The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 03/11, 03/12, & 03/13

By: Hannah Oreskovich

This weekend is jam-packed with awesome events! Check it out peeps:

Today (Friday 03/011):

Trout Steak Revival with Caribou Mountain Collective & Augustus at The Fox Theatre in Boulder 9PM-Close

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We’ve officially been talking about this show for weeks and it’s finally here! Come get down with us at The Fox tonight with one of Colorado’s favorite bluegrass bands, Trout Steak Revival! Nederland’s bluegrass quartet CMC will be sharing the stage, and Boulder’s rock trio Augustus will get the party started! We gave away free tickets to the show this week courtesy of The Fox, and some sweet Augustus merch from the boys themselves! So come boogie with us tonight. Tickets are only $14 and they’re right here.

Listen to Augustus’ EP Into Frames for a sweet show preview:

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

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Awesome four-piece Asalott is breaking beats behind the big brown door tonight! We just launched a whole feature on the Boulder-based band by our contributor Will, which you can check out right here. Come dance with us at the show!

Check out Asalott’s live synth set at a previous No Name performance:

Tomorrow (Saturday 03/12)

Apes of the State, My Friends Worship Satan, The Opiate Poet, Dead Work, & Patrick the Pirate at The Forge in Boulder 630PM-Close


Pennsylvania’s punk folk seven-piece Apes of the State are making a stop in Boulder tomorrow night at one of our favorite DIY spots, The Forge. My Friends Worship Satan, a punk duo, will share the stage, along with The Opiate Poet, and “the most metal folk band that plays ska punk”, Dead Work. Plus, local favorite Patrick the Pirate will open the show. Come one, come all. It’s gonna be a great night.

Listen to Apes of State’s “Things I never meant to tell you”:

WadiRum at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse in Boulder 8PM-Close

WadiRum’s name and sound are inspired by frontman Stewart Erlich’s travels in the Middle East. The music is “raw, powerful, silent and loud in turns, and ultimately healing… with lush harmonies, warm bass and cello, and drums that move from subtle to explosive.” Sounds sweet! Come give the group a listen over a coffee or some wine tomorrow night! We get the feeling it’s going to be something you just can’t hear anywhere else.

Learn more about WadiRum here

Realtalk at The Lazy Dog 10PM-Close

Realtalk.

Realtalk.

Fresh off their first Fox gig, Boulder’s Realtalk are headlining tonight’s show at The Lazy Dog. We love this Boulder-based funky rock group, and are super stoked for this set. Realtalk always brings the party, whether they’re playing Nelly covers or jamming out thoughtful originals like “Freddie”. So make sure to hit the LD tomorrow evening and par-tayyyy!

Watch Realtalk’s official music video for “Freddie”:

All Weekend (03/11-03/13)

Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland -Various Times & Locations-

It’s that time of year again: time to get weird up in Ned this weekend at Frozen Dead Guy Days! There are tons of events happening and, of course, music! Some of the bands on the schedule include Gangsterish, In The Whale, Strange Americans, Intuit, Na’an Stop, Cold River City, The Samples, Dragondeer, Powerlung Rangers, Gipsy Moon, Lady & The Gentleman, Gasoline Lollipops, and a whole lot more. Peep the full schedule here and make your way up to one of our favorite mountain towns! It’s gonna get wild.

Watch Dragondeer’s “Don’t That Feel Good” video by Jam In The Van:

And for our radio feature: 

PS: This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder’s Cold River City! The rockin’ funk and blues outfit are play Frozen Dead Guy Days this weekend (see above) and their new album Thank You. Sorry. Love You. is rumored to drop soon. Tune in Sunday night to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light between 9-10PM to listen to their recently released single “Could It Be”!

See you out there Boulder bros and babes.

-Hannah

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

Homevibe for the Holidays: Augustus This Saturday!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

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

Boulder's Augustus.

Boulder's Augustus.

Hey Beaters- like we mentioned yesterday, we’re partnered with Homevibe Presents for their 9th Annual Homevibe Holiday Concert this Saturday 12/12 at The Walnut Room in Denver! As promised, we will be bringing you content on each of the performers for Saturday’s lineup, so let’s get to it! Here’s our blurb on Augustus:

Augustus is a Boulder-based trio “harvested from the most significant American musical movements- folk, blues, and jazz” consisting of Colin Kelly (vocals/guitar), Jim Herlihy (guitar/drums/banjo), and Jesse Wright (cello/bass). In the past year, Augustus has played to a sold-out Fox Theatre, released their EP Into Frames, which was critically acclaimed as “Colorado’s strongest psych-rock/mashup album of 2015” by Colorado Music Buzz, and traveled the state performing shows. We’ve featured their work before, which you can check out here and here. But it was time for a catchup! Here’s our chat:

So guys- first things first! What have you been up to as of late?

