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At 73, he's back in spotlight with 'very accurate' biopic, "Love & Mercy," concert tour that brings him to 1stBank Center.   Full Story
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Music and beer have always been a good pair. So when Chicago's prog-rock group Umphrey's McGee collaborated with craft breweries, the result is a pale-ale lovechild - and a summer party to launch it.   Full Story
Radio 1190 has you covered for your party playlist this Fourth of July weekend. Tune in on Saturday for a full day of "Star Spangled Bangers," where the station will be spinning the best in wonky, trap, dub and hip-hop based electronic music all day.   Full Story
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Keyboardist Joel Cummins says band is eager to play Boulder Theater, Red Rocks, but it's also excited about collaboration with Boulder Beer.   Full Story
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Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from band members.   Full Story
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The term "prog rock" has been reclaimed by younger musicians who never had to live through the genre's bleak era. Prog rock, at least in its Rocky Mountain form, has evolved to emphasize its rock, funk and jam dimensions. And Eminence Ensemble embodies this progression.   Full Story
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The four surviving members of the Dead, joined by a trio of well-versed companions, launched their "Fare Thee Well" mini-tour in Northern California, where the legendary jam band got its start 50 years ago and almost two decades after the death of beloved lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.   Full Story
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There is little information about Illinois-based singer-songwriter J Fernandez, but thankfully there is enough said in his music to keep fans full. On his debut record Many Levels of Laughter, little homespun melodies intertwine gracefully into nine pop gems. Though the album was recorded in his home studio, Fernandez creates a less-cluttered atmosphere than his bedroom pop-contemporaries Alex G and Elvis Depressedly.   Full Story
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Controversial rapper says he will "do what I got to do" to entertain Boulder, Fort Collins audiences.   Full Story
Wolf Alice's 'My Love Is Cool' is a real beast of a debut, in the best possible way. It literally roars with feverish, feral relish.   Full Story
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In a matter of hours, Taylor Swift has come out looking like music's most powerful artist. On Sunday, Swift said in a blog post that she would withhold her album 1989 from Apple's new music service, set to launch June 30.   Full Story
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The Grammy-winning bassist Esperanza Spalding has been called an "It Girl" by Vogue magazine.   Full Story
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Science and music have a way of mingling in the mind. Dave McGraw used to be a wildlife biologist but now is a singer as one half of the indie folk duo Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer. Fer, meanwhile, studied music in Spain, where she honed her acoustic guitar chops after developing her electric lead playing.   Full Story
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After more than 20 years of making music in Boulder County, Cody Qualls has an new solo album and a Big Gig in his near future. Qualls, who grew up in Louisville, is perhaps best known for his role as lead tenor in Face, a six-man cappella group that has been around since the early 2000s. Face plays more than 100 shows per year. Qualls album, "Pick Your Head Up" is a six-track EP that will feature Nina Storey. Singer Storey has sold 35,000 records; Qualls called her "a Colorado legend." In addition to the album release, Qualls' summer also will include playing 93.3 KTCL's Big Gig July 11 at Fiddler's Green   Full Story
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If the nostalgia of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tonic and Smash Mouth entices you, be sure to leave the bread at home for an upcoming July concert in Arvada. Sunday, the Taste of Fort Collins featured headliner Smash Mouth, and in a complete and total moment of Kanye Westery, singer Steve Harwell stopped performing and threatened to beat up audience members... for throwing bread.   Full Story
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Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano share not just a romantic harmony. but also a musical one. They are Johnnyswim, and they will play the Fox Theatre on Sunday.   Full Story
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Off the heels of a recent record-label switch to Sacred Bones, singer-songwriter Jenny Hval has released her most experimental and challenging record to date. Though some tag Hval as freak-folk, the instrumentation she incorporates on her fifth album is nearly absent of acoustic guitar and piano. In fact, the spoken-word driven record mainly features just a synthesizer and drone.   Full Story
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Marcus Mumford knows his band is mainly named after himself, but he says members of the group have built a stronger trust among one another, and that's evident on their new album.   Full Story
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It has been decades since guitar great Ry Cooder last performed in Colorado, so the news he would travel with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White — and play shows in Boulder, Aspen, Telluride and Denver — is close to miraculous.   Full Story
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Uber, the ride-hailing service provider, has announced it will offer helicopter rides to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this weekend.   Full Story