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Metal moonlighting: Weekend warriors Khemmis definitely aren’t in it for the money

“At one point, I would say we didn’t even entertain the possibility of doing the band as a thing for all of us for some period of time. “They know what they want and they have a clear vision. Hutcherson and Beiers said the sold-out “Hunted” album release show at the Hi-Dive in October remains among their top musical experiences so far, right up there with Saint Vitus. 9 album of 2015. That came after Decibel ranked Khemmis’ debut, “Absolution,” the No. Introspective, polished and filler-free, it’s more refined and expansive than its predecessor, thanks to thorough self-editing. Careful planning and smart decision-making have been essential to keeping the band from becoming a financial drag on its members, especially when it comes to touring, which the group and its agents know it can only do in short spurts. Whatever spoils of tour come back with them are to be conscientiously invested. Monday night is a homecoming show of sorts, but once Khemmis really comes home after the tour ends on April 8, its members will settle back into their normal routines: drawing airports, brewing beer, teaching classes or crunching stats in CU’s criminology department and getting together on Thursday nights to jam and rehearse for the next show. Among the people least caught off guard by Khemmis’ rise from local band playing for free admission and beer to critical darlings was Dave Otero. Cost: $12-$14 A bus would be nice, but this tour’s rides are a Honda Civic and a ’78 Chevy van lugging a trailer. Enlists fellow sociologist with shared loved of slow, sludgy music. A change. For right now at least, Khemmis is much more a self-sustaining hobby that pays for an occasional stop at a cool brewery on the road than a ticket to Motley Crue-burning-down-hotel-rooms levels of success and excess. “We’re not going to be so flush that we’re all buying Bentleys or whatever,” Hutcherson cracked. It’s kind of out of our control,” Beiers said. A little more than three years later, band lands a spot in Rolling Stone magazine’s best metal albums of 2016. If somehow it got to a certain level, of course, I think we’d see it through.”
Certain aspects of Khemmis’ wild ride still strike the grounded crew as surreal. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)
But the band is keenly aware that its tight, emotionally gripping album work is at the center of its appeal. Professional and personal commitments have kept Khemmis from throwing itself headlong into the realm of opportunity it’s recently opened. Just as it was getting started, the band had to pass on a 6-week tour with Viking metal stalwarts Amon Amarth. “And I’ll go, ‘Well, our agent is working on it.’  Then it’s like, oh! Beiers, 41, will spend most of the next 18 months drawing up blueprints for the redesign of the Guam airport. The night before that, the band members remember the crowd at a headlining show in Chicago screaming bloody murder before they even picked up their instruments. Head brewer at local brewery pulls up a drum stool. Doors open at 7 p.m. The self-employed engineer has an eight-year-old daughter, and doesn’t get paid vacation. The band practices in a claustrophobic rehearsal space behind the Walnut Room that it shares with local post-hardcore trio Muscle Beach. Still, the band hasn’t forgotten its roots. Maybe “classic” is pushing it, but Denver doom quartet Khemmis has made it work. Where: The Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. Though they, like so many, are transplants, Khemmis proudly flies the red, blue and gold flag of the diverse-if-nascent Denver metal underground that birthed it. It played a sold-out headlining show at Brooklyn rock haven Saint Vitus Bar in January, weeks after thrash legends Megadeth rocked the same stage. Sociology grad student meets freelance engineering project manager through online ad. “People are like, ‘Are you guys going to tour Europe?’ ” Coleman said. At 28, singer/guitarist Phil Pendergast is the youngest. I can’t speak for these guys, but I know I’ve entertained it now. “Sometimes it feels like we’re right on the of cusp of something. Members of the local metal band Khemmis — Phil Pendergast, Ben Hutherson, Zach Coleman and Dan Beiers — in their rehearsal space at Denver’s Walnut Room on March 16. Though Khemmis is an upstart on the national scene, it’s in exact contrast to the devil-may-care band of young’ns that image conjures up. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)
It’s a classic rock ‘n’ roll story. We’re fortunate to be in a position where we don’t have to take every offer, and I think, to some extent, that helps us.”
That doesn’t mean that if the right opportunity came along — say a tour with Metallica or Slayer — the band wouldn’t jump at it. The five-track epic, released in October on super-indie label 20 Buck Spin, not only earned the self-described “doomed rock ‘n’ roll” outfit that (digital) ink in Rolling Stone, but was also named 2016’s album of the year by extreme scene authority Decibel magazine. These are career men, either married or in committed relationships, their early 20s well in the rearview. The wheels are already turning on the next record, seemingly before the amp tubes cool down from the last session for “Hunted.”
In many ways, that album was a reflection of the personality of the band itself. It’s rare to see a band that forward-thinking. (“Some people, their car payment is about what that royalty check was,” bassist Dan Beiers said.) They are drawing interest from larger indie labels, but Warner Bros. The band will roll into the Marquis Theater Monday night riding a wave of momentum almost as big as the sound on its head-banging, heart-wrenching sophomore release, “Hunted.”
Despite its critical success, Khemmis’ metal means remain modest. That just came out of my mouth.”
Local metal band Khemmis is going on tour with Oathbreaker, a biggish Scandanavian metal band. He produced both their albums at his Flatline Audio studio in Westminster. When: Monday. 3, the band continues to stockpile an ever-more impressive catalog of career highlights. “Khemmis is one band that has ability to envision a path and actually realize it in their writing in a way that most bands don’t,” Otero said. “In the moment, it was like, ‘Oh, man, this might be the only cool thing that we ever get offered.’ And thankfully, it hasn’t been,” Hutcherson said. We love the idea of being rock ‘n’ rollers but we’re not 20 years old and wanting to jump in the van at a moment’s notice and come home to overdue bills or all our (stuff) out on the lawn or whatever. And they have a lot of eyes on them now.”

