The Fremonts Announce First Full-Length Record, 'We Don't Live There'

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Boulder’s folk duo The Fremonts are back it. First found in the Boulder scene in 2015 after a move from NYC, The Fremonts released their self-titled EP and toured the state with their bluegrass/country/blues folk sound. Comprised of couple Stephanie Dodd (vocals/keyboard/xylophone/accordion) and Justin Badger (vocals/guitar/kick drum), the two-piece have most recently been recording their first full-length record, We Don’t Live There.

The Fremonts. 

The Fremonts. 

Said Badger, “As for the new album, we built on the sound we started developing on our EP by adding a full band and recording all the core tracks live in one huge room over at KMGLife Inc. With a little help from Colorado’s own Ars Nova Singers, we were even able to record a twelve-person choir and strings on one track. We are excited to share this music after spending so many months preparing it.”

In anticipation for a June release date, The Fremonts have several Colorado shows booked over the coming months where you’ll be able to preview their new tunes.

The band also recently recorded an NPR Tiny Desk video, which you can check out below:

So keep an eye out for The Fremonts’ upcoming We Don’t Live There record, and in the meantime, check them out at one of their live gigs!

  • February, 11th 2017- 8:00pm - The Laughing Goat, Boulder CO
  • February, 25th 2017 - 6:00pm - The Very Nice Brewing Company, Nederland CO
  • March, 4th 2017 - 10:00pm - The No Name Bar, Boulder CO
  • March, 18th 2017 - 7:30pm - Cannon Mine Coffee Co., Lafayette CO
  • March, 22nd 2017 -  6:00pm - Espresso Vino by Brewing Market, Lafayette CO
  • March 27th 2017 - 9:00pm - Pearl Street Pub, Boulder CO
  • Keep up with The Fremonts here.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 07/08, 07/09, & 07/10

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Summer is in full swing and here’s where to catch some shade this weekend:

Today (Friday 07/08):

Boulder Sound Lab and Shantyman & The Speakeasies at Boulder House in Boulder 8PM-Close

Boulder Sound Lab.

Boulder Sound Lab.

Just last week we caught Boulder Sound Lab and Shantyman & The Speakeasies at KMG’s Zonnefest Showcase, and we liked what we heard. Tonight these two groups are sharing a stage again at Boulder House and we’re stoked on it. BSL, the “optimistic jam band with a party-funk sound” will headline the show following the funky jams of the Shantyman men. Both of these bands will keep you moving, and it’s Friday so go get to it!

Give BSL’s “Psilos” tune a listen:

Tomorrow (Saturday 07/09):

Evan Holm & The Restless Ones with Sunboy, I Am Love, and Josh Moorehead & the Guestlist at the Hi-Dive in Denver 830PM-Close

Evan Holm.

Evan Holm.

Denver’s indie rhythm blues artist Evan Holm is headlining a Hi-Dive show tonight with his band, The Restless Ones. Sharing the stage will be Denver’s psych rock outfit Sunboy, indie soul trio I Am Love, and indie blues five-piece Josh Moorehead & the Guestlist. It’s a sweet lineup and a guaranteed good time. Roll on over.

Check out Evan Holm’s track “Bedrock”:

Red Sage at The Pub on Pearl in Denver 930PM-Close

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Denver’s reggae rock four-piece Red Sage are putting on a free show at The Pearl On Pub, a Denver spot that just recently started booking music again. Back from their recent West Coast tour, Red Sage are ready to get you groovin’ tomorrow. Come dance with us!

Listen to Red Sage’s “Good To Be Alive”:

Dassaro x Jeraff and The Dirty Gemstones at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

Dassaro x Jeraff.

Dassaro x Jeraff.

The Lazy Dog is bringing a night of “hip-hop and electronic grooves” to Pearl Street tomorrow and we can’t wait to thump! Denver’s Dassaro x Jeraff are an MC/DJ duo who promise to “carry you on a lyrical journey” with their sound. The Dirty Gemstones will open things up, a psychedelic hip-hop duo also from the Denver scene. Bonus: It’s a free show!  

Check out a Dassaro x Jeraff original, “D.R.E.A.M”:

The Next Day (Sunday 07/10)

Sunday BBQ Series at Larimer Lounge in Denver 12PM-Close

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Larimer Lounge’s Sunday BBQ series continues this weekend with Denver’s popternative Modern Suspects, wall noise duo Copyleft, indie alt two-piece Water Aerobics, and alt rock outfit Compliments to the One. LA’s beachy psych group SWIMM will headline the gig, following their Saturday show at Boulder’s Fox Theatre. That means you’ve got two chances to SWIMM this weekend, and Larimer’s BBQ tickets are only $10 in advance. Snag ‘em here.

