Monthly Archives: April 2014

Album Review: LITTLE HURRICANE “GOLD FEVER”

A year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to catch the duo, Little Hurricane, at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. With CC on drums and Tone on guitar and lead vocals, they are blues rock with an indie edge. There first album “Homewrecker” had the feel of a movie that has the main characters driving through the desert in a convertible. Due to the release date being pushed back a couple of months, I have been highly anticipating the new album from Little Hurricane.

There is something a little bit Smash Mouth meets Fastball about the opening track, “Summer Air”. CC’s voice is complementary to Tone’s leads. I can appreciate the effects used on his guitar, as well.

“Upside Of Down” has the jingle jangle of a country western tune. Like riding at a slow trot across the Texas on horseback.

The opening guitar on “Sheep In Wolves Clothing” sounds like a big night sky full of stars. The drums feel like moving and building speed. I believe this was the first song released on itunes, which makes sense based on its indie rock radio flavor.

“Boiling Water” is one of my favorites on the album. It has a nice layering of horns and some great rolling percussion. There are moments of jazz guitar on this one, that don’t seem out of place.

From the beginning, “No Man’s Land” sounds like a spoof on Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself”, a la the Black Keys.

“Bones” is a real love song, which isn’t that typical for Little Hurricane.

CC’s retort to Tone’s lead vocals on “Breathe” are like an old married couple going back and forth. More hope, despite the acknowledgement of where they went wrong.

“Con Man” is a slower dark number about bad choices in the people we let in. The strings are a nice subtle touch, but I wish they had been used sooner in the song.

“Sorry Son” has a modern indie pop song with strings vibe. It has a great build. It seems like it has the ability to be from the view of a parent or a kid looking from the parents’ perspective. It sounds like a relationship destroyed by bad choices.

There is a rockin’ intro on “Superblues” about hard work paying off, at least some of the time.

The title track “Gold Fever”, has a lot of the qualities that made “Homewrecker” so compelling. CC gets to take some vocal duties matching Tone’s. This is another one that sounds inspired by The Black Keys.

“Grand Canyon” has that metallic old school rockabilly swagger. With lyrics like “I might die in Mexico for you” it is a sure winner in my book.

After a long wait for Little Hurricane’s new album “Gold Fever”, I am happy to say it was worth it. It isn’t as dark or raw as their last album, but it isn’t necessarily missing anything. With the addition of horns, harmonica and strings on a few of the songs, what is different evens itself out well. I know there are other great musical duo’s out there, but I think Little Hurricane is high up on the list with their brand of rockin’ indie-blues. They are playing at the Larimer Lounge on Saturday 5/03, so check them out. Enjoy!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAYNE KRAMER, COL. BRUCE HAMPTON & More…

1943- Bobby Vee (singer; “Take Good Care Of My Baby”)    71 yrs.

1966. Bobby Vee The Night

1947- Col. Bruce Hampton Ret. (vocals, musician w/ Aquarium Rescue Unit, Fiji Mariners, The Codetalkers, The Quark Alliance + more)         67 yrs.

Also, if you look at all the

Col. Bruce Hampton, Retired “So Glad” live video link

1948- Wayne Kramer (member of MC5; had 1969 album “Kick Out The Jams”)        66 yrs.

WAYNE KRAMER HIMSELF

MC5 w/ Wayne Kramer “Kick Out The Jams” video link

1967- Turbo B (member of Snap!; “The Power”)      47 yrs.

Ecccer volt hol nem volt,

1968- Ben Ayers (guitar + vocals w/ Cornershop)       46 yrs.

Ben Ayres (Cornershop): The

Cornershop w/ Ben Ayers “Brimful Of Asha” video link

1969- Paulo “Destructor” JR (member of Sepultura)     45 yrs.

Ο Paulo Jr εντάχθηκε στους

1971- Chris Henderson (guitarist w/ 3 Doors Down)   43 yrs.

Picture - Chris Henderson and

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUKE ELLINGTON, WILLIE NELSON & More…

1899- Duke Ellington (composer/bandleader/pianist; worked w/ Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday; died in 1974)

Duke Ellington - Wikipedia

Duke Ellington “Take The A Train” video link

1928- Carl Gardner (member of The Coasters)           86 yrs.

