'The Mercury EP' Marks New Era For Colorado's Augustus

By: Riley Ann

Augustus’ latest release is a new plateau for the Boulder-based band. While their early recordings were more rootsy folk rock, The Mercury EP showcases the next era for the trio with a full-blown rock sound that is bold, tight, and unyielding.

Album art from  The Mercury EP .

Album art from The Mercury EP.

The core of Augustus’ sound still comes from solid songwriting, but what stands out on this release is how the songs have been reigned in to feature the ensemble. Instead of meandering vocal melodies and forms from the singer/songwriter tradition that Augustus harnessed in the past, The Mercury EP features vocal lines, guitar riffs, and drum beats that drive the momentum of its songs forward. These sonic changes were no surprise with the recent restructuring of the band instrumentally: since replacing the cello with electric bass, the three-piece were thrust into a new, electrified realm.

Augustus' Colin Kelly.

Augustus' Colin Kelly.

“[The Mercury EP] is definitely more guitar-heavy than any of the other recordings we’ve done,” said Jim Herlihy, guitarist and drummer of the band, “The last two albums were mostly acoustic that dipped their toes in a little bit of electric stuff. For this one, we don’t have banjo or cello on it, but we have a lot more electric guitar.”

Jim Herlihy.

Jim Herlihy.

This is Augustus’ third EP in three years. When asked why they’ve chosen to release EPs rather than albums, Jim offered, “The change is happening quickly, and recording albums takes a long time. In a practical world, releasing smaller snapshot records as EPs rather than full-length albums gives us the ability to grow faster.”

The Mercury EP is definitely one of those snapshots, and it’s evidence of a new trajectory for the band in just five songs. It’s Augustus’ first rock release, and it promises even bigger things to come. It would be no surprise to see a full-time drummer join the band soon, and to see attention for the group grow beyond Colorado. The trio has already earned accolades from Colorado Music Buzz, the Marquee, and Boulder Weekly, and they’ve played shows at The Fox Theatre, area festivals, and throughout the state.

You can join Augustus in celebrating the release of The Mercury EP this Friday, October 14th at Studio 700. Doors open at 7:30PM, and more details about this CD Release Party can be found here, and on the band’s website. You can also stream and purchase The Mercury EP, and Augustus’ previous recordings, through their Bandcamp page. Rock on.

-Riley

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

Rock and Roll: A Revival Hits The Boulder/Denver Music Scene

By: Mirna Tufekcic

At a coffee shop, “Take it Easy” by the Eagles plays over the speakers as I begin writing a piece about what the revival of rock and roll looks like from where I stand, and where I stand is somewhere around Boulder/Denver, Colorado. Like the age-old mathematical proof goes, IF rock and roll is dead, THEN it’s rising from the grave as we speak. But rock and roll never really died.  It’s been in a lull; now reawakening. Hence why I’m choosing to use the word revival over resurrection.  

The rock and roll revival is happening in the Boulder/Denver music scene. Not just because the music is hard, raw, and will make you sweat, but because people are living it heart first. Today’s rock stands on the shoulders of rock and roll giants, and that’s why I believe it has this potency and capacity to move you; to get under your skin. Boulder/Denver is the place to witness it firsthand, but you’ll have to seek it out before it’ll find you. Still fluttering its eyes from decades of sleep, rock and roll around these parts is slowly rising from underground, but underground it is still.

BANDITS. 

BANDITS. 

The recognition of this revival started for me a few weeks ago at Boulder’s Lazy Dog, when the BANDITS played their homecoming show after touring the country. Their hard rockin’ tunes injected a potent dose of “wake the fuck up, it’s rock and roll time!”, and I couldn’t help myself. Apparently, neither could the people around me, who found themselves rocking back and forth to the BANDITS music: reminiscent of the 70s, metal like the 80s, and with an in-your-face alternative flare of the grungy 90s; the latter you can partly, one-third precisely, thank the lovely LuLu Demitro for, the vocalist/bassist/keys of the band. As she sang, “Oh, baby, who’re we gonna kill tonight?”, I found myself remembering the days of women-led bands like Garbage, The Cranberries, and The Cardigans. Vocalist/guitarist John Demitro didn’t half-ass his presence on stage, either. Truly putting up a hard-rock performance, he jumped on the drum set, walked down into the crowd guitar-first, and played on his tip-toes at the edge of the stage, beckoning the crowd to move closer and closer to him.

The Velveteers.

The Velveteers.

After that night, rock and roll was in me; it was coursing through my veins. I remembered what I seemed to have long forgotten: rock and roll is life itself. I started fiending for another hit the very next day, where I found myself in Denver at the Hi-Dive for a Plum show, a rock and roll band based out of LA. But I was really there to see The Velveteers, a local duo who project some heavy, hard sounds right into your rockin’ soul. The Velveteers’ frontwoman Demi Demitro is nothing short of breathtaking. Not because she’s beautiful, which she certainly is, but because her guitar shredding and sharp lyrics ooze talent like raw honey off a fresh honey comb. (Warning: hearing them live will make your mouth water). There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a budding, 19-year-old female artist making music-lovers’ jaws drop. It’s powerful.  

