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Gregory Alan Isakov at Fox Theatre | 10.21.11

97.3 KBCO and Boulder Weekly are proud to present Gregory Alan Isakov at the Fox Theatre on Friday, October 21st, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 19th for $15.00 in advance & $17.00 day of show.

Marshall Crenshaw celebrates 30th anniversary with special NYC shows

“His intelligence, integrity, and passion for the great song always show up in his music,” wrote Robert Christgau in his Consumer Guide of Marshall Crenshaw. Over a span of 30 years, Crenshaw has released 13 albums, all of which have received the highest marks from critics and have earned him a fiercely local fan base. And now as Crenshaw prepares to transition from releasing physical albums to making his new music available in a subscription series to be announced soon, he will celebrate his first 30 years of recording in a special three-nighter at City Winery, 155 Varick St. in New York on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, which are already sold out, with Sunday, May 1 just added. For information, click here.

Crenshaw will perform his debut single and his self-titled debut album in sequence, adding as many other hits and favorites as time permits. He will be joined by Yo La Tengo guitarist Ira Kaplan, longtime associate Graham Maby on bass, drummer Josh Dion, and on the 29th by original drummer (and brother) Robert Crenshaw.

According to Crenshaw, “The emphasis in the advertising, etc. has been on my first album but this year actually marks the 30-year anniversary of the release of ‘Something’s Gonna Happen’ on Shake Records, my first record, and a really, really darn good one, produced by the late Alan Betrock and myself.  Therefore, this year marks my 30th year as a recording artist . . . amazing. It’s crazy!! Holy @!*&&^%!!!

“In 1978, by chance, not by design, I landed in New York City (with my wife) and the next few years were something like a whirlwind. We still do and always will look back on those days with great fondness; these anniversary shows will give me and everyone else in the room on those nights a chance to celebrate those times.”

“As it stands now we’re planning on mostly focusing on early repertoire, sprinkling in some middle period stuff, even some brand new stuff,” Crenshaw says. “I’m normally not that big on nostalgia and don’t plan to make a habit of it, but sometimes it can be a sweet feeling, harmless fun, etc.”

Rolling Stone, in its review of Crenshaw’s first long-player, called the album “1982's most gorgeous singer-songwriter debut,” adding, “every song here sounds like a classic.” Said Creem: “Marshall’s songs are perfect unto themselves — melodies, jaunty rhythms, super fine love lyrics and an exactly executed production that gives the songs a final and finished veneer when put on vinyl.”

Indeed, it was 1981 when Detroit-area native Crenshaw released his first single, “Something’s Gonna Happen” b/w “She Can’t Dance,” on New York Rocker founder Alan Betrock’s Shake Records label. The collectors’ site Discog calls it “As truly romantic, energetic and catchy as any early Beatles, British Invasion or Buddy Holly top hit record.” From it came the Warner Brothers contract that produced such classics as “(You’re My) Favorite Waste of Time,” “Someday Someway,” “Whenever You’re On My Mind” and “Cynical Girl.” The great songs continued with the Life’s Too Short album on MCA (“Fantastic Planet of Love”), three albums for Razor & Tie and the 2009 release Jaggedland (“Someone Told Me,” “Passing Through,” “Never Coming Down”). The Onion’s “A.V. Club” cited Jaggedland’s “sophisticated, warm, and carefully crafted melodies,” while SonicBoomers called it, “as good as anything he’s ever done,” adding, “There is a freshness of spirit to all these songs, like the artist is just starting out instead of being 30 years into a career.”

As The New York Times noted, “Mr. Crenshaw’s songs seem to roll off the guitar in a casual blend of pre-1970s styles — folk-rock, surf-rock, country and above all the Beatles — that put melody first. With his winsome tenor, he delves into the ways love goes right and goes wrong, from distant yearning to the aftermath of infidelity, hiding turmoil within the chiming tunes.”

And the Denver Post, reviewing a show from Crenshaw’s most recent tour, stated, “Crenshaw’s best songs, replete with irresistible hooks and perfect for his voice, are what drew critics and listeners from the beginning. Yet, in live performances, as well as on record, Crenshaw’s noted guitar talents shine through.”

