Review: Dinosaur City Records Has a New Mixtape Out & It's More Important to Listen to Now Than Ever

By: Julia Talen

Dinosaur City Records (DCR), a small independent label out of Sydney, Australia, has been issuing annual mixtapes for the last couple of years. With their third one released at the end of May, Jordanne Chant, co-founder of the label shared, “the mixtapes are a nice way of showcasing a diverse mix of brilliant music that’s being made at the moment.”

Cody Munro Moore. 

Cody Munro Moore. 

Most of the tracks off Dinosaur City Records Mixtape #3 are unreleased, and listeners can locate indie musicians based in Australia, NYC, and LA across the compilation’s 23 tracks. Moreover, as the DIY music scene continues to go unrecognized or be simply dismissed (ahem Rhinoceropolis and Glob here in Denver), it’s important for people to tune in to what artists are continuing to create and innovate.

Thankfully, DCR is keeping independent music alive. Chant and co-founder Cody Munro Moore clearly have a keen ear for original musicians and listening to this mixtape (via online streaming, digital album, or cassette tape) is a must for any music nerd or curious listener looking for something different than their Spotify “Discover Weekly” playlist.

The mix starts with Ali Flintoff of Denise Le Menice. Her hazy track, “Addiction” casts a lofi DIY vibe that’ll permeate much of the album, weaving psychedelic surf rock undertones into the fiber of the tune. It’s catchy, lovely, and enticing.

As we move through the tracks, we get a taste of a variety of genres. “Tender” a tune by Sophie McComish, the artist behind Tuffence Meringue, soothes the listener with hypnotic vocals and instruments, evocative of authentic musicians like Frankie Rose.

Brooklyn-based band Navy Gang’s tune, “Just Kidding Not” follows. Their infectious and witty tune with lyrics, “I’m indecisive/I fucking hate you/No I don’t/Don’t know if I love you” evokes Animal Collective during its chorus, as the band whales, “I don’t ever wanna be alone again.” It’s pretty brilliant. And this clever, experimental tune leads into “Cockroach,” by Bourgeois Earth, which is probably my favorite of the 23 songs.

“Cockroach” is wildly exploratory, melding electronic sounds with brass instrumentation, and ethereal and alien-like vocals that make their mark. If you like the 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavilion, or really any sort of experimental pop music, you’re going to love this one. Though it’s exploratory, this ingenius track is compact and holds together, not flailing every which way as it probes all sorts of music genres and instrumentation throughout its corners.

Mezko’s “Without You” reminds me of some genius new work from LCD Soundsystem, Bored Short’s “Bar Cards” slows things down a little, reminding me vocally of Alex Cameron’s somber, but brilliant songs. Sadventure’s “One More Night” also breaks ground with its drifty, floaty melody, similar to a song off an old M83 album, getting heavier as it moves along.

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In the latter half of the album, we hear Painter Paige Emery’s lo-fi, hazy tune, “Here Now Stay Go” which sounds like she’s painting pieces of her song into the air to create a masterpiece of sounds.Track 17, Romy Church of e4444e’s song, Volume Two has a rhythmic opening and shifting and folding lo-fi vocals that are calm yet penetrating. And Cody Munro Moore’s new wave tune “As The Empire Fell Apart” definitely evokes the artful, post-punk vibes of Talking Heads.

I’ve only scratched the surface on the myriad of incredible music across this mixtape. DRC’s curated a record that’s original, unique, cutting edge, and incredibly important to listen too. The small label’s mission to honor and acknowledge independent music is of utmost importance to the music scene these days, so be sure to tune in.

-Julia

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Winter Wondergrass 2018 Proved That Snow, Mountains, & Bluegrass Are The Perfect Festival Combo

By: Cy Fontenot

From frozen phalanges, to crashing on the floor like sardines, to uncontrollable laughter with some of the best friends you’ll ever make, Winter Wondergrass festival sure does attract a certain type of person, the ones who are willing to battle the cold and rally in the name of live music. If I learned anything at the fest, it’s that the combination of snow, mountains, and bluegrass create the best situational cocktail for bringing people together. As if the snowy mountains of Steamboat, Colorado didn’t do that already, add a little bluegrass and some Dale’s Pale Ale to the mix and there you have it: a wonderful freakin’ time.

Greensky Bluegrass.

Greensky Bluegrass.

The festival kicked off beautifully with Liver Down the River, who played just one note before and snow began! After being thoroughly pumped up by their funkadeligrass music, the crowd was serenaded by Trout Steak Revival who kept the music flowing into the evening, when Liver played yet another rockin’ set. The Wooks kept the energy alive for the Brad Parsons Band to wrap up the Wondergrass pre-party. As the night wound to a close, festies retreated to a set downtown by Colorado jamtronica up-and-comers Evanoff, who delivered a high energy dance party to cap the night off right.

John Stickley Trio.

John Stickley Trio.

Friday immediately started off with party vibes as we festival-goers made our way downtown for a delicious breakfast at Johnny B Good’s Diner, followed by smooth liquors at Steamboat Whiskey Company. After getting properly buzzed up, we made our way into the festival grounds where we were greeted by the Jon Stickley Trio, who had been joined on stage by some all-star special guests.

After a beautiful Steamboat sunset, Elephant Revival took the stage for an emotionally evocative set, playing whilst fireworks were shot from the ski hill above. For me, this remains one of the most perfect and beautiful moments of the weekend, and since the band are going on hiatus in just a few short months, it was even more special.

Grantful Dead Revue.

Grantful Dead Revue.

Just when it seemed the night couldn’t get more beautiful, Yonder Mountain took the stage, and so did the snow! After their heartfelt set, I made my way to the the gondolas and took a ride up to the top with some beautiful humans to catch the Grantful Dead Revue, where Tyler Grant had more than a few things to say with his fretboard. I think everyone agreed there was no better way to finish off the night than gettin’ down to some Dead tunes.

Fruition.

Fruition.

Saturday began with the infamous Bacon Jam, which took place in an absolutely gorgeous house on top of a mountain. Upon arrival guests were greeted by snowballs drunkenly lobbed from a hot tub. After entering the house I found great vibes, unlimited bacon, and WonderGrass all-stars pickin’ up a storm! After the Bacon Jam and a much needed nap, I made my way to the festival to see The Lil Smokies kick the afternoon into high gear. The Smokies were followed by Fruition, who had a perfect sunset set that sent the crowds partying into the night.

Next to the stage was the amazing Greensky Bluegrass, who played one of the most captivating sets of the weekend. As they plucked their last notes, I headed over to the Grand Ballroom, where Leftover Salmon, who were warming up for their killer Sunday night set. Paul Hoffman joined in midway through the set and the night went on ‘til morning.

Billy Strings.

Billy Strings.

Quick-trigger new kid on the block Billy Strings kicked off the mainstage Sunday afternoon with something to say. With outstanding vocals and masterfully edgy guitar skills, Billy brought the energy the crowd needed to power through the last day of this incredible festival.