Witnessing The Velveteers perform in admiration, I told myself to keep both eyes and ears open for their next appearance around town. Lo and behold, the very next day my music-loving compadre hit me up to tell me about an upcoming event with Denver’s beloved Yawpers at Lost Lake. “The Velveteers are opening for them at the Sunday BBQ show,” he added. He didn’t have to say more. I hung up and went straight to the Google app on my phone to buy tickets.

The author with #Nate from Denver's Yawpers, Cosby sweater and all. 

The author with #Nate from Denver's Yawpers, Cosby sweater and all. 

Sunday’s BBQ show at Lost Lake was a more intimate setting than the Yawpers’ sold-out Larimer Lounge show the night prior, which you can read more about here. There were mostly “friends with the band” peeps attending this event, and it made for quite the view into real rock and roll. Nate Cook, the frontman of the Yawpers, led a high-level, party-on-a-Sunday energy with vibrant, ridiculous antics particular to Nate. #Nate exists for a reason (thanks for this, Pete Simatovic!). Just to give you an example: At 2:30 pm in front of Lost Lake, Nate walked out wearing cutoffs just short of exposing his balls with a vintage sweater straight out of the Cosby show, cigarette in mouth. His energy attracted those around him to start chatting about music and his show at the Larimer the night before. The conversation moved back to the bar, where all involved shot whiskey.

Blackfoot Gypsies. Photo per BolderBeat by   Hannah Oreskovich  .

Blackfoot Gypsies. Photo per BolderBeat by Hannah Oreskovich.

Outside, Blackfoot Gypsies, who had been touring with the Yawpers, congregated around their van in front of Lost Lake to take pictures. And if you didn’t know what year it was, you would have mistaken it for being 1971: the group was outfitted in tight bell-bottoms, long unkempt hair, aviator ray-bans, and flowery t-shirts unbuttoned to the chest and all. But it’s 2016 and these guys were making a statement: “We’re bringing back the true rock and roll!” And that they did. The Yawpers, The Velveteers, and The Blackfoot Gypsies revived the sound of rock and roll with every tune they played.

The Yawpers. Photo per BolderBeat by  Hannah Oreskovich .

The Yawpers. Photo per BolderBeat by Hannah Oreskovich.

As Sunday funday at Lost Lake slowly rolled on, people got more involved in the music: they danced and sang along, feeding off of the rockin’ energy each band emitted. And that’s when I realized rock and roll isn’t just about the music: it’s a lifestyle. You either feel it, or you don’t. And to feel it, you’ve got to be there. It’s dark, it’s emotional, and it will take a toll on you. It’s irresponsible sometimes, and it’s about living in the moment.

Whiskey Autumn at Studio 700. Polaroid per  Becky Guidera .

Whiskey Autumn at Studio 700. Polaroid per Becky Guidera.

This past weekend I went to Boulder’s Studio 700 to feed my soul with rock and roll once again. A long list of musicians were paying tribute to The Beatles with short sets. Boulder’s Whiskey Autumn headlined the event, with members of Cold River City, BANDITS, and other singer-songwriters contributing to the revival of rock and roll through Beatles covers. It was, like the rest of my recent adventures, a night to remember.

Rock and roll, from where I stand, sure has a palpable energy ripe with life. Hope to see you there.

-Mirna

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 03/18, 03/19, & 03/20

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Happy weekend peeps! Here’s The Six:

Today (Friday 03/18):

Jeremy Baugh, Hunter Stone, & Cody Hart at Taco Junky in Boulder 9PM-Close

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These three talented musicians have formed a supergroup of sorts that will be rockin’ out at Taco Junky tonight on The Hill. Baugh (of Cold River City), Stone, and Hart (of Cold River City & Asalott) will treat you to some sweet tunes while you stay warm with margs and tacos. Plus if you’re heading to the Marco Benevento show at The Fox, TJ’s is right next door, so drop in and say hi! We’ll see you there!

Tomorrow (Saturday 03/19):

Big Ol’ Birthday Bluegrass Bash at Studio 700 in Boulder 7PM-Close

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We brought you tons of sweet coverage on the last Studio 700 show (Music Masquerade), and this weekend’s party is bound to be just as fun! It’s St. Patrick’s Day themed, so put on your best leprechaun suit and hop around to the bluegrass bands on the bill. Booze, snacks, and all the funnest people in the land will be there. Don’t forget your green kids.

Get more details on this event here.

Natural Motives with The Boundless at Sancho’s Boulder Arrow in Boulder 8PM-Close

Chris Ruiz of Natural Motives.

