Denver’s amidst a record-setting streak of over-90-degree days (we’re on day nine – or ten – or somewhere around there, now). We wouldn’t be surprised to find that this heat wave is being fanned by the lineup of shows July has to offer. If you’re able to peel yourself from the naugahyde, or leather, or suede or whatever of your couch – or, if you’re lucky enough to have it, to leave your air conditioned hovel (and if you are, we don’t want to hear it) – and venture out to the streets, there are enough choices for live music to wring a cat dry.
Whatever that means. Maybe the heat’s getting to us.
Anyway, read on to get a glimpse of a few highlights – mostly local – coming up over the next few days, including a few completely local gatherings, all leading up to the crown of the summer, The UMS, coming July 19 – 22 (we’ll have both a whole slew of coverage of that weekend jewel – as always – so stop back!).
Don’t Look Down: A Series of Rooftop Concerts at MCA Denver – July 8th, 5:30pm
Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Audiovore (a fantastic site dedicated to documenting the Denver Music Scene through quality audio & video production – if you haven’t seen int yet, GO – NOW!) are collaborating this summer on a series of rooftop concerts called – appropriately – “Don’t Look Down,” and featuring a slew of local talent. This week, on Sunday, July 8, the series debuts with Sweet Tooth Meat Tooth, a longtime collaboration featuring Doug and Haley from Snake Rattle Rattle Snake. The schedule continues:
July 8 – Sweet Tooth Meat Tooth
July 15 – Ending People
July 22- No band scheduled due to Underground Music Showcase
July 29 – Force Publique – Titwrench Afterparty
August 5 – You, Me and Apollo
August 12 – Zebroids
August 19 – In the Whale
August 26 – Yawpers
September 2 – Bad Weather California
All of the shows will be documented by Audiovore, and cover is only $3. Up on the Rooftop of MCA – you know, where the bar is – the shows start at 5:30.
Inactivists join Pythian Whispers and KOS for a night of Fun Fun at Bar Bar, Sunday, July 8, 9PM
If you haven’t had the extreme pleasure, you need to see Inactivists‘ unique brand of angry nerd rock as soon as possible – and next Sunday, July 8th, is your chance! Get to Bar Bar. If only to get an aural glimpse of the best theremin you’re likely to hear anywhere in the state, alongside an electric ukelele. Seriously. They. Fucking. Rock. And, throw in local influencer Tom Murphy‘s noisy project Pythian Whispers and art-rockers KOS, and Bar Bar will never seem the same again. At least not quite as fun fun. So go go. Show starts somewhere around 9PM. 21+, of course, but strictly due to snarky, swear-filled lyrics and the possibility that Scot Livingston might strip.
Saturday, June 30th, PORTALS Showcase at Larimer Lounge, 4PM
International music and media community PORTALS has gathered together a stunning lineup of all-local acts to play an all-day showcase at the Larimer Saturday, June 30. Featuring locals Hindershot, Samurai Buck, Men In Burka, The Don’ts and Be Carefuls, Kevin Costner Suicide Pact, Married in Berdichev, DJ Werq and Guides, this show looks like the place to be to find out about experimental music in Denver. Doors at 3PM, show starts at 4!
From Brittany Gould’s haunting vocals behind Married in Beredichev to the post-postpunk of Hindershot and The D&BCs, to the ambient feelings of Kevin Costner Suicide Pact and desert-inspired Men In Burka, this one’s got a little bit of everything. Don’t miss it.
Chicago’s Russian Circles, with Native Daughters and Peña, Bluebird Theater, Monday, July 2nd, 8PM
Get out and get your prog/sludge/postrock groove on this Monday night at the Bluebird. Chicago postrock trio Russian Circles will endeavor to lift you up to their realm, supported by Native Daughters and Peña – two postrock heavyweights in their own right. Russian Circles’ Mike Sullivan’s been featured more than a few times in Guitar World as a leader of the future guitar gods, so you won’t want to miss this one. Doors at 7, show at 8.