Carl Gardner

1933- Willie Nelson (singer/songwriter/guitar; co-founder of Farm Aid; wrote “Crazy” for Patsy Cline)         81 yrs.

Willie Nelson is approaching

Willie Nelson “Whiskey River” live video link

1942- Klaus Voorman (bassist w/ Manfred Mann + Plastic Ono Band)        72 yrs.

Klaus Voormann has been

1945- Tammi Terrell (singer; had hits w/ Marvin Gaye; died in 1970)

With Gaye, Terrell scored 7

1947- Tommy James (member of The Shondells; “Hanky Panky”)       67 yrs.

TOMMY JAMES, hitmaker with his

Tommy James & The Shondells “Draggin The Line”/ “Crystal Blue Persuasion” video link

1953- Bill Drummond (producer/ A&R man/writer/musician; member of Big In Japan; formed KLF; “3 AM Eternal”)  61 yrs.

Bill Drummond

1960- Phil King (bassist w/ Lush)     54 yrs.

Phil King Needs Wheels

Lush w/ Phil King “Sweetness & Light” live video link

1973- Mike Hogan (bassist w/ The Cranberries)      41 yrs.

Noel Hogan Mike Hogan from The

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

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THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT FOR FREE 4/28 !!

String Cheese Incident

As many of you may already know, Boulder is hosting a concert by The String Cheese Incident for free, today!! The band is playing in their hometown to commemorate the release of their new album “Song In My Head” tomorrow. They will go on at 6 p.m. around 13th and College Ave. This is the area around the Fox Theatre and Albums On The Hill.

The String Cheese Incident

Expect many road closures in the area and plan on walking, biking, or taking public transport, if you are going to attend. Enjoy!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM GORDON, DAISY BERKOWITZ & More…

1945- John Wolters (drummer w/ Dr. Hook)      69 yrs.

drums, vocals & percussion

1953- Kim Gordon (bass, guitar + vocals w/ Sonic Youth; artist/record producer/ video director/ actress)      61 yrs.

FUCK YEAH, KIM GORDON

Sonic Youth w/ Kim Gordon “Kool Thing” live video link

1955- Eddie Jobson (violin w/ Curved Air + Roxy Music)   59 yrs.

Live 2008; Eddie Jobson

1968- Daisy Berkowitz (member of Marilyn Manson)    46 yrs.

Daisy Berkowitz

These are your birthdays for today, along with a video link for one of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

FoComx 2014 Day 2

Despite my best intentions, I missed the afternoon music at FoComx in Fort Collins, yesterday. I made it downtown about 8:30 p.m., just in time to catch some great music.

I began my evening at Cranknstein w/ the afro-ska stylings of Contraband. They are at least 8 pieces and have a couple highly skilled guitarists in their arsenal. Along with horns and percussion, the sound is quite full.

I wanted to catch a few minutes of Mama Lenny & The Remedy, but they didn’t go on when they were supposed to, so I bailed. The crowd waiting to get in to Hodi’s  was huge and no doubt many weren’t getting in before they reached capacity.

Bill Smith went on around 9:15 p.m. at Pateros Creek. The place got pretty full and the band sounded exceptionally tight. Bill Smith is a local jam band with a tendency for the jazzier side of jam. At times they sound like Umphrey’s McGee with saxophone.

I bounced back to Cranknstein for The Dendrites. Their sound is ska with a little Latin flavor hidden in the mix. This 9-piece also showed proficiency in taking on island grooves.

Then back to Pateros for Punch Drunk Munky Funk, which made me very grateful that it was right across the street from Cranknstein. PDMF is a funky-jam quartet with bass, guitar, keys and drums. They drew quite a crowd and really had everyone dancing.

I went to the Aggie Theatre to catch a few songs by Grant Farm. They started with a country western drinking tune. They played “Can’t You See” which had some Chet Atkins style with superb harmonies.

After finding that Wooleye was not ready to go on at their scheduled time, I headed back down.

I went to the rooftop venue at the Mainline to see The Grippe. I have seen this funky-jazz trio a few times and have always been taken by their ability to make music reminiscent of John Scofield and Steve Kimock. Their first few songs were lively and compelling to the crowd. By the fourth song, they started to mellow out and the audience seemed to thin a bit. I was also informed that it may have been their last show, which would be a loss to the local scene.