Chris Ruiz of Natural Motives.

Get grooved at Sancho’s on The Hill tomorrow night with Boulder’s jam/funk band Natural Motives and the tribal/electronic outfit The Boundless. Grab a brew and party! The Boundless have promised dancers and visuals, so prepare for a psychedelic time. It’s going to be an awesome show! Learn more about this show here.

Listen to a Natural Motives self-titled EP:

The Next Day (Sunday 03/20):

Jeremy Mohney at The Mercury Cafe in Denver 7PM-Close

Jeremy Mohney.

Jeremy Mohney.

Jeremy Mohney has a sweet Sunday show at The Mercury Cafe in Denver with a talented crew: Alex Heffron (guitar), Gary Sloan (trombone), Greg Corcione (drums), & Hunter Roberts (bass). The five-piece will be playing jazz and swing originals, and even have some new material promised for your ears! Go practice your swing moves and end the weekend right. More info right here.

Listen to Mohney’s “Boco Stomp”:

My Body Sings Electric with Soon To Be Titans, Foreverfall, & Meeting House at the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins 7PM-Close

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Denver’s alt/posthardcore crew My Body Sings Electric are playing their last CO show this Sunday at the Downtown Artery as they jet out on a national tour. Sharing the stage are Loveland’s alt/rock Soon To Be Titans, along with Fort Collins’ Foreverfall. Plus new Denver rock trio Meeting House will open the show. The Meeting House dudes happen to be dropping their new EP at this event, so make sure to catch their set! It’s going to be a shreddin’ time, and you can cop more info here.

Check out Meeting House’s track “Beware of the Vulture”:

Britt Margit Melisma EP Preview at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 9PM-Close

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Aspen singer/songwriter Britt Margit is having a preview show of her upcoming EP Melisma at The Laughing Goat on Sunday. We’ve got a whole feature on her here- check it out! And make sure to stop by and catch her set!

Listen to Margit’s “Peace And Harmony (In The Bleak Midwinter)”:

ANDDD for our #ListenLocal feature this week:

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 dropped their new album Thank You. Sorry. Love You. this week! Green Light was live at Frozen Dead Guy Days last weekend, so instead they’ll play the single this Sunday. So 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 listen to CRC’s single “Could It Be”!

Stay warm out there! See you at a show!

-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.

Music Masquerade: A Thank You

By: Zach Dahmen + a note from Hannah Oreskovich

Last Saturday's #MusicMasquerade was a huge success! A big thank you to the bands and those that joined us at the rockin' Studio 700 show. It was a good night of music in Boulder and BolderBeat was on hand for the event, detailing the night so you don’t miss a beat. Check back with us soon to hear about Studio 700's next show! Until then, here's our recap:

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Everyone's mask game was on point.

Three-piece Noctogon started the night out with a fresh sound for Boulder. Their melody-driven vocals and use of keys over some very heavy guitars lit up Studio 700.

Noctogon getting the party goin'.

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Full bar with a masked tender.

Villain Baritone brought the party together, first with their groovin' originals and then with a little help from their friends...

Andrew Sturtz and Hunter Stone shared the stage with the trio, keeping the tunes flowing. Sturtz powerfully crooned the crowd for his entire appearance. The group's rendition of "Sex and Candy" was a sweet treat.

Whiskey Autumn really got people moving! The band has been settling into a more eclectic set recently, and their indie/R&B sounds had the crowd swaying in all the right ways.

The WA boys were a stage-breaking good time (right David?).

-Zach

Note from Hannah: Ah! Another successful event in the books- we love you Boulder! A huge thank you to Joshua Thomas, Hunter Amabile, Buckles, all of the amazing people at Studio 700, Whiskey Autumn, Villain Baritone, Noctogon, and all of the music-loving, masked souls who came and rocked out with us! The night was a real win for local music and we're so glad we got to spend it with you. Thanks for sharing a show with us Studio 700- DIY game sooo stronggg... 

All photos per Hannah Oreskovich. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat. 

Studio 700: The Awesome DIY Venue Hosting Tomorrow's #MusicMasquerade

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Gotta love DIY. 

We’re skipping our usual Weekend Six feature today since we’re sponsoring a sweet show tomorrow that we want to tell you a lil’ baby more about, B. Read on:

Studio 700 is a Boulder DIY venue explained to us by three of its creators: Joshua Thomas (of Villain Baritone), Boulder singer/songwriter Hunter Stone, and a man known only to us as Buckles. What started as a group of local musicians looking for a house turned into an awesome DIY venue, complete with a stage, lights, sound equipment, and a curious cutout of Alfred Hitchcock. The place is well lit, insulated, and rumored to have been used by James Taylor’s daughter for recording purposes back in the day. And the idea for its inception started with house hunting on (what else kids?) Craigslist.

