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Thursday, April 16,2015

Zappa on Zappa

Dweezil Zappa channels his father’s legacy through the guitar strings

By Kyle Eustice
There’s a common misconception that Frank Zappa’s music was closer to Weird Al Yankovic’s than Beethoven’s, but those really in the know understand there’s more sophistication in Zappa’s body of work than one might imagine. Granted, with album titles like Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh, there was a comedic element, but that wasn’t what Frank was entirely about.
Thursday, April 9,2015

Listen

Cygne is an attentiongrabbing powerhouse that pulls you in with her mystery. Her music is raw and instrumental with an underlying vulnerability. Ranging from high energy to soft and slow, Cygne offers a smorgasbord for different musical palates.
Thursday, April 9,2015

Musical explorations

Ars Nova Singers map a new world of music in the New World

By Peter Alexander
More than 500 years later, the same song will open a concert by Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers, “New World Renaissance,” presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Boulder and Saturday in Englewood.
Thursday, April 9,2015

Channeling Fela

Motet founder Dave Watts talks Afrobeat

By Dave Kirby
Watts is long associated with these one-off (sometimes two or three-off — this is the third time he’s staged this gig) extravaganzas at home, sometimes with Motet, sometimes with fragments of Motet and other cats, but Felabration may be his crowning...
Thursday, April 9,2015

OUT OF THE BOX

Communikey holds its final festival as it looks to the future

By Amanda Moutinho
The Communikey festival is not easily defined. Perhaps it could be loosely pinned down as a transcendental experience surpassing mediums and disciplines in a desire to explore the intersection of artistic and technological innovation, with a smattering of electronic music throughout.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Rock Out

Something Underground sits in that sweet spot between modern-day rock and the nostalgic bands of the ’60s and ’70s. The Denverbased trio consistently plays around the state with brothers Seth and Josh Larson and drummer Trevor Mariotti seamlessly working together to create their high energy sounds.
Thursday, April 2,2015

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Nathalie Merchant has spent the last three decades making music. She started in the folk rock band 10,000 Maniacs in the early ’80s, but she left to pursue a solo career in 1993. She continued to come into her own as an alternative pop artist, crafting powerful lyrics that perfectly match her melodic voice.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Stepping stones

With her new album, Nora Jane Struthers talks new changes in her life and music

By Amanda Moutinho
While she grew up in New Jersey, Struthers developed a love for folk and bluegrass music, partly due to her banjo-playing dad. She picked up at the acoustic guitar at 14, and she and her dad would sing songs from bands like the Louvin Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Listen

Just in time for spring, Colorado’s own Taarka is back with a new album Making Tracks Home. Taarka’s sound is filled with a variety of different string instruments laying a foundation for vocals from husbandand-wife duo David and Enion Pelta- Tiller.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Sing

Ellis is kicking off the return of the Wildflower Concert Series on Friday night. If you haven’t seen her previously, now is your chance to catch her powerful and fun-loving show at the most beautiful and intimate venue in the county.
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