<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Music]]> <![CDATA[Country style granola]]> Late last year she released her first album of 11 original songs, Unravelin’, and she has been gigging locally to support it ever since. She got a slew of good press right after the release, and she is looking forward to taking her musical career to the next level.]]> <![CDATA[Luck happens]]> Sometimes all you can do is marvel at someone’s dumb luck, blessed fortune, or whatever you want to call it. Like the guy who wins the lottery because he picked one or two of the right numbers by mistake, the woman who hits the jackpot on her first pull on a slot machine after you spend three hours losing money on it, or the unknown actor who lands a highly coveted role in a film just because some producer happened to see him at the right place at the right time. Joy Williams is one half of the popular band The Civil Wars, and the story of how she came to be in the band — as well as that of bandmate John Paul White — is one of those stories.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrating a quarter century of fun and music at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival]]> It’s hard to believe that the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival is celebrating its 25th year on Friday, August 14. I know I should be happy for the nice people at Planet Bluegrass. After all, they started this celebration of great music and songwriting from scratch and have now grown it into one of the nation’s most beloved festivals.]]> <![CDATA[Viva Yo la Tengo]]> Ever fantasize about being somebody else or doing something else with your life? James McNew, longtime bassist for indie rock grandees Yo la Tengo, doesn’t know what the hell you’re talking about.]]> <![CDATA[Ska hooks and lines]]> “These days, you want to leave a show feeling like you’ve been somewhere. We do our best to give them a fun show, that kind of experience, and the music, universally, just makes people go crazy — in a good sort of way.“ The music is ska-punk, something RBF helped pioneer in the United States in the 1990s along with other Orange County, Calif.]]> <![CDATA[The education of Richard Marx]]> For a large segment of the pop-music audience who graduated from the waning days of MTV video dominance, Richard Marx will probably be forever associated with a lengthy catalog of late ’80s and ’90s hits.]]> <![CDATA[Bass logic]]> When Victor Wooten, arguably the greatest electric bass player of his generation, rolls into town this week, he will uncharacteristically be playing without any of his brothers — his band instead will consist of some longtime friends and players, several of whom appear on his twin releases Sword and Stone.]]> <![CDATA[The Editors battle the curse of the formulaic ]]> When the Editors finished their second album, 2007’s An End Has A Start, singer Tom Smith sensed a change was in the air for the group. “When we finished the second record, I really felt like we had exhausted that avenue for the time being,” Smith says. “It was time to put down the guitars and focus on something else.”]]> <![CDATA[Kind of blue]]> If you hear an entrancing rhythm coming from eTown Hall or the Boulder Outlook Hotel this weekend, don’t fight it. Instead, grab an instrument — or anything you have that can make a sound — and follow the sound. These sirens aren’t trying to wreck your ship; they just want to jam.]]> <![CDATA[Communikey creativity]]> As quickly as the subgenres of electronic music become tagged and assimilated and commonly negotiated - trance, drone, dubstep, ambient, et al. - Robert Henke smears the palette and bleeds each into the others.]]> <![CDATA[Local jamgrass vets Leftover Salmon celebrate 20 years together]]> "Vince was like, ‘Let’s just call it Leftover Salmon,’ and I said, ‘Okay, sure. Why not?’ That’s how it all got started,” Drew Emmitt reminisces about the Salmon’s first show at the Eldo Brewery and Taproom in Crested Butte back in 1989. “Since we were calling it ‘Slamgrass,’ people took it really literally and slam-danced to our music. That was pretty crazy. I’d never seen anything like that. People just went ballistic. It was amazing.”]]> <![CDATA[monsters]]> Colorado Springs folksters Aaah!RealMonsters (two members of the 5-piece St. Louis based pop-punk band of the same name) are all about the harmonies, pulling pop-rock tunes from influences like the Avett Brothers and Johnny Cash for an acoustic coffeehouse sound with a grunge edge.]]> <![CDATA[Ridin' dirty]]> At 3 feet, 6 inches tall, Kalyn Heffernan fronts Denver hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp from her pimped-out wheelchair. That's just how she rolls.]]> <![CDATA[Listen]]> It doesn’t seem like the Blind Boys of Alabama plan on slowing down anytime soon. The iconic gospel group formed in the 1930s at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind (now simply the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind) and has been on the road ever since, performing traditional gospel favorites to modern spiritual tunes.]]> <![CDATA[No caps, no scruffy trainers]]> It had been a few years — well, more like eight years — since we had last caught up to William Topley, and prior to our transatlantic chat, we thought we’d have a look at the British singer’s upcoming gigs. We noticed a monthly gig for the ex-Blessing frontman at Arcangel, a decidedly upscale bistro/pub located on Kensington High Street in west London, deep in one of the city’s busiest shopping zones and not far from the Royal College of Art, which counts Ian Dury, Ridley Scott and Adam Ant among its alumni.]]> <![CDATA[Rocky Mountain Folks Fest preview: The hard road]]> Art affects us. It’s powerful. It can knock us down like a hammer or keep us afloat even after we stop treading water.]]> <![CDATA[On music and madness]]> Rollins was born Henry Lawrence Garfield in Washington, D.C., the only child to Iris and Paul Garfield. His parents divorced when he was just 3 years old and he was mostly raised by his mother. Rollins suffered from depression and low selfesteem during most of his formative years, which led to an early interest in physical fitness.]]> <![CDATA[Big things for Big Gigantic]]> Last year proved to be a breakout year for Big Gigantic. The duo, which includes live drummer Jeremy Salken, hit plenty of milestones: Big G opened for Sound Tribe Sector 9 at Red Rocks (a recognized launch pad for upcoming artists that includes Bassnectar and The Glitch Mob), stole the show at Global Dance Festival on an otherwise lackluster day, and returned to the Fox Theatre for their first hometown headline that sold out nearly within 24 hours.]]> <![CDATA[It's a family affair]]> "We just strive to be good examples for people in general," Samir, 29, says. "It's not every day you see good couples. It's not every day you see fathers taking care of their children. So we try to promote a lot of that stuff, just to remind people that's how it used to be."]]> <![CDATA[Brazillians]]> Thursday, July 31-Sunday, Aug. 3: Colorado Brazil Festival, multiple venues, Boulder, 303- 443-8696 Music. Culture. Those skimpy outfits made from feathers and sequins. It will all be on display in Boulder this week when Boulder Samba School hosts its third annual Colorado Brazil Fest.]]>