Cultivation: The Seeds of New Colorado Music...

Jun 25, 2011 by

Cultivation: The Seeds of New Colorado Music By Jenna Stecker  Head for the Hills With the release of their self titled sophomore album, Head for the Hills seems poised to break to the front of the modern bluegrass movement. Hailing from Fort Collins; Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and Vocals, Joe Lessard playing Violin/Octave Violin and Vocals, Matthew Loewen playing Bass and Vocals and Michael Chappell on his Mandolin make up this classic quartet. It is interesting to note that upon forming, none of the members had ever really played bluegrass music. “We were really learning together how to play it,” says Chappell. With many other groups these days fusing bluegrass with so many other eclectic types of music, it is refreshing to hear a band that maintains a modern take on the style and...

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Get your Trey On

Feb 23, 2011 by

Get your Trey On Trey Anastasio Band makes Intimate Colorado Stops on the Acoustic & Electric Winter Tour By Erin Mahoney Trey Anastasio is at it again. The unstoppable & formidable front man of Phish is taking to the road in February, only this time reuniting his classic TAB (Trey Anastasio Band) line-up. The band once again features Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet and vocals), Natalie Cressman (trombone and vocals), Russell Remington (tenor saxophone and flute), Ray Paczkowski (keyboards), Russ Lawton (drums) and Tony Markellis (bass and vocals). The 12 dates start in Maine then zip down the coast with a few stops in MA, NY and PA. Then they zag across the mid-west to CO (yay!) and end up in California. It should also be noted that the only two date stand of this tour...

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String Cheese Incident: Winter Carnival...

Feb 17, 2011 by

Winter Carnival The String Cheese Incident’s three day mid-winter Colorado run  By Jenna Stecker Carnival: 1) an instance of merrymaking, feasting or masquerading 2) a traveling enterprise offering amusement 3) an organized program of entertainment or exhibitions It’s hard to argue with any of these definitions when thinking of what The String Cheese Incident has created over the many years that they have held- Winter Carnival. And with no immediate plans for future touring, it’s easy to see why the SCI fans were thrilled to hear that the famous carnival would again take place, this year at Broomfield’s hot new venue- 1st Bank Center on March 10th-12th. For the Cheese faithful, this is a welcome run. Since coming off their hiatus SCI has only played a limited amount of shows, although 2010 did provide...

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Band of Heathens

Feb 17, 2011 by

Band of Heathens With 200-plus show dates, a fifth anniversary celebration, appearances at Lollapalooza and other top national festivals and a taping of Austin City Limits with Elvis Costello, it is remarkable that the Heathens even found time to write and record a new studio album, but they did. The result is Top Hat Crown & the Clapmasters Son, a surprising, multi-faceted gem of a disc. Their third studio album and the fifth release overall, Top Hat Crown displays the wide range of classic influences fans and critics have come to admire in the band, yet they’ve added, built and grown. Producer George Reiff, celebrated for his work with the Black Crowes Chris Robinson, the Courtyard Hounds (Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks) and Ray Wylie Hubbard, tended to the albums...

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Donations Accepted: A look at today’s recording industry...

Feb 17, 2011 by

Donations Accepted: A look into today’s ever changing recording industry By Trevor Jones Here at Mousike, we recommend you consume as much music as possible, every day. So how do you get your recommended daily dose of music? It’s a question most of us rarely ask ourselves, in large part because it has become so easy. When the internet arrived on the scene the web virtually destroyed the “normal” means by which we consumed our daily music. Radio and the record labels who provided individual songs to your locally owned radio stations collapsed and a new model, full of free music and online resources for listening has swallowed us, listeners and audience alike, so much so that it’s hard to decipher exactly what happened sometimes. Thirty years ago all you had to do was...

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Joint Point

Feb 17, 2011 by

Joint Point By Bubba Schill with Thomas Cole On the surface, Joint Point implies the juncture at which individual ideas converge into collaborative ones. For those lucky enough to ride the ski mountain in Telluride, it indicates a more specific meaning, namely, a ski run between Mammoth and Spiral Stairs off of Lift Nine.  And of course for some of us it simply calls to mind a good place to smoke a j. Yet the moniker takes on even more depth when one considers a constantly evolving musical ensemble, Telluride’s very own popular local band of the same name. In a town upon which it’s notoriously easy for local bands to over saturate themselves, Joint Point has been a consistent crowd-pleaser that has quickly and steadily packed in and wowed large crowds over the...

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Medeski, Martin and Wood: 20 Years...

Feb 17, 2011 by

Medeski Martin & Wood Luckily, many talented musicians love playing music in Colorado. From classical symphonies to bluegrass jams, the state sees — and hears – it all. This March, we’re in for another treat when Medeski, Martin & Wood (MMW) will kick off their tour with four shows in Colorado. If you’re anywhere from Aspen to Denver and you enjoy live music, these shows will definitely be worth your while. Twenty years ago, Medeski, Martin & Wood came together in Brooklyn, N.Y. to create an American jazz band. Though often categorized as jazz, MMW’s music draws inspiration from a multitude of genres ranging from hip-hop to funk  and their live performances, with an inclination toward improvisation and experimentation, tend to truly awe music lovers. In 1991, keyboard/organ/piano player John Medeski, drummer/percussionist Billy Martin...

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Disco Biscuits

Feb 11, 2011 by

It was 2002 and I had just finished working with a friend serving tables at a mediocre corporate chain. We had discussed many a festival and concert and found we shared a common love of music. As we delved into jambands, I was trying to get a feel for this person’s like or dislike of one of my favorite bands, when they suddenly asked me, “Do you do Disco Biscuits?” “Excuse me?” “Have you ever heard of Disco Biscuits?” they repeated just a little slower and with a condescending tone that possibly implied my getting old and deaf. “Never heard of them. What are they about?” Based on my friend’s brief description, I was skeptical. And yet within a few listenings, I was turned on to the albums They Missed the Perfume and Bisco...

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Bonnaroo Lineup Announced – DMB, Stevie, Jeff Beck, MMW and TMBG...

Feb 9, 2011 by

I’ve been singing Birdhouse in Your Soul, a song from They Might Be Giant’s brand new album for 1990, in my head for days now. I swear, just ask my mightily annoyed girlfriend! Luckily, today’s Bonnaroo announcement affords me an avenue to see TMBG among some great other bands including DMB, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon and Weezer. The full lineup also includes Angel of Montgomery singer John Prine, The Disco Biscuits, Jimmy Cliff and The Flaming Lips performing a tribute to Dark Side of the Moon. This year’s festival will take place from June 10-13 at the same great location in Manchester, TN and tickets are available now at bonnaroo.com where payment plan packages are also available. The full lineup as confirmed so far includes: Jay-Z Dave Matthews Band Kings of Leon Stevie Wonder Phoenix Weezer Flaming Lips covering...

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Biscuits in his Gravy: Keller Williams...

Feb 2, 2011 by

For many of you, Keller Williams needs no introduction. But for anyone left out there who hasn’t heard of Keller, seen his ledendary solo act or followed his many other incarnations, well… I guess I’ve got some ‘splaining to do. Yet how the hell do you write a quick intro about a guy who has just released his 16th album (his first geared towards children), hosts his own syndicated radio show, has five side-projects listed on his website, recently published his first children’s book and is currently touring with a three-piece bluegrass outfit to promote an album of cover songs from artists as diverse as Kris Kristofferson, Amy Winehouse and Marcy Playground? It’s been said that his “Entire career seems like a eries of side projects.” And that can be a good thing or...

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