The Aggie was hosting Good Gravy as their headliner for the evening and I walked in as they were in the middle of a mildly bluegrass inspired jam. Though they play bluegrass, they are anything but a traditional bluegrass band. They consist of mandolin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and percussion, which they use in spectacular fashion. While I was there, they performed Sam Bush’s “River’s Gonna Run” impeccably and with a sweet jam. Though their vocals are strong, their original lyrics are not as inspiring. This band continues to get bigger and I can see why.

Though the music wasn’t over, I decided that I had gotten my  money’s worth out of the bands I had seen and called it a night.

FoComx 6 will most likely be considered a huge success and I can’t argue with that assessment. However, there are a few things that could certainly be improved upon for next year. I know the idea is to somewhat randomly spread the bands out, but some bands are just too big for the venues they played. On that note I would say that FoComx has become big enough that it needs more venues and something bigger, like the Sunset Events Center for some of the larger acts. Although I am all for promoting the local up-and-coming musicians, there still needs to be some level of skill that is expected by every act that is picked to play during the festival. All of the acts I saw were tremendously talented, but I only found them after much sampling on-line. There were certainly some bands that sounded mediocre at best, despite the genre. With that said, I must admit that of the 11 acts I caught over the weekend, about half I hadn’t seen before and I would see them all again. So that should speak to the best outcome for FoComx 6 and we’ll just have to wait and see what next April will bring. Hope Everyone Had A Blast!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE PIERSON, ACE FREHLEY & More…

1932- Casey Kasem (radio personality on American Top 40; voice actor; voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo)     81 yrs.

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1947- Gordon Haskell (singer + songwriter w/ King Crimson; solo)  67 yrs.

Gordon Haskell - It Is And It

1947- Peter Ham (vocals + guitar w/ The Iveys + Badfinger; died in 1975)

Pete Ham

1948- Kate Pierson (vocals w/ B-52’s; “Rock Lobster”)    66 yrs.

Kate Pierson Edition

B-52’s w/ Kate Pierson “Love Shack” live video link

1949- Herb Murrell (vocals w/ The Stylistics)       65 yrs.

HERB MURRELL

1951- Paul ‘Ace’ Frehley (guitar + vocals w/ KISS)       63 yrs.

AceFrehley.jpg

KISS w/ Ace Frehley “Rock’n’Roll All Nite” live video link

1959- Marco Pirroni (guitar w/ Adam & The Ants)       55 yrs.

Popular Marco Pirroni videos

1959- Sheena Easton (singer; “You’ve Got The Look” w/ Prince)  55 yrs.

Labels: Sheena Easton

1979- Will Boyd (bass w/ Evanescence; “Bring Me To Life”)           35 yrs.

(1999-2005) - Will Boyd/

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

FoComx 2014: DAY 1

Yesterday was the first day of the Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoComx), that saw around 100 local artists play in over 20 venues. I made it out later than expected, but caught some great music in a short period of time.

I started at Surfside 7, hoping to catch the beginning of the Deadwood Saints’ set. It had a modern outlaw country vibe with the lyric “I guess in the end, all you women are alike”. As they did a couple more numbers, a sound that melded Blitzen Trapper, Uncle Tupelo + Drive-By Truckers emerged. Good band with tight playing and thoughtful lyrics.

I made my way to Everyday Joe’s for the start of Danielle Ate The Sandwich. The place was pretty packed as the band took the stage with Danielle wearing a bear suit. They sounded great as they started with the cleverly penned “Faith In A Man”. I have seen them once or twice, but with the addition of violin to the ukelele and upright bass there is a whole new dimension that can be reached.

Hot Gazpacho was playing at Tap N Handle, so I decided to stop in. They hadn’t started yet and I was quickly reminded that one of the original four members had moved, leaving the band as a trio. They still sound tight, but the ability to really jam-out has been curtailed by the loss.

I ventured to The Aggie, where The Yawpers were getting ready to go on stage. I had heard one song earlier in the day and was amped to check them out live. They are a three piece, incorporating two acoustic guitars and drums, with the occasional switch to electric. From the get-go they were on fire like Steven Tyler performing Jerry Lee Lewis. For their second number, they brought out Johnny Hickman (Cracker) to play harmonica. This was another garage-abilly tune that saw them tearing it up so hard, by the time the song was over a string had snapped. They got a little more Kid Rock on their newer ballad “American Man”. I definitely want to see more of The Yawpers.

