March Fourth Marching Band is a guaranteed blast. March Fourthâ€”M4 for short--is the Boba Fett and The Americans of Portland. Actually, more accurately, Boba Fett is the M4 of Denver, as they long preceded the bounty hunter-clad drum major and his guerrilla marching band brainchild. Anyone who's witnessed Boba and company in action will understand what exactly I'm talking about. Last July, Boba and company descended on an already lively Double Daughters anniversary soiree I was hosting, instantly transforming it into a full-on raucous ruckus.
Ratatat first appeared on my â€œrad radarâ€ when they opened a Faint show at The Ogden a few years ago. Opening acts can be hit-or-miss sometimes, but I retrospectively regret arriving late that particular night. The NYC-based instrumental act quickly became a hit with hipsters and even hip hippies via festival bookings including Bonnaroo. Widespread appreciation of the duo was overdue, though, until doing bootleg hip hop remixes on the sly side project tip finally culminated in cutting tracks â€œAliveâ€ and MGMT co-production â€œSoundtrack to my Lifeâ€ with Kanye protege Kid Cudi.
Kostas Kouremenous has been searching The Mile High City high and low for the perfect set of pipes. Kostas isn't a plumber, though, he's a producerâ€”a DJ and dance music producer, to be exact. Although he's had his fingers in many different Denver pots over the yearsâ€”a shoe store, a modeling agency and a number of nightclubs now (Amsterdam, Pure, Lotus, DC10, Zen)--partnering with Triad Dragons' Ha Hau on Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks was his single most in-the-black business decision to date.
Broken Bells, a collaboration between Shins' singer James Mercer and aural harlot Danger Mouse, breaks its Mile High cherry tonight at The Gothic Theatre. Best known as one half of Gnarls Barkley, DMâ€”born Brian Burton--is easily one of the most sought-after producers in the game. The left field is his field of expertise, though, as evidenced by his track record: Beck, The Black Keys, Gorillaz, Sparklehorse and Beatles/Jay-Z mash-up masterpiece The Grey Album.
Playing with words is in Lea Luna's blood. Little is known about the Denver DJ/songwriter's biological fatherâ€”she was conceived in a Manhattan sperm bankâ€”except that he was a graduate student in the writing department at Yale. And apparently hard up for cash. Although her mother just recently revealed this, Luna's been putting pen to paper for as long as she can remember.
The Glitch Mob ain't no one-trick pony. â€œGlitch hopâ€, a genre they're often credited with inventing (or at least popularizing), may have put them on the map, but they refuse to churn out cookie cutter, assembly line club bangers. Drink the Sea, their first fully original full-length, is bound to confound expectations. On the one hand, there are certainly distinctive characteristics that make the record recognizably Glitch Mob. On the other, Sea sees them abandoning many of their signature bells and whistlesâ€”most notably the stutter edits suggested by their moniker.
Each month, we here at 303 accost two strangers on the street for our â€œ303 Styleâ€ back pages. You might have noticed April Charmaine on page 72 of May's Music Issue. In her interview, Charmaine mentions she's a choreographer and dance teacher at Sol Vida. Festival de Vida, a student dance recital Sol Vida is curating at Guerilla Garden (3821 Steele), just happens to be happening today.
Upon recently noticing that a Hawaiian getaway was up for grabs at a Lannie's-hosted karaoke competition, I began plotting my song choices. I've never been to Hawaii, but I loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall to death (and, as we all know, Hollywood's interpretation of a geographic locale is always spot on).
Henry Rollins has got more stories than Grandpa Simpson. Not only that, whereas Simpson seems permanently cursed with verbal diarrhea, people all over the planet eagerly part with greenbacks to hear the ex-Black Flag frontman yak. Rollins' Frequent Flyer Tour rolls into The Boulder Theater this Tuesday.
303 InterviewAlthough none of the artists in this month's feature--303's Master Mix--are unaccustomed to the interview process, Yonnas of The Pirate Signal took the idea of interview pressure to whole new level...