Top Ten of 2k16, #6: Parquet Courts, Human Performance

I’ve been a big fan of Parquet Courts since they released their major-label debut, Light Up Gold, in 2012.  They consistently channel the raw energy of a punk band like The Stooges, while layering in clever wordplay and historical allegories in a more sophisticated manner.  On their 5th album in as many years, Human Performance, … Continue reading Top Ten of 2k16, #6: Parquet Courts, Human Performance

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About Last Night – Hamilton Leithauser at the Bluebird Theater, 1/25/2017

Oooh, that voice! Hamilton Leithauser played a short, intimate set to a (last-minute) sold out Bluebird Theater.  At a capacity of 550, the historic Bluebird doesn’t host many larger acts, but Leithauser (aka lead singer of now defunct indie-rock stalwarts The Walkmen) fit the bill perfectly and the show sold out on the day of … Continue reading About Last Night – Hamilton Leithauser at the Bluebird Theater, 1/25/2017

New Release: Spoon, “Hot Thoughts”

This new track from Spoon is a scorcher: The title track from their upcoming album contains all of the elements of classic Spoon, angular guitars and layers of atmospheric synth peppered around Britt Daniel's sultry vocals, but it also manages to sound fresh, adding a splash of disco and R&B to the already rhythmic landscape.  These guys simply won't … Continue reading New Release: Spoon, “Hot Thoughts”

About Last Night: Jazz Is PHSH / Talking Dreads at Cervantes

OK, so this show wasn’t actually last night. It’s hard to write about a show the next day!  I usually need some time to recover, and this time was no different. Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom is the quintessential jam-band venue in Denver proper. Located in the Five Points neighborhood, the venue generally hosts various hippie/jam/bluegrass shows … Continue reading About Last Night: Jazz Is PHSH / Talking Dreads at Cervantes

Top Ten of 2k16, #7: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

The long-awaited 3rd album from Justin Vernon’s most prominent project/pseudonym, Bon Iver, is another stylistic departure and progression into digital experimentation.  The pained and breathy falsetto remains, but throughout 22, A Million, Vernon modulates his vocals through a software program called “Messina” (named for his engineer Chris Messina) that creates glossy, choral effects.  The program … Continue reading Top Ten of 2k16, #7: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Wednesday Cover: Phantogram, “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”

Phantogram recently covered this Radiohead classic (2007 is classic, now??) for the Triple-J "Like a Version" series of recordings, hosted by the Australian radio station each Friday morning. You gotta hand it to singer Sarah Barthel, not many rock vocalists can replicate Thom Yorke's operatic wail, but she pretty much nails it.  Great band, great song, … Continue reading Wednesday Cover: Phantogram, “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”