While members plot and ponder Album No. “It’s something we’ve always made clear as a band. A big change. It smoothly weaves together slab-thick riffs capable of inducing “Wayne’s World”-ian bouts of spontaneous head banging, Iron Maiden-tinged harmonies, Thin Lizzy shuffles and sparse, sorrowful clean parts while tackling honest, human themes like fear and doubt. Records isn’t kicking down their door. “But maybe we knock down some individual-level debt.”

If you go:
What: Oathbreaker with Khemmis, Jaye Jayle and Of Feather and Bone. But if it happens, it happens. (The band’s current 15-date tour was scheduled with spring break in mind, but Hutcherson said he was planning to grade some papers in the van.) Drummer Zach Coleman is the head brewer at South Broadway’s Trve Brewing Company. Pendergast and fellow ax man/growler Ben Hutcherson are sociology grad students at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The band has received just one royalty check in its career. Otero said the band brings a level of self awareness and thoughtfulness to its songwriting — just like it does touring — beyond that of your average noisemakers.

Best shows: Dead Man Winter and Dude York

It’s as much for the artist as it the audience, a release valve for overwhelming heartache that doubles as a nice show for the Thursday night rock club crowd. Catch the band at the Hi-Dive on April 5. Tickets: $15-$17 via Dead Man Winter

An authentic break-up album is a funny thing. Cutting a figure of Pixies’ Kim Deal, frontwoman Claire England is in charge of the Seattle band’s head and heart, staking the band’s gruff pop through its chest and threading verse after chorus of catchy melodies through the ears. Written about the dissolution of his decade-long marriage, Simonett deemed the material too personal to perform as his well-known alt-bluegrass project Trampled by Turtles. Dude York plays the Hi-Dive next week. Still, Simonett is most convincing on odd songs like “Weight of the World,” where he’s acoustic, lonesome and convalescing. Tickets are $10-$12 and available via Dude York

Underneath the typical trappings of ratty 2010s millennial rock, disparate pulses courses through the three-piece of Dude York. Catch the band on April 4 at the Bluebird Theater. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. As Dead Man Winter, his former band’s speedy banjo runs are swapped out for lithe electric guitar, which despite the subject material, isn’t always mired in slow minor chords. Songs like “Tonight,” the triumphant single from its breakthrough sophomore release, “Sincerely,” source their pep in equal part from guitarist Peter Richards, whose melody-driven riffs are in practice trace its roots closer to heavy metal rather than expectant indie rock. (Sam Gehrke, provided by Hardly Art)
Dead Man Winter and Dude York are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. Dave Simonett’s “Furnace” follows suit. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram.

