Communikey Festival in Boulder, 4/27-2/29 (photos and review)
The fifth annual, five-day Communikey Festival in Boulder ended Sunday with an outdoor party and a late-night indoor concert at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA).
Laurie Anderson at the Boulder Theater, 4/25/12 (photos and review)
Dark and light, serious and funny, Laurie Anderson treated a sold out audience at the Boulder Theater last night to a multi-sided performance, kicking off the first night of the fifth annual Communikey Festival.
Laurie Anderson talks Boulder Communikey Festival, “Dirtday,” more
As a performance artist landing in New York City during the 1970s, Laurie Anderson was broke, like many of her colleagues — no huge surprise there — and the grimy, new neighborhood they haunted was called SoHo.
James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem announces Boulder Theater DJ set
Fans of LCD Soundsystem might call this news the next best thing to the inevitable reunion announcement that will surely come in the next decade.
Explosions in the Sky at the Boulder Theater, 4/5/12 (photos, review)
Whether a band has been together for a few months or a decade, there is a distinct energy of newness and excitement singular to the first show of a tour.
I Might Be Wrong: The five best artists from CU-Boulder
The city of Boulder has always been fertile ground for artistic creativity, from actors (Robert Redford) to pop musicians (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) and cultural mysteries (Nancy Spungen).
Live review: Greyboy Allstars @ the Boulder Theater
More than 15 years after its release, “West Coast Boogaloo” has stood the test of time. Featuring the legendary Fred Wesley (James Brown) on trombone, the Greyboy Allstars' seminal first album became a staple of the funk-jazz genre and ignited a groove movement that continues to this day.
Live review: Henry Rollins @ the Boulder Theater
Never once stopping for a sip of water, Henry Rollins travelogued a nearly sold out Boulder Theater for just under three exhausting hours Monday night.
Live review: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros @ the Boulder Theater
As if 10 wildly happy, flailing musicians onstage wasn’t enough, the highlight of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ set last night at the Boulder Theater featured as many as 50 people up there with them.
Live review: Los Lobos @ the Boulder Theater
With classic folk hits like "Volver," "Anselma," and "Guantanamera," Mexican-American rockers Los Lobos wow'd a sold out Boulder Theater Friday night with what was advertised as an "all acoustic" set.
Live review: Ani DiFranco @ the Boulder Theater
Ani DiFranco shows tend to turn into love fests between performer and artist. While that can lead to sloppy performances with others, DiFranco always justifies her fans' undying loyalty.
Killing the Cowtown: The Denver Diatribe’s Ron S. Doyle talks live podcasts, local insults, “Dynasty”
The idea of a live podcast may seem odd to some -- particularly those who prefer to consume their aural treats alone with their earbuds -- but the Denver Diatribe enjoyed a rollicking, boozy debate at its 50th episode recording session at Forest Room 5, so why not try it again?
Photo essay: Blues Traveler @ the Boulder Theater
Blues Traveler recorded an upcoming episode of eTown at the Boulder Theater on Sunday, showcasing classic hits “But Anyway,” “Run Around” and “The Mountains Win Again.” John Popper and the crew surprised their sing-along congregate with a harmonica-infused rendition of Sublime’s radio favorite, “What I Got.” Blues Traveler will release its new album “Blues Traveler 25” on March 6.
Live review: Soulive @ the Fox Theatre
Jazz-funk trio Soulive kicked off its three-day mini-festival at the Fox Theatre on Friday, the aptly titled "Snowlive." In addition to three nights of music with special guests JJ Grey and the Hartswick Horns (led by Jennifer Hartswick of the Trey Anastasio Band), the weekend featured a series of musical workshops led by the band and a Sunday performance of its well-received 2010 album of Beatles instrumentals, “Rubber Soulive.” Friday’s show offered a peppering of the band’s original staples -- from the improvisation of “El Ron” to the cerebral odd time of “One in Seven” -- but was themed mostly around soul and R&B classics.
Live review: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks @ the Fox Theatre
Stephen Malkmus is a polarizing figure with an appeal that's hard to wrap your head around. Malkmus, the frontman of on again/off again indie-rock pilgrims Pavement, brought his solo show with backing band the Jicks to Boulder's Fox Theatre on Wednesday night.
Tonight: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks in Boulder
As frontman for indie-rock forefathers Pavement, Stephen Malkmus holds a place in the hearts of music geeks far and wide. And while recent Pavement reunion shows have garnered positive reviews, Malkmus has spent the last several years solo.
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.
Why So Serious, Demetri Martin?
Demetri Martin's thin frame, quiet demeanor and thoughtful jokes don't exactly cast him as a burly, cold-weather type. But he's embracing frosty locales as part of his "Cold Places" tour, which kicked off in Canada earlier this month and which takes him through the northern U.S.
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.
Live review: Leo Kottke @ the Boulder Theater
At the Boulder Theater on Friday night, Leo Kottke warned early on, "I'm from sea level," as if to recuse himself from any mistakes or confused moments to follow.