Monthly Archives: December 2016

Kanye West visits Donald Trump, talks about “life”

Bush, Anna Wintour and Bill Cosby. It also featured Rihanna, former President George W. The president-elect said they talked about “life.”
Trump said he and West were “just friends” and called the musician a “good man.” The two did not answer questions about whether West would perform at the Inauguration. This story was first published on He also praised the president-elect’s “method of communication” as “very futuristic” and spoke about his plans to run for that office in 2020, saying that he will become “a different kind of president.”
Trump also was shown in a video for West’s single “Famous,” released last year. Last month during a concert in San Jose, California, West said he didn’t vote for president, but if he had, he would have cast a ballot for Trump. (Seth Wenig, The Associated Press)
NEW YORK — A newly blond Kanye West visited Donald Trump on Tuesday, and the two men posed for photos but didn’t say much about their discussion. Asked why he wasn’t speaking, West said, “I just want to take a picture right now.”
West entered the building shortly after 9 a.m. He was not accompanied by wife Kim Kardashian West. 13, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. concert tour. West stood silently next to Trump for photos in the lobby of Trump Tower. with a large entourage. The 39-year-old recently spent over a week in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles for stress and exhaustion. Days before his hospitalization, he abruptly canceled his U.S.

Denver’s Don’t Panic music festival announces inaugural lineup

Gather ’round, Denver punks: There’s a new music festival yearning to make your ears run red. Denver’s inaugural Don’t Panic music festival is set to bring two dozen punk bands to South Broadway on Feb. Tickets to the festival are $25 for both days and $12 for individual shows via Denver’s 2017 Don’t Panic lineup
Off With Their Heads(Full band & Acoustic)
Ray Rocket (from Teenage Bottlerocket)
The Raging Nathans
Allout Helter
Dirty Few
All Waffle Trick
Black Dots
Cheap Perfume
Flight Kamikaze
Jack’s Smirking Revenge
Lawsuit Models
Major Sports
Muscle Beach
Pueblo Escobar
Shiiii Waaaa
The Blackeyed Saints
The Ghoulies
The Larimers
The Sleights
The Swindlin Hearts
The Windermeres A full-band acoustic set from Minneapolis four-piece Off With Their Heads takes top billing at the festival, which will also see Ray Rocket, Nobodys, SPELLS, Dirty Few and more take to South Broadway venues 3 Kings Tavern, Hi-Dive and Mutiny Information Cafe in early 2017. Inspired by festivals like The UMS and THE FEST, Don’t Panic founder Damian Burford said in a release that the event is meant to highlight Colorado’s punk talent as well as the organizers’ favorite bands from around the country. For more information, check out the festival’s Facebook page. 17 and 18. See the initial lineup for the festival below.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey announce 2017 joint tour, Denver date

Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post. But yes, he’s better at soft rock than soft R&B, much of which sounds unfortunately dated in 2014. The streaming age has been kind to nostalgia acts, keeping the flame of interest in the hits of yesteryear burning with endless dance party playlists and throwback Thursday inspiration. The rest of the night was dedicated to the big guns: Richie mashed-up his Commodores wedding-reception favorite “Brick House” into the Ohio Players’ “Fire” and later ended up at a breath-taking “Hello” and a night-defining “All Night Long.” And as Richie and his band shook their hips to “All Night Long” with 9,500 others, there was little question in anybody’s mind about getting their money’s worth. Tickets to Richie and Carey’s first-ever team-up tour are $39.95-$149.95 and go on sale Dec. FILE: Lionel Richie performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 11, 2014 in Morrison, Colorado. 15 at 10 a.m. 17 at 10 a.m. Richie will play the Pepsi Center with Mariah Carrey on April 23, 2017. There are two pre-sales open for the retro hit parade: Dec. for Citi cardholders. via 13 at 10 a.m. via AT&T and Dec. Enter: Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey, who’ve just announced their All The Hits tour, a 35-show lap around these United States that includes a show at Denver’s own Pepsi Center on April 23, 2017. Take that to its logical conclusion and you get rose-tinted one-two punches on the national arena circuit. Former Denver Post music editor Ricardo Baca had this to say about Richie’s June 2014 show at Red Rocks:
Yes, the “I’m on my ways” made for a great singalong. Yes, this monster songwriter still has the voice to fill out his songs.