As well as celebrating the first 30 years, the City Winery shows will mark the end of the album era for Crenshaw, who will shortly elaborate on plans to offer a subscription series to a quarterly series of vinyl and digital EPs, which will be available from his web site and other locations.

Further reflecting on his 30-year-old debut 45 RPM recording, Crenshaw notes, “I know that on that night I’ll be thinking of Alan Betrock. We already had some momentum on a couple of fronts: Robert Gordon’s version of ‘Someday Someway’ was causing a big sensation on NY radio, our club gigs were creating a lot of excitement, the press was getting on board, etc., but when Alan stepped into the picture it really put the pedal to the metal. We made a great record, my first, and really, I’d wanted to make a record with my name on it since I was a little kid. Alan put us in touch with another mover and shaker, the great Andy Schwartz, who had taken over New York Rocker magazine from Alan. There were others but that magazine was one of my bibles at the time; in fact I’d met Alan by responding to an ad that he’d run in the magazine announcing the launching of Shake Records.

“These guys had clout and credibility, not just with me but with everybody who was cool and involved with rock music in the city. Pretty soon ‘Something’s Gonna Happen’ was on the radio right alongside of Robert Gordon’s ‘Someday Someway’ and we were officially a big deal on the New York rock scene, something I was hugely proud of, and hopefully not too arrogant behind.”

And looking toward the three dates at City Winery, Crenshaw says, “I’m excited to say that joining us on guitar all weekend, all night long, will be the great Ira Kaplan, somebody who really knows how to spice up the proceedings.”

Gregory Alan Isakov Announces 2011 Winter Tour

Gregory Alan Isakov’s emotionally saturated, raw indie folk songs have been pulling in fans and critics alike since his tender 2003 debut Rust Colored Stones. In 2009 Isakov’s fourth album, This Empty Northern Hemisphere, propelled him to new heights, with The Denver Post proclaiming him, “a subtler Springsteen, a more melodically diverse Dylan” and Paste Magazine crowning him “The Next Big Thing,” boasting “[Isakov] makes quietly lush, deeply vibrant music more rooted in the starry night sky… than in any terrestrial locale.”

Success continues to pour in for Isakov with his song “If I Go, I’m Going” recently featured on the Showtime hit “Californication” (the song is also featured on the show’s Season 4 Soundtrack Album) and a limited vinyl pressing of This Empty Northern Hemisphere (available on his website). Building on the momentum, late Winter tour dates have just been announced. Touring this time with his band, Isakov will support DeVotchKa for their CD release and Valentine’s Day show at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium before embarking on a string of headlining dates on the East Coast (details below). Look for Isakov’s tour to head west in early spring.

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Gregory Alan Isakov has found a home in Colorado, where he’s lived for the past 12 years. Isakov has been compared to Iron & Wine, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Tweedy. Isakov has performed throughout North America and Europe, sharing the stage with artists including Calexico, Mumford & Sons, The Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlile, and Laura Marling.

Check out Isakov’s new video for “Big Black Car” off This Empty Northern Hemisphere here.

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Winter 2011 Tour Dates are as follows:

Saturday, February 12 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO DeVotchKa CD Release & Valentines Day Show
Sunday, February 13 Frogbelly Farm Longmont CO Benefit for Lisa Sanchez
Thursday, February 17 Johnny D's Somerville MA
Friday, February 18 One Longfellow Square Portland ME w/ Billy Libby
Saturday, February 19 138 Listening Lounge Manchester NH
Sunday, February 20 Ridgefield Library Ridgefield CT
Wednesday, February 23 Downtown Arts Building Wilkes-Barre PA
Thursday, February 24 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia PA w/ Emily Arin
Friday, February 25 Highline Ballroom New York NY co-headline with Paper Raincoats w/ Paul Dempsey
Saturday, February 26 Sixth and I Historic Synagogue Washington DC

17th Mountain Sun Funky Good Times feat. Pearl St. All Stars

The Mountain Sun is 17 years old. The Southern Sun is 8 years old. The Vine Street Pub is almost 3 years old. And The Boulder Theater is throwing an anniversary "Funky Good Times" party to celebrate.

Musicians include-.

-George Porter Jr. from The Funky Meters on bass, returning for the 7th year. We all know how legendary George is on the bass.

-Kyle Hollingsworth from String Cheese Incident on keyboards, also returning for the 7th year. If you have not seen Kyle's style you are missing out. One of the greatest keyboardist of our times.

