Wrap Your Ears In Our 'A Very Indie Holiday' Playlist

Spend your holiday season with your ears wrapped in our newest playlist! “A Very Indie Holiday” by tastemaker Sierra Voss has tunes by artists like The Shins, Fruit Bats, Vulfpeck, LCD Soundsystem, Blitzen Trapper, The Lumineers, Cat Power, and of course, Christmas-loving Sufjan Stevens.

Make sure to follow us on Spotify to check out our many playlists, and if you’re an artist looking to submit your song for playlist consideration, roll to our Contact page and do it!

Happy Holidays music lovers.

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Denver's Indie Folk Band HERESTOFIGHTIN Feeds The Soul With Their Fresh Perspective

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Nestled within the rocky mountains, sprouted along with the pines and the aspens, is Denver’s indie folk band HERESTOFIGHTIN. Since 2013, members Gabe Wyatt and Aaron Campbell, along with newer members Lazarus Blehm and Levi Blehm, have been pushing the boundaries of traditional folk music, catering their sound and message to resnoate in the hearts of young creatives.

HERESTOFIGHTIN fluctuates between a soothingly forward-thinking and a gently nostalgic feel. Their message is simple, yet multi-faceted: embrace your truth, embrace the moments that tear you down, only to build you back up again, and don’t be afraid to get a little lost, because no matter what, you’re alive. Their mantra, “remember who you are in the struggles you’re facing; we all have our fight, that’s just you in the making” is a fresh perspective for anyone going through a rough patch.

HERESTOFIGHTIN.

HERESTOFIGHTIN.

HERESTOFIGHTIN’s recently released EP Becoming Native (2016) is a 12 song storybook about searching for the lost pieces of your soul before finding your way home again. Listening to Becoming Native, I heard influences ranging from Mumford & Sons, to The Decemberists, and The Strumbellas. Wyatt’s vocals are smooth, yet have a wide, bluesy range. Songs such as “Whiskey Choir” and “Hard Nights” are loud and soulful, while others such as “California” and “Down the Road” take on a more backwoods folk feel. Other favorites of mine are the darker “Ghost” and the EP’s finale, “Voices.” The band also released a music video for “Heart & Soul,” a song that’s sure to make you want to get up and dance around.

Check out HERESTOFIGHTIN's "Heart & Soul":

In a city where locally made talent reigns the most high, and where tweaking the norm is welcomed, HERESTOFIGHTIN fits right in. Their message is clear, honest, and without a hidden agenda. If you’re intrigued now, you’re in luck! The band will be performing at Larimer Lounge tomorrow night (December 7th), and will be joined by Cody Statz, The Samuel Edgar Band, and Steamboat Revival. Tickets can be purchased here. So stick it to the snow, and get yourself out to Larimer Lounge tomorrow night for some warm, feel-good tunes.

Connect with HERESTOFIGHTIN on their Facebook and Instagram. Also, check out their website for a closer look into their world, including the chance to join their street team. You know you want to!

-Jura

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Fruit Bats Flying Over to The Fox This Saturday

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Formed in 1997 by singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson, Fruit Bats came up with the early ‘00s indie folk rock boom. The four-track solo project that soon evolved into a full band, (with original members from Rowboat, another Johnson pastime) the group’s debut album Echolocation was released on Perishable Records in 2001. After touring with big bands of the time, including Modest Mouse and The Shins, Fruit Bats were picked up by Sub Pop, where they released four more records over the course of almost a decade.

Eric D. Johnson.

Eric D. Johnson.

After a personal tragedy forced Johnson to end the project, he hit the road with The Shins, Vetiver, and Califone. He then went on to produce a Breathe Owl Breathe record, scored films, and focused on the success of his growing Huichica Music Festival. But the deeper Johnson dug to find himself and start anew, the more he realized that his identity was within “this dumb fake punk rock name that I put on a four-track tape.” Johnson missed Fruit Bats.

Watch the music video for Fruit Bats' "Humbug Mountain Song":

To the delight of fans internationally, Fruit Bats reformed in 2015, touring with My Morning Jacket and recording their album Absolute Loser, which dropped last spring. The album gained a lot of buzz, with Consequence of Sound calling it the record which “brings the best of Fruit Bats’ diverse discography together.” Following its successful release, FB hit the pavement on a headlining tour, which brings us to now. This Saturday, November 5th, Fruit Bats are headlining The Fox Theatre. Front Range favorites The River Arkansas will open the evening, with Fruit Bats to follow. Tickets are only $15 in advance, and can be purchased here.

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Fruit Bats are stoked to be back on the road, so you can expect Saturday's gig to be one of their best live performances yet. They’ll be playing tunes across their catalogue, and are sure to be raising the Fox’s folk rock roof.

Come check them out! We’ll see you there.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 08/26, 08/27, & 08/28

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF yo. Here’s The Six:

Today (Friday 08/26):

RiNo Music Festival at RiNo Neighborhood in Denver 430PM-Close

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Channel 93.3, Westword, and Twist and Shout are throwing a festival bash for you today in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, and it’s just in time for happy hour. The music lineup includes Silversun Pickups, St. Lucia, 888, Bishop Briggs, and A Silent Film. Tickets are $40 for the whole shebang, and you can nab ‘em here. Festi while you can, folks.

