Everything We Know About The Killers' New Record 'Wonderful, Wonderful' Based On Their New Music Videos

By: Benjamin Tillis

On September 22, almost exactly four years after their last album release of Battle Born, The Killers are set to release a new album, Wonderful, Wonderful. Leading up to the 10-track release, the band has shared three singles and two music videos, both of which differ tremendously in style and sound.

The Man,” The Killers first shared track and music video from their new album, is a disco infused, first person narrative of an overconfident Brandon Flowers. It is over the top and hokey, but the video makes it clear that this is intentional. In it, you see Flowers, the band’s lead singer and biggest personality, living what looks to be the perfect life in his hometown of Las Vegas. He shows off his muscles, performs at Vegas shows, and seems to be a hit with his surrounding female counterparts. But as the video continues, the watcher learns that Brandon is nothing close to “The Man.” The video reminds us all that we’re not as great as we think we are.

Deviating from the funky vibes of “The Man,” “Run For Cover” has the same sound as The Killers’ original hits, “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me.” The music video stays true to the song’s most repeated line, “Run for cover…don’t look back,” as the storyline focuses on a woman running away from a man she presumably used to be romantic with. All is vague in the video. The band members watch, emotionlessly, a story of a man and woman told not in chronological order. A mysterious white cassette, which is marked only with the single’s release date, July 7, 2017, is sought by both the man and woman. The final scenes show the woman running with the cassette and escaping, after throwing a Molotov cocktail at her ex-lover’s car. The video is mysterious and tells an interesting story behind the somewhat dark lyrics of the song.

Listen to The Killers' title track "Wonderful, Wonderful": 

On August 24th, the band released the title track of their upcoming new album. “Wonderful, Wonderful” is bizarre and eccentric, and the distorted, deep-voice Brandon Flowers belts sounds similar to “Tranquilize” and other older songs found on their compilation album Sawdust. With unique background instruments and biblical-like lyrics, it will be interesting to see if The Killers release a music video for this track. Until then, stay tuned for September 22nd when The Killers release Wonderful, Wonderful, which has already proven to be a combination of both the band’s new and old sounds.

-Benjamin

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Review: Ireland's Empty Lungs Drop New Indie Grunge Rock EP, 'Don't Get It'

By: Trevor Ryan

Empty Lungs recently released their third EP Don't Get It on Hidden Pony Records, and it will undoubtedly leave you wanting so much more from the trio if you get down with indie grunge vibes. Fronted by Matt Carson, the three-piece utilizes classic and new age elements meshed together to produce one insane gem.

Wasting absolutely no time getting you to their sweet sounds on Don't Get It, the three track project confidently throws you into their fresh, original, and upbeat sound from the start. With every track nearly borderlining ballad territory, Don’t Get It will dwell on your mind for days with its immensely catchy hooks and adrenaline pumping breakdowns.

Check out Don't Get It:

The band, who are based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, have quite the following overseas and online. But what makes this project so unique is the contentment you will get from the record as a whole. You can legitimately feel the raw effort put into each track, and are only left wanting more of their refreshingly distorted sound.

Watch Empty Lungs’ video for “Losing It. FInding It.”:

Be sure to keep up with Empty Lungs on their Facebook; follow their current tour here.

-Trevor

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Dive Into Groovin' Hip-Hop Tunes On Our 'Welcome To It' Playlist

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Wanna groove? Then dive into ‘Welcome To It’ right meow. We promise you won’t be able to sit still.

Deca opens our hip-hop Spotify Playlist tunage this month, with tracks by Nas, Qbala, J. Cole, No Name, Trev Rich, and of course, Tribe Called Quest. Tastemaker Sierra Voss has thrown in some lip-lickin’ numbers into this one.

Trev Rich per Sierra Voss for BolderBeat. 

Trev Rich per Sierra Voss for BolderBeat. 

Make sure to follow us on Spotify for continued tunage, and if you’re an artist looking to submit your song for playlist consideration, roll to our Contact page and do it! Welcome to it.

-Hannah

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Regina Spektor Tells Fans of Her Refugee Roots & Shines Bright at Denver Show

By: Sierra Voss

The very talented Regina Spektor took the stage at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium last week, and one thing was instantly made crystal clear: Regina is incredibly well-loved by her fans. Audience members cheered during the intros of every song, yelled out words of encouragement throughout her set, and clapped and sang along with her to almost every word.

Regina Spektor.

Regina Spektor.

