Don't Miss the 13th Annual Boulder International Film Festival's Singer/Songwriter Showcase

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Sunday evening’s Academy Awards Ceremony was certainly one for the books. So to keep that energy up, we’d like to give some love to the 13th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (March 2nd-5th). The festival has quickly earned acclaim for being one of the most influential young festivals in the U.S., featuring a variety of stellar feature-length narratives, documentaries, animation shorts, tributes, symposiums, and much more.

Nestled in the middle of the festival is the BIFF Singer/Songwriter Showcase, which will be held at The Lazy Dog from March 3rd-4th. The showcase will give festival goers the exclusive opportunity to hang out with their favorite filmmakers in the Filmmaker Lounge while listening to great tunes - for FREE.

Ten musicians will grace the stage at this year’s showcase, all with different stories to tell and unique ways of telling them.

Friday’s lineup consists of: Kenny Lee Young, Bethel Steele, Antonio Lopez, Girlfriend Duties, and Bryce Merritt.

Kenny Lee Young will kick off the evening with his soulful, rhythmic acoustic tunes, followed up by the fellow acoustically-driven sounds of Fort Collins’ Bethel Steele and Longmont’s Antonio Lopez, both of whom have been recognized at various independent music award ceremonies. The evening will close with Girlfriend Duties, consisting of sisters Savanna and Jenny Wright, as well as good friends Nils Jenson (lead guitar) and Patrick Smith (drums). With a sound that blends Americana, indie, soul, bluegrass, folk, and rock/pop, they’ll bring the energy right up in time for the evening’s final act, Bryce Merritt. Merritt’s soul-pop vibe will leave festival goers toe-tapping their way out of the venue and ready to take on the rest of the weekend.

Saturday’s lineup kicks off with the sultry indie/alternative acoustic stylings of Bella Musser, followed by the electronic-pop artist Amy Kress, whose story is just as impressive as her commanding vocal presence. The soulful and jazzy Halle Tomlinson will take the stage afterwards, leading nicely into the more moody, introspective John Common’s lyrical grooves. Award-winning singer/songwriter and Youth Educator Melissa Ivey, also known as the “gypsy rocker,” will close out the evening of killer local music.

For a little taste of what’s to come, give the Sounds of BIFF 2017 playlist a listen, and check out the other artists who will also be making appearances at the festival here.

Check out more on the Singer/Songwriter Showcase event on Facebook.  

-Jura

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Bonne Finken Talks To Us About Her Grammy Consideration, SXSW, & More

By: Jura Daubenspeck

It’s no mystery that the ladies of Denver’s music scene are a force to be reckoned with. And when it comes to finding a place that not only satiates your musical thirst, but also your need for some downright tasty pizza, The Walnut Room is where it’s at.

Last Saturday, ladies took over the stage at The Walnut Room for a night of indie electronica flavor. Tana Victoria, Amy Kress, Bonne Finken with DJ/backup vocalist Christine Steeples, and Phee all kept it edgy, poetic, and even a bit dark at times. The lineup consisted of mostly Colorado locals, with the exception of Iowa native Bonne Finken, who lit up the room with her booming vocals and phantasmal projections.

Each performer wowed during their time on stage, but this week, we wanted to give special props to Bonne Finken, who, despite her strong Midwest following, made her Denver debut at the show. We sat down with Bonne prior to her set to ask her a few questions about what she’s been up to, including her upcoming album, her Grammy consideration, and her plans for SXSW 2017. Here’s what she had to say:

This is your first time playing in Denver. Welcome! How are you feeling?

I feel excited! We just got done with soundcheck, and I got to hear the other artists play a bit. It sounds like we’re all in the same genre, so that’s pretty cool.

Earlier this summer you released your single and video “Speak to Me.” What have you been up to in the meantime?

I’ve been working on the new album, which will be released in 2017. “Speak to Me” was just the first release from that album. We’ve been recording, which is why I’m in Denver now. Joel Rekiel, my publicist, lined this show up for me while I was in town. I’ve been working on the album; retooling the show. It’s gone really electronic now learning a bunch of technologies, and the band is relearning gear. So that’s what we’re working on now.

You’ve been recording at The Spot Studios. How long have you been working with them?

I just went there last spring to record “Speak to Me.” And then I just started again about a week ago. I’ll be returning next spring and will hopefully have it all done by June 2017.

Bonne Finken. 

Bonne Finken. 

So what’s the experience been like this past week?

Really awesome. They’re so great to work with, and they (Glenn Sawyer and Rich Veltrop) understand my sound more than anybody I’ve worked with before. So it feels super easy. Instead of me trying to translate my sound or fight on sounds, it feels very comfortable, and goes so fast. It’s incredible! It’s been fun, relaxing and exciting.

Last time we talked, we discussed how you put your heart and soul into your music. You take the time to learn everything about every aspect of your music, so it really becomes a piece of you. I’m curious about what that process has been like, and how much of your blood, sweat, and tears will be going into this next album.

Definitely more than ever before. It’s hard to explain. Literally they’re using my own sessions and my own sounds and it’s demoed to the point where if I want a certain harmony figured out, I better have it figured out when I bring it in. [On other records] we would bring in really sketched out ideas and flush them out in the studio, where as now we bring it in and execute whatever we have, so we have to be more prepared. Which is scary and good. It goes faster, but it means whatever my idea is in real time is what they execute. So that’s been a big difference on this album. And I’ve learned a lot about MIDI. You’re able to use electronic instruments of any kind, and write with them. So that’s been very freeing for me as a writer and as an artist. I love the freeness of MIDI.

Regarding your recorded work, what can your fans expect in the coming months?

I’ll probably have a couple more singles out and promote them like I did “Speak to Me.” “Speak to Me” was kind of a campaign to try to get on the Grammy ballot, which it did do, so that was cool that we released it in time. But I’ll probably release a couple of music videos almost quietly. Not necessarily to sell, but to test out some of the sounds on the album. You’ll be hearing what’s been in my brain for the last decade but has taken me a long time to understand how to articulate audibly. I’ve always had crazy ideas, but now I feel like I can really make it happen and show that off in my music.

How will those those crazy, cool ideas be manifested in your future performances?

