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There's a lot to love about this week in the local music scene


Long-running metal band Soulfly will play Sunshine Studios on Feb. 19 with a packed lineup of local and traveling support. - JONAS ROGOWSKI, VIA WIKIMEDIA
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  • Long-running metal band Soulfly will play Sunshine Studios on Feb. 19 with a packed lineup of local and traveling support.
If you happened to miss Gregory Alan Isakov’s sold out, two-night stint at Stargazers Theatre, the Boulder-based singer-songwriter will be returning to a familiar Colorado stage later this year. Tickets are now available for Isakov’s recently announced headlining slot at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 4, where he will be joined by Mountain Man.

Contrary to the name, Mountain Man consists of vocalists Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath, and the trio has received considerable acclaim for their spectral, folk-influenced harmonies. The group released their sophomore album, Magic Ship, in September 2018 following an eight-year gap after their debut.

If you’re still itching for more Isakov but can’t wait until August, you can catch him before his Red Rocks appearance and the rest of his globe-hopping tour at the 46th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, held June 20-23, where he’ll share this year’s stage with Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, the Sam Bush Band and many others.

In the meantime, mid-February is the time of love ... or at least the time of capital shuffling around to demonstrate affection, if the nearly $20 billion of Valentine’s Day spending in the United States is any indication. This year, you could perhaps forgo the candy and flowers by taking your sweetheart to The Social on Feb. 14, where attendees can take in an evening of jazz, soul and R&B during Valentine’s Day With a Twist: Turntables & Tony.
The turntables for the evening will be provided by DJ D-Smooth and DJ J-Luv, while the “Tony” in the equation is local jazz saxophonist par excellence Tony Exum Jr.

Exum, who likely needs little introduction to local jazz aficionados due both to his skills as a performer and his hosting duties on Jazz 93.5 FM, currently has a new CD Maxi-Single release — “My Name’s Tony.” Produced by Joel Del Rosario, an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area guitarist and producer, the single is a typically exemplary showcase of Exum’s fluid, virtuosic sax acumen wrapped around a tight jazz-funk groove.

Exum has been keeping busy of late with performances across the country — not least of all, appearances at the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival and Birmingham’s Midtown Music Festival in 2018 — so it’s always good to catch him at a local show. The Social’s Valentine’s Day proceedings also feature a catered dinner and a complimentary glass of red champagne.

On Sunday, Feb. 17, the Black Sheep continues things on the modern reggae front with the Nashville-based sextet Roots of a Rebellion taking the stage, joined by Florida quartet Resinated. Roots of a Rebellion’s rock/dub/jam band sound might not be the first thing you’d associate with Nashville, but it’s found a loyal audience, evidenced by the group’s 2016 LP A Brother’s Instinct making its debut at No. 4 on Billboard’s Reggae chart.

Finally, if you’re into the heavier stuff, Sunshine Studios is the place to be on Feb. 19, when long-running metal act Soulfly hits the stage with an eclectic array of support: Arizona thrash veterans Incite, Pueblo’s Myth of Creation, locals Deathride and Fall From Silence, and Skinflint, who hail from Gaborone, Botswana.

Incite are hitting the road fresh off the late January release of their fifth LP, Built to Destroy, while Soulfly released their 11th offering, Ritual, in October 2018 via Nuclear Blast.

Sure to gratify the Soulfly faithful, Ritual is a notably vibrant release for a band who recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut. The LP weaves Soulfly’s longstanding integration of tribal drumming and world music grooves into some fairly blistering death metal, an enjoyably raw style feature that harkens back to frontman Max Cavalera’s early years in Sepultura. Amidst the record’s blast beat menace, Hellraiser references, and healthy doses of Motörhead veneration, Cavalera’s son Zyon consistently shines from behind the drum kit, and the closing track, “Soulfly XI,” even features a moody saxophone solo. Though, I have to be honest... I wouldn’t count on hearing it in a Tony Exum Jr. set anytime soon.

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