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    Guided By Voices at the Gothic Theatre, June 4, 2014 (Reverb Review)

    by  • June 6, 2014 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, National, NewsThreads • 0 Comments

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    Robert Pollard and his “Classic Lineup” of Guided by Voices played the Gothic Theatre last Wednesday night – with a vengeance. For nearly three hours, and through upwards of 50 tunes and including three set-long encores, Pollard and the boys proved to a modest-but-rabid crowd that age ain’t nothin’ to the true rock ‘n...

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    Don’t Miss Jack Name tonight at the Hi-Dive. You’ll know why before Dent May starts.

    by  • January 31, 2014 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, National, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 2 Comments

    Jack Name's "Light Show," released january 21, is some heady psychedelic stuff.

    Free this Saturday night (February 1)? Not any more, you’re not. Time for you to get your Gary Numan-meets-Alice Cooper groove on and go see Jack Name (aka John Webster John – touring as guitarist with White Fence) – opening for Dent May – at the Hi-Dive. Seriously, this Los Angeles psych-soothsayer promises to grab...

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    Beware of Darkness – Orthodox, the DenverThread Record Inter/Review

    by  • December 23, 2013 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Interviews, National, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

    LA’s Beware of Darkness played the Larimer Lounge a few days ago, and those of you who were there no doubt saw a hi-energy performance that will likely be relegated to many “Were you there when…” threads of conversation soon enough.  If you haven’t heard of them yet, it’s probably just a matter of...

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

    by  • October 24, 2013 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, NewsThreads • 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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    Suicide Girls Rocked Lodo with the Blackheart Burlesque Saturday Night

    by  • October 21, 2013 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, National, NewsThreads • 1 Comment

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

    by  • October 18, 2013 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Interviews, National, NewsThreads, Unravel • 0 Comments

    Suicide Girls in Repose (Photo: Suicide Girls Press)

    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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    Look out Byers – there’s a RIOT going down – this weekend

    by  • September 17, 2013 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Local, National, NewsThreads • 0 Comments

    The Riot Fest comes to Byers, CO this weekend. (Map: RiotFest.org)

    If you haven’t heard of the impending onslaught of music about to hit Byers, Colorado this weekend, you’ve definitely been living under a rock. Or, maybe more likely, you’ve just been listening to the wrong music for the past few decades – in which case this, the last of the blockbuster summer festivals for...

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    Buildings Coming to Lost Lake – Maybe Bring a Helmet (Brian may need one)

    by  • August 21, 2013 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Interviews, National, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

    Buildings hit Lost Lake Lounge on Colfax tonight. You may need protection.

    In response to my (admittedly) short-shrift email interview questions, Buildings drummer Travis Kuhlman returned a few short answers. I deserved it (see the whole thing, below) – lugging around a day job doesn’t bode well for blogs (especially when said job requires enough sleep to warrant missing more of the late night than I’ve...

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

    by  • May 6, 2013 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Interviews, National, NewsThreads • 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 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, National, NewsThreads • 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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    Girl Wreck takes over the Oriental tomorrow night for 12 hours of local rock

    by  • April 5, 2013 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads • 0 Comments

    Girl Wreck hosts the 2nd Annual Girl Wreck Fest at the Oriental tomorrow, April 6, 2013

    Coachella? ATP? Lollapalooza? All of these mega fests are announcing/leaking their mega line ups – but who in Denver needs them? Wanna usher in the Spring and Summer music season in style? Head up north to the Oriental Theater, where you’ll catch the 2nd Annual Girl Wreck Fest – two stages and 12 solid...

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

    by  • March 17, 2013 • In Denver Live, Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

    Hi-Strung are on their way to becoming one of Denver's best, behind Samantha Doom's bass and insight.

    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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    Live Review: PA’s Blues Control w/Psychic Ills, Hi-Dive, Thursday, March 7

    by  • March 10, 2013 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, National, NewsThreads • 0 Comments

    Blues Control - from PA

    Blues Control has a reputation. The duo – Russ Waterhouse and Lea Cho, originally from Queens, NYC and now calling Coopersburg, PA home – are known as “unclassifiable,” “completely unique,” “incomparable.” Reviews tend  to color the duo as almost inaccessible, even opaque. They were in the Hi-Dive last Thursday night, and proved that these...

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    Mike Watt – the DenverThread Interview: Touring Econo, Jamming Austere, Pure Dada

    by  • October 2, 2012 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Interviews, National, NewsThreads • 2 Comments

    Mike Watt and The Missingmen, live at Larimer Lounge, April, 2011 (Photo: Mike McGrath)

    Watt covered some major ground in that short time. From his current stint with the Stooges, to some of the history of Minutemen and his beloved San Pedro (CA), to the tour he was bout to kick off in a few days, he led me on a musical, improvisational, stream-of-thought journey - and maintained...

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    “I told you all that to tell you this.” Henry Rollins speaks out at Paramount Theater, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

    by  • September 22, 2012 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, National, NewsThreads • 0 Comments

    Henry Rollins entertained a packe Paramount Theater for damn-near three solid hours. (Photo: Swift River Productions)

    When Henry Rollins speaks, it’s kind of amazing how many - and which - people listen. His background - longtime lead singer of seminal punk act Black Flag, provocateur, film and TV star and the epitome of prolific when it comes to writing - is nothing to balk at, to be sure. But he...

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    New Year, New Venue – Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is changing up New Year’s Eve

    by  • September 17, 2012 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Interviews, Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads • 0 Comments

    Slim (Photo: Gary Isaacs)

    One of Denver’s most popular New Year’s Eve parties is about to change. For the first time in about a decade, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club won’t be helping Denver fans jettison the old year for a new one – at least, not at the same location. After a long string of consecutive, packed shows...

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    The Denver County Fair offers a local music tribute, and plenty of food and fun, to boot!

    by  • August 10, 2012 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Interviews, Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads • 0 Comments

    Local connoisseur Andrew Novick collaborates with a delicious Turkey Leg (Photo: Jeff Ball)

    There’s not much that compares to a day at the fair, which is why Denver has rejuvenated the tradition. Well, actually the city just started the tradition last year, but it was based on plans from more than 100 years earlier. This weekend brings the second Denver County Fair to the National Western Complex,...

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

    by  • July 24, 2012 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Local, Locals Only, National, NewsThreads • 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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    Erik Husman: Golden Troubadour to Throw a CD Release Party May 10 – Then: Hiatus

    by  • May 7, 2012 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Local, Locals Only • 0 Comments

    Erik Husman at the Walnut Room, Denver, 03-24-11

    Golden’s Erik Husman, along with his then-band The Golden Rule, recorded a full-length album at the Walnut Room on March 24, 2011.  Now, nearly 14 months later and going solo, Husman is ready for the CD release party. It’s set for this Thursday night at Mead Street Station – 3625 W. 32nd Ave in...

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