Ryan Tedder made (more than) $2.5 million last year

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The current cover of Billboard.
That's the big takeaway from Billboard's current cover story on Colorado-bred Ryan Tedder: He made $2.5 million in 2013 on royalties alone. The lion's share of it came from songwriting credits on songs performed by Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, The Fray (hey!) and his own band, OneRepublic.

It's worth a read, but not because that sort of success says anything about the health of the music industry or that being from Colorado changes your chances at also making millions of dollars writing songs. Tedder's less an anomaly than he is (very talented) lottery winner. But the feature does offer interesting insight into the motivations and daily life of our resident pop kingmaker, as well as a preview of things to come.

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Caribou Ranch movie pushed back

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Mountain Marketing Associates

Jody Savin and Randall Miller are preparing to release their latest film CBGB in a few months. If those names ring a bell, they should: These are the same filmmakers who announced plans earlier this year to start work on Caribou Records, a movie about the legendary Caribou Ranch recording studio in Nederland.

Curious to see where the film was at in production, we reached out to Nadine Jolson, the publicist for Savin and Miller's Unclaimed Freight Productions, yesterday, and she told us that Caribou Records has been pushed back. According to Jolson, the pair are about to start working on a Gregg Allman biopic, which they're in the midst of casting now and are aiming to shoot this winter.

See also: Photos: Caribou Ranch, legendary Nederland recording studio, on sale for $45 million

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Fishbone frontman gets down with Judge Roughneck on "Mirror in the Bathroom"

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Judge Roughneck at Red Rocks

How rad is this: Judge Roughneck got Angelo Moore of Fishbone to sing on its new album. The tune? "Mirror in the Bathroom." Best part? He's coming to town to sit in with the guys next Saturday at Reggae on the Rocks. After frontman Byron Shaw literally dreamed up the concept, the outfit reached out to the West Coast funk punk legend through a mutual friend, and after listening to the tune, Moore was all in.

See also: Judge Roughneck on the insult that turned it into a band

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Blue Roots Denver TV pilot filming at Lannie's

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James Speiser of Roots & Rhythm

Roots & Rhythm frontman James Speiser and KUVO DJ Erik Troe both know a few things about blues and jazz, so it's no surprise that the two came up with the concept for Blue Roots Denver, a Denver-produced program that features local blues and jazz musicians. The pilot for the show, which will feature live performances, as well as stories focusing on the state's musical history, is slated to be shot at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret on Wednesday, August 28.

See also: KUVO's Carlos Lando on station merger with Rocky Mountain PBS, I-News

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Independent Records closing in August

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Independent Records at 937 East Colfax is closing next month. The store, which opened in August, 2000, next to the Ogden Theatre, is having a closing sale with some merchandise discounted 20 to 40 percent. The Denver store is slated to close at the end of August, but it may be earlier as sales are swift. Lewis Lambert, one of Independent's three owners, can't say exactly who will move into the space, but from the sounds of it, there's a very strong possibility that it might be another local music retailer.

See also: Denver/Boulder's five best places to buy records

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Leftover Salmon releasing new music exclusively via Breckenridge Brewery twelve-pack samplers

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Unless you're in the midst of a three-day bender, beer and leftover fish hardly sounds appetizing, much less like a good idea this early in the morning. That is, of course, unless the beer you're talking about is from Breckenridge Brewery and the fish in question is Leftover Salmon. In that case, you've got two tastes that taste great together -- or that's the hope anyway with this new pairing.

See also:
- Photos: Leftover Salmon packed 'em in like sardines Sunday on Santa Fe
- Leftover Salmon's Vince Herman: "String music revolution will kick dubstep's ass"
- Review: Leftover Salmon at the Fillmore, 10/30/10


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Farewell, Yerkish. We hardly knew ye.

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After a storied run that saw several lineup changes over the years, including the exit and return of an original member and a name change from Yerkish to Lexigram and then back again, Yerkish has finally reached the end of the road. The outfit is reportedly ending on a good note, according to frontman Tim Kaminski, who spurred the decision to move on, opting to focus more on his film work. This Saturday, July 6, at the Oriental Theater, the band will call it a day in the company of the Bronze, Torch the Wagon, the Lollygags and the Cutthroat Drifters. Stop by and pay final farewell to Denver's favorite prog-rock simian sons.

See also:
- Lexigram is Lexigone. Yerkish returns!
- Yerkish has about had it with all this monkey business
- Sprint signs on to help Yerkish pick a new name


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Shhh! Prince held court at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret when he was in town last week

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Kevin Mazur
Slide show: Prince fans at the Ogden last week

So last week, as all of the gear was being broken down and loaded out after his unprecedented two-day, four-show run, Prince had a super-duper, triple secret after party at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. It was so secret, in fact, that Becky Toma, who handles promotions and marketing at the club, didn't even know about it. Hell, the only reason Lannie herself is even speaking to me about it now is because the cat has officially been let out of the bag.

See also:
- Review: Prince at the Ogden Theatre, 5/12/13
- Review: Prince at the Ogden Theatre, 5/13/13
- Donna Grantis of 3rd Eye Girl tells what it's like to play with Prince


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Beatport selling $7 albums for the next week

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If you're not a streaming devotee and you're the type that simply has to own all of your music, here's a quick tip: For the next week, Beatport is having a summer sale in which you can pick up select EDM titles and hot new releases like Overgrown, James Blake's new album, Anything In Return, Toro Y Moi's latest, and Major Lazer's new one, Free the Universe, for a mere seven bucks. Now's the time to score, as the sale runs from today through next Wednesday, May 22.

See also:
- Review: James Blake at the Ogden Theatre, 4/28/13
- Slideshow: Major Lazer at Cervantes
- Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi on J Dilla and reserving his side project for experimentation


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Flashlights is now FLASH/LIGHTS

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Ethan Converse of FLASH/LIGHTS at 1STBANK Center.

Flashlights is now FLASH/LIGHTS. Last week, the outfit, which has made significant strides locally under its original moniker, including garnering a highly enviable slot opening for New Order at 1STBANK Center, received a cease-and-desist letter from a like-named Florida-based punk band.

See also:
- Ten ways to come up with a kickass band name
- Flashlights at 1STBANK Center, 10/10/12
- Flashlights shine brightly


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