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Rodrigo y Gabriela

RyG playing in Paris in November 2010

There's a reason why Rodrigo y Gabriela's upcoming concert in Boulder is sold out—the Latin acoustic guitar duo is getting too big for little venues. Their powerful songs defy accurate comparison and genre. Out of Mexico and residing in Dublin, Ireland, this group's rhythms will make you wish they were local.

From adventurous originals like Tamacun to an all-acoustic guitar version of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, truly each and every song is musically impressive and interesting. The band has said that though your ears might hear flamenco, that's not what it is. More specifically, they blend "Latin harmonies and rhythms but the structure is rock," according to their bio on Jambase (a great band profile website). Their influences include salsa, classic rock, and Mexican metal.

Poet as Musician

Many musicians write lyrics, while some write pure poetry.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a little music, try some of these poet/musicians on for size.

Leonard Cohen

Bob Dylan

Tori Amos

Bob Marley

Mos Def

Cover Me

Jeff Buckley's Grace

Is there any cover song that is better than the original?

My husband and I were discussing cover songs the other day and the conversation got me thinking. I used to be adamant that no cover song is better than the original until I realized that I couldn't argue my point because one of my favorite songs of all time is a cover! This brought to mind several other examples of cover songs that I actually prefer over the original. So I guess I have to eat my words a bit (just don't tell my husband!).

Here's my "better than the original" list. I'm curious to see what your list would include.

Country Side of Life

Academy of Country Music Awards

You don't have to be a fan or regular listener of country music to enjoy a good awards show. The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards will be televised live on Sunday, April 3.

Two of my favorite ACM catagories for the 2011 awards are entertainer of the year and album of the year. Like most protagonists in a country music song, I am looking for a change and hope the academy gives a nod to Aldean or Lambert for entertainer of the year.

If you need a refresher on a performer's talents, listen to one of the CDs by a nominated artist:

Miss Jackson

Cover art for Janet Jackson's Number One

Don't have a ticket to her concert April 6?

The Library has a selection of Miss Jackson's CDs and DVDs to host a staycert in your own home.

Sample of CDs available:

Music DVDs include:

Rock On Brett Saunders

Bret Saunders

Colorado is home to fantastic radio stations and one of them is 97.3 FM KBCO: World Class Rock.  The popular morning show hosted by Brett Saunders highlights new music, books, and current events.

If you miss any of the shows, the KBCO website features podcasts with authors and musicians.  Always behind on who is trending in rock, I get the 411 by reviewing the "Top 20 on demand."  Did you know the Library offers many artists who are featured?  Check it out!  

Vote Now!

Vote Now

The 42nd annual Dove Awards are being televised on Easter Sunday, April 24. Place your vote now for Artist of the Year!

Can't recall your favorites? WOW Hits and WOW Gospel are soulful cds to help you review last year's hits. (Tip: 2011 WOW Gospel is now on order!)

If you want celebration for the weekend or want to compare the contenders for Artist of the Year, spin one of the following:

The Dropkick Murphys Wish You Happy St Patrick's Day And In Turn Wish A Friend A Grand Farewell

Album cover to Dropkick Murphys - Going Out In Style

What better way to celebrate the passing of a fictional, working class, Irish immigrant then basing an album on his life and times? So bow your heads and let the Dropkick Murphys tell you a tale...

"Going Out in Style," the 12th album from Boston Celtic punk outfit, Dropkick Murphys, spins a eulogy of Cornelius Larkin, an Irish immigrant and Korean War veteran with a rough and tumble life that spans the 13 tracks of the release and even includes an obituary in the liner notes. The album jumps between old world Irish folk and the Dropkick's punk-infused take on it, which does not stray far from the sound the band has developed over the years.

The Orb and David Gilmour, two great tastes that taste great together.....

CD cover of The Orb's Metallic Spheres

If you would have told me ten years ago that The Orb, who have never been shy about their art-rock and psychedelic leanings, would collaborate with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, I would have said "Yeah, I wish!"......well, I guess the Gods of Ambient grooves were listening because my wish just came true.

If you grew up listening to Pink Floyd or stealing your dad's Pink Floyd records like I did then you know the gigantic footprint that they left -and are still leaving- on the music industry. Spanning over decades, it is safe to say they have amassed an army of fans and influenced many composers and musicians as well, one of those being LX Patterson of The Orb.

Indie Near You - Thursday, March 10

Artwork by Pan Asral

Indie fans, do you ever feel like your favorite music genre has become so mainstream that it's not Indie anymore? If you're looking for the most independent Indie out there, look no further than your own backyard. Local bands all over the country represent where this music got its start.

Tagged on their website as experimental Indie rock electronica, local act Pan Astral sticks out from the crowd, blending ethereal vocals with integrated chaos in rhythms that range from trippy to poppy. The subtlest hints of rock, grunge, psychedelic, 80s synth pop, trance, and even folk country somehow all find their way into these meandering streams of notes. If you're 18 or older, catch them at the Hi-Dive this Thursday, March 10 with Lamp! and &One.

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