As day turned to night, the people of Wondergrass reached a new level of love, intoxication, and anticipation as Leftover Salmon geared up to close out the fest. I have to give it to Leftover Salmon- out of all the amazing music I had the pleasure of experiencing this weekend, their capstone performance takes the cake as my most enjoyed set of Winter Wondergrass.

Leftover Salmon.

Leftover Salmon.

WWG was sold-out this year, proving people seem to really love Bluegrass in the winter. If you’re ready for round two, get your tickets to Winter WonderGrass in Squaw Valley, CA happening April 6th-8th here!

Check out our festival gallery from this event here!

-Cy

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

Everett Bird Release Debut Single "Bucket Of Dark Meat"

By: Norman Hittle

Everett Bird is a Montreal based trio focusing on their brand of eclectic alternative rock with washed out psychedelic overtones. The band just released their first single, “Bucket of Dark Meat”:

The single is the first from the band’s debut upcoming record People Person, to be released February 23rd. The LP was recorded with Jace Lasek (Wolf Parade, Besnard Lakes).

Regarding the track, the band had this to say:

“‘Bucket of Dark Meat’ was the first song we wrote for the album. The song is about the feeling of anxiety a person gets when it seems like everyone is being more productive than you. On the other end, the song is about suppressing that feeling with things that make you happy.”

Everett Bird.

Everett Bird.

Keep up with Everett Bird here and keep an ear to the ground for their debut record which drops this Thursday, February 22nd.

-Norman

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Review: After Remixing A Track For Bon Iver, Nightshifts Has A Debut Single Of His Own

By: Julia Talen

After catching his first break remixing a Bon Iver song and being retweeted by Justin Vernon (who then released the track on JagJaguwar), Toronto musician and producer Nightshifts has released his debut single, "All Along," and its dreamy, lo-fi, vintage-y vibe does not disappoint.

Listen to “All Along”:

Nightshifts shared, "I wrote and recorded the track in my unfurnished apartment when I first moved downtown; just sitting on the floor with my guitar, mics, and synths. I crafted it to sound like it was created at the bottom of the sea."

Nightshifts crafts a wistful, psychedelic track with an underwater vibe that emerges as the tune swims through verse and refrain, fluctuating by way of Nightshift's wailing “oh’s,” echoing guitar, and synths. Nightshifts lyrics like "scratchin' at the surface/like an endless skipping stone/I want to dive into your waters/want to be with you alone" allude to the deep waters of pensive thought one floats in and out of when longing to tell someone that you love them.

Nightshifts.

Nightshifts.

“All Along” vacillates between misty and murky reverberations to a refrain with rooted beats and soulful impressions, like the transition to a night shift; the haze of a bright, neon sign made more visible in the night's obscurity. The catchy bits interspersed throughout blurry, echoing resonances get stuck in your head, making you want to dance a little, as Nightshifts continues to experiment with sound and mixing in this debut single. Nightshifts will be releasing a new song each month over the next year, so keep up with what he drops next here.

-Julia

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Mlima Goes Interstellar: Fiske Planetarium Concert To Become New Album

By: Will Baumgartner

Denver’s Mlima have covered a lot of ground in the five years since their formation, but their journey, in a lot of ways, is only beginning. The group, who have coined the term “mountain groove music” in an attempt to encapsulate their sprawling sounds, first played together in 2012. Since then, they’ve played Red Rocks and were discovered and nurtured by the late legendary concert promoter Barry Fey; they’ve been with Fey’s management company, Feyline Presents, ever since. The band has also seen multiple personnel changes since their inception, with the one constant being percussionist Jack Breitenbach, the group’s founder. But as saxophonist/vocalist Zach Simms told me in a recent interview, it’s really been in the past year and a half that Mlima has found itself coalescing into the type of band that can look into the sky and say, “We could go there. And fill it with music.”

Mlima at Fiske Planetarium.

Mlima at Fiske Planetarium.

 In a very tangible way, that’s exactly what they did in their recent concert at CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium. Following a set of powerful, funky space-jazz by opening trio Dandu (definitely another Denver band to watch, by the way), Mlima populated the stage in their current incarnation featuring the locally ubiquitous vocalist Jessica Jones (who has sung with dozens of bands from the Glitta Kings to Galactic), masterful guitarist Jeph Kennedy, keyboardist Nate Todd (of Whiskey Tango and Jaden Carlson Band), bassist Ryan Thrush, drummer Lance Croucher, and the aforementioned Zach Simms on sax and vocals (also of Zobomaze and Like A Kenny G6). Together, these musicians proceeded to take the audience on a sonic journey that perfectly complemented the planetarium’s projected backdrop of intergalactic scenery.  

Watch Mlima’s live set at Fiske Planetarium: 

 

Aside from rallying all the talent onstage into an impressive and affecting musical whole, the concert marked another rather stunning achievement: virtually the entire set had been recently written by the band specifically for the planetarium concert, and the show was a debut performance of that material. This ambitious undertaking harkens back to another recent Mlima project, the transformation of their 2016 New Year’s show at The Bluebird Theater in Denver into the band’s soon-to-be-released next album, which drops August 17th, 2017. Much like this show, the Fiske Planetarium set will now be taken into the studio and made into the group’s next album, which they plan to release just a couple of months after the upcoming Bluebird record. These are not going to be live albums, but rather present an interesting twist on the live album formula: write a set for a specific show, go perform that show, and then take the material into the studio. If another band has taken that approach in the past, I haven’t heard about it! 

The tradition among local bands playing Fiske Planetarium has been to gear their sets toward the starry, trippy background of projections against Fiske’s domed ceiling, and for both Mlima and openers Dandu, this concert was no exception. But make no mistake that both bands, while playing sets that definitely leaned toward a reflection of the psychedelic/spacey feel of the visuals, did not skimp on the funk and hard grooves. Fiske has a largely seated arrangement, but that didn’t stop people from getting out of those seats and dancing in the aisles during portions of the show. Since most of the music in Mlima’s set was new, I of course didn’t recognize most of the songs, but for being brand-new material, there was no sense of the band “rehearsing” the songs onstage. In fact, many of these songs came across as anthems one might remember from dreams, or from life in another galaxy. With titles like “Planet Borscht” and “Hallucination Rain,” there was a sense of not only the type of tripping-through-the-universe groove which might remind one of Pink Floyd at their “Astronomy Domine”/”Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun” starry best, but also of the kind of mad fun one might find at a concert by Gogol Bordello, especially in the crazed performance of the Klezmer-party Mlima original “Kosher Dumpling,” which came near the end of the show and had Simms wandering among the audience honking on his baritone sax while audience members danced gleefully around him. 

The one song I definitely did recognize was their cover of the psyche-pop classic “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” which was Kenny Rogers’ first hit in 1968. Mlima did the song proud, ably abetted by Jessica Jones’ always soulful and hugely powerful voice. For as much as that girl gigs, I must admit rather shame-facedly that this was my first time catching a performance by her, and I was far from disappointed. Her vocals are indeed a local treasure, but then again, everyone in Mlima brought so much to the stage: Simms is an insanely watchable frontman and an excellent saxophonist, and all the other musicians displayed dazzling virtuosity while making it all look easy and ridiculously fun. They definitely made a fan of me, and I can’t wait to hear their two upcoming albums when they’re released nearly back-to-back later this year.  

