<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Music]]> <![CDATA[Record year: Great music in 2012]]> The state of original music in this country is wonderful. It could be argued that, although corporate-owned mainstream radio has eschewed what’s clearly good, honest music, we are currently able to enjoy more great original music than ever before. ]]> <![CDATA[Strays & runaways]]> The metamorphosis of folk trio The Waifs, who play at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons this weekend, is equal parts gritty survival story and enchanting fairy tale. Beginning in 1992, sisters Vikki and Donna Simpson, selftaught guitarists, began traipsing around their native Australia in a camper van.]]> <![CDATA[From the cockpit of mercurial cuboids]]> Oh, Nikola Tesla … if only you could see what electricity can do now. It may be just as well that Tesla can’t be brought from the past to Boulder this Tuesday, Oct. 18, for the Amon Tobin show, because there is no way someone from his time would survive the terminal mindfuck that will ensue. It will be difficult enough for present-day Boulderites to wrap their heads around what is surely among the most futuristic audio-visual presentations in existence.]]> <![CDATA[David Allan Coe's stained legacy]]> So inflammatory was the language that in 2000, New York Times writer Neil Strauss felt compelled to call them "among the most racist, misogynist, homophobic and obscene songs recorded by a popular songwriter." A wave of accusations followed, pegging Coe as a white supremacist, a label he still defiantly rejects.]]> <![CDATA[Rebound band]]> The demise of Nate Cook’s old band, local favorites Ego Vs Id, did little to derail the 25-year-old’s musical momentum. ]]> <![CDATA[Wu-Tang style]]> Lady Wu-Tang is a Wu-Tang Clan cover group consisting of women, Denver-based rappers, poets, DJs and performance artists, which give tribute to one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. Ru Johnson, a Denver-based journalist who covers the Colorado hip-hop scene, came up with the idea for the project while on a trip to Chicago last year.]]> <![CDATA[Spawning time]]> Mando/guitarist/co-founder Drew Emmitt remembered the gig when we caught up with him last week, just back from an Emmitt-Nershi tour and slumming it with Salmon on Little Feat’s annual Jamaica Excursion. “Oh yeah,” he chuckles, “that was recorded on Halloween, and we were all in costume. I was wearing this very cumbersome wizard costume with these huge sleeves...]]> <![CDATA[Terrifying tower of electronic tones]]> 'Someone could say, 'What's it like to be on acid?' And to confer that experience into language, I think it's an extremely poor medium,' Posford says. 'It's like having a vocabulary of five words to describe it. Music provides the extra keys on the typewriter you need to express the whole experience.']]> <![CDATA[Passion and performance are the heart of Lil Sum’n Sum’n ]]> Husband-and-wife duo Lisa Wimberger and Gil 'Gilly' Gonzalez combine to play more than a dozen instruments most of them percussive and when matched with background drones, guest chanters and the occasional tap dancing intro, their talents take listeners on an incredible musical journey.]]> <![CDATA[Hip-hop, exported and imported]]> It's a prevalent issue in the world of hip-hop today, one that strikes a chord with k-os. Growing up listening to the music, he has had his fair share of disappointments and doesn't want to be one of those artists whose authenticity might be questioned.]]> <![CDATA[Drunken Hearts’ designated driver]]> YarmonyGrass turns 10 years old this summer, almost old enough to wander off on the grounds of Rancho Del Rio without direct supervision, and founder Andrew McConathy just published the lineup for the annual high country stringpalooza August 13-16 with headliners The Traveling McCoury’s with Bill Nershi, Rebel Alliance Jam and Head for the Hills atop a lengthy marquee. One of Colorado’s most essential and quirkiest ’grass fests, the event will be stationed at The Center of the Universe… but more on that later.]]> <![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[Beyond Bach]]> While masterworks are still very much on the mind of festival director Zachery Carrettin, the festival has expanded from one or two concerts during festival week to nearly a year-long seasons.]]> <![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[Channeling John]]> For many years now, Bill Frisell has made high art of murmur, teasing and coaxing jazz standards and weather-hewn Americana not so much as a master interpreter by way of statement, but more often as a pilgrim by way of inquiry.]]> <![CDATA[Comets get to sing, so why can't I?]]> Industrial noise that chews up and spits out pieces of the earth like a wood chipper never has its legitimacy questioned. When it is cultural, a matter of free expression, noise is an issue of constant controversy.]]> <![CDATA[Worth a thousand riffs]]> “So I bought the camera and brought it to the Fox one night, and took a few shots,” she says. “And I was like, ‘That was kind of cool.]]> <![CDATA[Cracking wise]]> You might call them “culture warriors,” though you won’t find them armed with Bibles and picket signs. They’re not even that angry. New York rap trio Das Racist are more hipster wise-alecks battling mediocrity in witty verses lined in hip slang and carpeted with pop culture sediment.]]> <![CDATA[Concerto marathon at Chautauqua]]> Michael Christie is really up for this weekend’s concerts at the Colorado Music Festival (CMF). “I think it’s going to be one of the most spectacular feats of artistry and stamina I’ll ever see,” he says.]]> <![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...]]>