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Thursday, May 7,2015


Katie Mahan knew she wanted to be a concert pianist since the age of 4. She had her first solo recital at the age of 6, and since then she has performed on stages across the globe.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Drunken Hearts’ designated driver

Andrew McConathy talks loss, the Center of the Universe and new music

By Dave Kirby
YarmonyGrass turns 10 years old this summer, almost old enough to wander off on the grounds of Rancho Del Rio without direct supervision, and founder Andrew McConathy just published the lineup for the annual high country stringpalooza August 13-16 with headliners The Traveling McCoury’s with Bill Nershi, Rebel Alliance Jam and Head for the Hills atop a lengthy marquee. One of Colorado’s most essential and quirkiest ’grass fests, the event will be stationed at The Center of the Universe… but more on that later.
Thursday, April 30,2015


On May 3, folk legend and activist Pete Seeger would have been 95. To celebrate his life, Forked Tree Music, The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder are throwing this fundraiser to benefit Earth Guardians, a group of young activists striving for a better environment through activism and art.
Thursday, April 30,2015

The pale blue dot

Motion Trap brings things into perspective on debut album

By Caitlin Rockett
“Ten years ago, we tried recording home versions of music inside of a dorm room — and we still have those recordings, but it’s come a long way since then,” says guitarist and singer Nathan Rogers. “The new album is [comprised of ] lots of different music that we’ve created over the last 10 years.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Her turn

Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops on going solo and working on The New Basement Tapes

By Dave Gil de Rubio
If there’s one word Rhiannon Giddens detests, it’s genres. Classically trained in opera at Oberlin University, she moved on to a whole different style of music in becoming the leader of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Grammy-winning old-time string band from North Carolina — whose members all happen to be African- American.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Rock Out

Get ready to be wooed. Join singer/songwriter Wendy Woo and her band at the Dickens Opera House on Saturday, April 18 for a CD release party. The new album, Tipping Point, was released by Woo’s independent record label Woo Music, and the independence has allowed her music to grow.
Thursday, April 16,2015


When in nature, if you listen very closely, you can hear the sounds of music arise from the picturesque view. The Boulder Philharmonic and City of Boulder Open Space is taking that a step further by pairing the two. On April 25, the Boulder Philharmonic will play a concert inspired by the imagery of lakes and ponds at Macky Auditorium.
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


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.