I don’t know what Mlima were like when they started, but Barry Fey must have seen their potential when he arranged to have them open for The Disco Biscuits at Red Rocks during their first year as a band. It seems from that highly auspicious beginning, the band has truly grown into a full realization of that potential, and will go amazingly onward and upward from here: even the sky may not be the limit for this band.

Mlima play The Fox Theatre July 7th opening for Jaden Carlson and Broccoli Samurai. Tickets here. Keep up with Mlima on their Facebook.

-Will

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

The Alcapones Are Gangsters of Love On Their New Record 'Mountropolis'

By: Mirna Tufekcic

One time at Boulder’s staple, and sadly now defunct, Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub, I spent an evening dancing the night away with friends to a band that was really keeping the heat going despite the winter weather outside. And that band was The Alcapones.

The Alcapones. 

The Alcapones. 

The Alcapones are gangsters of love, and they’re expressing and sharing that love through some good vibes of reggae and ska with a mountain flare. They call their music folkadelic, an infusion of folk, psychedelics, and jazz/jam sprinkles. In essence, they’re a group of happy, high-vibin’ musicians out to make you dance and have a good time.

The Alcapones recently released their new album, Mountropolis, as an ode to mountain living and moving your body to stay warm. The record features both songs and instrumentals for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Listen to Mountropolis:

So if you’d like to get yourself moving until the music stops, then go ahead and check out this crew at The Fox Theatre this Thursday, May 11th with Amoramora and The Jive Tribe. Tickets here, and more Colorado tour dates on their Facebook.   

-Mirna

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(Un)Traditional Love Songs: A Playlist For Your Valentine's Day & So Much More

By: Joliene Adams

Forget complaints about Valentine’s Day commercialism. Let’s think instead on the limitations of the kind of love that gets advertised to us. Love comes in all shapes and sizes far beyond romantic, and this playlist reflects all those feelings and shades of love. Wherever you are at in your love life and whoever you love in whatever ways, whether the burning embers of passion or the charcoal heart of getting burned from love; from your lover to your mother, it’s all here:

Listen to BolderBeat’s “(Un)Traditional Love Songs” Playlist:

1. “Death Hex” – The VelveteersDeath Hex (2016)

No one said love came without barbs. Hook, line, and sinker, The Velveteers rock straight for the jugular. John Demitro’s drums thunder with the urgency of foreboding storms while Demi Demitro’s tight, heavy guitar licks smack you awake. Staggered vocal notes build tension up to lift off as Demi lets melodic hollers unapologetically rip. If their rock doesn’t shatter the teacups on your shelf, you haven’t turned that heavy grit up loud enough.

And this one’s lyrical content doesn’t dote expressly on love. Demi speaks to this in an interview covered by BolderBeat’s Hannah Oreskovich, “‘Death Hex’ is about awakening from the dead and saying goodbye to the past. It was really inspired by a sense of magic I felt happening. It’s a story of coming back from a bad situation and coming out on the other side better than you ever imagined.” It might not be about love, but it’s an ages old story, that of the lover who rises from the ashes. Take your heartbreak, wipe the floor clean with it, and rise from the ashes bigger, better, stronger, faster, badder-asser.

2. “Didn’t See You There” – Red Fox RunRed Fox Run (2015)

Ever turned around or glanced sidelong at your buddy and all of a sudden SPLAT, you think, “I did NOT realize my friend was this cute let alone that that I was in love with them this whole time?” This number cascades and careens as your own feelings might at such a realization. Red Fox Run fearlessly showcase vocalist and rhythm guitarist Daniel Rondeau shouting out a proclamation from the truths that sit in the center pit of a heart. He’s proclaiming hopeful, but it’s clearly uncertain since “I couldn’t love you more than I do right now” isn’t the end of the sentence. Red Fox Run keep it playful, but in the end, they’ve said all they need to say.

It’s the year anniversary of Red Fox Run being no longer, an anniversary that may bring with it many a fan’s broken heart. But the good news is that three out of four original RFR members continue on in their new Denver-based project Wildermiss.

3. “I Like You” – Ned Garthe Explosion Flashlight Tan (2016)

Crash forward, skid in sideways, stop abruptly- you’ll travel at all different speeds in Ned Garthe Explosion’s capable hands. Splaying themselves across diverse elements is something familiar to Ned Garthe Explosion and their fans. As Andy Thomas of Westword notes, 2016’s Flashlight Tan finds frontman Ned Garthe and his co-conspirators messing around with genre and intent “writing deliberately toward a certain genre, in an earnest near-parody that’s so good you can’t tell it’s a parody. It’s a depth of vision that can only be achieved late at night, when the cops are nowhere to be found.” But isn’t that love sometimes? Crashing forward, landing backwards… and even sometimes ending in a weird parody you sort of knew existed.

4. “Call Through the Wire” – Inner Oceans Call Through the Wire (2016)

“If I leave you in the night...” The suggestion alone leaves you indignant, does it not? The sentiment wells up from something clearly much deeper as Inner Oceans’ frontman Griffith Snyder sings lushly of the story unfolding. “I see you all the time and it hurts to think you were right,” he sings. The sound is atmospherically absorbing while the message delivers clear adoration with a twinge of regret and a still-in-love/lust-with-you. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the two, in life or in music, and I can’t come down on which it might be here but I’m ok with it.

5. “Shooting Star” – RossonianYou Are Your Own Dentist (2013)

Rossonian use space and astral phenomena as metaphor, delivering dreamy and delicate wonder. This one is absolutely a love song, but also earns love for the success of their symbolic narrative. It propels, then floats, taking pause to deliver changes in emphatic subtleties. Rossonian is master of small sound shifts across a slow build, lending the song a complexity that doesn’t announce itself like a smack to the face, but rather comes at and through you like the feeling of slowly waking up. This one’s a gentle journey from one end of conscious awareness to another, starting gently and sleepily as it comes to burn bright-eyed awake.  

6.  “Day I Was Born” – 5ive, Jessica Jones – Radioland (2016)

There’s romantic love, and then there’s the love for your mother. Both can overpower. If I had any doubts as to which it was here at first (the word “mama” is sufficiently vague enough terminology to always throw me off without further clear direction), Jessica Jones’ vocal turn sways results to the latter. “Mama you believed in me, even when my skies were gray, you gave me the entire world… people asked me how’d I got so strong. I tell ‘em that my mama showed me the way. You always raised me up right, with all the love you gave.” Where 5ive (Quinn Lynch) and Jessica Jones put the soul in your playlist, your mother put you and your soul into this world. So if you tell anyone you love them on Valentine’s Day, make it your mother and be sure to thank her.

