Premiere: Wolf van Elfmand's New Animated Music Video for "The New Folk"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Denver’s Wolf van Elfmand is best known locally for his folk, country, and blues tunes. But his origins in music date back to 2009, when he collaborated with producer Cedar Apffel to release his debut self-titled EP. Since then, Elfmand has released three full length records: Magic to the Lonely, Wolf Sings, and The Death of. His next EP, Real Wolf, drops this summer on June 10th with a release party at Fort Greene Bar. Dango Rose of Elephant Revival co-produced the upcoming EP with Elfmand, and today is the premiere of the new music video for his single “The New Folk.”

The video for “The New Folk” features country and city animations courtesy of Boulder animator and artist Joseph Tonelli. The track features Dango Rose on bass, Enion Pelta-Tiller (Taarka) on fiddle, and backup vocals by Megan Rice. 

Said Wolf about the video, “‘The New Folk’ is a song for the generational shifts that are continuously unfolding. It’s a story of equality that blurs the line between humor and reality, as well as traditional melodies with contemporary form.”

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Wolf.

Wolf’s classic format of weaving humor with cynicism in his songwriting is also evident in “The New Folk.” So give it a view and make sure to stay tuned for more music from Wolf on his website. Get details on his release party for Real Wolf here.

-Hannah

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Joseph Tonelli's Debut Album "Dust and Snow": A Review of One Sincere Singer/Songwriter

By: Dawn Raymond

Joseph Tonelli's debut record presents more than just his soul.

If Joseph Tonelli's music were a season, I think it would be fall, with its aromatic romance and the slightly sad sense of endings. His music ponders the timeless topics of things like love and loss, and it finds a striking, restful acceptance of the two. Tonelli doesn't specifically write songs about heartbreak, but he does write about the deep-down heart of life, with it's beauty and it's pain. He likes all of his lyrics, and this just exemplifies the consistency of his soul: Joseph Tonelli presents himself in a simple and sincere way, with an honest transparency that sometimes borders on discomfort, but ultimately gives you a sense of his soul.

Boulder's Joseph Tonelli. 

Boulder's Joseph Tonelli. 

In creating his upcoming June 2016 release Dust and Snow, all 7 songs presented themselves to be a part of the album, which suggests that the music travels through him to it's destination. Tonelli recorded the album in his living room, sometimes even with his son sleeping close by, and every track is a sort of hand-crafted work of art.

Some of Joseph's songs have a sort of rustic and lonely feel; the kind of music you listen to in honest, quiet moments of contemplation, but each track is totally relatable for pondering, wandering souls. His lyrics sometimes communicate the thoughts that he can't convey in any other way, with personal themes and messages weaving their way throughout:

"I'll probably end up at some bar down the road,
can't tell if it’s heaven or hell sort of reminds me of both." (June 15, 2009)

"Sometimes I can catch a sight through these cracks in the night
of the man that I once knew that I could be,
he's covered in dust and soot and grime
a deadly sin, a heinous crime
but man i swear he's just one breath away" (Sometimes)

Joseph plans to continue writing, collaborating and performing live after the release of Dust and Snow, and it will be interesting to see what lyrics and melodies present themselves for public consumption for his future projects.

In the meantime, preorder Dust and Snow on vinyl, flashdrive, and CD right here. Stay tuned for upcoming show information by liking JT’s Facebook page, or checking out his website. Want to read more about Joseph Tonelli? Check out our exclusive interview with the Boulder artist here.

-Dawn

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BolderBeat's Tiny Desk Contest Compilation + This Weekend's Shows to See

By: Hannah Oreskovich

You entered. We watched (and listened).

Hey Colorado! A lot of local acts have been working on something awesome the past couple of weeks- their submissions to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest! As you probably know, NPR has a sweet feature called Tiny Desk, the brainchild of Bob Boilen, who is also the creator of All Songs Considered. Boilen essentially invites artists to play at his desk and their intimate performances are recorded live; often they’re really badass. Check out some of the most recent Tiny Desk performances here.

Last year, NPR started the Tiny Desk Contest, allowing any and every US artist to have a shot at getting an invite to play Boilen’s sought-after desk. The winner was Fantastic Negrito, who you can check out here. This year, the winner will play the Tiny Desk and also appear in a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another and tour the US with NPR and Lagunitas. We kept seeing so many local band’s submissions pop up that we decided to throw them all in a feature for your viewing pleasure. We were impressed by everyone’s submissions and we're sure you will be too. So give these vids some traffic yo:

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Pretty sweet collection, eh?

