Album Review: Pie Lombardi – Worry Lines

January 22, 2019

Pie Lombardi’s second album “Worry Lines” presents a somewhat autobiographical outlook. It’s a coming of age, but not quite a blossoming into the expectations set for oneself. “I’m trying to get into a bigger scope of just writing and not really thinking about what it’s supposed to sound like,” Lombardi says. “Worry Lines” releases January 25 with a Moxi Theater appearance supporting Neyla Pekarek.

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Album Review: Kaitlyn Williams – Sunset

January 19, 2019

There’s a youthful power to Kaitlyn WIlliams’ lark-like breathiness. Her debut EP ‘Sunset’ reveals fun, Beyoncé-in-the-bathtub tones and vocal runs contrasting her stronger suit of vulnerable introversion a-la The Staves. Williams glides over electro-climaxes with cool touches of distant synth yowls. Slip into something more comfortable and prepare for a close, rewarding listen.

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Open Fire – A Bond Forged By Metal

January 15, 2019

During a rare quiet moment the “Dave Cave,” a basement devoted to metal music, members of Open Fire remember the day Dave MacKenzie sent out the news that his son, Tyler, was killed in Iraq in 2005. Just two months before, they’d had so much fun playing their first big gig before thousands at the first “Thunder in the Rockies.” This month, Open Fire play their 14th anniversary show Saturday, January 26 at The Moxi Theater.

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Neyla Pekarek: Watch Her Rattle, Hear Her Roar

January 10, 2019

Before Neyla Pekarek became a third of The Lumineers, she saw Rattlesnake Kate’s famous dress and read the story while she attended the University of Northern Colorado. The story stuck with her. “She spoke her mind and lived completely outside of what was expected of women.” Pekarek says. “Western stories are so dominated by men. The tales of women have yet to be told.” Her debut solo record Rattlesnake premieres at The Moxi Theater January 25.

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Album Review: The Motet – Death Or Devotion

January 7, 2019

Death Or Devotion, The Motet’s ninth album, showcases the band’s reverence for the funk tradition through masterful execution of the style. Each track exudes booty-shaking energy, thanks to airtight grooves from the rhythm section, crisp but nasty horn lines, and soulful vocals. Catch them January 11 and 12 in Aspen and Telluride and at Red Rocks this summer.

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Everbody’s Got The Blues at Cranford’s

January 4, 2019

Since June, 2018, Cranford’s Tea Tavern has hosted the The Blues Party, a recurring Wednesday night hang for musicians, from those who only know three chords to experienced professionals who’ve played their whole life. It didn’t matter what instrument they played, Buchholz and Haug gave them an equal opportunity to play. In between songs, the players exchanged song choices, guided each other through grooves and made sure they knew how to kick off the songs.

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Gogol Bordello – An American Band Of Gypsies

December 21, 2018

Each member of Gogol Bordello’s multicultural melange grandstands throughout, exuding practically nuclear energy. From Russian-born Pelekh’s dizzying solos to Pedro Erazo’s spitfire Ecuadorian rapping en Español, native Ethiopian Thomas Gobena’s rich, reggae bass and more, the whole band take the spotlight with a prowess that commands respect, invigorating Gogol’s crazy crowds. Catch their New Year’s shows at The Aggie December 30, The Ogden December 28 and 29, and The Boulder Theater December 31.

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105.5 The Colorado Sound: Top Picks You Should Hear – December, 2018

December 19, 2018

Villagers have just released their 5th album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim, with sophisti-pop influence perfect for a snowy Sunday outside your window.

David Bowie said the work of Hiss Golden Messenger put him in mind of, “mystical country, like an eerie yellowing photograph,” and Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children, a limited-edition box set, only reinforces that opinion.
The Teskey Brothers have been making music for more than a decade but are just now releasing their debut Half Mile Harvest. The warm and sultry sounds take you back to the early Muscle Shoals and Stax era.
Alejandro Escovedo has created the most ambitious release of his career with The Crossing, a concept album focused on the story of two friends: one from Italy, the other from Mexico

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