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Thursday, December 4,2014

‘Christmas with the King’s Singers’ aims to leave the audience smiling

By Peter Alexander
Founded in 1968 by six friends at King’s College, Cambridge — hence their name — the King’s Singers have become known worldwide for their “close-harmony” style. Indeed, they invented the term, which describes their style of singing, featuring chords with notes very close together — what Wayne-Wright calls “clashy chords.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Comets get to sing, so why can't I?

Musicians’ lives are a philosophical war over noise

By Josh Gross
Industrial noise that chews up and spits out pieces of the earth like a wood chipper never has its legitimacy questioned. When it is cultural, a matter of free expression, noise is an issue of constant controversy.
Monday, December 1,2014

COCKBURN

Since his self-titled debut in 1970, Canadian singersongwriter-guitarist Bruce Cockburn has put out over 25 albums covering genres from folk-rock to jazz, blues and reggae. He’s collected a lot of stories in that time, stories that are collected in his new memoir, Rumors of Glory.
Monday, December 1,2014

PRESLEY

Elvis? Dead? Not so long as he’s alive in our hearts in all his sequin-jumpsuitedthat’s-all-right-mama-there’sgood-rocking-tonight-hunkaburning-love glory. And there may be no heart in which he is more gloriously alive than in that of George Gray, frontman for Elvis tribute band known as George Gray and the Elvis experience.
Monday, December 1,2014

Evolution

The Longest Day of the Year finally sounds like The Longest Day of the Year

By Nadia Mishkin
When local band The Longest Day of the Year got their start playing at breweries in Boulder and Fort Collins, “bluegrass-brewery bands” were kind of a thing in the area. Being from Boulder and being a brewery band, naturally, people assumed the band was another bluegrass act.
Monday, December 1,2014

No Rush to Record

Pierce the Veil headbangs to the beat of its own drum

By Alan Sculley
Coupled with the considerable praise Pierce The Veil has received for its ability to craft songs that combine the fierceness of hardcore and metal with the songcraft and melodicism of pop, this has some predicting that the fourth album could bust the band into the mainstream and major popularity.
Thursday, November 20,2014

FUNK

Denver funk band Rowdy Shadehouse aren’t just a group of tight pants and bare chests. Members “Warlock Vundercock,” “Weeze,” “BadWhorsey,” “Man of Thought,” “Fab Folz” and “Cosmic Slim” have also earned a reputation for impressive skill and lively shows.
Thursday, November 20,2014

GRASS

“Grassjazz” band Dustbowl Revival is rambling over from California and through the Rocky Mountains, and bringing their hoedowns, breakdowns and ballads to Denver this weekend. Dustbowl Revival stomps through jazz, bluegrass, swing, folk and old-school blues with eight core members on stage at all times.
Thursday, November 20,2014

Raising the dead

The second coming of Death From Above 1979

By Caitlin Rockett
Not so long ago, in a land called Toronto, two young men met at a Sonic Youth show (or maybe it was in prison, or on a pirate ship, or perhaps on ChristianMingle.com — this part of the story is murky).
Thursday, November 20,2014

In the nick of time, Boulder Symphony will bring listeners ‘Out of the Darkness’

By Peter Alexander
Only days after Boulder descended from record highs to record lows, into what feels like the depth of winter, the orchestra and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes are offering to bring listeners “Out of the Darkness” Saturday evening (7 p.m. Nov. 22 in Boulder’s First Presbyterian Church: http://bouldersymphony.
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