7. “If I Grew a Violet (You’d Ask for a Rose)” – Andy Sydow A Little Messed Up (2016)

Ever read the children’s book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie? This is an adult version of that tale in more ways than one. If you give a mouse a cookie, they’ll want a glass of milk. They will want something else and more after the glass of milk, so on and so forth until eternity. Sydow dishes up love pangs boiled over lost hopes in the spirit of said book. Emotionally honest, raw words of disappointed love come in, combined with loving, earnest, even sweet melody. The message delivered could interpret as one lover's greed or the other’s embittered pessimistic complacency. You can’t tell who is at fault but you can tell who fell short of the two: the “I” of the singer. It sounds at once an apology, and at once a screw you.

But this tune is also for the times everything you give or have isn’t enough. It’s a song of love exhausted and felled short. Although heartbreak does lead to some great songwriting, as Andy Sydow reminds. Thank you for breaking your open heart for us, Andy.

8. “Tilt-A-Whirl” – The RailsplittersThe Faster It Goes (2015)

If Colorado’s associated with bluegrass, The Railsplitters play a huge support role in buttressing the strong reputation and taking it on tour across the nation. Clear-ringing harmonies usher in a fast-paced minimalism foregrounding wise essentials and together, they come carrying melodies at different speeds, much as a Tilt-a-Whirl carousel making circles. Research lends insight here, for when Dusty Rider songwrites he, “writes with the full band in mind, imagining an entire song in his head before it’s even heard it out loud.” This one is a reflective reminiscence on the memories of someone who came before, but is gone now. And with mind racing, you start to question yourself and all that was.

Lauren Stoval’s lead vocals are clear as sunlight on snow, while Dusty Rider and Peter Sharpe’s alternations between plucking each note and full-bodied strumming chords lend interest and supplement with distinctive, rhythmic filler. Leslie Ziegler’s bass comes in barely, but richly, serving the more invisible role, like that of editor to writer. And of course, there’s Joe D’Esposito’s fiddle coming in on the top to send the song off into its final soars of that gloriously spinning Tilt-a-Whirl.

9.  “Someone Like Me” – SF1 Inamorata (2012)

From hand drums to lyrical repetitions, SF1 keeps their sound light, and their message relatively straightforward. There’s a serious sense in which this song seems at once upbeat, and then anything but. It’s a song that wouldn’t have to come without heartbreak, but it takes its pride on walking away in fulfilled request from another. “You’ll never find someone like me” could come out all wrong in a breakup, but the cheerful sonic delivery here gives this song a quality of what you sing in your head knowingly to comfort and uplift your own self on the walk home, giving props to your emotional regulation in honoring a request, and moving on.

10. “Bloodstream” – IoliteBloodstream (2016)

Bloodstream’s sophisticated stormy pop comes through even better on headphones, as Iolite’s (Elina Odnorlav) full-bodied indie-electronica pounces at you with confident authority. She fuses an ear, talent, and a decade of piano work with electronic assets wisely, and all at the ripe old age of seventeen. Laying down this kind of sophisticated, well-calibrated arrangement with undergirding convinces you she’s worth your ear time. The sheer carnal sensuality of this tune pulses at you with a cosmopolitan sensibility, one that makes the heart beat fast. Iolite is fierce, and if you need more proof, read BolderBeat’s interview with Odnorlav by Sierra Voss.

11. "Wait to Rust” – Kayla Marque, Kid Astronaut, Sur EllzLive and Die Like This (2016)

Triple Denver whammy! This Kayla Marque, Kid Astronaut (Jon Shockness), and Sur Ellz (Khalil Arcady) collaboration 110% comes out the most natural thing in the world. Lyrically and vocally caressing you with emotion, this trio allures in their fervent R&B/soul blend as soft finger snaps and harmonies soften your ear and melt into your heart chambers.

Marque caresses your emotions with intimacy in both lyric and lead vocals. Muted cymbal, reliant drums, and the hushed guitar unobtrusively lend rhythm, combining together and across this song to create instrumental romance and a certain sense of enchantment. The heart, bloodstream, nervous system, and muscle memory in you recognize the message: wanting something at a cellular level you know at a cognitive one is only going to destroy or undo you. Having a heart is a wonderful gift and real son of a gun, ain’t it?

12.  “They Love to Hate” – Molina Speaks, DJ Icewater Sex Money Ego (2016)

Robust, fresh beats thump and bump as they palpitate at heart rate speed. Chill, smooth, and with a pinch of lyrical sass, this one’s also purely carnal. It’s got sexy love and wantingness combined with a creed of holding-your-cool and enjoying all the spontaneous pleasures of life. It’s definitely a turn-up tune for cruising in your car, or even cooler, on your low-rider bike with the sweet speaker you should probably have. Molina Speaks and DJ Icewater have collaborated to make something seductive, both in romantic passions and in making you just want to live out loud to the full. So get to it.

13. “Lucid Recall” – Sunboy Yesterday Is in Love With You (2016)

Yes to a song that I’d enjoy instrumentally, yet do with its lyrics just the same. Sunboy give it a good 55 seconds before vocals seep in though, setting the feel first. If only we all had lucid recall, but memory doesn’t always work that way. Yet, at the same time, it’s by dint of the lyric “haven’t felt this way in a long time” that we remember: sometimes it isn’t the memory, but the feelings evoked that bring back lucid recall in all its vivid glory. And what a robust memory sensation it is when it hits.

Synthy sounds and a certain protraction allow emotions here to take flight. Vocals and piano instrumentation undergird a sound that might be tinny and emotionless otherwise, which would be the last desirable thing in a song so emotionally charged in content. Like Iolite’s “Bloodstream,” headphones are most recommended on Sunboy’s “Lucid Recall” for best up-close-and-personal vibes.  

14. “Medicine” – Rose QuartzAxis of Love (2015)

In the abstract, medicine is there to make us better. Humans are no strangers to using or abusing another person in this way at some time. Sometimes leaning on others is necessary and appropriate. But there is a difference between asking for help and being soul-suckingly co-dependent or reliant. Like a prescription drug, it can be toxic, and this song rails against the notion that one partner serves that role. You can use medicine or abuse it, and this one splits the difference.

A combination of electronic space-esque warble, full-bodied guitar notes, and clips on the drum machine set the scene. Lyrically unapologetic, this is a power number for those times you need to speak to your decision to leave someone who treats you like something to be used up rather than given to. Rose Quartz build and release tension with efficacy, establishing a subtle back and forth strain that fits the bill in the stark truths this electronic groove-pop song seeks to sing out and deliver sans apology. The only thing bigger than its sound may be the heart behind it. This is definitely one to get sassy to under lights on the dance floor, and that sounds like a great way to spend Valentine’s Day.

Make sure to follow us on Spotify to take a listen to this playlist and more Colorado music playlists at BolderBeat.