Watch 888’s official music video for their song “Critical Mistakes”:

Local Songwriter Showcase at Club 156 in Boulder 7PM-9PM

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CU’s Program Council is putting on a cool event tonight at Club 156 that features several local talented singer/songwriters, including Cameron Bailey, Jobi, Jarocki, Ethan Cohen, Nate Harvey, and Sophie Kloor. The event is free and open to the public, so whether you’re new to CU and wanting to learn more about the music scene, or a longtime Boulder resident wanting to check out some new tunes, get to this show! 

Listen to Sophie Kloor’s demo for her song “Losing Myself”:

Kutandara Kombi at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

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Boulder’s Kutandara is a world music group, fusing “African music traditions with indie-pop, rock, jazz, gospel, [and] classical” sounds. And tonight, they’ve got a gig at Boulder’s LG that is sure to make your spirits dance. Kutandara are well known for their eclectic sets, playing every show with the intent of “exchanging energy of music and movement with our audiences”. Sounds like a rad time- and it’s free! Head on down.

Sample some Kutandara tracks here.

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/27):

Eros and the Eschaton Album Release Show at Larimer Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

Colorado Springs’ Eros and the Eschaton dropped their sophomore album Weight of Matter recently, and we have been diggin’ on it. Major. Read more about it in our review of the album, and celebrate with the band tomorrow at their Larimer show. Denver’s I Sank Molly Brown and Maybe Baby & The Bitch Boys are joining the party, and OpenAir CPR is putting on the show. Tickets are only $10 in advance. Get ‘em now, and while you’re at it, get Weight of Matter. Your ears will thank you.

Listen to Eros and the Eschaton’s single “Rxx”:

Mayhem Gulch at Conor O’Neill’s in Boulder 10PM-Close

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If you’re looking for a solid bluegrass show for the weekend, look no further Colorado! Boulder’s own bluegrass/newgrass five-piece Mayhem Gulch will be strummin’ at Conor’s tomorrow night. The group describe themselves as “a whiskey-fueled campfire jam”, which sounds pretty perfect for a summer Saturday. So get to it!

Listen to Mayhem Gulch’s “Run for the Hills”:

The Next Day (Sunday 08/28):

Magpie, Ethan Griggs + Sonder Ensemble, & Chloe Tang at Lost Lake Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

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Back in March, we featured Denver’s soulful folk outfit Magpie. The “orchestral folk rock” project, led by Zach Dunn, is playing The Lost Lake this Sunday, headlining a bill that features Ethan Griggs + Sonder Ensemble and Chloe Tang. The show starts at 8PM and is only $8, so ease into the week with a good drink and the sweet sounds of these Denver acts. More info here.

Watch Magpie’s live performance video of their tune “Trembling”:

See you at a show CO! Xoxox

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 08/19, 08/20, & 08/21

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Weekend! Weekend! Here are our shows to see:

Today (Friday 08/19):

Hi-Fi Gentry, Whiskey Autumn, and CITRA at Tennyson’s Tap in Denver 8PM-Close

Hi-Fi Gentry.

Hi-Fi Gentry.

It’s been a busy summer for these three Colorado rock bands: Denver’s Hi-Fi Gentry dropped their latest release and have been playing throughout the state, Boulder’s Whiskey Autumn just finished a Fox Theatre gig and tours in the Midwest and Southwest, and Denver’s CITRA have been shredding the city with their EP, Ocean, which is why tonight’s show at Tennyson’s Tap is one to see! Three killer Colorado bands under one roof; $10 cover. Get to it!

Check out Hi-Fi Gentry’s EP Film Noir:

Sugar Skulls & Marigolds 7” EP Release Party at the Hi-Dive in Denver 8PM-Close

Sugar Skulls & Marigolds.

Sugar Skulls & Marigolds.

Self-described as “the gateway drug to metal”, Denver’s Sugar Skulls & Marigolds just dropped their latest EP, Blood Moon, and are throwing their vinyl release party tonight at the Hi-DiveBlood Moon, which was produced, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio, is the band’s followup to their 2014 EP, The Coked Out Bunnies. Their new release features spacey artwork by Andy Putnam and the group’s three latest tunes. Check it out and take a metal trip with this band tonight!

Listen to Blood Moon:

Eminence Ensemble with The Hawthorne Roots at Quixote’s True Blue in Denver 9PM-Close

Eminence Ensemble. 

Eminence Ensemble. 

Boulder’s progressive rock/fusion quintet Eminence Ensemble play Quixote’s tonight, supported by “revved-up Montana soul outfit” The Hawthorne Roots. EE actually play tomorrow’s show at Quixote’s as well, making for a jammin’ weekend down in Denver. And tomorrow, sister-led band The Hawthorne Roots will make their way to Boulder’s Owsley’s Golden Road for their second Colorado show. Make sure to catch both of these bands sometime this weekend!