Well we recently upgraded some home studio gear and so we’re in the process of recording a new round of demos. We plan to tweak those and re-record them a few times until we like them. Once we do, we will head back up to Madhouse Studio in Leadville to record another EP. And as far as shows next year, we’re making a couple of trips to Summit County for some performances.

Augustus at Their fox theatre show.


Augustus at Their fox theatre show.

Sounds like a sweet start to the New Year. Let’s talk Saturday! Are you guys going to do anything fun with the ski-theme?

Colin has talked about bringing his shot ski. . .

Shots with the band? I think we’re up for that! So in the spirit of the holiday party, we’re asking everyone on the lineup: What’s your favorite holiday song?

Jim won’t stop pushing for us to cover a Christmas song. He really likes Vince Guaraldi’s instrumental “Christmas Time is Here”.  

With Jesse’s strannng power, that could be pretty fun! Anything else you’re pumped about for the show Saturday?

The sound in The Walnut Room is amazing, and this will be our first time playing with all of the other artists on the bill. We’re really looking forward to hearing each of them.

So there you have it! Come party with Augustus this Saturday! Get your tickets here. And join the Facebook event here.

Watch an Augustus live performance video to get yourself amped for the show:

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 10/16 & 10/17

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF! Time to catch some shows:

Today (Friday, 10/16)

All Chiefs.

All Chiefs.

All Chiefs at Vindication Brewing 6PM-Close

Boulder-based All Chiefs call themselves an “indie/dance/rock/pop explosion Xtreme!!!” and tonight they’ll get you on your feet at Vindication. They’ve played to a sold out Fox crowd before and you can check out some of their older music here. Stop by after work and then go power nap for our other Friday picks.

Augustus.

Augustus.

Augustus at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close

Is it a cigar bar? Is it a martini bar? Answer that question for yourself tonight when you join Boulder’s Augustus for a rockin’ set at Johnny’s. These boys have been playing all over Colorado as of late, so catch them for a local set over a beer tonight to start the weekend off right. And if you still haven’t checked out their latest EP Into Frames (where have you been?) stream it here.

Policulture.

Policulture.

Policulture at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub 10PM-Close

There will be some sweet reggae creeping out of Conor’s tonight. Boulder’s own six-piece Policulture, who dub themselves “Original Mountain Reggae,” will be tappin’ root rhythms for you while you throw one back on Conor’s dance floor. They’ve got bass, they’ve got horns, and they’ve shared the stage with some pretty big reggae acts. So go jam with ‘em.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/17)

Asalott. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Asalott. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Asalott at the Jamestown Mercantile Co. 8PM-Close

We love love the Middle Eastern beats of Asalott and you know how many times we’ve begged you to make the drive to the Merc. It’s the best. And so is this trio. They’ll put you into a dancing trance while you sip on some Cliffhouse Kombucha on-tap. Make the short drive, burst out of the Boulder bubble, and go lend your ears to Forrest Lotterhos’ awesome dulcimer playing. It’s a show you shouldn’t miss.

Kyle Donovan aka Miles Wide.

Kyle Donovan aka Miles Wide.

Miles Wide at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Miles Wide is a Denver-based singer/songwriter (Kyle Donovan) who has toured the US non-stop for more than a year. He’s set his roots in Colorado for the moment, so he’s been playing all over the state. Donovan’s music just makes you smile. As he said about tomorrow’s show, “it’s going to be a night full of friendship, beer, and rock and roll.” Donovan is actually also working on an upcoming feature for our site, so stay tuned! In the meantime, go hang with him behind the big brown door tomorrow evening.

Both Nights (Friday, 10/16 & Saturday 10/17)

Beats Antique Creature Carnival at the Boulder Theater 9PM-Close

By demand, experimental world fusion and electronic trio Beats Antique are headlining two shows at the Boulder Theater this weekend. Known for their wild blend of instrumentation and visually stunning performances, this show sounds totally worth it for only $32. On this particular tour, their focus of the Creature Carnival is “a journey. . .dynamic, psychedelic, and participatory.” It sounds like their shows are going to be insanely entertaining, and if you want to hit up both nights, you can do so for only $55. The picture above tells you every reason why you should go check out one of their shows.

See yah ‘round Beaters.

PS: CHECK BACK HERE FOR MUSIC MONDAY- WE HAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE FALL SHOWCASE THAT WE CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE!

