Here is some huge news to close out your week. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the duo behind "Thrift Store" and "Same Love," are making a tour stop in Grand Junction. The April 20 show will be at Colorado Mesa University and is free for students with a valid MAVcard. The general public can purchase tickets for $20. Get. Ready. To. Party.
Who is DJ Dusty Thunders? That's what I've been trying to find out since an early February show he played at Sabrosa. Coming out of nowhere, the buzz around this new original retro/future soul gravy DJ has been pretty loud and with two shows this weekend it's only getting louder. Tonight this mystery man is playing all original mixes at a house show with Denver's Real Cosby. Then on Saturday Thunders will bring his nu disco sound back at Sabrosa for an all night dance party.
All reports I've heard about his set are overwhelmingly positive and I can't wait to check it out for myself. The prospect of a new crop of DJs spinning music other than dubstep is mouthwatering. Check out his original mixes here and hey, maybe I'll see you at one of these shows.
Guys, it's Valentine's Day. Let's hypothetically say you forgot to get your special girl a gift (we all know that's not the case but play along). All the flowers shops are sold out, all the good restaurants are fully booked, so what are you going to do? Jump on iTunes and make her a killer playlist, that's what!
If you are not the kind of dude who willingly shares your feelings with your lady friend then a playlist is a perfect Valentine's gift. Why awkwardly mumble "I love you" when 'N Sync can do it so much better? A good playlist is basically a love letter to your honey. When you are putting together a playlist remember, there are basically two kinds of songs. There are songs about being in love and songs about breaking up. With 50% of all recorded music as an option here is how to narrow down your playlist.
1) Don't go for the obvious. "My Girl" is a great song, and you may feel that about your significant other, but remember, ladies love a little mystery. 2) Stick to the theme. You need at least a couple songs that are blatantly about love or else your playlist will become just another mix. 3) Keep it fun. Ladies love to laugh so don't load up your playlist with a bunch of sappy Morrissey tunes. Keep it fun and throw in songs that remind your girl that you can be spontaneous. 4) Don't record your own messages over the songs. Seriously, don't. Even if there is a long instrumental don't zap the mood by recording some cheesy generic "I love you" statement over the music. 5) Don't fear Phil. I don't care if you are a hardcore power metal couple. She's got two ears and a heart, right? 6) Find a closer. At the end of the day, Valentine's Day is about getting a little action so it's time to call in Mariano Rivera. Throw on some PBR'n'B and make it hot! 7) Give your playlist a killer name. "Luvfest '13 XOXO" is already taken so get that red Sharpie out and come up with something creative. This is first impression your playlist will make on your girl so at least draw a couple hearts on the CD-R.
Anyone who has tried to buy concert tickets knows just how much of a headache it can be. Signing up for presales and logging on ticketing websites at exactly 10 a.m., jockeying for position between fans. Fighting between publicist and scalpers for prime seats, fans often end up in the nosebleeds wondering if $50 and a boat load of Ticketmaster convenience fees were worth it. Well here is finally some good news when it comes to buying concert tickets.
Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster has launched a new digital ticket transfer system, which means ticket buyers can now, for free, transfer tickets to other people through the Ticketmaster website. This means it is easier to transfer your tickets to your friends and that purchased tickets could not be resold. That is potentially great news as new digital tickets could not be used for scalping. This doesn't solve all ticketing problems but it is nice to know that something is finally being done to make the experience better for fans.
Along with today's news Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino answers ticketing questions at the D: Dive Into Media conference. He acknowledges many fan frustrations and explains what Ticketmaster plans to do about it in the future.
Fat Tuesday, more like fat everyday. Am I right, am i right?
Listen, if you are looking to do some weekday partying to some local live music then the place to be tonight is Sabrosa. Check out the hardest working band in Grand Junction, Jack and Jill as they take the stage for Mardi Gras. Jack and Jill have played extensively around the area so you might be familiar with their work, but check this. Did you know that the band has a smartphone app? I know, incredible.
Celebrate you last chance to eat rich food, imbibe on your drink of choice, and generally make poor health decisions before you have to give it all up for Lent.