-Karl Denson from the one and only Karl Denson's Tiny Universe on Saxophone. A highly energized funk machine and formally the sax-man for Lenny Kravitz. Karl is a dynamic musician with the soul to follow.

-Alan Evans from Soul Live on drums. Alan helped Soul Live develop a reputation as one of the most sought after instrumental soul-funk trios in the US.

-Davy Knowles on guitar. Prolific. Prodigal. Profound. That is Davy Knowles. Hailing from the Isle of Man, the tiny kingdom in the middle of the Irish Sea, might have posed a challenge to that childhood epiphany for a lesser talent. Instead, Davy just borrowed his father's acoustic guitar and painstakingly learned to play "Sultans of Swing" by ear. A true virtuoso.

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Alan Hampton Announces More Dates & Shares Tracks

Making the leap from sideman to solo artist, Alan Hampton's debut LP The Moving Sidewalk has been set for release on March 15, 2011 on MRI Associated Labels.
The full length album effortlessly showcases his tender, ashy voice shimmering over lush string trios, Dr. Who synthesizers and finger-picked acoustic guitars all performed by many of Brooklyn's finest musicians. For a preview of what to expect, grab album track "Change Your Mind."
After performing around the world with artists including Gretchen Parlato, Sufjan Stevens, Clare and the Reasons, Robert Glasper and Elizabeth & the Catapult, Hampton announces a NYC Pre-Release Party and national dates to celebrate and debut The Moving Sidewalk.
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Alan Hampton Tour Dates
Jan 3 - Joe's Pub - NY, NY
CD Pre-Release Party
Jan 26 - GIG on the Strip - San Antonio, TX
Jan 27 - Dunn Brothers - Dallas, TX
Jan 29 - Momo's - Austin, TX
Jan 30 - Block 7 - Houston, TX
Feb 10 - Olin Center - Lewiston, ME    Bates College
Feb 12 - Vermont Jazz Center - Brattleboro, VT    
Feb 18 - Riverside Fine Arts Association - Jacksonville, FL    
Apr 7 - Reggatta Bar - Boston, MA
Apr 22 - Wichita Jazz Festival - Wichita, KS    
Apr 23 - Wichita Jazz Festival - Wichita, KS

w/ Gretchen Parlato

Alan Hampton Announces Solo NYC & International Dates

Making the leap from sideman to solo artist, Alan Hampton's debut LP The Moving Sidewalk effortlessly showcases his tender, ashy voice shimmering over lush string trios, Dr. Who synthesizers and finger-picked acoustic guitars all performed by many of Brooklyn's finest musicians.

After performing around the world with artists including Gretchen Parlato, Sufjan Stevens, Clare and the Reasons, Robert Glasper and Elizabeth & the Catapult, Hampton announces solo NYC shows and national dates with Parlato to celebrate the release of The Moving Sidewalk.

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Who is Alan Hampton:
Alan Hampton’s debut record, The Moving Sidewalk effortlessly showcases his range of musicality and resourcefulness. His tender, ashy voice shimmers over lush string trios, Dr. Who synthesizers, and finger-picked acoustic guitars, all performed by many of Brooklyn’s finest musicians. The ten, carefully constructed songs are intricate hybrids of various genres and influences, pooling from Brian Wilson, Wayne Shorter, and The Band.
Enhanced only by its homebrewed process, The Moving Sidewalk was recorded in Pete Rende’s Brooklyn apartment, and mixed in David Boucher’s Culver City garage. The album’s cover features Hampton’s whittled self-portrait standing on a winding sidewalk that ribbons from a cityscape made of papier mâché and wire form, which was designed and constructed with close friend Lindsey Anderson.
An extensive musical education; years of experience as a sideman and bassist in NYC; and practice in a variety of different genres have all contributed to the abundant reservoir of resources that make Hampton’s record at once eloquent and unassuming. Hampton studied composition and performance, and toured and performed with jazz luminaries Terrence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Southern California. After completing the program, he moved to Brooklyn where he made his mark as a bassist and sideman, performing around the world and recording with the likes of Gretchen Parlato, Sufjan Stevens, Clare and the Reasons, Robert Glasper, and Elizabeth and the Catapult.
Since the arrival of The Moving Sidewalk, and his leap from sideman to solo artist, Hampton has gained notoriety as a singer and a songwriter, and has appeared on records by singer Gretchen Parlato, and bassist Derrick Hodge, who is known for his work with Common, Mos Def, and Maxwell.
Where The Moving Sidewalk will take Hampton next, he can’t be sure. But the evidence rings loud and clear: In the world of music, Alan Hampton is quickly setting the pace.
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Alan Hampton Tour Dates:

Nov 23 - Rose Hall - NY, NY    
Dec 4 - Alverno College - Milwaukee, WI
Dec 10 - Rockwood Music Hall - NY, NY
Jan 3 - Joe's Pub - NY, NY (CD Release show)
Feb 10 - Olin Center - Lewiston, ME    Bates College
Feb 12 - Vermont Jazz Center - Brattleboro, VT    
Feb 18 - Riverside Fine Arts Association - Jacksonville, FL    
Apr 22 - Wichita Jazz Festival - Wichita, KS    
Apr 23 - Wichita Jazz Festival - Wichita, KS
More tour dates to be announced soon

RJD2 Embarks on Third Leg of Four-Month Tour

Philly’s own RJD2 is preparing to embark on the third leg of his massive four-month tour, and where better to start it than in his hometown of Philadelphia? RJ kicks things off on the east coast, with two shows in New York City, before heading up through Canada and down into the belly of the Midwest.

RJ and friends have been releasing videos at a feverish pace, with two new videos released in the last month! “The Glow” featured a vicious yuppie Ken doll, wreaking havoc in his endless search for the spotlight and more personal possessions. The newest is the strangely psychedelic, slightly post-apocalyptic envisioning of the song “A Spaceship For Now.” Take it away, RJ:

"What I love about the video is how surreal and weird it is. It’s like a timeline with gaps in it that basically forces you to come up with your own storyline or chronology. Or you can just bug out on the big ambience of the synths. It's a perfect fit."

Also, forget the pill-popping, cubicle-dwelling Minotaur of “Let There Be Horns” at your own risk!

Watch “A Spaceship For Now” here

Watch “The Glow” here

Watch “Let There Be Horns” here

In addition to the slew of videos, Brooklyn-based musician, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Alan Wilkis has remixed the track “A Shining Path.” Be sure to take heed.

Listen to “A Shining Path” (Alan Wilkis Remix) here

Tour Dates:

Mon. Mar. 8 - Boston, MA @ Paradise #&

Tue. Mar. 9 - Providence, RI @ Jerky's Music Hall #&

Wed. Mar. 10 - Montreal, QC @ La TuLipe #&

Thu. Mar. 11 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club #&

Fri. Mar. 12 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #&

Sat. Mar. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Metro #&

Sun. Mar. 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave #&

Mon. Mar. 15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #&

Tue. Mar. 16 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater #&

Thu. Mar. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #&

Fri. Mar. 19 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater #&

Fri. Apr. 2 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #$

Sat. Apr. 3 - Durango, CO @ Strater Theatre #$

Sun. Apr. 4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room #$

Mon. Apr. 5 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah #$

Tue. Apr. 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #$

Wed. Apr. 7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #$

Thu. Apr. 8 - Eureka, CA @ Red Fox Tavern #$

Fri. Apr. 9 - Portland, OR @ Dantes #$

Sat. Apr. 10 - Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge #$

Sun. Apr. 11 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #$

# w/ Happy Chichester

& w/ Break Science

$ w/ Busdriver

Gregory Alan Isakov releases New CD on 5/19

emptySinger/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov's forthcoming album release, This Empty Northern Hemisphere, hits streets on May 19, 2009.  The highly anticipated album is Isakov's latest collection of songs in which he conjures the miracles and heartaches of day to day living then transforms them into melodies, with a serious commitment to songcraft and musicianship.

Colorado-based Isakov will tour this spring and summer in support of his new release. First up: a KBCO Studio C appearance and a May 15th CD release show at Boulder, Colorado's Fox Theatre.  Then, look for him on the road again with Americana artist Brandi Carlile. Carlile makes a guest appearance on This Empty Northern Hemisphere, including a duet performance of Leonard Cohen's "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong."

