Saturday, December 29, 2007

2007 Wrap-up

Cripes, I am tired of top 10 lists! That might not stop me from making some lists of my own.

Not qualified to definitively select the very best music of 2007, as I'm neither wealthy enough to obtain all the music nor a genius critic, I'll settle for some more personal lists.

After consulting itunes and my (admittedly faulty) memory, these were the albums in high rotation Chez Wyoming Beat in 2007. A fickle list, not all were released this year as I can be slow to adopt at times. Also I cannot vouch for them being the best of the year, but I can attest to each of these albums, taken as a whole, providing the right mood at the right time:

January: Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
Heartless Bastards - All This Time
M. Ward - Post-War
February: Menomena - Friend and Foe
!!! - Myth Takes
Serena Maneesh - Serena Maneesh
March: Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Bjork - Vespertine*
April: Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
May: same! Arcade Fire and LCD = my faves at this point in the year by a long shot
June: Feist - The Reminder
July: The National - Boxer
The White Stripes - Icky Thump
August: New Pornographers - Challengers
Pela - Anytown Graffiti
September: nada new due to illness
October: Cloud Cult - Meaning of 8
November: Iron & Wine - Shepherd's Dog
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow*
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is
December: M.I.A. - Kala
Daft Punk - Alive 2007
Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals

*confession: when I don't like the new album, I go back to the good stuff.

2007 Lamentations: missing Daft Punk at Red Rocks, missing Menomena twice (!), lacking the oomph to see the National the day after Arcade Fire, and not being cool enough to understand Animal Collective.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Liars and Editors and Black Lips, oh my

Usually there's nothing more to do on February 1st than wait for Punxsutawney Phil to make his appearance. Not this year.

All on one night:
Liars @ Marquis Theatre
Editors @ Ogden Theater
Black Lips @ Bluebird Theater

Oh yeah, and these guys.

I am vexed.

Pela sets Denver date

Oh what great news! Pela to visit the Hi-Dive March 10th.

I was lucky to see them in NYC this summer, but since then I've spent hours and hours with their album and I cannot wait to see them live again. Tenement Teeth live! Drop Me Off! Mark your calendars! I'll be the one singing along in the front :-)

pela @ mercury lounge 6/17/07
pela at mercury lounge 6/17/07

[tour dates via musicslut]

Monday, December 17, 2007

Songs on Repeat at Wyoming Beat

It's time again for the annual New Year's playlist.

As chosen by the team here at Wyoming Beat, some singles to make January and February seem shorter.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Live Preview: Kristen Schaal

Mel is coming to Denver! She probably tops the list of comedians I'd like to see... and she might just be the funniest part of the Flight of the Conchords. Please don't miss Mel's blog.

Kristen Schaal - 2007 Tour Dates
Dec 16 - Striking Viking Story Pirates Benefit New York NY (Ars Nova)
Dec 28 - Oriental Theatre Denver CO

[via brooklynvegan]

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas party karaoke Saturday

Trapped by snow and ice, the Wyoming music fan turns to karaoke.

What to sing at the annual Christmas bash this Saturday? I've got the following tunes waiting in the karoake server, but remain undecided about what is doable without sounding like drowning cat...

Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, I just wish more than one song was available for the karaoke:

Oh dear God, I love PJ:

This was more fun to karaoke before we were all sick of it:

I suspect Lily is harder to sing than it appears:

Black Lips to visit Denver

These dates aren't exactly new news, but lately I'm way into the Black Lips. Their jangly punk sound reminds me of the Sonics in the best way.

They lead off their U.S. tour at the Bluebird February 1st.

Black Lips 2008 U.S. tour dates:

[via brooklynvegan]

Yeasayer & MGMT coming in February

I keep hearing these two bands pop up, and I like what I hear! Yeasayer is catchy and delightful. Just last week an email came in my box from a friend saying, "are you listening to this MGMT song?" Good stuff. Looking forward to seeing them at the Hi-Dive February 4th.

Yeasayer's Wait for Summer on kexp. Perfect on a short cold day like this!

Yeasayer & MGMT 2008 U.S. dates:
01-16 Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage *
01-17 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
01-18 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
01-19 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *
01-20 Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington *
01-21 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *
01-22 Austin, TX - Emo's Jr. *
01-24 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
01-25 San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
01-26 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
01-28 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
01-30 Portland, OR - Holocene *
01-31 Seattle, WA - Neumos *
02-02 Boise, ID - Neurolux *
02-03 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
02-04 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive *
02-06 Omaha, NE - The Slowdown *
02-07 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
02-08 Chicago, IL - Schubas *

[via pfork]

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

This week at the Bluebird brought to you by the letter 'V'

It's impossible to go wrong at the Bluebird this week.

Thursday: VHS or Beta
Friday: Voxtrot
Saturday: Vampire Weekend

To all the v's I say "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!"

