Wednesday, January 30, 2008

i need a raise. or more show passes.

Jens Lekman @ the Gothic Theatre on March 27!! Of course that's the same night that Headlights and Evangelicals are playing the Hi-Dive. WTF am I going to do?!?

oh, and lest i forget to mention...

Vampire Weekend will be bringing their Ivy League indie pop to the Bluebird on April 1st. Yay!

the tours just keep on comin'...

Not that I'm complaining...


28 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
29 Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
31 Boston, MA Somerville Theatre

1 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
2 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
4 Toronto, ONT The Mod
5 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
6 Chicago, IL Park West
7 Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theatre
9 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
11 Seattle, WA Showbox Theatre
13 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
14 San Francisco, CA Palace Of Fine Arts
15 Los angeles, CA El Rey Theater

the walnut room... bringin' it this spring

Well, a nice hat trick of very promising shows, anyway:

Peter Mulvey @ Walnut Room - February 2

Basia Bulat @ Walnut Room - February 22

Destroyer w/Andre Ethier @ Walnut Room - May 3

Sunday, January 27, 2008

kids, you don't want to miss these...

Just found on the Larimer Lounge website:

3/6/08 The Whigs/The Spinto Band/The Teeth
I don't know much about The Whigs, but The Spinto Band and The Teeth are all kinds of awesome.

3/28/08 The Cribs/Ra Ra Riot
Holy. Fucking. Hell.

shows of interest for 1/28 - 2/3/08

Monday, January 28
Fight Like Hell @ Marquis Theater
Thunder Malloy @ Larimer Lounge

Tuesday, January 29
Grouch & Eligh @ Fox Theatre
The Silver Cord @ Larimer Lounge
Wyclef Jean @ Gothic Theatre

Wednesday, January 30
Calm. @ Larimer Lounge
U-Melt @ Fox Theatre

Thursday, January 31
BLVD @ Fox Theatre
Gallows @ Marquis Theater
The Pseudo Dates @ Larimer Lounge
The Swindlers @ Hi-Dive

Friday, February 1
Blood On The Wall @ Larimer Lounge
Editors @ Ogden Theater
Hot Buttered Rum @ Fox Theatre
The Liars @ Marquis Theater
Talib Kweli @ Gothic Theatre
Widowers @ Hi-Dive

Saturday, February 2
D. Biddle @ Hi-Dive
Git Some @ Larimer Lounge
Hot Buttered Rum @ Fox Theatre
Keller Williams @ Fillmore Auditorium
P-Nuckle @ Gothic Theatre
Poison In The Well @ Marquis Theater

Sunday, February 3
Ten And Tracer @ Larimer Lounge
Tim Finn @ Boulder Theater (E-Town)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

strip mining

OK, so I don't know if it's because I've had a couple of drinks or what, but this is fucking hilarious to me... of course, only if you know the title of the comic, which is, of course, "strip mining":

Oh, natalie dee, I love you so hard.

And because I've had nothing of interest posted here lately, these are some albums that I am digging really a lot at the moment:

Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster
This is just all kinds of amazing dance-tastic-ness...

Grand Archives - The Grand Archives
OK, so this one (to my knowledge) hasn't even leaked yet, but I've got a promo copy for review. So mostly I'm just bragging. It's really really really awesome.

Juno Sountrack
Can't stop listening... just... can't... stop...

Evangelicals - The Evening Decends
For people who like complete aural fucking freakouts. Fantastic.

British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Yes, yes I do like rock music. Especially, I like THIS rock music.

The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
Well, I mean, it's the Mountain Goats, so... It's lovely. Plus the album cover is beautiful.

Christian Silva - Onward!
Read. Awesome.

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
I'm pretty much all about anything Vampire Weekend lately...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

shows of interest for 1/21 - 1/27/08

Monday, January 21
Split Lip Rayfield @ Fox Theatre

Tuesday, January 22
Johnny Knows Karate @ Larimer Lounge
Lenny Kravitz @ Paramount Theatre
Melee @ Marquis Theater
V.A.S.T. @ Fox Theatre

Wednesday, January 23
The Art Of The Break @ Larimer Lounge
Ruiner @ Marquis Theater
Queensryche @ Fillmore Auditorium
Steep Canyon Rangers @ Boulder Theater
Vast @ Bluebird Theater

Thursday, January 24
Black Pegasus @ Fox Theatre
The Expendables @ Bluebird Theater
The Occasional Heat @ Larimer Lounge
The Railbenders @ Fillmore Auditorium

