Joseph Lamar turns the crowd into his throne at the Larimer Lounge

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Joseph Lamar at Larimer Lounge Photo by: Sydney Montoya

Joseph Lamar can turn a crowd into his throne and he did at Larimer Lounge on Sunday March 19th. With belting vocals and Michael Jackson like dance moves, Joseph took us to a different dimension with his late night soulful performance.

He hand picked artists like Everheart, Kayla Rae and Taeogi X freaky North to open up his live show. To start off his set he begins with “Whatever Dude” from his new album “Quarter-Life Righteous.” This album is set to be released officially March 31st. However, anyone who arrived at the show at The Larimer Lounge received a voucher for a free download before everyone else.

Full of energy and confidence, he enters into some of his more upbeat songs like “Not Gonna Call” and “I Want You.” The live set features drums, keyboard, electric guitar and vocals. Joseph explains these songs as biographical and he hopes to inspire his audience with his lyrics. When asked about his songwriting and hand in the production process he had this to say.

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Joseph Lamar at Larimer Lounge Photo by: Sydney Montoya

“I hope that I can inspire people to be themselves or to discover themselves I hope I can inspire them to explore things, question and challenge things. I hope I can inspire people to see the nuances of everything, like how complex and complicated things are. And to bare those things in mind.” He said, “We have this idea that we have to compartmentalize everything, and that we see ourselves or the world it’s like we have to be one thing or the other. Either I am this or that. I hope I can inspire people to know that you can make their own way.” You can mix things up, you can tear them apart you can be something else and that’s okay.”

Some of the more personal songs performed by Joseph like “Black Boy” and “Recitative” had the crowd clapping during and after each line. In these songs he talks about what it’s like to be a black boy and how he feels lost in the current world of social media. In the song he wonders where he belongs in all of the noise. This song features vocal harmonies and elaborate strings. His words also speak about the training wheels coming off and growing up. The audience is brought to attention while his lyrics speak volumes.

 “Where am I in all the noise, those Donald Trumps and Tinder Boys, those talk show hosts, and Facebook posts, the whole western world, copy edit crop, instant photo shop. Who am I? Where am I? In all this noise?”

This song was followed by the audience screaming and cheering him on in support. Having music that can relate to so many young individuals allows the audience to feel a connection.

Joseph Lamar at Larimer Lounge Photo by: Sydney Montoya

Joseph has been featured in The Westword magazine and 303 magazine to talk about his skills of genre and art blending. Along with musical art he he combines the artwork of a local painter into the concert experience. Erin Dougherty the creator of Ermal Monster made a doodle from the cover he was featured on in Westword. They later met and collaborated on creating his album art for Quarter-Life Righteous. She held a gallery of her art pieces for sale in the Larimer Lounge across from the bar. Erin is an art teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade. Her art has been featured in the Center For Visual Art at MSU Denver along with several Colorado artists. These are a few of the paintings that were being sold the night of the performance. 

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Joseph is all about art and combining things that normally don’t go together. Through this he expresses his love for Jazz, Pop, and Rock, into his live spectacle. He has been inspired by artists like Prince, The Beatles, and even the Gorillaz. During Throne Jame when he crowd surfs from one side of the room to the other he has a pair of drummers take stance in front of the stage. He added high pitched screams into the microphone while being one with the audience. This added an even bigger effect and allowed the audience to participate.

Throughout his set the audience was clapping, snapping, and dancing with Joseph. He made the stage and the night his own. In his interview he said he wanted to have the audience participate and that is exactly what the audience did. Joseph also sat down to tell us about what he thinks of current politics and issues in the world and how we need to be more understanding.

“I think a lot about the state of our country and what America means to me personally. I think that we have to address the systemic oppression that historically marginalized groups have faced in this country, we have to be honest about the legacy of white supremacy.” He says, “Sometimes we oversimplify big issues which creates a notion that there’s an easy fix to something. We need to make more room for understanding.”

Joseph Lamar at Larimer Lounge Photo by: Sydney Montoya

Before his song “Cool Guy” he explains to this audience that this song is about anyone who felt that they didn’t belong or feel like they fit in. He interacted with the audience telling them to sing along and they were more than happy to.