When I write, I keep in mind my live shows, because that’s what I love most, maybe to the detriment of thinking, “Will this song work live?” It’s important for me to get [my work] across in my live shows. So if anything, my live shows will be stronger because I keep that in mind and am able to manipulate the recordings knowing that. I like going to shows and hearing artists sound like they do in the recording, rather than not being able to recognize the song because it’s been changed too much.

Steeples (left) & Finken (right). 

Steeples (left) & Finken (right). 

Do you have any upcoming shows, or tours around the country?

We’re actually coming down into recording mode. Most winters I hole up. I don’t like to travel in bad weather. So I’ve learned to call a spade a spade, and not push it. But we are going to SXSW so I’m super stoked for that. We might just go underground a bit [this winter], write some songs, work on the show, and let SXSW be our big reveal for some of these new songs.

We can’t wait to hear more! Keep up with Bonne Finken here.

-Jura

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Balanced Breakfast Bash Warmed Up Denver On Its First Snowy Night Last Week

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Each month the creative minds at Balanced Breakfast gather to discuss various key topics in Denver’s music scene. With the help of the organizers, hosts, and the equally passionate members, Balanced Breakfast serves as a group of local music industry professionals paving the way for an even more fruitful music scene for artists and music-lovers alike.

Last Thursday, November 17th, Balanced Breakfast hosted the Balanced Breakfast Bash, a music showcase where the walls of Syntax Physic Opera came alive with the musical stylings of Twin Flame Medicine, Amy Kress, and The Lollygags.

Twin Flame Medicine. 

Twin Flame Medicine. 

Syntax is easily one of my favorite intimate music venues in the city. Its cozy, warm-lit atmosphere and intricate wall decorations have your eyes wandering constantly, and the lounge-style arrangement near the stage keeps vibes cool and classy. Not to mention that they happen to serve the best Old Fashioneds, or “Corn Punks,” I’ve ever had.

Twin Flame Medicine took the stage first at the Balanced Breakfast Bash, serenading everyone with their soothing, groovy vibrations. Fronted by lead singer and ukulele player Monalicious, this band is one to most definitely check out if you have the chance. Their bluesy feel and funky melodies will beckon you into a calm and positive mindset. Check out their song “Style” for a little taste of what they’re about.

The Lollygags.

The Lollygags.

Rocky Mountain locals The Lollygags brought up the energy and kept true to their form next, gracing the stage with their grunge rock’n’roll vibes. Frontman Jonathan Snyder’s facial expressions and guitar solos were enough to grab anyone’s attention, but the entire band's presence was confident, cool, and ready to rock. Listen to their EP People I Know and you’ll quickly see what I mean.

Amy Kress.

Amy Kress.

Finally, electronic pop artist Amy Kress closed the evening with her booming vocals and soulful style. Switching between pure vocals, piano, and with Joel Rekiel on drums, Kress delivered a powerful, dance-worthy performance that had me humming her songs days later. She played a number of fan favorites, including hits from her recent album Fly.

Reed Fuchs.

Reed Fuchs.

Reed Fuchs, a Balanced Breakfast host who also happens to front Denver’s surrealist group DéCollage, provided the mellow but sultry interludes between artists with his DJ sets.

Balanced Breakfast Bash was the perfect way to warm up during the season’s first chilly snow. Keep in touch with the folks at Balanced Breakfast on their Facebook, and stay tuned for more upcoming announcements, meetups, and info on shindigs like this awesome bash from BolderBeat.

-Jura

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BLDGBLKS Artists Score Grammy Considerations

By: Jura Daubenspeck

A Grammy Award is no doubt the highest honor for recording artists. Each year, thousands of artists are entered for considerations. And while the heavy-hitting musicians we know and love often find their way onto the ballots, it’s also important to note the other hard-working up-and-comers who make their way onto the list.

This year BLDGBLKS artists Bonne Finken, Amy Kress, Mawule, R Michael Rhodes, and Interstate 10 have made the cut for the 2017 Awards considerations.

A membership with The Recording Academy is required in order to submit any music. Glenn Sawyer, producer at The Spot Studios, as well as a Voting Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), has taken charge and submitted the following music for these BLDGBLKS artists:

Bonne Finken - “Speak to Me” - Best Pop Solo Performance

Amy Kress - “Fly” - Best Dance Album of the Year

Mawule - “Chosen” - Best R&B Album

R Michael Rhodes - “After All These Years” - Best Americana Album

Interstate 10 - “I’m Gonna Miss You” - Best Country Duo Performance

So what happens for these artists between now and the Awards? After the voting members submit their music for the consideration round, the expert Grammy committees come up with a final ballot of artists. Artists are generally taken from the top percentage of nominations, but many artists not on this top list still make their way onto the ballot. This part of the process can take about two weeks. After the final nominees are contacted and, once again, voted for, the results remain hidden until the fateful February evening of the Awards ceremony.

Until then, considered artists can connect with one another, and make a push to have their music heard. Artists such as Bonne Finken, R Michael Rhodes, and Mawule all plan on partaking in this lobbying process, sending out personalized letters and connecting with voting members.

No matter what degree of fame an artist holds, it is an immense honor to even be considered for the acclaimed Grammy Awards. And while many voters may already have their eyes and ears set on a sure-fire winner, it’s important to always honor the accomplished local talent, who will stop at nothing to get their voices heard.

-Jura

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Moe's BBQ Has One Tasty Lineup Planned This Thursday

By: Jura Daubenspeck

This Thursday, October 13th, Amy Kress will performing at Moe’s BBQ on South Broadway in Denver, the perfect spot for tasty eats and even tastier tunes. With the release of her album Fly this past summer, Amy’s material is fresh, vibrant, and edgy.

Amy Kress.

Amy Kress.

Amy will be joined by special guests including Leigh West, Mawule, Pearls and Perelz, and Teal and Tangent:

Leigh West.

Leigh West.

DIY electronic pop artist Leigh West pushes the boundaries of her music, with floaty melodies that keep it hypnotic and strange. Self-taught, self-developed, and classically trained, Leigh’s obsession with her craft has proven to be successful at her many gigs in Denver and Los Angeles. Her debut single “Hello Estella” made it to college radio across the nation, and acquired almost 40,000 hits on YouTube. Leigh West’s music is a smorgasbord of color, synth, and in-your-face beats.