Friday, January 25
Big Easy Blowout @ Boulder Theater
Drag The River @ 3 Kings Tavern
Fell @ Larimer Lounge
Lazyface @ Soiled Dove
Rose Hill Drive @ Bluebird Theater
Son Of Man @ Gothic Theatre
STS9 @ Fillmore Auditorium

Saturday, January 26
5280 @ Gothic Theatre
Gasoline Lollipops @ Hi-Dive
John Croghan @ Larimer Lounge
Rahzel @ Fox Theatre
Rexway @ Soiled Dove
STS9 @ Fillmore Auditorium
STS9 After Party @ Gothic Theatre
The Subdudes @ Ogden Theater

Sunday, January 27
The Mars Volta @ Fox Theatre

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

the drew & natalie empire, juno, christian silva, aka the addiction post.

I am a huge fan of all the Natalie Dee, Toothpaste For Dinner & Married To The Sea comics.

This one makes me laugh, not because I did ANY of these things, but because I have managed to delete my enter iPod not once, but twice. So this comic made me think of me:

In other and semi-non-related musical news, I finally finally finally saw Juno tonight. As I expected, it was amazing.

Ellen Page deserves every award known to man for this film. She is awesome. And I have a rather, (well, probably because I'm nearly old enough to be his mom) motherly crush on Michael Cera. If you can count yourself among the lucky few to know the absolute genius that was Arrested Development, you know what I'm talking about. The kid is adorable yet talented, and while it seems that he's being typecast lately, I do believe he's young enough to break away from that. The quality projects that he's been involved with indicate a bright future indeed.

We went to the new Landmark in Greenwood Village, and It. Was. Awesome. Imagine a girl's night out with friends, popcorn, and gin & tonic. What in the world could be better?!?

The music-related-ness comes from the Juno soundtrack. It is awesome, check it out.

And just now I'm listening to my most recent (OK, so starting a few months ago and continuing on until NOW) musical obsession: Christian Silva. I'd actually given Christian a break for a while, but I'd had to get a review of his debut album done over the weekend (oh, oh - did I mention that it was featured?!?), and it riled my obsession up all over again. Soooooo fucking good. I even got a really nice comment about it. :)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

looking forward to 2008!

I doubt that 2008 can match 2007's avalanche of wondrous new albums, but there are definitely things to be excited about in the months to come... Here are the albums (some certain, some rumors) that I am looking forward to this year:

Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
Beach House - Devotion
*Bodies Of Water - Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink
*British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Britt Daniel
Built To Spill
*Christian Silva - Onward!
Cloud Cult
Colin Meloy - Skulls, Ship, Sheep
Dan Deacon
Daniel Lanois - Here Is What Is
Death Cab For Cutie
Destroyer - Trouble In Dreams
DeVotchKa - Spirit
Dirty On Purpose - Like Bees EP
Dirty Pretty Things
Early Day Miners
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
*Evangelicals - The Evening Descends
Franz Ferdinand
Frightened Rabbit - Midnight Organ Fight
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. - Searching For The Hows And Whys
Gillian Welch
Girl Talk
*Grand Archives - The Grand Archives
Great Northern - Sleepy EP
Handsome Furs
Hello, Blue Roses
Isobel Campbell
The Kooks - Konk
The Long Blondes - Couples
Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now Youngster...
Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
The M's
Man Man - Rabbit Habits
Mates Of State
*Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
Patrick Wolf
Pete Doherty
The Postal Service
R.E.M. - Accelerate
Say Hi - The Wishes And The Glitch
Shearwater - Rook
Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Pershing
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
Sun Kil Moon - April
Tapes 'N Tapes
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
What Made Milwaukee Famous - What Doesn't Kill Us
Wolf Parade
The Wrens
*Xiu Xiu - Women As Lovers
* = the few albums that I've actually had the opportunity to listen to. They are mostly brilliant so far... go 2008!!

