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Incredible cello playing and concert news for colorado.

Have you seen?

They have a number of albums.
Concerts in Colorado
Tracy Lawrence at the Grizzly Rose March 21
Cheech and Chong & War 1st Bank March 22
Robin Thicke Fillmore Auditorium March 23
George Strait Pepsi Center April 5
Dream Theater Paramount Theater April 10
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa Red Rocks April 20
The Kingston Trio Paramount Theater April 26


Tyler Ward, Mad Dog and others Colorado players.

Yes some bands got their start in Colorado. Big Head Todd and the Monster, The Fray, One Republic, John Denver, Jesse Carmichael from Maroon 5 and Glenn Miller.
People I would like you to notice that should be added to you lists are Tyler Ward.
Graduated from University of Northern Colorado for something other than music, his album The Show is worth picking up and here is a little sample.

According to one of his videos he is a neighbor of Alex G.
Her EP Hello is worth picking up as well as her collaborations.

A group I have previously talked with Broken Tongues.

And a Congrats goes out to Mad Dog & Headman. Tonight They will be having a CD release party at the Skylite Station in Denver.

Enjoy these special Colorado People.


Music, Venues and Video’s.

Country music is part of the roots of modern music, and though you may not here it, you will find it there.
The other night I saw Diamond Rio at a very small venue in Colorado. To me small is sometimes better.
Why? Your closer to the band, you can hear the music better and it makes you feel like you are listening at home sometimes. Over the years I have seen many rock bands and country bands and others in small venues and it helps me get a better sense of what they are like personally, professionally and lets me know what they will be like at a large venue.
One of the member of Diamond Rio belonged to a band I enjoyed way back when Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Oddly enough this particular guitar player from Diamond Rio was also my inspiration for learning how to play the guitar all those years ago.
Here are some old and new songs that may inspire some of you.
Diamond Rio

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performing a Kenny Loggins song

Rascal Flatts

Shinedown

Black Sabbath

Linkin Park

Wax

Bruno Mars

Trace Adkins “Some women may not admit this one.”

Who says country guys can’t rap Neal McCoy.

Last but not least a different kind of inspiration.
Sami Yusaf


Two Music Movies, Pitch Perfect and Joyful Noise.

perfectpitchBoth these movies were released in 2012, and yes they are music driven movies. But both of these movies have something going for them.

Pitch Perfect, is the story of a college a capella singing group and the competition. Although I never want to give the whole plot away I would like to say that the start of this movie was what caught me. Know one expects someone to “blow chucks” as the phrase goes during a competition right onto the audience. From that moment on I figured this had to be a funny and surprising movie. Stars Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp (from True Blood) and more talented actors.
Song in this movie include: “The Sign”, “212, “Lost in It”, “Let It Whip”, “Punching in A Dream”, “Keep You”, “Don’t Move”, “Titanium”, “Cups”, “No Diggity”, “Bulletproof”, plus alot more.

joyfulnoise
Joyful Noise is the story of a church choirs competition. This shows that not all gospel music has to be old fashioned. The sub-story adds flavor to the mix and the music brings it all together. This movie stars Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan as well as many others including a small part by Kris Kristofferson.
Song in this movie include: “Not Enough”, “Man in the Mirror”, “Maybe I’m Amazed”, “From Here To The Moon and Back”, “Higher Medley”, and others.

See which one appeal to you more and above all enjoy the music.


Azealia Banks

For those who don’t know me, I am a big fan of dance music: techno, house, electronic, even dubstep. It started when I was in high school, listening to the electronic music showcases on local radio stations late at night. Now that I’m older, it’s nice to see DJ’s I’ve been listening to for years get notoriety by the mainstream. One of those DJ’s is MachineDrum.

From the Land of Two Rivers (Eden, North Carolina) this artist emerged from the soils of the South to become a major player in electronic music. Since the early 2000’s he’s been creating sick beats that range from ambient to drum & bass, glitch to hip-hop. So imagine to my delight when I heard that he had decided to work with an up-and-coming artist from Harlem on several new projects: Azealia Banks.

Now don’t get it twisted, Ms. Banks is no a stranger to electronic music. In the past she has worked with heavy hitters like Diplo. Last year, she released the single 212, which sampled the tune Float My Boat by Lazy Jay, but her releasing tracks with MachineDrum had me more excited than usual because let’s face it: this girl can rap.

As a 90’s baby, she cites Destiny’s Child and Aaliyah along with countless other female MC’s, such as Lil Kim and Remy Ma as influences on her style. It definitely shows. And in a rap game dominated by Nicki Minaj, it’s nice to have some variety. Her newly released EP is titled 1991, the year of her birth. The title seems to coincide with the idea of a new birth for Banks since she signed with Interscope/Polydor Records earlier this year.

Straight out the gate, 1991 grabs your attention with the first track of the same title. MachineDrum’s beat is reminiscent of 90’s house music; the prominence of syncopated synth basslines. Banks’ rapping creates an “icing on the cake” situation. She is so smooth and is even featured singing on the track. Once you hear her belt out “NY rose me, Most High chose me…” you’ll soon discover how catchy this tune is, and how hard it will be to get it out of your head.