Regina Spektor recently released her fifth album, Remember Us To Life, last summer. She originally hails from Russia, where she began to take classical piano lessons at age six. When she was nine, her family moved to the the United States where she continued to play piano and began her adventures in songwriting. She self-released her first three records, and was later signed. Both her records Far and What We Saw From The Cheap Seats debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, an impressive feat for any artist.

Regina played some fan favorites at her Denver show, including “Eet,” “Blue Lips,” “Bleeding Heart,” the theme song “You’ve Got Time” from the TV show Orange is the New Black, and a Leonard Cohen cover of  “Chelsea Hotel #2.” Spektor is well known for making each of her songs varied in musical style, and this was evident in her live performance, where every tune embodied totally different emotions, structure, and sound. Her style made for an extremely engaging performance.

Check out Regina Spektor’s latest single, “Bleeding Heart”:

One of the most powerful parts of the evening was when Spektor stopped mid-show to deliver a powerful message before she launched into her song, “Ballad Of A Politician.” Looking out at the crowd, she said:

“As we travel through this incredible country, I feel like it's really important for me to thank the United States and remind everyone that I am a refugee- I came here as a refugee. I am forever grateful that I was taken in and taken care of. When I swore I would fight and protect this country, I swore to fight for the environment, civil rights, equal rights, no bans and no walls. I don’t believe in this shit that’s currently happening right now. I believe in education, love, progress and f*cking fun.”   

The crowd once again cheered as Regina started in on the next half of her show. Her overall set was truly beautiful, thanks to her all-encompassing spirit and artistry. Fans were happy and Regina couldn’t stop smiling. Catch Spektor live for yourself on her current tour; show dates 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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Elephant Stone's New Record 'Ship of Fools' Is A Psych-Pop Delight

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Montreal’s psychedelic sorcerers Elephant Stone physically released their fourth full-length album Ship of Fools on November 25th, and boy, is it groovy. Courtesy of Burger Records, their newest release takes you on a kaleidoscopic trip down the rabbit hole with a slew of sounds that are redefining modern psych-pop.

In this eleven-track album, Rishi Dhir (singer/bassist/songwriter) and his bandmates Miles Dupire (drums/backing vocals), and Gabriel Lambert (guitar/backing vocals) set up camp around the sacred pillars of evolution, exploration, and excavation. The record’s opener “Manipulator” sounds like a 70s era party montage. But don’t be fooled by its inviting sensuality- the lyrics point more fingers than just a passing thumbs up.

Watch Elephant Stone’s video for “See The Light”:

Flirting between the strobe dance floor (“Where I’m Going;” “The Devil’s Shelter (feat. Alex Maas))” and a dim-lit hookah lounge, (“Run, Sister, Run;” Silence Can Say So Much,”) Ship of Fools incorporates a vibrant array of colors, textures, and flashes of light. With clever guitar hooks, sitar solos, and dreamy synth vocals that remind you of that one afternoon you spent in outer space, it’s a psychedelic trip that can be ingested song by song, but is better served in its entirety.

Check out Ship of Fools for yourself on Spotify:

Listening to Ship of Fools, it’s almost certain you’ll be reminded of other psychedelic rockers such as Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, The Black Angels, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the latter two of which Rishi Dhir has recorded, performed, and toured with.

This is one record it’s best to let yourself float away with as you're carried by its astronautical ship of wonders, exchanging pleasantries with the debris because in the end, we’re all just fools anyway, right?

Listen to Ship of Fools here, and in the meantime, check out Elephant Stone’s multicolored music video for “See The Light” above.

-Jura

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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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The Apples in stereo Release Limited Edition Vinyl Boxed Set of 'Science Faire' + Our Interview with Apples Bassist Eric Allen

By: Claire Woodcock

The Apples in Stereo, who co-founded the famed Elephant 6 Collective (E6), have a new Limited Edition 3x7” Vinyl Box Set of their compilation album Science Faire out today. It’s been 20 years since the collection of EPs, singles, and tracks from the indie pop group were originally released between 1993 and 1995, recorded reel-to-reel at the E6 Recording Co.

“I knew [The Apples in stereo] was good, but I didn’t know the whole world was going to flip out over it,” said longtime Apples bassist Eric Allen. 

The artwork for the  Science Faire  compilation album.

The artwork for the Science Faire compilation album.

After two decades, Science Faire has become representative of “the good ol’ days." As Allen told us, “[Listening to Science Faire] really sparks how excited I was because The Apples were my favorite local band and I liked them as people quite a lot before I even started playing with them. Science Faire just reminds me of the pure joy I got from seeing them and knowing them.”