-Joliene

All songs per the artists featured. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

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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Denver's Other Worlds Play Vertex Festival This Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Americana. Psychedlia. And Rock’n’Roll. That’s the combination of sounds you’ll hear from Denver five piece Other Worlds. Formed in 2014, and originally known around these parts as “Secret Band”, Other Worlds boasts the talents of Colorado music scene artists Alex Johnson (drums), Ben Waligoske (guitar/pedal steel/vocals), Jonah Wisneski (vocals/guitar), Logan Muckler (bass), and Phil Johnson (keyboards/vocals).

Other Worlds.

Other Worlds.

Though they’ve been writing and performing since their formation, it wasn’t until this year that the group released their debut album, Weather Patterns. Recorded at Evergroove Studio in Evergreen, CO, the nine-track release was mixed by Logan Muckler (Emerson Recordings), and mastered by Grammy-winning David Glasser (Airshow Mastering). Weather Patterns showcases the talents of every member of Other Worlds, with its driving guitar riffs, rolling percussion, smooth bass grooves, and echoing vocals. It’s a strong debut from a local band that is definitely worth checking out.

Preview Other Worlds’ Weather Patterns here.

Other Worlds’ next gig is actually at Vertex Festival this weekend, so get tickets for that here if you haven’t already! Other Worlds plays La Hacienda stage on Friday, August 5th at 2PM. Make sure to check out Weather Patterns, and keep up with Other Worlds’ other happenings here!

-Hannah

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra & Vince Staples Open Sasquatch Music Festival

Opening night at Sasquatch was full of stage dives and more. 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra. 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra. 

Psychedelic R&B four-piece Unknown Mortal Orchestra were one of the first bands to grace the Bigfoot stage at Sasquatch last night. The Portland-based group played to a full crowd right before sunset, a prime slot for the night’s lineup, which also included appearance across the festival by Alina Baraz, A$AP Rocky, Todd Terje, Wolf Alice, and Yeesayer.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra. 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra. 

With a healthy mix of old and new songs, UMO’s hit single “Multi-Love” had people moving. Shortly afterward, frontman Ruban Neilson jumped off the stage and into the crowd to be carried around while singing. His stage dive was the perfect start to the festival weekend.

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Views.

As Neilson was passed around, it was evident: that palpable energy that resonates between stages at The Gorge was beginning. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s sound was perfect, and it carried off into the beautiful setting surrounding us.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra. 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra. 

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s video for “Multi-Love”:


Vince Staples. 

Vince Staples. 

The energy continued to build when Vince Staples, a high-energy MC from Long Beach, CA took the stage. Staples has taken the national music scene by storm in recent months for his 2015 release Summertime ‘06. As he started in on his 20-song release, the crowd was enthusiastic. He was the perfect act to welcome in the night.

Vince Staples. 

Vince Staples. 

Check out Vince Staples’ “Lift Me Up”:


While pacing ourselves, there were some heavy hitters in the dance department to close out the night, including Disclosure and Chet Faker. Stay tuned for updates from each day of the fest, and check out today's schedule!

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 04/01 & 04/02

By: Hannah Oreskovich

You know that spring has sprung when the Boulder County Farmers Market begins, and that deliciousness starts tomorrow peeps. We’ll be covering a lot of musical acts at the market throughout the season; get the details on our plan for that below! Make sure to stop by and say hi tomorrow morning, and spend the rest of your weekend at these local spots (there is so much new music being released- weeeeeeeeeee!):

Today (Friday 04/01):

Augustus at Twisted Pine Brewing Company in Boulder 7pm-Close

The rockin’ guys of Augustus will be playing their First Friday residency at Twisted Pine tonight, so come over and grab a tall boy with this crew. The trio have been working hard recording a ton of new music for you over the past month, and they’re rumored to drop a new music video sometime soon too. This is the perfect way to start your weekend. Get to it!

Listen to Augustus’ track “Iceberg”:

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Official Album Release with Aqueous & Booster at The Fox Theatre in Boulder 9PM-Close

Baltimore’s psychedelic funk outfit Pigeons Playing Ping Pong dropped their new album Pleasure today and they’re celebrating with you at The Fox tonight! New York’s groove-rock trio, Aqueous, will be joining these funky dudes, along with Boulder’s own funk/fusion/rocketfuel band Booster. Love when we’ve got a local act on the bill! This is going to be a wildly fun show with awesome new music, so get your tickets here before the show sells out!

For a taste of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, peep their live performance album below:

Open to the Hound EP Release Party at Syntax: Physic Opera in Denver 9PM-Close

Denver’s wilderness rock group Open to the Hound are dropping their new EP Way of the Critter tonight at Syntax: Physic Opera. We just brought you a feature on their new music video for the song “Liquid Lady”, and if this show is anything like it, it’s bound to be a trippy good time! Denver’s Tyto Alba will share the stage for a set, along with gutter glam band Blanket Empire. Tickets are only $7; get other details here.

Watch the “Liquid Lady” vid if you haven’t yet:

Technicolor Tone Factory Digital Album Release Party at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

Boulder’s improv/funk/jazz five-piece Technicolor Tone Factory are releasing their first full length album at their Lazy Dog show tonight! We’ve been told it’s “60 minutes of pure TTF goodness”, so that’s something to get excited about peeps. The group has promised to make you move at the show, so come get down and check out all of their new jams!

Listen to TTF’s track “Breakbeat”:

Hunter Stone at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Hunter Stone hits one of our most favorite digs, The No Name Bar, tonight. He told us to “be prepared for some new stuff, including mandolins and drum sets and harmonies over new originals.” Joshua Thomas has been announced as special guest. Sounds saweeeeet! More new music? We’re game. Head to this show!

Listen to Hunter Stone’s song “Pedestal”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 04/02):

Eric Dorr, Sawyer Bernath, and Ben Hanna at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

Three talented gentleman are holding down the lovely Laughing Goat stage tomorrow night. Indie folk/rock artist Eric Dorr is currently working on an EP “layered with harmonies, electric guitar, and keyboards”, some of which you can expect to hear at the show. Sawyer Bernath, a Boulder singer/songwriter describes his writing as, “bleak, occasionally redemptive, and usually about memory, aimlessness, and/or girls.” Cool. And one of our faves, Ben Hanna, who is dropping an album soon, describes his sound as “punchy folk” and “kids songs for adults.” We guarantee you’ll love it. So get over to the good ‘ol LG and see these three live tomorrow night!

Check out the event for videos of each performer. 

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BONUS: Every week starting meowww we’ll update you in The Six on who is playing the BCFM on Saturday through a new partnership we formed! Whiskey Autumn’s in the AM tomorrow. Maybe you’ll stop by after a productive morning bike ride, or maybe you’ll just be hungover scarfing down falafels. We don’t judge. We just hope to see you there.

And last but not least...

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This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Denver’s Open to the Hound in honor of their new music video and EP release for Way of the Critter! Tune in to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light between 9-10PM to catch their song “Liquid Lady” on Rocky Flats’ show!

All of these new sounds have me drooling. Tasty-

See you soon Beaters.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 03/25 & 03/26

By: Hannah Oreskovich

One blizzard over and another on the way! Get out there for The Six:

Today (Friday 03/25):

BANDITS with Brandon Hagen and the Inquiry at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

BANDITS.

