Album Reviews Archive

  • Blake Mobley’s Tiger Party has been a funky fixture of the Colorado music scene for some time now. But 2016 has been be a watershed year for the big cat collective. Longtime collaborator Ashley Niven joined Blake as a permanent member. Together the two lead the cosmic revolving door of stellar musicians that has come to define Tiger Party’s ever-changing and unique sound.

    Tiger Party’s New Album ‘True North’ Will Show You Your True Self While Dancing the Night Away

    Blake Mobley’s Tiger Party has been a funky fixture of the Colorado music scene for some time now. But 2016 has been be a watershed year for the big cat collective. Longtime collaborator Ashley Niven joined Blake as a permanent member. Together the two lead the cosmic revolving door of stellar musicians that has come to define Tiger Party’s ever-changing and unique sound.

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  • “Let’s Dance” does what Porter has been doing since the mid 1960s; it get’s people off their feet and in the groove. Porter shows many sides on this EP, and if it is only a fraction of what he has been working on the past year and a half, we should all look forward to what is coming.

    George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners – It’s Time To Funk

    “Let’s Dance” does what Porter has been doing since the mid 1960s; it get’s people off their feet and in the groove. Porter shows many sides on this EP, and if it is only a fraction of what he has been working on the past year and a half, we should all look forward to what is coming.

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  • Echoing greats like Hiatt, Earle and Springsteen, with High On Tulsa Heat Tulsa native John Moreland has crafted an exquisitely moving record saturated with intricate wordplay, deft fingerpicking and vivid storylines that evoke the kind of emotion few are capable of.

    John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat

    Echoing greats like Hiatt, Earle and Springsteen, with High On Tulsa Heat Tulsa native John Moreland has crafted an exquisitely moving record saturated with intricate wordplay, deft fingerpicking and vivid storylines that evoke the kind of emotion few are capable of.

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  • One of the coolest albums of 2015 so far also has one of the coolest stories behind it.  Before Roebuck “Pops” Staples, the patriarch of the iconic Staples Singers, passed away in 2000, he gave his daughter Mavis a record which contained “Pops” singing and playing guitar.  While in his final days, “Pops” told Mavis to look after the record he recorded, telling Mavis, “Please don’t lose this.”

    Pops Staples – “Don’t Lose This”

    One of the coolest albums of 2015 so far also has one of the coolest stories behind it. Before Roebuck “Pops” Staples, the patriarch of the iconic Staples Singers, passed away in 2000, he gave his daughter Mavis a record which contained “Pops” singing and playing guitar. While in his final days, “Pops” told Mavis to look after the record he recorded, telling Mavis, “Please don’t lose this.”

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  • Though they call Boulder home, The Whale Tales will remind you of balmy southern nights spent dancing freely under the stars in your neighbor's backyard, mind dizzy from smoke and bourbon. Their new album, Methods, is a refreshing take on Americana, leaning heavily on bluesy country rock influences, with a jam band flair that makes for smooth listening and begs for a good time.

    The Whale Tales – Methods

    Though they call Boulder home, The Whale Tales will remind you of balmy southern nights spent dancing freely under the stars in your neighbor's backyard, mind dizzy from smoke and bourbon. Their new album, Methods, is a refreshing take on Americana, leaning heavily on bluesy country rock influences, with a jam band flair that makes for smooth listening and begs for a good time.

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  • Follow the signals to the path. Thats what Habitats is all about. If you haven’t heard of Signal Path yet, it’s time to sit down for a listen. The Front Range-based band has built a name for themselves around Denver as a jazzy Electrofunk outfit and creates music by blending genres, live performance elements and electronic production. Technically, they are impressive--literally standing alone, without the need for vocals. Released on October 10, Habitats  is the band’s most recent offering.

    Signal Path – Habitats

    Follow the signals to the path. Thats what Habitats is all about. If you haven’t heard of Signal Path yet, it’s time to sit down for a listen. The Front Range-based band has built a name for themselves around Denver as a jazzy Electrofunk outfit and creates music by blending genres, live performance elements and electronic production. Technically, they are impressive--literally standing alone, without the need for vocals. Released on October 10, Habitats is the band’s most recent offering.

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  • Remember when Lotus reinvigorated the electro-jam scene back in the early 2000’s? A hardcore contingent of fans certainly do and they have a lot to celebrate as the evolution of the band seems to have come full circle with the upcoming release of Monks, Lotus’ sixth full-length studio album and first hip-hop offering from the five-piece jam favorites.

    Lotus – Monks

    Remember when Lotus reinvigorated the electro-jam scene back in the early 2000’s? A hardcore contingent of fans certainly do and they have a lot to celebrate as the evolution of the band seems to have come full circle with the upcoming release of Monks, Lotus’ sixth full-length studio album and first hip-hop offering from the five-piece jam favorites.

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  • Kinetix.  Kinetic Energy (noun): Energy an object (or band, or crowd) possesses due to its motion.  Motion.  What will happen to you when you listen […]

    Kinetix – Never Too Late

    Kinetix.  Kinetic Energy (noun): Energy an object (or band, or crowd) possesses due to its motion.  Motion.  What will happen to you when you listen […]

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  • Mimosa has a gift for blending styles of music that had been kept under wraps through his previous releases.  On 'Future Trill Vol. 1' he stuck with his Hip-Hop beat making and monstrous bass lines, but 'Future Trill Vol. 2' seems to venture away from that norm.  He did continue to show off his craft of matching glitched synth lines with 808 drum beats to incite energy but also talked about how, while on tour, he has been inspired and influenced by different styles and sounds.

    Mimosa – ‘Future Trill Vol. 2′ Listening Party – July 18th – Side 3 Studios

    Mimosa has a gift for blending styles of music that had been kept under wraps through his previous releases. On 'Future Trill Vol. 1' he stuck with his Hip-Hop beat making and monstrous bass lines, but 'Future Trill Vol. 2' seems to venture away from that norm. He did continue to show off his craft of matching glitched synth lines with 808 drum beats to incite energy but also talked about how, while on tour, he has been inspired and influenced by different styles and sounds.

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  • With a sound that resembles a combination of Tom Waits and Dave Matthews, Andy Palmer’s hard, songful rasp brings the archetypal poet back to life.  Coming out of Denver, Palmer’s 2nd full length album Hazard of the Die is an insightful reflection on both the city’s innovative music scene and its eclectic culture.  Palmer paints a picture of a city’s culture that is up and down, black and white, good and evil.  The album takes a bold step in portraying the realities of a world that is oftentimes cruel and unfair, with its raw poetics exposing life’s injustices.

    Andy Palmer – Hazard Of The Die

    With a sound that resembles a combination of Tom Waits and Dave Matthews, Andy Palmer’s hard, songful rasp brings the archetypal poet back to life. Coming out of Denver, Palmer’s 2nd full length album Hazard of the Die is an insightful reflection on both the city’s innovative music scene and its eclectic culture. Palmer paints a picture of a city’s culture that is up and down, black and white, good and evil. The album takes a bold step in portraying the realities of a world that is oftentimes cruel and unfair, with its raw poetics exposing life’s injustices.

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