Denver Fire puts “red tag” on Rhinoceropolis over zoning and code violations

Stephan Herrera, an artist, cartoonist and musician who was one of the residents forced to uproot and find new lodgings, expressed disappointment at the loss of a vital community — and anger at what he sees as economic forces pushing it out of the neighborhood. “I see it as the city using this as an opportunity to push artists out. “We never, ever want to displace residents if at all possible. A GoFundMe page has been set up for those pushed out of the building, and by Friday afternoon it had raised more than $2,000. In a release, Licko stated the organization had no prior knowledge of the inspection, calling it a “rash” directive. in Denver. Denver, CO December 09, 2016. RiNo Art District president Jamie Licko acknowledged that she understood why the city conducted the investigation, calling it a “reaction to what happened in Oakland,” but didn’t agree with how it was executed. Getting the space to where it can continue as a music and art venue is something we can do quickly.”
With Rhinoceropolis effectively shut down, the venue’s patrons have begun fearing for the fate of the city’s other DIY spaces. But with neither smoke detectors nor sprinklers, the building didn’t meet the fire code for residential property and fire officials made the decision to evacuate the premises immediately. The department will “spot check” the relatively small number of city buildings that fall into the square-footage range that hovers between normal business facilities and larger warehouses. The discovery that five people lived there indicated that the structure “fell through the cracks” of enforcement until Denver police became aware of the situation. “There’s a large outcry since last night to let people live there,” Licko said, “(but) getting it up to code as a residential facility is going to be an expensive process and one that can’t be rectified overnight. “As much as we’re grieving what they went through,” she said, “we’re not grieving loss of life.”
  “Let’s be more thoughtful as a community and work together.”
According to Licko, who spoke with property owner Larry Burgess and city zoning officials, Rhinoceropolis may soon host events again, but as an industrially zoned property, it is unlikely to return as a space for housing. Meanwhile, the Denver Fire Department and other city agencies inspected the two adjacent addresses that comprise the building and posted notices indicating that it can only be occupied by contractors until it meets fire standards. This was a disgusting way to react.”
But fire authorities said that simply wasn’t the reasoning behind Thursday evening’s action and a broader examination of such properties that already is underway. The left side of the building houses Glob also a DIY venue along Walnut St. Our community is already grieving and mourning after Oakland. “What will be looked at are structures — not necessarily what’s happening in the structures, but the structures themselves,” Taylor said. Licko asked that those who want to participate in the conversation around RiNo’s artist community get in touch with the RiNo Art District, who plan on pulling together a working group to propose “the next steps for working with the city.”
Starting Friday, any violations noted even at the less stringent fire company level will be referred to the Fire Prevention Bureau for investigation, Taylor said. on one of coldest nights of the year seems like it could’ve been more thoughtful,” Licko said in a phone interview. “It’s important to note we don’t take decisions like this lightly,” Taylor said. 8, 2016. DFD spokeswoman Melissa Taylor noted that while the building had passed previous inspections, it met standards only for commercial occupancy. Those who were part of the tight-knit artistic community, which had personal connections to victims of Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire last week, on Friday moved belongings out of the blond-brick structure in the 3500 block of Brighton Boulevard in the transitioning River North, or RiNo, neighborhood. Those situations are mitigated immediately after they’re brought to our attention.”
Madeline Johnston hugs lease holder John Gross as Zach Burke, an artist with studio space in the warehouse talks with technician Luis Martinez from Denver Fire fire prevention division outside of Rhinoceropolis on Dec. Taylor added she did not know if a heightened sense of awareness stemming from the Oakland fire had triggered concern, or if police received a random call about the property. Denver authorities have “red-tagged” the Rhinoceropolis artists’ space that was evacuated in frigid temperatures on Thursday night, citing a number of fire-code violations and the fact that five people were living in a building that isn’t zoned for residents. But paramount to that is an individual’s safety and we want to make that our priority, which is why immediate action was taken.”
However, she emphasized that the fire department’s response Thursday night was not a “knee-jerk reaction” to the Oakland tragedy, in which 36 people died, but “how we routinely handle situations when we encounter life-safety hazards. Once authorities knew people were living there, the property should have been referred to the Fire Protection Bureau for inspection. Tom, a resident and musician packing his whole life into his car before Denver fire safety and city officials inspect Rhinoceropolis, a DIY venue and studio space for artists and musicians. Despite the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the sudden displacement of the residents, Taylor stressed that a fire could have produced more significant consequences. “From a timing perspective, pulling off an eviction like this at 5:30 p.m. “This enabled me to be around like-minded individuals, to have a dialogue and create beside them and interact with other artists who come here,” said Herrera, gazing up at the second-floor window of his former home.

