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The Musicologists

Just been thinking about music and this is what came up...

Party Rules for Music

In high school there were always assignments for parties. You know what I mean.  The one guy in your class who could grow a beard usually had to get the beer.  The girls mostly took charge of the pre-social media era of getting the word out on the where and when. ...

Should You Go See A Cover Band?

The Genesis cover band Musical Box recently announced a rare concert date in Denver this March.  This caused quite the heated debate between myself and my dear musical snob Just Plain Bill.   As a lover of live music performed exceptionally well, I am fine with...

The Revolution That Was Televised-The Beatles @50

I don’t ever remember seeing the Ed Sullivan show though I was alive during its run. A tad young at the time, I wonder if my mom forbade me from seeing it because of its risqué programming. There was the legless Elvis Presley and some real long hairs who sang while...

Tom Genes' Super Playlist

Tom Genes thought you might need some music selections to get yourself up for the game-As if you needed anything else to get you fired up! Omaha- Counting Crows – The battle cry of Peyton Manning is covered well with this Counting Crow’s gem. Plenty of appropriate...

Bruce Springsteen Reconsidered

I have never been a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen. For one in all honesty, I didn’t discover him therefore to me, a blatant music snob, he didn’t exist. Secondly, I often found him to be hypocritical. Third, his early success was in part due to a calculated propaganda...

CBGBs Remembered Fondly

As far as I know there are not any bar owners in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that needs to change.  I nominate Hilly Kristal founder and owner of the famed CBGB.  His story is the stuff of American dreams, as he helped user in an era and an entire genre of...

Believe in Beyonce

She once took second place on Ed McMahon’s  “Star Search.”  She had a miscarriage before giving birth to a beautiful baby girl.  She’s a one woman industry, married to one of the music’s businesses biggest power brokers and she possesses as much power and influence as...

Vilar Center Bringing The Voices

There is a moment in the film that documents Peter Gabriel’s 1994 Secret World concert tour when the tour de force of positive reinforcement songs, “Don’t Give Up,” starts and there is a silhouette of a women in intense focus.  Gabriel swoons the opening stanza as the...

Tom Genes' Favorite Albums of 2013

Though at times this summer , the album charts looked like a apge from 1976 as artist like David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Mark Knopfler released respectable discs. However, most of them only stood out when compared to some of their recent output which...

Best Colorado Music Of 2013

  I just goggled the term “best of 2013” and got a remarkable 15 billion responses yep- Billion including Whitney’s Best of Websites and the ENR Best Construction Grants of the Year! I think these exist because people like to argue. I don’t. I like to be...

Blitzen Trapper Delivers The Americana

The origins of the musical genre known as Alternative Country is covered quite well in Greg Kot’s book “Wilco: Learning How To Die.” The book is more than a history of a band, it’s the tale of a movement.  An uprising of artists that for a few years looked like it...

Arcade Fire's State Of Music

I was resolute. I needed to listen to it in its entirety before forming any opinion.  I shied away from internet reviews and even those of my musically inclined friends who immediately dissed the whole thing after viewing their appearance on Saturday Night Live.   I...

The Maddening Genius Of Lou Reed

Lou Reed’s “Heroin’ was the first song that truly frightened me. I was fearful I might get addicted just from listening to the song. Conversely on the other side of the Reed’s musical walk was Lulu his collaboration with Metallica, which I was afraid someone was going...

A Classic Rock Primer To New Music

There is a scene in “The Big Chill” when the character Harold proclaims that there has been no good music released for years. He is clearly a classic rock holdover and refuses to allow any new music into his life. We all know people like that, for goodness sakes you...

Yes, This is A Great New Book

One of my favorite places in the entire Valley is the little music nook section at The Bookworm in Edwards. Here is where my youth has been transcribed. A place to find the thoughts of Keith Richards and Anthony Kiedis committed to the page along with numerous...

Van Morrison Doesn't Need A Plan B

Of late I have been finding the same album playing over and over on my speakers.  Sometimes by chance as a random selection on my iPod and sometimes, I should say mostly, as a direct choice. Released exactly a year ago, it is a quintessential release from a famed...

Rock's Best Marraiges

I’m on my way to a family wedding and though I’m tempted to write about great wedding songs, I thought I’d go one better and talk about great married couples in rock and roll.  Now there are many a rock couple who are famous like Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain;...

The Return of Rock Dinosaurs

Look Out! It’s the return of the dinosaurs!  Last year David Bowie returned in fine form with one of his better albums in years- which as they say wasn’t saying much. Now we get word that some of Rock and Roll’s aging royalty is about to do the same....