Mawule.

Mawule.

Denver R&B artist Mawule reminds us that so much of the beauty of music comes from its ability to strengthen, empower, and connect others. His recent music video release for “Black is Beautiful (feat. Bianca Mikahn & ILL Se7en)” is gaining momentum and serves as a powerful message for our country. Mawule’s soothing vocals, gentle yet powerful stage presence, and catchy electronic beats make his music a unique experience that always elicits good vibes.

Pearls and Perelz.

Pearls and Perelz.

Solo artist Olivia Perez, otherwise known as, Pearls and Perelz is a mystery yet to be unveiled. Her ethereal, abstract sound strays from congruity and encourages the exploration of the mind’s dark corners. Pearls and Perelz keeps it cool, slow, haunting, and trance-like. Her music creeps up slowly and brings out the moodiest of feels.

Teal and Tangent.

Teal and Tangent.

Dubbed as “dark indietronica,” Teal and Tangent represent the half-dream half-awake fogginess that occurs in the depth of the night. Made up of rocker Adrienne Osborn (vocals) and Alex Moroz (keys, Ableton), this duo casts their dreamy poetry onto an effervescent journey into space. Teal and Tangent invites you to get lost in their rhythms, and listen with closed eyes.

Thursday night’s lineup is a downright interesting, eclectic combination of varying electronica artists, all sent to bring an added boost to the tail end of your week. So if you’re feeling moody and groovy, be sure to make it out to Denver’s Moe’s BBQ this Thursday at 8:30PM! Tickets are on sale now; grab them while you can.

-Jura

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Amy Kress: Concerts, Fashion Shows, Standup Comedy, and a 2017 Tour

By: Jura Daubenspeck

As 2016 heads for its finale, Amy Kress is showing no signs of stopping. With the recent release of her sophomore album, Fly, Kress has plans to play frequent shows throughout Colorado the remainder of the year, and is already planning out her 2017 Southeast Tour.

The album art from Amy Kress'  Fly .

The album art from Amy Kress' Fly.

In regards to touring, Amy is doing what many indie artists do these days: booking her own tour. With help from the BLDGBLKS Music Company team, she has mapped out her tour route, started researching and reaching out to supporting artists, and contacted venues. The three-week tour will take place in May and June 2017, where she’ll be making numerous stops through Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and finally, a hometown return to the Denver area.

This jam-packed tour is bound to be one for the books, and will set the stage for Amy to share her inspiring story with a larger audience. When asked about the tour, Amy shared:

"I've never driven across that part of the US, so I'm excited to see new sights and meet new people. I'm looking forward to the whole experience really, both the good and the bad. I'm excited to just being daring, not letting fear of the unknown guide my heart. I'm approaching this fearlessly because no matter the outcome, I'll be doing the most adventurous version of what I love that I can think of."

With a tour less than a year away, Amy will be booking local shows throughout Colorado, as well as open mics and private parties. On October 13th, she will be playing at Moe’s Original Bar B Que, with opening acts Leigh West, Mawule, Pearls and Perelz, and Teal and Tangent. This will also be a reunion performance for Amy and Teal and Tangent’s vocalist Adrienne O; they last played on the same stage together at Adrienne’s Elevation EP release party in April 2016. This eclectic lineup is definitely not one to miss.

Just two days later, on October 15th, Amy will play at the Center Salon and Spa’s 9th Annual Breast Cancer Fashion Show. She’ll be strutting her stuff on the runway, playing her music, and sharing her story for attendees. Then on November 1st, Amy will showcase her hard work at Denver Improv, with a five-minute standup set at the comedy club. Amy’s ability to talk about her whirlwind story in such a straightforward manner will surely prove beneficial for her on stage.

Amy Kress.

Amy Kress.

Amy hopes to play weekly performances from now until her big Spring/Summer 2017 tour, so there will be plenty of chances to see her belt it out. Tickets for her October 13th show at Moe’s can be purchased here. And keep tabs on Amy’s upcoming announcements on her Facebook and blog.

-Jura

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See This Labor Day Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s a three-day weekend, so spend it at some shows Colorado:

Today (Friday 09/02):

A Shadow of Jaguar with The Red Petals at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

A Shadow of Jaguar.

A Shadow of Jaguar.

Colorado’s A Shadow of Jaguar officially announced this week that tonight’s show at The LD will be their last in CO for a while, as the delta rock’n’roll duo are moving to New York. We’ve enjoyed a number of live shows from ASOJ over the years, and they’ve promised they’ll still be playing Colorado on tour as regularly as their busy show schedule allows. But it will be a minute until they make their way back to our mountains, so make sure to stop in at their show tonight and say your goodbyes! They’ll be joined onstage by The Red Petals, a Colorado trio of the blues rock variety who we first covered here. We’ll be here tonight, and so should you.

Watch ASOJ’s music video for their track “Mama Needs The Bottle”:

R Michael Rhodes’ EP Release Party at Meadows Golf Club in Littleton 6PM-10PM

R Michael Rhodes.

R Michael Rhodes.

Just last week, we brought you the lowdown on R Michael Rhodes’ upcoming EP Release Party. Rhodes will be playing his new tunes tonight from After All These Years, as well as some of his older hits. Amy Kress will be making an appearance at the show as well, bringing her pop songs to the mix. So dress to the nines and head over to Meadows Golf Club to celebrate with these Colorado artists! Ticket packages here.

Check out R Michael Rhodes’ latest music video for his tune, “The Only Song”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 09/03):

Booster Pre-Phish Show at Vine Street Pub in Denver 1PM-4PM

Booster.

Booster.

Colorado’s funk fusion four-piece Booster recently switched up their lineup and added some new tunes to their repertoire. We sat down with them recently to learn all about it, so catch those details before you roll to their set tomorrow afternoon. The band blasts off before Phish’s show, so roll to Vine Street Pub for this funky pre-party. You can peep Booster’s new tunes, and get ready to groove to Phish. Now that’s a good combo.

Read our recent interview with Booster.