Live Preview: The Blakes

Another dose of the Northwest here in the great Rocky Mountain empire this week arrives via The Blakes. I don't hear much about them out here but trust me, John in the Morning loves them and so should you.

Playing at the Larimer Lounge Thursday... see them while they're fresh and cheap.
photo Doron Gild via band's myspace,
proving they can roll Wyoming style.

Live Preview: David Bazan

Westword tells me that David Bazan (aka Pedro the Lion) is coming to the Hi-Dive Wednesday night.

Reading the article made me realize that we are all getting older:
"What I see now — I don't know what might emerge later, but as it stands now — it's about my wife and daughter, it's about drinking, and it's about does God exist? And the umbrella I think those are all under is a funny concept nowadays, but [it's] manhood, and, basically, am I a good man? — and what that means, and how do you measure that?"
And thinking about Pedro the Lion made me miss dear flooded Seattle, and Bumbershoot, and graduate school. Thanks for the memories Mr. Bazan. How about we all go out and support some PNW sound?

Monday, November 12, 2007

November update

Wow, I've been sick at the worst possible time, missing some good shows. Thank goodness other bloggers represented.

Cassie and Mystik Spiral saw the Mountain Goats.
Julio caught Trail of Dead.
Mark saw the New Pornographers, with Neko, dang.

Also missed Menomena, the Pipettes, Gogol Bordello, shoot a bunch of good bands. I must stop complaining about bands skipping Denver when I keep skipping their shows.

Confidential to Stephin Merritt: if you add Rocky Mountain shows to your tour schedule, I will be there. Promise.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Arcade Fire - Canadian Soul?

You all know I love me some Arcade Fire.

Some of you know I frequently disagree with New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, especially when he discusses race and music. Anyone who takes aim at my beloved Stephin Merritt or Win Butler best be prepared to face my ire. Pretty much every time the magazine arrives in my mailbox, I prepare to think hard about music and whether Sasha successfully defended his point that week.

Imagine my delight when dear Win wrote back in this week's issue.

Win responds to Frere-Jones's accusation that the Arcade Fire have no soul:
Being as I am in the Arcade Fire, I prickle a little bit at your statement that “[i]f there is a trace of soul, blues, reggae, or funk in Arcade Fire, it must be philosophical; it certainly isn’t audible.” In a somewhat … I dunno, is it childish to respond to critics this way? Anyway. I’ve attached an MP3 with parts of our songs that I think steal quite blatantly from black people’s music from all over the globe.
And I could not resist this piece of Halloween candy from Mr. Butler...
Keep in mind, I’m not saying we’re the funkiest, most soulful bunch of dudes and ladies (though we do, at least, always clap on 2 and 4).
God bless the Arcade Fire for doing what they do best. I love and miss so much of the same music and African-American influence that Frere-Jones misses in today's indie rock. Let's keep Arcade Fire and get some fresh indie bands that can bring the syncopated rhythms we crave. The new prog rockers and Kate Bush accolytes can stay home.

This girl likes her music funky some days
white and Canadian the next
Keep the Car Running - Arcade Fire Sasquatch 5-26-07

Reports from the field?

This week is killing me... no clearance for out of town shows.

Anyone catch Menomena at the Fox last night? I swear I love those dudes, especially Danny, and I miss them every time. Once again I'm forced to make do with the excellent prose stylings of their tour blog and email list instead of a real live concert.

In a similar vein, I'm riding the couch tonight, so if you see Gogol Bordello or Grand Archives tonight, please send me details, pictures, gossip-y tidbits, anything. What a great week of shows.

Item Update! Pitchfork brings more Menomena good news, including a Danny solo project!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Top 5 bands I wanna see in a fancy concert hall

After watching Jose Gonzalez make delicate and artful classical-type noises on his guitar in the midst of a standing whooping crowd of indie rock fans, I realized a couple things. First, I'm old. Second, I was there with a classical music aficionado who kept asking "why aren't there seats? why are people talking during the performance? his fingerwork is amazing but why is the bass turned up so high?" and I had to admit her questions were valid.

It caused me to reflect on which acts might benefit from performing in a more traditional venue, say the University of Wyoming's Fine Arts Concert Hall. Beautiful acoustics conveniently located on I-80, don't let the 7220 foot altitude dissuade you!

Cass's Top 5 Dream Acts for Laramie's Fine Arts Concert Hall
5. Joanna Newsom
4. Jose Gonzalez
3. Bjork
2. Andrew Bird
1. Sufjan Stevens

Who else?

Jose Gonzalez @ the Bluebird 10/12/07

We saw everyone's favorite nimble-fingered and hirsute guitarist a couple weeks ago at the Bluebird. After mis-timing a birthday gift, getting lost in Denver like a couple of country rubes, and nearly losing our order at the bar across the street in the assembled Rockies mania, we found ourselves watching Jose Gonzalez at the Bluebird.

