<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Music]]> <![CDATA[REVIEW: Bassnectar at Red Rocks]]> Bassnectar is exactly that — a sweet distillation of low-frequency pollens, collected from the flowers of many sizes and colors. And just like the name implies, the crystalline sugar that results from all that busy-bee gathering is always the king of the show. Seeing DJ Lorin Ashton’s black mane thrashing behind the mixing board, or the blinding light installation that serves as his backdrop, is great, but it’s the chest-shaking, face-melting bass that brought Red Rocks to capacity and kept everyone moving (or forcibly vibrating) during the more-than- three-hour set. ]]> <![CDATA[Fearsome gravitational pull]]> Winning a hefty ally in jamtronica in the form of STS9's David Murphy, and in a town that continues to ravenously support the genre, it wasn't long before Big Gigantic took their booming jazz-hop sound from basement clubs to the fields of summer festivals.]]> <![CDATA[Free radicals charge the tower]]> It was that kind of afternoon, so we caution Jon Gray, trumpeter/vocalist for the local jazz septet Supercollider, that we were going to start our interview in the middle. “Groovy. I’m all about it,” he counters. Jazz bands. Seems like, over the course of jazz music’s more-or-less 100-year history, the music has alternately promoted bands as bands, then soloists fronting bands, then bands again … then soloists again. ]]> <![CDATA[Looking in from the Pharcyde]]> Name a group that released a debut album so potent it sustained interest in the group, with relatively modest help from from subsequent albums, for decades. Rock has Guns N’ Roses. Hip-hop has The Pharcyde. Seminal Los Angeles alternative act The Pharcyde dropped their debut, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, in 1992. The album, a cocktail of live instruments, buoyant party jams, an aching love ballad and lots of dirty jokes, demonstrated the diversity of a West Coast scene that was always broader and more interesting than MTV let on. They deserve mention alongside A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, the godfathers of “alternative” hip-hop. Bizarre Ride remains the proudest entry on The Pharcyde’s curriculum vitae.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado Sound]]> If there’s a “Colorado sound,” it might be the soft babble of a mountain stream as it trickles through grass and boulders on its way to the St. Vrain or the Gunnison or the Green. The wind whispers through trees as larks call to each other and deer graze quietly. Also, in the background, traffic on I-70. That’s not the sound Griff Snyder has in mind.]]> <![CDATA[From France with congeniality]]> Solveig has already racked up a few awards in his native France, and his newest single, the refreshingly sunny 'Hello,' held a No. 1 spot in countries all over Europe. That momentum carries him across the Atlantic to begin a wave of North American dates promoting SMASH,.]]> <![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[Period reconstruction]]> Turning back the clock would be a futile endeavor for most of us, but for Frank Nowell, it is a productive and creative activity.]]> <![CDATA[Todd Snider’s bipolar spring]]> Our rationale goes something like this: Hey, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and USA Today have already lauded Todd Snider’s Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, the songwriter’s none-too-subtle screed against the current trickledown angst consuming an American public being prepped for four years as Mitt Romney’s pool boy, so we took the opportunity to quiz the songwriter instead on his soon-to-be-released Jerry Jeff Walker tribute CD, Time As We Know It.]]> <![CDATA[Performance plus music]]> People who see He’s My Brother She’s My Sister can expect the band to be able to faithfully reproduce the songs from their recently released full-length debut CD, Nobody Dances In This Town, in a live setting.]]> <![CDATA[The venue Boulder needs]]> You can book a bluegrass band in multiple places, but once you talk about rock bands, you run into difficulties.]]> <![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[A final bow]]> “It really wasn’t all that strange because we do little promo stuff all over the place,” Kenney says, noting that launching a new album typically involves playing at radio stations and for other movers and shakers.]]> <![CDATA[State of the union]]> %uFFFDIt%uFFFDs certainly the one I%uFFFDve been thinking about most often, recently,%uFFFD he says. %uFFFDThese two guys, John and John Jr., rowing up to me in this tiny little metal rowboat and fishing gear, fishing me out of the lake and bringing me back to dry land. That one%uFFFDs come back to me in a couple of dreams, or nightmares, really.]]> <![CDATA[Canuck crooners Jepsen and Bieber tour together]]> Carly Rae Jepsen admitted that she felt a little uneasy when she stepped on stage for her first night opening for Justin Bieber on that teen star’s fall arena tour. It was, after all, her first time performing in such a large venue.]]> <![CDATA[Sweet like baklava]]> If you missed New Year’s the first time, Planina offers you another chance to celebrate. Planina (“mountain” in southern Slavic languages) is a group of singers and instrumentalists specializing in the folk music of eastern Europe.]]> <![CDATA[Dogs in space]]> Bartholomew’s piece evokes a playfulness and buoyant spirit, fragmentary melody lines colliding gently against each other like friendly single-celled amoebas playing slow motion bumper cars in a turquoise Petri dish.]]> <![CDATA[YMSB — One Bite at a Time]]> Banjoist Dave Johnston knows a little about this, as Yonder Mountain String Band found themselves in the position this year of morphing the structure of their much beloved four piece with the departure of mando player and co-founder Jeff Austin in April.]]> <![CDATA[Details, details]]> Caleb Kronen may be a bit more prone to second-guessing the final mix than most guitarists. A hearing science major at the University of Colorado, he is leading an honors thesis research project this summer at the CU Hearing Research Laboratory and freely admits that thinking about sound, how it gets created and captured, how people hear it, is a vital component to the band’s craft.]]> <![CDATA[Nine Inch Nails]]> Reznor described the visually-lush art and lighting design of his most recent Tension Tour as an art project where he wanted the audience “holding their pee” so as to not miss anything.]]>