Kyle James Hauser's Music Featured In New Judd Apatow Film 'The Big Sick'

By: Hannah Oreskovich

If you’ve had the chance to check out Judd Apatow’s newest film The Big Sick, you may have noticed a familiar sound in some of the film’s scenes: Colorado’s Kyle James Hauser’s music is featured in the major motion picture.

Kyle James Hauser. Photo Credit: Lindsay Giles McWilliams

Kyle James Hauser. Photo Credit: Lindsay Giles McWilliams

Hauser has been involved in the Colorado music realm in some capacity since he was a teen in Golden, CO and his brother was playing Denver’s punk rock scene in Pinhead Circus. He’s toured with Gregory Alan Isakov, played as a member of Rapidgrass, and released a number of solo neo-folk recordings through Louisville, Kentucky’s sonaBLAST! Records. His first record Oh Oh debuted in 2012, and saw its songs featured in two MTV shows and several movies. Hauser’s last record, You A Thousand Times, was released in 2014 and actually held the #1 spot on Colorado Public Radio during that year. In total, Hauser’s music has been featured in over 12 films, and The Big Sick is the second movie his music can be heard in that has had a nationwide release.

Hauser expressed his excitement about his most recent feature saying, “It’s an incredible honor to have my songs included in such a moving story. For [the film] to be receiving the accolades it has is a dream come true, and is quickly becoming one of the highlights of my career. I can only hope to be a part of something this powerful again in the future and to help continue representing music made in our wonderful state!"

Currently, Hauser is the Colorado Music Strategy Coordinator at The Music District in Fort Collins. He also works with Sean King (Trout Steak Revival) on licensing deals for Colorado artists, manages the Detour Program at The Music District, and teaches songwriting at Berklee College of Music. Needless to say, Hauser is one awesomely accomplished Colorado artist & we’re stoked he garnered such a big opportunity with his tunes!

Photo Credit: Scott McCormick

Photo Credit: Scott McCormick

Ironically Hauser told us that he has no idea what the context of the scenes are in which his featured tracks will play in the film.

“I often don’t see the movies my music is in until the dust has settled,” he chuckled, adding, “But I am a big Judd Apatow fan.”

Listen to Kyle James Hauser:

The Big Sick premiered in LA on June 23rd and has a wide release on July 14th. Some Colorado theaters have showings slated as early as this week, so get yourself tickets!

In the meantime, make sure to check out Hauser’s music and keep up with all he’s involved in with Fort Collins’ The Music District. There are some big things happening there, and Hauser is passionate about sharing them and getting local artists involved.

Keep up with Kyle James Hauser on his website.

-Hannah

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I Went To A Weed Party & Watched Marco Benevento Rock Out Because Denver

By: Mirna Tufekcic

Some might say that weed and music go together like wind and fire: one sets the other ablaze. Partaking in smoking the herb while enjoying music is by no means something novel; it’s something many music lovers and showgoers know to be a staple of the scene since days of past. And Denver, being the hip, progressive city that it is, has companies and entrepreneurs taking this idea a step further by bringing some class and sophistication to the concept.  

Marco Benevento at Cultivated Synergy.

Marco Benevento at Cultivated Synergy.

Recently, I was invited to a private event at Cultivated Synergy, a co-working space for entrepreneurs in the RiNo district of Denver. Marco Benevento, the psych-jazz guru who BolderBeat just wrote about here, played the party. I met Marco via a Lyft ride in Boulder the weekend he played The Fox Theatre. We got to chatting, and after learning that I write for BolderBeat, he invited me to the event in Denver the following Monday. I agreed I’d come check it out, but I had no idea what I was about to witness.

Binske's Samplings.

Binske's Samplings.

When Monday night rolled around, I showed up at Cultivated Synergy around 8PM. Walking through the door, the first thing that hit me was the sweet aroma of a very familiar scent. The people congregating held joints between their fingers, puffing and passing them along, filling the venue with a smoky, hazy vibe.

The full spread.

The full spread.

As I walked around trying to get oriented as to what it was I just walked into, I came upon a table spread of honey, olive oils, chocolates, and joints. The person behind the table greeted me with a very friendly attitude and proceeded to explain that these foods in front of me were a Binske product, a Colorado-based edibles company with a conscientious ethos and a very artsy character. The friendly gentleman offered a taste of any and all of the products on display, making sure to point out they were not medicated, except for the joints obviously. Smart move on their part keeping the food untreated, or else everyone would have been on the floor drooling before the music even started.