To end the show he brings on his sister Kayla Rae for a brief jam session where she took a word and made a two minute vocal riff of it. He continued to invite every artist who performed recently to come up and jam out as long as they wanted. He finished off the night with his song “Mom Don’t Worry.” This song made its mark by its mesmerizing vocal solo that kept the audience wanting more. 

      Joseph Lamar is designing a new music blending the art of dance, sound, and outstanding visuals. He is fighting back with his powerful vocals and influential lyrics. He has an stamina, an important message and undeniable talent. Nothing can stop Joseph Lamar now on his road to the throne.

Joseph Lamar at Larimer Lounge Photo by: Sydney Montoya

The Griswolds Say “Goodbye” at The Marquis Theatre on March 16th.

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The Griswolds at Marquis Theatre Photo by: Nikolai Puc

The Griswolds say “Goodbye” on their US tour at The Marquis Theatre in Denver on March 16th. From sold out venues like San Diego, Los Angeles, to Phoenix and Washington, they end their Low Lives Tour in the Mile High City.

Fans have been admiring their newest album released in early November of 2016. “High Times For Low Lives” has been created by the same team that works with Kanye West’s productions. It’s no surprise they have so much to say to their dedicated and loyal fans when it comes to politics and choices. When asked about the meaning of their album cover and significance it holds to the band, Dan had this to say.

“The album art itself is St. Sebastian, who is a saint who died for what they believed in, and were martyred for it, which is pretty poignant and considering how much our sound has changed from album one to two.” He said, “We were sticking to our guns despite everyone who said this is too crazy, this is too different, but we wanted to do it no matter what.”

The Griswolds fans were eagerly waiting outside the venue with blankets at three in the afternoon. Dan and Tim were talking to their fans during soundcheck before the show. Later when the doors finally opened they packed the stage and ordered some of the Marquis pizza. When asked about the ups and downs to touring Dan explains that it’s hard but worth it.

“Its great getting to play for everyone and meet the people who come to the shows and get to hear all of their stories about their lives and hear about what our music has done for them and influenced their lives.” He said, “Were just so grateful for all of them, I don’t know if there is a bad side to touring other than the fact that we’re away from home so much.”

The Griswolds at Marquis Theatre Photo by Nikolai Puc

Many of the songs had fans singing the lyrics back as soon as they were introduced. While playing the title song from their first album “Be Impressive” the Griswolds cut out instruments and  focused on audience singing along shouting out “B.E. I.M.P.R.E.S.S.I.V.E” from the chorus.

During the course of the Griswolds setlist the audience rocked out, clapped loudly, and hollered the lyrics to the band members. There is no denying that the fan base feels a personal connection to the music and the mates from Sydney Australia. They talk about what their goal was for this new album.

“We were going for raw honesty for this record, honesty in sound, honesty in the songwriting, honesty in the lyrics, never settling for anything that was not perfect.” They said, “High Times For Low Lives was a completely different song but we really loved the lyrics to that one.”

Dan from the Griswolds explains why they are not role models and why they wouldn’t want to be.

“Obviously there are limitations on what you can think and say, not necessarily always coinciding all the time, but were definitely not role models, I don’t know I feel sorry for any artist that is a role model it’s a lot of pressure and I don’t really think that it’s fair that an artist needs to be a certain way for people to like their music.”  He explains, “I Don’t know anything about Steven Spielberg but I love his movies, it would make no difference to me if he has a foot fetish, his personal life means nothing to me for what he creates.” He continues to say, “Music becomes broken, it’s not music anymore now it becomes personalities, they’re a brand instead of an artist.”

The Griswolds at The Marquis Theatre Photo by: Nikolai Puc

Toward the end of the show Chris stops to say “You Make It Worth It” and continues to play out the show with a cover of “Hey Ya!” by Outkast. The band says goodbye to their guitarist Tim who has been with them all of their Low Lives tour. They follow with playing the song “If You Wanna Stay.” from their first album. They share a group hug on stage followed by a paired guitar solo between Tim and Chris. After the announcement the audience held up red and blue paper hearts in the front and sang along wishing Tim a farewell. They continued to play songs like “Out Of My Head” and “Feels So Right” from their sophomore album.

After being encored to play their anticipated title track the fans were brought to a rally speaking about current leaders and their choice to be heard with the power of music. Some of the fans came to tears when they felt how much of an impact they could have in the world. Chris brought the audience attention to say this.