Jeremy Mohney’s EP Release Party at The No Name Bar in Boulder 4PM-7PM

Jeremy Mohney.

Jeremy Mohney.

Yesterday we brought you a whole feature on Jeremy Mohney’s new EP release, On The Mellowside. It’s a crooning, jazzy set of songs that really showcase all of the talented local musicians on it. And tomorrow, those artists will be performing the EP live at The No Name Bar. Head over for this special afternoon dance party and groove out. It’s gonna be sweet! The EP will also be available for purchase tomorrow here.

Read our review of Jeremy Mohney’s new EP On The Mellowside.

The Next Day (Sunday 09/04):

Gregory Alan Isakov with Ani DiFranco and Shook Twins at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison 7PM-Close

Gregory Alan Isakov.

Gregory Alan Isakov.

Boulder-based singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov is making his return to Red Rocks this weekend, this time as a headliner. Sunday’s show is Isakov’s last in the US for quite some time, as he’s jetting overseas in September for the remainder of his tour. Ani DiFranco shares this bill, and Shook Twins will open the evening. Plus, you don’t work Monday, so you’ve got no excuse not to be at the best venue in the world Sunday night. Get your tickets now.

Watch Isakov’s new video of “Stable Song” with the Colorado Symphony:

All Weekend (09/02-09/04):

Riot Fest & Rodeo in Denver- Various Sets and Times

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Denver’s Riot Fest & Rodeo is happening this weekend, and we’ll be on the scene bringing you awesome coverage courtesy of our contributor Sierra Voss. With a lineup that includes Jane’s Addiction, Death Cab for Cutie, Deftones, Ween, Sleater-Kinney, Julian Marley, The Original Misfits, this is going to be one fest for the books. Some tickets are still available, so get yours here!

Check out the full lineup for the weekend on Riot Fest’s website.

Head out for the holiday weekend Colorado!

-Hannah

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R Michael Rhodes' EP Release Party to Feature New Music + Special Guest Amy Kress

By: Jura Daubenspeck

After being given a little taste of what’s to come with his release of his single, "The Only Song", Americana singer/songwriter R Michael Rhodes is about to release his debut EP After All These Years on September 2nd, and we couldn’t be more excited to hear it.

R Michael Rhodes.

R Michael Rhodes.

In celebration of this long-awaited release, there will be an EP release party at the gorgeous Meadows Golf Club in Littleton, CO. Mike will be joined on the bill with contemporary electronic pop artist Amy Kress, who will be gracing the stage with a special acoustic set. Amy also just released her sophomore album Fly in July and will be playing a mix of new and old hits.

Amy Kress.

Amy Kress.

This performance is sure to be a special one, as this will be Mike’s time to shine and show off the hard work he has put into After All These Years. After months of recording, producing, and mixing the EP at The Spot Studios, the finished product will be unveiled. Rhodes will also be playing with a newly formed four-piece band, which will complement the humble clarity of his music with an energetic variation. Check out the promo video for the release party here.

It’s an exciting time for both R Michael Rhodes and Amy Kress, and the unique pairing of their performances will no doubt make for an evening of great music. While their genres vary from Americana to electronic pop, both share lyrical prowess and a sincere vulnerability with their audience.

So help ring in Labor Day Weekend with some refreshing drinks, delicious food, majestic mountain views, and of course, some feel-good music! Doors open at 6PM, and the night will end around 10PM. Tickets are available for purchase now, with three options for prospective attendees to choose from. Depending on the ticket price ($10/$15/$30), there will be additional perks like drink tickets, snacks, physical copies of Mike’s EP, and awesome merchandise such as stickers and logo t-shirts.

-Jura

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Watch Our Chat with Amy Kress About Her Upcoming Album, "Fly"

By: Jura Daubenspeck

On Sunday, we sat down with Amy Kress at The Spot Studios and discussed her upcoming album, Fly. Amy’s story is undeniably powerful, and she’s not shy about sharing her tale. While some may falter at the feat of countless chemotherapy treatments, Amy decided to pour herself into her music. Her words are a reflection of her resilience, strength, and passion. She has already released one single and music video from Fly titled, “Oh No”, where she belts it out and spills her soul for all to hear:

Overall, Fly is a testament to what it means to endure, but also to bounce back as a stronger being. You can expect heavier electronic influences in this album, so move the living room furniture aside and get ready to dance to some Amy Kress. The album is set to be released Friday, July 29th so stay tuned! Keep in touch with Amy on her blog to get the latest scoop on her upcoming performances and releases.

Watch our exclusive chat with Amy Kress about her upcoming release, "Fly": 

-Jura

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Mawule's "Chosen" Album Release Party Was The Perfect Sunday Funday Start to the Summer

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Mawule's release party for Chosen was thumpin'.

This past Sunday, the walls of Denver’s Lost Lake were bumping in celebration of Mawule’s release party for his album Chosen, which dropped on June 10th. The good vibes were palpable, and the music was paired perfectly with the “Sunday funday” feel of the crowd.  

Mawule.

Mawule.

Mawule was accompanied by some pretty stellar and diverse musical acts. Denver hip hop artist Jerney warmed up the crowd as it trickled in, prepared to round out the weekend with a bang. Singer/songwriter Amy Kress graced the stage afterward, and had what I believe to be one of her best performances yet. She moved gracefully around the stage, switching between strictly vocals and piano with vocals, sharing her story with the crowd. Amy truly shined under the red and blue lights of Lost Lake’s stage, and belted her heart out. Rapper/MC ILL Se7en followed, hyping the crowd with some killer lyrical flow and classic hip hop beats, thanks to the lovely Bianca Mikahn. Together, the two created a combination that was impossible not to move your muscles to. DJ Zenas was the last performer to kick up some dust before Mawule took the stage. It was a delight to watch him, as this was his very first performance as a rapper/singer. To say his set was just downright fun would be an understatement. Zenas’ confidence on stage and rapport with the crowd got everyone fired up right before Mawule, and he proved that he is just as talented of a performer as he is a DJ.

Bianca Mikahn and Mawule.

Bianca Mikahn and Mawule.