The evening was essentially a Binske tasting party, and since they sponsored Marco Benevento’s tour, he eventually took the stage. Once the music started, people got to dancing and having a great time. Marco Benevento’s band is a trio of bad-asses. As Marco put it, “We use our time for fun!” and that fun radiated from the stage. Marco’s piano skills are sophisticated and playful, Andy Borger on the drums nailed the beat, and Karina Rykman’s bass shredding skills whilst holding a perma-smile on her face kept us grooving.

Another thing that goes with joints? Cake. Duh.

Another thing that goes with joints? Cake. Duh.

After some socializing, I came to learn that the marijuana industry in Denver extends far beyond the dispensary and weed growing business-end you hear about. A space like Cultivated Synergy hosts weed parties, events, and even yoga classes frequently, and is known for doing just that. According to one of the attendees at the party who is himself on a quest to capitalize on the weed industry but wanted to remain anonymous, these kinds of events used to be raided and shut down. But, from the looks of it, after Initiative 300, these days that doesn’t seem to be a problem. So the potential, like the ganj, is growing. If you want to be hip like the cool kids in Denver and you’re 4/20 friendly or curious, then I highly recommend checking out Cultivated Synergy for yourself.

-Mirna

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Trev Rich Blows The Door Open on Denver's Hip-Hop Scene

By: Sierra Voss

Rapper Trev Rich has blown open the door on Denver’s hip-hop scene. All eyes are now on the Mile High City’s hip-hop community thanks to Rich’s announcement in 2016 of signing with Cash Money Records (Drake, Nicki Minaj, Young Money). Denver has already been spotlighted in the national music scene with breakout artist like Nathaniel Rateliff, The Lumineers, and now, rapper Trev Rich has also made this shortlist.

Watch Trev Rich’s music video for “Gossip”:

Last week, Trev Rich took the stage at The Gothic Theatre, wrangling up all of his fans, friends and family from far and wide to celebrate his musical journey thus far. Trev has a reputation of being a genuinely happy dude who knows how to rhyme, and his performance was true to form. The venue was packed and buzzing as the night's openers took the stage, which included sets by Squizzy DJS featuring DJ Squizzy Taylor + DJ Hollywood Cook + DJ KDJ Above, Trayce Chapman, and Povi.

Trev sang hits off of his most recent mixtape, including popular favorites like “Flex Sumn.” He worked the entire stage, backlit by an LED screen which displayed an array of graphics behind him with short video clip interludes between songs. Standout graphics included drone images of Denver’s cityscapes and Rich’s classic portrait from the cover of his 2016 album To Make a Long Story Short.

Rich’s set was short but fierce, marked by explosions of fog and vocal tags including the classic airhorn sound. Fans ate it up, dancing and singing along as he crushed through his set. Trev Rich ended the show by inviting a fan up onstage to take the mic as he smiled, “I know she knows every word to this one!” His charisma during his performance and his involvement with the crowd proved this is an artist who has the spirit needed to represent Denver hip-hop and take it to the national level.

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We can’t wait to see what's up next for this talented Denver artist.

Keep up with Trev Rich here.

-Sierra

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Bonnaroo Music Festival Announces Official 2017 Lineup

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Manchester, TN's massive music festival announced their full lineup this morning for the June 8th-11th, 2017 fest. Headliners of Bonnaroo include U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance The Rapper.

Peep the full lineup below; tickets here.

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-Hannah

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Coachella Announces 2017 Lineup

Coachella’s 2017 lineup was announced this morning for both weekends of the Indio, California desert festival via Coachella’s Twitter page. Weekend One runs Friday, April 14- Sunday, April 16; Weekend Two runs Friday, April 21- Sunday, April 23.

Headliners include Radiohead, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar. Other honorable mentions include Father John Misty, Big Gigantic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bon Iver, Future, The Head & The Heart, Four Tet, Thundercat, Lorde, Justice, New Order, Toots & The Maytals, Real Estate, and King Sunny Ade.