Early prediction - British Sea Power, Christian Silva, Grand Archives, Mountain Goats & Vampire Weekend are going to figure high in the end of year list. Note it. (Actually, look for more fawning over the Grand Archives album, and soon. I know it's only January and too early to start thinking about album of the year, but...). Yeah.

shows of interest for 1/14 - 1/20/08

Monday, January 14
Across Five Aprils @ Marquis Theater
Disaffected @ Larimer Lounge

Tuesday, January 15
Jonah Werner @ Fox Theatre
Sea Wolf @ Larimer Lounge

Wednesday, January 16
The Bravery @ Fox Theatre
Great American Taxi @ Boulder Theater
Ingrid Michaelson @ Bluebird Theater
Pena @ Larimer Lounge

Thursday, January 17
The Bravery @ Bluebird Theater
Chuck Prophet @ Walnut Room
The Disco Biscuits @ Boulder Theater
I'm A Boy @ Lion's Lair
Mansfield Ghost @ Larimer Lounge
Munimula @ Hi-Dive
Red @ Marquis Theater
Shanti Groove @ Fox Theatre

Friday, January 18
Aloft In The Sundry @ Marquis Theater
The Disco Biscuits @ Fillmore Auditorium
Faultline @ Lion's Lair
Get Three Coffins Ready @ Bluebird Theater
New Monsoon @ Fox Theatre
OneRepublic @ Gothic Theatre
Pink Hawks @ Hi-Dive
The Swayback @ Larimer Lounge
Whiskey Trip @ Walnut Room
Xavier Rudd @ Boulder Theater

Saturday, January 19
A Band Named Sue @ Walnut Room
Achille Lauro @ Larimer Lounge
Jason Aldean @ Ogden Theater
New Mastersounds @ Fox Theatre
Reno Divorce @ Marquis Theater
Rob Drabkin @ Soiled Dove
The Swanks @ Lion's Lair
Xavier Rudd @ Gothic Theatre

Sunday, January 20
eMC @ Fox Theatre
Lupe Fiasco @ Gothic Theatre
Shawn Mullins @ Boulder Theater (e-town)
Wisely @ Hi-Dive

Saturday, January 12, 2008


I just saw at Cause=Time that British Sea Power is coming to the Hi-Dive! We can only hope that the turnout this time is better than last year's Brakes show...

02-25 San Diego, CA - Casbah
02-27 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
02-28 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
02-29 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
03-01 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (Noise Pop)
03-03 Portland, OR - Doug Fir
03-04 Seattle, WA - Neumos
03-05 Vancouver, British Columbia - Plaza Club
03-08 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
03-12-16 Austin, TX - SXSW
03-19 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
03-20 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
03-21 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
03-22 Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
03-24 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
03-25 Pontiac, MI - Eagle Theatre
03-26 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03-27 Columbus, OH - The Basement
03-29 St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Matt Nathanson at the Fox again, oh yeah. Dude puts on a fucking great show. I had to throw the "fuck" in there because Matt says "fuck" approximately 83 times per show. Not for the kids.

Jan 19 2008 The Rockboat Miami, Florida
Jan 25 2008 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, Florida
Jan 26 2008 The Social Orlando, Florida
Jan 27 2008 Workplay Theatre BIrmingham, Alabama
Jan 28 2008 40 Watt Club Athens, Georgia
Jan 29 2008 The Handlebar Greenville, South Carolina
Jan 31 2008 Recher Theatre Towson, Maryland
Feb 1 2008 Toad’s Place New Haven, Connecticut
Feb 4 2008 The State Theatre State College, Pennsylvania
Feb 5 2008 St. Andrew’s Hall Detroit, Michigan
Feb 7 2008 Knickerbockers Lincoln, Nebraska
Feb 9 2008 The Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado

Glen Phillips has been to town several times in the past few years, but I haven't seen him since summer 2000. Oh my! Lookit, he's even visiting the western slope, the mountains and the lovely Fort Collins.

01/19/08 The Rock Boat Miami FL
01/24/08 The Rock Boat Miami FL
01/26/08 Ann Arbor Folk Festival Ann Arbor MI
02/07/08 Steve's Guitars Carbondale CO
02/08/08 Far East Center Grand Junction CO
02/09/08 Avogadro's Number Ft. Collins CO
02/10/08 Fox Theatre Boulder CO

02/15/08 AcousticMusicSanDiego San Diego CA
02/16/08 McCabe's Santa Monica CA
02/17/08 Freight & Salvage Berkeley CA
02/21/08 WOW Hall, Comm. Ctr. for the Perf. Arts Eugene OR
02/22/08 The Aladdin Theater Portland OR
02/23/08 Triple Door Seattle WA
03/26/08 Club Passim Cambridge MA
03/27/08 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
03/28/08 Wilde Auditorium West Hartford CT
03/29/08 Joe's Pub New York NY
03/30/08 The Avalon Theatre Easton MD
04/02/08 Jammin' Java Vienna VA
04/03/08 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
04/04/08 Club Cafe Pittsburgh PA
04/05/08 Brighton Center For the Performing Arts Brighton MI
04/06/08 The South Gate House Newport KY
04/09/08 The Music Mill Indianapolis IN
04/10/08 High Noon Saloon Madison WI
04/11/08 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL
04/12/08 Shank Hall Milwaukee WI
04/13/08 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN

Everything Absent Or Distorted - local heroes make an appearance at the Hi-Dive. Yee-haw.
02-16 Hi-Dive, Denver, CO

Pela - their MySpace page lists this show on March 10, the Hi-Dive says March 3... At any rate they rocked the house last time they played there.
03-?? Hi-Dive, Denver, CO

Grand Archives, the current band of former Band Of Horses dude Mat Brooke. This is gooooood stuff.
03-04 Hi-Dive, Denver, CO

Sons & Daughters are coming to the Hi-Dive with Bodies Of Water (one of my new favorite bands)!
03-17 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
03-18 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
03-21 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-22 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03-23 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
03-24 Cambridge, MA - Middle East (Downstairs)
03-25 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
03-26 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
03-28 Chicago, IL - Double Door
03-29 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
03-31 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
04-01 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04-03 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04-04 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
04-05 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04-07 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

* with Citay

Get ready for the Hotel Cafe Tour 2008! This tour's artists include Ingrid Michaelson, Cary Brothers, Sara Bareilles, Josh Radin, Bob Schneider, Dan Wilson, Meiko, Priscilla Ahn, Kate Havnevik, Eric Hutchinson, Greg Laswell, Jessie Baylin, Jim Bianco, William Fitzsimmons, AM & Christopher Denny. Above all I hope we get Jim Bianco and Bob Schneider...

3/6/2008 San Diego, CA — Belly Up Tavern
3/7/2008 Santa Barbara, CA — Stateside
3/8/2008 Anaheim, CA — House of Blues
3/9/2008 Los Angeles, CA — Hotel Café
3/10/2008 Tucson, AZ — Club Congress (WxSW)
3/11/2008 Tempe, AZ — The Club House
3/13/2008 Austin, TX — Parish (SxSW)
3/14/2008 Dallas, TX — House of Blues
3/15/2008 Houston, TX — Red Room
3/17/2008 Birmingham, AL — WorkPlay
3/18/2008 Nashville, TN — Exit/In
3/19/2008 Atlanta, GA — Center Stage
3/20/2008 Chapel Hill, NC — Cat's Cradle
3/21/2008 Annapolis, MD — Ram's Head Tavern
3/22/2008 Philadelphia, PA — World Café Live
3/24/2008 New York, NY — Fillmore @ Irving
3/25/2008 Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
3/26/2008 Ithaca, NY — State Theatre
3/27/2008 Pittsburgh, PA — Mr Small's Theatre
3/28/2008 Chicago, IL — Park West
3/29/2008 Madison, WI — High Noon
3/31/2008 Minneapolis, MN — Fine Line
4/1/2008 Kansas City, MO — Record Bar
4/3/2008 Boulder, CO — Fox Theatre
4/4/2008 Denver, CO — Bluebird Theatre

4/5/2008 Salt Lake City, UT — Avalon Theatre
4/7/2008 Boise, ID — Big Easy
4/8/2008 Seattle, WA — Neumos
4/9/2008 Portland, OR — Wonder Ballroom
4/11/2008 San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall
4/12/2008 Los Angeles, CA — Henry Fonda Theatre

purchase tickets

Blitzen Trapper is returning! I missed them twice last year and don't intend to do so again...

02-22 Seattle, WA - University of Washington #
02-28 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
02-29 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *!
03-01 San Diego, CA - Casbah *
03-02 Phoenix, AZ - Modified *
03-04 Denton, TX - Hailey's *
03-05 Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington *
03-06 Hattiesburg, MS - Thirsty Hippo %
03-07 Tallahassee, FL - The Beta Bar *
03-08 Everglades National Park, FL - Langerado Festival
03-09 Jacksonville, FL - The Eclipse *
03-11 Birmingham, AL - BottleTree *
03-13 Austin, TX - Yard Dog Gallery (Schubas SXSW party)
03-14 Austin, TX - SXSW
03-15 Austin, TX - SXSW
03-16 Norman, OK - The Opolis *
03-17 Columbia, MO - Mojo's *$
03-19 Nashville, TN - Exit In *
03-20 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
03-21 Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern *
03-22 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle *
03-23 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
03-25 Washington, DC - Black Cat *
03-26 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's *
03-27 Cambridge, MA - Middle East *
03-29 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03-30 Worcester, MA - Clark University *
04-01 Montreal, Quebec - La Salla Rossa *
04-02 Toronto, Ontario - El Mocambo *
04-03 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place *
04-04 Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop *
04-05 Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick *
04-06 Chicago, IL - Schubas *
04-08 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
04-09 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
04-10 Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College *
04-11 Omaha, NE - The Slowdown *
04-12 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot *
04-14 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive *
04-15 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
04-17 Vancouver, British Columbia - Media Club *
04-18 Seattle, WA - Neumo's *
04-19 Portland, OR - Holocene *