BANDITS.

Fresh off a badass tour with several SXSW appearances, Boulder’s BANDITS are back in town kids! “Straddling the line between psychedelic and downright explosive”, this rockin’ three piece are bound to bring your head-bangin’ heart to its knees. Plus Boulder’s Brandon Hagen and the Inquiry will be opening the gig. So party down and get to this show at The Lazy Dog tonight! Details here.

Listen to BANDITS track “Wheels”:


Tomorrow (Saturday 03/26):

The Alcapones with Kyle Williams at Jamestown Mercantile Co. in Jamestown 730PM-Close

Boulder’s folkadelic six-piece The Alcapones are playing a show at one of our favorite mountain town venues, The Merc. They’ve promised to “cook up a special homegrown Spring Fling” for you, “party mountain freakk style”. So make the short drive in your well-equipped Subi and check out the show! PS: The Merc’s dinners are not to be missed…

Peep The Alcapones album Happy:

The Ugly Architect, Whiskey Autumn, & Michael McGraw at Downtown Artery in Fort Collins 8PM-Close

Whiskey Autumn.

Whiskey Autumn.

Join Boulder’s R&B/pop rock trio Whiskey Autumn at Downtown Artery with Colorado singer/songwriters The Ugly Architect and Michael McGraw tomorrow night. There’s a sweet printmaking exhibit up for view right now in the gallery and the venue has a tasty cafe attached. Sip on some wine, check out the art, and support these local musicians! Stoked. Tickets here.

Listen to Whiskey Autumn’s “07.04.07”:

Plum with The Velveteers and Josh Moorehead and the Guestlist at the Hi-Dive in Denver 9PM-Close

The Velveteers.

The Velveteers.

LA’s rock’n’roll four-piece Plum are hitting the Hi-Dive stage tomorrow with two of our favorite local acts, heavy rock duo The Velveteers and western swing outfit Josh Moorehead and the Guestlist. Now that’s a sweet lineup! We’re pumped for this one. Tickets here.

Press play on Plum’s Light Years, Dark Years:

Andrew Sturtz at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

Andrew Sturtz.

Andrew Sturtz.

Ladies- we know it’s cold out, but Andrew Sturtz is just the man to keep you warm tonight. And he’s playing one of our favorite digs, The No Name. The Boulder transplant by way of Michigan will be croonin’ to you all night with special guest Sierra Voss. Come get down with these two and a brew. Can’t wait!

Check out Sturtz’s live performance of “Push to Fade”:

The Jauntee with Envy Alo at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Boston’s psychedelic/jazz/blues trio The Jauntee have a show in the B tomorrow evening. And getting the party started will be Boulder’s Envy Alo, who just dropped their sick debut EP this week! The four-song EP titled One Time is energetic and groovin’ from start to finish, complete with shredding guitar solos, wave-crashing cymbals, and jazzy piano bits. So come party with this crew as they celebrate their new release and support The Jauntee at the LD! It’s gonna be a funkin’ great time.

Check out Envy Alo’s debut EP One Time:

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PS: This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder’s Envy Alo in honor of their new EP release! Tune in to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light between 9-10PM to catch an Envy Alo original courtesy of Rocky Flats!

See you in the snow.

-Hannah

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Hillary Susz is a Denver Mod Rock Queen Hitting The Boulder Scene... Tonight!

By: Dawn Raymond

Mod Rock: Meet Colorado. 

Hillary Susz is a Denver based mod-rocker originating from Seattle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Western Washington University and draws her musical influence from a variety of genres: freak folk, ambient pop, psychedelic, jazz, and soul.

Denver's Hillary Susz.

Denver's Hillary Susz.

Perusing Susz is a bit like sampling fine wine. Between her rich and varied vocals, and guitar that ranges from gently melodic to good ol' grunge, you sense some of the influences that round out her sound. Those influences range from Nina Simone to PJ Harvey, but I swear I detected a little essence of Interpol and Johnny Cash as well (go figure).

Susz’s lyrics are hauntingly poetic, as one might expect from an artist with a bachelor's degree in writing. There are too many worthwhile phrases to begin to list here, but if you get the chance to let her lyrics roll around in your mouth, you will find them quite satisfying.  

Hillary has a summer tour in the works to support her upcoming LP release of The Heart Will Jump (With Nowhere to Fall). You can find tour updates on her website, or on her Facebook page.  

Fortunately, you can also find her in person tonight at The No Name Bar at 10PM. It will be a gratifying evening of auditory entertainment for all.

Watch Susz’s official music video for her track “Swat Team”: 

-Dawn

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*This feature was originally published 03/23/16, but due to a snowstorm, Susz's show (then at Innisfree) was cancelled. As such, we're re-publishing it for her new show, tonight (at The No Name Bar). 

Tap Into Your Third Eye With Denver's Wilderness Rock Group Open to the Hound

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Get your third eye on.

It is my pleasure to introduce Open to the Hound, the Denver-based musical group that can be best described as “Wilderness Rock”. Founded by the curious Garrison Owen York in 2006, Open to the Hound started as a solo singer/songwriter project, but York always intended for it to become a band. And with that, Open to the Hound became what it is today: a three-piece with York on vocals and guitar, Jarrod Allen Lacy on drums and keys, and Russell Anderson on bass and vocals. 

BLDGBLKS   band Open to the Hound. Photo Credit: Aurora Lane

BLDGBLKS band Open to the Hound. Photo Credit: Aurora Lane

Open to the Hound explores the mountains, valleys, and trenches of alternative grunge-folk music. Their music tells the very personal tales of the artists, and it is a testament to the strange and expansive beauty of life. It is about the complexity of human relationships and the even deeper complexity of our relationship with nature. While listening to their music, I hear similarities to other musicians like Arcade Fire, Devotchka, Beirut, and Neil Young. However, Open to the Hound still very much holds their own with their peculiar way of playing.

Wilderness Rock. Photo Credit: Aurora Lane

Wilderness Rock. Photo Credit: Aurora Lane

In 2012, the band released their self-titled album, which includes ten songs written over a six-year span. I enjoy this album most when I close my eyes and let their music-induced images run free, an action I believe York and the gang would appreciate. Listening to each song is a very visceral, stimulating experience. The song, titled “Fish from the Sea” touches on the thoughts I often find myself drifting to on a semi-regular basis:

Just outside the window in the neighboring tree

lives many more creatures than people I’ll ever know.

You talked of this and we sat in benches around a fountain that had no water.

Tropical fish from the sea: what if they’re aware of their ancestry?

Birds on rooftops they do know they are perched.

Perched today!