“Here tonight I have heard so many beautiful singing and screaming voices, we can take those voices out to the world and scream for the things that we fucking believe in, and scream against the bullshit that we don’t believe in, I wanna tell you what I believe in, I believe we’re all equal every one of us.” He says, “It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, what religion you follow, it doesn’t matter who you’re attracted to, it doesn’t matter because we all have a voice.”

The Griswolds at The Marquis Theatre Photo by: Nikolai Puc

The audience held up their flashlights as Dan and Chris performed a personal, somber and powerful rendition of “High Times For Low Lives” on the keys and vocals. Chris walked into the audience and sang right next to their fans creating a very up close and personal moment.

In the very last song The Griswolds brought out The Dreamers to the stage whom they have been touring with. They played one of the Griswold’s most popular songs “Heart Of A Lion” while the audience went wild and cheered loudly. Before the show Dan describes the live experience of the band.

“High energy, slow and dark, and we kind of craft it so some of the songs are joined together and there’s a medleys of songs in the middle of the set it’s not expected.” He Said, “it’s a bit more of a show so we treat the songs differently live.”

When the song ended The Griswolds and Dreamers jumped around on stage in a mosh pit causing the drums, and instruments to fall over. Each member of the band was passed out on top of each other on the floor while the audience screamed until the music stopped.

With happy tears and a positive message to their fans, The Griswolds ended their tour with a night to remember. The electrifying bass, guitar solos and songs to sing along to had their fans hyped all night. They will be taking a very small break and then heading out to five shows in their hometown Australia. The Griswolds have impressive fans and songs that you can’t get out of your head.

The Griswolds at The Marquis Theatre Photo by: Nikolai Puc

Joseph Lamar Interview on Mile High Mic

Joesph Lamar Comes in to talk about his new album Quarter-Life Righteous and the Release show at Larimer Lounge on Sunday, March 19th.

His album features influences like Prince and Michael Jackson and we talk about Freedom and the effects of Media today.

Doors Open at 7:00 pm! Come check out his dance moves, vibrant performance, and art pieces from one of his friends! Tickets are $10.

Ticket Link: http://www.larimerlounge.com/event/1430807-joseph-lamar-album-release-denver/

The Japanese House Sells Out The Globe Hall in Denver!

Playing hits from their newest EP, The Japanese House captivated the sold out audience at the Globe Hall in Denver on March first.

Her catchy song, “Face Like Thunder,” had her fans hyped up and singing along in the front row. This song features a lot more pop hooks than her earlier music. The stage featured flashing technicolor lights and smoke, while she killed her guitar solos followed with screams from the packed audience. Amber’s vocals were often matched with an ongoing bassline topped off with some modern synths, keyboards and drums. The song “Good Side In” is actually quite depressing but it offers a vibrant sound to the hyped up crowd. The audience was swaying back and forth, closing their eyes and mouthing the words.

A lot of her music expresses a somber tone, but it’s hard not to feel happy while listening to it. The crowd went wild when they heard the beginning of her song “Leon.” This is one of her oldest written songs and a crowd favorite. She continued to play from her previous EP’s “Pools To Bathe In,” “Clean,” and “Swim Against The Tide.” Her soothing voice created a highly electronic atmosphere that was transcending and mesmerizing.

Amber closed the night with “Still.” This is a hit from her first EP, which is a crowd pleaser for anyone who has been listening to her music from the beginning. A few screams came from the crowd saying “I love you” and “You’re killing it” as she laughed shyly. At the end of her show, she handed out her set list to a fan in the crowd and threw her picks to be caught by the cheering individuals. Many of her fans were lining up in the merch line to purchase shirts, hoodies, vinyls and posters immediately after the show. They were even waiting outside her tour bus with this merchandise in hopes to get a signature.

The show sold out at Lost Lake and in order to get a few more people in the door, they moved the venue. The Globe Hall  has a small bar, a compact stage and great staff. There were great vibes from the beginning of The Japanese House’s set to the very last person leaving the door.

