By David Goe
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Dixiefest starts today and if you don't know where to start when it comes to picking out which of the 40+ bands to see, start with these two: Forsberg and Cheapart. I caught up with the drummer of both bands, Joe Foelker, and he's pumped up for the weekend.
"Stoked for Dixiefest," Foelker said. " We will bring the punk rock and hardcore and we are ready to go fast and take names."
One of Foelker's bands, the trio Cheapart, are armed with new merch, new songs, and new DIY recordings. Forsberg, the latest of Foelker's projects, is a five piece hardcore band also ready to debut new material at Dixiefest.
"We just want to play music and share it with people," Foelker said.
Foelker has been drumming in local bands for as long as I can remember. You may have seen him playing in the popular (and disbanded) ska punk group Bad Karma Kings in the past.
Catch both of his new projects Cheapart and Forsberg this Saturday, June 8 at Dixiefest at the 4th Door in downtown Grand Junction. You can purchase a four day pass for $25 at the door or single day passes from any of these bands or at First Issue Tattoo Studios.
By David Goe
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
This Saturday (6/8) local pop group Dreamboat is throwing a CD release party. The new album "Head Filled Up With Stars" was recorded last Summer and is finally set for release. Many of the songs on "Head Filled Up With Stars" are staples in the band's live sets. The album also includes rarely played tunes "If You Go," "Can You Help Me," and "She Knows." Dreamboat will play the album in full, plus a few extra songs this Saturday at Sabrosa. The release party will also be your first chance to pick up a copy of "Head Filled Up With Stars." Only 100 copies are available.
This show marks the start of a busy couple of weeks for the band. On Friday, June 14, Dreamboat will play with Bad Weather California and Jason Anderson at Casa Coyote then travel to Denver to play The Knew's 7" release party at Unit E the next day.
By David Goe
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Here is your first look at Dixiefest, a punk, hardcore, and metal music festival featuring both local and national bands. This four day event takes place at the 4th Door at 4th and Grand in Downtown Grand Junction, June 6 - 9. Here is the announced line up as of May 28. You can purchase a four day pass for $25 at the door or single day passes from any of these bands or at First Issue Tattoo Studios.
Thursday, June 6
Shelly Jameson (L)
Dinosaur the Musical (L)
Friday, June 7
The Opportunist Band
Anywhere But Here (L)
Here Lies The Difference
The Hollerdays (L)
No Cash Value (L)
Saturday, June 8
Thats So Punk Rock
Before Were Done
Cheap Art (L)
As If (L)
Too Late For Tomorrow
Sunday, June 9
So This Is Suffering
Isle of Patmos
Wall of the Fallen
Start Looking Up
Rise to the Occasion
Prophecy the Iron Monk
By David Goe
Friday, May 24, 2013
Spock may have mastered his emotions but it's a lot more difficult for us. If you've seen the new "Star Trek" movie you know that tensions run high throughout the film, and a big part of the emotional atmosphere is the musical score. Part of what makes the rebooted Star Trek movies so cool are the beeps and boops from the captains deck, the "beam me up Scotty!" transporters, and the "set phasers to stun" laser shots. Couple those space sounds with a full orchestra and you've got a dazzling soundscape to match the stunning visuals from "Star Trek Into Darkness."
Check out this interview with the mastermind behind the film's score, music conductor and orchestrator Tim Simonec. Simonec works directly with director J.J. Abrams to create the tension filled score. This interview gives you a sense of what it's like to match music to the film footage and just how labor intensive movie making is. Pretty amazing stuff here.
By David Goe
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This Friday we get a proper look at two new bands, Wave Baby and Rebel Spaceships. Though new as bands, both groups are made up of familiar faces. Wave Baby is the new project of former Heavy Drags members Gavin Bistodeau and Andrew Watson and Rebel Spaceships is the reunited band of recently returned musician Jason Dunn.
"We are a three piece guitar rock band with vocal harmonies," Dunn said. "We've been playing together for about six months, but Rebel Spaceships used to play around town like ten years ago. I just got it going again with new members." Rebel Spaceships is influenced by everything from classic rock and punk bands like The Ramones, The Misfits, to surfy stuff like The Ventures and Dick Dale.
"If I'm going to be completely honest with myself, I am pretty influenced by older metal bands like Metallica and Slayer and Iron Maiden," Dunn added.
Wave Baby on the other hand is a guitar and drum, vibed out, stony baloney duo. According to drummer Watson, Wave Baby is "cranking guitar, reverb city, blasted out, clap your hands too drum beats and bright tunneled vocal" rock music.
It sounds like if you dig guitar driven indie rock this is the show to check out. Friday night is sure to be a shredders paradise with Dunn, Bistodeau, and Bronco Country's Griff Chiono all ripping on guitar.
Check out their sets of new bands Wave Baby and Rebel Spaceships at Cruisers on Horizon with support from Bronco Country. This is a 21 and up event and there is a $5 cover.