The other tracks on the EP come highly recommended as well. Van Vogue has Banks boasting her need for a crown and how she’s got Rapunzel style, a reference you never hear in music. Liquorice follows the same styling as 1991 with a strong house beat. The EP even features 212, the track that gave her the most recognition.

All in all, this EP is a definite must-have. The beats are banging, Banks’ rapping style is on point and they both come together in four playful, clever and overall jamming tracks. If your interested in more of the instrumental side , peep MachineDrum’s SXLND EP. Props to these two for releasing such a solid project.

– Romero H


New contributor Romero gave his review of Common’s latest.

Common: The Dreamer / The Believer

From what seemed to be a hiatus from Hip-Hop with no end in sight, Common is back to his roots with his 9th album, The Dreamer / The Believer. I’m not going to lie, I was a tad apprehensive about listening to it; I mean, it’s been a while since his last album, Universal Mind Control, was released, and that was a far cry from the earnest and self-empowerment from previous works. But I was surprised.

The album begins with the track, The Dreamer, with Common associating encouragement with dreams of Hip-Hop and his daughter. The track even features Maya Angelou, who recites a poem of the importance of being aware of one’s history. Other tracks feature Nas, John Legend and staying true to form, his father Lonny. They profess inspiration through childhood dreams and self-awareness in a culture of violence. Besides the optimistic tracks are sprinkled songs about get-loose lustiness. Sweet and Raw (How You Like It) especially talks about trolling the clubs in search of booty.

The entire album is a prime example of a “one-producer only” mentality. Created in conjunction with fellow Chicagoan No I.D., each track has beats derived in 70’s soul placed with pleading females singing the chorus, creating a feeling that you should bob your head rather than the foot-stomping bangers dispensed by his contemporaries. This comes as no surprise; many true Common fans will know that No I.D. has produced some of his earliest works.

With what seems to be the right tools to create a meaningful, successful album (Common’s poetic flow and free reign, the production magic of No I.D.), has this classic artist created something to be revered? Not really. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to see this album as an artist returning to his 90’s roots, but because of the monopoly of No I.D. tracks, it begins to sound repetitive. Part of me wonders what it would sound like if he had enlisted the likes of Kanye West or Cee Lo Green.

All in all, it is good to see Common back to his true craft, writing/rapping. This album seems to be a coming home, or reconciliation for him. It’s not Be, but on the plus side, it’s not Universal Mind Control! Let’s just hope his next album doesn’t fall short like this one did.

-Romero H


Mil-1-lion…rap with emotions.

Insightful, raw, upcoming talent. Looking for more in the coming years.
Meet Mil-1-lion.
Well, for me it started when my dad bought me a tape called bible break when I was 6. This was the first time I heard hip-hop and from that point on I was hooked. I started writing songs shortly their after.

With no way to record myself I decided to store all of my songs till I got old enough to buy equipment but as the years passed I started to have a love for something else in life that was basketball. Basketball became my life as I entered my teen years and lasted till I blow out my knee. I took this really hard because I almost forgot about music by this point-I mean I was so set on be coming a basketball player it was blinding me that I had other passions in my life.

By this time I’m 18 I dropped out of high school and was starting to rebuild that lost love of music again. It took a few year to decide that is was what I wanted to do not because it was a hard choice but I knew the road to making a living off of music is hard road to travel. Once I decide to do this I was going full out I started creating tracks for me to rap on and started save money to get equipment.

Now in my early twenties I was looking forward again and everything was full go for music I was meeting people that I still work if today. I would spend thousands of hours online looking for any info on how to create and produce music. During this Time I also moved back home to Cincinnati, OH because my grandma got sick and then it happened something that just crushed me to pieces. One of my biggest supports in my life was my grandma and in 2001 she died from cancer. I was so angry so mad at GOD for taking her that for the next 10 years I gave up Rapping. I felt that the main reason for me doing music was gone so why even try anymore but GOD on the other hand had a different plan.

After this I just filled my life with meaningless things just to pass the time, I end up getting a managers job at a restaurant for a little while but it didn’t work out and I quite. During this time my uncle at the age of 40 started going to college and tried to get me to go for over a year but I keep telling he I got a job and I didn’t need college. Well after quitting my job I ask my parents if I could move back home to go to college for music production.

So I went to college for 3 years and figured not I really didn’t need it. All of my professors would always ask me why am I in college for music production when I am already doing producing music? They told me these things after hearing the tracks I made for project and told me to just go find a record company and sell them my tracks.

Finally after loosing my house and mom getting laid off I ended up in Tennessee with my great family. And I stated “moving on” not only about my grandma but about I lot of issues I was dealing from my past this is where the Artist came back because I need a way to release what was trapped inside of me. All the emotion and feeling that I kept bottled up all those years I realize I had to let go because progressing in my life will never happen if I don’t release the issues I have. So this is where the Album comes in I haven’t set a date for its release just yet hopefully by May if all goes well. For those who have never heard my music you can listen to it over at reverbnation.com/mil1lion and all song are free downloads. I also would like to thank heishort for putting on her blog thank you so much and I will let people know about your blog GOD bless. M1n I’m out.

Thank for taking the time to talk about your passion. Good Luck!