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The Musicologists

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

Dawes/Horses: New Records Fall Short

I must admit I am a tad bit saddened. A few years ago two bands emerged with a vibrant updated sound that was deeply rooted in the cool Laurel Canyon of the late 1970’s.  They had thoughtful lyrics and modern sensibilities, which made them seem like two bands on the...

Vail Music Faire Delights

I had never attended a Vail Music Faire, but trust me I am unlikely to miss another one. This year’s celebration of local artists was a splendid day of music and positive vibes that overcame some rather unpleasant August weather. Those brave souls who endured were...

Adele Matures, Sort Of

Being the Barbara Streisand fan he was, I’m pretty sure my dad and I would agree on Adele. He would have loved her and by the way, who doesn’t?   What Streisand was to Judy Garland, Adele is to Streisand. The torch has been passed as was witnessed in person on her...

Tom Petty’s Top Five Best Songs

This week we are expecting a new album from the always-trustworthy Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (the world’s most underrated support band).  Incessant tours, brilliant consistency and multi-generational appeal have been the hallmarks of Tom Petty and we expect...

Peter Rowan Rolls With It

Peter Rowan learned from the best and then taught the rest.   Raised under the tutelage of the father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe, Rowan has remained a stabilizing force on the bluegrass scene.  He has been willing to embrace the new jamgrass ethics while anchoring...

Tommy- The Last of the Ramones Passes At 65

All the Ramones are dead but The Ramones will never die.  Drummer Tom Erdelyi a/k/a Tommy Ramone died at the age of 65 from Bile-Duct cancer. “Now I Want To Sniff Some Glue.”   The seminal band of misfits who grew up as fictional brothers in New York’s Bowery...

Goin' Mobile With Speakers

At the recent Go Pro Mountain Games, I came a cross a wide variety of cool items for outdoor activities. There were handy knives from Gerber, some tasty treats for your puppy from Eukanuba and plenty of energy drinks in powder form. However, I was attracted to and...

Radio, Pandora or Spotify?

Sitting around a campfire recently, a young man asked me what I thought about the new music services, Pandora and Spotify, and what kind of impact they were having on radio.   Well as someone truly invested in many ways in radio I unleashed a tirade of...

The Big Stars That Weren't

They say things come in threes. You know usually bad things like celebrity deaths and bad news from family. I have also noticed this trend with influential rock musicians and their uncanny habit of releasing three albums and then vanishing.   First you have Jimi...

Top 5 Summer Songs of All Time

Summer has dawned over the Vail Valley and though the official start is not until June 21 around these parts we tend to get a jump on things. Therefore I decided to do the same and talk about summer songs.   There is a very real phenomenon that each summer a song...

R.E.M. Unplugged A Must Have

After nearly three decades as a recording unit, we finally get a R.E.M. album you can understand the lyrics.  It's a bit sarcastic of course but the band, that defined college radio in the eighties and nineties, had a reputation for muddling lyrics. One might even say...

A Concert Film For and About the Ages

For years Jonathan Demme’s “Stop Making Sense” has been the standard for concert films. Many have tried but rarely succeeded.  Too often filmmakers try to make too much of the behind the scenes nonsense while others struggle to capture the essence of a band’s live...

Your Colorado Summer Music Festival Guide

Festivals, festivals everywhere you look another festival. And there is nothing wrong with that.   Each summer the number of music festivals only seems to grow and as long as they are successful, they will continue to enhance. No longer is the question should I...

The Family Allmans Celebrate 45 Years

This year marks the 45th and what many say will be the last year for on of the foundational bands of the southern rock genre The Allman Brothers.   The Allman Brothers were at one time a band made up literally of Allman brothers, but since then have showcased...

Buffalo Springfield-They're Worth A Lot

  Music has bonded people together in community and some say contributed to governmental overthrows or at least an occasional riot. Why else would Russia imprison a band of girls who performed for free outside a church?  Lord knows it wreaked pure havoc in the...

Campout for A Good Cause

I had a chance to visit with Scotty Stoughton recently the organizer and all around beast of Campout for the Cause- An annual pilgrimage of music, song and yoga all for a good cause. This year will mark the sixth installment of the event and will be held May 23-25th...

Just How Good Was DEVO?

Recently, we lost a visionary when Bob Casale Jr of Devo died. Casale was an integral part of the band that only a few years ago had made an almost invisible yet underappreciated return to rock and roll including a main stage appearance at Lollapalooza. Though this...

Slopes Music Style-Vail's Live Music week

Which came first- the snowboarder or their playlist? Each and every participant at this week’s Burton US Open will likely have his or her ‘go to’ tunes.  The music that gets them stoked.  Even in a state where smoking artificial stimulants is legal, most boarders will...