Watch The Hawthorne Roots’ video for their track “This One’s For You”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/20):

Geoffrey Louis Koch at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

Indie acoustic/folk artist Geoffrey Louis Koch has made his way from Nashville to Boulder for a show at The No Name Bar tomorrow. Koch’s most recent release, Follow The Voices, has been described as “symphony meets indie folk”. Geoffrey has shared the stage with some big names in the singer/songwriter world, including one of our favorite locals, Gregory Alan Isakov. So make sure to head over to the big brown door tomorrow night and take a listen!

Listen to Koch’s tune “Burn It Down”:

Steve Itterly and The Blind Spots at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

The Blind Spots. 

The Blind Spots. 

New York’s female-fronted five-piece rock band The Blind Spots are opening things up at the LG tomorrow evening. The group is best known for their “eclectic library of vintage keyboard sounds” and frontwoman Maddy Walsh’s electric vocals. Following their set, Boulder folk and blues artist Steve Itterly will take the stage, making for quite the lineup mix. Itterly comes from a country/delta background, so you can count on those sounds too! This should be a fun show.

Listen to Steve Itterly’s song “Depot Blues”:

The Next Day (Sunday 08/21)

Sunday BBQ Series featuring Strange Americans, Automatic Iris, U.S. Tygers, Wire Faces, and Poet’s Row at Larimer Lounge in Denver 2PM-Close

Strange Americans. Photo Credit:   Sierra Voss

Strange Americans. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

We can’t think of a better way to spend one of the last Sundays of summer than barbequing at the Larimer with an awesome lineup of local music. Denver is reppin’ hard at this show, which features rock outfit Automatic Iris, cosmic Americana band U.S. Tygers, experimental rock trio Wire Faces, folk band Poet’s Row, and rock’n’roll headliner, and one of our 2016 UMS favorites, Strange Americans. Tickets are only $10 in advance for sweet lineup, so snag ‘em now here.

Check out Strange Americans’ track “Places”:

All Weekend (08/19-08/21):

Planet Bluegrass’ Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons- Various Sets & Times

Earlier this week, we brought you a feature on Planet Bluegrass’ awesome Song School, which ends today in anticipation for the 26th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Fest in Lyons. Some of the national talent on this year’s bill includes Andrew Bird, Conor Oberst, and The Decemberists. The festival opens tonight with the Folks Songwriter Showcase, where talented artists from around the globe compete for a spot in the weekend’s lineup. We’ll be covering the fest, so make sure to say hello and stay tuned for our recap coverage next week!

Get your Folks Fest tickets here.

See you in the shade, Colorado!

-Hannah

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Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs Release New Album, 'The Beautiful and the Damned'

By: Hannah Oreskovich

If you’re looking for a new alt-country indie-folk group to listen to while you traverse the Rocky Mountains this weekend Colorado, we found ‘em. Meet Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs. Originally from Virginia, leader and founding member Matt Rouch moved to Denver, CO and has slowly been inserting himself into the Colorado music scene ever since. After many moonlit nights playing Meadowlark Bar’s open mic, Rouch met members Justin Catanzaro and Alex Fostar. Together, the trio has been making noise more than just upstairs, with mentions in Scene Magazine, The Marquee, and AXS.

Matt Rouch.

Matt Rouch.

Rouch’s style is a self-described “blend of new and old”, with influences that include The Decemberists, The Tallest Man On Earth, Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn. But above all, for Rouch it’s about the songwriting:

I guess my favorite quote about wrtiting goes something along the lines of ‘great writing isn’t better than average writing, it’s just more honest’, and I try to always remember that when I sit down to write a song.”

Rouch recently released a new full-length album, The Beautiful and the Damned. It’s a well-composed release that is perfect for summer, with its strummy tones, blazing harmonica, and overall upbeat, but daring honesty on themes like heartache and finding oneself through travelling alone. It’s a release definitely worth checking out, and can be streamed on the band’s website.

Matt Rouch and The Noise Upstairs have several Colorado shows coming up, so make sure to stop over to one of their live sets and keep up with them here!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 04/29 & 04/30

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Deep breath. Dance. Weeeeeeeeekend!

Today (Friday 04/29):

The Heartstring Hunters with Molly Kollier and LeesaAnn at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

Indie-folk act The Heartstring Hunters are headlining a show at the LG tonight, and will likely be playing some new music for you, as their first full-length album is rumored to drop this summer. Local singer/songwriter LeesaAnn will open up tonight’s entertainment, followed by Boulder-based soulful folk singer/songwriter Molly Kollier. It should be an awesome lineup to listen to as you jump headfirst into the weekend, so go check it out!

Peep The Heartstring Hunters’ “Let’s Let Go” (Live):

Banshee Tree at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder 10PM-Close

Experimental swing/blues outfit Banshee Tree are playing Conor’s tonight! This five-piece will definitely make you groove, so come ready to dance! They’ve been called a mix of “gypsy jazz, folk pop, and swing”. They always draw a great crowd, so come grab an Irish Car Bomb and hang out.

Listen to Banshee Tree’s live performance on KGNU:

Tomorrow (Saturday 04/30):

Halfoween at Lost Lake Lounge in Denver 9PM-Close

It’s halfway to Halloween (weird, right?) and tomorrow LLL is celebrating with “Frankenstein bands”, aka five groups of musicians who have been put together from a pool of 18 different Colorado bands. There will, of course, be a costume contest with treats from Twist & Shout Records and Illegal Pete’s, cash prizes, and more. So put on last year’s costume, or grab yourself some fresh threads, and hit the town tomorrow night for Halfoween!