Hunter: When I found the house, I was excited. I mean, I knew the potential here. I thought, ‘If we don’t get this space, it will be taken over by beer pong.’ And I knew we could turn it into something more.

Joshua: Yeah we saw this place and we were like schoolboys- we were walking around like we could do this and this and this- just drawing up silly things and mainly just getting excited. Once we saw this space, we were like ‘This is happening.’

And so began Studio 700. The venue has hosted three shows to date, each with a cool theme and an all-local lineup.

Joshua: We do this so that we can support local artists and give them a showcase, so we try to put something on at least once a month.

Hunter: Yeah there are just so many bands in Boulder that are good bands, and there just aren’t enough venues that service the musicians here. I mean The Fox is the ideal destination for most people playing in Boulder, but there just aren’t a lot of other places where music is the focused intent. And so that’s what we want to create here; a community.

Hunter & Joshua at Studio 700 talkin' 'bout Studio 700. 

Hunter & Joshua at Studio 700 talkin' 'bout Studio 700. 

So how did they build this sweet spot?

Buckles: It’s been collaborative between all of us. A lot of the physical things have definitely been Josh- building the stage and getting up the lights. And then we all have contributed different equipment.

Hunter: Yeah, like I set up a lot of my recording equipment in here. I’ve used some of that for my project Hole in the Wall Recording, which has also involved some video production. And you’ve recorded in here too, right Josh?

Joshua: Yeah with Villain Baritone, we’ve recorded a lot of our music in here. The first thing we tracked [at Studio 700] were drums and it actually sounded amazing.

Joshua and Buckles in the s700 shadows.

Joshua and Buckles in the s700 shadows.

But the guys have plans beyond recording and once-a-month shows too.

Josh: Longterm we want to collaborate with more people to see more of what we can do here and what the possibilities are.  

Hunter: I’d like to use it for more intimate things too- singer/songwriter nights and smaller shows. We want to fill the place with art; have live painting during shows. And of course we’ll keep booking bands. We want to use [this] to raise money to pay musicians and to book bands where their fans overlap. We want to keep incorporating small businesses… I mean there’s a lot of potential for it. It’s just about realizing all of the potential.

So come support this rad DIY spot Boulder! We brought you coverage on all three local bands playing tomorrow’s #MusicMasquerade, and if you missed those, click ‘em here: Whiskey Autumn, Villain Baritone with Special Guests Andrew Sturtz and Hunter Stone, and Noctogon. Join the FB event for specifics by clicking this sentence.

We’ll see you tomorrow, masked and all. Happy Weekend!

-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.

Catching Up with Whiskey Autumn: Fireworks, #MusicMasquerade, & R&B Jams

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Boulder's Whiskey Autumn are bringing new tunes to this Saturday's Music Masquerade.

We’re just two days away from our #MusicMasquerade with Whiskey Autumn, Villain Baritone featuring Andrew Sturtz and Hunter Stone, and Noctogon at Studio 700! Want the event details? Then peep the FB event here. This week, we’ve already brought you features on both the boys of Villain Baritone and the prog/alt rock trio that is Boulder’s Noctogon. Give those a read if you haven’t yet kids.

Today, we’re talkin’ Whiskey Autumn, the headliner of Saturday’s bill. This indie, doo-wop rock trio comprised of Greg Laut (vocals/guitar/keys), David Landry (bass/vocals), and Matty Schelling (drums, vocals) have been up to some pretty sweet thangs as of late:

They dropped this badass video for their single 07.04.07:

And they released 07.04.07 for free download and your listening pleasure:

You might notice that 07.04.07 has more R&B and pop undertones than some of Whiskey Autumn’s previous work, and that’s the sort of sound the band has been experimenting with most recently. Said frontman Greg Laut:

I had grown a bit tired of the Americana vibe of our previous two EP’s so writing from a R&B/pop perspective felt very refreshing. The recording process for 07.04.07 was interesting because we chopped up and sampled the beat in a similar manner to what a hip hop producer might do and incorporated some electronic elements. We’re constantly pushing to further develop our sound and explore new ideas. The song is certainly a sign of things to come in the near future.

The three-piece have written several other songs in this new vein, one of which they just filmed a live video performance for with Ian Glass Media (who also filmed 07.04.07). They plan to drop that video sometime in February, along with a live performance video of a popular R&B cover that you’ve probably seen them play at one of their recent shows.

A scene from 07.04.07.

A scene from 07.04.07.

Whiskey Autumn is also heading back into the studio over the next couple of months with plans for a new EP release in the late summer or early fall of 2016 Want to check out their previous EPs? Head here.

When we asked the WA boys what they’re most excited about for Saturday’s #MusicMasquerade, they told us this:

We’re really looking forward to playing a rocking, DIY venue like Studio 700. Plus everyone will be wearing masquerade masks so it will feel like we are in Eyes Wide Shut. Fingers crossed that Tom Cruise will dig our sound.