# with Menomena
* with Fleet Foxes
! with Grand Archives
% with Beach House, Papercuts
$ with Mahjongg

Cloud Cult - the only date that matters. Yay!
05-17 Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO

Sunday, January 06, 2008

shows of interest for 1/7 - 1/13/08

Monday, January 7
Andy Combs @ Hi-Dive

Tuesday, January 8
Meanbottle @ Larimer Lounge

Wednesday, January 9
Guru @ Fox Theatre
Stoned Scared @ Larimer Lounge

Thursday, January 10
Cory Morrow @ Soiled Dove
J-Boogie @ Fox Theatre
Magic Cyclops EP Release Party @ Hi-Dive
Maple Tigers @ Larimer Lounge

Friday, January 11
Band Of Heathens @ Soiled Dove
Reverend Horton Heat @ Fox Theatre
Tea Leaf Green @ Bluebird Theater
Truckasaurus @ Larimer Lounge
Vices I Admire @ Hi-Dive

Saturday, January 12
Asleep At The Wheel @ Soiled Dove
Eric Bachmann @ Hi-Dive
The Invisible Now @ Larimer Lounge
Metal Reggae Party @ Gothic Theatre
Rose Phantoms @ Marquis Theater
Tea Leaf Green @ Fox Theatre
Tequilla Mockingbird @ Walnut Room
thiC @ Bluebird Theater

Sunday, January 13
North Mississippi Allstars/Ray Bonneville @ Boulder Theater (e-town)
Reverend Horton Heat @ Bluebird Theater

martial arts - your sinclair

I'm a procrastinator. I know it. But here at the eleventh hour I am pointing you to some excellent, FREE, music. Glasgow's The Martial Arts are offering their album Your Sinclair, yes for free. And it's excellent. For fans of 60's power-pop.

The downloads will reportedly only be available until tomorrow (January 7). Told you I'm a procrastinator...

Your Sinclair .rar format
Your Sinclair .zip format

Saturday, January 05, 2008

the mars volta

So, if anyone has an extra ticket for the show at the Fox on the 27th... let me know. Pleeeeeeeeeeease.


reverend peyton's big damn band - spreadin' the word

If you live in the Denver/Boulder area, you absolutely NEED to be at the Fox Theatre tomorrow... err... tonight, I guess that would be.

By the most fortunate of accidents, I caught Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at the Monolith Festival back in September (I can't yet bring myself to utter the words "last year" in regards to 2007). When I found out they were playing the Bluebird Theater I was ecstatic. Then I discovered they were playing the Fox the very next night and knew that I was very possibly in for a Big Damn Band two-fer.

The show at the Bluebird tonight was fantastic. I'm not exactly sure if it's because I hadn't seen a live show for nearly two months, or because I hadn't seen my show-going pals Leah & Laura for over two months, or because the Big Damn Band is just that damn good, but I had more fun tonight than I've had in a loooooong time. If you weren't one of the couple hundred lucky souls in attendance, you've got yourself another chance as the Big Damn Band is playing in Boulder at the Fox on Saturday - today, tomorrow, whatever you want to call it. For you mountain folks, they'll also be playing the Belly Up in Aspen on Sunday. Yay!

That is a glance at the marquee through my dirty windshield, a tree, and a sign post (I forgot to take a pic until after I'd already gone to my car...). Note the typo in the band name... ha.

From a brief chat with washboard queen Breezy after the show tonight, they are a bit nervous about playing an 700-capacity venue (as they've never been in Boulder before), so if you happen to read this, you should make some plans to be at the Fox for the show. I personally guarantee you a great time. Jason Webley will be opening again and he alone is more than worth the price of admission, so you can even look at the Big Damn Band as icing on the cake.

Do it, for god's sake. It's a phenomenal show.