Mysteriously missing is rumored Frank Ocean, but maybe that’s to be expected...

Coachella passes go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, January 4 at 11AM Pacific.

See the full lineup below:

Electric Forest Announces Additional Headliners

Electric Forest, one of the nation's most vibey festivals, just announced additional headliners Dillon Francis and Flume this week. The two join an already stacked list for the seventh annual camping and music festival in Rothbury, Michigan. This year, the event actually has two weekends planned for your magical foresting experience: June 22–June 25 and June 29–July 2.

Previous lineup announcement for EF include: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Claude VonStroke, 12th Planet, Jai Wolf, Lettuce, The Floozies, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Waka Flocka Flame.

All of these artists will perform both weekends, many of them promising unique shows so that no two experiences are alike. Fans can expect to hear some of the acts unplugged, with unusual collaborations and sit-ins, performing special themed sets, and more.

View the complete list of announced artists set to perform the First Weekend and Second Weekend of EF here.

Tickets for Electric Forest 2017 are on sale now at www.electricforestfestival.com/tickets.

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Mac DeMarco Announces He "Just finished #Mixin the new #disc"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s been almost two years since Mac DeMarco released new music, but last night, the prolifically touring party boy announced via Instagram that he “Just finished #Mixin the new #disc.” His last release, the mini-album Another One (2015), was tantamount to developing the almost cult-following that is DeMarco’s fanbase. Needless to say, the internet went wild after DeMarco’s post.

Sources close to DeMarco have refused to comment on the artist’s plans for new music in 2017, but something tells us that whatever drops next will keep this cigarette-crowned artist reigning in indie rock…

Read more about some of the insane antics we witnessed at one of DeMarco’s live shows here.

-Hannah

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival Announces Initial Lineup For 2017

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Last year, we brought you some exclusive coverage of Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, both behind the scenes & in the crowd. John Prine, Dave Rawlings Machine, Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, Houndmouth, and Leftover Salmon were some of last year’s standout performances, and Telluride’s famous fest has more magic up its sleeve for 2017.

Life at 2016 Telluride. Photo Credit:   Riley Ann

Life at 2016 Telluride. Photo Credit: Riley Ann

Today, initial lineup announcements were made for what will be the fest’s 44th year. Headliners include Sam Bush Band, Brandi Carlile, and Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys. See the rest of the initial announcements on this year’s bill below, and get more info on the fest and tickets here.

Telluride Bluegrass 2017 Initial Lineup Announcement:

Sam Bush Band
Brandi Carlile
Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys
Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Bela, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart
Dispatch
Yonder Mountain String Band
Greensky Bluegrass
Bela Fleck & Chris Thile
Elephant Revival
Punch Brothers
Hot Rize
Peter Rowan
Jerry Douglas Band
Tim O’Brien
Chris Thile
Sarah Jarosz
The East Pointers
Fireball Mail

-Hannah

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December 17th Has Officially Been Declared Colorado's Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Day

By: Sierra Voss

Governor Hickenlooper hereby proclaimed December 17th as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Day last night. That’s right, this sweet Denver-based band now have a day all their own for all they have brought to the world with their music, and more specifically, for all they have brought to Colorado.

During the short ceremony prior to the show, Hickenlooper made a declaration to the sold-out Ogden crowd, bestowing the honor upon the band:

“So we want to do something really special tonight to thank them for everything they have done to put us on the map in such a big way…
Whereas the folk R&B group haS traveled over 208,000 miles in the last 18 months, touring the world and playing sold-out venues; and
Whereas, since June 2015, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have performed 246 shows in more than 16 countries across the globe; and
Whereas Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats sold over 640,000 albums and have performed for over 700,000 people, not including you; and
Whereas 7.1 million people have listened on Spotify and streamed the equivalent of over 432 years of the group's music; and
Whereas, managed by Chris Tetzeli and Denver-based 7S Management, the group, even with their global travel, has deep roots to the Colorado community; and
Whereas their upcoming August 2017 show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a world-renowned venue with 10,000 seats, sold out in just 7 minutes!; and
Whereas Colorado’s music scene continues to grow and thrive through the enormous talent, dedication, and passion for community that musicians like Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats brings to our state;
Therefore, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the entire State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim forever after, December 17th, 2016 as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Day in the state of Colorado."

