Reviews

Keller Williams | thief | Review

Later this month, the enigmatic Keller Williams will release his 756th album. Okay, that number may be off by a few.

Mark Knopfler | Paramount Theater | 4/13/10 | Review

Mark Knopfler proved he was not too old to rock n' roll, as many old-school Dire Straits fans gathered at the Paramount to catch the former lead guitarist and vocalist of one of the most important bands of the 1980s.

Garaj Mahal's Discovery | Out of the Garaj, Into The Open..

“This is just the beginning to my journey with this instrument” –Fareed Haque

Have you felt patronized by music lately?  Do the simple pop schemes disappoint you? Are you looking for something complex and intricate?  Then this is the album for you.  This is musician’s music.  The 12 set track listing is similar to satellite radio, changing frequencies and styles from track to track.  By the third track, “Never Give Up”, Garaj can hush the crowd with the haughty hues and hot-headed harmonies.

Truth and Salvage Co. open sold-out shows for Avett Bros.

The Avett Brothers played a pair of sold out shows at the Boulder Theater this week, and they brought fellow North Carolina country rockers Truth and Salvage Co. with them.  The Tuesday show, on the 20

Lotus | Boulder Theater | 4/16/2010 | Review

In 1939, at the age of 13, a precocious and aspiring trumpet player in a high school band was criticized mid-song for playing with too much vibrato.  The band teacher had stopped the song short to deliver a message to the trumpeter that he would never forget: He told the boy that he had to create his own style.  That he was gifted and able to mimic any of the popular players well, but that to be truly successful in the jazz world, he would eventually have to develop his own sound.  At the time, the criticism burned the b

Apoc | Boredom Springs Anew | Review

The release of Boredom Springs Anew from Apoc comes just as the flowers bloom. This hip hop act cannot seem to stay put to any single location. Apoc releases tendrils to each place he blooms; he is more like a vine than any flower or houseplant.  When I first met we were both observing the late night bar scene back home in Chicago.  We got to talking after finding out that we both had a passion for writing.  This was over 10 years ago.

Around the world with Martin Sexton...

Martin Sexton will be playing with the Ryan Montbleau band, his band, for a string of dates beginning today, 4/15/10 until Bonnaroo Music Festival June 10th down in Manchester, TN.  After Bonnaroo, he’ll be joining forces with the Dave Matthews Band until he winds down his tour at the end of summer.  What can you expect at a Martin Sexton show?  I got a chance to chat with him and find out…

Africa in the Americas Through a Southern Band

"Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre. Giant Panda at 9. JBB at 10. TK at 11:30. Bring your dancing attire, dr." Not the most clear posting on Twitter, perhaps, but for fans of Toubab Krewe--the "TK" in the tweet--the message was rather plain. Thursday's show was going to be one with jams so moving, you had better come ready to dance. And they were right.

The Giving Tree Band | Draft House | Boulder, CO

The Giving Tree Band came through Colorado on their way to the SXSW Festival down in Austin.  On the Tuesday afternoon in March that they came through Boulder they played an early set at the Draft House and then another set over at the Topo Ranch Organic Cotton Clothing Store.  In support of their new album, The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious, their tour- much like their philosophies and their music- fo