Remember Bela Karoli, the band fronted by Julie Davis? Yeah, it seems like a bazillion years since we've heard anything from that act -- and for good reason. Davis has been busy touring the globe with Nathaniel Rateliff and tending to her other groups, Fairchildren and Miss America. Now she's return ... More >>
Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote! The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the ... More >>
Tom MurphyohGr last night at the Bluebird TheaterOHGR AT THE BLUEBIRD | 12/07/11"Don't do coke," Ogre urged the audience at the Bluebird last night. "Because I sure fuckin' did, and it nearly killed me." This unvarnished pronouncement from ohGr's frontman came at the end of a particularly str ... More >>
Tom MurphyOrbit ServiceORBIT SERVICE at the WALNUT ROOM | 12/11/11At the end of the Orbit Service set last night at the Walnut Room, Randall Frazier and his bandmates conferred after repeated requests for an encore, and performed the first song of the set again in order to get a better take o ... More >>
Catch Lykke Li tonight at the OgdenThere's an astounding number of great shows to pick from this weekend in the Mile High City: Lykke Li at the Ogden, Tech N9Ne kicks off his two-night Denver run with an intimate show tonight at the Summit Music Hall, followed by an appearance at the Fillmore ... More >>
Back in December, we told you about Slowdown Lounge, a chilled-out happy hour of sorts happening at the Walnut Room every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. The weekly event has been such a success that the venue's talent buyer and sound engineer, Randall Frazier, has decided to extend it into the ev ... More >>
Rush-hour traffic making you nuts? Blood pressure through the roof? Need a place to escape to keep from going Michael Douglas on everyone? The Walnut Room and Paul Riola have teamed up on a new concept to pull your race car out of the red. For the past year, Paul Riola, multi-instrumentalist ... More >>
A few weeks ago, Tom Murphy and I were sharing stories, and somehow we got on to the subject of Tornado Dream, a fascinating film chronicles the rise and fall of three great Denver bands, Rainbow Sugar, Orbit Service (an earlier incarnation; Randall Frazier has since brought the band back to ... More >>
The best is yet to come for Kal Cahoone. Which is crazy, because her musical resume is already quite impressive. She began writing songs while living in Chile. There, she collaborated with composer Christian Basso (one of their songs appears in the film Dot The I). When she came back home t ... More >>
The Legendary Pink Dots Since 1980, The Legendary Pink Dots have been creating some of the most inventive, darkly imaginative and emotionally stirring music around. Based originally in London, the Pink Dots relocated to the Netherlands in the mid-'80s, and its line-up has long included both ... More >>
After being a sound engineer at the Walnut Room for nearly five years and the head engineer for the last year, Randall Frazier jumped into the talent buyer seat last month. While he has plans to bring in different types of acts than the room has seen in the past, he'll also be launching a Wal ... More >>
Update: Randall Frazier has blessed us with a pair of brand new Orbit Service tracks from the new album, A Soft Note from the West, which you can stream after the jump. Kind of blue: Randall Frazier of Orbit ServiceEvidently, David Gates was right when he sang the words, "Goodbye doesn't mea ... More >>
Being in the music business is tough these days. Ask Randall Frazier, who, as reported yesterday, recently shuttered Massive Music America, a fairly successful independent promotions firm he launched in 2003. "The digital music/iPod world that we are now living in has greatly changed the music in ... More >>
Orbit Service, the experimental/psychedelic pop outfit of Randall Frazier, will be appearing on the upcoming compilation MOM. The disc is a benefit for Beta-lactam Rings Records owner Chris McBeth's mother, who has cancer. "[McBeth and I] have become very close friends over the past few year ... More >>
You know how they say everybody's a DJ these days? Based on the number of self-produced recordings we receive each week, the same can be said of recording engineers, too. These days, it seems, everybody also has a recording studio, thanks to the proliferation of cheap recording gear. Problem is, ... More >>
If you've always wanted to learn the ins and outs of record production, your golden opportunity has arrived. Randall Frazier, chief engineer at helmet r00m recordings, is teaching a class on basic audio production at the Colorado Free University. The three-session class will cover the basics of audi ... More >>
The Wheel, Gregory Alan Isakov, Porlolo and Bela Karoli Bela Karoli CD Release Party October 6, 2007 hi-dive Denver’s singer-songwriter scene currently enjoys more support and recognition than it has seen in many years, and Saturday night’s Bela Karoli CD release party was further proof. A sol ... More >>
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