And so, on the snowy Saturday night, fans celebrated a day in the name of the band as Nathaniel Rateliff dropped to his knees, thanking the audience as the Colorado flag was wrapped around his shoulders.

The adoring crowd launched into dance as the band opened their emotionally heartfelt set. The room was buzzing with positive vibes encapsulating the support this community has had for Rateliff & The Night Sweats throughout their journey. It was clear how moved Nathaniel was as he stopped every few song to praise the crowd and speak his heart, wiping away tears.

It seemed all and every popular Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats song was played, including of course, the band’s hit song, S.O.B. The band closed with this track and departed the stage, prompting the crowd to burst out into chorus singing back to the band for an encore.

It was a magical night for Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats fans, and an important recognition from the state regarding Colorado’s growing music scene. The band’s next announced Colorado gig is the aforementioned Red Rocks Ampitheater show in August 2017. Looking to catch a show before next summer? Check out their international tour schedule here.

-Sierra

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California's "Lyrical Architect" Myke Bogan Spreads Love & Positivity Through Hip-Hop

By: Jura Daubenspeck

California-born hip-hop craftsman and self-proclaimed “lyrical architect” Myke Bogan is an artist who keeps his third eye open to keep the creativity flowing. I first saw Bogan perform in 2015 at Cervantes’ The Other Side’s Monday Night Menagerie. With no prior knowledge on the artists performing that night, I was immediately blown away by Bogan’s rhymes, charisma, and the immense rapport he had with the crowd.

Myke Bogan.

Myke Bogan.

His first release So Long, South Dakota (2012) pays homage to the University of South Dakota,  both his alma mater, and the place where he initially made his musical mark. Since then, Bogan has consistently gained momentum in the industry, releasing albums each year that do not disappoint. Each of his release are unique and different, but all share the same message: spread love wherever you go.

Festin'. Photo Credit: Connor Meyer

Festin'. Photo Credit: Connor Meyer

Bogan’s 2015 release Casino Carpet includes some of his best known tracks, including “6 Beers,” “Pink Cocaine,” and one of my all-time favorites “Aye Aye,” which has an accompanying hyperchromatic music video that’s sure to trip you out.

Watch Myke Bogan’s music video for “Beach And A Blanket”:

As an indie artist, Bogan reinforces the concept of creating music not for superstar status, but for the fans and the good vibes. His music videos, including “Beach And A Blanket,” are feel-good tributes to summertime with friends: a sentiment that most folks can relate to. Bogan’s music overall highlights the finer things in life: good pals, dank greens, tasty beers, and above all else, spreading positivity. While it’s hard to choose the “greatest” from his library of hits, here are a few of my Myke Bogan favorites: Here We Go, “Kushberry Pancakes,” “Skunk Nugs,” “Uncle Elroy’s Couch,” Tre Redeau’s “The Anthem (feat. Myke Bogan and Manny Monday),” and Vinnie Dewayne’s “Easy feat. Myke Bogan.”

Backstage with Bogan. Photo Credit: Sean McDonald.

Backstage with Bogan. Photo Credit: Sean McDonald.

This year has proven to be one awesome one for Bogan, who played at Pickathon Festival and released his newest EP Rare Treat with The Last Artful, Dodgr and Neill Von Tally. Now back in Portland, OR, Bogan is working on his upcoming album HFS, which will be produced by label EYRST.

Bogan’s lyrical flow, personal connection with his fans, and dedication to creating positivity through his raps makes him an artist to catch while you still can. It’s a ‘rare treat’ to be able to witness an artist on the rise, especially one who takes the time to personally respond to each of his fans’ comments on his Facebook. I, for one, can’t wait to see what 2017 has to bring for this talented and humble lyricist, so check him out and share the love.  

-Jura

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Why To Turn Your Eye To Solo Woods

By: Annie Kane

Some of the most slept on artists are the ones right in front of us.

Openers for headlining artists are usually skipped, ignored, or booed offstage in anticipation for the main performer. Little do people know that those artists aren’t just thrown on stage to fill time, but are actually picked with the support of either the artist they bought the ticket for, or other influential people in the industry. If you were able to catch Leon Bridges’ performance at the Paramount Theatre in Denver recently, I hope you got to catch his opening R&B act, Solo Woods.