More info on this event here.

Many Mountains at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

Acoustic rock/blues act Many Mountains will be hitting the floor behind the big brown door tomorrow night. The three-piece dropped their self-titled EP last summer and boast “acoustic rhythms with melodic, reverberous riffs”. Sounds like a solid night! Head on over.

Listen to Many Mountains’ “Lost In Love”:

Both Nights (04/29 & 04/30):

Sonic Bloom Pre-Party Show at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver

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Giraffage.

The 11th Annual Sonic Bloom Festival is coming up in June and tickets are still available for the 3-day music party here. This weekend, SBF is actually throwing a sweet pre-party, which begins tonight at Cervantes. The lineup features over 20 acts, including Giraffage, Louis the Child, Phutureprimitive, Pumpkin, and more. Things are gonna get wild before you hit the Unified Field this summer, so join the fun this weekend and meet some of your future best fest franz at these shows!

Check out Giraffage’s “Make You Love Me”:

All Three Nights (04/29-05/01)

Spread the Word Music Festival at Various Venues in Boulder & Denver

Jay Bianchi is at it again, and this time, the Quixote’s True Blue, Owsley’s Golden Road, and Sancho’s Boulder Arrow owner is bringing a massive festival your way. Some of our local favorites on the lineup include: Caribou Mountain Collective, CollieRAD, Cycles, Foxfeather, Intuit, Jus Sayin, Lula Granji, Mama Magnolia, MOONTANG, Policulture, Punch Drunk Munkey Funk, Technicolor Tone Factory, The Jacob Cade Project, and The Pamlico Sound. We’d pay the fest costs just to check out these amazing acts, but you get even more! There are a total of 50 Colorado bands playing this three day music extravaganza! Get tickets for single and full weekend passes here.

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Boulder County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10AM-2PM. We’re working closely with BCFM to promote the music at the market, and this week, Longmont’s Bella Musser is playing. Stop by to hear her acoustic tunes, nom some of Cafe Aion’s paella, and sip some Happy Leaf Kombucha. It’s going to be a great one.

Listen to Bella Musser’s “Think I’m Falling In Love”:

It's gonna be a sweet weekend yo. See you out there!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 01/28, 01/29, & 01/30

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Though it’s not exactly the weekend yet, there were a couple of shows we thought deserved some spotlight tonight! And so we decided we’re starting our weekend one day early this week! Here’s our six:

Today (Thursday) 01/28:

Amoramora with Natural Motives at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 9PM-Close

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These two Boulder-based bands will be jumping around the Lazy Dog stage tonight with a Big Lebowski-inspired set. When we asked Amoramora what this meant, they told us Ever wondered what it would be like to go to a concert where everyone is dressed up like characters from the Big Lebowski and are drinking only White Russians? Well this is your chance! The four-piece are a mountain-funk fusion jam with earth soul elements so we know you’re gonna love ‘em Boulder! And good vibe tribe openers Natural Motives will start the evening off with some sweet reggae rock beats. Check this show out!

Listen to an Amoramora original, “Rafiki’s Expedition”:

Pete Laffin at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Pete Laffin wears many hats in the Boulder music scene- as you probably read in our feature yesterday, he’s booking all music at Cafe Aion, he’s a contributor for our site, and he’s an accomplished musician himself. Laffin’s been playing around the Boulder scene for almost a decade now, with more than one Fox show under his belt. And tonight, he’s playing one of our favorite digs, The No Name! He’s promised “an eclectic mix of covers and originals” for tonight’s set. We can’t wait to check it out!

Learn more about Pete through his website here.

Tomorrow (Friday) 01/29

Tall Heights, Poet’s Row, & Paul Kimbiris at The Walnut Room in Denver 7PM-Close

Tall Heights. Photo Credit: Jeff Fasano

Tall Heights. Photo Credit: Jeff Fasano

The Walnut Room is hosting another amazing Homevibe lineup tomorrow night with touring Boston indie-folk duo Tall Heights, Denver’s folk four-piece Poet’s Row, and Boulder’s own singer songwriter Paul Kimbiris. We’ll actually be bringing you a more in-depth feature on this show tomorrow, but in the meantime get your tickets for this Homevibe event here.

And check out a Tall Heights track, “Spirit Cold” here.

Envy Alo at Taco Junky in Boulder 10PM-Close

Envy Alo at The Lazy Dog.

Envy Alo at The Lazy Dog.

Envy Alo, who we dropped an interview with recently, have a set at Taco Junky on The Hill tonight. The “old-school organ-trio jazz funk” group will be gettin’ groovy while you sip margs and dance! If you’ve kept up with the three-piece, you know they’ve been recording at KMG over the past couple of weeks with plans to drop an EP this spring! So go check ‘em out tonight- the way they’ve been booking around Boulder, they’re bound to be off touring before too long.

