Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pistol Annies are unable to appear for their scheduled tour dates in June. Miranda Lambert is replacing the popular trio not only tonight at Country Jam but at their previously schuled June dates. The Pistol Annies which features Lambert, Angaleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe, offered very little in the way of an explanation.
According to Keepin' It Country, the only explanation provided was an email that read, "due to unforeseen circumstances, Pistol Annies are unable to appear on any dates in June but Miranda Lambert will perform instead."
Usually when bands cancel dates it is due to health reasons or group infighting. It will be interesting to see if Lambert offers any insight to the situation during her headlining set tonight.
Don't be fooled by their youth. These kids got it. Making a tour stop at Sabrosa this Friday, Denver outfit Sauna is your best bet if live music is on your weekend docket.
"Born from toxic sludge leaked from the Beach Boys' amps" Sauna is a four-piece guy/girl group channeling the B-52s. Check out and download any of their albums, "Wanting You," "The Teen Angst Tape," or "Rad Sh*t." Listening to their tunes, you wont believe that Sauna only graduated from high school last year. They were so good, so fun, and so awesome last time they stopped through Grand Junction that I can't wait to see how much they've grown as a band over a year.
So last weekend I was hanging in Denver with two of my favorite Colorado bands, Bad Weather California and The Knew. Hanging out grilling burgers with Tyler Ludwick, Bad Weather California's lead guitarist and backup vocalist, we started talking about side projects. For Ludwick, Bad Weather California is his side project. His primary focus happens to be Princess Music, a "five piece, all-star cast of classically- trained players, with backgrounds in a spectrum of musical stylings from chamber music to math metal."
I'd never heard of Princess Music before but I'm glad he brought it up. For the band's upcoming debut album "Odobenidae," Ludwick worked with 4 other musicians plus an orchestra to create a wall of music aimed directly at your heart and your head. The first single "White Wave" reminds me of Sufjan Stevens. It's a complex compesition of lyrics and music that's totally engaging.
"Music, from the time I started playing it, it's something that has always been very intimate and very emotional," Ludwick said in his Kickstarted campaign video. "It's something that I consider to be very personal. It's the kind of music I try and make."
The idea of combining indie rock with live orchestration is currently en vogue. Another Colorado based band DeVotchKa, recently played live with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks Ampitheater.
Princess Music will debut "Odebenidae" on August 9, 2013 live at the Bluebird Theater in Denver with an orchestra. Check out the first single, "White Wave," below.
Of the 12 bands slated to play this year’s festival, focus your attention on an outstanding septet from the Front Range. They are Paper Bird.
I first heard Paper Bird at last year’s Underground Music Showcase in Denver and have been a fan since. Listening to the live stream over Colorado Public Radio’s Open Air 1340, Paper Bird’s blend of indie folk rock Americana easily cut through 243 miles of spruce, pine, and aspen and into my little living room stereo. Even on two five-inch Panasonic speakers, the strength of the seven-piece Denver outfit was obvious.
Paper Bird sounds a bit like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or the Head and the Heart. Because the band is so large, it is able to do things harmonically and dynamically that other bands simple can’t pull off.
Seven members, seven songwriters, each bringing their own flavor to the group. Sometimes they sound like a gospel jazz band, other times they are a rock band jamming on African rhythms.
The band is so musical, they are an absolute joy to listen to. I love hearing new music from groups that are fearless and free. Paper Bird is such a band. It is not caged in by a particular genre or sound. It is a band of explorers, discovering new sounds without limitation. Paper Bird ascends to levels of creativity rarely seen by other roots-based musicians.
“As I Am,” the opening track off Paper Bird’s 2013 album “Rooms,” is a perfect example of what Paper Bird is capable of.
“As I Am” starts off with an atmospheric and chordal guitar riff that wouldn’t be out of place on Jeff Buckley’s mid-‘90s rock standard “Grace.” A foot-stomping bass line leads the way to a bevy of beautiful birds — Sarah Anderson, Esme Patterson, and Genevieve Patterson, to be specific — collectively singing “these arms of mine/ were made for lifting up/ and when I set things down again/ I hope they are better than they were.”
A sweet acoustic guitar riff joins in, and, at this point, Paper Bird is soaring.
“These eyes of mine/ like what they see when they’re looking at you/ If ever I can’t see you anymore, I hope you’re more beautiful than before.”
As a listener and fan of what this band is doing, I humbly suggest my own lyrics: “These ears of mine/ like what they are hearing when they are listening to you.” That’s how I feel listening to the new album, anyhow.
Including “Rooms,” Paper Bird has produced three excellent studio albums and one live album collaboration with the Ballet Nouveau Colorado. They’ve been named one of the Top 10 Best Underground Bands in Denver three consecutive years and named the Top Local Band by 5280 Magazine in 2009.
It’s an impressive list of accomplishments for a band formed out of boredom on a vacation to Breckenridge.
Writing songs to pass the time, Paper Bird tested out its early material on street corners busking for cash. Apparently, they made enough money to keep this whole thing going, and I sure am grateful.
Paper Bird is such a nice addition to the Colorado music scene and my music collection.
Paper Bird makes romantic music perfect for an evening spent on the banks of the Colorado. Be sure to catch the group’s set at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, as it will be one of the highlights of this year’s festival.
As the Grand Junction City Council drags its feet when it comes to supporting the Avalon Theatre project, its important to remember what's at stake here. Live music venues are few and far between in Grand Junction and loosing a major venue would be devistating. Closing the Avalon affects all aspects of our music community. From the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and High Desert Opera to all the concert promoters and music fans in the valley, the Avalon closing would be a nail in the coffin for Grand Junction's culture.
To voice your support for the Avalon Theater, and the continued relevance of Dowtown Grand Junction, you can email your city council members. Their names and contact info is listed here for your convienience.
Mayor Sam Susuras, District B: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Pro Tem Marty Chazen, District D: email@example.com
Councilmember Phyllis Norris, District A: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Bennett Boeschenstein, District C: email@example.com
Councilmember Jim Doody, District at Large: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Rick Brainard, District at Large: email@example.com