The crowd was agitated when we arrived, as Jose seemed to be even later than we were. Good news for us. A persnickety fellow, Jose, with a dead serious focus and emphasis on tuning. I loved it when he instructed the audience to only clap along if they were near the front and if they clapped for the entire song. And everyone obeyed! The set was short but beautiful, his sound was precise and his technique stunning. I preferred the songs from the new album but enjoyed them all. In the past I've felt his songs all sound a bit alike but in person discovered I was mistaken on that.

The big question: why is Jose playing in rock clubs with no seats instead of concert halls with calibrated acoustics? More on this in a coming post!

Sorry my photos are crap, did I mention we were late?

Jose Gonzalez, Denver 10/12/07
Jose Gonzalez, Denver 10/12/07

Where I've been, i.e. double ARGH

My least favorite blog meme has to be "excuses for being a slackass about posting". Let's just say I prefer my Spinal Tap with armadillos in their trousers rather than a needle in my spine.

And might I add that a spinal headache is a bit of a shit sandwich (can I print that?)So tell me what I missed in the music world!

Promises to keep posting and love to all (especially the kind folks at Cheyenne Radiology),
Cass aka David St. Hubbins

Friday, October 12, 2007

Oh what a night...

Live music in Denver tonight, wow.

How to choose?

At the Hi-Dive: Matthew Dear's Big Hands and Mobius Band
At the Bluebird: Jose Gonzalez
At the Gothic: Lucero
At Larimer Lounge: Dr. Dog

I'm thinking the Mile High City is a pretty good place to be tonight.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Live Preview: Jose Gonzalez

Gosh, I'm looking forward to seeing sexy Swedish guitar virtuoso Jose Gonzalez at the Bluebird Friday. I may be old but am secretly hoping that it will be a seated show.

So beautiful, here covering The Knife's Heartbeats

Just one more U.S. date on this stretch of the tour, then off to Europe and back in November:
12 oct USA Denver ... Bluebird Theatre ... 16+
13 oct USA Minneapolis .. Fine Line Music Cafe ... 18+
17 oct UK Cambridge Cambridge Junction
18 oct UK Bristol .. Anson Rooms
19 oct UK Warwick .. Arts Centre
20 oct UK Brighton .. Concorde 2
21 oct UK Nottingham .. Rockcity
22 oct UK Leeds .. Leeds City Varieties
23 oct UK London . Union Chappel
24 oct UK London . Union Chappel
25 oct UK Manchester Royal Nothern College of Music
26 oct IE Dublin ........ Irish Museum of Modern Art
27 oct IE Belfast . Mandela Hall
28 oct IE Glasgow . ABC

24 nov CAN Vancouver . Richards On Richards
27 nov USA Hollywood .... The Music Box at the Fonda
29 nov USA Austin ... The Parish

01 dec USA Louisville .. 930 Listening Room
02 dec USA Nashville ..... Mercy Lounge
03 dec USA Bloomington ..... Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
04 dec USA Cleveland .... Grog Shop
06 dec CAN Ottowa ... Zaphod Beeblebrox
07 dec CAN Toronto .... Mod Club
08 dec CAN Montreal .... Le National
09 dec USA New York City .... Webster Hall

Indie Music Available at Your Library

Sometimes work and play meet in the best ways. For me, that means telling you how to get music from the library.

Most public libraries add CDs to their collections regularly. Many libraries also cooperate to lend you CDs from libraries throughout the region.

What does this mean for you? Awesome music delivered to your local library at no charge.

Coloradans and UW folks, use Prospector! Access to 23 regional library catalogs. I get tons of music here... I use it to sample new music and listen to old recordings from my favorite artists. Almost everything is here, but new stuff may take a week or two before it is processed and in the catalog.

Wyoming folks, use WYLDCat. Not as much music as Colorado, but you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Just walking through the Albany County Library I picked up a Pavement retrospective and Devendra Barnhardt. Sweet!

Seattle people, you know that Seattle Public Library and KCLS will hook you up with new music all the time. The John Richards influence is huge in this part of the country. King County libraries buy tons of movies, too.

Need help finding stuff? A couple tips:
  • band name = author
  • individual singer = author, last name first
  • common names yielding too many results? try adding "musical group" to your search

Good luck and enjoy the fruits of your tax dollars!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Setting concert priorities for October

As you might guess, Laramie weather turns unpredictable this time of year. This week we went from flip-flops to boots. Last night I could smell the chimneys on my evening walk, keeping everyone cozy for the 30 degree night.

What does this have to do with music? Around about now, we Laramigos need to think carefully about what shows warrant a 2 hour drive south to Colorado in possibly (likely) crappy conditions.

June snow in Laramie

So please, take a look at the list below, and tell me what I cannot miss. And what I'm forgetting.

