The Walnut Room provided the perfect flavor of intimacy and concrete last Thursday night to encompass - enthrone - the recording of a local fledgling artist’s second album. The 50-some people gathered to watch and listen to Golden’s Erik Husman were treated to a mix between Merle Haggard and a Pete Seeger that spent...Read more →
One of the more popular new trends lately has been a band’s live rendition of an influential record from their past. It’s a pretty cool thing, too, to see bands like Pixies play albums we all grew up listening to, live, in their entirety.
It's not often, though, that we get to share the stage...Read more →
This weekend’s one night stand will feature some photos from the “My Life” project, but is focused on “The Love Project.” As the Denver Post’s John Moore reported recently, “The Love Project” came out of De Giovanni’s deep desire to “... figure out how to recognize real love,” as a result of her last...Read more →
If you're unfamiliar with Strings & Wood Concerts, and your tastes run towards the more melodic and folksier side of acoustic rock, this weekend may be the perfect opportunity for you to get to know the local promoter and community advocate. Strings & Wood is celebrating their second anniversary in business with a concert...Read more →
Three veteran Denver artists, all previous members of bands that have long since passed into legendary status - and that enjoyed that status off and on during their active years as well - have pooled their talents and love of straight ahead punk/indie rock with a simple aesthetic and an indelible stripe of mischievous...Read more →
What a delight Kate Nash turned out to be at her first-ever visit to Denver for an Ogden show last Saturday night. I expected her to be perfectly satisfactory; what I didn’t expect was to be challenged by and enthralled with this rising Brit-pop sensation, right from the first warbling of her remarkable voice...Read more →
There aren't too many bands that can withstand an entire personnel change and keep going. There are even less that come back stronger for it - but Gangcharger is one that has. Ethan Ward's love child - with huge emphasis on the love - has not only rebounded after being abandoned by virtually every...Read more →
After last Monday night’s show at the Ogden Theater, I’m convinced that Sonic Youth are immortals - beings that refuse to age. What else explains their uncanny ability to remain constantly relevant, prescient - and continuously young - in the face of a culture hell bent on replication of the popular, and often the...Read more →
Having seen Jim Yelenick in his other bands — the hardcore Pitch Invasion and the hilarious acousti-punk Sputnik Slovenia — I figured I’d seen the gamut of his personas, and loved them all. But none topped his loose adaptation of Joe Strummer in a full nun habit, wildly leading a packed house through a...Read more →
I reviewed Bobby Bare Jr.'s show at the Hi-Dive on South Broadway last Wednesday, September 15, for Denver Post Reverb, and Bobby took the time to comment. I was shocked, and pretty stoked - but not too surprised. I've seen him a number of times, and have known him to be damned personable, approachable...Read more →
Reaching back to the tradition of dancehall, the updated, stripped down and visceral outgrowth of reggae that revitalized that already tired genre, Murder Ranks uses its basic musical tenets to distill a sweet, strong and minimalist - but sickeningly catchy - punk/dub concoction, and layers it upon modified (sometimes completely transfigured) dancehall riddims. But,...Read more →
Cheerleaders, men in diapers (one of them covered in blood) and a clown with a mohawk making balloon animals. That was the scene on the Gothic Theatre’s stage last Friday night.
All of that, and there was also a rock band — Warlock Pinchers, one of Denver’s legendary locals from the late ‘80s/early ‘90s —...Read more →
If you were anywhere around the scene in Boulder and Denver in the late '80s, chances are you were not only familiar with the Pinchers, but you probably carried some of their merchandise with you daily - clipped to your backpack or in your pocket - or you wore out your shield t-shirt as...Read more →
One impossibly acceptable truth: four days and nights of anything might be just about too much. This is what I found myself thinking last night as I carried pieces of a guitar, smashed onstage at the 3 Kings Tavern by a member of the local band Gangcharger, from venue to venue at the end...Read more →
Now that we've got two, fat and sassy days of the Underground Music Showcase under our belts, the real monster is being unleashed. This weekend, as in festivals past, begins the real UMS proper, and there are more bands, artists, venues, drinks and awesome food today than both of the previous two days combined!
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Here's to the hope that you had a fantastic first night of the 10th Annual Underground Music Showcase all along about a mile of South Broadway last night! Having been to all ten years' shows, I have to say last nights showing was among the most impressive so far. There were lines about 20...Read more →
Denver, The UMS, Day 1, Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 -
It's come around again. The UMS - Denver's pinnacle celebration of the local music scene - is upon us, and this year, the festival's tenth anniversary, this beast has grown, nearly to the point of bursting. Four days, over 20 venues, and over 300 bands,...Read more →
Judging from the sounds that burst from the Larimer Lounge stage last Saturday night, Colorado is no longer landlocked, and Denver now sports beachfront property.
Those sounds came from local instrumental legends Maraca Five-0, who have reunited after six years to debut as opener for Slim Cessna’s Auto Club — one of a short list...Read more →
Mud. Mud and muppets. Those two words best describe the feeling inside the Ogden on Tuesday night, as the Melvins took over the venue on their last U.S. date before heading up to Canada.Read more →
The summer music overflow has begun, and Denver looks to be deluged with a constant influx, through-flux and home-spun-flux of music for the season, both live and recorded. Upstate New York’s Gypsy Nomads have released a new collection of twelve songs laced with oodles of magic - of both the cabaret/vaudeville and faerie ilk...Read more →
Legendary front range provocateurs and pranksters Warlock Pinchers are getting back together for a show in August, and they're determined to cash in on the nationwide - worldwide - “remake trend.” Of course, unlike much (most? all?) of the other remake grout that’s been piling up in our entertainment culture for lack of bricks,...Read more →
This part of the Denver scene continues to grow in both band members and fans, and the Hi-Dive hosted an all-local, all noisy and all fun lineup that showcased some of them last Thursday night. Including Solar Bear, Ideal Fathers, St Elias and Colors, it attracted a more than modest crowd, and kept...Read more →
With a beautiful, lilting voice delivering delicate and passionate songs that recall a younger, more relaxed Suzanne Vega, local troubadour Katy Taylor will be gracing Trios Enoteca this Friday night, to accompany the restaurant's well-made cocktails, beers, wines and foods. Taylor fits well in the smooth, low-lit atmosphere of Trios - though she would...Read more →
Denver City Saltlicks - or DCS - pack a musical punch with tunes that explode out of their private backwoods still and into your face with the force of a moonshine firehose. As it finds its way down your throat, it burns with a feeling like it’s removing most of the smooth lining, and...Read more →