• Second Story Garage: Strange Americans

    Second Story Garage: Strange Americans

    Strange Americans perform “Blood is Gold” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. It’s refreshing when bands don’t have to tie themselves in knots when describing their music. Strange Americans play rock ‘n’ roll. That’s what they say and that’s who they are, and that’s what they did when they played the garage. The Denver quintet — it includes Matt Hoffman and Trent Nelson on guitar, Murray Mercier on keyboards, Trevor Sinnard on bass and Michael McKee on drums — […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Qbala

    Second Story Garage: Qbala

    Qbala performs “News” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. When you make your lyrics deeply personal, every performance leaves you vulnerable. Fort Collins rapper Qbala puts the hard facts of her life in her lyrics, and she’s the kind of performer who doesn’t shrink from the emotional charge of the words but uses it to power her delivery. Qbala — aka Kalhie Quinones — might have had a career as a basketball player. She played for the University of […]

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  • Second Story Garage: The Larry Keel Experience

    Second Story Garage: The Larry Keel Experience

    The Larry Keel Experience perform “Train 45″ at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. The “Mike & Mike” show on ESPN is known for all the bobbleheads that decorate the desk where the commentators sit. The bobblehead rotation has included a likeness of Larry Keel, a master of bluegrass guitar and recent guest of Second Story Garage. He was in Colorado last month with The Larry Keel Experience, which includes his wife, Jenny, on bass and Will Lee on banjo. […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Yonder Mountain String Band

    Second Story Garage: Yonder Mountain String Band

    Yonder Mountain String Band perform “Landfall” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. Yonder Mountain String Band is one of the Big Three bands from Colorado that followed the state’s progressive bluegrass tradition to years of touring and national recognition. Along with Leftover Salmon and The String Cheese Incident, YMSB has expanded the boundaries of bluegrass-based music, and it gets at least part of the credit for a proliferation of custom-named music genres that end in “-grass.” The band recently […]

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  • Second Story Garage: The Motet

    Second Story Garage:
    The Motet

    The Motet perform “The Fountain” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. The Motet has been around for 16 years, but it seems as if they’re just bursting onto the scene. The Boulder funk masters recently released their seventh album. They self-titled it because, for the first time, they wrote it collaboratively and, they say, “The group has finally become what it has striven to be throughout its existence.” The band performed a triumphant set at a sold-out Red Rocks […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Slow Caves

    Second Story Garage: Slow Caves

    Slow Caves perform “Glares” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. Slow Caves have an image, and that’s a great advantage when you’re a new band. Identity usually comes slow and by default in the textbook cycle of band life. But it came almost from the outset for this Fort Collins quintet, and its SoCal sheen, youthful swagger and skateboard cool seem, if not intentional, at least immediate to the project. Slow Caves released their debut, self-titled EP in June. […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Caribou Mountain Collective

    Second Story Garage: Caribou Mountain Collective

    Caribou Mountain Collective perform “If You Would’ve Heard Me Calling” at Second Story Garage in the Daily Camera newsroom in Boulder, Colorado. It seems to happen so often. A bunch of friends get a jam going at some guy’s house in Nederland, and next thing you know, they’re touring the country. Ever hear of a little ol’ string band called Yonder Mountain? Add Caribou Mountain Collective to the list. The Nederland bluegrass quartet began informally at a pickin’ party a […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Shady Elders

    Second Story Garage: Shady Elders

    Shady Elders perform “Breakers” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado When Shady Elders came together in Denver a couple of years ago, its members had come from other notable area bands, so there were a lot of eyes on it. Westword pronounced the band “Denver’s newest supergroup.” The band released its debut EP, No Favors, in 2013, and it has a moody, dreamy, pop sound that highlights the vocals of frontwoman Fox Rodemich. Her voice has a dark-chocolate-and-cherries richness […]

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  • Hard Working Americans’ rockumentary has roots in Boulder

    Hard Working Americans’ rockumentary has roots in Boulder

    By Quentin Young In the middle of “The First Waltz,” a new rockumentary about the Hard Working Americans, singer Todd Snider lays down a vocal track for the song “Wrecking Ball” by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. We watch the take unfold from beginning to end, and as the music concludes we see the reaction in the control room. David Schools, the Widespread Panic bassist who plays with the Americans, shakes his head. “(Freaking) mesmerizing,” he says. Someone off camera […]

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  • The Motet’s best mix yet will relive 1975 in Halloween shows

    The Motet’s best mix yet will relive 1975 in Halloween shows

    By Alan Crandall The Motet has long been one of Colorado’s favorite funk bands. In the early years, The Motet grew out of a fluid group of musicians, always centered on the band’s leader, drummer Dave Watts. With the release of their self-titled seventh album and a recent return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Motet is riding a wave of success after years of touring and experimentation. The band is pushing heavy rhythmic dance music to a new level, incorporating […]

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  • The Lone Bellow eager to atone for canceled Boulder show

    The Lone Bellow eager to atone for canceled Boulder show

    By Lukas Leben For Second Story Garage Zach Williams, lead guitarist and singer-songwriter of Brooklyn-based The Lone Bellow, said the folk group is looking forward to its Boulder show on Tuesday, Oct. 14, after canceling a performance last summer. “People in Boulder are really kind,” said Williams. “…I hurt myself last time we were here, I completely lost my voice, and we were supposed to play a big show that night and we had to cancel it, and the messages […]

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  • Strange Americans chat with Quentin Young

    Strange Americans chat with Quentin Young

    Strange Americans sit down to chat with Quentin at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. It’s refreshing when bands don’t have to tie themselves in knots when describing their music. Strange Americans play rock ‘n’ roll. That’s what they say and that’s who they are, and that’s what they did when they played the garage. The Denver quintet — it includes Matt Hoffman and Trent Nelson on guitar, Murray Mercier on keyboards, Trevor Sinnard on bass and Michael McKee on […]

