Hey mark your calendars for Friday night (Feb 1) as local band Lowlands will play at Naggy McGee's. Self described as "an Americana band from Grand Junction, Colorado with a rock and roll gut and a honky tonk heart," Lowlands is one of the best in the valley when it comes to live music. I've seen the band play several times and so far they've never let me down. Jeremy Rizer's voice is aged and a little gritty, much like a fine scotch, and Willie Deford's technical skill on guitar and fiddle is exceptional.
The band plays original music with a few covers scattered in by the likes of Neil Young and Tom Waits. Check out this 6 song demo recorded on November 12, 2011 at the Shedd Studio in Grand Junction, Colorado, and most importantly, check them out Friday night. It's good beer drinking music.
So here is what I know from watching the X Games. Shaun White still rules, snowmobiles need kill switches, and Major Lazer can blow up a stage. Good news is, if you missed any of the Buttermilk fun you can relive all the highlights, including Calvin Harris' and Major Lazer's full sets online.
Calvin Harris played a huge electro house set filled with countless hits and Major Lazer got the crowd jumping during their full hour set. Watch both full high-def sets here from the warm comforts of home.
Regardless of how you feel about EDM, Colorado is becoming one of the hotspots for developing new artists. Two such artists will be taking the Mesa Theater Main Stage this Saturday (Jan. 26). The Digital Connection (pictured) and Joman make the trek over the hills from Denver to test our soundsystems in what should be a fun night.
Both are no stranger to big stages. The Digital Connection played Snowball 2012, Sonic Bloom 2011-12, and recently a NYE set with Amon Tobin. Joman played Global Dance Festival last year. Check out The Digital Connection's chill dubstep remix of Deadmau5 and Kaskade's "I Remember." It's quality. For those 21 and up the night gets even better. There's no cover! For those 18 and up the cover is a reasonable $8.
On a side note Miss Emily's CD release party will still take place at the Mesa Theater. Her event starts at 7 p.m. while the first DJ wont start until 10 p.m.
The Coachella 2013 lineup is finally here and finally official. There are a couple little surprises here and a couple things worth paying attention to for the rest of the year. Here is my knee jerk, initial reaction.
First the good. With Phoenix and Vampire Weekend playing that means only one thing: they are armed with new music. It will be fun to follow their trajectory this year as both band's previous albums were really stinking good. Can they, especially Phoenix, live up to the hype? As a fan of both bands I hope so.
Dinosaur Jr. seems to have new life so their set will be interesting. I'm also curious what the crowds will be like for chart toppers Of Monsters and Men and the Lumineers. Former Smiths guitaris Johnny Marr could be on double duty as he will be playing solo and his former band Modest Mouse both play on Friday. Might they collaborate again?
Now the surprises. Who's excited for the English quartet The Stone Roses? The band hasn't really been active since 1996 but I guess the promised world tour and new album is finally happening. What about the Postal Service? Ben Gibbard doesn't play festivals with his main and more popular band Death Cab for Cutie but does with a side project that only released one album back in 2003? Curious. I'm also surprised by the lack of a big name DJs to blow the roof off the legendary Sahara Tent Stage. Last year they had Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, David Guetta, Martin Solveig, Afrojack, and Kaskade. That's massive. Hardwell and Bassnectar are great but hardly matchup to last year.
As usual the lineup is pretty stacked so if you are headed out to the desert there will once again be no shortage of great options.
The other day my friend and bandmate was talking about this crazy Swedish movie "Sound of Noise." The movie is about music hating and tone-deaf cop named Amadeus, and his pursuit of a group of guerilla percussionists "terrorizing" the city with their public performances. For the percussionists everything is an instrument. Coins, bulldozers, jack hammers, a car engine, stamps, an operating room, blenders, cabinet doors, a tooth brush, etc...
I can't speak for the quality of the entire movie but we checked out several performances and they are extremely creative. The music pieces are certainly avant-garde but all fans of music will appreciate the fact that literally anything can be turned into an instrument. Here is a peek at the group performing a piece in a kitchen. Enjoy.