Card Catalog: Move And Feel And Dance

By: Kelly Harthan

“My intentions are to relate to others and to share my stories. I want to make people move and feel and dance.”

-Jenn Tatro

Card Catalog labels their sound as classic American, ranging from blues to alt-country to rock, and I would have to agree, with maybe a hint of “rockabilly” added in the mix. The Colorado trio consists of Jenn Tatro (vocals/lyrics/guitar), Dalton Clayton (lead guitar) and Rob Spears (bass/backup vocals). Tatro’s strong voice packs a Pat Benatar punch, ridden with subtle rich tones and emotionally charged melodies reminiscent of a classic Patsy Cline. Accompanied by Clayton’s aggressive guitar licks and Spears’ strong dance-oriented bass lines, the trio create a distinctive sound of their own, with an energy resemblant of JD McPherson. In short, Card Catalog makes you want to dance as they showcase their originals, along with covers from Johnny Cash, Queens of the Stone Age, and Prince.

The band name Card Catalog came from Tatro, who believes it reflects their music: “I want to be able to do a broad spectrum of things with our music, and not get stuck in one sound. I feel like the possibilities are endless when searching through an actual card catalog."

Card Catalog.

Card Catalog.

With this group, it’s apparent that friendship and collaborative creation are at the nucleus of their sound. Clayton and Tatro had been a duo for several years prior to the addition of Spears, who they met when he jumped onstage uninvited during one of the duo’s open mic sets a few months ago. After Clayton and Tatro let Spears sing a Prince cover, he was officially in. Reflecting on the creative process and accompanying sense of accomplishment of the band now that their momentum as a trio has begun, Clayton said, “those moments only happen because we support each other and help drive each other”.

When I first sat down to do a little research on Card Catalog, I was surprised at how little I could find of their actual music. “We have been hesitant to put too much recorded material onto social media sites until the quality is where we'd like it,” explained Spears. But after getting a sneak peek at two songs from their upcoming EP, I was impressed and set out to do my best to describe this local band’s unique flare. As a songwriter myself, I couldn’t help but pay close attention to Tatro’s lyrics, and the emotion that translates through her vocal melodies in the tracks on the band’s upcoming EP, Can I Be.

“The story behind Can I Be comes from my desire to have someone in my life that lets me be exactly who I am. At the time I wrote that song, I had just come out of a relationship that didn't go the way I was expecting. I just kept coming back to the feeling of wanting to be the gas for someone's fire, and to have something where we lifted each other up.” Tatro said.

In talking with Card Catalog about their recent entrance into the local scene, Clayton added, “People around here really love and support live music. I feel lucky I get to play for these folks.” As a native Coloradoan, I could not agree more. So there you have it- great music and great people with something to say.

Card Catalog has several shows coming up this summer in Boulder, as well as an upcoming EP release for Can I Be. Get details on their Facebook and Instagram.

-Kelly

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See Memorial Day Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

If you’re not at the ‘Squatch, you should probably be at these spots:

Today (Friday 05/27):

Natural Motives and Intergalactic Peace Jelly at Boulder House in Boulder 9PM-Close

Boulder House has recently been booking live music, and for a venue that was formerly known for only booking DJs (Absinthe House), this place has the possibility to bring a refreshing jolt to the local scene. Tonight’s lineup at the House will really get you movin’! Local jam/funk band Natural Motives is joining forces with Boulder’s Intergalactic Peace Jelly, an improv rock band, for a night of experimental and groovin’ sounds. Catch their sets; show starts at 9PM.

Check out Natural Motives’ latest release “Stress Less”:

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

Jus Sayin.

Jus Sayin.

Funk neo-soul outfit Jus Sayin are holding down the stage at Conor’s tonight for the holiday weekend! Fronted by Boulder’s own Dechen Hawk, the five-piece boasts a solid lineup of accomplished musicians who are prepared to help you get down on the dance floor this evening. Roll over to Pearl and check these guys out!

Listen to Jus Sayin’s live version of their tune “Questions”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 05/28):

Denver Day of Rock at the 16th Street Mall in Denver 230PM-Close

King Cardinal.

King Cardinal.

Amp the Cause is throwing a free one-day music festival on the 16th Street Mall tomorrow! There will be food trucks, a beer garden, and 25 bands sprinkling performances across five outdoor stages. Dearling, Gipsy Moon, HONEYHONEY, King Cardinal, and The Burroughs are on the list of our acts to see at the fest, and you can view the whole lineup here. Stop by and dance around! (PS: Peep our exclusive chat with King Cardinal and our recent review of The Burroughs’ new singles.)

Read more about Denver Day of Rock and how Amp the Cause gives back.

Slow Caves Desert Minded EP Release Show at Downtown Artery in Fort Collins 8PM-Close

Slow Caves.

Slow Caves.

Just this week, we dropped a review on Slow Caves’ new Desert Minded EP. We dig the band’s surfer rock vibes, and we have a feeling you will too. Tomorrow night, the group will be shreddin’ for you live in their hometown at Downtown Artery. They’ll have physical copies of their new release ready for you, and they’ll be playing the tunes live. Get ready to stage dive! This is gonna be a fun one.

Read our review of Slow Caves’ Desert Minded EP.

Card Catalog featuring Georges Octobous at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

Card Catalog.

Card Catalog.

There’s a new bluesy folk act on the scene and tonight is their debut performance at The No Name Bar. Card Catalog is a recently formed four-piece comprised of Jenn Tatro (vocals/guitar), Dalton Clayton (lead guitar/bass), Rob Spears (bass/guitar/synth/drums/backup vocals), and Ricky Brewer (drums/bass/guitar/backup vocals). Each musician packs their own punch, which is why this new project is totally worth checking out live! Plus they’ve got a special guest on the lineup, George Octobous. Get yourself a seat behind the big brown door tomorrow night! We’ll see you there.