Jazz: Bret Saunders’ top 10 list of jazz music from 2016

11, and tenor sax master Houston Person appears there Dec. DeJohnette’s drums interact with the offspring of two members from the classic John Coltrane Quartet – saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (one of his solos here was just nominated for a Grammy) and bassist Matthew Garrison, yielding an hour of spiritual magic. Bloom’s latest trio date proves once again she is among the finest living practitioners of the unwieldy soprano sax. Best jazz of the year (Denver Post file)
Here’s my Top 10 list for 2016. This is a glorious blowout all the way through. This story was first published on 17. 16 … pianist Annie Booth appears at Nocturne on Dec. A fearless free jazz piano-drums duo, just like they did it in the ’60s – but the recording quality is better now. Another artist who releases large quantities of sound every year, trumpeter Rob Mazurek’s “world music” fusion project can border on the otherworldly. Halvorson makes superb recordings because her compositions are as compelling as her twisted guitar vocabulary. In person: Katie Glassman and Snapshot present their annual Winter Swing Show at Dazzle on Dec. Mary Halvorson Octet, “Away With You” (Firehouse 12 Records). 16-17 … Denver’s Dotsero will play their holiday show at the Soiled Dove Underground on Dec. He’s slowed down the output significantly in recent years, and now nearly everything he sends out to the world is a stunner. This octogenarian-tenor saxophonist and Miles Davis alumnus records too infrequently. The highly imaginative composer and saxophonist simultaneously released three box sets in 2016. Matthew Shipp/Bobby Kapp, “Cactus” (Northern Spy). Anthony Braxton, “3 Compositions” (EEMHM) 2011 (Firehouse 12 Records). Chicago’s Jason Stein (bass clarinet, comedian Amy Schumer’s older brother) appeared on numerous recordings this year, but this quirky, noisy trio date is the one I returned to the most. Hearts & Minds, “Hearts & Minds” (Astral Spirits). Don’t miss out. Is there such a thing as too much music? This year’s selections were taken from CDs (still hanging in there!) and vinyl (who would’ve seen that coming 20 years ago?) as well as streaming, Bandcamp and downloads from helpful people in the music industry. Reissues: Larry Young, “In Paris, The ORTF Recordings” (Resonance Records); Count Basie And Lester Young, “Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie And Lester Young Studio Sessions” (Mosaic);  Cherry-Tchicai-Schweizer-Francioli-Favre, “Musical Monsters” (Intakt Records). Check out the 4th Annual NPR Jazz Critics Poll at, where this list was included, to see the results from more than 140 writers from around the USA. Avant-Jazz and Senegalese rap merge brilliantly, thanks to an artist dedicated to forging exhilarating new paths. Not a chance. There was a time when it seemed like tenor saxophonist David Murray was releasing an album every week. This set employs his most expressive collaborators and fresh layers of technology to forge some of his most beguiling music ever. It’s getting harder to navigate the depths of sound being made available. This collaboration with pianist Geri Allen and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is everything superior jazz should be: exciting, heartfelt, inventive … this is one release whose title is not hyperbole. Jack DeJohnette, “In Movement” (ECM). Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio, “Perfection” (Motema). Sao Paulo Underground, “Cantos Invisiveis” (Cuneiform Records). Steve Lehman, Selebeyone (Pi). George Coleman,  “A Master Speaks” (Smoke Sessions Records). Jane Ira Bloom, “Early Americans” (Out-Line). This graceful set is one of the warmest recordings of the year. She’s one of the premier sonic creators of the age.

RiNo Art District vows to fight for its artist communities after Rhinoceropolis evacuation

It’s time to be bolder.”
The release does not address the fate of other RiNo DIY spaces or a specific plan of action beyond reviewing zoning of industrial spaces in RiNo “to identify how we can make amendments to allow for utilizing these affordable spaces as live/work places for our artist community in a safe way.”
We’ve reached out to Licko for further comment. warehouse DIY space Ghost Ship. Photo by Joe McCabe, 2 fire that killed 36 people at the Oakland, Calif. “Rather quietly, the RiNo Art District, Business Improvement District and General Improvement District have been working on a number of initiatives to this end, even as we recognize the changing, challenging dynamics happening here. About a dozen residents living in the Denver DIY space Rhinoceropolis were evacuated by the Denver Police Department on Thursday night after the Denver Fire Department found “numerous serious fire code violations.”
The inspection occurred in the wake of the Dec.   Lightning Bolt performs at Rhinoceropolis on April 2, 2007. It’s time to be louder. In a release, RiNo Art District president Jamie Licko stated that the organization had no prior knowledge of the inspection, calling it a “rash” directive issued by the Deputy Chief of Police. Licko voiced support for the artist community that call RiNo home, while conceding that Rhinoceropolis itself will likely no longer be able to house artists and states that the organization respects “both the zoning code and the rights of the property owner on that particular matter.”
“(T)his event brings to the fore a bigger conversation about the need for affordable, flexible creative space within the City of Denver, and RiNo, for artists,” Licko continued in the release.