That was all I saw last night before deciding to throw in the towel. I plan on catching a lot more music today. Music starts mid-afternoon and there are tons of amazing local acts to see. Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

** I have pictures, but have been unsuccessful in copying them to this post. I hope to get them up soon**

Music To Hear: GOGOL BORDELLO, ZOOGMA & More… 4/28- 5/04 !!

FORT COLLINS AREA 4/28/14

Hodi’s Half Note- Free Comedy @ 7 p.m. ; ‘Funk Jam’ presents Beck @ 9:30 p.m.       Free- $5

DENVER AREA 4/28/14

Ogden Theatre- Ingrid Michaelson w/ Storyman + The Alternate Routes   $30.75

BOULDER AREA 4/28/14

Fox Theatre- The Drunken Hearts w/ very special guests  SOLD OUT!!

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- ‘Electric Blues Jam’              7:30-10 p.m.

Tasty Weasel (Longmont)- ‘Open Stage’ w/ The Prarie Scholars          6-8 p.m.

DENVER AREA 4/29/14

Dazzle Jazz- The Bad Plus      7 p.m.   SOLD OUT!!!!     9 p.m.   $25

Gothic Theatre*- Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley w/ Joe Mersa + Wayne Marshall      $25

Quixote’s True Blue- ‘Open Stage’       9 p.m.

BOULDER AREA 4/29/14

Boulder Theatre*- Gogol Bordello      $36

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- Felonius Smith       6 p.m.

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- ‘Tuesday Open Stage’      7 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- ‘Bluegrass Pick’     8-11 p.m.

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Mic’      9 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 4/30/14

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘Acoustic Showcase’ w/ Derek Blake, Matthew Skinner, Mike McGraw, Jeremy C. Grant + Dee Tyler      $5-10

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)- Lola Black w/ Nasty Bunch Of Bitches, Han Shot First + Current Youth      $8-10

DENVER AREA 4/30/14

Armoury- ‘Hump Day Funk Jam’     10 p.m.- 1 a.m.

Dazzle Jazz- The Bad Plus          7 & 9 p.m.    SOLD OUT!!!!

Herman’s Hideaway- Hell’s Belles w/ Mr. Steak + The Blackouts     $??

Ogden Theatre*- Gogol Bordello w/ ACT Rights      $34.95

BOULDER AREA 4/30/14

Fox Theatre*- Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley w/ Joe Mersa + Wayne Marshall    $27-29

Laughing Goat Coffee House- Purple Squirrel      8-11 p.m.

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Mic’       9 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 5/01/14

Aggie Theatre*- Zoogma w/ Yamn          $10

Hodi’s Half Note- Through The Roots w/ Tatanka + The Steppas         $8-15

DENVER AREA 5/01/14

Cervantes’ Otherside- ‘Grass For That Ass’ feat. Kitchen Dwellers + Sam Holt Band w/ Lil’ Smokies      Free- $10

BOULDER AREA 5/01/14

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- ‘Thursday Open Mic’       7 p.m.

Fox Theatre- ‘May Daze’ feat. J. Wail live band feat. Otis Lande (of Mountain Standard Time) + Nunchuck feat. Chuck Morris (of Lotus) w/ Strait Flexin, Intergalactic Radio + Raw Form     8 p.m.      $10-14

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- The Jam Knights (rootsy tributes)   7:30 p.m.        FREE!!!!

FORT COLLINS AREA 5/02/14

Avogadro’s Number- Poudre River Irregulars    4-7 p.m.

Avogadro’s Number- The Railsplitters w/ Mike Finnders     8 p.m.    $5

DENVER AREA 5/02/14

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom- ‘The Unified Field’ feat. Opiuo + Random Rab w/ Ill-esha, Whitebear + more   $25-30        2-Day Pass $35-40

Marquis Theatre- Through The Roots w/ Tatanka, The Steppas + Collie RAD      $10-12

Oriental Theatre- Zach Deputy      8 p.m.     $15

Quixote’s True Blue*- Rock Collection feat. Melvin Seals (JGB), Stu Allen (JGB), Reed Mathis (TLG), Greg Anton (Zero)& Lebo (ALO) w/ Whiskey Tango          7 p.m.       $20

The 1Up- Air Dubai w/ Atomga      $10-15

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- The Long Run (Eagles Tribute)         8 p.m.      $7

Fox Theatre- Zoogma w/ Yamn + JJ Evanoff       $13.50- 17

Laughing Goat Coffee House*- Kutandara       8-11 p.m.