N.W.A., Judy Garland, Vin Scully, David Bowie and Talking Heads enshrined forever by Library of Congress

“I don’t think I’ve ever really been recognized the way some artists have been over the years, but I haven’t tried,” McLean says. The selection process works like this: A genre-hopping list of recordings is considered by the National Recording Preservation Board, which is partly composed of artists, archivists, and executives from the record industry (although anyone can make a nomination online). This sense of permanence appeals to singer-songwriter Don McLean, whose 1971 hit “American Pie” made the list this year. The youngest selection on this year’s list is soprano Renée Fleming’s 1997 release “Signatures.” The oldest is an early collection of cylinder recordings made by Col. “It’s a folk song that’s known by everybody by heart that is gonna last forever, because no matter what happens, people will always remember it,” McLean said on the phone from his home in Palm Desert, Calif. The final choices are made by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, after a period of judicious list-whittling and mostly polite debate. (There’s a sister list for movies, the National Film Registry.) Entries are chosen “either because they were hit recordings that somehow captured a moment for us or a particular feeling that endures, or things which are much less well known, but which are still vital to our history and our identity and our entire sense of self,” says Matthew Barton, the library’s curator of recorded sound. “If there’s a nuclear bomb attack, a couple people will be sitting in a cave somewhere, trying to remember all the lyrics to the song. “It’s not like people are saying, ‘What? Everybody else will be wiped out.” (That’s not hyperbole. You never know.”
Most registry selections are works by American artists, though Radiohead, Pink Floyd and U2 have previously made the cut, and David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” appears on this year’s list. “It can get heated,” admits Barton, who is a member of the board. Dr. 8, 1957)
– “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs,” Marty Robbins (1959)
– “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery,” Wes Montgomery (1960)
– “People,” Barbra Streisand (1964)
– “In the Midnight Hour” (single), Wilson Pickett (1965)
– “Amazing Grace” (single), Judy Collins (1970)
– “American Pie” (single), Don McLean (1971)
– “All Things Considered,” first broadcast (May 3, 1971)
– “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars,” David Bowie (1972)
– “The Wiz,” original cast album (1975)
– “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975),” Eagles (1976)
– “Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha,” Gunter Schuller, arr. Dre and Ice Cube of N.W.A attend the 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City. “Probably that’s a good one,” said the band’s former frontman David Byrne in a phone interview. Twenty-five recordings are selected each year for the registry, which now includes 475 audio recordings. George Gouraud, a Civil War hero and friend of Thomas Edison’s, in 1888. (1976)
– “Wanted: Live in Concert,” Richard Pryor (1978)
– “We Are Family” (single), Sister Sledge (1979)
– “Remain in Light,” Talking Heads (1980)
– “Straight Outta Compton,” N.W.A. There were other, later ones that sold a little more. (Mike Coppola, Getty Images)
Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton,” and the 1971 debut broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered” are among the recordings set to be included on the National Recording Registry, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday. “I’m really delighted that the government has taken notice of me in this way, and not by tapping my phone or something.”
The complete list of this year’s selections:
– The 1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud (1888)
– “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (singles), Manhattan Harmony Four (1923); Melba Moore and Friends (1990)
– “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (single), Harry Richman (1929)
– “Over the Rainbow” (single), Judy Garland (1939)
– “I’ll Fly Away” (single), The Chuck Wagon Gang (1948)
– “Hound Dog” (single), Big Mama Thornton (1952)
– “Saxophone Colossus,” Sonny Rollins (1956)
– The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, announced by Vin Scully (Sept. (1988)
– “Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil),” Robert Shaw Festival Singers (1990)
– “Signatures,” Renée Fleming (1997) Among other selections on the omnivorous list are Talking Heads’ “Remain in Light,” the original version of “Hound Dog” cut by Big Mama Thornton in 1952, Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” and a recording of a 1957 baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds announced by Vin Scully. Like many selections, it was chosen more for its unique examination of the American experience than its commercial success, which was modest. Entries chosen for the registry are preserved in both a metaphoric sense (their cultural virtue is enshrined forever) and a physical one: The works will be stored in a giant vault, which is one reason only recordings with physical versions are eligible. “That wasn’t one of our most popular ones. 1 hit and one of the most totemic songs in rock-and-roll history, but, unlike many of the registry’s other selections, it has earned little in the way of official honors, at least until now. There are few hip-hop selections – “Straight Outta Compton” is only the sixth – and those chosen have usually been golden-era-and-slightly-later rap offerings such as Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet.”
Recordings must be at least 10 years old, though most are older, says Barton, the better to consider them in the fullness of time. “There’s no rule against it, but when you look at all the recordings out there you have to ask yourself, are we ready to start repeating ourselves?”
Talking Heads’ groundbreaking, Afro-funk-influenced 1980 album “Remain in Light” is the first recording from the band to make the list. I hate that band!’ It’s never like that.” Conflict sometimes arises when board members want to nominate an artist whose work already appears in the registry, he says. The recordings are stored in a decommissioned bunker dug into the side of a mountain in Virginia’s Culpeper County that was built to withstand a nuclear blast.)
“American Pie” was a No.

Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Bootsy Collins top 2017 Telluride Jazz Festival lineup

It looked to lock in a cross-generational audience, booking the likes of ’80s heroes like Steve Winwood to brand new folk-rock upstarts the Revivalists. Mavis Staples, Macy Gray and Bootsy Collins round out the headliners, three artists atop distinctly different realms of the jazz/R&B tradition: Staples traces her roots to the mid-20th century gospel group the Staples Singers; Macy Gray is a blast from the past of late-’90s R&B pop; and then there’s Bootsy Collins, the de facto lord of rhythm himself, who played with James Brown and in the legendary Afrofuturistic funk-and-soul collective Parliament Funkadelic. Marcus Miller performs at the 2016 Telluride Jazz Festival. Related Articles

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But the top three names here are sure to turn heads. Now, the production company has shared the first look at this year’s Telluride Jazz Festival. Unlike Blues & Brews, this jazz-focused fest is largely sticking to its wheelhouse this year, booking well-respected if not always well-known names in its first round of 20 announced artists. Telluride Jazz Festival 2017 initial lineup
Mavis Staples
Macy Gray
Bootsy Collins & World-Wide Funk Drive
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Miles Mosley
The Suffers
Vaud And The Villains
Davina And The Vagabonds
Hazel Miller Gospel Band
Ranky Tanky
Cha Wa Mardi Gras Indian Band
Bob Montgomery Quintet
Voodoo Orchestra
Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble
Stillwater Foundation All-Stars
Soul Research Foundation
Hooligan Brass Band
The Inevitables
Telluride Jazz Academy Band (Ryan Bonneau, provided by SBG Productions)
Last week, SBG Productions announced the initial lineup for the 2017 Telluride Blues & Brews festival. The festival just announced the initial lineup for its 2017 event. Tickets to the festival are $160-$850 and are on sale now over at These artists and many more (see the full lineup below) will grace Telluride Town Park on August 4-6.