So there you have it Boulder! Come see Whiskey Autumn close out the night at Studio 700 this Saturday! Join the FB event righhhht here. And don’t forget your mask...

-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.

From "Spirit in the Sky" to 180BPM Hard Rock, Villain Baritone is Ready to Make You Dance Saturday at Studio 700

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Boulder's Villian Baritone are ready to rock out with you this weekend, masks and all.

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We’re getting excited to party with you + Whiskey Autumn, Villain Baritone, and Noctogon this Saturday at Studio 700 Boulder! Get your masks for the masquerade theme STAT and don’t forget to peep the deets in the FB event here. As we mentioned Monday in our Noctogon feature, local alt-power trio Villain Baritone put together the all-Boulder lineup for this event, and today we’re catching up with them! Comprised of Joshua Thomas (drums), Robert Spears (bass/keys) and Brent Wilkinson (vocals/guitar), our first feature on these dudes dropped shortly after they got together and jumped on the scene (eye that piece here). And boyyyy have they been busy since. Here’s our catch up:

Last time we chatted, you guys were actually in the process of laying down some tracks at Studio 700. Give us an update!

Brent: Well we’ve been working on polishing our live sound. We’ve sent our song “Vines” around, but other then that, we’ve just been rehearsing as much as we can and setting up our show.

Rob: We’ve got a full set; an hour long set, and the songs are really starting to take shape and fall into place.

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Josh: [At the show Saturday] we’ll be playing 7 or 8 originals. We’ll play some covers too- we’ll be doing a Dr. Dog cover, a Black Keys song, Tracy Chapman…

Rob: And don’t forget Norman.

Josh: Oh right- Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky”.

Oh hell yeah! That sounds awesome.

Josh: We’ve also been playing with Andrew Sturtz, so for the show we’ll back him on a couple of his own [originals] and he’s gonna back us on some of ours too, which is the beginning stages of a possible mashup. Hunter Stone will make some stage appearances as well. [PS: We heard Sturtz has a No Name show tomorrow- click here for that info.]

Brent: Yeah it’s been fun working with them- they’re both talented and their material kind of compliments ours.

Sweet! Putting together a full set from scratch is workkk. What was that like?

Rob: When we first started our creative drive came from Brent’s songs- he had written them already and we sort of turned those into our own songs. But then- and I’ve never done this before- we started writing together, the three of us. It’s a difficult thing when you have different personalities and all three of us come from different places musically- Josh and I aren’t even on our first instruments either. But we really just started to click together as a trio. One day we sat down and were like, ‘Let’s write a song today’. We threw out different things- we wanted it to be dancy, to have a drive to it- and a couple of hours later the song was done! So what kind of started as a causal jam thing that we were doing at The Outback has become more.

Brent: Definitely. We’ve been playing together since the summer but the platform we’re at now is getting a feel for the process of the trio itself. It’s great and it’s night and day from what we started with.

Rob: Yeah I mean we’ve actually even thrown out a few songs because we’ve just moved on to bigger and better things. Out set list is pretty dynamic- I mean we go from 160BPM-

Josh: ...More like 180BPM.

Rob (laughs): Yeah like 180 BPM almost hard rock to like soul and jazz influences.

Brent: Yeah bringing in the tone of it all has been fun.

Well we are hardcore diggin’ said tones in “Vines” and we can’t wait for VB's set Saturday. Props on a sweet lineup dudes, and thanks for letting us be a part of the magic.

Come see Villain Baritone’s set at Studio 700 this Saturday! Join the FB event righhhht here. And if you missed them on the radio last Sunday as part of our Green Light Radio partnership (or even if you didn’t!) give their track “Vines” a listen below:

-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.

"Like the Legend of Zelda, but heavier" - Boulder's Progressive Alt-Rock Trio, Noctogon

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Come check out our masked madness this week. 

As some of you may have seen last week, we’re pumped to be sponsoring a show this Saturday with Studio 700! The night will be masquerade-themed and you can find the deets in the FB event here . Local alt-power trio Villain Baritone put together the all-Boulder lineup for this event, and this week, we’ll be bringing you info on all three bands involved: Noctogon, Villain Baritone, and Whiskey Autumn. Join us for #MusicMasquerade this Saturday, and in the meantime, check out our chat with the opening three-piece, Noctogon below:

Composed of Wilson McNeary (guitar/vocals), Jeremiah Traeger (keyboard/vocals/drums), and Brooke Holman (bass/vocals), Noctogon are a once four-piece, now three-piece “subtly intense atmospheric rock” group formed in good ‘ol Boulder. Here’s how they got started:

Jeremiah: Wilson and I lived together and loved jamming, and he was friends with our bassist, Brooke.