The trio in action. Photo Credit: Kenneth Hamblin III of WestWord 

The trio in action. Photo Credit: Kenneth Hamblin III of WestWord 

The live performance of their hit song, “Fire” also taps into the trippier elements of their music, which I particularly enjoy. It’s one thing to listen to these guys, but it’s pretty cool to watch them do their thing. Another song that stood out to me is “Black Blood”, which, simply put, tells the story of a young girl’s self-discovery while living in New York City. But like the rest of the songs on this album, the complexity and creativity of the lyrics is just as intriguing as Open to the Hound’s overall sound. The accompanying music video is also a fairly psychedelic experience. Check it out:

Open to the Hound is still making moves, with their recently released single, “Big Deal”, from their sophomore album Starsystem. Their upcoming 5-song EP Way of the Critter was recorded at The Spot Studios and will be released this spring.

So stay tuned for the latest news about Open to the Hound. You can scope out their music on Soundcloud, Spotify, Bandcamp, Reverbnation, and of course, their website.

And give "Big Deal" a listen:

-Jura

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Blanket Empire: Gutter Glam Hits the Larimer Lounge Tonight

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Gutter Glam never tasted so good. 

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Gutter glam. It’s what Denver band Blanket Empire describe themselves as, and it’s super tasty kids! Lucky for you, they’ve got a show at the Larimer Lounge tonight that we’re going to go ahead and call a must-see. Frontman Jimier Murphy has a Jack-White-esque vocal thing happening and while he’s tapping out rad psychedelic guitar solos, drummer Jason Schierbeck is making waves with his cymbals that kiss your cheek and pull you into the tide of Benjamin Mund’s bass. Can you tell we’re diggin’ ‘em? They make you want to cover yourself in glitter and mosh until you can’t move. And something tells us that live, their energy will be absolutely explosive. So go check them out- Chocolate Diamond, Silver Face, and Ivar Evan are opening the LL show. The fun starts at 8PM; $10 at the door. Read more about the event here.

Listen to Blanket Empire's Radio1190 performance here:

-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 Six: Six Shows to See 09/25 & 09/26

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s the weekend! Get out and jam with these bands:

Today (Friday, 09/25)

An illustration of Ben Hanna.

An illustration of Ben Hanna.

Ben Hanna Band at Still Cellars 630PM-Close

Rumor has it that Ben Hanna has been working on a followup album to his 2013 debut “We Were All Like Whatever” with local producer Robbie Stiefel. We’re hoping to hear some of those new tracks at this show! So come grab a brew and hang out!

Community Music Night at eTown Hall 7PM-9PM

What cooler way to support Boulder’s music community than to head to eTown for a night of “every-day folk: scientists, educators, engineers and more” playing music? It’s a bunch of Boulderites with a passion for “full band soul, folk/bluegrass, pop, classical, and even on-the-spot comedic originals.” It’s only $10 so check it out!

Grupo Chegando Lá at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Last week, we mentioned Sambadende’s awesome show at the St. Julien. Tonight, some of the members of that group will be bringing samba sounds to The Laughing Goat under the name Grupo Chegando Lá. It’s definitely a show worth checking out, so go boogie!

Tomorrow (Saturday, 09/26)

Whiskey Autumn AT THE MERC. Photo credit   per the author.

Whiskey Autumn AT THE MERC. Photo credit per the author.

Whiskey Autumn at The Merc 8PM-Close

Pardon me for my selfish ways, but TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY! And I’ll be spending it at one of my all-time favorite Colorado joints, The Merc, with one of my all-time favorite Boulder bands, Whiskey Autumn! I’ll be snapping photos, dancing on tables with Matteo, and generally having an awesome night, so come join us all!

The Growlers at The Fox Theatre 830PM-Close

“Take five SoCal guys, mix in some surf, stone, and psychedelic, and throw them in a haunted mansion in West Ho Chi Minster and with a little luck, you might get a band like The Growlers.” Sounds like a good time to me! Check it out for less than $25 at the Fox tomorrow night.

PDMF.

PDMF.

Punch Drunk Munkey Funk at Conor O’Neill’s 10PM-Close

Punch Drunk Munkey Funk are making the drive from Fort Collins to dance with us tomorrow night at Conor’s. They’re a five piece who blend “funk, jazz, hip hop, R&B, rock, & soul.” Sounds like they got a jam for just about everyone, so go groove with these cool cats.

See you around! Xoxo

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 09/18 & 09/19

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Our weekend picks- get to ‘em:

Today (Friday, 09/18)

Sambadende.

Sambadende.

Sambadende at St. Julien Hotel and Spa 630PM-??

Sambadende are a Boulder-based samba reggae outfit who have been performing Brazilian music together since 2001. They will be breaking beats in the St. Julien lobby on the earlier-side of this evening, so stop in while you’re cruising Pearl for a dance or two.

The Big Brown Door.

The Big Brown Door.

Acoustic Ambush at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Sometimes it’s nice to head out for the night and discover surprisingly sweet sounds that you weren’t expecting. The No Name always provides this fix. Who will be in the acoustic ambush tonight? We don’t know, but we know it will be awesome. Go take a peek behind the big brown door.

the Bareface crew. Polaroid:   Hannah Oreskovich

the Bareface crew. Polaroid: Hannah Oreskovich

Bareface and Derang at The Deer Pile 830PM-???

We featured Bareface about a month ago here. We love their grooves, and they’re playing with their friends Derang tonight, who they told us have a “Persian psychedelic” sound. Bareface’s Robert Collins is heading to Ireland soon for a few months, so this is one of your last chances to catch this group before 2016! Don’t miss it! Get to the DP.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 09/19)

Jelly Bread.

Jelly Bread.

Jelly Bread at The Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grille 10PM-Close  

Jelly Bread are a band from Reno who “blend desert twang with the urban tones of funk and rock.” They’re touring the West this fall and are releasing their next studio album, Here, There, & Everywhere soon. You can preview their music here before you hit the LD.

It's Gonna Be a Late one.

It's Gonna Be a Late one.

Late Night Radio at The Fox Theatre 9PM-Close

Late Night Radio is a Denver-based electronic and hip-hop DJ. He’s jetting off on tour the next couple of weeks, but he’s stopping in Boulder before he heads to the Midwest. You can check out some of his tracks here and the show is only $12. Go shake yo hips with LRD.

Andrew Bonnis at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Bonnis is a man of many talents. He can play just about every instrument around, and he will be bringing several with him to The No Name tomorrow night for a great performance. You can listen to some of his work here before you head to the show. We can guarantee people will be dancing.

Another weekend of sweet sounds Boulder! Get out there!

-Hannah

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The Fox King: Boulder Artist Michael Maloney Wants to Design Your Next Album Cover

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Looking for new album art? This is your guy.

The Fox King.

The Fox King.

At BolderBeat, our main focus is music and everything that makes music happen. So today we’d like to present local artist Michael Maloney. Canvas, resin, print, digital media, Photoshop, costuming, animation- Maloney, who creates under the moniker OhhMika: The Fox King- has done it all. Originally from Pennsylvania, The Fox King moved here a few months ago somewhat by chance in one of those I-was-visiting-and-never-left scenarios. I met Maloney when coordinating the song artwork for the recently featured Whiskey Autumn vocal track series, and the more I chatted with him, the more I wanted to share his work. Maloney is a true artistic asset in the Boulder community, and one who is really hoping to work with local bands for their art needs. Read on:

So did you always draw? Or where did things begin?