Watch EA’s live-performance of “Bobby's Big Boy Bars”:

The Next Day (Saturday) 01/30

The Fremonts at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

Boulder’s Americana duo The Fremonts dropped their self-titled EP last year, which we wrote about right here. Members Stephanie Dodd and Justin Badger have been busy since then, playing shows throughout the state and in Iowa, Nebraska, and New York. They recently entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest (watch their submission below) and they’ve got some cool new tunes to play for you at The No Name this weekend. So head for The Hill and give them a listen!

Watch The Fremont’s NPR Tiny Desk entry for their song “Echo”:

Soul Saturday with Let the Beat Speak at Connor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder 10PM-Close

Conor’s is hosting their first free Soul Saturday event this weekend. Performers include Dent (Zachary Wolff), Paige Sandusky, Dechen Hawk, Mikey Smith, Daniel Nash, Jon Frett, and Let the Beat Speak. The crew plans to make the walls melt with their rhythmic sounds, so go grab a drink and a dance partner and check this one out. We know you wanna grind.

Learn more about Let the Beat Speak here.

PS: This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder singer/songwriter Joseph Tonelli! He just dropped an animated music video for his song “My Situation” and we’ll be featuring that and more in an in-depth interview with Tonelli next week! So don’t forget to tune in between 9-10PM to 95.5 in Boulder Sunday night, or stream Green Light for a first listen of Tonelli’s “My Situation”.

That’s it B. See yah ‘round.

-Hannah

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Homevibe for the Holidays: Danielle Ate The Sandwich This Saturday!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We're featuring all the bands on Homevibe's Holiday Show bill this week. 

Heyo Boulder! Happy Music Monday! Today, we’re excited to announce we’re partnering with Homevibe Presents for their 9th Annual Homevibe Holiday Concert this Saturday 12/12 at The Walnut Room in Denver. (PS: It's ski-themed, so break out your best gear!) This week, we’ll be bringing you content every day on different artists involved in the show!

Danielle Ate the Sandwich.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich.

First up: Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Danielle is a Colorado-based indie-folk singer/songwriter who is probably best known for her YouTube fame. Danielle started her musical career playing open-mics in Fort Collins and then began making quirky YouTube videos, which went VIRAL. She now has over 40k subscribers, has toured nationally with her music, and recently scored the soundtrack to the HBO documentary “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Wilkinson.” Her sound has been described by Westword as, “cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty.” We can dig.

Recently, we chatted with Danielle about the upcoming Homevibe Holiday Concert. Check it out:

So Danielle, have you worked with Homevibe before?

I have worked with HomeVibe several times over the years [since] I’ve been playing music in the Denver scene. I think HomeVibe puts together great lineups with high quality artists. I really appreciate their attention to detail choosing the artists and decorating the stage. They create an atmosphere with lighting and props which makes the concert feel like a cozy, special event. The HomeVibe shows feel cared for and carefully placed.

We’re definitely excited for that. And since the show is holiday-themed, we have to ask. What’s your favorite holiday song?

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” performed by Frank Sinatra. I love Christmas music!

Classic choice. So what have you been up to recently?

I spent a lot of the spring and summer of 2015 touring my newest album, The Drawing Back of Curtains, which was written as the soundtrack to the aforementioned HBO documentary. Now that it’s the winter, I stay inside a bit more and have been finishing up songs for a new album to be released in 2016. The details are working themselves out, but I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and take a few leaps on my next project.

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Awesome! What are you most pumped about for Saturday’s show?

I’m very, very excited to hear and meet John Craigie. Aside from seeing and hearing his name for a while around the scene and from friends in the business, I am really into his songwriting style. The humor mixed with the heavy life lessons and wry, honest observations really pleases me. I like people who say a lot of words in their songs! Makes me feel good about saying so many in mine! Maybe he’ll do a couples ski costume with me!?!? Like hot chocolate and whipped cream!? Or I’ll be a lodge and he can be a mounted and stuffed bear? Perfect.

A mounted and stuffed bear. It’s reasons like these that we love Danielle Ate The Sandwich kids. Come watch her open up the party this Saturday! Get your tickets here. And join the Facebook event here.

Check out a Danielle Ate the Sandwich YouTube video for yourself:

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 10/02, 10/03, & 10/04

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s fall! It’s October! And it’s the weekend! Here are our six picks:

Today (Friday, 10/02)

VoodooJulia at Powder Keg Brewing Company 7PM-9PM

Local singer-songwriter Valerie Bhat’s got a band and their name is VoodooJulia. They describe themselves as a “four-piece rock-funk-blues band” with a mix of female fronted covers (Fiona Apple, Amy Winehouse) and a slew of “west Texas driven originals by Valerie.” Make the quick trip to Niwot to check them out over a brew tonight!

The augustus boys.

The augustus boys.

Augustus featuring Pete Laffin at Twisted Pine Brewing 7PM-Close

Local three-piece Augustus will be rocking the Twisted Pine house tonight with an awesome intro set by Boulder singer-songwriter Pete Laffin. Hit their show after your work day for a pretzel plate + a saison, and let these boys spin you into the weekend. It’s gonna be a great time so come out!

ramaya soskin.

ramaya soskin.

