Category: Music

The xx // they’re back!

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I’ve only been kept in suspense for two years since The xx announced they were working on their new studio album. After two years of incessant googling, stalking, and the like, The xx finally released that their third album, I See You, will be out January 13th. As a super fan, I subscribe to them on all social media platforms and was absolutely elated to have the announcement email waiting for me in my inbox. Their newest single “On Hold” is a good omen of what is to come. Listen to it and tell me you don’t find yourself dancing along (and putting it on repeat for the rest of the day):

And if this news wasn’t great enough, The xx also announced that they would be the musical guests on SNL with Kristen Wiig as the host. See their performance of “On Hold” below and mark your calendars for January 13th! 7 weeks and counting…

x B

Sylvan Esso and My Morning Jacket

I was given an opportunity to see My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks and while I’m not a huge fan of the band, I was so excited to hear that Sylvan Esso was the opener. Sylvan Esso has been on my radar for a while, but I hadn’t seen them live before this weekend. They are just two band members, the singer and the producer, but they have amazing stage presence. Amelia Meath’s voice is awesome and she has some serious dance moves. They are about to explode on the music scene so be sure to check them out.

My Morning Jacket was awesome live too, don’t get me wrong. All in all, it was another great concert at Red Rocks…2015’s concerts have been so good!

x B

Summer 2015 Playlist

It’s Monday and that means the work week is just beginning. To help you ease you into the next five days I’ve compiled my favorite songs of the season into this summer 2015 playlist. This playlist will take you through the dog days of summer and is fit for any summer activity. It contains new music from old favorites as well as my favorite new artists.

x B

The Avett Brothers

avett brothers red rocksThe Carolina’s are known for their friendly people, barbecue, and most importantly, the Avett Brothers. They have been gaining momentum and are quickly becoming one of the most well known bands on an international level. When they announced their annual Colorado shows I bought tickets instantly. I’ve seen them live before, but nothing could compare to seeing them at Red Rocks.

They were in town for three nights so each show varied slightly (even though I only saw one of these), but they put on an incredible show. Their energy, talent, and good looks make them so fun to see live and I can’t help but jump and dance around to every song. My absolute favorite is their cello player who is the most energetic cellist I have ever seen! He plays so intensely that his bow is effectively ruined by the end of the night.

If you’ve been living under a rock and are not yet a fan of the Avett Brothers, you need to fix that asap. And if you have never seen them live you are missing a hell of a show that is worth every penny.

x B

Glass Animals

gothic theater denverNext up on my summer concert series agenda was Glass Animals, the British indie-pop band. We saw them at the Gothic Theater in south Denver. It was my first time at this venue and I absolutely loved it! It was the perfect size and you can get super close to the artist even if you arrive late (like I did, oops!).

Their music, much like other artists I’ve been into lately, is what I would describe as ethereal electronic. It is the perfect soundtrack to any activity, zoning out for work, long drives, or even dancing in your bedroom. They sounded incredible live and were more than entertaining to watch. Their summer tour is just getting started and dates are being added due to popularity so be sure to check them out if they are in your city!

And if you can’t see them live, listen to their debut album here:

x B

Odesza

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To kick off my summer concert season, we went to see Odesza in concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater last week. Odesza has been on my radar for a while now, but I’m not usually a huge fan of seeing electronic/DJ sets live. That is, until Odesza changed my mind. They blew me away with their graphics, the energy (up tempo, but not anxiety inducing), and the surprise appearance by Zyra. Both members played drums throughout the set and they included a brass band for the live performance.

I highly recommend going to see them if they are coming to a venue in your neck of the woods. And you can always put them on when you need to dance it out.

x B

Loud Places

The xx is easily my favorite band. Whenever I’m in a happy, or sad, or angsty, etc., etc. mood I turn to their music as the perfect cure. Jamie xx, the percussionist/mixer behind the band, just released a solo album, In Colour, and what I’ve heard does not disappoint. The first single from the album features Romy, the guitarist and lead vocalist for the xx, whose voice makes me melt! Check out their awesome collaboration, Loud Places, below. Don’t worry, I’ll be over here dancing by myself (not in loud places). 

And be sure to listen to other pre-released tracks on Jamie’s site. The full album will be here June 2nd!
x B

A$AP Rocky and Snoop Dogg

It’s no secret that Colorado legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. It’s also no secret 4/20 is celebrated across the country as a day to indulge in such behavior. This year, Snoop Dogg held a concert to celebrate what is no doubt his favorite holiday. The line up included himself, 2 Chainz, and my personal favorite, A$AP Rocky. (Who wouldn’t love him, check out that swag!)
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We arrived at the concert a little late so I missed some of A$AP’s set, but what I did see was well worth it. It was a cold and rainy day so his wardrobe choice didn’t live up to his normal style, but he was still looking great. His new album comes out this month and I’m excited to hear more of his latest work.

Next up, was Snoop himself. He played everything from his “throwbacks” to his more recent work. It was a great time and we danced the night away to songs like the one below.

x B

Spring 2015 Playlist

With temperatures on the rise, my musical taste tends to defrost a little and I like to listen to happier, more pop-like artists. It’s time to discover new up and coming artists and revisit new material from some beloved old ones. I’ve curated this playlist for days in the park, car rides to new hiking trails, and bike rides around town. Enjoy!

Spring 2015 Playlist:

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Yours and Mine

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how much I love Beyonce. Just kidding, I only post about her all the time and ask myself “what would Beyonce do?” on the reg. Well ladies and gents (who am I kidding, no gents read my blog!), Bey has done it again with another beautiful video, Yours and Mine. I know I’m a little behind on this, but to be fair, its release was overshadowed by 7/11.

This video is an artistic depiction of Beyonce’s outlook on life. It is interesting because celebrities never get this vulnerable; quite the opposite in fact. She does it in a way that makes the viewer empathize with her views on fame even though I’ve never even come close to experiencing her level of fame. She describes the transient nature of life and the importance of being your best self. She puts topics such as finding love, marriage, motherhood, feminism, and self respect into simple, poetic terms that I can’t believe this girl isn’t running the world single handedly yet.

I have to remind my self daily that “Beyonce wasn’t built in a day” and there’s still time for me to be her when I grow up.

x B(ey)