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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 right. ...

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.   The list...

The Blues Had Baby Alright

The Rolling Stones took their name and much of their attitude from Muddy Waters.  John Lennon considered Chuck Berry the world’s greatest songwriter.  Led Zeppelin hijacked numerous rifts and songs from Willie Dixon.  John Lee Hooker invented boogie and thus begat The...

Rock Star or Sports Star?

When my son grows up I want him to be a rock star. Now that may not be a surprising comment from someone who writes a music column or spends his day job on the air at a radio station; however, it is contrary to many parents in America.  In a sports obsessed nation,...

Who is My Morning Jacket?

From time to time, I am approached by music fans who ask me the easiest question to answer. Who is the best live band performing today?  The simple answer is My Morning Jacket.   Who? You might say. Exactly. This band reminds me of The Who in their hey day. ...

Growing Up With The Dark Side

Shortly after getting my driver’s license, I was grounded. Sent to my room. No friends. But what my parents didn’t realize was I had a record player. The creation carrying Thomas Edison’s DNA that could take me to worlds far outside my neighborhood and my mom wouldn’t...

Mid Year In Music Awards

The middle of the year begs the question what have you missed?  It’s a chance to reflect back on the first six months of the year and make sure your record collection or digital downloads folder these days is loaded with the best so far. Once again 2013 is shaping up...

Rock's Most Underrated

Watching the remarkable run of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Championship made me appreciate the under appreciated.  In my opinion Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan are two of the most underrated coach and athlete in any sport.  Their record speaks for itself but when...

Daft Punk Wakes Up The Dance

The mark of a truly great rock song is one musically intriguing and lyrically compelling. So fascinating that you are driven to research the subject matter to find out more about the artist’s muse. A good example of this is Peter Gabriel’s “Biko.” This stunningly,...

Campout For The Cause is a Winner

Next week starts the official summer music season with the Campout for the Cause.  This masterful event conceived by True Local Scotty Stoughton is in its fifth year.  Musically and recreationally, it has matured to a premiere early season music festival as judged by...