All Weekend

Boulder Creekfest at the Boulder Creek in Boulder - Various Times and Stages

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Eats, music, and brews! That’s how we want to spend our Memorial Day Weekend. And lucky for us, it’s time for Boulder’s annual Creekfest! There is a slew of local talent on the lineup, including: The Alcapones, Analog Sun with Special Guests, Augustus,The Delta Sonics, Farmer Sisters, Gasoline Lollipops, Let the Beat Speak, Monocle Band, Riley Ann, Whiskey Autumn, and more! Grab your raincoat and head out peeps. See you from the Ferris wheel!

Get Creekfest’s full schedule for the weekend here.

Cheers to the holiday weekend!

-Hannah

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Villain Baritone: The New Power Trio in the Boulder Music Scene

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Villian Baritone are a new Boulder band finding their sound. 

Fuzz. Pop. Adult. Baritone. That’s how Boulder-based Villain Baritone describe themselves. Consisting of Brent Wilkinson (vocals/guitar), Joshua Thomas (drums), and Rob Spears (bass/keys), this trio formed just a little over a month ago and have already been busy recording music for an upcoming EP release. So we chatted with frontman Brent Wilkinson last week to learn exactly where these guys got together, what’s in a name, and what their plans are as newcomers on the Boulder music scene.

Thanks for chatting with us Brent! First, tell us how the three of you met:

Villain Baritone’s roots began in Studio 700, where I went to check out a local songwriter’s gathering. Joshua had dropped by to get some ideas for his acoustic pieces and I was interested in learning some vocal tips. So I started playing a riff I had been working on and a couple of people encouraged me to get on an electric guitar and the mic. Joshua offered up his skills on the drum kit for the song and when we finished the track, he looked at me and said, “I was going to try out for another group but after that jam I’d rather work with you.” He had owned the pocket during the take so I replied, “Well- we just started a band.” About a week later, I mentioned the project to Rob, who runs the open mic at Outback Saloon on Thursdays. He jumped in with us and ironically, we actually found our sound together at the Outback. Playing there gave us a great opportunity to try out ridiculous band names and engage our tracks in a live setting. When I finished the guitar solo off of “Waking Up” we all felt the musical space we had created and knew then that a distinctly powerful and expressive trio had been formed.

Don't look down. Photo Credit:   Lee Davis Photography

Don't look down. Photo Credit: Lee Davis Photography

Wow! So we know you’ve been working hard at Studio 700 over the past couple of weeks recording new music. Talk to us about what that’s been like.

Studio 700 started when Joshua began to envision a multi-purpose music center where local musicians could thrive. It’s where we performed our first live set and where we laid down our first recordings. The songwriter’s workshop I mentioned, where Joshua and I first ran into each other, is hosted there as well. Studio 700 actually serves as a venue, recording studio, and a great space to write. Having the studio at our disposal has been pivotal in the formation of our group. A consistent environment for our work to live in has also been important for me as a writer; in a way it offers me a sense of momentum and connectedness between ideas. And where we’ve been recording in the studio, there is a cutout of a dissatisfied looking Alfred Hitchcock that seems to constantly judge us. I still haven’t decided if he’s a good motivator or a morale thief. Alfred’s expression aside though, we have been really fortunate to be able to work in such a relaxed atmosphere while establishing our foundations as a new group.

Shapes and Sounds. Photo Credit:   Lee Davis Photography

Shapes and Sounds. Photo Credit: Lee Davis Photography

That’s so sweet! We’re actually in the process of working on a Studio 700 feature, so we can’t wait to check the space out ourselves. Are you recording a single, an EP, a full-length? What are the plans for release?

We will be releasing our first EP, Squire Tones, in early 2016. It will be four to six tracks, each of which will be centered on what we can produce in a live setting. We want to emphasize the continuity between our live set and our recorded work because we believe it adds to the listener’s experience. Memory plays a huge role for the artist and the crowd alike, and while we certainly incorporate improvisation into our tracks, we wanted to maintain a sense of cohesiveness in how we represent our sound. We will be releasing the EP download for free online.

Can’t wait to hear it! What’s the story behind your name?

Well we had been throwing names around between the three of us for a couple of weeks when Rob started focusing on what features were unique to our sound. He noted how much I operated in a baritone range and got to thinking about classic operas where the baritones are generally portrayed as villains. So Baritone Villain came to mind and as it sunk in over a few days I mistakenly recalled the order as Villain Baritone. It seemed to have a fluidity to it that I just couldn’t shake. I took the modification to the guys and Rob agreed. Joshua at this point put his hands up and confessed he had become lost in a band-name-black-hole after so many ideas. But a couple of rehearsals later it had grown on all of us and it was official.

The Power Trio: Villain Baritone. Photo Credit:   Lee Davis Photography

The Power Trio: Villain Baritone. Photo Credit: Lee Davis Photography

I like it.  Beyond the release of your EP early next year, what other projects do you have planned for the fall/winter?

Our focus beyond the EP is truly crafting the sound that is inherent to us as a group. Once we find and become comfortable operating within that context, we definitely want to break into the Colorado music scene more as an effective and enjoyable rock group. Naturally, we’re aiming to build a fanbase as dedicated as we are to our music. And we want to create a memorable live experience.

Sounds like you’re well on your way guys. Keep up with Villain Baritone here.

-Hannah

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