Monthly Archives: September 2011

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Who’s Playin’ What – Where? Weekend of Sept. 30, 2011

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Brilliant Denver Post-Punk at Hi-Dive Friday, September 30th.

Brilliant Denver Post-Punk at Hi-Dive Friday, September 30th.

Seems like this may be the beginning of the season of harvest in music, too – at least here in Denver. This weekend features a few awesome CD releases from local bands, and more! Read on to find out about two back-to-back Hot Congress release nights and an alt-country visit from Brooklyn to the Lion’s Lair. Is it just us, or is the heavy weight of Rocktober just around the corner?

Hot Congress Posts a Double-Shot Weekend

This Friday and Saturday nights, September 30th and October 1st, the Hi-Dive will be host to a veritable local’s paradise, as local music and art collective Hot Congress release new collections from two of Denver’s up and coming bands.

Friday night showcases some fantastic Denver indie-meets-post-punk with the release party for Kissing Party’s  “Waster’s Wall” album (officially out on October 18). One of Denver’s most promising acts at the moment, Kissing Party bring together a sort of Belle & Sebastian feel to their sound, with a tint of bubble gum and a Manchester shadow. Sometimes when I close my eyes and listen to Joe Hansen’s guitar on these songs, I find myself wondering when he and Johnny Marr played together, and where those basement tapes might be. Add Gregg Dolan and Dierdre Sage on vocals and Lee Evans and Shane Reid’s bass & rhythm tracks and you’ve got a trainwreck of poppy post-punk in which you’d pay to be crumpled up. Have a taste (below) before you plan to be at the show. Local duos Amazing Twin and Shaky Molars open – two more local bands well worth catching live for the first of (take my word for it) many more times.

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Saturday night brings the CD release party for Sun Red, a five-piece born out of the wreckage of Denver’s (Die)Pilot, full of sweeping and tenacious prog-esque constructions spearheaded by Gene Brown’s strong vocals. Their sound wavers across indie lines that corral such masters as Stephen Malkmus or Lou Barlow, but is very much something they’ve concocted on their own. Chris Durant’s stern rhythms accentuate complex, sympathetic stringplay between bassist Trevor Noel Gagstetter and guitarist Daniel Sullivan that frrames the vocals well. Check out “Terrorform” (below this) for a taste, then get to the 1st act of this double shot to pick up their brand-spanking-new “Breathes Ages” EP Friday at the Hi-Dive. Local faves Safe Boating Is No Accident, Colfax Speed Queen and Fingers of the Sun open up – be sure to get there early to take in the whole vibe.

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That’s eight bands – all local, all great – over two nights at the same venue, all for $15, if you go both nights. Single day tickets are only $7!

Could we be any more emphatic in our insistence that you camp out with Hot Congress this weekend? Really?

Lonesome Heroes on the "Highway 287" Tour

Lonesome Heroes on the "Highway 287" Tour

Lonesome Heroes make two Colorado stops as an add-on to the Daydream Western tour

Austin’s (by way of Brooklyn) Lonesome Heroes made a 1,974-mile-long art project out of their latest record, Daydream Western (due for worldwide release on November 8th, 2011), by commemorating its centerpiece song “Highway 287” with a tour along the largely two-lane road that shares the singles’ name. they drove a 1967 Shasta camper from where 287 begins at the Gulf of Mexico all the way up to Glacier National Park in Montana, and showcased their own sweet alt-country-meets-indie pop all the way.  Their sound invokes a Malkmus/Reed feel that runs sweetly through a Jesus & Mary Chain influence – if the Reid brothers had grown up somewhere along the Utah/Idaho border rather than in the UK.

This Friday, September 30th, they’re adding another stop at Avogadro’s Number up in Fort Collins ($10 cover), with opening performances by Rosewood Divine & Alycia Kraft, Jen Korte (apparently sans The Loss) and Bevin Luna. Then, on Sunday, October 2nd, they’ll take up residency for a night at the venerable Lion’s Lair ($5 cover), along with The Magic of Colfax, The Symbols and Good Neighbor. Take a look (below) at a clip from last summer’s stop in Avogadro’s Number to get a sample of what you’re in for.

 


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Hook and company brought a missing sound to ears that had been waiting for some time. (Photo: Al de Perez)

Live Reverb – Peter Hook & the Light play Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures,” Bluebird, 9-19-2011

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Peter Hook & the Ligth performed a solid, beautiful rendition of "Unknown Pleasures" last Monday night at the Bluebird.

Peter Hook & the Ligth performed a solid, beautiful rendition of "Unknown Pleasures" last Monday night at the Bluebird.

At the risk of eliciting a chorus of jaded groans: Yes, Peter Hook & the Light, led by the bassist for the influential Joy Division, performed a rousing rendition of the post-punk swan song “Love Will Tear Us Apart” last night at the Bluebird in the first of two encores. Did you think they wouldn’t?

The surprise was that the revered hit may have been the worst song of the otherwise iconic, appropriate, set. Maybe Hook meant it literally when he introduced the song as “One that’s meant to leave you with a smile.”

Over the course of 90 minutes, Hook and his much younger sidemen may have won over even the most cynical, jaded post-punk hipster as they played the entire seminal Joy Division album “Unknown Pleasures,” bookended by works that spanned the band’s early career, including a few from their early incarnation as Warsaw.

Though Hook’s reputation as a difficult character preceded him — furthered by depictions of him as a whining 20-something in movies like “Closer” and “24-Hour Party People” and the well-documented feud with New Order frontman Bernard Sumner — his dedication to these classic songs quickly eschewed any of that characterization. Aside from a tendency to scream out in an off-kilter (yet strangely fitting) exuberance, Hook played a strong, tragic Ian Curtis.

Read the Entire Reverb Review in the Denver Post Online!

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Denver City Saltlicks perfect the punk meets jug band meets surf genre, right here in Denver. (Photo: MySpace/DCS)

New Threads – Denver’s Denver City Saltlicks and Josh Novak, Toronto’s Fucked Up

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Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham screams life into just about anything - or anyone (Photo: JuiceBoxDotCom)

Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham screams life into just about anything - or anyone (Photo: JuiceBoxDotCom)

Fucked Up – David Comes to Life (2011)

Fucked Up’s latest offering is much less an album than a movie, really. Listening to it, it’s hard to avoid imagining complex, high-budget plots and huge swaths of dramatic interplay as the vignette of David – the everyperson – unfolds. The concept album’s story lends itself: angst-ridden boy meets girls amidst political upheaval in Northern Britain in the ‘80s, boy and girl plan a statement of protest involving a bomb, girl meets her untimely demise as a result of said bomb, and David is left to piece together redemption from the idealized memories and remains.

What is truly overwhelming about this album is the brilliance in which Fucked Up presents the story. The 18-song opus – in four acts (which is good an argument for getting the vinyl double as any, if you want to take in the story as it was meant to be seen/heard) swirls in music that’s as evident of The Who as it is of post-hardcore masters like Husker Du, with bits and pieces of bands like the Fall and Scratch Acid in the mix.

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