Solo Woods.

Solo Woods.

Hailing from Chicago and currently based in Brooklyn, Solo Woods is a powerhouse artist. His moving voice links his interchanging styles, ranging from soulful R&B to funky synths reminiscent of 80’s Prince. He’s grabbed the attention of Pigeons and Planes and AfroPunk. With regard to his song “Long Ways”, P&P writer, Katie Kelly said it “makes me feel something I didn’t think was humanly possible”. This just about sums up my first interaction with Woods too.

Though I was unable to snag a ticket in time for Leon Bridges’ sold out Paramount Theatre performance, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time for the intimate performance by both Woods and Bridges at Goosetown Tavern’s open mic in Denver. Half of the tavern was emptied out to make room for a small stage, and there were roughly 30 people in the room as Woods stepped up to the mic, guitar in hand. His drummer, Themba, set up behind him.

Solo Woods at his Goosetown Tavern performance.

Solo Woods at his Goosetown Tavern performance.

As Woods started singing, the chatty crowd quieted down and gathered closer to check him out. His acoustic set was minimalistic and focused attention on his voice and pure artistry. Curious people from the other room filed in at the call of his voice. Leon watched intently, nodding in approval and smiling in awe of his skill. The breadth of Woods’ ethereal voice swelled the energy in the room, and stopped me dead in my tracks. You know that feeling when you hear a new song for the first time and you feel high from the refreshing new sound? That’s how I felt with every song that Solo Woods performed. I could tell I wasn’t alone, as the crowd sang along to his live performance of “Long Ways”, encouraging him to continue the song and add a few more guitar riffs.

On their last tour, Leon Bridges brought along Kali Uchis to open, who has since skyrocketed and collaborated with Vince Staples, Major Lazer, Goldlink, and Tyler, the Creator. Singer songwriter Brittni Jessi confidently confirmed that the same fate awaits Woods when I spoke to her at this show. Solo Woods’ music is available on SoundCloud, Spotify, and Apple Music. Make sure to go give it a listen!

-Annie

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We Talked to The Fighter and The Kid About Their Upcoming Denver Stand-Up Shows, CO Music, & More

By: Hannah Oreskovich + An Interview By David Landry

This is a duo you don't want to miss. 

You may know actor/writer/comedian Bryan Callen and former professional football player, UFC fighter, and Colorado native/CU alum Brendan Schaub best from their podcast “The Fighter and The Kid”, which garners over 3 million downloads a month. I first heard the comedic duo on The Joe Rogan Experience, which prompted me to dive into their hilarious and wildly successful show. Recently, the two announced that they’re hitting the road together for a nationwide stand-up tour, starting at the Irvine Improv in California this Wednesday, March 16th. We were hoping for a Colorado date, and lucky for us, WE GOT FOUR, the most shows of anywhere that these riotous dudes are scheduled to perform.

Our contributor David recently chatted with the duo about their upcoming stand-up tour, Schaub’s time at CU, Colorado music, and more. So get ready to roar this Friday and Saturday at Comedy Works Denver South, because if our conversation with these two is any indication, it’s going to be one hell of a weekend at the CW. Keep reading, and for the full audio interview, scroll to the bottom and listen up:

D: How yah doing gentleman?

C: Just a couple of men on a Friday morning.

Schaub & Callen. 

Schaub & Callen. 

D: Haha great. So you have a really fantastic podcast. It’s really funny and it seems really natural, like you guys just have fun talking and laughing with each other. How did y’all meet and build that chemistry and create something like this?

S: We’ve always kind of had that chemistry, from day one. I met Brian on the set of The Ultimate Fighter in Vegas and I’ve always been interested in the entertainment business. Bryan is one of the pioneers for that out here [in LA] so when I moved out here, he took me under his wing. He asked me to come on his podcast and we had this weird chemistry, so it was Brian’s idea to start this thing and, man, I was never expecting it to become what it has.

C: Yeah- you never know if something is going to become successful. But we are two guys who are hanging out and talking the way we would anyway- and that’s the big thing. We’re not planning anything. We just go and talk. And when we have someone on as a guest, we’re not trying to interview them…. They’re part of a conversation. There’s no filter.