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- Doctor Robert ‘A Beatles Tribute’      7:30 p.m.       $10-12

FORT COLLINS AREA 5/03/14

Hodi’s Half Note- Doctor Robert ‘A Beatles Tribute’    w/ Bill Smith     $5-12

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)*- ‘Moxi Freestyle’ presents Gift Of Gab w/ Rooke 5, Quotes & Jared Ming, DJ Dabble     8:30 p.m.    $10-15

Swing Station (LaPorte)- The Young Ancients      8 p.m.     $5

DENVER AREA 5/03/14

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom*- ‘The Unified Field’ feat. Zoogma w/ Paul Basic (Pretty Lights Music), Tiger Party, Dynohunter, Youngblood Brass Band, De Funk, YuYu + Easy Company       $12-15

Cervantes’ Otherside*- Youngblood Brass Band w/ special guests     $12-15

Herman’s Hideaway- Hazel Miller Band w/ Kicked To The Curb (Pat Travis & Roger Falter) w/ Bluzinators     7 p.m.       $10

Larimer Lounge*- Little Hurricane w/ Ark Life     $12

Quixote’s True Blue*- Rock Collection feat. Melvin Seals (JGB), Stu Allen (JGB), Reed Mathis (TLG), Greg Anton (Zero)& Lebo (ALO)              7 p.m.       $20

Soiled Dove- The Groove Hawgs w/ Jacob Larson Band    8 p.m.      $10-15

Swallow Hill (@ Daniels Hall)- Crystal Bowersox    8 p.m.    $24-26

Walnut Room- Simon Townshend (member of the Who) w/ Steve Law  8 p.m.      $20

BOULDER AREA 5/03/14

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- The Pamlico Sound    9 p.m.   $7

Fox Theatre- Zach Deputy + Rob Drabkin w/ Jeff Brinkman    $13-17

FORT COLLINS AREA 5/04/14

Avogadro’s Number- Crystal Bowersox      7 p.m.       $20

DENVER AREA 5/04/14

Dazzle Jazz- ‘CD release’ Matt Fuller Group feat. Ron Miles     6 & 8 p.m. $12-17

Soiled Dove- School Of Rock Denver presents ‘The Best Of The Beatles’      $10

Swallow Hill (@ Daniels Hall)- Doctor Robert ‘A Beatles Tribute’   3 p.m. $5-20

BOULDER AREA 5/04/14

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- ‘Bluegrass Pick’  12-3 p.m.

This is most of the best music to hear for the next week. There aren’t as many national acts as usual, but the summer concert and festival season is just around the corner. As usual, I have marked the shows I recommend with an * after the name of the venue. Get out and hear some live music!! Enjoy!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY RYDELL, T-BOZ & More…

1942- Bobby Rydell (singer; “Wild One”)              72 yrs.

Bobby Rydell was a high school

1945- Tony Murray (member of The Troggs; “Wild Thing”)        69 yrs.  (no photo available)

1945- Gary Wright (member of Spooky Tooth; solo artist; “Dream Weaver”)        69 yrs.

Gary Wright is not a name

1960- Roger Taylor (drummer w/ Duran Duran)              54 yrs.

Roger Taylor Roger Taylor

Duran Duran w/ Roger Taylor “Notorious” video link

1961- Chris Mars (drummer w/ The Replacements)          53 yrs.

Chris Mars

The Replacements w/ Chris Mars “Bastards Of Young” video link

1970- Tionne Watkins a.k.a. T-Boz (the T in TLC; “Scrubs”)  44 yrs.

T-BOZ photo | Tionne \T-Boz\

1975- Joey Jordison (drummer w/ Slipknot)      39 yrs.

Drummerworld: Joey Jordison

Slipknot! w/ Joey Jordison “Duality” video link

1976- Jose Antonio Pasillas II (drummer w/ Incubus)     38 yrs.

José Antonio Pasillas (Drum)

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links to a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