Rateliff, Devotchka benefit concert sets a record for local refugee charity

Frank Anello, executive director and co-founder of Project Worthmore, said the money raised will be used to fund the organization’s ongoing programs, which teach refugees skills like farming, English and how to navigate their new community. The origins of the benefit concert go back to the day President Trump announced his initial executive order on refugees. About $40,000 of the money — which was the total the organization projected to raise in total for the evening — came from ticket sales (it received 90 percent of that money) and Night Sweats merchandise sales on that night, which the band donated in its entirety. (Michael McGrath, Special to The Know)
There’s something beautifully altruistic about playing rock and roll for charity. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play the Ogden Theater in December. Most of the remainder was raised via the auction of two signed acoustic guitars, which were provided by 7S Management. The day after, Anello said Project Worthmore received a bomb threat. To learn more about Project Worthmore’s upcoming events, including art shows and a June 17 festival, check out its website. On March 23, modern Colorado rock luminaries Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Devotchka and Joe Sampson got together to play a show at the Ogden Theatre in the name of Project Worthmore, a nonprofit organization focused on helping the Colorado refugee population. It’s as close as life gets to a kid’s cartoon: a guitarist shredding a solo, which sends out a rainbow that heals all it touches, watering plants, fixing cars and turning rocks into ham sandwiches. The sold-out show, which was hosted by alt-pop group Flobots and featured an appearance by Gov. John Hickenlooper, proved an unprecedented success, raising around $60,000 for Project Worthmore, the largest amount of money the organization has ever received from a one-time benefit. (According to Anello, the FBI investigated the threat, but didn’t find sufficient evidence to link it to any suspect.) Rateliff teamed up with Project Worthmore after Anello, who is a close friend, relayed the story to him.

Download “My My Mind” by Citra, only in Steal This Track

This band must rehearse daily. For many, one of the biggest obstacles to band-hood is mastering an unspoken musical language that allows each member to intuit each other’s instincts. Exactly one year after the release its first EP, which came out only a couple months after its members met, the band is back with a single and B-side that already shows an outfit at a rapid rate of development. 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. (Provided by the band)
Denver indie rock band Citra isn’t wasting any time. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. Below, you can download “My My Mind,” which shows the more power-hungry side of the rock band. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. Citra has no trouble with this. As on the EP, their two new tracks, “Air” and its B-side “My My Mind,” has the band spanning the spectrum of indie rock with fast, joyfully aggressive music with tight changes and varied movements. But then be sure to check out the video for the single “Air.” This track perhaps best exemplifies what a fun, catchy hard rock band Citra could be. If “Air” is any example of what further releases will sound like, Citra could be injecting fun further than Denver city limits. Here, the emphasis is on fun — they say their mission is “to inject a bit of fun into the EDM and folk-rock dominated Denver music scene.”
Fair enough!  

GRiZ announces two Red Rocks shows, live band debut

via Tickets are $49.75-$99.50 and go on sale April 1 at 10 a.m. Real name Grant Kwiecinski, GRiZ typically performs solo with a computer and a saxophone to keep him company throughout his drop-heavy shows. Griz performs during Decadence at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado on December 30, 2016. (Seth McConnell, The Know)
Boulder-based electronic producer/multi-instrumentalist GRiZ has announced a pair of Red Rocks shows for the summer, including the debut of a live band. 1, the 26-year-old will head a band. That will hold true for his Sept. Check out our feature on Denver’s electro-soul scene here. 2 show, but on Sept. Kwiencinski released a video to accompany the announcement on his Facebook page. Related Articles

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Jeff Foxworthy and Eddie Money are throwing a big ol’ barbecue in Denver

(Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP)
Sometimes, all of your uncle’s dreams come true at once. When you aren’t yucking it up to “you might be a redneck” gags with Foxworthy or taking that “Slow Ride” with Foghat, fans can belly up to a host of barbecue options and lawn games. Not only are Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Eddie Money and Foghat going on tour together, but they’re doing it via a traveling barbecue party. The festival will come to Greenwood Village’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on August 19. A snake in a can? Comedian Jeff Foxworthy performs at “1 Night. Your guess is as good as ours. via 1 Time.: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis” at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets are $25-$399 and go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m. The high range of ticket prices are VIP packages, which include things like premier seating, access to special bathrooms, expedited parking and a “Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy survival kit,” which is just described as containing “a number of surprises.” Wet naps? Related Articles

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Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival is a comedy and concert mash up that will clock in at more than six hours, according to a release. 1 Place. “This is gonna rock!”
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Photos: Deafheaven at Summit Music Hall

DENVER, CO – MARCH 23: This Will Destroy You performs at the Summit Music Hall on March 23, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. The band is currently touring off their 2015 album, “New Bermuda.” This Will Destroy You and Emma Ruth Rundle opened the show. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Blackgaze heavy weights Deafheaven brought their brand of volume heavy, shoe gaze influenced black metal to the Summit Music Hall on March 23. Check out our photos of the evening above.