Tom Petty announces 2017 tour, two nights at Red Rocks

A pre-sale for members of Petty’s Heartbreaker Highway Companions Club member will begin on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. 14 at 10 a.m. Contrary to a previous report, Petty will be joined by Joe Walsh for his Red Rocks shows. Tickets for the show go on sale on Dec. on May 29 and 30. Tom Petty’s 40th Anniversary Tour will come through Morrison, Colo. via  
  Chris Stapleton is set to join on several of the band’s other dates, but won’t perform at Petty’s Red Rocks shows. photos by Evan Semón for Reverb
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers turn 40 next year, and they’re celebrating with an extensive national tour, including two shows at Red Rocks. Tom Petty and Mudcrutch at the Ogden Theater Thursday May 27, 2016.

CU-Boulder lures top young singers, and potential students, with national singing contest

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. It all starts with the competition, which takes place at 15 different locations around the country annually, including the Seattle Opera and the New England Conservatory. If a kid can’t afford it we waive all application fees.”
Of course, CU is also using Schmidt to promote its own music programs, including full opera productions, its CU NOW opera workshop, mentorship opportunities and student work. 10 at Grusin Recital Hall, 1020 18th St. But our goal is to make it available to everyone. Applicants plunk down $45 and fill out an extensive online application that has them listing both a three-song repertoire and recommendations from teachers and choir directors. “One of our former winners, Reggie Smith, just won the Met auditions.”
For the uninitiated, that’s the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which follows Smith’s performances with the Houston Grand Opera Studio and many more across the country. in Boulder. Spots are limited to 35 sophomores, juniors or seniors (sorry, frosh), and the submission process even weaponizes applicants by asking them to name their hometown paper and provide contact information “used for press release,” according to “The (winners) receive national exposure, scholarships and the chance to debut at important venues, so it’s a great launching pad for kids who are aspiring singers,” said Ben Smolder, director of the Schmidt Foundation and the opera program at Miami University of Ohio, where the competition is based. 28 New York event lands at the National Opera Center. The 30-year-old, nationally renowned program lures the country’s most ambitious high school singers to compete for more than $200,000 in prize money, as well as the chance to study at the world’s most prestigious music schools under veteran performers and teachers. Auditions are free and open to the public. 10, debut of the program at the University of Colorado in Boulder a rallying cry for local and regional talent who are convinced they’re ready for the next stage. “The participating students get to perform for top level music professionals and air out their music for a discerning audience,” said Chellis, a former professional opera singer who also serves as artistic director of Michigan’s Up North Vocal Institute. Sat., Dec. Besides the Dec. Notably, Schmidt is not just one of the largest youth singing competitions in the country, but also the biggest with a nonprofit mission. High school student Clara Hevia sings as part of the annual Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, which is coming to CU-Boulder on Dec. This story was first published on Most, like Boulder’s, are at universities, although the Jan. Nationally renowned singing contest comes to University of Colorado at Boulder for first time. 10 competition, the Schmidt Foundation will also host a master class with the judges (Chellis, plus William Florescu of the Florentine Opera Company and Stella Zambalis of the Met and New York City Opera) and offer the winner a chance to attend Schmidt’s summer music program — with most expenses paid. That makes the Saturday, Dec. “This is really based out of the foundation so there’s no money-making aspect of it,” Smolder said. 10 for the first time. (Provided by Eric Anderson)
Whether or not you realize it, you have probably heard at least one winner of the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition over the years at an opera, classical music or chorale performance. “The competition is open to the public and allows CU to show off their facilities as well as faculty to a new audience.”
Since October, Schmidt has been holding about two competitions per month around the country, from Atlanta and West Palm Beach, Fla., to Las Vegas. That’s smart promotion, but it wouldn’t mean much if the program only served the interests of its judges. 303-492-6352 or Colorado and the surrounding area had no representation with Schmidt until Smolder worked with CU tenor and assistant professor of voice Matthew Chellis to bring it to Colorado for the first time. “It’s a big deal to host it.”
SCHMIDT YOUTH VOCAL COMPETITION. “We have so many talented young high school singers here in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, and it is a great way to introduce them to what our voice program is doing here in Boulder,” Chellis said. And for added incentive, the Schmidt Foundation offers a $2,000 matching scholarship for the winning singer to whichever music program hosts the event. Like the 5,000 other young singers who have participated in the contest since it was founded, Smith benefits from the Schmidt Foundation’s partnership with big names like the Kennedy Center, the National Opera Center and Cincinnati Opera. “Scholarships are based on need, and we gravitate toward kids who have a social bent, so if they have a sense of giving back and volunteering that’s also something we look for.

