Daily Archives: February 13, 2017

Descendents announce 2017 tour, Denver show

17 at 10 a.m. Seminal California punk band Descendents has announced a 2017 tour, including a show in Denver. Tickets are $28-$30 and go on sale Feb. The band will play the Fillmore Auditorium on July 22. The band is touring in support of its seventh studio album, 2016’s “Hypercaffium Spazzinate.”
Listen to a single off the album below. Photo by Lisa Johnson, courtesy of Live Nation. Seminal punk band Descendents will go on tour in 2017, including a stop in Denver.

Photos: The 2017 Grammy Awards

He looks like a villain from “Pluto Nash.”
This story was first published on DenverPost.com Jacob Collier poses in the press room with the awards for best arrangement instrument and vocals for “Flintstones” and best arrangement instrumental or a cappella for “You and I” at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP

The Grammys went off on Sunday night with more than a few hitches, but you wouldn’t know it from these photos. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. Tip: Don’t leave without checking out what Cee-Lo Green wore.

Adele wins top Grammys, but pays tribute to Beyonce

She slipped into a crowd of musicians when Grammys host James Corden replicated a “carpool karaoke” skit. Chance the Rapper won three awards, including the coveted best new artist trophy. As is less usual, there were a couple of flubs that reminded the audience it was a live telecast. As usual, the Grammy show was heavy on performance. He won a lifetime achievement award in 2006 but before that, his only victory was for a “Blue Jean” video in 1985. She was warmly applauded at the end by fellow musicians, most of whom could relate to rough moments onstage. The awards laid bare how Bowie has been neglected by the Grammys throughout his career. One prominent black artist, Frank Ocean, did not submit his work for Grammy consideration this year and criticized the academy for giving its top album award to Taylor Swift over Kendrick Lamar last year. Kanye West and Drake did not attend the Grammys this year. Singer Adele during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Blue Ivy, her five-year-old daughter with Jay Z, was a scene-stealer in her own right as she wore a Prince-inspired outfit in the audience. Beyonce won two Grammys and her visually arresting performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” won acclaim Sunday. Musician Donny McClaskin, who worked on “Blackstar,” said Bowie had gotten wind before he died that the press thought highly of the disc. Adele called a halt to her George Michael tribute, asking the band to start “Fastlove” again. The Recording Academy did nothing to calm criticism that black artists are overshadowed in major awards by more conservative white musicians. Perhaps sensing it would be her last chance, she took the time to explain her thoughts behind “Lemonade” upon winning the Grammy for best urban contemporary album. During Lady Gaga’s energetic pairing with Metallica — showing a tough girl side that wasn’t on display during her Super Bowl halftime show — duet partner James Hetfield’s microphone malfunctioned and he couldn’t be heard for two verses. “She is my icon of my whole life.”
She told of practicing a Spice Girls song for a school assembly growing up in Britain until her friends turned her on to Beyonce’s singing on the 1997 Destiny’s Child song “No No No.”