Brooke: Yeah Wilson and I went to the same college and started playing covers for fun. We both moved to Boulder and started creating our own tunes during our musical hangouts. Since Jeremiah and Wilson also jammed together at their place, [the three of us] decided to fuse together like sediments in sandstone. We actually found our former drummer through Craigslist, who ended up being a perfect fit.

Jeremiah: Yeah but unfortunately he wasn’t able to continue playing with us, so now I’m drumming. We started playing at The Outback Saloon, and we've had a few [other] gigs.

Jeremiah, Wilson, Brooke.

Jeremiah, Wilson, Brooke.

Whoa! The Outback Saloon was sort of the starting ground for Villain Baritone as well- interesting. Speaking of those boys, they told us that your “War Pigs” cover is legendary. Hoping to hear that at the show Saturday- any other plans for your set you want to tell us about?

Wilson: We will be debuting three new original songs since the last time we played at Studio 700, one of which has never been played live before. We are also planning to pay tribute to David Bowie, as he was (and will continue to be) a huge influence on all of us.

Another good one gone. Well that sounds righteous! Talk to us a little more about your sound.

Jeremiah: We’ve been told we sound like Black Sabbath and Alice in Chains, but I think my favorite description was when we were told that we sound like “Legend of Zelda but heavier”. We definitely have those influences; we all love 90s alternative and classic rock and metal, so we tend to sound like bands in those genres. We all have our other influences like progressive metal, post-rock, and 80s music, and we bring all of them to the table. If I had to pick a genre overall, it would be progressive alternative rock.

Haha “Legend of Zelda but heaver”? Hell yeah. We’re so stoked for your set. What are you three most excited about for the Music Masquerade show?

Brooke: Brooke: I’m excited that it’s masquerade-themed. I’m sure it will remind me of that tidbit in Labyrinth with David Bowie as the Goblin King. I’m just hoping to see someone or someones dressed up like that. Also the hosts at Studio 700 are so wonderful and I'm looking forward to being part of such a unique place.

Wilson: Yeah- shows at Studio 700 are always a great time, and I enjoy the sense of community that’s always there between the musicians and the audience.

Definitely. So what else is Noctogon up to this year?

Wilson: Recording new material, and gigging wherever and whenever we get the chance. We’d really like to get our name out there, so we’ll take any opportunity to play in front of an audience.

Sweet. Well- last question- where’d you get your name?

Brooke: When we first started playing together, I dreamt of a wolf howling at a geometrical moon. “Noctogon” came to mind after that.

Prophetic. We can dig. Come and see Noctogon play Studio 700 this Saturday! Join the FB event righhhht here. And give Noctogon’s EP Nocturne a listen below:

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 01/15 & 01/16

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF! We are soooo ready for the weekend. Here’s our six, Beaters:

Today (Friday, 01/15)

Amoramora with Natural Motives at The Armoury in Denver 9PM-Close

These two Boulder-based bands are hitting the D tomorrow night for a show at The Armoury. Amoramora want you to know that their set will be “original tunes mixed with bust-out covers; an eclectic mix of improvisational musical gumbo.” The trio is a funk/psych/roots/reggae mix that promises to “make you shake your groove thing”. And reggae rock group Natural Motives will be opening up the set to get you movin’! Plus live painting and visuals by Laura McGowan and Suncat. Go get down!

Listen to an Amoramora original, “Rafiki’s Expedition”:

Booster at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Rocket fuel, aka the “high-energy funk fusion powerhouse” that is Boulder’s Booster will be lockin’ down The Lazy Dog this evening! Their improvisational jazz, funk, rock, and “everything in-between” is sure to keep you moving all night long. The four-piece, who are best known for their “no guitars” rule, have some big plans for 2016 so catch this Boulder show while you can!

Give their live performance of “Fepic Jam” a listen:

A Shadow of Jaguar at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder 10PM-Close

Boulder’s delta rock duo A Shadow of Jaguar have a show at Conor’s tonight that promises to “make you scrunch your face and nod your head”. Comprised of Brian Hubbert (also of Cold River City) and Andrew Oakley (also of Cold River City and BANDITS), this powerful duo will have Conor’s spinnin’. Though they’re Boulder-based, the two are so busy touring that they rarely have a local show. So drop in and catch ‘em while you can.

Watch the duo’s video for their single “Mama Needs The Bottle”:

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

Denver’s Theogen describe themselves as a group of people dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the live psychedelic electronic music experience”. We’re really in the psych sort of mood tonight, so this show behind the big brown door sounds like a Friday night win. Come get weird.

Peep Theogen’s “Solar Hymn”:

Tomorrow (Saturday, 01/16)

Dragondeer with Toi Et Moi, Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show, and Jocelyn & Chris Arndt at Larimer Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

Denver’s psych/blues four piece Dragondeer will be rockin’ Larimer Lounge tonight with a sweet lineup of friends. Their swampy cosmic sounds will close out the night after appearances by Denver’s French retro outfit Toi Et Moi, indie rock trio Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show (also of Denver), and the touring rock four-piece Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. Tickets are only $10 in advance; $13 at the door. Show’s 21+. Get ‘em here.