Sorry, Punch Bowl Social: Red Rocks is the most Instagrammed place in Colorado

You probably know Instagram as that special part of the internet where everyone casts their precious photos of sunsets, selfies with friends and fuzzy concert snaps. Chromeo, Cut Copy and Flume perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. Photo by Dylan Langille, 5, 2014. Red Rocks was named the most Instagrammed spot in Colorado by USA Today. The study begs the question: Which Colorado bathroom have the most tweets been sent from? We’ll wait. We’ll wait, USA Today. So it makes perfect sense that Colorado’s most Instagrammed spot is a combination of all three. According to (very scientific) research by USA Today, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is the most Instagrammed place in Colorado. The historic venue beat out Denver International Airport (2), Rocky Mountain National Park (3), Coors Field (4) and the Pepsi Center (5) to claim the top spot.

Best shows: Wood Brothers, Brent Cowles and Kool Keith

See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. Cowles has been cooking up his debut EP for the last year, releasing the promising single “Cold Times” back in October. A playful rapper and progenitor of countless alter egos like Doctor Octagon and Black Elvis, Keith became known as an eccentric of the genre, a title he lays an even more assured claim to today. Expect Cowles to share songs from the new project when he plays Denver’s Larimer Lounge on Dec. Brent Cowles

In case you haven’t heard, former You Me & Apollo frontman Brent Cowles has gone rogue. Since 2006, the brothers have turned Americana on its head, walking bass lines down the scenic route and introducing the world to the shuitar, a guitar-turned-cajón played by third member Jano Rix. Catch Kool Keith at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox on Dec. Kool Keith

Long before Drake, Kanye or Jay Z, there was Kool Keith.  
The Wood Brothers will play the Ogden Theatre on Dec. 7. From its ashes, Cowles has emerged as a formidable stand-alone singer-songwriter, belting out jangling, home-on-the-range folk in a resounding voice that betrays his slight frame. The Wood Brothers

Brothers Oliver (singer/guitarist) and Chris (bass) Wood are sons of Boulder, and you can hear it in the duo’s freewheeling take on acoustic folk. 9. Tickets are $15-$25 via 9. “Paradise,” the band’s latest album, shoots their sound through with jazzy grit as they investigate the elusive nature of satisfaction with guests like Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi as well as Black Keys guitarist-turned-producer Dan Auerbach. Well, sort of — he split off peacefully from the Denver folk-rock five piece back in 2014. Tickets are $26 via Catch The Wood Brothers at the Ogden Theatre on Dec. The M.C.  
The Wood Brothers, Brent Cowles and Kool Keith are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. arose out of hip-hop’s golden years, before any norm for what hip-hop was supposed to sound like could be established. But even as rap’s weird uncle, Keith hasn’t lost a step. Tickets are $12-$15 via If you do, mind where you put your jacket. Get there early: The show has two great local openers in The Velveteers and Kid Reverie. In September, he released “Feature Magnetic,” an album that prizes rapping for the sake of rapping and reaffirms the value of Keith’s singular mind. 10.

Download “Sweet Clavier O’Mine” by Spinphony, only in Steal This Track

This past month, the quartet released its first LP, which contains some of their more popular mash-ups as well as original neo-classical songs. Though they sometimes seem under the radar, Denver has Spinphony, a quartet of classically trained string players who mash classical songs with rock songs. During the day, these ladies play in professional classical symphonies and groups, but by night they turn into rock and classical mashing goddesses. All images of string players sitting respectfully before a music stand are gone. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. Below, download “Sweet Clavier O’Mine,” a mash-up of music from Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Cavier” with Guns ‘n’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’Mine.”

Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. These ladies dance about the stage like rockstars, dressed in short skirts and high heels. Artists like Girl Talk find common ground for songs that sometimes seem like they have nothing in common. Most often, this is music for DJs, but there are the rare live performers, like Apocalyptica, which began as a classical string trio mashed up with Metallica songs. In 1976, Walter Murphy released “A Fifth of Beethoven,” a disco-infused version of Beethoven’s famous symphony. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. A Spinphony show, which sometimes includes a backing DJ, is a bombastic event. Today, mash-ups comprise a genre all its own. Perhaps the earliest mash-up, the song reached number one. If you’re a Colorado band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration. If audiences don’t recognize the classical songs being mashed, they will certainly recognize the classical interpretations of the rock and pop songs like Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” or AC/DC’s “Back in Black.”
Spinphony performs at a lot of private corporate events each year, but this past year they held a weekly residency at The Clocktower Cabaret and plan other public shows in 2017.

Q+A: D.R.A.M. knows what you should get mom for Christmas

Do you feel like these apostles of hip-hop are still the new generation of rap? I might try it anyway. What other genres have a place in your heart? But the other records we’re working on, we were in the studio in Dallas in the springtime. What gift would you recommend getting for mom? I can’t be out there on a crutch. A: I wish I could play piano. Shelley Massenburg-Smith loves being D.R.A.M. I might start taking lessons once my schedule isn’t so crammed. The slogan we said was, “piano is key.” We’re working on the next installment, and I’m sure it’ll be the same. Afterward, we laughed about how piano driven it is. A heartfelt card always means something, too. Now, we’re waiting on quadruple platinum.”
D.R.A.M. Q: The holidays are here, and moms are impossible to shop for. will bring “Broccoli” and the rest of his major-label debut, “Big Baby D.R.A.M.,” to Breckenridge’s Riverwalk Center on Dec. Tickets to the concert, which also features Joey Bada$$ and DJ A-Trak, are $37.50 via I also love doo-wop and musicals. And perfume. Fast-forward to Dec. Do you play? A: You have no idea how ecstatic I am that we’re even at this point, making music at this level. Q: You grew up singing in a gospel choir. 10 in tandem with Dew Tour, a snowboarding festival. It does look fun, though. Q: You worked with 19-year-old rapper Lil Yachty on “Broccoli,” who wrote off hip-hop elders like Tupac and Biggie. But my studies go deeper than just classic hip-hop, although it is a huge foundation. Every woman appreciates very good perfume. So yes, homie, I am an official funkateer. Put a small card there inside of the perfume box and put that in a ballin’ type purse. Q: Erykah Badu features on “WiFi,” off your Atlantic debut “Big Baby D.R.A.M.” It must be almost disappointing to check off working with a legend of her stature so early on in your career. A: Absolutely not! (The son of a military mom, Massenburg-Smith was born in Germany.)
But, one of that EP’s tracks was “Cha Cha.” Over a hastily sampled clip from Super Mario, D.R.A.M. “For some odd reason, this record has grown into the fabric of America,” Massenburg-Smith said of “Broccoli.” “When we weren’t even sure if the song was going to do anything, it was on its way to double platinum. D.R.A.M.’s latest single, “Broccoli,” has just gone double platinum. (Parliament Funkadelic’s) George Clinton, the G.O.A.T. Are they out yet? Q: Your first show in Colorado was at Red Rocks, which is a huge feat. One where you can’t turn the pages — the wind turns them naturally. A little buddy told me they charge over 800% on what they need to be charge. I love piano in general. A: I feel like in general we need to stop criticizing one another for what each other’s generation feels and how they approach things. Q: Can you talk more about those other tracks you cut with Badu? went down a warp pipe: The song went viral in fits, and then — blessing among blessings — Beyoncé posted a video of herself dancing to it for her millions of Instagram followers. Then, consider that in 2014, he was just releasing his first-ever group of songs, “#1EpicEP,” which was at the time barely anticipated in his adopted hometown of Hampton, Va. It was an experience. If there’s one thing you can learn from ten minutes on the phone with the 28-year-old artist, it’s that. A: Listen: Don’t go the jewelry route. A: Somebody over there sent me a snowboard, so I I might try to get on top of one of those jumps if it has training wheels. We didn’t work on “WiFi” in the same room — I sent those tracks to her. I think you’d be better off getting her a nice designer purse. It’s just like its always been: The younger generation is quote-unquote misunderstood. He’s calling from somewhere in the Hollywood Hills, gearing up to perform at Cali Christmas 2016, an annual holiday concert put on by Los Angeles’ hip-hop radio station Power 106 where he’ll share time with the likes of 2Chainz and former N.W.A. We talked to the artist about working with Erykah Badu, his favorite musical and what to get your mom for Christmas. Between puffs of weed, you can practically hear him grinning. member Ice Cube. Overall, this project does have a lot of keys in it. A: Red Rocks is by far my favorite venue that I have performed at. “The Sound of Music” is my favorite musical. What was your impression of it? himself, told me I was a funkateer. The space, that atmosphere, the way it’s laid out and the people … they really love to show that love back. Consider that D.R.A.M.’s first Colorado show was Red Rocks, for September’s Mad Decent Block Party. If it doesn’t … I don’t know. Q: “Big Baby D.R.A.M.” is full of bouncy piano lines, including your two current hits, “Broccoli” and “Cash Machine.” What is it about that sound that draws you? I was born in ’88, so I was around when (Tupac and Biggie) were still in the game. If all else fails, go to those ladies that are super-duper hip in the middle of the Macy’s — the ones with the glass all around them, where it smells so good — and ask them, “What would you kill to have here?”
Q: You’re going to be performing in Breckenridge. She’s been a fan and a huge influence on my sound, so for her to embrace that and want to make music work with me … it’s another chapter of this book of dreams. It wasn’t on purpose. Piano doesn’t ever stop being key. A: I consider myself a funkateer.  I’m deep into the Hot Buttered Soul movement of the late sixties and early seventies. Are you going to get out on the slopes at all? — forget the world. 2. It’s no wonder: The singer-rapper has checked off more career milestones in two years than most artists do in a lifetime.