Photos: Sleigh Bells at the Gothic Theatre

(Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Noise pop pioneers Sleigh Bells brought their brand of catchy but hard to define sound to a packed Gothic Theatre in Englewood on Friday night. Check out our photos of the artists above. DENVER, CO – MARCH 24: Tunde Olaniran performs at the Gothic Theatre on March 24, 2017, in Englewood, Colorado. Tunde Olaniran opened the show. The duo released its latest album, “Jessica Rabbit,” in November.

Phoenix to play Red Rocks with Miike Snow, the Lemon Twigs

Tickets are $39.95-$46.50 and go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m. The band will share the Red Rocks stage with Swedish pop band Miike Snow and Long Island’s the Lemon Twigs, who won this year’s Grulke Prize for Developing US Act at SXSW, the conference’s official award for its favorite under-the-radar domestic act. See Phoenix’s entire world tour schedule below. The band plays the venue on June 7. (Kirsten Cohen, The Know)
French pop band Phoenix has been largely dormant in the years since its last album, 2013’s “Bankrupt!”
On Monday, without a whiff of any new songs or even a Beats 1 radio show, the band suddenly sprung back to life like a…well, you know, announcing a world tour, including a date at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Phoenix and the Head and the Heart performs at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on Aug. 8, 2013. Phoenix 2017 world tour dates
5/12/17 Miami, FL @ Fillmore *
5/13/17 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues *
5/14/17 Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
5/15/17 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
6/2/17 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore +
6/3/17 New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
6/4/17 Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Festival
6/5/17 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom +
6/7/17 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks + %
6/11/17 San Diego, CA @ 91x Valley View Casino Center
6/13/17 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater +
6/14/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl +
6/15/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl +
6/29/17 Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival
6/30/17 Marmande, France @ Garorock Festival
7/6/17 Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive
7/7/17 Bilbao, Spain @ Bilbao BBK Live
7/8/17 Herouville-St-Clair, France @ Beauregard Festival
7/9/17 Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeenes Festival
7/13/17 Aix-les-Bains, France @ Musilac Festival
7/14/17 Carhaix, France @ Les Vieilles Charrues
7/12-16/17 Dour, Belgium @ Dour Festival
7/14-16/17 Berlin, Germany @ Melt! Festival
7/20-22/17 Wiesen, Austria @ Out of the Woods
7/22/17 Roma, Italy @ Postepay Rock in Roma
8/11-12/17 Bali, Indonesia @ Sunny Side Up Festival
8/11-13/17 Jakarta, Indonesia @ We The Fest
8/15/17 Manila, Philippines @ Araneta Coliseum
8/18-20/17 Osaka, Japan @ Summersonic Festival
8/18-20/17 Tokyo, Japan @ Summersonic Festival
9/2/17 Dublin, Ireland @ Electric Picnic
9/29/17 Paris, France @ AccorHotels Area
9/30/17 London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
* -With Whitney
+ -With The Lemon Twigs
% -With Miike Snow

