The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 05/13 & 05/14

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Graduation is over and summer has begun! Let’s get to it Beaters:

Today (Friday 05/13):

Grandpa’s Gun Spring Party, featuring Open Space and Francis and the Wolf at Shine Gathering Place in Boulder 8PM-Close

Get yer gun grandpa.

Get yer gun grandpa.

Boulder’s Americana outfit Grandpa’s Gun are holding down the Shine stage tonight, joined by alt-country “outlaw bluegrass” band Open Space and Longmont’s rock’n’roll trio Francis and the Wolf. Grandpa’s Gun dropped their debut full-length album, Back Into Town, last October with critical acclaim. Tonight’s show offers a sweet local lineup to sip to, and it’s only $5 at the door. Head over and check these bands out!

Check out the video for Granpa’s Gun track “Snakebite”:

All Chiefs Release Show & Music Video Premiere at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 830PM-Close

All chiefs.

All chiefs.

All Chiefs is back! The Boulder/Denver indie rock and dance pop five-piece have returned to the local music scene after a hiatus, during which it’s rumored they were recording their new EP Fashion Forward. Tonight, the band is premiering their new single, “Pusher”, and its official music video, live at The Lazy Dog. Following the premiere, the band will take the stage (shared by Tyto Alba) for a night of new music, and old favorites. Fashion Forward will be available on CD, which gives you the chance to check out All Chiefs’ new music before it drops across the interwebs. Head over to this show and check out their new tunes!

Watch All Chiefs at Coupe Studios, recording their new EP:

Asalott at Taco Junky & Tequila Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

Local beatbreak and tribal dance favorite Asalott is ringing in the start of summer tonight at Taco Junky. The sometimes duo/trio/four-piece recently spent some time recording their first album, and tonight, they hinted to us that their new music might be available for purchase. So roll up to TJ’s on The Hill for a bumpin’ party and Asalott’s new sounds!. It’s gonna be a killer show. Want to read more about Asalott? Check out our exclusive sit-down with the crew.

Watch Asalott’s music video for their tune “Remedies”:

Realtalk at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Boulder’s own funk rock/reggae jam four-piece Realtalk are taking over Conor’s tonight and partying with you until the sun (almost) comes up! The local band, who originally gained popularity by playing CU house parties, have had quite the year. They’ve released new music videos, played the Fox, and tonight, they’ll be playing some new tunes for you! Jump over to Conor’s on your Pearl crawl and see these guys live. Read our exclusive interview with the band.

Watch Realtalk’s live performance of “Tied Up”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 05/14):

The Pamlico Sound at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Funkadelic and dancin’ good time band The Pamlico Sound will be raging at The Lazy Dog tomorrow evening. The eight-member, horn-infused funk band always bring a massive crowd to their shows, and an energy that will make you move until the joint shuts down. TPS are stoked to have a local performance on their busy schedule, so come prepared for a crazy congregation! We’ll see you there! Check out our exclusive chat with TPS frontman Pastor Will B.

Watch The Pamlico Sound live on Radio1190:

Tilia Americana and All Hat No Horse at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

Tilia Americana.

Tilia Americana.

Denver duo All Hat No Horse will be opening things up at the LG tomorrow. Their acoustic Americana sounds are sure to croon you into the start of Saturday night, followed by Longmont’s acoustic two-piece Tilia Americana, who weave elements of folk, blues, rock, and country into their sound. Grab a tasty latte and check out these local acts!

Peep Tilia Americana’s music video for “What Happened?”:

BCFM

Boulder County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10AM-2PM. We’re working closely with BCFM to promote the music at the market, and this week, acoustic mountain blues group Ravin’Wolf will be providing your entertainment. Stop by to hear their “true folk rock traditions” and grab brunch from one of the many delicious vendors on site!

Listen to Ravin’Wolf:

GREEN LIGHT RADIO

This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Longmont’s Francis and the Wolf. The trio recently changed their name, added a new member, and are making new music. Tune in to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light Sunday night between 9-10PM to catch their song “Ol’ Lady” on the airwaves.

See you in the sun!

-Hannah

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

By: Hannah Oreskovich

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

Today (Friday 03/011):

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tomorrow (Saturday 03/12)

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


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

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

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

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

Learn more about WadiRum here

Realtalk at The Lazy Dog 10PM-Close

Realtalk.