October at the Larimer Lounge offers many pleasures:
10/1 The Little Ones
10/5 Bat for Lashes
10/9 Earl Greyhound
10/12 Dr. Dog
10/13 White Rabbits
10/19 Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
10/20 Earlimart
10/23 Caribou
10/27 Kinski

At the Hi-Dive:
10/11 John Vanderslice w/ Bishop Allen
10/12 Matthew Dear's Big Hands w/Mobius Band
10/16 Scout Niblett
10/17 Stars of Track and Field

At the Bluebird:
10/2 Midlake
10/3 Deerhoof
10/12 Jose Gonzalez
10/16 Shout out Louds
10/19 Rogue Wave
10/23 The Pipettes
10/31 The Raveonettes

The Gothic has a nice slate:
10/2 Hot Hot Heat w/ De Novo Dahl
10/6 The Gourds
10/12 Lucero
10/22 Polyphonic Spree
10/29 Minus the Bear w/ Helio Sequence and Grand Archives

To the Ogden, I ask where are the good bands? One in a month?
10/26 Architecture in Helsinki

For Boulder shows, the Fox brings:
10/4 Klaxons w/ Hot IQs
10/13 Lucero
10/28 Menomena!

And at the Boulder Theater:
10/25 Public Enemy
10/29 and 10/30 Gogol Bordello

The Aggie in Ft. Collins:
10/22The seemingly omnipresent Aesop Rock

Next up, November... even better shows, worse weather. Sigh.

Update! I forgot the Fillmore:
10/14 Interpol w/ the Liars
10/27 Devotchka
10/28 Jesus and Mary Chain

Live Preview: Metric September 28th

Friday at the Bluebird, Emily Haines brings her band to Denver.

I like Metric, and heard good things about them live, but wasn't feeling the pull of this show until I read this review of their performance at Webster Hall this week:
The half-Canadian, half-American quartet have a few albums that, while good, suffer from filler. Live-wise, the filler becomes substance and the quality becomes the stuff of pure excellence. The band's 3 best songs - "Monster Hospital", "Combat Baby", and "Dead Disco" - shook the club. I mean it. The club literally shook. The crowd would have been dancing all performance long too if it wasn't for the hypnotic light show (it cannot be underplayed how perfect the lighting was) and the presence of Ms. Haines. To sum up Emily in a sentence: She's Madonna if Madonna was a talented musician.

Yikes! Those of you with no Friday night plans, get to the Bluebird! Need more convincing? Another loving review of the Webster Hall show here.

Of course, I'm hearing a lot of good about the Aliens at the Larimer Lounge that night, too. Let me know what you thought if you go, I'm curious!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Spoon -- The Billy Joel of indie rock?

Spoon at Monolith

I heard Spoon on KCRW today and thought I was hearing Billy freaking Joel. Take a listen yourself and try to deny it...

Spoon - The Underdog [via anyone's guess]
Spoon - You got Yr Cherry Bomb [via panda toes]

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem @ Red Rocks

The bill last night made me believe in a kind and all-knowing God. LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire together at Red Rocks = my dream show!

LCD Soundsystem @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Our traveling caravan were mostly new to James Murphy's eloquence and mad beats, but they all came away loving LCD Soundsystem.

And in no surprise, Arcade Fire delivered the goods.
Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
The light show looked brilliant against the rocks.

Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Haiti remains one of my favorites live.

Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Whenever Regine heads to the drum kit, I start to freak out in anticipation of Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels).

Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Oh to be in the front rows! Win toured the crowd twice!

Arcade Fire @ Red Rocks 9-18-07
Wake Up proved transcendent and a perfect end to the evening.

Flaming Lips @ Red Rocks 9-17-07

The Flaming Lips deserve their own post, with the best visuals of Monolith. I will never guess how Wayne Coyne knew that I could use a confetti bath, let alone moments of darkness and quiet in the midst of a rock and roll show, but I send him my thanks.

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Flaming Lips, Monolith 2007

Monolith -- Saturday pictures

Saturday at Monolith offered the best kind of festival experience. I got a chance to see a ton of awesome bands for the first time and in a beautiful venue to boot.

Red Rocks @ Monolith 2007
The skyline reminded my co-pilot of a joke from Tad during their Red Rocks show approximately one million years ago: "Joining us, on that precipice, Richie Sambora on lead guitar!"

The Laylights, Monolith 2007
We started the day with Denver band The Laylights. They sounded terrific and looked quite fashionable in their vests. The generous gents followed the show by bestowing free EPs to the audience.

Bob Log III, Monolith 2007
Having missed Bob Log III at Laramie's own Buckhorn Bar, we completely enjoyed his wayward banter and slippery guitar at Red Rocks.

Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, Monolith 2007
Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, Monolith 2007
After catching a short bit of the Little Ones' set, we watched Margot and the Nuclear So & So's on the main stage. What energy on the drums! And lovely songs for a sunny afternoon.

