Music of summer ’11

So far, this summer has been one filled with good music, and it promises to continue to be. My wife and I discovered Princess Music last fall at a Punch Brothers concert. They’ve got a really awesome sound, kind of a Bach meets Beatles, classical meets math rock hybrid monster that makes me wish they had about 10x as many songs as they do. Or more, I don’t want to limit them. But anyway, we saw them at the Mercury Cafe in Denver in June. I think we might have been the only people in the room who A) didn’t know the band personally and B) also knew all the words to their songs. Yeah, it was slightly embarrassing. But even though they were 2 members down, it was a great show. I’d see them again in a heartbeat.

Then two weeks ago we saw Ben Folds, who I’m confident you’re all familiar with, at the Ogden Theater in Denver. The last time I was at the Ogden was for GeeksWhoDrink‘s Geek Bowl back in January, and I have to say, it was a lot less crowded and a lot more comfortable back then. Still, a great show, and Ben’s opener was Kenton Chen, who you may remember if you watched NBC’s “The Sing-Off” (did anyone?), who did a killer looped a cappella version of Britney Spears’ Toxic, as well as some great original tunes. We snuck out before the rush at the end, but we had a lot of fun. My only gripe was with the venue: what kind of bar refuses to give customers a cup of water? BTW, bottled water is $4 or something. Ridiculous.

Finally, this past week we discovered Foster the People on Spotify, and now we can’t get “Pumped Up Kicks,” or the rest of the album for that matter, out of our heads. Spotify is my new musical best friend. I love it, and I’m not ashamed to say it. Go request an invite now if you haven’t already.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! There are yet more concerts to brag, er, I mean, tell you about…

My family is coming to visit this August, and we’re taking them to see The John Butler Trio at Red Rocks. Now let me just say, I saw JBT at Red Rocks the week before my wife and I got married last year, and it was a fantastic concert. I really love that place, and I really love that band. Even more exciting, this will be Lindsey’s (that’s my wife) first concert at Red Rocks that actually seems like it belongs there. Her first (actually the first for both of us) was Flight of the Conchords with Arj Barker and Iron & Wine, which was just weird. Really cool and hilarious, but weird for Red Rocks, which is a pretty majestic place. But the point is this: John Butler. Red Rocks. I can feel the jealousy welling up in you from here.

And as if that weren’t cool enough, the following week we (this time just Lindsey and me) are going BACK to Red Rocks  to see Incubus! And while it seems lately that we’re the only ones among our close friends who even remotely like Incubus, they’re one of my favorite bands, and I love their latest album, If Not Now, When? Also, Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against The Machine and boss in Guitar Hero III will be there.

And that’s where our summer music life stands as of this moment, but we’re always open for more opportunities to go to concerts.

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