S: Yeah we have no agenda. We can talk [with our guests] about whatever we all want to talk about. We’re just hanging out. I think a lot of people tune in because [it’s like] they’re one of the guys. A lot of people in this business want the love from everybody, but that’s not the way to go. And that’s how I know a show is good- if we get a bunch of bad comments or good comments, as long as they’re comments, it’s good because then we know they care about what we’re saying.

C: It’s true. In comedy, if 20% of the audience is a little disturbed or maybe doesn’t even like you that much, then you’re doing your job. If everybody likes you, then you’re just one of those comics up there smashing watermelons or something, with all due respect.

S: Yeah I’m thinking about smashing fruit at our next live show Brian. I’m running out of material…

C: I’m already all over it.

D: I think as long as you wear a cabbie hat and a mustache for that, you’ll be fine. So talk to us about this radical tour ya’ll are about to start on March 16th.

S: We start in Irvine and then we head to my hometown of Denver.

D: So Brendan you’re from Colorado? You grew up here and are from the Denver area?

S: Correct- I grew up in Aurora, Colorado and I went to Overland High School, and then I went to University of Colorado where I played football for four years.

D: That’s fantastic. I didn’t know you grew up in Colorado as well. Is that a reason you are doing four shows at Comedy Works Denver on March 18th and 19th?

S: Yeah that’s usually not our game plan. Usually what we do is one city, one night, one show- a big show- in like 800-900 [person] theatres. But in Denver at Comedy Works… I mean I’m from there so I’d like everybody who wants to see it to be able to see it, and it’s Denver. I know they’re going to come out and support, so that’s kind of the plan here.

C: A lot of times we’ll do a show and sell out really quickly but the bummer is we have to turn a bunch of people away and we’re like look, we’re in Denver, let’s just do four shows and see what happens.

D: That’s awesome.

S: Oh and it’s my birthday March 18th!

D: So the 18th show is going to be like a nude show? Everyone’s going to be in their birthday suits?

S: Yeah the only way you’re going to get in is with a birthday suit and a positive attitude. 

Callen preparing to get into his birthday suit. 

Callen preparing to get into his birthday suit. 

D: I’m glad we’re on the same page. So BolderBeat is a music news and entertainment website. Brendan- growing up in Colorado, who were some of the local bands and artists that you were listening to? And what were some of the places you’d go hang out in with your football buddies?

S: I remember one of the [local] bands who was really huge in highschool and college was The Fray. They were awesome. As far as other Colorado bands, I worked security at The Fillmore, The Gothic, and Red Rocks in college so I was around a lot of the music industry… And as far as where we hung out, I was in the typical Boulder spots: The Sink, Pearl Street.

C: Yeah some really big bands have come out of [Colorado] right? Like Big Head Todd [& the Monsters]?

D: Yeah and The Samples. So when you guys go out and do a performance of “The Fighter and The Kid” live, are you going out and doing the podcast?

S: See that’s where people make a mistake. A lot of the bigger podcasts in the podcast world go out and do these live shows, but “The Fighter and The Kid” live show is not a live podcast... it’s a live experience, it’s an entertainment show. It’s not like the podcast. But if you like the podcast, you’ll love this. We get pretty wild and have some fun.

C: Yeah we kind of surprise each other too. We like to throw things in there and get crazy.

D: Nice. So your podcast is weekly- are you still doing the podcast while you are on the road since y’all are on tour until May?

S: Yeah we always find time to get it done. The podcast is our mothership and home base and we know that not everyone can make it to these live shows. We realize that. So people can still bank on two podcasts a week, that’s for sure.

C: Always. Without fail.

D: Cool. Can you tell us one of the weirdest things that has happened to y’all while you were traveling on tour?

C: One time this woman got up and accused Brendan of proposing to her and there was this weird moment in the audience. She was like, “You asked me to marry you.” And she was um… she was the worst. She looked like Brendan with a wig. And Brendan was like-

S: -yeah we do open forum fan questions at the end where it’s a live mic, so you can’t really censor those. So we’ve had some pretty interesting questions. It makes it fun though. That’s how we end every show.

C: Then it’s like $10 to touch us and $15 to have sex with us.

