Fun. hits the Fox Theatre tonight.
Fun. hits the Fox Theatre tonight.

Everybody needs to cut loose and have a little fun on the weekends. That’s why indie-pop band Fun. is ready to bring the party to Boulder.

The New York City band plans to rock out the Fox Theatre on Friday and show off its catchy indie sounds.

If you go

Who: Fun., with Steel Train

When: 9 p.m. Friday

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

Cost: $15

There is a serious buzz on Fun., and the group’s set to open shows for Paramore and B.o.B this fall. You might have heard the band’s music on the reality shows “The Kardashians,” “The Real World” and “Road Rules.”

Frontman Nate Ruess wanted to start a fresh new group that captured a retro pop feel. The musician left his band The Format, and got Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff from Steel Train to join the Fun. party.

“We play indie music that’s a whirling dervish of pop music,” Ruess said. “We throw everything in except hip-hop. We have a ’70s sound, but the music ebbs and flows all over the place.”

Fun. is on a headlining tour, so the band’s pulling out all the stops to promote its shows. The group held a free concert in Brooklyn, N.Y., hosted scavenger hunts for fans around the country and filmed some very unusual videos for its website — like the band’s search for an Olive Garden restaurant.

It’s all about creating fun, so the band plans to deliver a non-stop music party to Boulder.

“A Fun. live show is pretty exciting and it’s high-energy,” Ruess said. “It’s something we’ve worked hard to do and the reward has been earning headlining shows. Our live show has really evolved.”

Paper Tongues

Rapper K’naan is headlining the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, but you don’t want to miss opening act Paper Tongues.

“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson manages the North Carolina band, and the group brings a solid mix of rap, funk and rock to the table. The diverse sound blend has allowed Paper Tongues to open shows for everyone from Flyleaf to Muse.

“We play a fusion of sounds,” singer Aswan North said. “We play rock, hip-hop, funk and electronica. We bring along two sets of synthesizers and we have two electric guitars.

“We do use a lot of sounds, but it’s fun and we don’t know where the music will land. We bring a really creative, alternative sound to our shows. We try to make sounds for everybody.”


Phantogram is a two-piece electro duo from Saratoga Springs, N.Y..

The band features guitarist Josh Carter and keyboardist Sarah Barthel. Phantogram has been appealing to a wide camp of fans with its poppy blend of electronic and rock music.

The group’s been busy opening shows for the xx, Ra Ra Riot, Metric and Minus the Bear. Tuesday, Pantogram headlines its own show at the Bluebird Theater in Denver.

“This is our first headlining tour with a band,” Barthel said. “Phantogram has been inspired by a lot of music — everything from Motown to psychedelic, indie, pop underground, hip-hop and shoegaze.

“Anything we find appealing we put into the mix. We create our own sound and every show is different. We have a pretty diverse group of people that come to our shows — everybody from cool hipsters to people that like to dance.”

The Root says goodbye

It’s sad to see another Boulder music venue bite the dust.

The Root Underground has been around for more than a decade, but the University Hill space it occupies at 1360 College Ave. has housed other music clubs in past incarnations. Yes, everyone from Lenny Kravitz to the Spin Doctors have performed in this underground music space.

The wrecking ball’s about to knock down the buildings that contain Roots Underground and Jones General Store, so the venue’s hosting its farewell party on Saturday.

The farewell bash is called “The Underground Freakshow Halloween Masquerade.” The event will feature DJ Swamp (who used to tour with Beck), the Cut Throat Freak Show and lots of DJs.

“It’s really sad to see this go after 12 years,” owner Matt Mathis said. “There’s not much left for kids in town to do. We really tried to take care of the kids and give them something.

“We’re hosting our annual Halloween freak show for our last night. It’s always been the biggest show for us.”

Wendy Kale’s Club Notes runs every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Colorado Daily.