Peep Modern Suspects’ “Just Watch Me”:

Women in Song at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

Emily Shreve.

Emily Shreve.

The next installment of The LG’s Women in Song happens this Sunday, and there is a long list of talent on board: Cindy Garner, Shanna in a Dress, Emily ShreveSamsara: The Emmit Sisters, and Monica Whittington will all perform at the show. Plus there will be a ton of awesome ladies hosting the event and hanging out, so come by! Listening to these women belt it out over a good glass of wine is the perfect end to your weekend.

Check out The Emmit Sisters’ live performance of “Colorado”:

See yah out there CO!

-Hannah

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KMG's Recent Zonnefest Hosted Spectacular Talent & Killer Tunes

By: Clinton Henderson

The KMG Studio Music Showcase continued to impress in its second manifestation last week. The fest is a free mini-show put on by KMG Studios on the last Thursday of every month which showcases bands and musicians for thirty minutes per set. May’s show (affectionately called the Zonnefest by many because it is organized by KMG’s Mitchael Zonnefeld) featured Nite Owls, Amoramora, Lady and the Gentlemen, The Last Minute Band, and Technicolor Tone Factory. Last week, the June lineup consisted of Andrew Sturtz and Sierra Voss, Boulder Sound Lab, Shantyman & The Speakeasies, The Last Minute Band, and Sixty Minute Men. Although the show started nearly an hour late, the music was once again stupendous! There wasn’t a bar... but what’s a boy to do?

The showcase stage at KMG. Photo per the author. 

The showcase stage at KMG. Photo per the author. 

KMG owner Greg Kimble introduced the first performer of the night, Andrew Sturtz, who was accompanied with harmonies by BolderBeat’s very own Sierra Voss. The crowd was told in Kimble’s intro how Sturtz had actually been busking on Pearl Street when Kimble happened to hear him. Kimble asked him to drop by the studio, immediately recognizing Sturtz’s talent, and Kimble was spot on; if anything he was slightly reserved in the praise Andrew deserved for his singing. On songs like “Changing by the Second”, a cover of The Beatles’ “You Got To Hide Your Love Away”, and a tune called “Southern Night”, Andrew sang wonderfully soulful and heartfelt folk music that was beautifully optimistic and melancholy all at once. His falsettos were stunning and the harmonies that Sierra sang filled out the duo’s sound. Sturtz’s original, “Bosnia”, conveyed a peaceful sense of loss, “Avalon” was a new song that captured imagination, and a cover of Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” completely re-imagined the original to highlight the quality of Strutz’s vocal range. Keep an eye out for Andrew and Sierra, who occasionally still play on Pearl Street, gig often at at The No Name Bar, and play other spots in Boulder/Denver.

Following that duo was Boulder Sound Lab, a funky group with goofy tendencies. Their first song, “Jeffery the Bagman”, was written by the band’s saxophonist, Lyle Wilner. It had a definite James Brown influence to it before it evolved into a far more spacey jam. Their second song was an instrumental bit that featured strange scales/licks that moved from raw funk to a more rocking-roll funk with driving energy, shredding guitar, and wonderful two-guitar and saxophone harmonies. Their final song, “Muffin Top”, paraphrased the theme from “The Pink Panther” at the beginning and then evolved into a major-key jam. Overall, BSL were a very positive, upbeat, and optimistic jam band with a party-funk sound fueled by members that are each excellent at their instruments. They write their own music and if you want a grand funky time, catch them this Friday, July 8th at Boulder House.

Andrew Sturtz & Sierra Voss. Photo Credit: Mitchael Zonnefeld

Andrew Sturtz & Sierra Voss. Photo Credit: Mitchael Zonnefeld

Next was Shantyman and the Speakeasies. From the get-go, this band had me thinking of Sublime mixed with the Grateful Dead, thanks to their  song “Cherry Pie”, a loose Wah funk sound. This is your standard Colorado jam band, and that’s a good thing in spite of all odds. The bass was funky played through a synth, the two guitarists played some awesome licks and sang harmonies, and their savage drummer was also singing. Their entire set was a groovy good time.

