Recently, I got on the phone with Dan from Streets of Laredo to talk about their album, their tour and our mutual love of Neil Finn. This kiwi band is actually the culmination of several other bands when brothers Dan and Dave came together to make new music. Disillusioned from his successful band Elemeno P, older brother/drummer Dave called it quits on the music business. But he was drawn out of early retirement after he saw younger brother Dan suffering from the same disillusionment, but from the position of a struggling artist.
You guys! I was lucky enough to chat with Francois Comtois, drummer for Young The Giant, ahead of their appearance at Denver’s convention stop on the Bud Light Party tour. We only had a few minutes, but he was super nice as we talked about their new album Home of the Strange and working with Bud Light.
If you aren’t sure what the “Bud Light Party” is, exactly – they have been throwing FREE concerts all over the country with all kinds of bands and artists to highlight diversity and fun during this crazy election season. It’s not about politics, it’s about getting together with your pals and caucusing for a good time. Rules to win tickets differ by city but check out the site to get yours (21+ only).
In Denver, we were lucky enough to have The Strumbellas and Young The Giant perform at the Fillmore Auditorium, with art installations, photo booths and lots of free Bud Light. All while seeing two great bands most of us would absolutely have paid to see.
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A few weeks ago, I was invited to a Nate Staniforth show here in Denver. I didn’t know what to expect, really, because I don’t think I have seen a magician live, in person, ever. I mean, other than when I was a kid and stuff.
Nate’s site specifically warns you the show is not for children, but that is not to imply that it’s NSFW other than a stray curse word here and there. What he means is that there are no top hats, or rabbits, or sawing of women in half. It’s a Ted talk filled with Nate’s personality while he helps us remember to believe in magic again.
I was lucky enough to meet him in person after the show and then get on the phone with him last week. He’s a friendly guy who is willing to talk honestly about magicians, how he got to this profession and where he wants to go.
I was born in 1970, which means the music of Judy Collins was woven into the fabric of my childhood. When I was asked to interview her, I was honored and humbled. This incredible singer continues to make magic and will be appearing at Boettcher Hall on Mother’s Day, performing the songs of Stephen Sondheim.
Tell me about your new project.
I am very excited about it – and have been waiting to pull this together for a long time. I love “Send In The Clowns” which was written by Stephen in 1973 and my recording of it was his first top ten hit. We will be performing a bouquet of my favorite Sondheim songs, in the beautiful Boettcher Hall. I will interweave some of my other classics, of course, but it will truly be a “A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim.” Continue reading…
You know that song “Mountain At My Gates,” right? Even if you think you don’t, you do. Foals’ new album What Went Down has lots of great songs, but that one in particular is finally getting this decade-old English band some radio airplay. I was lucky enough to get on the phone with Foals bass player Walter Gervers this week before their upcoming concert at the Ogden Theatre.
Interview with Walter Gervers from the band Foals
I have heard Foals described in many ways… what style of music do you call it?
That is the hardest question we get asked, because we scavenge so many things from different styles. We’re definitely a rock band. But we can have heavy punk, and do a ballad, and we are all influenced by dance music too. I guess you could say we are a musical hamper (laughs). Continue reading…