Realtalk.

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

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

All Weekend (03/11-03/13)

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

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

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

And for our radio feature: 

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

See you out there Boulder bros and babes.

-Hannah

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

An Open Letter to the Daily Camera & The Boulder Music Scene by Z2's Matt Banno

A note from BB Creative Director Hannah Oreskovich:

A couple of weeks ago, we shared an article from the Daily Camera’s staff writer Quentin Young entitled “Restriced access: How one company dominates Boulder’s live music scene.” We've heard from many industry players and artists with various positions about Boulder's music scene since then. Recently, we were in contact with Z2’s Matt Banno and he painted a very different picture of the local scene, Z2 as a whole, and Don Strasburg. We thought it only right that we bring you positions from both sides so that you can draw your own conclusions. That said, give Matt’s letter to the Daily Camera regarding Young's article a read:

To Whom It May Concern-

My name is Matt Banno and I am writing you in response to your article posted on 1/23/16, “Restricted access: How one company dominates Boulder's live music scene”. I had come to enjoy your publication in my few years as a Boulder resident, and after reading this particular article, I have had a strong change in my opinion of Daily Camera.

I consider myself fairly in tune and involved with the Boulder local music scene, and I would like to think that I have developed a good reputation as a strong contributor to it. I am currently employed in a variety of professions, all of which directly relate to the local music industry. I am the production manager and talent buyer for The Lazy Dog, I am a light designer and tech at Z2 Productions, and I am the owner of FieldView Productions. Some previous employments I have had here in CO include: an intern for Brownnote Productions, a talent buyer for a Denver venue, and a general manager/tour manager for a handful of Boulder based bands. I want you to know that I write you today, unsolicited by all the mentioned employers, and from a standpoint that is the combination of all these professions; as well as a passionate live music fan and Boulder County resident.

I feel this article was a very unfair and poorly sourced portrayal of not only Z2, but Don Strasburg as well. As a current member of their production staff, I find it insulting that an organization I take an immense amount of pride being part of was put into such a negative light. I relocated myself out here in pursuit of many things, one of which was to become a light designer at The Fox Theater. Prior to my move from Rhode Island in the summer of 2014, I worked as a member of the security staff at a small music venue in Providence, called The Spot. When the house light designer was absent for three shifts, I worked behind the lighting console. This is when I decided to pursue a career in music production. I came out here very unfamiliar with the national music scene. Parallel to my lack of knowledge about the industry, I was very familiar with the exceptional reputation that The Fox Theatre and Boulder, Colorado had in the nationwide spectrum. I did not have a full grasp on just how heavy Boulder and Z2 contribute to the nationwide music scene, but that does not mean their positive partnership went without notice to an amateur/aspiring light designer 2,000 miles away.  

In addition to my pride as an employee of Z2, I feel just as strongly about my currently held titles at The Lazy Dog. This local and independent business has attained a strong reputation as the stepping stone venue to The Fox Theatre within the local music community; and it was very much overlooked as that venue by the Daily Camera staff writer, Quentin Young, who wrote the article being discussed here. In the 28 months I have spent helping get The Lazy Dog the reputation it currently holds, I have never once felt the slightest bit of suppression that you imply Z2 and Don impose on small independent venues. Not only have I never dealt with any form of negative repercussion from Z2 for the success The Lazy Dog has seen as a local music venue, I happen to work in a very respectful, professional, and mutually beneficial capacity with them. I have had nothing but support and encouragement from all members of the Z2 staff, including their talent buyers, management, and owners. Their talent buyers, Dave Weingarden and Chris Peck, often send me bands that are unable to get on the very desired Fox Theatre calendar, both full well knowing that there is potential of that band drawing live music patrons to a concert that they are not hosting; this has oftentimes been the case. As a token of my genuine gratitude for the olive branch they often extend to me, I send them names and financial recaps of bands who are ready to move past The Lazy Dog and graduate to The Fox in a support or headline capacity.

