DenverThread’s guide to where you should be and what you should be seeing – and, of course, hearing – for the next few weeks around Denver.
The “Planet Rock” Art Show is Now Open in Broomfield, Artist’s Band The Pretty Sure Play Saturday Night
Arlo White really is a post-post-postpunk-post-renaissance man. As many places and genres as his art seems to pop up from around the Front Range, it seems there’s nothing it can’t accomplish. We discovered Arlo a few years back as the frontman of the fantastic Broomfield band Deadbubbles, and he’s also been involved in Lint! and his current musical project The Pretty Sure. And now, white finds himself – and his art (in this case multi-media visual art) on display at the Broomfield Auditorium Gallery (3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield) until February 17th. The show’s 31 pieces have been hung since January 6th, and will feature an official reception this Sunday, January 22 with food and drinks, along with a wine tasting sponsored by Broomfield’s Turquoise Mesa Winery.
White’s art, much like his music, is eclectic, bright, attractive and altogether unique. Wildly colorful and steeped deeply in pop culture themes, he uses various formats and media to reproduce visually much of what his bands’ music does aurally. It’s loud, groovy, sometimes ferocious – but always playful. Deadbubbles reminded us of a slightly polished version of the Stooges, and The Pretty Sure sometimes comes across just a little more like KISS – both carry a simple, strong and sticky rock groove and a ‘70s tinge. White’s art also shows similar sensibilities, some pop collages invoke the Factory crowd of the ‘60s, while some of the more explosively colorful pieces recall expressionists like Paul Klee or abstract colorist Piet Mondrian. We can’t wait to see the whole set on display Sunday afternoon.
And, to get a full sample of White’s mix of arts, you also have the chance to see The Pretty Sure are playing a set at Tooey’s (1521 Marion St, Denver) to help celebrate the Forest of Azure CD release. The show starts at 8PM, also features sets by Bison and DJ Ed Hed, and is FREE.
Lotus Concepts Sponsors Local Bands – and Fans – to Appear on Weekly National TV Show
Remember the old days of TV – or at least the scenes you’ve probably seen in the movies about them – when shows like “Soul Train,” “American Bandstand” and “Don Kirshners’ Rock Concert” were virtually the only places (besides live) you could get a glimpse of some of the groovy stuff you were listening to on the radio – and get to see a snazzily dressed, dancing audience with them? Thanks to MTV’s “evolved” lineup, without shows like “Austin City Limits,” we’d be in that same boat. But – don’t fret – local nightclub group Lotus Concepts – owners of four Denver nightclubs including the brand new Chloe – has a solution.
The group is launching a Friday night live music series TONIGHT at Oak Tavern (1416 Market St) that will take place every Friday until February 24. The kicker? “All Access Fridays” will be taped and broadcast on a weekly national TV show – and they’re FREE! The series is designed to feature some of Denver’s up-and-coming bands, covering genres like rock, reggae, hip-hop and more – as well as their local fans. The show will be filmed for PBS|Free Speech TV’s “303 All Access” and will be aired each Saturday night at 10MST locally on CPT 12 (formerly KBDI) and nationally on Free Speech TV.
Lineup for the first six shows – starting TONIGHT:
January 20th:: A Vast Eclipse | Series Kick Off Party
January 27th:: Coral Thief | SIA Edition
February 3rd:: Valedictorian | 303 Hip Hop/Dance Beats
February 10th:: Two Fisted Tango | Valentine’s Day Edition
February 17th:: Guerrilla Jazz | Hawaiian Takeover | Fashion Show
February 24th:: Broken Tongues | Rackstar Clothing Party
**All shows are NO COVER, 9PM show|8M doors|21+
Hindershot’s CD Release Party for “Curse Us All” Will Be at 3Kings Friday, January 27
Local up-and-coming band Hindershot will be celebrating the release of their latest CD, “Curse Us All” Friday night, January 27th at 3Kings Tavern, along with support from local bands Accordion Crimes, The Skeleton Show and DJ Samurai Buck. The CD is already available digitally and for physical pre-sale from local music collective Hot Congress.
Their sophomore release, “Curse Us All” sounds too hopeful to support the cynicism in its title. The four songs are simultaneously intricate and huge in sound, truly catchy indie pop. The live show promises to be at least as satisfying – and with the rest of that lineup, how can you go wrong?
One Whore’s Town Will Take Over Lions Lair on Friday, January 27th
Locals One Whore’s Town, along with Redbush, The Down and Starla & the Dynamite Daddies will take over the legendary Lions Lair next Friday, January 27th, with their brand of Metallica-meets-Social-D rock, and they expect you to be there.
Angry, aggressive, loud and sometimes downright hilarious, OWT plays a mean, gritty metal-dosed punk rock, fronted by Tom Spain’s truly flattering James Hetfield vocals and anchored by Tim Jadowski’s Bass (from Reno Divorce – hence the Social-D tint). The band is working steadfastly on their first full length, “Lock n’ Load,” due to be released this spring.
Don’t miss them!