Mawule brought an entirely different vibe than his predecessors, rounding out the evening with some R&B/soul sounds and dance beats produced and co-written by Glenn Sawyer at The Spot Studios. When it comes to Mawule, the meaning behind the music is just as important as the music itself. His unveiling of Chosen felt incredibly personal, as he shared bits and pieces of his journey behind each song. It’s no mystery that he is passionate about the community, human relationships, and working to bridge the gap between the performer and the audience. Personal favorites from the night were “Chosen”, which featured local MC A Meazy, “Anything” featuring DJ Zenas, “It’s Not You”, “Get Your Name”, and of course, the soulful tribute “Black Is Beautiful”, featuring the vocal magic of Bianca Mikahn and ILL Se7en.

Listen to Mawule's Chosen for yourself:

It was incredible to see Mawule celebrate the hard work he’s put into Chosen, and also to see the talented musicians and friends he surrounds himself with. Everyone was supportive and enthused about what was being shared with them, and that, I believe, is what truly makes a show great. The walls of the Lost Lake were filled with eclectic poetry, funky beats, and friendly faces who did not seem to care that it was late on a Sunday night. It was personally awesome to revisit one of my favorite musical enclaves in Denver, and with summer just around the corner, I’d advise everyone to get to Lost Lake for a show in the near future.

Mawule and A Meazy.

Mawule and A Meazy.

Chosen can be found on Spotify and SoundCloud, and will be released later on iTunes, for your listening pleasure. Stay in touch with Mawule on Facebook to keep tabs on his upcoming performances and announcements.

-Jura

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A Summer In Step With Silver and Smoke's Upcoming "Marking Time" EP and West Coast Tour

By: Jura Daubenspeck

It’s high time we checked back in with the guys of Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke.

On Saturday, May 19th, Silver and Smoke played an intimate show with singer/songwriter Amy Kress at Denver’s Mutiny Information Cafe. It was unlike a show I’ve seen from any of these performers before, with refreshingly stripped down sets where each artist’s unique talents really shined. It was an early affair, ending around 8pm, so the music was beautifully paired with the gorgeous Denver sunset shining in through the windows. The whole night combined some of my favorite indulgences: great music, good reads, pinball machines, and delicious coffee.

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If you’ve ever seen Silver and Smoke play before, you’d know how hard their sets can rock. Offstage, Tyler and Dino are some of the most amiable and good-humored people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Their charisma always shows in their performances, and given the smaller nature of this show, audience members were able to see that even more. Their booming sound translated surprisingly well to a more intimate setting, and we were really able to see what talented guitar players these two really are. At times, it felt almost like dueling guitars, a give and take of talent that the two were more than capable of sharing with each other. They played hits off their recent Workhorse EP, but also teased songs off their upcoming Marking Time EP, which is set to be released this August.

Marking Time will feature five songs that Tyler and Dino have written together. As always, Silver and Smoke defies the notion that bands must stick to one genre. You can expect to hear a little bit of western rock ‘n roll, blues grit, country, and just flat-out hard rock on the EP. One of the songs, "River," tips its hat to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s "Free Bird”, so you can expect some pretty gnarly solos that tune.

Amy Kress.

Amy Kress.

Beyond their recent show together, Silver and Smoke have been collaborating with the electro-pop singer Amy Kress regularly, a combination that is bound to be noteworthy. Kress will actually be joining the band on their West Coast tour (August 8-September 5) for a trip though all the gorgeous hot spots: Seattle, Portland, Eugene, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Santa Fe.

Stay tuned for more announcements about Silver and Smoke, as they’ve got a big summer ahead of them! You can keep in touch with the band on their Facebook and website.

-Jura

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Mawule Blends R&B, EDM, and Rock In His Upcoming Album "Chosen"

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Mawule's new release Chosen pulls together personal and creative elements for the win.

There’s never a dull moment for Mawule. The R&B singer/songwriter has been hard at work in the studio the last few months, recording and writing music constantly. While his charisma oozes with each live performance, he has spent most of his time recently rehearsing solo, and investing everything he has into his upcoming album, Chosen.

Mawule has already released two singles, "Fall for Me (feat. Jerney)" and "Anything", both from the upcoming album, and they do not disappoint. His buttery vocals overlay fresh beats, making his songs nearly impossible not to move with.

The album’s title Chosen is a reflection of what many creatives go through. It is an ode to those who know what it’s like to completely immerse yourself into your work, but still struggle to gain recognition. You sacrifice time and money, work until total exhaustion, and make yourself vulnerable to the world. It’s far from easy, but it’s the path you’ve landed yourself on, and you wouldn’t change it for anything else.

Mawule’s music parallels the everyday occurrences many of us face. His passion for relationship dynamics shines through his music, and even through his catchy upbeat songs, he touches on some very real topics. He pulls together his personal life and music life into an empowering, positive message that makes his music enjoyable to listen to.

There were some risks taken when creating Chosen. It is far from a strictly R&B album, and actually incorporates some EDM and rock into it, making it a deliciously unique fusion. Each song is meant to be experienced in a different way, and the album will take you on a journey through the inner workings of Mawule’s mind.

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There will be a release party for Chosen on June 12th at Denver hotspot, Lost Lake. The album will be unveiled in its entirety, along with a few never-before-heard acoustic songs. Mawule’s stage presence always makes his performances a blast to watch. A talented eclectic bunch will be joining this show, including: DJ Zenas, Amy Kress, Jerney, and Ill Se7en. So get in on the action early, and come out to Lost Lake for what is bound to be a night full of dancing and great vibes. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 (presale) and $12 (day of show), so grab them while they're hot! Purchase tickets here.

For an even closer look into the making of Chosen, check out the behind-the-scenes videos for "Simple" and "Get Your Name", as well as personal blog posts from Mawule himself.

-Jura

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Get Along's Back At It With Their Live Recording of "Karaoke"

By: Jura Daubenspeck

After a musical hiatus, Nicholas and Cara Yañez, of the Denver group Get Along, are back at it. They've made live appearances at The Moon Room, Summit Music Hall, and at Larimer Lounge, alongside Teal and Tangent, Amy Kress, and Oh, Be Clever respectively. And the duo don't seem to be stopping any time soon.

