Monthly Archives: July 2009

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John Doe and the Sadies @ the Lion’s Lair, July 28, 2009 – Reverb

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Photo: Yep Roc Records, by Autumn De Wilde

Photo: Yep Roc Records, by Autumn De Wilde

From the first plea in their opening cover of Waylon Jennings’ “Stop the World and Let Me Off,” you could feel that last Tuesday night’s set from John Doe and the Sadies at the Lion’s Lair would be remarkable. Doe joined with the Canadian alt-country quintet that night for an evening filled with classic country covers and a few originals that transported the small dive back in time.

Read the entire review at Denver Post Reverb!


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Mr. Black Francis @ The Walnut Room, July 29, 2009 – Reverb

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Photo: BlackFrancis.net

Photo: BlackFrancis.net

Black Francis — a.k.a. Frank Black, a.k.a. the leader of alt- and indie heroes the Pixies — is a storyteller. His ability to thread a yarn through rambling, surrealist lyrics is only exceeded by his talent in wrangling pure and simple rock that’s a worthy backdrop for them.

Read the entire review on Denver Post Reverb!


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Frontside Five, Git Some, Speedwolf @ the Marquis Theater, 07/16/09 – Reverb

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Frontside Five has reached a sort of plateau in skate-punk, which actually involves leaving behind much of the genre’s simplicity in favor of some more complex rhythms, and a slightly more metal edge. The four-piece proved that they’re comfortable with the change last Thursday night at the Marquis, headlining their CD release and summer tour kickoff party.

Catch the entire review at Denver Post Reverb!


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Denver International One-Man-Band Fest @ 3 Kings Tavern, 07/12/09 – Reverb

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Photo - Reverb/Jason Claypool

Photo - Reverb/Jason Claypool

There are some artists that need to be alone, and then there are those that just plain can’t play with anyone else. It’s the latter group that put themselves on stage as a one-man-band — performing with total musical independence, total responsibility. Local record label Pygmy Mountain Music joined with 3 Kings Tavern on July 12 to showcase a few of them in the first-ever Denver International One-Man-Band Fest, reportedly the only one of its kind in the world. The ten performers on the schedule showed that all you have to do to rock is do it all, and add a smidge of creative flair to stand out.

Catch the entire review at Denver Post Reverb!


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Slim Cessna’s Auto Club @ the Larimer Lounge, 07/15/09 – Reverb

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Phot: Slim Cessna

Phot: Slim Cessna

No matter how many times you see them play, the fervor, the excitement, the downright religious intensity Slim Cessna’s Auto Club brings to the stage never seems to fade, though I, like hundreds of other natives, have seen it regularly since they started out in 1992. Last Wednesday’s show at the Larimer Lounge was no exception, despite the fact that the majority of the setlist hasn’t changed much from shows as far back as early 2008. And it’s that spirit that has helped to keep the band one of Denver’s most beloved musical treasures for more than 15 years.

Catch the entire review at Denver Post Reverb!


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Jonathan Richman @ the Lion’s Lair, 07/01/09 – Reverb

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Photo: Reverb/Michael McGrath

Photo: Reverb/Michael McGrath

Jonathan Richman has a deeper affection for the Lion’s Lair than we thought. He played in the tiny Colfax dive-bar (a near-perfect a representation of the term doesn’t exist anywhere else in Denver, as far as I’m concerned) over a year ago, and while it could have been a fluke, last Wednesday’s show debunked that theory.

Catch the entire review on Denver Post Reverb!


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