Ramaya and The Troubadours featuring David Sheingold at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Tonight’s LG performance has been dubbed as “Ramaya [Soskin] joined by a rotating cast of fellow songwriters and local favorites at our beloved monthly haunt.” Soskin always puts on an engaging performance, and we’re pumped to see that David Sheingold’s talents will be shaking the stage tonight with the group. This should be a bumpin’ set, so go get your caffeine (or booze) fix and listen!

First Funk Friday at Bohemian Biergarten 1030PM-Close

It’s the first Friday of the month! And that means it’s Funk Friday at Bohemian Biergarten. DJ Shiny Shoes will be opening the night with “some electronic funk flavor” before main act Whiskey Autumn takes the BB stage. The WA boys told us they wanna get down witcha, so go funk out with them!

Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/03)

Saturday Soiree at Studio 700 6PM-???

Afrofunk folktronica outfit Mbanza is rumored to be here, and so is Boulder-based Villain Baritone. Local singer-songwriter Hunter Stone is one of the hosts of this event, and that’s pretty much all I know. Jamming, smiling, dancing, and a generally awesome DIY vibe are bound to be here tomorrow night. Be adventurous and go check out this surprise soiree!

The Next Day (Sunday, 10/04)

Holly & Ken Road Show at Harmony Music House

Ken Stringfellow (formerly of R.E.M., The Posies, and the re-formed Big Star) recently made a country concept album with Texas singer Holly Munoz. Stringfellow describes it as, “going deep into the back story of the n’er do well couple from Doesn’t It Remind You of Something… picking up where Willie Nelson left off with his Red Headed Stranger…mashing that up in the French countryside…and lassoing in YOU to help, cowpoke.” Together the duo are performing said album in what they call The Holly & Ken Road Show, and they’ve got a special Boulder performance at The Harmony House. Tickets are $20- buy them here.

Happy fall!! Enjoy the weekend Boulder!

-Hannah

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The Weekend... Eight? Eight Shows To See 08/28 & 08/29, Boulder.

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s Friday once again and there is so much awesome music happening this weekend that we couldn’t pick just six. So here’s our weekend… eight? Peep it:

Today (Friday 08/28)

shafer.

shafer.

Danny Shafer at Pearl St. Pub 5PM-??

Danny’s doing a sweet double dose of shows the next two nights. Catch him at The Pub tonight or NedFest tomorrow. You can peep his music here. And don’t forget that Shafer’s CD Release Show (Paul Kimbiris is opening the event!) is less than a month away, and you can buy tickets here. You’ve got to make it to at least one of these Shafer performances. Seriously.

the booster boys. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

the booster boys. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Booster and Realtalk at The Lazy Dog 8PM-Close

We first fell for Booster here. These guys always bring a good time! Their funky jams will have you dancin’, and they told us Boulder-based Realtalk will be starting the party off right with some rockin’ tracks. We dig the LD’s stage setup, and their dancefloor was made for a show like this. Go groove.

emily and her kurzweil. PHOTO CREDIT:    HANNAH ORESKOVICH

emily and her kurzweil. PHOTO CREDIT: HANNAH ORESKOVICH

Emily Shreve CD Release Show at The Mercury Cafe 10PM-Close

We just brought you a feature on Shreve’s latest EP Bliss and Gravity last week. Check out her music here, but head to this show if you want to hear her latest. Her howling vocals and love for her Kurzweil will take you on a trippy dream that you’re not sure you want to wake up from. This show is the worth the drive, Boulder. Head down to the D.

wa jammin. PHOTO CREDIT:    HANNAH ORESKOVICH

wa jammin. PHOTO CREDIT: HANNAH ORESKOVICH

Whiskey Autumn at The No Name Bar 10pm-Close

This indie doo-wop rock trio has recently thrown some amazing R&B and hip-hop influences into their usual mix. If you haven’t seen WA drummer Matty Schelling break sticks on his Octapad, then you'd better roll up to the bar with no name tonight. Things will be bumpin’ behind the big brown door. PS: Rumor has it Jeff Vescuso (Natural Motives, The Almond Butters) will be opening this show. Leggo. 

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/29)

the foxfeather ladies. polaroid: becky guidera

the foxfeather ladies. polaroid: becky guidera

Foxfeather at Vindication Brewing 4PM-Close

The good thing about our list of Saturday shows is that you can hop from one to the next. Start at Vindication for a brew and Boulder’s folk outfit Foxfeather. Their upbeat tunes will get your night going. They’re playing shows all over Colorado this fall, so catch a Boulder gig while you still can.

Augustus' new ep. 

Augustus' new ep. 

Augustus CD Release Show at The Lazy Dog 8PM-Close

We recently reviewed Augustus’ EP Into Frames, and long story short, we liked what we heard. Tomorrow is their highly anticipated CD Release Show at the LD, and we can’t wait! Bloodbath live? Yes please. Andddd Paul Kimbiris is opening this CD release show as well. So excited.

the longest day of the year has another fox show soon.

the longest day of the year has another fox show soon.

The Longest Day of the Year at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub 10PM-Close

The Longest Day of the Year will be hosting a dance party of fun at Conor’s tomorrow. Get boozed, get yo dancin’ shoes, and go jump around with this Boulder-based Americana band. They’re opening a show at the Fox in less than a month, which you can get tickets to here. Check ‘em out.