Grammy noms: 9 for Beyonce, 8 each for Drake, Rihanna, Kanye

1, 2015 through Sept. 12, 2017. I’m moving.”
Sturgill’s album is up against Loretta Lynn’s “Full Circle,” Keith Urban’s “Ripcord,” Morris’ “Hero” and Brandy Clark’s “Big Day In a Small Town.”
Lori McKenna, who won a Grammy this year for co-writing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” is nominated for best country song for penning Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind.” She also scored nominations for best Americana album, American Roots performance and American Roots song for her own work. Sturgill was in a bit of controversy this year when he posted on Facebook that the Academy of Country Music Awards should not have created an award named after Merle Haggard when he felt they never showed true love to the country outlaw, who died this year. Some well-known acts scored their first Grammy nominations Tuesday, including Solange, Blink-182 and Demi Lovato, who will compete against Adele, Bieber, Sia and Ariana Grande for best pop vocal album. This year the Recording Academy allowed streaming-only recordings — released on paid-subscription platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal but not for sale on iTunes — to be eligible for nominations, giving Chance the Rapper a fair chance. The pop star is the leader of the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with “Lemonade,” and song and record of the year with “Formation,” announced Tuesday, Dec. Adele, who has five nominations, is up for best pop vocal album (“25”) and pop solo performance (“Hello.”) The Grammys will be presented in Los Angeles on Feb. (Andrew Harnik, AP File)
NEW YORK — The Grammy Awards are sipping all of Beyonce’s lemonade. “Artists are feeling emboldened and courageous and just wanting to step out of the predictable boundaries of what they have done. The breakout performer scored seven nominations including best new artist, pitting him against country singers Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini; singer-rapper Anderson Paak; and pop-EDM duo the Chainsmokers, whose recent hits include “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”
Chance the Rapper earned three nominations for best rap song: His hit, “No Problem,” is nominated, and he has writing credit on the Kanye West songs “Famous” and “Ultralight Beam.” West will compete with himself in three categories: best rap song, rap performance and rap/sung performance. Of course, (Beyonce) is the poster child for that,” Recording Academy CEO and President Neil Portnow said in an interview with The Associated Press. Beyonce’s nine nominations include best rock performance (“Don’t Hurt Yourself” with Jack White), pop solo performance (“Hold Up”), rap/sung performance (“Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar) and urban contemporary album (“Lemonade”). 30 were eligible for nomination. Deceased nominees include Joey Feek of the duo Joey + Rory (best gospel roots album for “Hymns”). In this Nov. For album of the year, “Lemonade” and “25” — which has sold 10 million copies in a year — will compete against Drake’s multi-hit “Views,” Justin Bieber’s redemption album “Purpose” and surprise nominee “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” the third album from respected and rebellious country singer Sturgill Simpson. About 13,000 Recording Academy members voted in the 84 Grammy categories from 22,000 submissions. The pop star is the leader of the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with “Lemonade,” and song and record of the year with “Formation.” The singer, who already has 20 Grammys, is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year. With 62 nominations over the years, Beyonce is the most-nominated women in Grammy history. Acts tying McKenna and Bowie for four nominations include Bieber, Morris, Kirk Franklin, engineer Tom Coyne, and producer-songwriters Max Martin, Greg Kurstin, Benny Blanco and Mike Dean. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce performs at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Amy Schumer earned two nominations, including best spoken word album and comedy album. David Bowie, who died from cancer in January, earned four nominations for his final album “Blackstar,” including best rock performance, rock song, alternative music album and engineered album, non-classical. Tyler Joseph, the lead vocalist of twenty one pilots and the duo’s main songwriter, scored five nominations for “Stressed Out” (record of the year, pop duo/group performance) and “Heathens” (best rock song, rock performance and song written for visual media); twenty one pilots, which includes drummer Josh Dun, earned three nods. Behind Beyonce are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who scored eight nominations each. Songs and albums released from Oct. But listen to (his) album — it’s quite extraordinary,” Portnow said of Bowie. The singer, who already has 20 Grammys, is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year. “I think this is beyond sort of the sympathy vote, because sometimes you’ll see those kinds of things happen just ’cause people feel sorry about it. Related Articles

