<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Music]]> <![CDATA[The Pharcyde]]> Despite their quirky lyrical and musical style, The Pharcyde has garnered popular success as well, with songs featured in productions like Eminem’s movie 8 Mile, the Adam Sandler film hit Big Daddy and the independent film The Wackness.]]> <![CDATA[Lungs of gold]]> Devotchka already plays some of the meanest sousaphone in pop music. But this week, the weighty brass is gonna thunder even more than usual when Devotchka teams up with The Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks..]]> <![CDATA[Salvador Santana's 'Keyboard City' has bright spots, but mostly annoying]]> The best thing about Keyboard City is definitely the album packaging. The album itself doesn’t suck – it’s just that the creativity harnessed in the design that surrounds the disc would’ve greatly benefited a handful of the tracks on that disc.]]> <![CDATA[Homebrews]]> Want an advance copy of Speed of Life, the new album from Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident? Want a beer or twelve to go with it? Well you’re in luck. Hollingsworth will be dropping his new album at this year’s installment of the annual Kyle’s Brewfest on Saturday, Aug.]]> <![CDATA['Ya-Ka-May,' Galactic's latest, is a blast]]> Just like the album’s cover, "Ya-Ka-May" by the New Orleans band Galactic and released on Anti- records is a stunning combination of so many unrelated things that they all become related just by how random they are. It’s safe to say that the power that pulsates from this album is nothing short of great.]]> <![CDATA[Lissie’s new EP: Strong start, weak finish]]> Folksy bordering on irritating at points, newcomer indie singer/songwriter Lissie's [Lissie Maurus] EP Why You Runnin', out Nov. 10 on Fat Possum Records, makes an unstable but positive debut with her new label.]]> <![CDATA[Adam Green's 'Minor Love' feels poetic]]> "Minor Love" isn’t a terribly complicated album. No song lasts more than three minutes, no song attempts a more than traditional rock instrument set up with the occasional wind instrument or horn section, and no song is devoid of Adam Green’s low, apathetic, not-quite-a-drawl-but-getting-close-to-it vocals. Yet all the same, there’s something endearing and real about the album that eludes even the best-chosen words.]]> <![CDATA[Intrigue and murder mystery wrapped up in a requiem]]> You may know the legend: A mysterious stranger showed up at Mozart’s door, asking the composer to write a Requiem for an unknown patron. Although he was overworked with other commissions, Mozart needed the income. As fall turned to winter, Mozart worked ever more feverishly to complete the work. ]]> <![CDATA['Eyelid Movies' is worth the wait]]> Wikipedia says a phantogram is a form of optical illusion that uses something called “perspectival anamorphosis” trick your eyes from seeing a two-dimensional image as a three-dimensional one. I say Phantogram is a kick ass upstate New York Electronic Indie psychofreakout that tricks your ears into listening to something unique and endlessly fascinating.]]> <![CDATA[She & Him’s latest is more of the same, but that’s a good thing]]> First, I’ve got to get something off of my chest. Volume 2, She & Him’s latest creation, is practically the same album as their 2008 debut album appropriately titled Volume 1. Both albums reek with the duo’s quirky cheerfulness, dazzle with ‘60s retrospective, and end with a breathy vocal number. For anyone who wasn’t at least 50 percent in love with the last She & Him album, Volume 2 adds nothing.]]> <![CDATA[Rogue Wave’s show redeemed by final minutes]]> The set was kind of funny at first. There were two drum sets next to each other, eight guitars on a rack in the back, a keyboard, and a few more guitars sprinkled on the stage for good measure. It almost looked like the front window at a music store. ]]> <![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[The Two Man Gentleman Band are farce done well]]> When I initially received a disc of Live in New York! by The Two Man Gentlemen Band, I had severe reservations. Novelty music is the slipperiest slope a group can climb. When it’s good it’s as funny as the greatest standup comics, but when it’s bad it’s more annoying than Dane Cook giving you mosquito bites.]]> <![CDATA[Otis Taylor challenges your concept of the blues]]> Otis Taylor’s got a lot going for him when it comes to the blues. He’s got a Randy Newmatic voice, a masterful grip of how blues guitar should be played, and some pretty imaginative ways of making the blues sound fresh. All of these tools come into play on his new album, Clovis People, Vol. 3.]]> <![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[The Kissaway Trail isn't breaking barriers but they're enjoyable]]> Here’s the deal, snobs: There’s this Danish quintet called The Kissaway Trail that gathered some steam back in 2007 after they released their debut and performed at music festivals and supported bands like The National and Interpol. They’ve got a great sound, tight composition, and some killer drums. There’s really only one problem — they’re not exactly unique.]]> <![CDATA[The Young Veins keep it light and nostalgic]]> What Paul Simon is to Vampire Weekend, The Beatles are to The Young Veins. On their debut Take A Vacation! the band serves as a throwback machine that incessantly pumps out song after song of fun and catchy retro-pop in the same — well — vein of the music that made the Fab Four famous in the 60s.]]> <![CDATA[Diego’s Umbrella’s album a whole lotta fun]]> If an album has a song called “Lasers ’N Lesbians,” what’s not to love? That’s pretty much all that can be or needs to be said about Double Panther, the latest album to come out from Diego’s Umbrella, a gypsy-rock band from San Francisco. The sound of Diego’s Umbrella varies wildly, but it’s usually somewhat cocaine-induced. The album and its creators are clearly enjoying themselves thoroughly: When you take the CD out of the case, the first thing you see are the band riding winged unicorns and waving various flaming weapons. The band make a point of not taking anything too seriously while maintaining an enjoyable intensity in their crazy music.]]> <![CDATA[The Sadies keep it dark and circular on their latest album]]> Darker Circles, The Sadies’ latest work, is appropriately titled. The album is as cyclical as it is dark. Guitar chords and drum riffs allude to previous tracks constantly, building a solid and steady album that concludes beautifully.]]> <![CDATA[Is Eric Johnson learning to relax?]]> Anyone following the career of Austinbased guitarist Eric Johnson has learned to reconcile the guitarist’s singular fretboard mastery with his sluggish pace of releasing recordings.]]>