It’s a busy music week in Boulder, so here’s the scoop:
DJ Simon Posford is one busy guy. The music pro rotates his time working with his varied electronic acts Shpongle, Younger Brother and Hallucinogen.
When: 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
Friday and Saturday, Shpongle headlines the Fox Theatre with two different nights of electronic music. Friday’s show features Hallucinogen and Prometheus, and Saturday’s concert features Posford’s Younger Brother band.
“The whole passion of Shpongle is to make music that challenges myself as an artist,” Posford said. “I’m not tied to any genre and there are no rules in the studio. I listen to a lot of different music — from the music of India to jazz and classical, and I work all these elements in.
“As an artist, I’m like a sponge. Lately, I’ve been using sounds that I find around the house — like a chip packet or a rubberband. For my last record, I used a hand-held recorder to tape sounds from a wedding party in India.”
Posford thrives on his varied musical formats. The artist’s played shows as a solo DJ and has a 12-piece band that’s too big to bring to Boulder.
“The Boulder Shpongle shows will be DJ gigs,” Posford said. “There will be some dancers and it will be an immerse musical experience. There will be a lot of electronic tempos, beats and time signatures — it’s generally pretty dancey.
“I’ll also be playing with my band Younger Brother at Saturday’s show. It’s more of a live band situation and sounds like Radiohead meets Pink Floyd. And, I’ll be performing as Hallucingen on Friday.
“Being in three acts challenges you creatively.”
It takes a lot of guts to create an album based on a cancer death, but The Antlers had a hit record with Hospice.
The idea was developed by band founder Peter Silberman and flushed out by the rest of his indie rock outfit. The performer was known as a solo artist before he started The Antlers, but the success of Hospice really kicked off the group’s career.
The Antlers are now set to play the Fox on Monday with Phantogram.
“My music’s been inspired by autobiographical events told through some other lens or things I’ll be narrating about in life,” Silberman said. “The Antlers are now a full band, because I missed playing in bands and there’s and lot more room for growth in a group.
“It’s pretty blatant that the songs on Hospice tell the story of a relationship that falls apart. I had a relationship that was tinged by death and that formed the frame of the story. People were surprised because artists aren’t writing very heavy records, but they embraced the songs.”