Watch Dragondeer play “Don’t That Feel Good” live:

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

If you like Bob Dylan, you should probably head over to Conor’s tomorrow night. The Zimmermans, Boulder’s favorite Bobby D cover band, will be rockin’ the stage. The group has been bringing BD’s sounds to Boulder and beyond for ten years now! Celebrate with them tonight at their show; it’s gonna be a good one.

Listen to their version of “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowehere”:


PS: This week, our Sunday feature with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder rock group Villain Baritone! We’ll bring you a full rundown on them and their Studio 700 Music Masquerade show with us next week, but in the meantime, tune in between 9-10PM to 95.5 in Boulder, or stream it live to hear their song “Vines” Sunday night!

That’s a lot of sweet options Boulder! We’ll see you out there!

-Hannah

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

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Snow or not, we’re hittin’ shows this weekend! Here’s where you should trek to franz:

Today (Friday, 12/11)

The Haunted Windchimes at Chautauqua Community House 730PM-Close

The Haunted Windchimes. 

The Haunted Windchimes. 

We always love a cozy show at Chautauqua Community House and tonight The Haunted Windchimes are playing. They’re a folk/roots four-piece from Pueblo, CO signed to Blank Tape Records who have been touring the state quite a bit this year. They’ve played A Pairie Home Companion and OpenAir CPR

Haunting is an accurate inclusion. Listen to their track "Make It Rain" here:

Samsonic at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

The No Name.

The No Name.

Samsonic is one part Miles Wide and one part we’re not sure what else! But we always love a good No Name performance. There’s nothing like sipping whiskey in a warm, wooden room with all of your best friends and great tunes. Go check ‘em out.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 12/12)

BolderBeat Presents: The 9th Annual Homevibe for the Holidays Concert at The Walnut Room 630PM-Close

John Craigie. Taylor Carson. Augustus. Danielle Ate The Sandwich. We’ve brought you holiday tidbits with these performers every day this week. And tomorrow is finally the night! We are ecstatic to be hosting a show with Homevibe Presents and can’t wait to see all of you in your best ski-themed clothes! Come eat pizza with us, escape the cold, and listen to some amazing tunes. Tickets still available here. See you soon.

Get stoked with a John Craigie vid from "The Day Off Sessions":

Whiskey Autumn at Jamestown Mercantile Co. 8PM-Close

Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Jamestown’s even prettier in the snow. So join the WA boys for dinner and a show at The Merc this evening. They just dropped a new single this week (see below) and rumor is they’ll be playing it tonight for your listening pleasure, harmonies and all. We’ll be bringing you more info on them next week when their new music video drops. So stay tuned! And in the meantime, go catch these boys tonight.

Listen to their latest single 07.04.07 here:

XMas Sweater Soiree with Ben Hanna & the Knighthawks and Hunter Stone and the Getaway at Studio 700 930PM-Close

You're our idol too Ben Hanna.

You're our idol too Ben Hanna.

We recently checked out Studio 700 for a feature we’ll be bringing you in January, and we gotta say, it’s a pretty dang sweet spot. Formerly an insulated recording room, the guys at Studio 700 have worked hard to turn the place into an awesome performance space with cool lighting and great sound. Tonight, for only $5, you can check it out and wear your best Christmas sweater while Ben Hanna and Hunter Stone croon your ears off with their bands. Go go go!

Watch Ben Hanna’s latest music video here.

The Next Day (Sunday, 12/13)

Sister Speak with Riley Ann and Emily Shreve at The Walnut Room 8PM-Close

Sister Speak. Photo Credit: Jill Dedman

Sister Speak. Photo Credit: Jill Dedman

San Diego’s Sister Speak is led by musician and vocalist Sherri-Anne and backed by various instrumentalists. This is their last show before they head to British Columbia for the rest of the month. So go check them out! Boulder’s own one-woman-band Riley Ann will be opening for SS and Denver’s Emily Shreve is also making a set appearance. Sounds like it’s gonna be a powerful show! Roll to it.

Watch Sister Speak cover Nirvana here:

That’s all we’ve got for you! See you out!

-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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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See This Hallo-weekend!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s time for Hallo-weekend!! Let’s do this:

Today (Friday, 10/30)

Haunted Fest Rage Time.

Haunted Fest Rage Time.

CU’s Haunted Fest at Balch Fieldhouse 8PM-???

We’ll be covering press tonight at Program Council’s Haunted Fest! Come hang with us in your costumes and let’s rage with Porter Robinson, Sound Remedy, Minnesota,Exmag, and Ananda. Two tiers of tickets have already sold out, but whether you’re a student or not, you can still get tix here. And in the meantime, we’ve put together a playlist to get you pumped for the show. Listen to it here.

Booster.