Brian Jonestown Massacre, Monolith 2007
Brian Jonestown Massacre delivered a predictable meltdown. Debate ensued about whether Anton brings more rock or schtick, but when they were playing and not tuning the band sounded tight and melodic.

Matt & Kim, Monolith 2007
I came into Matt & Kim's show cynical about all the SXSW reports of their unflappable enthusiasm. Guess what? It's all true! They proved themselves truly sweet, good-natured and all around adorable, thanking the universe for bringing them to "show heaven" at Red Rocks.

Art Brut, Monolith 2007
None of my photos adequately demonstrate the true intensity and delight of Art Brut's live performance. Again I doubted the hype, as the album did not rock my socks, but man oh man the live show! Please, if Art Brut plays near you, buy tickets. You will not regret seeing the funniest front man touring today.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Monolith -- Friday pictures

Gearing up for another day of awesome music, but a short report... So far all of the bands have started on time (!), the bathroom lines are reasonable (!), and the sound is amazing. I've seen Ghostland and the Decemberists at other festivals, and both bands benefited yesterday from the amazing sound quality at Red Rocks.

Red Rocks, Monolith 2007
We arrived rather early, allowing plenty of time to meander and strategerize and watch Colin Meloy take some photos of Red Rocks.

Everything Absent or Distorted, Monolith 2007
With energy to burn, a killer horn section and a shoutout to Cheyenne, local faves Everything Absent or Distorted were one of the day's favorites.

Ghostland Observatory, Monolith 2007
Ghostland always brings full energy to a performance. They never fail to make the cool kids dance. And again my mind wandered to Aaron's pants. Where does a person buy such tight, perfectly fit jeans? Amazing.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Monolith 2007
To Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, I said "meh".

Kings of Leon, Monolith 2007
The Kings of Leon offered a tight LOUD show. This drummer amazed me by blowing bubbles and drumming at the same time. My mother likes to point out that I can't walk and chew gum.

More pics and reports from Saturday to come!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Oh noes! White Stripes cancel

A Wyoming show had to be too good to be true. All of the White Stripes U.S. fall tour dates are canceled, including the 9-30-07 date in Jackson Hole.

From their web site:
The White Stripes announced today that they are canceling their forthcoming tour due to health issues. Meg White is suffering from acute anxiety and is unable to travel at this time.

The White Stripes sincerely apologize to their fans. 'We hate to let people down and are very sorry.'

Fans can obtain refunds for their tickets at point of purchase.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Pipettes are coming!

The polka dottie hotties arrive at the Bluebird October 23rd.

The Pipettes - 2007 U.S. Tour Dates
Oct 2 - Park West Chicago
Oct 3 - Magic Stick Detroit
Oct 4 - Beachland Tavern Cleveland
Oct 5 - Opera House Toronto
Oct 6 - Petit Campus Montreal
Oct 8 - The Flimore @ Irving Plaza New York
Oct 9 - Paradise Rock Club Boston
Oct 10 - 9.30 Club (early show) Washington DC
Oct 11 - First Unitarian Church Philadelphia
Oct 13 - TBC Pittsburgh
Oct 15 - Exit/In Nashville
Oct 16 - Vinyl Atlanta
Oct 17 - WorkPlay Theater Birmingham
Oct 18 - The Parish @ House Of Bluews New Orleans
Oct 19 - The Parish Austin
Oct 20 - TBC San Antonio
Oct 21 - Cambridge Room @ House Of Blues Dallas
Oct 23 - Bluebird Theatre Denver
Oct 25 - Avalon Los Angeles
Oct 29 - Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco
Oct 31 - Wonder Ballroom Portland
Nov 1 - Crocodile Cafe Seattle

[via brooklynvegan]

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Bumbershoot Blues

Gosh I hate to miss Bumbershoot. Labor Day weekend feels empty without standing in line to see some awesome music at Seattle Center.

If you were lucky enough to go, tell me all about it in the comments!

Lots of good photos and reports coming on the interwebs from
three imaginary girls
sound on the sound

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Best music floating around this week

While bemoaning my ill health and the lack of awesome shows this week, I spent some quality time listening to mp3s and watching the youtubes. I also watched a bunch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns, but that is irrelevant here.

My favorites floating around this week... what am I forgetting?
  • A new Band of Horses song, download it free from their myspace, woohoo for a pretty voice and big guitars!
  • Who is this Scout Niblett and why do I love this song? [via pfork]
  • KEXP invited us to a super special members only performance at Bumbershoot with Tokyo Police Club, Art Brut and (OMG my secret best friend Danny w/) Menomena. The pain is not so exquisite, more torturous, as I contemplate missing it. Hoping to live vicariously through jet-setting friends.
  • Every blogger in the universe posted the Feist late night performance, but I enjoyed finding Okkervil River on my tivo as well. They'll be in Denver October 13th with (OMG my secret boyfriend) Damien Jurado. Sweet.