The Apples in stereo. Left to right: Doss, Dufilho, Fuzz, Ferguson, Allen and Schneider (seated).

The Apples in stereo. Left to right: Doss, Dufilho, Fuzz, Ferguson, Allen and Schneider (seated).

It was the height of the grunge era; back then the Denver band were just “The Apples”, a name inspired by the 1967 Pink Floyd song “Apples and Oranges.” Allen knew The Apples’ original drummer Hilarie Sidney from working at Wax Trax Records on Capitol Hill.

“When The Apples’ first 7 inch came out, I went to the record release show and just thought it was amazing,” said Allen. “It was so different than anything that was going on; to have something that was so poppy and kind of fast…”

The Apples in stereo.

The Apples in stereo.

Allen, who started out on guitar with a few hardcore bands, joined The Apples in 1995 after original bassist Jim McIntyre left and Elephant 6er Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) was filling in on bass. As Allen says, “Everybody plays guitar and every band needs a bass player.” So Allen picked up the bass and signed on after most of the tracks from Science Faire were recorded. “When all of those singles- the stuff that’s on Science Faire- was coming out, those were all the songs that I learned and toured.” he said, “Obviously I didn’t play on the records but I pushed those records; I toured those records.”

At the same time The Apples were first starting out, founding members Robert Schneider (vocalist/lead guitarist/producer), McIntyre, and Sidney were collaborating with Schneider’s childhood friend Mangum, Will Cullen Hart, and the late Bill Doss (The Olivia Tremor Control). That’s how the Elephant 6 Collective came about, paving the way for bands to exist like The Olivia Tremor Control (then known as Synthetic Flying Machine), Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power, Dressy Bessy, of Montreal, and of course The Apples in stereo.

The Apples in stereo 7" EPs (Tidal Wave and Hypnotic Suggestion), and the singles collection 7" Time For Bed with new original artwork. Together, these comprise the new Science Faire boxed set.


A few months after joining The Apples in stereo, Allen got a call from Schneider saying that the band was being asked to open for The Flaming Lips. That was the tour that took The Apples in stereo out of Denver to tour Science Faire, and eventually their later releases.

“Those songs really were kind of the bedrock of our shows for many, many years,” Allen said, adding, “And some of those songs have never left. I mean that’s not to say that we play them at every show or anything like that, but songs like “Tidal Wave” or “Turn Coat Indian” or “Not the Same,” we still play them.”

These tracks are all on the new limited edition Science Faire triple 7" vinyl box set via Chunklet Industries, and Allen’s teasing a more cohesive sound than the record release from ’96:

“Before, Science Faire [were] all these different 7 inch [selections] that came out on all different pressings at different times, and now it’s all been kind of streamlined through one pressing plant.” Allen explained. “It probably does sound a little bit more like there’s more continuity to it than if you just had all of your original 7 inches.”  

Taken from the original masters, the limited edition Science Faire boxed set takes on a wider, more cohesive scope. Allen says that when Henry Owens with Chunklet redid the record, he did it at 33 rpms rather than the initial 45 rpms, making the original recordings not only sound deeper, but more bass heavy, an element of the new limited release that Allen particularly digs.

The box for the limited edition  Science Faire  vinyl set via chunklet industries.

The box for the limited edition Science Faire vinyl set via chunklet industries.

The Apples in stereo have largely been on hiatus since the death of keyboardist Bill Doss in 2012. Lead singer/guitarist/producer Schneider has been a doctoral student at Emory University in Georgia for several years. And today, Allen and guitarist John Hill are the only members still kicking it in Denver.

So under that context, Allen said that listening to Science Faire makes him reminiscent, which isn’t something he goes out of his way to do often.

 “They’re still my favorite people in the world. The Apples [in stereo] is still my favorite band, but when you’re in it, you don’t have that sort of specialness you have when you’re removed.” he smiled.

It’s unclear whether The Apples in stereo will record new music in the future. But for longtime listeners, the new Science Faire triple record will be a remedy. Get the new special edition compilation of Science Faire here. Only 500 total have been pressed, and all of the clear/colored vinyl packages have already sold out in pre-sale, so the remaining limiteds are expected to go quickly, and may even be gone by the time you're done reading this... 

-Claire

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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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How Harmony Drive Went From Metal to Melodies

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Metalheads-turned-acoustic rock/pop stars is not a musical transformation you hear of very often. But in the case of Norwegian rockers Harmony Drive, this metamorphosis was natural, necessary, and welcomed.

