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The Musicologist

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

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...

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...