Aesop Rock to spend four nights in Colorado

If only every band would commit to four nights in Colorado, or better yet, three in Colorado and one in Wyoming, I would be the happiest girl on the Front Range.

Speaking of, is it just me or are we in a live music dry spell? I blame Monolith. All the good bands are coming in September, I just need to be patient.

Aesop Rock - 2007 Tour Dates
09-06 Portland, OR - MusicFest NW
09-08 Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom *#
09-09 New York, NY - Irving Plaza *#
09-10 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *#
09-11 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre *#
09-13 Chicago, IL - Metro *^
09-14 Madison, WI - Barrymore *^
09-15 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre *^
09-16 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *^
09-18 Detroit, MI - TBA *^
09-19 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *^
09-21 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *^
09-22 Providence, RI - Living Room *^
09-23 Boston, MA - Middle East *^
09-25 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse *^
09-26 Burlington, MA - Higher Ground *^
10-10 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore *$
10-12 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre *$
10-13 Phoenix, AZ - Clubhouse *$
10-15 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre *$
10-16 Durango, CO - Abbey Theatre *$
10-18 Denver, CO - Cervantes *$
10-19 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre *$

10-20 Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre *$
10-22 Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue *$
10-25 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *$
10-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom *$
10-27 Bellingham, WA - Nightlight *$
10-28 Seattle, WA - Showbox *$
10-30 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall *$
11-07 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *$
11-09 Orlando, FL - Club Firestone *$
11-10 Miami, FL - Studio A *$
11-12 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues *$
11-13 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *$
11-15 Dallas, TX - The Loft *$
11-16 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *$
11-17 Austin, TX - Emo's *$
11-19 Nashville, TN - Exit In *$
11-20 Atlanta, GA - TBA *$

[via brooklynvegan, follow link for mp3s and interview]

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Minus the Bear, Helio Sequence & Grand Archives coming in October

The last weekend in October is filling right up. If you're not going to Gogol Bordello on the 29th, how about Minus the Bear, Helio Sequence and Grand Archives that night at the Gothic?

I am delighted to see Grand Archives visiting the Front Range, their songs are downright purty. Singer Mat Brooke wrote two of my fave tracks from the Band of Horses debut album, and the Grand Archives songs bring the same quiet brilliance.

Take a listen at their myspace.

Grand Archives U.S. dates
Sep 1 2007 9:30P BUMBERSHOOT SEATTLE, Washington
Oct 26 2007 8:00P METRO CHICAGO, Illinois
Oct 27 2007 8:00P FIRST AVE MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota
Oct 28 2007 8:00P SLOWDOWN OMAHA, Nebraska
Oct 29 2007 8:00P GOTHIC DENVER, Colorado
Nov 1 2007 8:00P MARQUIS THEATRE TEMPE, Arizona
Nov 2 2007 8:00P SOMA SAN DIEGO, California
Nov 3 2007 8:00P AVALON LOS ANGELES, California
Nov 4 2007 8:00P GLASSHOUSE POMONA, California
Nov 6 2007 8:00P FILLMORE SAN FRANCISCO, California
Nov 9 2007 8:00P VIKING UNION BELLINGHAM, Washington
Nov 10 2007 8:00P SHOWBOX SEATTLE, Washington

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Gogol Bordello coming in October

Yay! Gogol Bordello is coming to Boulder October 29th. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my darling dachshund's 10th birthday.

Gogol Bordello U.S. tour dates:
Monday 27-Aug San Diego, CA HOUSE OF BLUES - SAN DIEGO
Tuesday 28-Aug Los Angeles, CA HENRY FONDA THEATER
Wednesday 29-Aug San Francisco, CA THE FILLMORE - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Frida6 31-Aug Portland, OR CRYSTAL BALLROOM
Saturday 1-Sep Seattle, WA BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL Bumbershoot Festival
Sunday 2-Sep Vancouver, BC COMMODORE BALLROOM
Sunday 7-Oct New Haven, CT TOAD'S PLACE
Tuesday 9-Oct Toronto, ON OPERA HOUSE
Wednesday 10-Oct Montreal, QUE CLUB SODA
Thursday 11-Oct Boston, MA THE ROXY - BOSTON, MA
Saturday 13-Oct Lewiston, ME THE GRAY CAGE
Monday 15-Oct Asbury Park, NJ STONE PONY
Tuesday 16-Oct Baltimore, MD SONAR
Thursday 18-Oct Blacksburg, VA LYRIC THEATER
Friday 19-Oct Atlanta, GA ROXY THEATRE
Saturday 20-Oct New Orleans, LA TIPITINA'S
Sunday 21-Oct Dallas, TX GRANADA THEATRE (TEXAS)
Monday 22-Oct Austin, TX EMO'S
Wednesday 24-Oct Tempe, AZ MARQUEE THEATRE
Thursday 25-Oct Los Angeles, CA MAYAN THEATRE
Friday 26-Oct Tuscon, AZ RIALTO THEATRE
Saturday 27-Oct Las Vegas, NV VEGOOSE FESTIVAL Vegoose Festival
Saturday 27-Oct Las Vegas, NV VEGOOSE FESTIVAL
Monday 29-Oct Boulder, CO BOULDER THEATRE
Thursday 1-Nov Minneapolis, MN FIRST AVENUE
Saturday 3-Nov New York, NY TERMINAL 5

