Rusted Root is ready to rock the Fox Theatre.

The Pennsylvania band's been promoting its pulsating blend of roots and percussive sounds for a while, but it has a new crop of college fans that love the group's updated rock grooves.

Rusted Root's been touring behind its latest CD, Stereo Rodeo, and will show off its new tunes and rock-edged sound at the Fox tonight. Better get there early, as this band usually packs the club.

IF YOU GO

Who: Rusted Root, with Crowfield

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder

Cost: $13.50-$15

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"This new record is the best one yet," bandleader Michael Glabicki said. "It really captures all the energy of our live shows.

"This is definitely a new venture and our band is moving in a lot of new directions. Our new music has a little more of a rock edge -- and we now have two guitarists. That's makes the music more textural and allows for some interesting solos."

Glabicki develops the new Rusted Root tunes on his solo tours. The artist regularly hits the road to play new material and road test new songs for the band.

Rusted Root
Rusted Root

"The road is a very good place to develop Rusted Roots songs," Glabicki said. "I can bring the music on my tours down to a pin drop, so I can see what the music and my voice will sound like.

"When I bring the songs to the band, I have sense of what these songs can do dynamically."

Rusted Root's music also has been hitting the world of movie soundtracks, TV shows and sports events. All those factors have re-focused the band and spawned new fans.

"The band's all revved up -- it feels like we're starting again," Glabicki said. "We're pretty excited to be playing the Fox. It's always a special show in Boulder.

"We're going to play for over two-and-half hours. We've also been working to keep ticket prices low. You have to, so people can afford to go out in this economy."

Sonnenblume

Tonight's a big music night in Boulder.

Meshell Ndegeocello is headlining the Boulder Theater, but local music fans will want to see Denver's Sonnenblume open the show.

Sonnenblume has been gaining a local buzz for its original music. The powerhouse band is fronted by singer/bassist Liz Forster -- as in the daughter of "etown's" Nick Forster.

However, this is not a laid-back folksy outfit.

No, Sonnenblume kicks ass with its edgy mix of rock and power-pop tunes. Forster's emotive vocals and Todd Ayers' meticulous guitar solos really make this band a local music contender.

Rocky Votolato

The University of Colorado's Club 156 has been rocking this semester.

Tonight, the campus club features Rocky Votolato. The Seattle performer has been making waves with his indie brand of folk and punk tunes. Don't miss this show.