Jazz picks: Bassist Eddie Gomez, the Girshevich Trio and Joe Lovano

Live At Newport,” released on the Blue Note label, which has been his home for as long as most any artist on that historic label. (Jimmy Katz, Provided by Blue Note)
Here are a few intriguing gigs lined up at Dazzle Jazz (930 Lincoln St.) in the next couple of weeks:
If you run across an old LP with the name of Eddie Gomez in the credits, odds are you’ve located an object of quality. Aleks is a fine drummer, and the music that’s been released so far by the Girshevich Trio (featuring virtuoso support from Gomez) is complex and intriguing. Details and tickets are available at The group celebrates the release of a new CD at Dazzle Jazz March 29-30. … Smooth guitarist Peter White plays the Soiled Dove Underground on April 7. … NEA JazzMasters Shelia Jordan, Jimmy Heath and Dave Liebman participate in the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival April 20-22. weekday mornings at KBCO 97.3 FM. … Percussion master Zakir Hussain will team up with santoor player Rahul Sharma at the Boulder Theater on April 23, and pianist George Winston will appear there on May 9. Bret Saunders ( can be heard from 6 to 11 a.m. His band, Purnell Steen & Le Jazz Machine, plays Dazzle on April 1. Lovano’s bravado-laden improvisational turns have graced numerous excellent albums in the last few decades, including last year’s archival “Classic! Since the saxophonist doesn’t make many appearances in this part of the country, tickets to these shows should evaporate quickly. Lovano brings his “Classic Quartet” to Dazzle for two nights of what should be inspired dives into the bebop catalogue, April 5-6. Featuring excellent local talent — including saxophonist Max Wagner and bassist Ron Bland — Steen promises “original takes on the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and others,” aided by the vocal prowess of Myra Warren. ——–
Purnell Steen is a committed pianist-bandleader as well as a respected Denver fixture. … Denver tenor saxophonist Keith Oxman (who has an uplifting new CD on Colorado’s Capri Records label, “East Of The Village”) appears with his quartet at Nocturne on March 31. Follow him on Twitter: @Bretontheradio … The difficult-to-pigeonhole keyboardist Marco Benevento is scheduled for Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on March 31 and Boulder’s Fox Theatre on April 1. Tickets range from $15-20, a small price to pay to simultaneously experience the embodiment of jazz heritage as well as its future. Get information at Saxophonist Joe Lovano is appearing at Dazzle. You simply can’t. He’s been the preferred bassist for numerous pianists, and currently Gomez is performing with pianist Vlad Girshevich and his son Aleks Girshevich on drums (who happens to be 12 years old and is described as a “prodigy” in press materials). Related Articles

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Telluride Blues & Brews 2017: Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood and more

They run $175 – $500 and are available via See the initial lineup announcement below. (Image provided by Planet Bluegrass)
With Telluride Bluegrass coming in a few months, it’s about that time of the year when Telluride Town Park starts plotting out the details for its fall festivals. Now in its 24th year, the eclectic celebration of music, beer and more has packed a 2017 lineup full of artists new and old that span genres from legacy folk to funk rock. For more info on that, check out the festival’s website. Planet Bluegrass has released the lineup for its 2017 Blues and Brews festival. Rolling Stone included her on its lists of both best singers and best guitarists of all time (number 50 and 89, respectively). The Know’s Colleen Smith wrote this about the show:
Now into the fifth decade of her career, Raitt is arguably the most successful woman in the music business. This year will bring the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, TajMo (a collaboration of the Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band) and Anders Osborne among the 20 other initially announced acts to the Sept. Bonnie Raitt last performed in Colorado at Red Rocks in Sept. That is, good, but with a little guilt. First up: The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. The festival is also packing a handful of upgrades this year, including a revamped Main Stage and a photography class put on by Rolling Stone’s Barry Brecheisen. VIP and early-bird tickets to this year’s Blues & Brews went on sale March 1 and are sold out, but standard weekend passes, late night tickets and single-day tickets are on sale now. At Red Rocks, Raitt the Great demonstrated why. Her scalding vocals were especially bewitching on stripped-down torch songs “Angel From Montgomery,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” and “Dimming of the Day” — performed as a duet with opener Richard Thompson, who penned the song. 2016. Since 1971, she’s sold more than 16 million records and garnered 10 Grammys. And her slide guitar, as Bonnie herself once put it, sounded like bacon smells. Fullerton featuring Stud Ford & Nic Clark
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  2017 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival lineup

Bonnie Raitt
Steve Winwood
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band
Anders Osborne
The Revivalists
Benjamin Booker
The Blind Boys of Alabama
The Magpie Salute
Delbert McClinton Delbert McClinton and Self Made Men
Tab Benoit
The Record Company
Chicano Batman
Samantha Fish
Ben Miller Band
Eric Lindell
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Robert Finley
Alabama Slim
Jack Broadbent
Monkey Junk
A.J. 15-17 festival. The woman could make a crowd cry just by singing the ABCs.