[via brooklynvegan]

Monday, August 20, 2007

Hold Steady + Art Brut = Front Range Happiness

How delightful that the Hold Steady and Art Brut set two Colorado dates, both of which are not in the overbooked month of September, but rather in wide open November. Thanks boys!
Hold Steady @ Sasquatch 5-26-07
Craig Finn @ Sasquatch 2007

Hold Steady/Art Brut U.S. tour dates:
10-21 Providence, RI - Lupo's
10-22 Boston, MA - Roxy
10-23 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10-24 Raleigh, NC - Disco Rodeo
10-25 Athens, GA - 40 Watt
10-26 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
10-27 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10-29 Pontiac, MI -Crofoot Ballroom
10-30 Chicago, IL - Metro
10-31 Chicago, IL - Metro
11-01 Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
11-04 Seattle, WA - HUB Ballroom
11-05 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11-06 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
11-07 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
11-08 San Diego, CA - Cane's
11-09 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
11-11 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
11-12 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

11-13 Lawrence, KS - Granada
11-14 Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
11-15 Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
11-17 Birmingham, AL - BottleTree Annex
11-18 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
11-19 Richmond, VA - Toad's Place Richmond
11-20 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11-21 New York, NY - Terminal 5

[via pfork]

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Handsome Furs make me happy

Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade is one of my favorite voices out there right now, and this week I finally am able to spend some quality time with his side project, Handsome Furs.

It's the same great songwriting and rock and roll voice we expect from Dan, but a bit darker than the Wolf Parade stuff. In other words, it's fantastic.

My favorite track so far, Cannot Get Started.

Handsome Furs have a handful of North American tour dates left, sadly none on the Front Range:
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Echo, Los Angeles CA

Monday, September 17, 2007
Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Lola's, Portland OR

Thursday, September 20, 2007
Crocodile Cafe, Seattle WA

Friday, September 21, 2007
Lucky Bar, Vancouver Canada

Saturday, September 22, 2007
Richards on Richards, Vancouver Canada

Friday, August 10, 2007

Arcade Fire set Salt Lake City date

This just in from Arcade Fire, they've added a Salt Lake tour date with LCD Soundsystem:
September 26th
Waterfall Amphitheater at Thanksgiving Point
Lehi, UT
Pre-sale: 08/14 through 08/16 through MusicToday
Public on-sale: 08/17 through Ticketmaster.

Monolith Schedule Announced

I already see some potential conflicts... who are you excited to see?

Main Stage
3:00pm: Everything Absent or Distorted *
4:30pm: Ghostland Observatory *
5:45pm: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
7:00pm: Kings of Leon
8:30pm: The Decemberists
10:15pm: Cake

2:30pm: A Verse Unsung
3:30pm: The Little Ones
4:30pm: Margot & the Nuclear So & So's
5:40pm: Brian Jonestown Massacre
7:00pm: Art Brut
8:30pm: Spoon *
10:00pm: Flaming Lips *

New Belgium Stage
4:00pm: The Broken West
5:00pm: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
6:15pm: Das EFX
7:45pm: Editors *
9:30pm: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

2:00pm: Laylights
3:00pm: Bob Log 111 *
4:00pm: Meese
5:10pm: Matt & Kim
6:15pm: Lords of the Underground
7:45pm: Earl Greyhound *
9:30pm: Cloud Cult * Stage
3:50pm: Mason Proper
5:10pm: Cat-A-Tac *
6:30pm: Ra Ra Riot
7:50pm: De Novo Dahl
9:10pm: Mobius Band
10:30pm: Kid Sister & Flosstradamus

2:30pm: Via Audio
3:50pm: Forget Cassettes
5:10pm: Ian Ball (of Gomez)
6:30pm: White Rabbits
7:50pm: Hot IQs *
9:10pm: Au Revoir Simone *
10:30pm: Yacht *

Rock Room Stage
3:10pm: On a Sun
4:30pm: AutoVaughn
5:50pm: No More Kings
7:10pm: Born in the Flood *
8:30pm: Monster Maker (feat C-Rays Walz & Sharkey)
9:50pm: 3OH3!