Featured last month at the first showcase, and in the same slot this month for this showcase was KMG’s house band, The Last Minute Band. This is a “Holy-Sh*t-Did-I-Just-Witness-That?” sort of band. With two Grammy nominated musicians in the group, The Last Minute Band will leave your jaw on the floor every time they play. Covers like “Feelin’ Good”, “Respect”, and “I Want You Back” showcased the band’s astounding talent. Greg Kimble hit impressive falsettos in spite of being sick, Ashley Kisner and Cayla Kimble shredded energetic vocals, Mitchael Zonnefeld held a great groove on bass, Zack Markle burned the keys, Chalo Ortiz absolutely amazed on the guitar, Angel Adams played a magnificent saxophone, and Motown played otherworldly drums. The group finished their set with a pulsing, driving tune aptly called “Party” and a song dedicated to Greg’s mother called “Rollin’”, a beautiful, determined bluesy song, followed by a spot-on cover of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.

Shantyman and the Speakeasies. Photo Credit: Mitchael Zonnefeld

Shantyman and the Speakeasies. Photo Credit: Mitchael Zonnefeld

Sixty Minute Men finished out the night. They’re a funky, soulful, prog-rock band. Their burning sax player wrote the tune “Groove Shoes”, which played exactly how the title sounds: it gets you moving. Another song, “Heartbreaker”, was a ripping rocker with some excellent rhythmic stops that kept the audience popping. Other tracks featured beautiful, loving melodies that will have your heart racing when you hear them play. This group plays next in Boulder July 23rd at Souther Sun

All said, the second KMG Showcase, aka the Zonnefest, was a success. Each of the performers were excellent and showed the varied talent that can be found in Boulder, as well as the community that KMG is adding to the already vibrant Colorado music scene. You can learn more about KMG’s studio options here. And you should definitely come out to the next KMG showcase, the third Thursday (July 21st) of this month!

-Clinton

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Tenth Mountain Division: Ski Rock for Your Summer

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Tenth Mountain Division dropped their debut album recently, and it's taking off like a skier on fresh powder.

Ski Rock. That’s the sound Boulder’s Tenth Mountain Division have coined for themselves, and it fits. With rock, jam, and bluegrass influences, the five-piece have been picking up notable steam  in the local mountain scene and beyond. Just this spring, the band released their debut album, Cracks In The Sky, which quickly earned them critical acclaim, a summer tour, and a spot on Illinois’ Summer Camp Music Festival. Before this rockin’ crew hits the road, we decided to sit down with co-founder MJ Ouimette to get the full scoop on TMD’s formation, their record, and more! The boys play a hometown gig at The Lazy Dog tomorrow for Cinco de Mayo, which you should definitely check out. Read on:

Boulder's Tenth Mountain Division. 

Boulder's Tenth Mountain Division. 

So MJ- how did Tenth Mountain Division get started, and how long you have been playing together as a band?

Winston Heuga and I originally met in highschool in our hometown of Vail, CO. After practicing together for a year or so, and writing our first original tunes, we decided to legitimize our music from the ground up; from Winston’s Mom’s basement to the stage. We had the idea to perform as a bluegrass band, since our main influences included Sam Bush and Leftover Salmon. Eventually, we evolved into an electric adaptation of our prior selves, and our “ski rock” sound was fully realized at CU, where we met Connor Dunn, Tyler Gwynn and Campbell Thomas. In total, TMD has been a project for a year and a half.

Wow! That’s sweet that you guys were able to put out your debut album within essentially a year’s time. Where was Cracks in the Sky recorded? Did you work with a producer, and if so, who?

Cracks In the Sky was recorded at KMG Life Inc. Studios. The album is self produced, but has largely been successful thanks to our sound engineer Cameron Mannix. He worked with us tirelessly and off the clock to help us achieve what we desired. Mannix had actually been working with us for the year leading up to our recording process on projects, and because he had that knowledge of our sound coming in, his work really contributed to the authenticity of Cracks In The Sky.

Awesome. What’s behind the name of the album?

“Cracks In the Sky”, the album’s title track, is the first song Winston and I wrote together. For the most part, he wrote it and I helped arranged the music and the middle verse. But the title, in short, is the easiest explanation of everything we’ve done up to this point.

Cool. Talk to us about the other tracks on the album. How did you choose what to record?