Booster.

Booster Halloween Extravaganza at Under The Sun 9PM-Close

If you didn’t already see our feature on Booster this week, you better read it here. These guys are kickin’ it tonight at Under The Sun with a costume contest + free prizes. Drummer Mike Lehman promises “it’s going to be EPIC.” We can’t wait to go groove with them! They’ve been working on a Funk Opera. Let’s go.

Band of Lovers.

Band of Lovers.

Theresa Peterson & Band of Lovers at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close

Band of Lovers are passing through town this Halloweekend and Boulder’s own Theresa Peterson will be playing an awesome show with them tonight! Head over to Johnny’s for a nice glass of whiskey and some great folk pop sounds. Don’t forget to wear your costume! It’s gonna be a trick or treatingly fun performance.

it's midnight.

it's midnight.

The Midnight Strange at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

There have been many rumors circulating on tonight’s show behind the big brown door. Zombies, Jim Morrison’s hologram, and possibly even some of the members of The Almond Butters have been rumored to be there. What are you in for? We don’t know. But it’s bound to be a ghoulish time.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/31)

the masked men of augustus.

the masked men of augustus.

Huge Haunted Halloween Hootenanny at Studio 700 8PM-Close

There are two bands gracing the Studio 700 space tomorrow in full costumed glory: Boulder’s Augustus and Hunter Stone & The Grumpy ol’ Man. There will be a costume contest, and for $5 you can booze all night with all proceeds supporting Studio 700 and both bands. Sounds like a seriously good time! Roll out.

the whiskey boys.

the whiskey boys.

Whiskey Autumn at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

The Whiskey Autumn boys are back at The No Name Bar tomorrow night and rumored to be bringing the Mario Bros. to the stage. They’ll fight off Goombas and Koopa Troopas with guitars and Matty Schelling’s Octapad. Get out the way! Head to the bar on your Hill-hopping journey for a hauntingly good performance. Never a cover; always a good time.

See you around Halloweenies.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 10/02, 10/03, & 10/04

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s fall! It’s October! And it’s the weekend! Here are our six picks:

Today (Friday, 10/02)

VoodooJulia at Powder Keg Brewing Company 7PM-9PM

Local singer-songwriter Valerie Bhat’s got a band and their name is VoodooJulia. They describe themselves as a “four-piece rock-funk-blues band” with a mix of female fronted covers (Fiona Apple, Amy Winehouse) and a slew of “west Texas driven originals by Valerie.” Make the quick trip to Niwot to check them out over a brew tonight!

The augustus boys.

The augustus boys.

Augustus featuring Pete Laffin at Twisted Pine Brewing 7PM-Close

Local three-piece Augustus will be rocking the Twisted Pine house tonight with an awesome intro set by Boulder singer-songwriter Pete Laffin. Hit their show after your work day for a pretzel plate + a saison, and let these boys spin you into the weekend. It’s gonna be a great time so come out!

ramaya soskin.

ramaya soskin.

Ramaya and The Troubadours featuring David Sheingold at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Tonight’s LG performance has been dubbed as “Ramaya [Soskin] joined by a rotating cast of fellow songwriters and local favorites at our beloved monthly haunt.” Soskin always puts on an engaging performance, and we’re pumped to see that David Sheingold’s talents will be shaking the stage tonight with the group. This should be a bumpin’ set, so go get your caffeine (or booze) fix and listen!

First Funk Friday at Bohemian Biergarten 1030PM-Close

It’s the first Friday of the month! And that means it’s Funk Friday at Bohemian Biergarten. DJ Shiny Shoes will be opening the night with “some electronic funk flavor” before main act Whiskey Autumn takes the BB stage. The WA boys told us they wanna get down witcha, so go funk out with them!

Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/03)

Saturday Soiree at Studio 700 6PM-???

Afrofunk folktronica outfit Mbanza is rumored to be here, and so is Boulder-based Villain Baritone. Local singer-songwriter Hunter Stone is one of the hosts of this event, and that’s pretty much all I know. Jamming, smiling, dancing, and a generally awesome DIY vibe are bound to be here tomorrow night. Be adventurous and go check out this surprise soiree!

The Next Day (Sunday, 10/04)

Holly & Ken Road Show at Harmony Music House

Ken Stringfellow (formerly of R.E.M., The Posies, and the re-formed Big Star) recently made a country concept album with Texas singer Holly Munoz. Stringfellow describes it as, “going deep into the back story of the n’er do well couple from Doesn’t It Remind You of Something… picking up where Willie Nelson left off with his Red Headed Stranger…mashing that up in the French countryside…and lassoing in YOU to help, cowpoke.” Together the duo are performing said album in what they call The Holly & Ken Road Show, and they’ve got a special Boulder performance at The Harmony House. Tickets are $20- buy them here.

Happy fall!! Enjoy the weekend Boulder!

-Hannah

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