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  • Qbala chats with Quentin Young

    Qbala chats with Quentin Young

    Qbala chats with Quentin Young at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. When you make your lyrics deeply personal, every performance leaves you vulnerable. Fort Collins rapper Qbala puts the hard facts of her life in her lyrics, and she’s the kind of performer who doesn’t shrink from the emotional charge of the words but uses it to power her delivery. Qbala — aka Kalhie Quinones — might have had a career as a basketball player. She played for the […]

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  • The Larry Keel Experience chat with Quentin Young

    The Larry Keel Experience chat with Quentin Young

    The Larry Keel Experience sit down to chat with Quentin Young at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. The “Mike & Mike” show on ESPN is known for all the bobbleheads that decorate the desk where the commentators sit. The bobblehead rotation has included a likeness of Larry Keel, a master of bluegrass guitar and recent guest of Second Story Garage. He was in Colorado last month with The Larry Keel Experience, which includes his wife, Jenny, on bass and […]

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  • Yonder Mountain String Band opens four-show run at Boulder Theater on NYE

    Yonder Mountain String Band opens four-show run at Boulder Theater on NYE

    Second Story Garage staff Yonder Mountain String Band will play a four-night New Year’s Eve run at Boulder Theater. The slate of shows will cap an eventful year for the influential Nederland-born band. They announced the departure of founding member Jeff Austin in April. Allie Kral, formerly of jamband Cornmeal, and Jake Jolliff, formerly of string band Joy Kills Sorrow, have joined YMSB as regular guests throughout the year, and they’re on the NYE bill. The New Year’s Eve shows […]

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  • Pioneering Boulder band Hot Rize has tour, new album in works

    Pioneering Boulder band Hot Rize has tour, new album in works

    By Quentin Young Hot Rize once played a show at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder with headliner Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Today, the band is widely credited as a progenitor of progressive bluegrass. But sharing a bill with Monroe could be intimidating, and it didn’t help that he was reputed to have a prickly personality. But the band apparently impressed Monroe, based on what he told Hot Rize’s Pete Wernick after the show. “He said, ‘Your band sounded pretty […]

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  • Yonder Mountain String Band brings new look to Planet Bluegrass

    Yonder Mountain String Band brings new look to Planet Bluegrass

    By Quentin Young We’re seeing a different face of Yonder Mountain String Band. It’s down a founding member, but it’s up two regular guests. It has new songs. Its sound is a little different. When the quartet earlier this year parted ways with its de facto frontman, Jeff Austin, it was not clear what it all meant for the band’s future. Now the future is coming into focus. “We’ve come to find out it was something we really needed,” said […]

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Latest Music Videos

  • Strange Americans perform ‘The Scene’

    Strange Americans perform ‘The Scene’

    Strange Americans perform “The Scene” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. It’s refreshing when bands don’t have to tie themselves in knots when describing their music. Strange Americans play rock ‘n’ roll. That’s what they say and that’s who they are, and that’s what they did when they played the garage. The Denver quintet — it includes Matt Hoffman and Trent Nelson on guitar, Murray Mercier on keyboards, Trevor Sinnard on bass and Michael McKee on drums — made […]

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  • Strange Americans perform ‘Aggro’

    Strange Americans perform ‘Aggro’

    Strange Americans perform “Aggro” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. It’s refreshing when bands don’t have to tie themselves in knots when describing their music. Strange Americans play rock ‘n’ roll. That’s what they say and that’s who they are, and that’s what they did when they played the garage. The Denver quintet — it includes Matt Hoffman and Trent Nelson on guitar, Murray Mercier on keyboards, Trevor Sinnard on bass and Michael McKee on drums — made its […]

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  • Qbala performs ‘Mind’s Eye’

    Qbala performs ‘Mind’s Eye’

    Qbala performs “Mind’s Eye” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. When you make your lyrics deeply personal, every performance leaves you vulnerable. Fort Collins rapper Qbala puts the hard facts of her life in her lyrics, and she’s the kind of performer who doesn’t shrink from the emotional charge of the words but uses it to power her delivery. Qbala — aka Kalhie Quinones — might have had a career as a basketball player. She played for the University […]

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  • Qbala performs ‘It Takes More’

    Qbala performs ‘It Takes More’

    Qbala performs “It Takes More” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. When you make your lyrics deeply personal, every performance leaves you vulnerable. Fort Collins rapper Qbala puts the hard facts of her life in her lyrics, and she’s the kind of performer who doesn’t shrink from the emotional charge of the words but uses it to power her delivery. Qbala — aka Kalhie Quinones — might have had a career as a basketball player. She played for the […]

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  • The Larry Keel Experience perform ‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’

    The Larry Keel Experience perform ‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’

    The Larry Keel Experience perform “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. The “Mike & Mike” show on ESPN is known for all the bobbleheads that decorate the desk where the commentators sit. The bobblehead rotation has included a likeness of Larry Keel, a master of bluegrass guitar and recent guest of Second Story Garage. He was in Colorado last month with The Larry Keel Experience, which includes his wife, Jenny, on bass and Will […]

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  • The Larry Keel Experience perform ‘Memories’

    The Larry Keel Experience perform ‘Memories’

    The Larry Keel Experience perform “Memories” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. The “Mike & Mike” show on ESPN is known for all the bobbleheads that decorate the desk where the commentators sit. The bobblehead rotation has included a likeness of Larry Keel, a master of bluegrass guitar and recent guest of Second Story Garage. He was in Colorado last month with The Larry Keel Experience, which includes his wife, Jenny, on bass and Will Lee on banjo. Lee […]

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