One particular part of your article, which I found to be one of the more ironic points, talked about a talent buyer for a venue in Lyons that spoke about Don enforcing “far-reaching restrictions that blocked artists from playing competing venues”.  As the buyer for The Lazy Dog, I happen to work with a number of national booking agencies, one of which books an artist from South Carolina I have been trying to book here in Boulder at The Dog for over two years now. I was told in an email from that artist's agent, sent to me on 4/28/15, that his Denver and Lyons buyers frowned on and did not want him to do a Boulder play; as a result I have not been able to get him here for a show. There is an incredible similarity in their strong encouragement for this artist not to play Boulder and the “far reaching restrictions” that they felt deterred artists from playing their venues. In any market you go to in this country, buyers and bands are very familiar with a radius clause as a fairly common factor when booking shows consecutively in the same area. I think it is very unfair to highlight the fact that Z2 uses a radius clause, especially citing a source who has directly impeded a touring artist from doing a Boulder show by enforcing one of his own. There was another reason the artist wanted to hold off on a Boulder play I should mention as well, and that is because he wanted to wait until he was able to get into The Fox; I can only assume because the venue's exceptional reputation in the national scene also made its way to him out in South Carolina.

Up until a few months ago, I never included a radius clause in my booking at The Lazy Dog. Within the past year, a Denver venue owner made his way into Boulder to become a competing venue with us here at The Dog. Upon his arrival, I began to see a number of bands that I had confirmed upcoming shows with starting to get booked for a show at his venue within a week or two prior to their show with us. This happens to be another person you used as a source for your article, speaking to the unfair competitive edge Z2 has over him. This particular venue owner has established himself for many years in Denver and has used those years of experience, his Denver venue, and established connections, to entice bands to his venue over mine. Personally, I do not feel as if he is out of his rights to do this; and by doing so he clearly demonstrates an understanding of doing what you must as a business to stay competitive in such a demanding market. Once again, I feel that you have negatively highlighted Z2 and Don as a corporate conglomerate, that is executing some out of the realm business tactic, all the while using sources who execute the same tactics on a different scale.  

I also think it is important to point out that using the owner of a Boulder venue that is less than a year old as a source for an article on Boulder local music is not very fair to the numerous established venues in town that have been supporting this community’s music scene for far longer. I saw no mention of Mountain Sun, Southern Sun, Connor O'neill’s, the Biergarten, Shine, The Dark Horse, The Laughing Goat, 303 Vodka, Upslope Brewery, and last but far from least, The Lazy Dog. This town is a well known haven for artists, workers within the industry, and passionate live music fans. While Z2 operates the two major venues in town, the reputation that is held by Boulder is certainly not solely because of those two venues. It has been cultivated by the numerous establishments that host all types of, and levels of artists, local and national. By failing to even mention a single one of them does more to discredit all that we do for the community and only proves to be counterproductive for the point you are trying to make. Had your staff writer spoken with any member of the Boulder local music community, I have to imagine at least one of the live music establishments I mentioned would have come up. Those are also far from all the independent, small venues this town has to offer.  

You make mention of an anonymous music professional within your article that speaks to the lack of support for local emerging artists within Boulder. I personally just worked a show with my production company, at The Fox Theatre on 2/6/16, which was headlined by a local band, Na'an Stop. They were supported by two other local bands, Policulture and Realtalk. Realtalk just emerged as a new player in the scene within the last 6 months and is already playing shows at The Fox, by way of The Lazy Dog. The show was also sold out days prior to the event, which in my opinion speaks to the incredible support that is given by the community as a whole to the bands. It also leaves something to be said about the incredible effort some artists put into promotion, and the necessary marketing/business side of their band versus others. This is a business at the end of the day, and to imply that Z2 should take a more proactive role in fostering the success of local bands only ignores and discredits the bands that are able to earn their way into these historic venues. You relieve the artist of any responsibility to ensure that their show is also beneficial to the venue, and at the end of the day, all artists are competing with each other to get the slot at the venue, so why should the venue be held responsible for choosing to book a band that will turn into a better financial payout for them? In my experience, the bigger payout to the venue usually means that there were more people in the venue to see the artist, which means more music fans were able to see the artist that they preferred. At what point do we acknowledge that the fan is casting their vote of who gets to play the venues by way of their dollar?

