The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 08/26, 08/27, & 08/28

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF yo. Here’s The Six:

Today (Friday 08/26):

RiNo Music Festival at RiNo Neighborhood in Denver 430PM-Close

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Channel 93.3, Westword, and Twist and Shout are throwing a festival bash for you today in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, and it’s just in time for happy hour. The music lineup includes Silversun Pickups, St. Lucia, 888, Bishop Briggs, and A Silent Film. Tickets are $40 for the whole shebang, and you can nab ‘em here. Festi while you can, folks.

Watch 888’s official music video for their song “Critical Mistakes”:

Local Songwriter Showcase at Club 156 in Boulder 7PM-9PM

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CU’s Program Council is putting on a cool event tonight at Club 156 that features several local talented singer/songwriters, including Cameron Bailey, Jobi, Jarocki, Ethan Cohen, Nate Harvey, and Sophie Kloor. The event is free and open to the public, so whether you’re new to CU and wanting to learn more about the music scene, or a longtime Boulder resident wanting to check out some new tunes, get to this show! 

Listen to Sophie Kloor’s demo for her song “Losing Myself”:

Kutandara Kombi at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

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Boulder’s Kutandara is a world music group, fusing “African music traditions with indie-pop, rock, jazz, gospel, [and] classical” sounds. And tonight, they’ve got a gig at Boulder’s LG that is sure to make your spirits dance. Kutandara are well known for their eclectic sets, playing every show with the intent of “exchanging energy of music and movement with our audiences”. Sounds like a rad time- and it’s free! Head on down.

Sample some Kutandara tracks here.

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/27):

Eros and the Eschaton Album Release Show at Larimer Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

Colorado Springs’ Eros and the Eschaton dropped their sophomore album Weight of Matter recently, and we have been diggin’ on it. Major. Read more about it in our review of the album, and celebrate with the band tomorrow at their Larimer show. Denver’s I Sank Molly Brown and Maybe Baby & The Bitch Boys are joining the party, and OpenAir CPR is putting on the show. Tickets are only $10 in advance. Get ‘em now, and while you’re at it, get Weight of Matter. Your ears will thank you.

Listen to Eros and the Eschaton’s single “Rxx”:

Mayhem Gulch at Conor O’Neill’s in Boulder 10PM-Close

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If you’re looking for a solid bluegrass show for the weekend, look no further Colorado! Boulder’s own bluegrass/newgrass five-piece Mayhem Gulch will be strummin’ at Conor’s tomorrow night. The group describe themselves as “a whiskey-fueled campfire jam”, which sounds pretty perfect for a summer Saturday. So get to it!

Listen to Mayhem Gulch’s “Run for the Hills”:

The Next Day (Sunday 08/28):

Magpie, Ethan Griggs + Sonder Ensemble, & Chloe Tang at Lost Lake Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

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Back in March, we featured Denver’s soulful folk outfit Magpie. The “orchestral folk rock” project, led by Zach Dunn, is playing The Lost Lake this Sunday, headlining a bill that features Ethan Griggs + Sonder Ensemble and Chloe Tang. The show starts at 8PM and is only $8, so ease into the week with a good drink and the sweet sounds of these Denver acts. More info here.

Watch Magpie’s live performance video of their tune “Trembling”:

See you at a show CO! Xoxox

-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.

Boulder Rapper Sweeney Is Spitting Around The Colorado Scene

By: Annie Kane

Sweeney is popping up a slew of collaborations for a reason.

Jack Sweeney (better known simply as Sweeney), is breathing life into Colorado’s limp rap and hip-hop culture. At only twenty years old, Sweeney has already found and mastered his recognizable voice, both acoustically and lyrically. Born in San Francisco, and a Boulder transplant since age three, Sweeney is a part of local music group, PRiME, which focuses on promoting rising talent in the Boulder and Denver area. Before gathering his own crew, he taught himself how to produce and record his own music. Since gaining traction and becoming a part of PRiME, Sweeney has collaborated with other artists such as singer Sophie Kloor and producer GXGVX (whom you can expect on his upcoming mixtape). His well-rounded knowledge of music and production skills provide him with the needed attributes for rapid success. 

Sweeney.

Sweeney.

The first time I met Sweeney, he quietly walked into my apartment to film a freestyle video. Wearing camo pants, red converse, and a gray hoodie underneath an army green vest, he propped his mic up on the porch and lit a cigarette while patiently waiting for the cameras to be set up. When the pulsating beat came on, it was as if a wave washed over him as he jumped into his lyrics. The late afternoon sunlight filtered in at intense angles as he poured his heart out in sharp, poetic rhymes, catapulting himself onto the throne of rap (check the track King Shit). Watching Sweeney is captivating: even passing pedestrians and guys on the neighboring frat roof stopped to gaze towards his performance. When he finished and stepped away from the mic, the curious audience clapped and cheered.

Sweeney is so captivating because he is so different. There are no other artists that have his unique combination of sound: his lazy-like voice somehow spins out words one right after another, pairing well with any of the fresh beats behind him. He can go from “Boom-Bap to new school Atlanta style”. This ability to contrast himself is most evident in his tracks “Flock” (featuring Nature Nate and Stackztoo) and “Long Road” (featuring Sophie Kloor).

Listen to "Flock": 

The content of Sweeney’s music is rooted firmly in his own experience, giving it a raw personal touch. In addition to drawing inspiration from the life around him, he tends to watch old horror films while writing for an added edge (i.e. The Exorcist). This combination results in some of the most metaphorical lyricism out there. Take, for example, the hook in the song “Bottle Talk”:

“What you say when that bottle start talkin’/do you guzzle and grab another to stop it/or do you question the ethics that you’ve been livin’ in/sleeping in the grass that the snake still sinnin’ in.”

Listen to Sweeney's track "Bottle Talk":

Sweeney’s hunger is sure to drive him to rise to the top of the rap game while simultaneously bringing more hip-hop culture to Colorado, a state that could use some diversification in their music scene.

You can listen to Sweeney’s The J. Sweeney LP, his Slenderaps mixtapeand other tracks on his Soundcloud. His next mixtape, Return of the Old, is set to debut later this year.

You can catch Sweeney live March 26th and April 4th in Denver. Stay updated by following Sweeney on his instagram, twitter, and facebook.

-Annie

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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.