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Thursday, March 5,2015

Wail

In 2002, three solo musicians were thrown together for what was supposed to be a one-time performance. As fate had it, the chemistry was too ample to ignore, and the ladies went on to form The Wailin’ Jennys. The band started in Canada, but since has expanded their audience throughout the world.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Rare pleasures

Takacs Quartet will play a piece of Beethoven you probably have never heard before

By Peter Alexander
Because it is an elegy, the Beethoven score works well with the final piece on the program, Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet, an intense and somber piece that takes its mood and the theme of its slow movement from Schubert’s song of the same name.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Rev(AMP)’ed

Zion I forges ahead with new lineup

By Kyle Eustice
Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Relationships are funny like that. Things can always go south, even when it’s been going well for years. In the case of Oakland-based hip-hop duo Zion I, emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live have been through the gamut.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Balancing act

Lola Black juggles it all

By Kyle Eustice
Sometimes I forget I’m heavily tattooed,” singer Lola Black says. “Every now and then I’ll walk by a mirror and think, ‘Oh wow, that’s quite a bit.’ I don’t realize I have that many.” As lead vocalist of the Denver-based hard rock/metal band also named Lola Black, her presence can be intimidating. On stage, her black hair is piled high on top of her head while she belts out her lyrics in high heels and a black ensemble. The seemingly endless colorful tattoos make her appearance even louder. Simply put, Black commands attention.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Listen

Houndmouth’s creation was a matter of the right place at the right time. The band, hailing from southern Indiana, started off as loose friends, each with a different musical background — a mix of blues, Motown, acoustic, classic rock and bluegrass. Houndmouth’s music lies in that sweet spot between alternative, country and folk.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Celebrate

The baobab tree has been a symbol of community in West Africa for generations. People gather under it to drum, dance, sing and tell stories. The BaoBao festival celebrates this tradition and has been bringing African flavor to Colorado for 12 years. On March 3, head to Shine Restaurant for some festivities from the statewide festival.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Carrettin and the Boulder Bach Festival take a new look at the B-minor Mass

By Peter Alexander
Bach’s B-minor Mass is one of the most studied, most wellknown works of music there is. But have all the answers been found to performing this monumental work? Zachary Carrettin, the music director of the Boulder Bach Festival and conductor for the B-minor Mass this weekend, doesn’t think so.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Getting old, then new again

How theNEWDEAL got its jam back

By Dave Kirby
Jamie Shields, keyboardist and founder of theNEWDEAL, was enjoying a break from the brain-lock cold last week. Well, what passes for a break from it in Toronto, anyway. “Yeah, it’s only 10 below today,” he said with a laugh. Well, all right then, time for a vacation. So what passes for a vacation for Shields is taking his jamtronica trio out again for a swing through Colorado (where it isn’t much warmer these days), Texas and the East Coast for morsel-sized bits of road work. Born in the early days of jamtronica, the- NEWDEAL had been one of the genre’s more spontaneous, less mannered outfits, deeply invested in euphoric galactic anthems, layers of Shields’ synth colliding and sparkling across a furious rhythm section.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Listen

With the recent popularity of a cappella, try delving into its more historic roots with the Ars Nova Singers. The Boulder-based group sings the a cappella music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries. The vocal combination of the 36 choral musicians offers a soothing, hauntingly-beautiful sound.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Throw down your preconceived notions

Jake Schepps challenges the banjo’s place in music

By Caitlin Rockett
If the banjo was an actor in today’s movie industry, it would be suffering from a severe case of typecasting, relentlessly placed in the role of Appalachian hillbilly instrument, a medium suited only for bluegrass, country and folk music.
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