Your article began with a Vail venue owner discussing disappointment that Z2 had acquired a venue he hoped to attain, and I know from experience that being on the losing end of any business deal is disappointing. I do not, however, think that you considered the various factors that come into play when it comes to operating a live music venue, which happen to go far beyond purchasing a building. I very much agree with Don in saying that the Boulder market cannot support another theater sized venue. Even if Z2 had given their blessing to the Vail venue owner, who is to say that the artist booking agency based in Burlington, VT or Chicago, IL is going to stop working with the Z2 talent buyers and move their bands to the other venue? This would again fall back to previously existing relationships that were formed over many years between the artists, buyers, venues, and agents that a simple real estate transaction cannot take the place of. You also seem to overlook the fact that Z2 has buyers which, upon hiring, open up the doors to The Fox for previous existing artist relationships they bring with them. Chris Peck came to Z2 with previous experience in the North Carolina and Tennessee market, and because he was there, the bands he is familiar with are afford a more feasible opportunity to showcase their talent on one of Z2's stages.  

I was, and still am, disappointed and frustrated by what this articles implies. The unfair nature in how it has been written negatively sways the mentality of the Boulder community toward a company that has brought, and continues to bring, some of the most amazing talent from around the country to our backyard. I am also insulted that as a contributor and member of the local music scene, my efforts and the efforts of my peer venues were so easily overlooked in an article that has the words “Boulder's live music scene” in the title of it. We are very much a part of what makes this music scene as great as it is, and Z2 Entertainment is a major contributor and a cornerstone of what attracts some of the unbelievable talent we get to see every week. We live in a time where generation X gets the majority of their news from social media and satire publications that are mistaken for real news. As a willing contributor and surviving member of the declining print media that is still being circulated, you have an obligation to this community to present unbiased and properly researched information, and this articles was neither.

As I sit here writing my final thoughts on this piece, I just received an email from Becca Yenney. She is the office and HR manager for Z2, and her email was to inform the staff that a member of Z2’s security team, Josh Elioseff, will be competing in a battle of the bands with his group, JC and The Deadly Sins at The Dark Horse tomorrow. She included a link to the event on social media, the time it starts, and strongly encouraged supporting one of our own. I could not have asked for a better example of how amazing the Boulder local music scene is, and what a wonderful part Z2 plays in it. Doors open at The Dark Horse at 7:30, and Josh's band goes on a little after 8. I would suggest swinging by and catching a local band at a local venue, being sponsored a local brewery, and supported by some Z2 staff. That to me is the more accurate picture of the Boulder local music scene.

-Matt Banno

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Realtalk Plays The Fox Saturday + Watch Their New Music Video for "Freddie Gray"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Realtalk just dropped a new video. 

Remember when we last caught up with Boulder’s funk rock four-piece Realtalk? Well their Fox show with Boulder bands Na’an Stop and Policulture is fast approaching. The guys will take the stage as the first of the three bands this Saturday, February 6th. This is an awesome all-local lineup, so go support it! Get your tickets here before they sell out (it’s getting close!). And while you’re waiting to get groovy with these three Boulder bands this weekend, check out the new music video Realtalk just dropped for their politically-infused track “Freddie Gray”. It features footage from the Baltimore riots via frontman Sean Campbell’s Baltimore Sun-reporting brother, and is dedicated to Freddie Gray. As the band says, “Listen to it. Think about it. Freddie Gray.”

-Hannah

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Catching Up with Boulder's Realtalk: New Tracks, a Music Video, & a Gig at The Fox

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Realtalk are headed to The Fox and have a lot more in store for 2016.

Realtalk.

Realtalk.

You may remember Boulder band Realtalk from our feature “From House Parties to Headliners,” where we talked about the group’s transition from playing shows for their friends at CU bangers to playing Denver’s Bluebird Theater. The four-piece has been insanely busy since then, so it’s time we brought you an update Boulder! Here’s what’s up:

Realtalk, composed of Sean Campbell (vocals/guitar), Ara Verbano (bass), Jack Guth (keys), and Julian Kitzmiller (drums), have been back in the studio. They also dropped a new music video (which you can watch below) andddd they’ve got an upcoming gig at The Fox Theatre February 6th with Boulder bands Na’an Stop and Policulture. That’s a sweet lineup of local music peeps! Score yourself some tickets to that here before they sell out! And check out our chat below with frontman Sean Campbell for the deets on Realtalk’s most recent recording experience, how stoked the guys are to play the Fox, and the story behind the track they just dropped a video for, “My Friend.” Keep reading:

Realtalk recording at  Augminished Studio .

Realtalk recording at Augminished Studio.

So Sean- tell us about your recent recording experience: where did you record, who did you work with, and how did you choose which material to record?