The songs we decided on put on the album are mostly an amalgamation of the diverse talents in the group. Be it my own “Morning Drive” and “Fine Print”, Winston’s “By the Riverside” and “Matryoshka Mountains” or Campbell’s “Conspiracy”, there is a diverse yet coherent congruency from song to song that demonstrates both our varied backgrounds and influences, and the intersections between them all that make us Tenth Mountain Division.

Awesome. Does everyone in the band write?

Winston has written many of the basic outlines and lyrics for the group; he is a great lyricist. Although I have a few songs lyrically that I’ve written as well, the basic formula is Winston presenting a sketch that I solidify musically with arrangements. There is always constant interaction and influence between all of us in the band though.

Listen to TMD’s Cracks In The Sky:

LP versus EP is always a tough question. How did you guys decide on releasing a full length?

Ultimately, we decided that it’s far too common to release an EP as a first recording effort, and we had too much material that we wanted to exhibit. When I look at my biggest influences, I don’t think about their first EP, I think about their first album. We collectively wanted to create an all-encompassing piece of art rather than just a fraction of it.

Fair enough. What are Tenth Mountain Division’s plans for the summer?

“Eskimo”, one of my favorite tracks on the album, will have a music video that will be released in the very near future. Beyond that, we’re touring the Midwest and East Coast, along with our appearance at Summer Camp Music Festival.

We saw you were on that fest lineup- tell us more about that!

We won Summer Camp’s “On the Road” competition series at the Fox Theatre in January, which allowed us the opportunity to perform at the event. It is both humbling and exciting to have won the event and to perform among the heavy hitters of the vast and talented genre of “jam” music.

Make sure to catch Tenth Mountain Division jamming at The Lazy Dog tomorrow night! Join the Facebook event here. And keep with this talented ski rock outfit here.

-Hannah

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KMG Life Inc.: Boulder's One Stop Shop Helping Artists Achieve Their Dreams

By: Hannah Oreskovich

KMG Life wants to see you in their studio. 

Jeff Tanner and Jamal Browning mixing at KMG. 

Jeff Tanner and Jamal Browning mixing at KMG. 

If you haven’t yet heard about the new spot making noise on Sterling Circle, then you’d better keep reading Boulder. Just a few months ago, KMGLife Inc. opened their studio doors in the B, relocating from their former home in Greenwood Village, CO to their new, massive $5 million space. First known for their work with Denver’s hip hop/rap scene, KMGLife Inc. (which stands for Kimble Music Group, after owner/mastermind Greg Kimble) has expanded over the past five years into an empire that now consists of studio space, an attached live-event concert venue, an in-house recording arts and business program, and their own record label

Kimeray Wells in a session at KMG in Studio C.

Kimeray Wells in a session at KMG in Studio C.

A&R man, manager, and session player Mitchael Zonnefeld was kind enough to give us a tour recently, where we got to check out multiple studio rooms and vocal booths, $200k in mics, tons of sweet modern and vintage equipment, $40k in lighting and projection mapping, and even their 35 terabyte hard drive (because you gotta keep those beats safe, right?).

KMG's live-event space and stage view from the VIP balcony area.

KMG's live-event space and stage view from the VIP balcony area.

We checked out the live-event space too, where Denver artist Becca Krueger filmed her new music video last week. The stage and two-floored venue, complete with a VIP balcony area, is also used for album release shows and other industry parties. KMG will set up transportation for you, catering, and a number of other things to complete your event vision. And if you need a house band, KMG has got you covered there as well. Their core team members (including Zonnefeld and Kimble) play in the house/session band, Last Minute.

A video shoot in Studio B with  Grigsby  .

A video shoot in Studio B with Grigsby.

KMGLife Inc. has recently expanded into the media market as well:

Said Zonnefeld, “We’re a one stop shop for artists; we’re a company that happens to own a recording studio but we also do music videos, promotional work, photo shoots, social media management, private release shows… anything to help an artist achieve their dream.”

Nederland's  The Magic Beans  in Studio B. 

Nederland's The Magic Beans in Studio B. 

KMG has many different packages to choose from when it comes to working with them, whether you just want studio time, you have media needs, or more. Zonnefeld told us KMG can even help you with distribution through their connections with Warner Brothers, Capitol Records, and Universal.

Said Zonnefeld, “We’re a shuttle to help any musician get to their dream. KMG is a lifestyle and we’re a family.” 

So join the fam- check out more info about KMG and their numerous artist packages here.

-Hannah

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