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Like Beyonce, Adele is also nominated for album, record and song of the year. “7 Years” is also up for song of the year — a songwriter’s award — battling Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” co-written with Ed Sheeran, Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill In Ibiza,” as well as Beyonce and Adele’s songs. He closed his long post saying: “(Expletive) this town. Chance’s “Coloring Book” and West’s “The Life of Pablo” are nominated for best rap album along with Drake’s “Views,” De La Soul’s “And the Anonymous Nobody,” DJ Khaled’s “Major Key” and Schoolboy Q’s “Blank Face LP.”
Sturgill, who had been nominated for best Americana album at the 2015 Grammys, also sees his nine-track album nominated for best country album. 6. Beyonce’s “Formation” and Adele’s “Hello” are up against Rihanna and Drake’s “Work,” twenty one pilots’ “Stressed Out” and Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” for record of the year.

In Question: The Revivalists

7 will be the first of a several chances to catch it in the coming months. Below, lead singer David Shaw imagines 2016 as a concept album. THE QUESTION IN QUESTION:
The death of some of pop’s greatest heroes, the rise of Ken Bone, grilled cheese stuffed pizza crust in absentia of hot dog stuffed pizza crust  — 2016 was a rough one. If The Revivalists escaped you in 2016, we’d wager that’s going to change by this time next year. I’d say that it would be a concept album based loosely on the power of love vs the love of power. THE ANSWER:
2016 was a b*tch of a year for a lot of people in this world. That’s why we invented In Question, an all-or-nothing, one question Q-and-A series. There were also quite a few amazing things that happened as well. Some song titles that come to mind:
“Fools Gold,”
“The Long Con,”
“Cheetos Don’t Mix With Politics”
“Burnin And Lootin”
“Two Black Holes”
“Fill it up”
Read our first In Question, featuring Hiss Golden Messenger, here. 7. If pressed to write an album on the year, what would the track list look like? In early February, they’ll play Fort Collins’ Aggie Theatre, Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center, Aspen’s Belly Up and Denver’s Ogden Theatre. So many bands, so little time. The band’s sold-out set at Boulder’s Fox Theatre on Dec. The bayou-born septet built up some barnstorming momentum this year off the strength of their latest album, “Men Against Mountains,” whose blues-pop single “I Wish I Knew You” has led them to a tributary of mainstream recognition, including a shout out in Rolling Stone and a number one spot on Billboard’s Adult Alternative list back in September. The Revivalists’ David Shaw, center, imagines the track list of a 2016-themed concept album. Photo via Right Angle PR. The Revivalists play Boulder’s Fox Theatre on Dec.

93.3’s Not So Silent Night at the FirstBank Center

Check out our photos of the night above. 2. Empire of the Sun, Kaleo, The Strumbellas, JR JR and Denver’s own 888 performed. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

93.3’s Not So Silent Night rocked through Broomfield’s FirstBank Center on Friday, Dec. BROOMFIELD, CO – DECEMBER 2: Empire of the Sun performs during Channel 93.3’s Not So Silent Night at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado on December 2, 2016.