Watch Get Along’s live performance of “DNA”:

On top of their shows and raising their infant daughter, Laika, the pair just recorded two live performance sessions at The Spot Studios for their songs "DNA" and "Karaoke," both of which will be featured on their upcoming album.

Recording at The Spot Studios.

Recording at The Spot Studios.

"Karaoke", which was officially released today, harnesses Get Along’s gift for the odd, the visceral, and the vibrant. It definitely tips its hat to their soul, punk, and electronic musical style, and it carries its own unique message within it.

Cara in the studio.

Cara in the studio.

The song starts off with a low rhythmic synth beat, almost something you'd expect to hear in a cultish noir film like Blade Runner; the tempo builds until it's surprisingly met with Cara's ukulele-playing, which takes you to a sunny, beach-side paradise. With this unique pairing, your expectations for this song are already shaken, and your attention is held. Cara's vocals are solemn, powerful, and moving, and all the while Nick gradually incorporates his drum playing, until the song reaches a punk rock crescendo, with the two singing in unison.

Watch Get Along’s “Karaoke”:

Even with its upbeat, alternative sound, "Karaoke" touches on a deeper meaning. It reflects not just the group's disdain of the musical "art form" of karaoke, but also the value of originality over conformity. It preaches finding freedom in one's unique design rather than "karaoke-ing" one’s way through life; and through that original journey, finding peace and empowerment. The lyrics are not a jab at karaoke, but a poetic reflection of keeping true to your own creativity, whether it's generally accepted or not:

But the songs never seem to sound the same,
with the lyrics rolling down on the video screen.
So sing a song that makes them remiss;
brings them back to the lovers and friends who are gone.
If Karaoke is as easy as they say it is,
then why can't I sing it for shit?
If it's as easy as they say it is,
then why can't I sing?

If "Karaoke" is the delicious appetizer for what's to come from Get Along's upcoming releases, I am incredibly excited. Their ability to juggle family life with crafting a totally new sound for their music continues to impress me, and I cannot wait to see what's in store for these two. Connect with the creative duo on Facebook to see what else they're up to.

-Jura

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BLDGBLKS Supports Healthy Lives For Happy Kids at the Frank Shorter RACE4Kids Health 5K and Health Odyssey Expo

By: Jura Daubenspeck

On Sunday, April 10th Colorado's Longmont United Hospital and Whole Foods teamed up with Healthy Learning Paths to host the 7th Annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K. The race started bright and early, and was held at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO. By 7:30am, the venue and its surrounding area were teeming with bright green racing shirts, laughing children, and vendors promoting healthy and happy lifestyles.

BLDGBLKS Music Company had the opportunity to be a part of the event, accompanying the fantastic weather and smiling faces with some equally awesome music. Sam Hozdulick, Amy Kress, and Mawule (Ebenezer Yebuah) took to the stage, each performing their own respective sets.

BLDGBLKS artists pre-performance.

BLDGBLKS artists pre-performance.

After the race, runners and supporters alike were gathered in the main arena, and Sam Hozdulick opened up the afternoon entertainment with her live performance. She started with a upbeat mashup of well-known hits such as Kanye West's "Heartless", Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song", and Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning". She then closed her performance with "Music Speaks", an original song that perfectly highlights both her vocal talent and guitar work.

Sam Hozdulick.

Sam Hozdulick.

Amy Kress took the stage next, showing off her skillful piano playing and soothing vocals with original songs, including "Numb", "Bright Lights", and "Your Love". Even with no accompanying band, Amy's music spoke for itself, and she had athletes of all ages dancing along.

Amy Kress.

Amy Kress.

Mawule closed out the series of performances, bringing up the energy of the room even more with his incredibly catchy rhythms. He took the stage with his DJ and good friend, Zenas Willard, and almost immediately, their music had ears perked and bodies moving. Mawule opened with "Mirror Mirror", followed by "Simple" and "Get Your Name", both of which are featured on his newest album Chosen (to be released June 2016).

Mawule.

Mawule.

Sunday's vibe was positive, and the sense of community was felt throughout the venue. And getting a chance to listen to some of the musical creations of a few of BLDGBLKS' artists made waking up before dawn on a Sunday totally worth it.

-Jura

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Amy Kress Takes On Her Technicolored Monsters in "My Fears And I"

By: Jura Daubenspeck

We like Amy Kress' kind of monsters. 

BLDGBLKS artist Amy Kress in her new music video for "My Fears And I".

BLDGBLKS artist Amy Kress in her new music video for "My Fears And I".

Amy Kress takes no issue with giving it to you straight. And what I continue to be most impressed with is her ability to not exhibit herself as an individual who is unafraid or fearless, but rather, an individual who is strong enough to share her fears and channel them into her music. Because when it comes to cancer, divorce, and the, at times, petrifying role of being a mother, the fear is like the whispering monster under your bed: you can ignore it, temporarily even forget about it, but in the quietest moments, the whispers become deafening.

Amy’s newest music video for her song “My Fears And I” is simple in that there is no supplementary plotline with a cast of characters, no choreographed dance numbers, and no panoramic, aerial or fisheye lens scenery shots. It’s just Amy, virtually bare, staring straight into the camera and pouring herself out. Various technicolor light projections overlie her face, adding an awesome cosmic effect to the starkingly honest words she sings:

In the morning, between sleep and wake, I find peace. I am free.

And my heart bumps and my pulse jumps and the thoughts roll through my mind.

My fears and I, no place to hide. Empty bottles piled high.”

Watch Amy’s new music video for “My Fears And I”:

She delves into the paralyzing fear that no type or amount of substance can numb, and while you may be able to ignore it at times, other days you know you are completely surrounded by the impending terror. And as usual, Amy’s ability to speak so introspectively alongside an upbeat electronic rhythm that moves you to dance makes her music more than just a catchy tune. Amy shared with us what the single means to her:

“‘My Fears And I’ is my song about being completely overwhelmed by the events in my life. Every morning, I would wake and unknowingly savor the silence and peace in my mind. Then the reality I faced- my cancer, my ending marriage, the welfare of my children- it all came crashing down on me until I felt I was unable to carry on. And then we set it to dance music.”

