Watching Mitski perform at my desk, there are moments when I was worried for her. In her opening song, "Townie," the boys "are driving and they'll be drinking" — and a verse later, Mitski sings of love in ways that feel vengeful, not fruitful.

And I want a love that falls as fast

As a body from the balcony, and

I want a kiss like my heart is hitting the ground

I'm holding my breath with a baseball bat

Though I don't know what I'm waiting for

From African drums in Congo Square to raucous brass bands second-lining in the streets, jazz is the soundtrack of New Orleans. The history and spirit of the Crescent City can be summoned through thousands of now-classic songs.

Amalie Bruun is Danish-born musician who grew up playing classical violin and piano. It didn't take long, though, before she was introduced to a more aggressive style of music, for which the Scandinavian region is especially well known.

There's a song out there right now that's catching a lot of people off guard. "S.O.B" sounds kind of familiar, maybe like a revived oldie, but it's not: It's fresh off the new self-titled album from the Denver ensemble Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

Here's a duo that's at the foundation of music itself, but which isn't always noticed: the musical interplay between the bass and the drum.


Part of the Colorado music scene for over a decade, Nathaniel Rateliff has been a solo artist, and founded both Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel, plus Born In The Flood. Now he's out with yet another endeavor, his debut soul band, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats.

Eskimeaux's OK is easily my most played album of the year, next to the Courtney Barnett record. There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song. Here are OK's first lines:

In my dreams you're a bathtub running

You are warm and tender

And bubbling

Oh, you are cold and bristling and struggling

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Colorado Creative Industries has announced a new pilot project, named Detour, aimed at expanding tours beyond just the one-and-done show. The program will kick off with a monthlong 15-community tour by Colorado hip-hop act Flobots.

"Playing big festival shows is always a thrill, but there's something truly special about the intimacy of a small venue," Flobots lead vocalists Jonny 5 said in a news release. "It's even more special if you can find ways to meet people beforehand; to know the stories behind the faces and then watch those faces react to the show - that is the ultimate gift."