50 Cent   allegedly paid $20 in Vitamin Water to touch Callen and Schaub. 

50 Cent allegedly paid $20 in Vitamin Water to touch Callen and Schaub. 

D: Well gentleman, I don’t really have any more questions. We know you’re playing Comedy Works South in Denver this weekend. Anything else you’d like to add?

C: We’re excited.

S: Last time I was in Denver, I was fighting in an octagon for the UFC, so this performance, I think, is going to be a little more fun.

D: Well hopefully there will still be a knockout.

C: Brenden and I are going to do some light sparring on stage, some light sparring.

D: Can’t wait.

Get your tickets to the show while you still can! Buy them here.

Listen to our full audio interview with The Fighter and The Kid:

We’ll see you at Denver Comedy Works South this weekend peeps.

-Hannah & David

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I Can't Stop Listening to Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Kurt Vile's latest is just pure indie gold.

Ok kids. I just can’t keep quiet anymore. I have to tell you about Kurt Vile’s latest album b’lieve i’m goin down. More specifically, I have to tell you about Kurt Vile’s latest single, “Pretty Pimpin.” And that’s because it’s so.damn.good. There are catchy guitars, the kick pulls just right, the harmonies aren’t the sort of harmonies you’d expect on this track (which makes them all the more catchy somehow and seriously awesome), and the bridge kicks ass. It's also got this sort of '90s element to it that I can't fully articulate, but that I love

Look- I was skeptical at first. I wasn’t sure how to feel about a song titled “Pretty Pimpin” sung by some white-boy-singer-songwriter-from-Philly, ok? And this apprehension was coming from someone who has dug on on their fair share of Kurt Vile goodness (crushed on his former work in War on Drugs and he kept my heart beating when he went solo and did things like “He’s Alright” and “Wakin on a Pretty Day.”) But really- this new album is Vile’s finest work. It’s instrumentally well-done, the production is tight, and Vile really seems like he’s found it. He’s found that thing. This album also has the most potential for mass appeal of anything that Vile’s put out, and although that’s typically when I start to detest an artist, it’s somehow working in his favor on this one.

I’ve had “Pretty Pimpin” on repeat for days. And of course I bought b'lieve i'm goin down. So give it a spin, and watch the video for "Pretty Pimpin" below. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

-Hannah

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Music Video Release: Father John Misty's "The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

FJM's new video is twisted, twisted in all of the best sarcastic ways.

Father John Misty was one of my favorite shows of the 2015 concert season. I saw him back in April at the Ogden Theatre in Denver and it was a rock’n’roll worship service dripping with satire and sex, which you can read more about here.

Last Friday, FJM dropped a video for his track “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment,” a sarcastic and loathing bit about (what else?) a woman. But more specifically, a pretentious, insufferable “white girl” who fuels her boredom with drugs and a meaningless tryst with Tillman. Ironically, and only adding to the persona he’s created for Father John Misty, Tillman actually stars in the video as both himself, and the woman he detests so much. J. Tillman is one sardonic beast, and I love every bit of it. Watch the video here:

-Hannah

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ICYMI: Faces Reunion Performance

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Ooh La La Baby.

Back in the 70s.

Back in the 70s.

It’s been two decades since Rod Stewart joined Faces for a live performance. In fact, Stewart bailed on the band’s last scheduled performance just three years ago 24 hours before their introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the Rod crawled out from behind his hip-shaking, glitter-jacket-wearing solo career of hair gel and hits this weekend. If you were lucky enough to be at the Huntwood Polo Club in Surrey, England last Saturday (you equestrian, you), then you saw Stewart join surviving Faces members Kenney Jones (drums) and Ron Wood (guitar) for seven sweet songs. Their setlist consisted of:

  1. I Feel So Good
  2. You Can Make Me Dance
  3. Ooh La La
  4. I’d Rather Go Blind
  5. (I Know) I’m Losing You
  6. Stay With Me
  7. Sweet Little Rock’n’Roller

Is a Faces reunion in the works? Who knows. But a little “Ooh La La” live never hurt anybody.

-Hannah

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Watch a fan video from the Huntwood performance here:


Wondering who the Faces are? It’s likely you’ve heard them without even knowing it. Though some of their solo careers and other projects became more notable than their work in Faces, their contribution with this band was definitely influential in rock’n’roll.

Listen to this track and everything will click:

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