played at Derek’s and it just fit.”

Warwick describes Moonwavve’s influences with a range from Mazzy Star to Air. To me, the structure of the band feels like it’s reminiscent of M83 and Chvurches, but with its own take on the indie-synth movement. Warwick later remarked, “We really feel like we are filling a void that exists here in Boulder.” And I agree-  It’s rousing to have have bands like Moonwavve in Boulder because it’s a sound that’s missing on the local scene. Said Eason, “We want to bridge the gap between club and bar music.” It’s hopeful to think that Boulder can sustain this kind of band on the scene.

As Moonwave pulsed on, the night culminated with spirited drunken conversation, the spark of cigarettes, and the feeling that both the Boulder music scene and this group have more to offer than just four chords. Although the venue is one of Boulder’s best-kept secrets, these bands shouldn’t be.


Moonwavve Interview

So what made you two click together musically?

Eason: What we did was honestly getting together on guitar and keys and let the music evolve into something more organic and electronic.

Derek, what drew you to Allison?

Warwick: I was drawn to her voice at first, really. I always wanted to make this kind of music. I want to be a Scotty Pippin to a Michael Jordan. I’ve been the frontman in all my other projects. Mostly because people tell me to do [that].  But all I want to do is the thing that makes it work. Allison is an amazing frontwoman.

Eason: [And] what drew me to Derek is that he allows for the music to breathe.  What Derek provided was a change. As someone coming from the singer song-writer world, lyrics had to shine and they are still important, but I like that this music lets the beat take over and melody take over.

Warwick on synth. Photo Credit:  Alex Braelow

Warwick on synth. Photo Credit: Alex Braelow

And what about adding Corcione to the mix?

Eason: [He] added a grounded feeling. Our music can get you lost on the moon at times. He gives the people something to dance to as well.

How do see yourself and your band shaped by the Boulder music scene?

Warwick: I think that we are filling a void. Not too big of a void, but not many crave electronic music.

Eason: We want to bridge the gap between bar music and club music.

How is the atmosphere playing in Boulder?

Warwick: It’s been great so far with the shows we’ve played.

Eason: That transfer from the band to the audience back and forth is what we love. It’s why people play music, right?

Check out upcoming Moonwave shows here.

-Zach

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