Gregory Alan Isakov's list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

May 15 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre (CD Release Performance)
May 19 Nashville, TN Belcourt Theatre (with Brandi Carlile)
May 20 Atlanta, GA Eddie's Attic (with Brandi Carlile)
May 21 Athens, GA Melting Point (with Brandi Carlile)
May 22 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre (with Brandi Carlile)
May 23 Mobile, AL Blue Gill (with Brandi Carlile)
May 24 New Orleans, LA House of Blues (with Brandi Carlile)
May 27 Houston, TX House of Blues (with Brandi Carlile)
May 28 New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall (with Brandi Carlile)
May 29 Dallas, TX Granada Theater (with Brandi Carlile)
May 30 Austin, TX Texas Union Theater (with Brandi Carlile)
June 3 Tucson, AZ Leo Rich (with Brandi Carlile)
June 4 Santa Monica, CA Broads Stage (with Brandi Carlile)
June 5 San Diego, CA Anthology (with Brandi Carlile)
June 6 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre (with Brandi Carlile)
June 7 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall (with Brandi Carlile)
June 9 Yountville, CA Lincoln Theatre (with Brandi Carlile)
June 10 Bend, OR Tower Theatre (with Brandi Carlile)
June 11 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater (with Brandi Carlile)

Additional performances to be announced. Visit www.gregoryalanisakov.com.

Gregory Alan Isakov on Tour with Brandi Carlile

Singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov hits the road with Americana artist Brandi Carlile for a string of March and April 2009 dates. Isakov's forthcoming album release, This Empty Northern Hemisphere (May 19, 2009), features a duet with Carlile - a cut of Leonard Cohen's "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong." Carlile also performs on four of the album's original songs.

It was while touring that Isakov first caught the attention of Carlile. The pair have since become collaborators and friends.  For this special run of dates, Isakov and Carlile are sure to bring some of their recent collaborations live to the stage.

The current list of confirmed tour dates with Gregory Alan Isakov and Brandi Carlile is as follows:

March 24 World Cafe Philadelphia PA
March 25 Ram's Head Annapolis MD
March 26 Birchmere Washington DC
March 27 Woodstock Town Hall Theatre Woodstock VT
March 28 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Westhampton Beach NY
March 31 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown NY
April 01 The Music Hall Portsmouth NH
April 02 Iron Horse Northampton MA
April 03 South Portland Auditorium South Portland ME
April 04 Ethical Center for the Arts New York NY
April 06 Kent Stage Kent OH
April 07 The Vogue Indianapolis IN
April 08 Lakeshore Theater Chicago IL
April 09 Pabst Theater Milwaukee WI
April 10 Alltel Center Mankato MN
April 11 Hoyt Sherman Theater Des Moines IA
Aril 14 Wheeler Opera House Aspen CO

This Empty Northern Hemisphere is Isakov's latest collection of songs in which he conjures the miracles and heartaches of day to day living then transforms them into melodies, with a serious commitment to songcraft and musicianship.

"Writing and performing is a mystery to me," explains the South African born multi-instrumentalist. "I try to get myself out of the way as much as I can."

"There were moments while making the new album that were so different than anything I've done before," says Isakov, who combines his personal past with poetry to create a musically visceral present.

His music dubbed "punk folk" by the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray, Isakov has been recognized by critics and colleagues as a real and original talent. In 2008, Denver's Westword named Isakov their Best Acoustic Folk Artist.  The previous year he was given the paper's Best of Denver Singer-Songwriter award; they called him "a rootsier Glen Phillips channeling Kelly Joe Phelps."

Comparisons bother Isakov; he's brought his influences into the fold for This Empty Northern Hemisphere. "Everyone I've ever listened to made it into the record--It's like a traveling circus." And Isakov is its truth and beauty-seeking ringmaster.

Local Flare | You Have To See It To Believe It: Gregory Alan Isakov & the Freight, Bela Karoli, Paper Bird & The Wheel

Thursday night was an exhibition of local talent at the Boulder Theater, and Yours Truly does what he can to get the word out about local talent.  Four Denver area bands heated up the stage, each bringing a unique and innovative flavor that I find to be too often lacking in the Big Name touring company bands.  True to the Indie Rock tradition, you'll probably never hear any of these guys or girls on mainstream radio, but their ever-growing fanbases reminds us that media att