So there you have it. “My Fears And I” was recorded and filmed in Amy’s basement over the course of a few hours, using only a camera, video projector, fog machine, and a laptop. It was released last Friday and is just one song that will be featured on her upcoming album, to be released later this spring. So stay tuned for Amy’s new music and upcoming live performances, by connecting with her on her personal blog, website, and Facebook.

-Jura

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Signs and Signals Keep On Flashing In The Studio and On Stage

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Find yourself "Human Again" with Denver's Signs and Signals.

Big things are in store for Denver’s alternative rock group Signs and Signals. The five-piece band, made up of Jason Kelly (vocals), Ryan Fraser (bass/supporting vocals), Brian Carpenter (lead guitar), John Ensey (guitar/supporting vocals), and Jimmy Fountain (drums) brings a powerful, eclectic flair to their music that is continuing to build momentum.

Signs and Signals at Denver Rockfest last weekend. 

Signs and Signals at Denver Rockfest last weekend. 

Since their inception in May 2014, Signs and Signals have played a number of shows throughout Denver, including Denver’s Underground Music Showcase, have been featured on 93.3 Locals Only, and raised over $6,000 in their Kickstarter campaign, allowing them to record their album, Human Again.

Human Again, which was recorded at The Spot Studios, has a number of songs that are powerful, catchy, and urge you to get up and move. Personal favorites from the album include heavy hitters such as “Fight or Flight,” “Human Again,” and “Here In The Dark.” While each band member has varying musical backgrounds, ranging from classical training, to the “by ear” technique, to being well-versed in the punk/ska scene, their unique talents all come together to create a fantastic sound. And as they continue to play together, along with newer members Ryan Fraser and John Ensey, the group has plans to tweak their sound to a heavier, more emotional feel. We can expect from their new music more riffs, artist collaborations, and deep-cutting lyrics- and I, for one, am excited.

S&S bringing the house down. 

S&S bringing the house down. 

After listening to Signs and Signals’ recorded music, as well as watching them perform on stage, I found that their music truly comes alive when seen in person. I watched them play at Moe’s BBQ in November 2015, and the energy felt during their performance was unreal. They had everyone headbanging, singing along, and cheering- and personally, those are my favorite kinds of shows. You could absolutely tell that the group has a strong bond and genuinely enjoys rocking out with their fans. To top it off, their music carries an excellent blend of “radio-friendly rock” with ass-kicking melodies.

2016 has been a hell of a year so far for the guys of Signs and Signals. They performed at the Bluebird Theater in January, the Marquis Theater in February, and finally, brought the house down last Friday night at Denver Rockfest at the Oriental Theatre, along with Innerspace, Vermillion Road, and My Own Iris.

Listen to Sounds and Signals title track from their album, "Human Again:

So what do we have to look forward to with Signs and Signals? After the excitement of their recent performances, the group has plans to write more music, record a new music video, and work on their collaborations, including their recent piece “Gravity Lies” with vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Amy Kress. That track will be released by the end of the summer.

Though you may not have many chances to see them play live during the upcoming months, be prepared for an even stronger Signs and Signals next fall. And in the meantime, check out their music on Spotify, Soundcloud, and their website.

-Jura

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Amy Kress Has One Hell of a Story- and She's Not Afraid to Share It

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Amy Kress has a story you need to hear and she's not afraid to share it.

BLDGBLKS   Artist Amy Kress.

BLDGBLKS Artist Amy Kress.

Once in awhile, you stumble across someone whose story truly moves you. Amy Kress is one of those people. Her tale is one of immense resiliency and creativity in the face of life’s unexpected obstacles. Yet, it is not a tale that calls for pity, because Amy’s story and character indicate nothing but strength and authenticity.  

The contemporary electronic/pop artist was born in Canada, but grew up in Saudi Arabia and traveled often. She moved to the United States in 2001 and now calls Lakewood, CO her home, along with her two children and pets. Music has been an integral part of her life since she was young; she was active in high school choir, jazz band, and was skilled at the piano and french horn. Only until recent years, music remained a private aspect of Amy’s life.

Kress at a live performance for a secret show.

Kress at a live performance for a secret show.

In 2011, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. While she had always exhibited musical talent, this was a turning point.

“We all have those things that we say to ourselves ‘One day I’ll do it. One day, one day.’ But with that diagnosis, I realized that ‘one day’ needed to happen now.”

And with that, her mission became clear: to tap into her passion and record music. She began working with The Spot Studios and within five months, the entire 14-track album Secret Music was recorded. The album is a delicious blend of songs that showcase her vocal talent. Her music holds the stellar combination of rhythms you can get down to both on a dance floor and alone in your living room.

Kress croonin'.

Kress croonin'.

September 2014, just as Amy began co-writing and recording her second album, she was diagnosed with cancer again. Yet what some may call a setback only further propelled Amy to continue her success with creating music. Since then, she has released the song ‘Iceland,’ with a gorgeous accompanying music video (which BolderBeat covered here). ‘Iceland’ has a melody that elicits emotion. What that emotion may be for you, I cannot say, but it’s a song that I’ve played on repeat, and that, I think, says something.

Amy’s music cuts to the root of the emotional experience. It places you in vulnerable situations where you lose yourself, where you are unmasked, and where you come out on the other side stronger. What I appreciate about her the most is, on top of her incredible talent, she tells her story with such candor and sincerity that it’s hard not to admire the hell out of her. She is an individual who has approached some of life’s most difficult experiences and said, “Screw thisI’m doing what I want to do. Now.”

Be on the lookout for Amy’s upcoming music, as she anticipates another full length album to be released later this spring. You can check out her website for the latest news, music, videos, and merchandise. And for an even closer look into Amy’s musings, take a peek at her personal blog.

Listen to Amy's Secret Music:

-Jura

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Binsky Explores The Realm of Glitch Hop, Phantom Beats, and Robotic Animals

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Binsky's glitch hop will keep you movin.'

BLDGBLKS  Artist Binsky.

BLDGBLKS Artist Binsky.

Binsky (born Drew Jubinsky) takes electronic music to the next level. He has an incredible ability to visualize and replicate the texture of sounds and has a unique spirit as well. It’s not every day that you meet a producer who views his music the way Binsky does. Hailing from West Palm Beach, Florida, he has been creating drum and bass rhythms since 2001.