“It’s her time to win,” Adele said. “My view is kind of what the (expletive) does she have to do to win album of the year? “I can’t mess this up for him,” she said and apologized to the audience. He kicked the mic stand over and angrily threw his guitar when the song was done. “I was very surprised that he’d only won one Grammy for a video.”
Besides being honored as the top new artist, Chance the Rapper won best rap album, beating out Drake and West. Twenty One Pilots won best pop duo/group performance for the hit “Stressed Out.” They removed their pants when accepting the award — an odd reference to when they watched the Grammys at home in Ohio in their boxers during pre-fame days. Bowie, who died of cancer in January 2016, won each time he was nominated for “Blackstar,” his critically praised final album. “My intention for the film and album is to create a body of work that would give voice to our pain, our struggles, our doubts and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable,” said Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins. Then she addressed Beyonce, praising “Lemonade” as monumental, beautiful and soul-baring. Mars had two show-stopping numbers, his own “That’s What I Like” and a blistering Prince tribute, “Let’s Go Crazy.” On the latter, he even schooled The Time’s Morris Day — and Day’s mirror. “He was very pleased with how it came out artistically,” he said backstage. In tears, Adele thanked the academy for the award and poignantly talked about reclaiming a bit of herself after having difficulties with motherhood. A Tribe Called Quest’s performance was the most overtly political, with guest Busta Rhymes criticizing “President Agent Orange.”
After Adele’s five Grammys, Bowie won four, as did Adele’s producer, Greg Kurstin. This story was first published on DenverPost.com “The reason I felt I had to say something was my album of the year is ‘Lemonade,’” Adele said backstage later. The Grammys featured memorable performances by the likes of Bruno Mars and A Tribe Called Quest, big victories by Chance the Rapper and David Bowie, and some unusual flubs Sunday, but they were overshadowed by Adele’s triumph and how she responded. Sturgil Simpson, as album of the year nominee overshadowed in that category by Adele and Beyonce, won best country album for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.”
Associated Press writers Mesfin Fekadu, Sandy Cohen and Beth Harris contributed to this report from Los Angeles. Adele’s “Hello” won Grammys for song and record of the year and its creator flashed pride: she called it “my favorite song I’ve ever done.”
Her win for album of the year was more of a surprise. “25” was a commercial smash but Beyonce’s “Lemonade” won wider acclaim as an artistic statement. By David Bauder, The Associated Press
In an extraordinary moment between the music industry’s top female artists, Adele beat Beyonce for three of the top Grammy Awards — then said her competitor deserved at least one of them. I felt this album showed another side to her that we haven’t seen and I felt blessed to be brought into that situation.”
If that’s how Adele felt, many Grammy Award critics are likely to chime in. Impressive duets were turned in by Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, the Weeknd and Daft Punk, and Maren Morris and Alicia Keys. It was the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy. Several artists joined in tribute to the Bee Gees as Barry Gibb, the band’s only surviving member, was caught on camera singing along from the audience.