Harmony Drive.

Harmony Drive.

Harmony Drive’s story started long ago, when the three members, Lars Erik Schjerpen (vocals/piano/guitar), Andre Myhren (guitar), and the epically-bearded Vidar Braun (bass/supporting vocals) met in Southern Norway, before settling back in Oslo.

In 2011, the band formerly known as 'Metal Heads With Broken Hearts' decided to make a change with their music, focusing more on acoustic riffs, colorful harmonies, and beautiful pop structures. They wanted to move away from the hardcore metal aesthetic that followed them then. And so, Harmony Drive was born.

HD at The Spot Studios.

HD at The Spot Studios.

In 2012, Harmony Drive released their first single, “Something’s Wrong”, which was mixed by producer Rich Veltrop from The Spot Studios. The hit song received high rotation in the US, and even made its way to number 11 on the Philippine radio charts without ever having been released in the Philippines. This was the first song from Harmony Drive’s debut album, aptly titled from their former band moniker, Metal Heads With Broken Hearts (2014). The band collaborated with Rich Veltrop once again, and drummer Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta, M83, Killer Be Killed) to create the album.

Since then, the band has toured worldwide, making friends wherever they share their music. But even with countless performances in various countries, the guys shared their most memorable performance, which took place after a show in Hope, Idaho:

“We met these beautiful fans, and they told us we had to come back with them. We rode on a boat, barbequed, and sang ‘House of the Rising Sun’; it was amazing. We love playing intimate gatherings. We love playing for people, but when we don’t play for so many people, we get to connect. When you connect, then you can talk about music, and values in your life. We’re so grateful we get to experience this whole part of the gig.”

The guys of Harmony Drive embody artistry, perseverance, and playfulness. With their art comes the partying, but it also comes with the beautiful mindset about the connectedness of life, music, and people. Their passion for creating hard-hitting music that also carries a sincere softness is clear, but their general passion for the craft is what shines through the most. The album Metal Heads With Broken Hearts leaves much to anticipate, as it offers so much for a lover of memorable harmonies, gentle acoustics, and grunge-like vocals. A few of my personal favorites from the album include “Something’s Wrong”, “Remember”, “The Last Song”, and “Chan”.

Watch the making of “See You” at The Spot Studios:

Harmony Drive is about to release the official music video for their newest track, “See You”, on September 30th, and will release another song, “Be There”, in the Philippines soon after that. Check out the exclusive sneak peek into the making of “See You” at The Spot Studios above, and be on the lookout for the band’s upcoming announcements. You definitely don’t want to miss out on what they’re bringing to the table.

-Jura

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Spain's Sarajevo '84 Release New Music & Accompanying Video

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Back in January, we gave you a glimpse into Spain’s alt-rock scene through the eyes of guitar-heavy four-piece Sarajevo ‘84. Formed in 2014 in Granada, the band’s sound “primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on grunge, as well as elements of punk rock and indie rock”. You can read more about our intro feature on the group here, but it’s time now for a catchup! Sarajevo ‘84 recently dropped some new tunage- check out the deets:

Sarajevo '84.

Sarajevo '84.

After winning a contest put on by Valencia’s The Open Stage, an organization dedicated to supporting local music, Sarajevo ‘84 was offered the chance to record an original song and live-performance music video for a track of their choice. The band settled on their catchy anthem, “I Don’t Wanna Stay” and dropped the new song + its video earlier this month.

Watch Sarajevo ‘84’s music video for “I Don’t Wanna Stay”:

The music video for “I Don’t Wanna Stay” features members Andres Martinez (vocals/guitar), Victor Rojas (bass), Juan Marin (guitar), and Ivan Garcia (drums) rocking out in the rooftops of Spain. It was recorded with Sara Otero and Mario Peris, with sound by Pedro Sillero and Juan Marin for The Open Stage, which has other live music sessions recorded that you can peep here.

Listen to “I Don’t Wanna Stay”:

Sarajevo ‘84 are pumped to have some new music out as the summer draws to a close, and have plans for a fall tour. Check out more from the band here.

-Hannah

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The Best Weapon To Rock Against the TPP? Protest Music

By: Claire Woodcock

“There has never been a successful social movement in this country that has not had a great soundtrack,” Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage, and Audioslave explains in a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed piece on music and activism. “But what is the responsibility of the artist in troubled times to speak to the issues of the day?” he continues, “I believe the only responsibility we have as artists is to tell the truth as we see it.”