NedFest

And finally, just a short drive away, NedFest is happening this weekend. Some of our favorites on the lineup include Gipsy Moon, Gasoline Lollipops, Danny Shafer, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Caribou Mountain Collective. You can peep the full lineup and schedule here. Head to the party.

So seriously Boulder: Get out this weekend and catch a show. With this many options, you have no choice but to have a rad, bumpin’ time. TGIF.

-Hannah

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Augustus Release New EP, "Into Frames"

By: Pete Laffin

Augustus are one of few bands doing "Americana" well.

Picture a tall, slender white male in skinny jeans and a fedora. His five-o-clock shadow and buttoned-up flannel give him the vague whiff of farmy-ness, while his thick-rimmed glasses suggest a summer or two in Europe. He steps toward the microphone, his guitar held close to his chest. There is something apologetic in his cadence, as if he pities us for caring about ‘little-old-him’, as if he isn't bursting with gig-time exhilaration.

Perhaps he isn’t bursting. Perhaps he is that cool. It just isn’t very likely, and this disengaged, ‘bothered-to-be-here’ shtick has grown stale. Who else is tired of musicians pretending not to care?

He hunches down into the microphone when he could have simply raised it to his face: the falsely meek have long since inherited the live music earth. He begins to strum a simple progression and sings abstruse lyrics about a lover lost, flipping bizarrely between first and third person, or some other lazy songwriting oddity. A couple of bars before the second verse, a kick-drum enters and plods as predictably as a sitcom laugh-track, lending the composition the illusion of growth toward something grander. Suffice to say, an airy female backup vocalist will appear, followed by a fiddle solo, followed by the chorus one last time with extra raspy vocals, etcetera, etcetera. And so goes the rest of a stale song born of a rapidly dying sub genre of rock-and-roll.

Indie Folk Loves the Suitcase Kick Drum.

Indie Folk Loves the Suitcase Kick Drum.

This music we call indie folk is inexplicably the embodiment of 2015 popular rock music. It dominates rock radio and café open mics and white kid fashion. But indie folk as we know it hasn’t got much time left atop its perch. (Let’s be honest, it’s a miracle it’s been there so long.) Its ascendency has long prevented the uprising of something fresher from its seed: something that takes the best of indie folk and transforms it. Think of what the grunge rockers of the early 90s did with hair metal: They kept the ass-kickery, but relegated the power ballads and hair products into late night infomercial-ville. Indie folk has long needed its grunge moment: an injection of the raw and the visceral, and a bleeding out of the predictable and the soppy.

Which brings us to Boulder-bred power trio Augustus. Fresh off a packed Fox gig and their recent EP release Into Frames, the band appears bent on pushing listeners toward this very exodus; toward something with sweat and bones and teeth, toward something ten miles down the road you never saw coming.

To be sure, their mission was not always so clear, nor their potential. They came together in early 2014 under the name Tusk, which they were forced to change after a few months of gigging, thanks to a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. They had trouble booking desired venues, and even when they did, they often appeared awkward due mostly to the central struggle of their project: How do you take the instruments of the indie folk golden era (cello, banjo, acoustic guitar, harmonica) and make them rock? And how do you do it with only three players? I’m not talking Béla Fleck-style rock here either. I’m talking Tom Waits and Robert Johnson-style rock (both artists Augustus covers): rough, raw beats, and blues.

The Augustus Boys.

The Augustus Boys.

Augustus’ initial challenge was obvious: They couldn’t achieve a big enough sound to capture the larger local rooms. At early Augustus shows, one got the impression of an outmanned and outgunned rebel army attempting to overtake a higher ground and failing. It wasn’t loud enough; it wasn’t determined enough. It sagged. The songs frontman Colin Kelly brought to the band were better suited for his solo project, for which they were originally written. The act catered to crowds of wine sippers rather than beer swillers, which, as any local player will tell you, is where the real money’s at.

But as any Malcom Gladwell fan would say, if you put in the hours, you reap the rewards. Augustus began practicing more regularly and gigging like they had ecophobia. Not long into their second identity, Augustus had bigger crowds showing up and staying the night. They’d broken the barrier for which every local act longs, but few achieve: Suddenly, there were faces on the dance floor that didn’t belong to close friends or significant others. With hungrier and rawer originals like “Born of Men” and “Bloodbath” and a new slew of unorthodox, head-knocking covers, they earned license to offer weekend audiences their more introspective and vulnerable work. This arsenal widened their appeal and deepened the experience of their set; the ballads of earlier days began to land with their originally desired impact.

They’ve since graduated to playing more select venues, and they’ve created tangible local buzz. So when their EP release party for Into Frames hits (The Lay Dog in late August), it will be a significant event for Boulder music fans. Friday nights in this town have been blessed in recent history with an enviable music scene, and the release of this record is another noteworthy development.

