<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Music]]> <![CDATA[Country soul]]> %uFFFDWhen we started we got lumped in with the alt-country stuff,%uFFFD Nichols says. %uFFFDAnd for sure there%uFFFDs a Southern accent to what we do, and I think that%uFFFDs the main reason. And we%uFFFDre not offended by being included with that genre, but I think from the very beginning there was always something else in there.]]> <![CDATA[Selasee and the Fa Fa Family]]> Selasee and the Fa Fa Family will continue the reggae night tradition at the Lazy Dog this Thursday. The local group brings feel-good reggae music influenced by lead singer Selasee’s West African roots. In 2009 the group was awarded “Best World Fusion Song” at the Independent Music Awards.]]> <![CDATA[Vintage sheen: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside]]> Sallie Ford says that growing up, she was more comfortable singing in groups than by herself. (Her sister, after all, was the one with the performance flair.) Sallie was never one for the spotlight, she says.]]> <![CDATA[RetroSonics]]> It’s all about the ’80s. You can expect this quartet to throw down any danceable tune from ’80s popular music, and a party that calls for ’80s fashion. Whether it be ’80s new wave, alternative, punk or pop, their groove-inducing synths and head-bopping beats will make you want to shake your side-ponytail and spandex-clad booty.]]> <![CDATA[Making whatever music you can]]> Start with a gritty New Orleans street-band influence %uFFFD all fun, all music, all party. Throw in more musical influences than you can count, from Eastern European gypsy grass to George Clinton funk to Bugs Bunny cartoons, and you%uFFFDre getting close.]]> <![CDATA[NedFest Schedule 2012]]> Schedule of bands for NedFest 2012 in Nederland, Colo. Aug. 24-26.]]> <![CDATA[Ruess' new band is brash, effervescent on debut CD]]> It ain't the fall that gets you; its the landing. If the apparent demise last year of Arizona-based indie-pop heroes Format gave singer Nate Ruess a case of the vertigo spins, the reception awarded this summer to Aim and Ignite, the debut CD from his new band, fun., provided ample reassurance that his feet were still more or less beneath him.]]> <![CDATA[Influenced by the master]]> Even though there’s not a single piece by Beethoven on the next program of CU’s Takács Quartet (at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29 Keith Saunders in Grusin Music Hall), the quartet’s first violinist sees him everywhere he looks.]]> <![CDATA[Licking the beaters]]> When I was a 12-year-old aspiring musician and daydreamer, music flowed through my mind like heroin in William Burroughs%uFFFD blood. I wanted to play hard and crazy like the metal bands I idolized.]]> <![CDATA[Daybreak]]> Life is a beautiful struggle,” begins the title-track of Swollen Members new album Brand New Day, which the hip-hop trio will be promoting at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on Thursday, May, 22. The lyric foreshadows an album embracing triumph over dark times.]]> <![CDATA[Start your strings]]> Bang! The classical music season is off and running in Boulder. The College of Music Faculty Tuesdays series, which has some especially tempting offerings this year, is already under way. Boulder Philharmonic opens its season Saturday in Macky Auditorium, and the Takács Quartet follows in Grusin Hall Sept. 18-19.]]> <![CDATA[Brace yourself for Stockhausen]]> But the CU College of Music is presenting a five-day Stockhausen Festival from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 with three full concerts, including many of Stockhausen%uFFFDs most influential pieces and some that have never been performed in the United States before. (See the list of concerts at right.]]> <![CDATA[Free from the bureaucracy]]> She punctuates the sentence with a laugh, which is a good sign considering all the problems the band has endured recently. She says their upcoming full-length record ("We're looking at releasing it in early spring, perhaps March") focuses on these struggles.]]> <![CDATA[Rap with strings attached]]> I haven’t done the research on this, but I don’t imagine Vivaldi’s “Spring” concerto is the ringback song on your average rapper’s cell phone. But call Jordan Polovina and you’ll see pretty quickly why he and the rest of Whiskey Blanket are not your average rappers.]]> <![CDATA[Time for Three's classical garage rock]]> An ensemble of two violins and double bass, Time for Three %uFFFD Tf3 for short %uFFFD seem to be breaking all the rules of classical music right out of the starting gate. As a completely non-standard instrumental combination, they do not have a repertoire of music to play.]]> <![CDATA[Sean Kelly's long road]]> Kelly pulled the plug on The Samples, the storied, Boulder-founded, pop-reggae franchise, last year, at least as a full-time touring outfit. Sheer exhaustion and some bad business experiences had taken their toll, and Kelly was ready to call it a day.]]> <![CDATA[Rock]]> Boulder’s eTown Hall is hosting its annual tribute to the Minnesota Minstrel on Sunday, May 18, featuring an all-star lineup of musicians like Monacle Band, Boulder Swing Collective and Gregory Alan Isakov. It’s the eighth year the tribute has happened.]]> <![CDATA[L.A. gains appeal]]> Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard is all about change. The singer/guitarist, currently on tour with his bandmates in support of their seventh album, Codes and Keys, once wrote a driving, gritty, guitar-fueled pop tune about the ills of Los Angeles called “Why You’d Want to Live Here.” Gibbard now lives in L.A. with his wife, actress/musician Zooey Deschanel.]]> <![CDATA[The sound of South American strings]]> Having only recently moved here from Portland, Ore., where he had lived and worked for 20 years, most of Muro's longtime students are still back in the rainy Pacific Northwest, and Skype affords him a handy and affordable tool to maintain these...]]> <![CDATA[Time signatures and space]]> Going boldly where few choirs ever do, Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers and conductor Thomas Edward Morgan love to explore strange new worlds of vocal performance.]]>