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Thursday, October 23,2014

Young luddites

Technology isn’t the boss of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

By Brian Palmer
One might say that this statement from multi-instrumentalist Josh Epstein — who makes up half of the Detroit-based duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. that will play The Fox Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 28 — encapsulates both their writing process and their creative process as a whole.
Thursday, October 16,2014

Bonobo DJ Set

9 p.m. Thursday Oct. 16, The Fox Theatre,1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095, $23

By Nadia Mishkin
Over the last decade, Britishborn electronic musician Simon Green (Bonobo), made a name for himself by using elements of trip hop and acid jazz to slowly apply layers of samples, drum loops and melodies to build downtempo masterpieces, helping to lay the foundation of what would become chillwave.
Thursday, October 16,2014

Pro Musica Colorado opens season with beautiful music but no theme

By Peter Alexander
That particularly seems true of the first concert of Pro Musica’s season, which will be performed Friday in Denver and Saturday in Boulder (7:30 p.m. both nights; www. promusicacolorado. org/season). The program comprises three pieces with no evident connection among them: Sibelius’ tone poem Rakastava.
Thursday, October 9,2014


The War on Drugs has been through many lineup transformations since its beginnings in 2003. However, the band has not strayed from its folk-rock, harmonica-infused tunes that incorporate dreamy, psychedelic melodies and ’80s organ synths.
Thursday, October 9,2014

Roots revival

Jerry Douglas wants to help kids put down the iPod and pick up the banjo

By Josh Gross
At age 58, dobro wizard Jerry Douglas has played on more albums than most people own. The number stands north of 1,600 and counting, having backed up everyone from Ray Charles to Eric Clapton to Dolly Parton to Elvis Costello. And that’s in addition to his 13 solo albums and membership in Allison Krauss and Union Station and many production credits.
Thursday, October 2,2014


Pomplamoose paved its own path from YouTube band to nationally touring act, all without the help of a record label. The band captured the attention of Internet audiences with catchy, unique remixes and mashups of popular songs and classics, all bringing their very distinct and original indie/electronic style.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Boulder’s Barsamian joins Kronos Quartet for Oct. 8 concert at Macky

By Peter Alexander
“The world that we live in is incredibly affected by things that occurred a long time ago,” he says. “For me personally, and I think for a lot of Americans, that war is something that we don’t know as much about as we know about other wars, so I thought it would be a good idea for Kronos to explore that time.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Coming clean

Matisyahu says it doesn’t take a beard to talk to God

By Alan Sculley
While ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill have not taken a razor to their signature facial hair, Matisyahu went clean-shaven and trimmed his hair in December 2011. It radically altered his appearance, but registered with audiences on a much deeper level because of what the whisker whacking represented to an entire population.
Thursday, September 25,2014


Upstate New York-based duo Phantogram has won no shortage of accolades for its electronic sound, heavy on elements of of trip-hop and psychadelia, all swirling guitars and synth bass over boom bap beats, finished off with the clear melodies from vocalist Sarah Barthel.
Thursday, September 25,2014


La Roux, the nom de stage for London songwriter Elly Jackson, almost seems like she commutes to work in a DeLorian. Her dancy 808 disco-pop beats, her synth lines, even her hair are straight out of the Human League/Euthymics/Flock of Seagulls slice of the 1980s.