My dad was actually a tattoo artist, and so when he was working on tattoos, I would sit down with him and my crayons or colored pencils and we would draw together. As a kid, we never went without, but I didn’t have whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it either. So I actually would make my own toys- paper dolls, different sculptures, and drawings. I was really my own source of entertainment and as I got older, I just stuck with it. I became a lot more serious in college- I took different art classes for my major in graphic design and I started a sketchbook where I would track my progress and reflect on my drawings.

An original OhhMika animation.

An original OhhMika animation.

And so what about now? I know that you do a lot of digital work- is that your focus?

So I do a lot in Photoshop- collages with different photos that I take. But really I’m a traditional artist- I do a lot of drawing and I like the physical aspect of making art. That said, digital is much more convenient since I don’t have to buy supplies. I actually have programs where I can simulate oil and canvas or sculpting, and I just finished a 3D printed figure this week, an anime character that I created. I spend a lot of my free time on art- I explore around Boulder for Photoshop collages. Sometimes I find animal bones or claws and I turn those into different resin pieces. And then I am working on a comic book character- I’ve done digital illustrations for the character and also created a real-life costume of him. I’m also making my own deck of tarot cards.

One of Maloney's comic book illustrations.

One of Maloney's comic book illustrations.

It’s so awesome that you explore such different mediums- is there anywhere specifically that you draw inspiration from for your work?

Nature is a big physical inspiration. With photo collaging and illustrations, I use a lot of fractals, patterns, animals, and plants. And some things have been inspired by psychedelic experiences.

OHHMIKA CREATED THIS COLLAGe  Using photos of real foxes he found & the Flatirons.

OHHMIKA CREATED THIS COLLAGe Using photos of real foxes he found & the Flatirons.

Sweet. I know you mentioned wanting to work with Boulder bands. Talk to me about that.

I am definitely hoping to work with local bands. I can do album art, flyers, merch, and anything else they want. I have some art prints of my own up on Society6, so I could help them design their own prints and posters too. There is so much I can do digitally, and I have experience in making merchandise- hats, t-shirts, etc. I’ve also been trying to learn how to do lyric videos with After Effects, like the ones you see on YouTube where the art in the background is all original and the band’s lyrics are on screen. Still playing with that though!

I actually make my own music too- I do 8-bit covers and I write atmospheric metal songs- really tight polyrhythms with really pretty, echoey transient sounds on top of [the track]. So I understand the process of creating music and how important it is to communicate music visually with something like album artwork or posters.

Righteous. You can preview more of The Fox King’s work on his Instagram and his Facebook page. To work with him on your next art project, send OhhMika an email at ohhmikathefoxkingart@gmail.com or message him on Facebook. And if you want to buy any of his prints, order them here.

-Hannah

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All photos per the artist featured. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

a Drawing-inspired piece.

a Drawing-inspired piece.

CU’s Welcomefest Was a Massive Bash Booming with Bass, Lasers, and Infectious Energy

By: Hannah Oreskovich and Greg Laut

Welcome back Buffs.

Welcomefest.

Welcomefest.

The Buffs are back in town. And nothing proved that more than the electric energy buzzing around Farrand Field on Saturday night for CU’s Welcomefest. Put on by Program Council, Welcomefest is CU’s annual concert extravaganza for students. This year the lineup included headliner and dubstep DJ Seven Lions, NY-based Joywave, Denver’s Sunboy, and Boulder’s very own Innerspace. What started out as a few hundred people sitting in the field at 530PM turned into over 7000 students packed along the stage barriers dancing, jumping, and crowdsurfing to Seven Lions’ waves of bass.

Innerspace, a local alternative rock outfit, kicked things off while the sun was still high in the sky. They played some guitar-heavy, head-banging licks from their latest EP, Earthrise. The guys call themselves “space rock” and you can check out a ton of their songs here.

Sunboy. Sidenote: Their bassist wins for "Best Dressed" of the whole fest. we Dig. 

Sunboy. Sidenote: Their bassist wins for "Best Dressed" of the whole fest. we Dig. 

Next up was Denver’s Sunboy, a psychedelic rock pop five-piece with some Tame Impala undertones. These boys have been getting some noticeable buzz lately, and played both the UMS and the Denver Pysch Fest this summer. Though they couldn’t incorporate the visuals they’re known for in their live performances into Saturday’s show, member Justin Renaud told us they recently created a new light production that they’ll be using for upcoming gigs. When we asked hypnotizing frontman and former CU student Jordan Lempe what it was like to be back on campus getting paid for a show, he laughed and told us, “It’s great to be on the other side.” Word.

The silhouettes of Joywave.

The silhouettes of Joywave.

As the sun set, Joywave entered, all in black. Joywave released their debut EP How Does It Feel? just last April, and they’ve already played on a number of late-night TV shows, opened for The Killers, are jetting off to play Reading & Leeds + Lollapalooza Berlin soon, and will return to headline their own US tour following their European adventure. If you caught any of Joywave’s set, you know why. They’re a five-piece indie pop and electronic crew who brought sweet beats, mad energy, and fun stage banter that engaged the crowd. Frontman Daniel Armbruster had CU students dancing, screaming, and jumping with him throughout their set. By the end Armbruster had everyone begging for “One more song!” and the group ended with their most popular track, “Tongues.” The crowd erupted in excitement and a massive sing-along commenced.

Seven Lions. Let it drop.

Seven Lions. Let it drop.

With the night in full swing, DJ Jeff Montalvo aka Seven Lions, took the stage. At this point, Welcomefest was packed. Students crowded against the stage barriers and when Seven Lions emerged, they went crazy. Girls jumped onto the shoulders of boys to rock out, there were tons of crowdsurfers, and everyone was moving to the bass. And that’s because the bass was insane. It was as if Seven Lions was controlling heartbeats with every thump. He had a ton of incredible visuals behind him as well. Lasers jetted out above the crowd until they hit the dorms across the field and the stage lights strobed in time with the beat. 

Seven Lions first gained popularity for his dub and trance tracks in 2011 when he remixed Above & Beyond’s “You Got to Go.” Since then, he’s toured with Porter Robinson and played several notable festivals including SxSW, Ultra, and EDC. And, lucky for the Buffs, Seven Lions just released a brand new track, “Falling Away” on August 14th, which he played at the show. The energy of the crowd was as palpable as the bass, and at some points, the crowd even started “Let’s Go Buffs!” chants. Welcome back, indeed.

Whippin' hair and heartbeats. 

Whippin' hair and heartbeats. 

Overall, Program Council assembled a very successful lineup. When we talked about the bands chosen with Aaron Rogers, Director of Public Relations for Program Council, he told us, “The whole process [of booking acts] takes months. Booking depends on budget, timing, artist availability, and a whole lot of other factors.” This year, Program Council’s time and investment were clearly worth it.

Well done Welcomefest.

-Hannah and Greg

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All photos per the authors. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

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