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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

Listen

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.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Music for movement, and movement to music

Boulder Bach Festival and 3rd Law Dance/Theater collaborate on ‘Bach UnCaged’

By Peter Alexander
The Boulder Bach Festival will reprise its highly successful 2014 partnership with 3rd Law Dance/Theater with a new work that combines the music of J.S. Bach with iconoclastic 20th-century American composer John Cage.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Mother of reinvention

Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes’ latest incarnation

By Kyle Eustice
While he was growing up in Athens, Georgia, nobody in Kevin Barnes’ immediate family played music. They had a piano in the house and his sisters took piano lessons briefly, but his parents never listened to music unless they were in the car. Fortunately, the Of Montreal mastermind had some uncles and cousins who played music.
Friday, March 20,2015

Electro-evolution

Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath on remixes and a booming career in multiple bands

By Adam Perry
The loveable electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso, based in North Carolina and featuring talented young Mountain Man singer Amelia Meath, plays the Gothic Theatre in Denver on Saturday night. The sh
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