We recorded with a guy by the name of Payden Widner. Payden does great work; we have worked with him once before. The spot was just outside of Denver; a place called Augminished Studio. Payden produced our single “On an Island” last spring and we really liked what he did with that song, so we were very happy to get the chance to work with him again. All three of the tracks were recorded in about six hours, which was a lot of material to lay down in a short amount of time. The way we look at it is, if you’re gonna pay for studio time, you better take advantage of every second that you’re in there. We chose to record “Freddie Gray”, “Running Around”, and “My Friend” because they all have very different moods. The rush that you get from the chorus in “Running Around” is very different than the relaxed mindset of “My Friend.”

Realtalk frontman Sean Campbell shreddin'.

Realtalk frontman Sean Campbell shreddin'.

That’s awesome! Tell us about the inspiration behind “Freddie Gray.” We know it’s a very personal song for you guys.

Well I’m from Baltimore; I grew up ten minutes outside of the city. My older brother Colin is a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. He covered the Freddie Gray case from front to back as it unfolded last April. Most of the marches and protests leading up to the rioting didn’t make national news. Nonviolent marches happened every day for a week. Then some protesters started violently protesting in front of Camden Yards. Rocks were thrown and police cars were damaged, and all of a sudden, it became breaking news across the country. The city sounded like a war-zone for five days after that. Anyway, that’s what inspired the lyrics in the chorus, “It takes riots and violence before we are listening.”  It’s seems to be the sad truth for a lot of the injustices that happens in our world.

Thanks for sharing that with us man- that is definitely some powerful stuff. It’s really great that you chose to turn that experience into music. Let’s change gears to “My Friend,” which you guys just dropped a video for recently. What was your favorite part of recording that track?

How it turned out honestly is the best part: It came out with a feeling; a soundscape, which is exactly what we were going for. We were trying to capture a very particular and consistent emotion in that track, and it’s fulfilling to hear it in the recording.

Get your tix from Realtalk for their February Fox show!

Get your tix from Realtalk for their February Fox show!

That’s sweet. Any story behind that song that you’d want to tell us more about?

Last summer, we roadtripped as a band to the West Coast to write music and play a few shows.  Ara, our bassist, is from the San Juan Islands in Washington, so we set up our stuff in his cabin and wrote music for 10 days. It was the best. It’s a small island and life is simple up there. No distractions; no noisy nonsense. Just a bunch of boys and their instruments. So the lyrics in “My Friend” reflect our 10-day stay on Guemes Island, you know, just taking note of the little things in life like a ferry-ride to the main town to get food and beer or the regular sight of Ara’s parents farming and working in their yard. That trip was the most time we had spent together as a band though, and tensions ran high at certain points. [That tension] is what we’re referring to in the chorus, “I walk away again,” because at times we all needed some space. But that’s part of the reason we’re doing big things together; we push each other to be better. It’s all a balance.

Definitely. That sort of tension can be rewarding- and it looks like that push for you guys has certainly been beneficial. We know that playing The Fox has been on your bucket list since your inception. Tell us about what you’re most looking forward to at that show and how the show came together.

Ahhhh man, where to start! We’re playing with Na’an Stop and Policulture, two groovy reggae bands from Boulder. Na’an Stop’s Patrick Mulholland (trombone/keys) saw us perform at The Lazy Dog back in October and he dug our sound enough to invite us onto the bill at their Fox show. Very stoked about it. I have seen so many sick shows at that venue. Musicians that I idolize tour through The Fox all the time, so it will be a wildly awesome dream-come-true to play a show there! We are getting so ready for this show, it’s not even funny. It’s gonna be off the chain.

Can’t wait! Get tickets. And check out Realtalk’s video for “My Friend” here: 

-Hannah

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Music Video Release: Na'an Stop "Win a Bagel"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

These party animals just dropped a new vid.

Boulder band Na’an Stop have been bringing their reggae sounds to the Front Range and beyond for quite some time now. The five-piece produces mad party vibes at their shows with what they call “The Na’an Stop Lifestyle” aka “a commitment to living life 100%. . . acting on your own terms, in your own way, and taking whatever you’re doing to the next level.” And taking things to the next level is exactly what the NS boys are doing this month as they launch their West Coast Morning Dew Tour, starting with their show this Friday at Belly Up in Aspen. But don’t worry kids! They’re making their way back to Boulder in February when they’ll headline The Fox with Boulder openers Policulture and Realtalk. More info on that here. But since you’ll be missing their sweet reggae-ska-dub-partyyyy antics while they’re away the next few months, we suggest you check out the crazy, ridiculous new music video they dropped today for “Win a Bagel,” a track off their debut album From the Deep. Watch it here:

-Hannah

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Realtalk: From House Parties to Headliners

By: Nikki Steele

What started as a house party band has become so much more.