3:10pm: Stranger Lazy
4:30pm: The Thieves
5:50pm: Nathan & Stephen *
7:10pm: Minus Story
8:30pm: The Swayback
9:50pm: Machine Gun Blues

Songwriter Stage
4:00pm: Ian Cooke
5:15pm: Scott Leger
6:30pm: Angie Stevens
8:00pm: Bela Karoli
9:45pm: Vienna Teng

2:00pm: Gregory Alan Isakov
3:00pm: Nina Storey
4:00pm: Tim Barry of Avail
5:10pm: Otis Gibbs
6:30pm: William Elliot Whitmore
8:00pm: Cameron McGill
9:30pm: Rocky Votalato *

* WyoMusic wants to see!

Live Preview: Underground Music Showcase

The Denver Post presents their Underground Music Showcase this Saturday.

According to the DP,
It’s a South Broadway block party at the Hi-Dive, 3 Kings Tavern, Skylark Lounge, Irish Rover and Mutiny Now! art gallery.

21-plus showcase: 25 bands, four venues, 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m., $10, wristbands available at all the venues and Twist & Shout and Wax Trax Records.

All-ages showcase: 10 bands, two venues, 2-6 p.m., $8, tickets available at the door of the Hi-Dive the day of show.

Support local music. 100 percent of ticket sales go to the bands.

Tons of detail and interviews available from the gals at waywardpanties.

The bands:
  • A Dog Paloma 2:30 p.m. (all ages) at the Mutiny Now! art gallery and 7:30 p.m. (21-plus) at the Irish Rover
  • Bad Luck City 6:30 p.m. at the 3 Kings Tavern - 21-plus
  • Bad Weather California 4:30 p.m. (all ages) at the Mutiny Now! art gallery and 8 p.m. (21-plus) at the Skylark Lounge
  • Born in the Flood Playing at 4:15 p.m. (all ages) and 11:30 p.m. (21 plus) at the Hi-Dive
  • Cat-a-Tac 9:30 p.m. at the Skylark Lounge -- 21-plus
  • Constellations Playing at 3:30 p.m. (all ages) at the Hi-Dive and 9:30 p.m. (21-plus) at the 3 Kings Tavern
  • Danghead 2 p.m. (all ages) at the Mutiny Now! art gallery and 6:30 p.m. (all ages) at Irish Rover
  • Everything Absent or Distorted 2 p.m. at the Hi-Dive -- All ages
  • George & Caplin 10 p.m. at the Irish Rover -- 21-plus
  • Ghost Buffalo 7:30 p.m. at the Hi-Dive -- 21-plus
  • Hobbs, NM 9 p.m. at the Irish Rover-- 21-plus
  • Ian Cooke 3:45 p.m. (all ages) at the Mutiny Now! art gallery and 8:15 p.m. (21-plus) at the Irish Rover
  • Kissing Party 7:15 p.m. at the Skylark Lounge -- 21-plus
  • Laylights 11:30 p.m. at the Hi-Dive -- 21-plus
  • Little Al and the Delta Sonics 11:30 at the Skylark Lounge -- 21-plus
  • Me Llamo Rosa 8:45 p.m. at the Skylark Lounge -- 21-plus
  • Meese 2:45 p.m. (all ages) and 8:30 p.m. (21 plus) at the Hi-Dive
  • Mr. Pacman 10:30 p.m. at the 3 Kings Tavern -- 21-plus
  • Munimula 8:30 p.m. at the 3 Kings Tavern -- 21-plus
  • Nathan & Stephen 6:30 p.m. at the Hi-Dive -- 21-plus
  • Sandusk 6:30 p.m. at the Skylark Lounge -- 21-plus
  • The Omens 10:30 p.m. at the Skylark Lounge -- 21-plus
  • The Photo Atlas Playing at 5:15 p.m. (all ages) at the Hi-Dive and 11:30 p.m. (21-plus) at the 3 Kings Tavern
  • The Swayback 9:30 p.m. at the Hi-Dive -- 21-plus
  • The Wheel 3 p.m. at the Mutiny Now! art gallery -- All ages
  • Triplight 7:30 p.m. at the 3 Kings Tavern -- 21-plus

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Silversun Pickups @ the Ogden, 7-30-07

  • Kissing Families -- dedicated to fans who came out in the small crowds at the Hi-Dive and Twist 'n Shout last year
  • Lazy Eye -- dedicated to a fan who had been waiting at the Ogden for two days
  • a nice Wendy and Lisa exchange between Brian and Nikki-- "is the water warm enough?"
  • four song encore including a cover of Bjork's Big Time Sensuality (video below)

Silversun Pickups at the Ogden Theatre, Denver 7-31-07

Silversun Pickups love the crowd, Odgen 7-31-07

Monday, July 30, 2007

Live Preview: Daft Punk at Mother f-ing Red Rocks

Daft Punk plays Red Rocks, tomorrow, July 29th.

I can't begin to describe how sad I am to be missing this show. I'll let the photos from pfork do the describing for me. More photos here. Sigh.