boulder music

Radio’s eTown, a Boulder stage for James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy, Neko Case even Al Gore

Boulder's eTown Hall has seen a lot of action lately — especially for a venue that's not even officially finished. The 89-year-old former church, which is undergoing a $5 million renovation, is the new home of eTown, the liberal-minded music-and-conversation radio show that reaches more than 300 stations and an estimated 1 million listeners each week.

This weekend: Alabama Shakes

Barely one month into the new year and Alabama Shakes are already one of 2012's buzziest acts. The Athens, Ala., group, fronted by the soul-filled Brittany Howard, will likely be a household name come summer.

Photo essay: Kung Fu @ the Fox Theatre

It was a very snowy evening in Boulder, but that didn't stop the many brave souls who crowded the Fox Theatre to see three jamming rock/funk bands -- two local, one national -- that graced the stage.

Live review: Blind Pilot @ the Boulder Theater

The Portland, Ore. band Blind Pilot was perfectly comfortable on stage at the Boulder Theater Monday night. The group was so at home, they were able to silence the crowd long enough to play an unplugged version of the title track from their debut album “3 Rounds and a Sound.” The audience remained completely silent with only the occasional “Shhhh,” until lead singer Israel Nebeker invited the crowd to join, turning the entire venue into a choir.

Photo essay: The Gourds @ the Fox Theatre

Nothing says autumn like those beautiful multicolored pumpkins and squashes lining front porches. When one mentions Gourds, however, what comes to mind is a raucous, yodeling mix of rockabilly, folk, bluegrass, country and just plain old foot stompin' good times.