Tom Morello. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Tom Morello. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

And that’s exactly what Morello and friends did on Saturday at the Summit Music Hall. Joined by punk band Anti-Flag, Denver’s own hip-hop outfit Flobots, buzzworthy bi-lingual rockers Downtown Boys and Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit), Morello and friends mobilized a folk, funk, hip hop, rock ‘n roll, heavy metal throwdown to shut down the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Ryan Harvey. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Ryan Harvey. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Organized by Morello’s new social justice record label, Firebrand Records, and digital rights group Fight for the Future, the event brought out other activists and performers to shed light on multinational corporations with new rights and powers under the TPP that threaten good paying jobs, Internet freedom, the environment, access to medicine, and food safety.

Taini Asili. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Taini Asili. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

The setlist for the evening was a mixture of originals and covers that were meant to sound the alarm on all the harm the TPP can do. Musicians shared protest tunes reminiscent of musical activists like Ani DiFranco and Woody Guthrie. And then there was Morello, shredding hard:      

Speakers from Food and Water Watch, the Sierra Club, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and other groups described the TPP as a corporate power-grab disguised as a trade agreement that could empower corporate elites while having adverse effects on jobs and wages, the environment, public health, and democracy both in the U.S. and abroad. For years, the TPP was negotiated behind closed doors between the United States and other Pacific Rim countries with the aid of hundreds of corporate lobbyists, while the public and the press were barred from even reviewing what was being proposed in our names.

Anti-Flag and the Flobots. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Anti-Flag and the Flobots. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

“When folks learn about the TPP, they become opposed on a trans partisan basis- Democrats, Republicans, Independents- and they get engaged. We’re here on the dracula strategy tour. We need to drag this sucker into the sunshine, and when people find out about it, they join our fight to stop it,” Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch said.

Brer Rabbit of the Flobots. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Brer Rabbit of the Flobots. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Denver was the launching pad for the Rock Against the TPP roadshow, a nationwide series of activism-fueled music events designed to raise awareness about the toxicity and dangers of this deal. For a full lineup of Rock Against the TPP tour dates, roll here.

“Working people everywhere have had enough,” Morello said, addressing an eager Denver crowd, “The TPP is nothing short of a corporate takeover of our democracy. That’s why people are rising up to stop it. Corporate lobbyists want to sneak the TPP through Congress quietly; that means it’s time for us to get loud.” And get loud they did.

Do It. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Do It. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

To get involved locally, check out Colorado AFL-CIO, Colorado Jobs with Justice and Communications Workers of America. Learn more about the TPP here.

-Claire

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Broken Back: France's Breakout Folk Star Headed For US Fame

By: Annie Kane

Broken Back's soulful folk is worth tuning in to.

Broken Back.

Broken Back.

The sounds of folk voices and instruments colliding with electronics has become an increasing trend. Take the duo Milky Chance, for example, with their rise to fame from their hit song “Stolen Dance” or the explosion of Alt-J’s indie electro rock. This relatively new and vaguely undefinable genre is growing in popularity due to its pleasingly smooth sound that can be listened both quietly while studying or loudly to pump you up on a Friday night. It also allows artists to showcase their musical talent while also satisfying that crave for an electronic beat. Broken Back, the stage name of Saint-Malo based Jérôme Fagnet, is a newbie fully embracing this genre.

Jérôme’s creativity is evident with his ability to create music that feels magical or ethereal. His voice is soft with an almost lazy-like quality to it, while consistent beats drive the songs forward. Paired with these elements are a sprinkling of unexpected sounds such as whistles or chirping birds that combine to create an addicting sound. Jérôme’s talent can be heard best in his rendition of Britney Spears’ song, “Hit Me Baby One More Time”. He takes this pop-saturated song and spins it on it’s head. He adapts the melody of the song to fit his unique style and adds electric drumbeats in between the choruses, pulsating the track. It is almost unrecognizable until you catch yourself still singing along to those memorable lyrics.

On the streets of Paris.

On the streets of Paris.

Broken Back is growing in popularity by the day. His talent has been recognized by the credible French house artist Klingande in their collaboration on the song, “Riva (Restart the Game)” and other house French duo, Synapson in the song “Fireball”. He has been appearing consistently on various news shows and is currently touring across France. With clear support in the French community, Broken Back is surely to reach the top of the game in no time, and will by then hopefully be making his US debut.

Watch Broken Back's "Happiest Man on Earth":

-Annie

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