The Best Music of 2015

2015

Another year down, another list of tunes. There was a lot of good stuff out there, really a wide variety of awesomeness. Tell grandma that all music today isn’t bad, you just need to know where to look. Consider this your road map to jamtastic awesomeness from the fine year of 2015.

(more…)

Advertisements

Jam of the Week: Fuzz

fuzz

Artist: Fuzz

Album: Fuzz II

Genre: Garage Rock (Modern)

Date: 2015

Sound: Ty Segall at his absolute loudest

(more…)

Billy Joel Show Review

bill

Venue: Pepsi Center

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: 09/16/15

Inebriation Level: Too Sober For Comfort

For some reason, when I was a kid, the very first bands I jammed to were The Beatles and Billy Joel. I still have those cassette tapes (damn I feel old) in a box somewhere. My Dad was a huge Beatles fan, so that made sense. No idea where the Billy Joel thing came from, but Hell, I figured it was about time to see him live.

The Piano Man wasn’t on the top of my list like The Rolling Stones or Neil Young, but I’d heard rave reviews about his shows. I wasn’t expecting one of those epic jam kind of shows, but one of those play all the hits kind of shows.

(more…)

Neil Young Show Review

Neil Young, before he got really pissed off at Starbucks

Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheater

Location: Morrison, Colorado

Date: 07/09/15

Inebriation Level: Tasty Buzz

So seeing The Rolling Stones was number one on my list. Yet it just so happened that number two on my list was making his way to Red Rocks a couple of weeks after. Figured if I’d gone this far, no use turning around again. So I decided to bite the bullet and see Neil Young as he played a two night stint at the iconic venue in Morrison, Colorado.

My usual concert confidant Aaron and I snagged up some tickets for his second show on Thursday and I realized why I missed him on his last tour to Red Rocks. Dude was expensive. Of all the concerts I’ve been to at Red Rocks this was the most expensive one by like triple. I thought hippies didn’t believe in money?

(more…)

The Rolling Stones Show Review

Someone else took this picture who had way better seats than me

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium

Location: Kansas City, Kansas

Date: 06/27/15

Inebriation Level: Too Full On Soul Food To Get Drunk

Number one on my list of shows was The Rolling Stones. I mean, we know Keith Richards will somehow live to be 100 with a careful mix of hard drugs and booze, but the rest of the guys are, well, old. I had to catch them while they’re still touring. Maybe I’ll look back at this 10 years from now, when they’re still rocking stadiums, and laugh at the immediacy of having to see them. But this time around, The Stones was a must.

The last time they toured in 2013, they skipped my fair city of Denver, CO for bigger markets. I wrote them an open letter imploring them to come out to the Mile High City, but alas, it was ignored. This time around, they skipped my fair city for smaller markets. So through the plains of Kansas it would be to finally see The Rolling Stones.

(more…)

Jam of the Week: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

jon

Artist: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Album: Future Tower

Genre: Blues Rock (Modern)

Date: 2015

Sound: Badass and Loudass Blues

(more…)

Jam of the Week: Sufjan Stevens

sufjan

Artist: Sufjan Stevens

Album: Carrie & Lowell

Genre: Singer Songwriter (Modern)

Date: 2015

Sound: Somber, Personal, & Quiet (That’s a Real Bummer, Man)

(more…)

Jam of the Week: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

rev

Artist: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Album: So Delicious

Genre: Blues Rock (Modern)

Date: 2015

Sound: Foot Stomping Country Blues Badassery

(more…)