PS: We couldn’t totally forgo our weekend picks, so here are some shows with their event links to check out the next two nights:

Tonight (Friday, 02/05):

Ancient Elk, The Velveteers, and The Savage Blush at Syntax Opera House in Denver

Hunter Stone at Taco Junky in Boulder

Many Mountains with Still Cellars Distillery and Arthouse in Longmont

Whiskey Autumn and Shiny Shoes First Funk Friday at The Bohemian Biergarten in Boulder

Tomorrow (Saturday, 02/06):

Andrew Sturtz at The Infinite Monkey Theorem in Denver

Griz with Special Guests at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver

Imaginary Pointsmontropo, Glimjack, and Shuad’Dib at The Forge in Boulder

Na’an Stop with Policulture and Realtalk at The Fox Theatre in Boulder

Sam Hozdulick’ Album Release Party with Special Guests at Lost Lake in Denver

Both Nights:

Opening Music Weekend at Cafe Aion featuring Paul Kimbiris and Foxfeather

And don’t forget to tune in Sunday for our partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions! We will feature Na’an Stop’s “Win a Bagel” in honor of their headlining performance at The Fox this Saturday. Crank your dials to 95.5FM in Boulder Sunday night between 9-10PM, or stream Green Light here. Listen for local!

Thanks for keeping us afloat as we continue to support local music. If you dig what we’re doing, please give us a like on Facebook (especially from your band page so we can keep up with all you do).

-Hannah

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Joseph Tonelli: Boulder's "Newest" Singer-Songwriter Tells Us About His Situation

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We're pretty obsessed with Joseph Tonelli's situation.

Born in Chicago, former vagabond-turned-Boulder-resident Joseph Tonelli has been playing music for years. The banjo was his first love, and he actually used to strum in a band with friend and fellow musician Dango Rose (of Elephant Revival) back in their highschool days. After college, Tonelli did a lot of traveling, spending years at a time out of the country. But he and his five-year-old son are now settled here in Boulder and through a series of life events, Tonelli turned back to music and is working on his debut solo album.

“The album I’m making now is sort of the tip of what I’ve been doing for a long time; the tip of my story, you know? I’ve been writing songs for years, but never properly produced or shared any of my music. Most of what I have done in the past is loads and loads of demos. This is different. [After recording] DIY in my living room, I sent everything to my friend Valentino in Italy for production and instrumentation. I found that recording was the easy part- now it’s everything else: promotion, distribution, the album artwork, music videos- I’m doing this project DIY in its entirety. But one of the best parts is, I’m working on all of those parts with a lot of friends.”

And Tonelli sure has a lot of those. He’s currently working on the album artwork with a connection in Asheville, his recent music video release was done by a buddy overseas, and he’s chatting with some friends about the possibility of a vinyl release in the spring.

“Vinyl has been a part of my life for a long time- I remember going through my dad’s 45s as a kid and choosing the ones I liked and separating them from the ones I didn't. I just really value the whole experience [of vinyl]- the smell and the weight and the sound; some of it is straight nostalgia. So I’ve been battling with the idea of releasing it that way.”

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When it comes to the stories behind Tonelli’s songs, he told us, “All seven tracks are super personal; uncomfortably personal. That’s the music I love, that’s the music I listen to, that’s the music that keeps me company. So that’s where I write- to move through things or to say something to somebody when I’m not that good at talking to them. The first song [on the album] I wrote in 2006 and the last one I wrote about a month ago, so I’ve picked songs from different transitions and highlights in life. I don’t write heartbreak songs, but a bunch of these songs are in that vein of the heart in relationship to other people. All of these songs have been collected through my experiences and emotional stuff.”

Following his plans of a spring release, Tonelli wants to continue working creatively with collaborators on his music, to play more live shows, and to keep writing new material.

“I felt like I couldn’t move on until I got some of these older songs out,” he said, “But these were the songs that presented themselves. I finally feel like I’ve been able to sculpt the record that I’ve been trying to sculpt for a long time.”

Stay tuned for updates on Joseph Tonelli’s official release date, and in the meantime, check out the new, awesome animated music video he just released for his first single, “My Situation”:

-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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