Westword article I wrote about the stigma of jam bands

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After writing a band an apology for calling them a jam band in a recent article, (they said they didn’t care what I called them as long as people were listening phew!), I started to get annoyed that the term “jam band” had become such an offensive insult. I wrote an opinion piece for the Westword which quickly accumulated comments from jam band haters saying we stink, and because jam bands suck. There were also some fantastic, valid arguments, some prefer the song craftsmanship of singer/songwriters over extended jams, others don’t like the fusion of genres. But the majority had the knee jerk reaction I spoke of in the intro. Here’s a link to the Westword article, the comments are pretty funny:

http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2014/01/jam-band_stigma.php

If you go to the Westword’s main page, they put it front and center next to an article about where to buy weed in Denver: http://www.westword.com/

The Minneapolis City Pages music blog Gimme Noise liked it so much they published it as well. There too, jam bands are hated on:

http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/2014/01/why_do_jam_bands_have_such_a_stigma.php

The vitriol, it’s so amusing.

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Music in Denver 4/24-4/30

20130424-113710.jpg photo by leslie loudspeaker

Music in Denver 4/24-4/30

Wednesday, April 24
Captured by Robots – 3 Kings – San Francisco musician and his band of robots. Saw this guy once on accident years ago, had no idea what was going on: Captured by Robots live video

Shovels and Rope – Bluebird – folk duo, tambourines, keyboards, happy sounds

Thursday, April 25
MTHDS – Casselman’s – nice guys that sing and rap about love and sexiness and nail Beastie Boy covers

Friday, April 26
The Men – Hi Dive – great band whose newest album has a whole different sound, can’t wait for this show: full KEXP performance

Rastasaurus and Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue – Cervantes – Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra joins many talented musicians for a night of the Grateful Dead. Local favorites Rastasaurus are bringing their party as well.

Bonobo w/ El Ten Eleven – Ogden – drums, bass, looping pedals, interesting dance music from both acts, heavy on the pretty: Bonobo video that is wacky

Face to Face – Gothic – California punk, feel like a teenager again

Saturday, April 27
RJD2 and Disco Biscuits – Red Rocks – the snow is melting, it’s going to be beautiful Saturday, I am so in. Will be dorking it up front row with earplugs. Laserama.

Imperial Teen – Hi Dive – one of my favorite late 90’s pop supergroup are back, including a collaborator from that dog., who wrote my favorite 90’s pop song: He’s Kissing Christian

Sunday, April 28
James Blake – Ogden – people love him, the genius is in the simplicity apparently. I don’t hear it but maybe you will.

Monday, April 29
Gaslight Anthem – Ogden – the bands from Coachella are making the rounds to Denver this week.

The Veils – Larimer Lounge – they get compared to Joy Division a lot, never seen them live, they’ve got this hat: The Veils

Tuesday, April 30
Rodriguez w/Jenny O. – 1st Bank Center – the guy from Searching for Sugarman, I saw this show at Antone’s in Austin last October, he tuned his guitar about half the time and one woman stood on a collapsible stool. Big presence, he has gotten used to being on stage now, so this will be a very interesting, moving and memorable night. The opener Jenny O. is a talented, smart songwriter, and wrote my most listened to song of last year: catchy, catchy, catchy