Download “The Discovery” by Denver’s Mass Praktikal, only in Steal This Track

If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. Reese sets the beat with a live kit, then weaves and layers, swirls and drops all kinds of synthesized and analog sounds around it. Mass Praktikal songs, for the most part, are crisp, fun and invigorating. The full album will be released on Not Art Records on March 27 and available through the usual outlets. Reese as the drummer for the acclaimed post-rock band The Album Leaf, which is not based in Denver. This is an album where Reese’s drums not form the bedrock but also hold a staring role. Now, as Mass Praktikal, he is set to release his debut solo album, titled “To plan is a luxury–to dream, a birthright.” The title is apt because, like much of the Album Leaf catalog, these are instrumental songs with a dreamlike quality. Yes, the result can be a bit chaotic, but it is well orchestrated rather than random. 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. But unlike the Album Leaf, these are Reese’s dreams alone, and many are chaotic. Reese is set to release his debut solo album. Sometimes chaos is synonymous with high energy, and that is what’s going on here. Sadly, the release show will be held in Brooklyn. Below, download “The Discovery” by Mass Praktikal. While he may take a bit of a background role, he’s integral to the Album Leaf, giving the often ambient instrumental music a foundation so it doesn’t drift off entirely. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. But fingers crossed, there will be Denver dates. The Album Leaf’s Timothy C. (Image courtesy of the artist)
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Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is becoming a movie, and we have questions

You’re the first to hear about this exciting news!”
This “exciting news” left us with a few questions:
1. Oh, 1994 Mariah, take us back to a simpler time. Oh no. We know this isn’t really a question, but we can’t help it; it was our first reaction. Is this going to ruin the song for us? “Every holiday season, there are traditions we can’t live without,” a narrator intones as the trailer opens, and a series of words flash in gold-lettered succession: The tree. It has made Carey a lot of money. Is this supposed to heighten demand for a new season of the singer’s glorious trainwreck of a reality show, “Mariah’s World?” Is it meant to make us forget about the unbearably awkward debacle that was Carey’s performance in Times Square on New Year’s Eve? Why? We turned to the video teaser for clues. 2. Singer/songwriter Mariah Carey performs during the launch of her residency “MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on May 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Is it intended to remind us that, once, a long, long time ago, she made this incredibly great song, and she will never, ever, ever let us forget it? Must our cherished nostalgia be transformed into a multi-media empire? And Mariah Carey. The Christmas-dominating pop diva took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that her chart-topping hit is becoming an animated movie, landing in theaters this coming holiday season:
“My song is becoming a movie! The truth is, we love this song. Then the holiday pop goddess herself appears, reclining on a couch in a pearl necklace and plaid flannel pajamas, with a roaring fireplace and a glittering Christmas tree behind her. It played a starring role in the inescapable holiday classic film “Love Actually.” The song has already inspired a book; does it really need to become a cinema spectacle? “There’s just one thing I need.” (To escape, the dog’s eyes scream silently.)
Propped beside them on the couch is a copy of Carey’s children’s book based on the song, which tells the story of a girl who really wants a puppy for Christmas. After all, the song’s lyrics don’t tell much of a story —  they’re a charming mélange of seasonal imagery and romantic yearning. 4. What is the plot, exactly? “I don’t want a lot for Christmas,” she says, clutching a panting terrier who appears to be straining against her grasp. 3. The stockings. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this isn’t a coincidence —  the CGI film will tell the story of a young Mariah who desperately wants a puppy, including some new twists to the book’s simple storyline. It is a tradition we can’t live without, ever since 1994, when a flawless, 20-something Mariah donned a red-and-white knit hat and a puffy snowsuit and pranced around in absurdly fake-looking snow with Santa Claus, and an entire generation of adolescent MTV addicts decided that we wanted to be just like her when we grew up. By Caitlin Gibson, The Washington Post
If you thought you could escape Mariah Carey’s infectious holiday standard “All I Want for Christmas Is You” just because it happens to be March, you’re wrong. (Also, even at the tender age of 12, we knew that song was not about wanting a puppy.)
“All I Want for Christmas” is a relentless hit. The presents. The puppy on the book’s cover strongly resembles the real-life dog on Carey’s couch.