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    It’s The 2014 UMS! Looking for Your Very Own Lineup?

    by  • July 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    DenverThread Recommends, Hour-by-Hour Picks for Friday, July 25 Whether you’re an old-school UMS stalwart or this is your first time being subjected to the Rocky Mountains’ hugest underground music festival, it helps to get a little direction from a trusted source. So we here at DenverThread – having been to virtually every UMS (in...

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    UPDATE: The Show Will Go On – Riot Fest Relocated!

    by  • July 18, 2014 • 0 Comments

    “…we all know if we were named “Good Ole Country Riot Fest,” we would have never been in this situation.”  - Michael “Riot Mike” Petryshyn Some of the dust has settled – and that pun is definitely intended – in the Riot Fest vs. Arapahoe County and Byers drama, with Riot Fest organizers settling...

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    Amen Dunes “Love” Reaches Inside and Pulls You – Record Review

    by  • July 11, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Damon McMahon’s musical totem might just be a pair of interlocked, somnambulist ghosts, deeply in love and nonchalant, full of both deep talent and a perfect euphoria. “Love,” McMahon’s latest release under the Amen Dunes project, is their soundtrack to nightly meanderings. What McMahon started with Amen Dunes in 2006 – a meandering, ultra-solo musical...

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    Want a RIOT of your own? Riot Fest Wants to help!

    by  • June 6, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe in North Korea) for the past month or so, you’re well aware that the Riot Fest & Sideshow is coming to Denver in September – and with the traveling festival’s most impressive and exciting lineup yet (see below). Featuring more heavy hitters than ever before...

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    Suicide Girls Rocked Lodo with the Blackheart Burlesque Saturday Night

    by  • October 21, 2013 • 1 Comment

    The Suicide Girls – that world famous group of beautiful, and beautifully decorated, pinups – presented their latest version of the Blackheart Burlesque last Saturday night to a packed, panting house. Suicide Girls Rocked Lodo with the Blackheart Burlesque Saturday Night So much more than your average burlesque, this Blackheart version tapped Star Wars, Game of...

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    The Waterboys at Boulder Theatre, October 13, 2013 – Live Reverb Review

    by  • October 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Under a wide-brimmed fedora and sporting his signature mass of unruly hair, Mike Scott led the current iteration of the Waterboys through nearly two hours of spirited, Irish-tinged folk rock at the Boulder Theater, delighting an older crowd of ardent fans along the way. The group’s most recent record, ”An Appointment with Mr. Yeats” (released in Europe...

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    Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque – Inked Punk Rock Pin-Ups Take Over Lodo!

    by  • October 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Tomorrow night the Summit Music Hall in Lodo will host some of the most raucous, sensual, smart,  inked and shapely punk rock you’re likely to see anywhere. Suicide Girls – the “… online community that celebrates alternative beauty and indie culture,” will be presenting Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque to an undoubtedly hip Denver crowd.  If...

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    Fire starters del Desmadre, a Molotov Cocktail

    by  • August 19, 2013 • 1 Comment

    Somewhere in the middle of the hot desert between Tucson, Arizona and San Diego, California, a tour bus carries a band of explosive cocktails to another kick ass tour destination.  To the untrained eye and ear, these guys look like a bunch of rockers who just like to party, and sing about girls and...

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    New Local Threads: Hi-Strung – “Malfunction” Review

    by  • March 17, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Concept albums often seem to ride a dangerous road – too easy to marginalize of the story doesn’t carry, or if it’s too sentimental. Too easy to ridicule if the story takes over the music. Too easily misunderstood – and therefore run over roughshod by critics. Which is why it’s pretty refreshing to listen...

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    The DenverThread Interview: Michael Gira

    by  • March 20, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Gira discusses SWANS and more, before an upcoming gig with Wovenhand, The Howling Hex, March 24 at the Oriental Theater When I discovered SWANS at a 1986 punk show at the Eagle's Lodge (they played cuts from their then-current LP "Greed," with two bombastic drummers, thundering bass and bulldozing guitar, Jarboe screaming and Michael Gira...

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    Breathe Owl Breathe Brings its Genre-Smashing style to Denver, Boulder

    by  • October 24, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Breathe Owl Breathe are on their way to Denver & Boulder this weekend. Don't miss your chance to catch these iconoclasts. (Photo: http://pitchperfectpr.com)

      Breathe Owl Breathe – a new-to-some-of-us trio from East Jordan, Michigan – has trouble, it seems, comfortably fitting in. They have that trouble in the most beautiful, dreamy ways imaginable. Vocalist Micah Middaugh’s smooth baritone – at times evoking The National‘s Matt Berninger, sometimes Roxy Music‘s Bryan Ferry, but mostly channeling Nick Drake  -...

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    METZ to hit the Hi-Dive in Denver – You’ve Been Warned

    by  • May 6, 2013 • 0 Comments

    METZ - earning their capitalized moniker - play the Hi-Dive Tuesday, May 7. Be there - you'll regret otherwise. (Photo: Colin Medley, SubPop)

    The power of a trio probably comes from its simplicity. Probably (at least that’s my take, and I’m sticking with it). It’s been proven again, and again and again – Rush, The Minutemen, Nirvana, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, ZZ Top, the Police – even Triumph (ferchrissakes) – all innovators, all brilliant (well –...

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    Iceage at the Marquis Theater – Live Review & Photos

    by  • April 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Coming from Denmark means that, invariably, at some point you’re going to get a Hamlet comparison – probably from a smart-assed music journalist. So here goes – Iceage’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt definitely rocks a Hamlet-esque demeanor, both on record and onstage. At their Denver show at the Marquis theater last Thursday night, he sulked in...

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    REVERB Review – METZ, Live at Larimer Lounge, 11-12-12

    by  • November 13, 2012 • 0 Comments

    METZ is invading - but they're Canucks, so it's cool. (Photo: Colin Medley)

    If you’re unfamiliar with METZ, you’re behind on the buzz. Their loud, crunchy, loud, fun, loud, shit-hot, loud and aggressive (did we mention LOUD??!!) style is exploding into venues and destroying hipsters in its wake. It was on display last night at the Larimer Lounge, and we were there with HeyReverb.com. Take a few...

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    UMS 2012 Has Come & Gone, Denver – Recaps & Photos

    by  • July 24, 2012 • 0 Comments

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    This year’s Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (UMS) may have been the biggest and best yet, and – barring the weight of the tragedy in Aurora that clouded an otherwise perfect opening night – all four days went off without a hitch. As in previous occurrences since the festival relocated to South Broadway, The UMS invaded...

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    Who’s Playin’ What Where!? – July’s Heating Up

    by  • June 29, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art hosts "Don't Look Down," along with Audiovore.

    Denver’s amidst a record-setting streak of over-90-degree days (we’re on day nine – or ten – or somewhere around there, now). We wouldn’t be surprised to find that this heat wave is being fanned by the lineup of shows July has to offer. If you’re able to peel yourself from the naugahyde, or leather,...

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    Take A Minute for MCA – RIP Adam Yauch, Namasté

    by  • May 4, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Adam Yauch - RIP - You will be missed. (Photo used under Creative Commons License)

    When MCA and King AdRock announced a few years ago that the Beastie Boys would be delaying the release of their next album due to Adam Yauch beginning a battle with throat cancer, I don’t think anyone of us fans took the news lightly. But I also don’t think many of us ever thought...

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