<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Music]]> <![CDATA[Albums on the Hill is the last independent music store]]> Take a trip to Albums on the Hill before it’s too late. Go there before it succumbs to the inevitable fate of the record industry, before it turns into a pizza place, into a sandwich place, into a novelty store and suddenly you can’t recall how it felt to hold music in your hands.]]> <![CDATA[When rock is illegal]]> Land of the free, sure, but every once in a great while, there will be a story in local and national media that details an American artist's struggle against censorship. If an artist is in fact fined or jailed, the general response of many Americans is pure outrage coupled with frequent references to the First Amendment.]]> <![CDATA[Kansas City's Tech N9ne prepares for music industry supremacy]]> Even for a guy named after a gun, Tech N9ne is aggressive. While music industry types fret over the imminent demise of their business model, Tech sounds ready to exploit the industry’s weakened state like a lion on a sick wildebeest.]]> <![CDATA[‘Christmas with the King’s Singers’ aims to leave the audience smiling]]> Founded in 1968 by six friends at King’s College, Cambridge — hence their name — the King’s Singers have become known worldwide for their “close-harmony” style. Indeed, they invented the term, which describes their style of singing, featuring chords with notes very close together — what Wayne-Wright calls “clashy chords.]]> <![CDATA[Some things you just can’t ignore]]> More than three decades ago, when Amy Ray began penning emotionally charged songs about social justice as one-half of the folk rock duo the Indigo Girls, fighting for same sex marriage wasn’t high on her list of priorities — despite being a lesbian.]]> <![CDATA[With shades of 'Trane]]> No, the echoes of Coltrane%uFFFDs soul-baring masterpiece resonate now through contemporary musicians as faint but unmistakable calls to higher spiritual channeling, and genuine technical expertise in the service of challenging convention. In this regard, one might suggest McLaughlin has been channeling Coltrane for much of nearly 50 years in music.]]> <![CDATA[SLIDESHOW: Big Head Todd and the Monsters at eTown]]> Dane Cronin snapped photos at the Big Head Todd and the Monsters show last night at the Boulder Theater. Check them out and wish you had been there.]]> <![CDATA[Pura musica conspiracy]]> Gypsy-punk pioneers Gogol Bordello are touring now with an album that’s an athem to and call to action for gypsy punks worldwide. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, the simplest way to describe them is that they thrive on total chaos. And Gogol Bordello will invade the Boulder Theater on April 29.]]> <![CDATA[Voices of a generation]]> That was why she volunteered to take part in a two-week-long event organized by the Rocky Mountain USO: Knitting for Our Troops. Originally, Ward had just planned to wield a pair of needles. But one of the event’s organizers knew of her background in musical theater and asked Ward to take part in a performance to serve as the climax for the knitathon.]]> <![CDATA[Symphonic odysseys for Pro Musica Colorado]]> It’s going to be an epic season for the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. That is not a critical judgment, by the way; it’s how the orchestra’s music director, Cynthia Katsarellis, thought about the season.]]> <![CDATA[Still bringing the “Umph”]]> After forming in 1997, Umphrey’s McGee soon began their relentless touring schedule. Meticulously recorded on its website, the band tracks the venue and set list for every live show the band has ever played over 17 years: a number that currently sits right above 2,060.]]> <![CDATA[Greg Laswell takes a bow]]> Moments like this are proof that Laswell is in a good place, both personally and musically. For someone who has made a name for himself in the indie music scene with his prowess as a songwriter and his ability to create cathartic experiences by writing about sadness and heartbreak, it is nice to see that he is anything but a rain cloud these days.]]> <![CDATA[V-Moda Headphones give Dr. Dre a run for his money]]> The hottest headphones on the market right now are without a doubt Dr. Dre’s signature Beat by Dre headphones. Coming in at $120 or more for the in-ear headphones and up to $400 for the over-the-ear headphones, Beats by Dre boast the best audio for in-studio use or iPod sounds.]]> <![CDATA[Listen]]> With the recent popularity of a cappella, try delving into its more historic roots with the Ars Nova Singers. The Boulder-based group sings the a cappella music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries. The vocal combination of the 36 choral musicians offers a soothing, hauntingly-beautiful sound.]]> <![CDATA[We can rebuild it]]> Coppenbarger is quick to admit the downside of having 60 percent of the Oxford, Miss., rock band exit during the past couple years. Yet he%uFFFDs also realizing that a simpler life is an easier life, one that allows for a lot more creative and financial control.]]> <![CDATA[Putting down another piece in the Jorma Kaukonen puzzle]]> If you think of Jorma Kaukonen’s career as a jigsaw puzzle, the whole thing sort of makes sense. It began as a pile of disjointed pieces containing just a hint or color of things to come. Each day, each year, each decade the puzzle becomes more complete. Every new piece is connected to an older one while always expanding the emerging picture of the artist. Today we see an impressive, though still progressing, image of a musician that has been 50 years in the making.]]> <![CDATA[House concerts bring community and culture to a living room near you]]> Depending on which Saturday night you decide to stop by Dan Fairchild’s house, you could be treated to a string quartet, a Brazilian guitar trio, or a Balkan brass band. Fairchild is one of several hosts of house concerts in Boulder and has been bringing artists and audiences together for almost 10 years. Fairchild says he first decided to host house concerts to hear more of the music he likes, especially music that may not be accessible anywhere else.]]> <![CDATA[Taarka: Seeking Americana]]> On Taarka’s fifth studio album, Adventures in Vagabondia, the band’s well-traveled sound puts down a few solid roots for the first time.]]> <![CDATA[The Appleseed Collective]]> This bluegrass-meetsjazz band from Ann Arbor, Mich., travels the country, planting musical seeds wherever they might land. Their throwback instrumentation includes washboards and a cook’s bell, and a lead singer who sounds like she hoped out of a 1930’s jazz bar.]]> <![CDATA[The pale blue dot]]> “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.]]>