Sean Campbell of Realtalk.

Sean Campbell of Realtalk.

If CU Boulder formed a band, it would sound exactly like Realtalk, which in a way is actually how Realktalk came to be. It’s hard to imagine how the Realtalk members would have met each other had they not been hanging in CU dorm rooms together and chatting at parties on the Hill. Realtalk has all of CU's favorite things rolled into one band: beats you can easily zone out to after breathing in some special Colorado air and a funkiness that makes you want to party and have a good time. But Realtalk’s music also has an awareness that there is more going on in the world than just the party lifestyle of your average college student.

A Hill House party Performance.

A Hill House party Performance.

After meeting each other and officially getting the band together, Realtalk started playing house parties, a lot of house parties. House parties come with the most casual networking known to mankind. Someone sees a cool band, asks them to play at their house party, and before you know it, you have played every weekend for months all over Boulder. And that’s exactly what Sean Campbell (lead vocals and guitar) and Julian Kitzmiller (drums) explained happened to Realtalk on this year’s summer break. Playing every single weekend had its benefits: Realtalk had a lot of chances to practice together, they networked to play different parties, and they built a legitimate Boulder fan base. The more times someone sees you at a party, the more times they remember you. And let’s face the facts- it’s going to take more than one booze filled night for people to remember what your band sounds like, so being the ‘unofficial house party band’ encourages some memory for even the most drunken of partygoers.

Although both Campbell and Kitzmiller enjoyed their house party stretch (and told me they would still play them today), they were excited when they started to actually book local venues. And their loyal fanbase from their nights on the Hill came in handy. When they booked Denver’s Bluebird Theater, where they opened for Rocktin, a lot of the faces they saw in the crowd were familiar. Talking to Campbell about the experience, he smiled, “When you’re up there and it’s a venue that can hold like 500 plus people and you realize you’re just this college band trying to make it, it’s a very real moment. You realize that people sell this shit out.” Which is exactly what inspired one of the band’s current goals: to sell out the Fox or the Boulder Theater.

Before taking the stage at the Bluebird.

Before taking the stage at the Bluebird.

But beyond parting, where does that awareness of world happenings that Realtalk sings about come from? Campbell explained that when he writes music, his lyrics are pretty personal. So when his brother started covering the Baltimore riots this year as a reporter, Campbell started getting a whole new perspective on what was happening in his home state. This new perspective led to Realtalk’s song “Freddie Gray.” The chorus, “It takes riots and violence before we are listening” was inspired after Campbell watched his brother covering the protests on the front-lines. A song like “Freddy Gray” is obvious proof that Realtalk is much more than just a college-made-party-band.

Post bluebird Performance. 

Post bluebird Performance. 

Since Realtalk has convinced Boulder cops to let the band finish a song before shutting a party down, played at the Bluebird theater to an awesome crowd, and written lyrics that give you goosebumps, what’s next for this local five-piece? First and foremost they are headlining a show featuring opener Whatever's Clever at the Lazy Dog tomorrow night! This is their first time headlining a gig, so get there! Realtalk also has plans to release an album by Christmas. And finally, Realtalk is wanting to connect with other musicians by creating a bi-weekly event where they meet up with other local artists and work on a song together. The idea is to give musicians that don't have a full band the chance to create an entire song, or to give full bands the opportunity to try something new. This event will be recorded live and they’ll toss the audio up on their website. Stay tuned for more info on this cool collaboration idea!

So who are Realtalk? As Kitzmiller says, “[We’re] a combination of energies coming together. When I go out there and play by myself, I get a certain amount of satisfaction, but I don’t smile or sweat or love life as much as when we we’re all out their playing [together]. That is what [Realtalk] is for me. I love playing with these guys. I love playing on stage, I love playing house parties; I love anything that allows us to just jam.”

Give Realtalk a listen here and catch them tomorrow night headlining the Lazy Dog!

-Nikki

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