Paean carries the indie rock torch

After one listen, it seems as though Paean wants to light a fire under your backside. With brooding vocal inflections, rustic strumming patterns and passionate lyricism, Dave Maddocks is a seasoned musician who has been leading Paean for over two years.

Metro director jazzin’ it up

Fred Hess, Metro’s Classical Compositional Director, has begun work on the follow-up to his first big band album, Hold On. At this point the tenor saxophonist’s album is still in its infancy, but Hess is already excited to unveil it. He discussed making music, his experience in the local scene and the jazz scene overall.

On the road

Alt. country pioneer Jay Farrar and director Curt Worden shed a new light on Jack Kerouac’s idyllic last novel, “Big Sur,” with One Fast Move or I’m Gone. Recorded in three days, Farrar’s soundtrack features Ben Gibbard, a strong backing band and a appreciation for hardened folk melodies and Kerouac’s rambling prose.

Hacienda at home with rock ‘n’ roll

The family quartet from San Antonio is determined to bring back old school rock ‘n’ roll with an emphasis on the roll. The band has been working closely with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, most recently serving as his backing band for his solo tour and enlisting him as producer on their new album. Schwebel discussed working with Auerbach, the new album and touring.

The most anticipated albums of 2010

The new year has already started off strong. New material from some of music’s biggest names has already hit the shelves and 2010 isn’t even a month old. There is plenty more to look forward to this year though.

With intriguing collaborations in the works, new solo albums from some big names and new material from some great bands, 2010 looks like it will be a good year for music fans.

Upcoming shows

Murs w/ The Pirate Signal 8 p.m., Jan. 22 @ Fox Theatre, $18 Underground hip hop star Murs will be taking the stage Jan. 22 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. Murs made a name for himself as part of the group Living Legends and has also built a successful solo career. Most recently releasing Felt […]

The Gift of Gab talks new LP, hip-hop’s future

The Gift of Gab is best known for being half of the hip-hop duo Blackalicious, along with his DJ, Chief XCel. Having done five Blackalicious albums, he also launched a solo album called 4th Dimensional Rocket Ships Going Up. Gab is widely known for his intelligent lyrics and excellent flow. He is well-known by anyone […]