Photos: Run The Jewels at the Fillmore Auditorium

The duo is touring on its recently released album “Run the Jewels 3.” The Gaslamp Killer, Gangsta Boo and Cuz opened the show. DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 11: The Gaslamp Killer performs at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado on February 11, 2017. Check out our photos of the evening above. Run The Jewels also commissioned a mural in Denver across the street from the Fillmore that was finished on the night of the show. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Hip-hop supergroup Run The Jewels brought its Run the World tour to a rowdy, sold-out Fillmore Auditorium in Denver on Saturday night.

Jazz: Genre-less Kneebody playing Metro State’s King Center

“It was great. Tickets $15-20; information at msudenver.edu.)

Innovative vocalist Theo Bleckmann performs at Dazzle on Feb. Follow him on Twitter: @Bretontheradio There are so many reputable artists right here in Denver. 13. I have such fond memories. … Rene Marie, one of America’s finest jazz vocalists, returns to her former Denver home and Dazzle Feb. 24-25. I thought they were so amazing. 12. That’s the way the band’s trumpeter, Shane Endsley explains it, anyway. 13, 7:30 p.m. weekday mornings at KBCO 97.3 FM. For Endsley, the roots of the music he performs does reach back to a classic era of energy in jazz, and growing up in Denver, surrounded by outstanding musicians, also served as an inspiration. “We felt our music is kind of unique, and so is the name,” said Endsley, who grew up in Denver (he’s another successful East High alumnus) but has gone on to bask in the national spotlight as a member of Kneebody in recent years. Bret Saunders (bretsaunders@kbco.com) can be heard from 6 to 11 a.m. 15. … The above-mentioned Eric Gunnison brings his trio to Nocturne on Feb. The music features numerous elements of jazz, thanks in no small part to drummer Nate Wood’s (Wood is also from the Denver area) swinging, polyrhythmic support and all of the members’ collective knack for invention, but the band often seems to be reaching beyond the boundaries of a straight-ahead jazz quintet. The group’s skills have never been more evident than on the “Anti-Hero” release, its ninth, due out on the Motema label on March 3. “The room always fills up with energy and exuberance, and that is so gratifying.”
(Kneebody, King Center Concert Hall, Feb. … Denver’s Dotsero performs Valentine’s night at Jazz@Jack’s. “It’s short and easy to remember.  … Trumpeter Nicholas Payton celebrates the release of his excellent new “Afro Caribbean Mixtape” release at Dazzle Feb. I still think they’re such amazing, world-class players. Endlsey is pleased with the progress the band has made in the studio, but believes the stage is where Kneebody does their best work. From left to right: Adam Benjamin (keyboards), Nate Wood (drums), Kaveh Rastegar (bass), Shane Endsley (trumpet) and Ben Wendel (saxophone)
Kneebody, a collective with a name that has no deep meaning, is the ideal moniker for a group of exploratory musicians who deliberately don’t want to be associated with any specific genre. Endsley’s trumpet shines, as always, and saxophonist Ben Wendel matches Endsley note-for-note throughout. This isn’t the town that jumps to mind for creative music, but it really is.”
Endsley and Kneebody will bring their latest tunes to Metropolitan State’s King Center Recital Hall on Feb. In my opinion, whatever someone says in the first two minutes (in the discussion of naming a group) is right.”
Kneebody has gained critical acceptance through its 15-plus years of melding sharp improvisational chops, rockish rhythms and tightly structured compositions. 21-22. I was into ’50s-era Blue Note records and I’d sit at El Chapultepec with a Coke, watching Kenny Walker, Paul Romaine and Eric Gunnison.  
Kneebody plays in Denver on Monday.

Metallica announces new tour dates, Denver concert

The massive metal band announced a string of North American dates on Monday for its WorldWired tour, including a Denver concert. via livenation.com. Kevin Winter,Getty Images
Never mind that botched microphone at the band’s Grammys performance on Sunday: Metallica is back. As the band announced on Facebook this morning, Metallica will play Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High on June 7. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will perform in support. Recording artists James Hetfield (L) of music group Metallica and Lady Gaga perform onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Tickets are $59.50-$159.50 and go on sale Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.

Run The Jewels leaves Denver a mural with a message

In the film, he’s killed by the police for resisting arrest. “I got into religious discussions, political arguments,” he said. “It’s love taking out hate,” Gamma said. The commissioned piece was the third time Gamma Gallery had painted Run the Jewels, including a 2014 Denver mural inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for Tag the Jewels, a street art contest organized to promote the group’s second album, “Run The Jewels 2.” Check out a time-lapse video of that mural coming together below. Photo by Dylan Owens for The Know. In the mural, Raheem’s “Love” hand points Run The Jewels’ gun sign at his “Hate” hand. In “Do The Right Thing,” Radio Raheem totes a giant boombox like the one in Gamma Gallery’s mural, sporting the same four-finger “Love” and “Hate” rings on his hands. Spray paint cans sit beside Gamma Gallery’s Run The Jewels mural outside of Sancho’s Broken Arrow.. Just as fans began wrapping down the sidewalk on Clarkson St. The spray-painted mural, which depicts a boombox and the likeness of Radio Raheem from Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” holding up Run the Jewels’ signature hand gesture, took “a few days,” according to the artist, occasionally interrupted by passersby who stopped to chat with him about the piece. Before they took the stage at their sold-out show at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, “Killer” Mike Render and Jamie “El-P” Meline, AKA hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, had already left their mark on Denver. around 7 p.m., Denver street artist Gamma Gallery put the finishing touches on a Run The Jewels mural adorning the east wall of Sancho’s Broken Arrow. Keep an eye out for our photos of Run The Jewel’s show at the Fillmore Auditorium tomorrow morning. “Some guy was reciting poetry.”
“Gamma is a Dope AF artist and I’m so honored to once again be the subject of his work,” Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike said in an email about the mural.