Having made his home in Denver for almost five years, Binsky occupies his time with creating beats that resemble the unrecognizable phantom rhythms one might hear ringing in their ears hours after attending a live show. His music might be described as drum and bass, glitch hop, and dubstep. But holding favor to a darker, creepier vibe, Binsky uses drum cymbals, bass lines (and would you have ever guessed, saran wrap?) to create intensely flexed visuals through texturally diverse beats. In a conversation, he shared with me that he is influenced by the philosophy of Biomechanical Tattoos, an increasingly popular art form that depicts what the human anatomy would look like with mechanical parts.

“I have a number of influences, but they don’t necessarily come out as themes in my music. I create textures that are pieced together. For bass lines, I think of a specific animal as if it’s running through the woods, and then tweak the sound accordingly. You know those sounds and rhythms you think you hear? I try to recreate those sounds with my music.”

For Binsky, music is about the art, not about generating attention for his work. But lucky for us, an ample amount of his music is available online for our listening pleasure. His single, Forest Creatures takes it to a whole other level, transforming you into a robotic woodland creature, scampering through the dense shadowy shrub. Like the sound of that? You can find even more of his music on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Last.fm. And that doesn’t even include the full arsenal of music he has yet to release.

His collaboration with fellow BLDGBLKS artist Amy Kress for her music video "Iceland" is also one that is sure to keep your body moving. And if you’re a fan of bootleg remixes, then be sure to check out his Bootleg Remix page on Bandcamp.

Binsky is purely, wholeheartedly, and passionately about the music. His knack for constantly molding and adapting makes him one to keep tabs on. His goals are set high, as he strives to tap into the soundtracking industry and also create accompanying visuals for his music. His unique techniques for creating his sound makes me especially excited to see what kinds of visual art he will create in the future.

If you’re hooked, just as I was after my first Binsky listen, then you can check him out every second Monday of the month at Herb’s Jazz Bar in Denver. It’s one way you can make your Mondays a little less mundane. Keep up on Binsky’s latest whereabouts here on BolderBeat and on Binsky’s Facebook.

Check out some of Binsky's tracks below:

-Jura

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An Introduction to BLDGBLKS Music Company!

By: Jura Daubenspeck

BLDGBLKS Music Company is building quite a lot in Colorado. 

BLDGBLKS Music Company is proud to announce our recent partnership with BolderBeat! We are a Denver based music company creating sustainable careers for our clients in the entertainment industry. We specialize in artist development, artist management, guerrilla and digital marketing, social media strategy, content creation, and consultation. Our clientele includes: bands, artists, music businesses, lifestyle brands, and more. 

We are located in a secluded estate in Lakewood, CO, and share the space with The Spot Studios. The mansion-turned-recording-studio is unique in its design and is home to state-of-the-art recording technology. Our team is comprised of experienced artists, engineers, producers, web developers, designers, and event organizers. We know what it is like to be faced with a challenge that seems impossible to overcome, and we work with our clients to create a plan that fulfills their vision.

There is never a dull moment at BLDGBLKS! There are new developments happening with our artists every day, and we could not be more stoked to share them all with you. Check out our artists below:

Amy Kress (Contemporary Electronic Pop): Canadian-born singer/songwriter with a powerful voice. Her debut album Secret Music is a collection of heartfelt soul and humor that makes Amy’s music a unique listening experience. She also just released a video that BolderBeat featured.

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Binsky (Drum & Bass, Jungle, Glitch-Hop): Bending and chopping sounds is what Binsky does best. He visualizes sounds and sculpts them into textured works of art that will keep you moving and grooving. You can listen to his most recent projects here.

Mawule (Futuristic R&B/Soul): Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, a background in gospel choir led Mawule into the music world. His refined ear and ability to communicate messages in a catchy, relatable way are what hold the integrity of Mawule’s music. Check out his discography.

Sam Hozdulick (Indie Blues Rock): This LGBT singer/songwriter’s unafraid voice touches on topics such as love, heartache, and resilience. Sam’s sophomore album is in the works and will be released soon. Check out the single “Good Thing” for a little taste.

Signs and Signals (Pop/Rock Alternative): With heartfelt lyrics and a collective energy that oozes, Colorado's own Signs and Signals are a blast to watch perform live. Their music is fun, high-energy, and is sure to make anyone get up and dance. They’ve also been featured on BolderBeat before.

Skytown (High Energy Acoustic Rock): Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, this rock group mixes clean tones, soothing lead vocals, and funky beats to form a beat impossible not to dance to. Check out the styles of this six-piece here.

The Jacob Cade Project (Hard Rock): This seventeen-year-old rocker derives his influences from Jimmy PageSlash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. His electrifying stage presence and immense guitar talent makes him an artist you ought to keep an eye on. Take a listen for yourself.

So be on the lookout for our weekly Tuesday postings with BolderBeat! We will be bringing you the latest BLDGBLKS news about our artists, upcoming shows, album releases, and promotions. For more information about BLDGBLKS Music Company and the artists we work with, please visit our site.

-Jura

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Music Video Release: Amy Kress' "Iceland"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Pop artist Amy Kress released an icy new video.

We’ve recently been chatting with Denver music company BLDGBLKS and last week, one of their artists, Amy Kress, dropped a new music video for her single “Iceland.” The track is on her sophomore album Fly, which was written as a project of healing and reflection during Kress’ battle with cancer. “Iceland” itself was actually inspired by one of Kress’ friends, who booked a romantic getaway for her and her boyfriend there.

Said Denver-based singer/songwriter Kress, “I couldn’t imagine what she was thinking [booking a trip to Iceland] but then she explained [that] she just wanted to be curled up warm in his arms while a cold, dark winter raged on outside.”

Though there’s an element of darkness to the single, there’s also one of light, especially in Kress’ video for the track. “Iceland” was filmed this past August during a “secret show” at Kress’ home. There were over 6,000 lights strung throughout her backyard- over trees and instruments. There were candles strewn all around and a full moon above, which only added to the warmth of the visuals that parallel Kress’ vocals in the song.

Break the chill and give “Iceland” a watch for yourself here:

-Hannah

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