Denver isn’t the only city The Japanese House has sold out in. They had sold out shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Amber continues to reflect her emotions from each live and engaging performance every step of the way on her tour. The Japanese House has made waves with their newest EP that is unusual, mesmerizing, a bit depressing, yet uplifting. Amber is on a journey to “Swim Against The Tide” and she is bringing us all with her.unnamed.jpg

Public Safety Interview on Mile High Mic

Stopping by to talk about their new E.P. and performance at Herman Hideaway, Public Safety is one of the 16 remaining in the “Best Of The West Semi-Finals.” They got a new sound, followed by even more great tunes to make you “shake your booty”.

Featuring songs like “Get Off Your Island” about opening your mind to new ideas other than your own; to flying high like “Richard Branson.” Take a listen to some of heir unreleased acoustic songs and talk about their musical influences and what qualifies as a “Bad Bitch.”

Electric Guest Review & Interview at The Bluebird Theatre

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Electric Guest at The Bluebird Theatre Photo by: Nikolai puc

Embarking on their US tour for the album “Plural,” Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton deliver more upbeat, optimistic, and modern melodies to keep their fans singing along. Accompanied by a mix of modern, 80’s synths, and Taccone’s powerhouse vocals, it’s the perfect combination of love ballads and tunes to keep you tapping your feet.

“For this one it’s hard to match anything from the 60’s and 70’s,” Taccone said, referencing his musical influences. “It’s beautiful. There’s a different consciousness then. I was just trying to make modern music that was compelling.”

The new project “Plural” has a few differences from the debut album “Mondo”.

“The first one was shrouded and vague lyrics,” Taccone explained. “That’s what I was going for. I wanted people to work for the meaning. The Beatles had much more pedestrian songs and you knew exactly what they were singing about I wanted to do something more streamlined, but a little simpler.

Equipped with more influences and even more vocals from Taccone, Electric Guest hopes to send out a positive message with their new music. During the duo’s performance, we see Taccone on the keyboard and Compton on the drums. The Electric Guest transported the audience away from the Bluebird into a galaxy of pop-synth ambience. Featuring hits from both of their albums, they allowed the crowd to engage by clapping their hands and listening to the new lyrics for the first time. When performing their song “Zero” Taccone explained to the audience that this song is for the haters.

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Electric Guest at The Bluebird Theatre Photo by: Nikolai Puc

Being 5,280 feet above sea level couldn’t stop Taccone from tearing up the stage with his dance moves. Although it was hard to breath at such high elevation in the Mile High City, they managed to engage the audience in their hit songs “Troubleman” and “This Head I Hold.” They never missed a beat while the audience sang and clapped along to their favorite songs. A few of the fans who have just discovered their music four months ago were waiting to hear the album live rather than listen to it online first. You will never get the same performance twice with Electric Guest.

Taccone ran out into the audience to shake hands with some fans and dance with them during one of his songs. Some improvisations were added to a few of their songs like “Oh Devil” which kept the audience on their toes. One of the bandmates allowed a few of the fans to take a copy of their set list home which will be cherished forever.

For many audience members both young and old, this was their first time seeing Electric Guest live. The crowd encored the duo and they happily played their song “Holes” to officially close out the night. Taccone has said before he’s been inspired by so many musicians and genres from trap, classical, hip-hop, to R&B. This calls for such a great combination of appreciating some of the classics but adding a modern spin on the sound with powerful vocals.

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Electric Guest at The Bluebird Theatre Photo by: Nikolai Puc

Taccone tells us that his album represents how we all different faces underneath the one we show the world. His album cover and title displays our plural personalities.

“Initially it represents how split everybody is in the states,” he explained. “We kind of have our internal selves that we keep for ourselves and our authentic selves and then our masks we put on for the world. There’s a duality of that and wishing there was no plurality within myself and the struggle of who I am versus who I put out.”

Musically “Plural” has many differences from Electric Guest’s debut album “Mondo.” They venture into something more compelling and modern for their fans. After these cross country performances, they will be heading out to Europe for the second leg of their tour.

Having taken quite a while to release new music, Taccone wants to feel more comfortable touring after the end of their US and European leg.

“I hope I get comfortable again with touring,” he said. “I kinda hate touring, I like the shows but I always get in my head and nervous. I just don’t like the traveling part.”

Electric Guest is catchy, energetic, and filled with great vibes. The fans and those soon to be have a lot more to expect from the duo this year. Contrary to the title of their song “Bound To Lose” from the album, Electric Guest is undeniably bound to win.

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Electric Guest at The Bluebird Theatre Photo by: Nikolai Puc