-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)

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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

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

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 08/07 & 08/08

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Hey friends! We’ve been a bit absent on the scene this week working on some cool upcoming features, but you know we’re all about weekend shows, so here’s where to be the next two nights:

Today (Friday 08/07):

Augustus at Twisted Pine Brewing Co. 7PM-Close

We’ve got a piece hitting the site next week courtesy of Pete Laffin on these boys and their new EP Into Frames! Go peep this show, listen to their new tunes, and check back with us Monday to read Pete’s latest on Augustus!

Bateria Alegria at The Pearl Street Mall 730PM

The Colorado Brazil Fest is bringing some awesome Samba percussion to the Mall this evening. There will be music and dance performances by Boulder Samba School’s Bateria Alegria and Samba Colorado right in front of the Courthouse. Their drums will get your heart beating so stop by!

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at The Fox Outdoor Stage 9PM-????

Rateliff has been a Denver-based singer-songwriter for many moons now. But recently, he has picked up mad steam with his group The Night Sweats (peep their performance on Jimmy Fallon this week here, for which they got a standing ovation). They have an amazing folk/rock/R&B thing happening, and believe us when we say that NR & The Night Sweats are one of the biggest bands to be watching out for right now. We have a feeling they are going to jet off into some serious fame here soon. Tonight’s performance is free. Come hang with the cool kids. 

NR dancing with Fallon.

NR dancing with Fallon.

The War on Drugs at The Fox Theatre 830PM-Close

Though they aren’t local, this is going to be an amazing Fox show. These Philly boys will be heartland-rocking you deep into the night, and though the show is a bit pricey, you won’t be disappointed. Start with Rateliff and end with Granduciel? Yes please.

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/08):

Foxfeather at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Boulder folk outfit Foxfeather will be jamming at the LG tomorrow, and you should be too. Let this female-fronted band croon to you over a tasty latte! Emily Scott Robinson will also be performing at this event.

FF.

FF.

Sumilan at The Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill 10PM-Close

These progressive rock/trance dance dudes are going to be jumping around the stage at The Lazy Dog tomorrow night and they have a sound worth checking out! They’re from Athens, Georgia and are finishing up their summer tour. Listen to them here before the show. 

Sumi boys.

Sumi boys.

Get to it Boulder. Happy weekend.

-Hannah

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

The Seven Shows to See If You're Not Going to The UMS This Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

The UMS is arguably the biggest thing happening in Colorado music this weekend. But if you aren’t throwing your hands up down in Denver, these are the seven shows to see near the Boulder bubble this weekend:

Tonight (Friday 07/24):

Theresa Peterson & Hunter Stone at Vindication Brewing 530-9PM

These two Boulder-based singer songwriters are behind the monthly Boulder-in-the-Round event at Vapor Distillery. We covered it back in June here. Aside from that, both of them are super talented solo artists. In recent months, they’ve been collaborating together, so this is a performance that is worth checking out. Head on over after work!

Augustus at The Roost 6PM-Close

Augustus recently dropped their EP Into Frames and are planning a release show next month. But if you want to hear their latest songs live before their party takes over Pearl in August, then roll to The Roost and give them a listen.

That's one Cold River.

That's one Cold River.

Cold River Autumn at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Boulder-based Cold River City, who are incidentally also on The UMS lineup this weekend, have some members playing a show here tonight with guest drummer Matty Schelling from Whiskey Autumn. In a super-group formation of sorts, the sounds from behind the brown door are bound to be awesome. Be sure to stop in!

Tomorrow (Saturday 07/25):

Danny Shafer at Oskar Blues CyclHOPS 730PM-Close

Danny is a big name in Colorado music. It’s probably harder to find a night that he isn’t playing music than one that he is. He’s played just about every venue around the state, and he always puts on a great show. He occasionally brings along talented friends to share the stage, so make the drive here to see what he has in store for this performance!

Da Z Boys.

Da Z Boys.

Zolopht at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids 830PM-Close

Are you one of those classic Coloradans who loves reggae, blues, rock, and bluegrass combined into one sound? Then this band is for you! The Zolopht boys hail from Grand Junction, CO and are currently playing a number of shows around these parts. We’ve been seeing their name a lot recently, so we checked out their dancy beats, which you can listen to here. Go peep their show!

Bonnis.

Bonnis.

Andrew Bonnis at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Bonnis is a Boulder-based musician of many talents. He is an amazing solo performer, but has also been in a number of successful group projects. Most recently, he’s been playing guitar in Nederland’s Gipsy Moon band, but this is your chance to see what he has up his sleeve solo. He won’t disappoint, so check him out!

Whiskey Autumn at Conor O’Neill’s 1030PM-Close

Rumor has it that Whiskey Autumn are currently back in the studio working on a new project. Maybe they’ll surprise you with a hint of what they’re up to at this show, so it’s one you don’t want to miss! Go dance with these boys! 

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