Guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola teamed up in the mid '90s as part of T.J. Kirk, an outfit that played the music of Thelonious Monk, James Brown and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Amendola, who also appears on a few of Hunter's mid-'90s Blue Note recordings, has worked with a number of musi ... More >>
Another solid batch of new shows going on sale this weekend, including Phoenix, who's coming to the Rocks with Dinosaur Jr., Five Iron Frenzy, set to play the Ogden in August, KTCL Channel 93.3 is set to feature the Lumineers, Langhorne Slim and Paper Bird, plus the Monkees. Keep reading for the ful ... More >>
How awesome is "Big Pimpin'," by Jay-Z? Really awesome. But some folks argue that its awesomeness comes courtesy of an unlicensed sample, and they'd like to be compensated. A new round of legal claims has been brought against HOV by a handful of heirs and music publishers who argue that the track ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Madonna, Jeff Mangum, the String Cheese Incident, Jane's Addiction, B.B. King and more were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent a ... More >>
TestamentTestament (sharing a bill tomorrow night at Summit Music Hall with Anthrax and Death Angel) is one of the bands that make a strong case for expanding the Big 4 to the Big 5 (or Big 6, if the often overlooked Exodus were included). The Bay Area act was part of the original thrash move ... More >>
Björk has a relationship with technology that rivals that of Joe Satriani with his guitar -- the two cannot exist without each other. It has always seemed like Björk has been waiting for technology to catch up with her, and when Apple launched its iPad, she finally had a place to experiment ... More >>
Earlier this week, Nick Cave responded to accusations that he nicked the basis of the song "Palaces of Montezuma" from a tune by some guy named Frank Duffy called "Grey Man." It seems absurd someone as versatile as Cave would intentionally borrow a lick or two from another song. Any similarities ... More >>
After a supporting slot on Lupe Fiasco's tour earlier this year, B.o.B. will be making his return to the area for a date at the Boulder Theater on Saturday, October 9, followed by a show at the Ogden Theatre on Sunday, October 10. Tickets for the Boulder show, which are $36, went on sale yest ... More >>
Sunday, March 14, Paramount Theatre, 1-866-461-6556 (SOLD OUT).
Not only is Joe Satriani a hell of a shredder on the guitar, early in his career he taught a bunch of guitarists like Steve Vai, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. Now Satriani's giving away free half-hour lessons. Well, the only catch is that you have to buy ... More >>
Alice in Chains hits the road in February in support of Black Gives Way to Blue, its first studio album in fourteen years, and with new singer William DuVall, who took over vocal duties for the band after original singer Layne Staley passed away in 2002. The band hits the Fillmore Auditorium Frid ... More >>
Friday, September 11, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
In an industry littered with tween pop stars and Disney Channel minions, it's refreshing to come across an artist whose work isn't a medley of foot-tapping drivel swathed with AutoTune. Equipped with awe-inducing guitar skills and a hauntingly intense wail, 22-year-old Davy Knowles is quickly making ... More >>
Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith are ChickenfootOn the surface it might seem a bit strange throwing Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith together, but the four apparently gelled so well that they decided to ... More >>
Guitar virtuoso/noodler extraordinaire Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay, claiming the band's song "Viva la Vida," title tack from their latest opus, lifts a riff from his 2004 track "If I Could Fly." I can't be the only one who finds this utterly bizarre. Admittedly, my knowledge of both Satriani's gu ... More >>
Join us for a few cups of blog. Today in Cafe Society: • Izakaya Den (pictured) joins the lunch bunch. • What Denver restaurants would you recommend to Food & Wine? • Charlie Master could be getting back in the game. • Candy Girls sink their teeth into Flake and Curly Wurly bars. Today in ... More >>
Critters of Habit
Fast reviews of recent releases
Wednesday, February 28, Nissi's, 303-665-2757.
Knuckles Avec Sombreros (Hapi Skratch Records)
The Charlie Hunter Trio strikes a jazzy balance between brains and heart.
All hail the return of royalty.
Thursday, July 15, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
Corruption's new CD displays metal moxie of the best kind.
Spinal Tap tapped, the Folksmen turn it way down from 11.
Trace Christensen's live one-man show has the force of a power combo. Don't you dare call it karaoke.
Dirty Pool sells itself any way it can.
For VAST's Jon Crosby, too much is just right.
Doo Rag's Bob Log III proves that he can be outlandish all by himself.
Thirty minutes in the life of Denver radio.
Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.