The cover of the EP features the three players standing on the front porch of a residential neighborhood with their indie folk golden-era instruments at their sides. They each wear black suits and ties and bizarre white masks with horns cover their faces. It’s an appropriate choice of album art in context of the space they hope to fill within the indie folk scene: They will conform to the extent that they wish, because some of it is worth conforming to, but no further. However, It’s a jarring choice of album art in light of their on-stage personas (barring Wright, the undisputed fashionista of the trio). Kelly most often sports graphic tees atop scraggly jeans (who, me care?) while the occasionally suspendered super utility-man Jim Herlihy looks like the guy you cheated off of in advanced calculus. The cover suggests this project is an effort to stick out rather than fit in, and in a scene that more often rewards homogeny, it’s bold.

Not long into the first track, “Born of Men,” it becomes clear that this sophomore release is an improved effort from their first EP, The Common Collapse. Kelly’s baritone vocals seem to have found a way to pop on the high-end without overpowering the instrumentation, which was an issue on Collapse. Right out of the gate, Kelly reaches to the top shelf of his range and delivers a long, bendy wail with an honest scratch in his throat. His lyrics on this track are exceptional at times (though this holds true throughout the record). The line “warm blue blood’s running through my veins” repeats at the bridge of this bluesy thumper, and it showcases his ability to say something plain, penetrating, and true. The rhythm section on this track is also another leap forward from Collapse. You can really feel the depth of the pluck on Wright’s cello, followed by the instrument’s lush ring. Thumbing a quality blues-rock bass line on an unfretted instrument can’t be easy, and there isn’t a flub in the tune. And beneath it all lays the foundation set by Herlihy: the occasional ambient banjo pick, the kick drum, the snare, the tambourine. His performance gives the illusion of extra players (and yes, he does this all live too, while flipping a pizza, sending a text, and passing the dutchie to the left-hand side). “Born of Men” is a jab to the jaw.  

The second track “Virtues” comes from the vault of Kelly’s solo project stash. Its sound and lyrics encapsulate the longing mood of the record as a whole: Life is beautiful, but it’s off a tick; we’ve lost something, and we can’t remember what it was. “I just want my victory/I just want my happenstance/To find me.” And we need it to find us because we don’t know where to look on our own. The chromatic melody and lush harmonies land well on the ears on this one, because they’re distinct from the traditional indie-folk songwriting formula. And the heart of this track is the beat of Wright’s slashing cello, and the solo he rips at the end. It’s aggressive and beautiful and disorienting. But if there were a moment on this album you wished Augustus rocked a full drum kit, it would be here. While it is impressive the three are able to achieve a sound so big with their chosen tools (due especially to the many contributions of Herlihy), it is easy to imagine the heights achievable on this track with a beefed up bottom end.

The masked Men.

The masked Men.

Return” is the most accessible track on the record. It’s bitter-sweetly upbeat and the melody recalls Motown, with Kelly crooning his best Otis Redding. It’s also the EP’s most complete track, arranged to amplify the strengths of each band member: Kelly’s soul-belting verses, Herlihy’s elegant and rich banjo solo, and Wright’s driving pluck. It’s produced with a fine subtlety: Each movement within the piece stands distinctly beside the next. While Kelly recently lamented the “poppy-ness” of this song (as any self-respecting artist reflexively resents accomplishments with commercial potential), “Return” is an unqualified ace. If this article has sparked your curiosity over Augustus at all, give this track a listen.

The second-to-last track “Bloodbath” serves to dispel the notion of Augustus as a bluegrass band, a conclusion that would be easy to draw from a quick glimpse at their onstage set-up. And in recent years, a bluegrass band is quite a fashionable thing to be, especially here out west. But Augustus wants none of that. “We don’t want to be lumped in there,” Kelly recently told me. “We want to be a rock band.” This track is a definitive step in that direction. It opens with a heavily distorted electric guitar line and a thumping electric bass, for which Wright has traded in his cello. “Bloodbath” also represents the fullest percussion sound on the EP. The track is a spot-on melodious rock-and-roller, and according to the band, a sign of things to come.

Finally, the lament of “Cursive,” the last track of the EP, has been voiced more and more by artists of this generation: With the great promise of a more socially interconnected life by virtue of technological advancement, the exact opposite has occurred. As our social connections have broadened, they’ve shallowed. “Oh the distance in the shrinking word/Write me a letter in cursive girl” sings Kelly at the chorus, and more than any on this record, this lyric lands. (Full disclosure: I am likely the biggest cursive-in-the-classroom advocate you know.) “Cursive” features a simple chord progression on the guitar and rich background instrumentation with Herlihy’s delicately placed plucking, and Wright bowing long, sweet notes. This track is a tale of two vocal performances by Kelly. On the high end, particularly at the last chorus, he delivers notes that rumble the earth in opulent tones. The verses, however, which reside at the bottom of his baritone range, are frail in comparison to what Kelly’s able to accomplish throughout the rest of record. But as each Augustus project has upgraded from the last, it’s likely that will be resolved in future recordings.

As a whole, Into Frames is a distinct leap forward, in both songwriting and production, for an ascendant local band. It also succeeds in its intention, which is to supply the community with a different twist on the best of what’s already been done. Boulder music fans should give this one a good listen and look forward to whatever’s next from Augustus.

Is indie folk’s much needed grunge moment upon us? No, not yet. But Into Frames is a step in the right direction.

-Pete

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