<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Music]]> <![CDATA[Masterworks]]> But there is one composer who is universally admired: J.S. Bach. He wasn't a great innovator. He didn't found a school. He was considered a poor second choice for his most important position, and his music was considered out of date by the time he died.]]> <![CDATA[Beating the heat: Dead Winter Carpenters at the Fox Theatre]]> As June has given way to July, the heat index has inched up around Colorado. Boulder and Denver have seen their first handful of 90-degree days, with many more on the way. But coming from Phoenix, the Dead Winter Carpenters will kindly take Colorado’s summer sun.]]> <![CDATA[Edward Sharpe saves humanity via gypsy-folk]]> Up from Below, the debut full-length album from the ecstatic Los Angeles musical cult known as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is in many ways a revelation.]]> <![CDATA[Returning to Forever]]> When the Return to Forever reunion tour came to the Paramount Theatre three years ago, one was struck by the dual emotions shown by the band’s devotees. You saw elation that the fusion powerhouse group, formed and piloted by keyboardist Chick Corea in 1972, had managed to stage the original group (Corea, guitarist Al DiMeola, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White) again after more than 30 years, and there was also lingering skepticism as to whether the group could sustain viability in today’s market and overcome the usual artistic ambivalence about returning to the glories of yesteryear.]]> <![CDATA[Delta blues]]> The great Mississippi River flood of 1927 began when more than 100 levees broke early in the year. It resulted in more than 27,000 square miles of land being flooded, lasted for almost eight months, and is the most destructive flood in the history of the United States.]]> <![CDATA[True love and music]]> Nicki Bluhm has a lot going for her. Her country-rock vocals recall the rootsy strut of Linda Ronstadt, while sweet and smooth like a crème brûlée.]]> <![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[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[How many times can you say ‘funky’?]]> <![CDATA[Sharpening her sixth sense]]> The laughter that follows is somewhere between mortified and embarrassed, but considering how things have been going for Potter since the release of her band%uFFFDs self-titled third album in June, this is not a misstep that will require years of therapy to get over.]]> <![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[With parenthood comes perspective]]> One of the real changes in how Ani DiFranco approaches live performing these days may be something she does while not performing. But rest assured, DiFranco indicated during a recent phone interview that it’s making a difference in her concerts.]]> <![CDATA[Tried and true troubadours]]> These days, the word 'troubadour' has become virtually synonymous with 'singer.' Yet if you take a look back to medieval days when the word emerged, you'll see that the original meaning was much less inclusive. In order to be classified as a troubadour, one couldn't merely sing other people's songs; you had to write your own.]]> <![CDATA[Deep in the stuff]]> Drummer and Motet majordomo Dave Watts unleashes the Boulder-based band’s seventh and most rigorously cogent CD this coming weekend, titled simply The Motet.]]> <![CDATA[With new music on the way, Flobots' activism remains a priority]]> The Front Range has been plentiful in its supply of musical success stories over the past several years. The Fray effectively candy-coated radio airwaves in a transcontinental scope and, in turn, provided a steady supply of green to starving music industry wallets.]]> <![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[Celebrate]]> The baobab tree has been a symbol of community in West Africa for generations. People gather under it to drum, dance, sing and tell stories. The BaoBao festival celebrates this tradition and has been bringing African flavor to Colorado for 12 years. On March 3, head to Shine Restaurant for some festivities from the statewide festival.]]> <![CDATA[BCO offers classical option for New Year’s Eve]]> “I always felt like on New Year’s Eve, the only game in town in classical music is the Colorado Symphony,” he says, speaking of the CSO’s annual “Night in Vienna” (6:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve in Boettcher Concert Hall). “I thought, ‘It’s kind of a far thing to go all the way to Denver.]]> <![CDATA[Alabama memories]]> You might say Jason Isbell’s third studio album Here We Rest began at his grandparents’ house in Alabama. It’s there that he first learned his love of music, and it’s to that area that he returned to recharge his batteries. It’s reflected in the album’s quiet, oft reflective tone and largely acoustic instrumentation. It was truly a back-to-the-roots album.]]> <![CDATA[The aftermath: How the September floods will affect Lyons residents ]]> The rebuilding process is underway, but it looks to be a long, expensive and possibly painful one. At stake is the economic diversity and affordability of Lyons, and with it, its Bohemian character that has lent the town so much charm (and arguably its desirability) over the years.]]>