• Record Reviews

    The Helio Sequence Bring A Chill to Denver Friday Night

    by  • June 3, 2015 • In Denver Live, Local, National, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 2 Comments

    Photo Credit: William Anthony

    Along their near two decade rise in indy music, Brandon Summers and Benjamin Welkel—the duo known in ensemble as The Helio Sequence—haven’t had it entirely easy. Mostly due to Summers’ near career- and band-ending vocal troubles in the mid aughts, the band seemed doomed for a few years. But lifestyle changes, dedication and vocal exercises pushed Summers...

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    Amen Dunes “Love” Reaches Inside and Pulls You – Record Review

    by  • July 11, 2014 • In Denver Live, National, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Damon McMahon’s musical totem might just be a pair of interlocked, somnambulist ghosts, deeply in love and nonchalant, full of both deep talent and a perfect euphoria. “Love,” McMahon’s latest release under the Amen Dunes project, is their soundtrack to nightly meanderings. What McMahon started with Amen Dunes in 2006 – a meandering, ultra-solo musical...

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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 • 0 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 • 1 Comment

    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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    Flume is Wrapping Up the Western US Tonight at the Fox Theatre in Boulder

    by  • September 6, 2013 • In Denver Live, National, Record Reviews • 1 Comment

    Flume will fill the Fox with some purple bliss during tonight's SOLD OUT show. (Photo: Flume)

    Judging by his electronic wizardry, Flume is definitely a product of the i-generation. Born in 1991, Harley Streten has never known a world without the internet, and might just be one of the poster children of an era that’s (maybe) destined to be the fastest-growing humans ever. Streten’s taken his piece of it (so...

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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 • 1 Comment

    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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    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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    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: New Record in February, Ogden Theatre Show in April

    by  • December 3, 2012 • In Denver Live, National, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 1 Comment

    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds announced the February release of their first new record since 2008 - "Push The Sky Away."

    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are scheduled to release a new record – their 15th overall and first since 2008’s “Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!” “Push The Sky Away” will drop on February 18th (February 19th in the US). They’ve also announced some North American tour dates, including one at the Ogden on April 3rd...

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    Heavy with Joy: An Inter/Review with Wovenhand’s David Eugene Edwards

    by  • November 15, 2012 • In Denver Live, Interviews, Local, National, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

    David Eugene Edwards leads Wovenhand Friday night, November 16, at the Oriental Theater, kicking off a new tour of Western cities. (Photo: Wovenhand)

    Wovenhand released “The Laughing Stalk,” the Denver-based band’s seventh studio album, in September – so we may be a little late in reviewing. But then, so is Friday night’s CD Release Dance  at the Oriental Theater – November 16, 9:00 PM, with Reverend Deadeye – a little late in coming (and we’re happy to...

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    New Threads You Need Now – Night of Joy, Achille Lauro, Lee Ranaldo, Willis Earl Beal – more!

    by  • March 27, 2012 • Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 9 Comments

    Night of Joy - Hardcore Girls Are A Hoax

    Night of Joy, Achille Lauro, Black Postcards (Local); Lee Ranaldo, Willis Earl Beal, Jeffrey Lewis (not local) Well - This post we’ve got a bucket of sounds, and none too soon (having missed a while - our apologies).... This one features a slew of locals - two from the same label (Hot Congress) and...

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    New DenverThreads: Kissing Party, Erik Husman and the Golden Rule and Mombi bring more to Denver’s sound

    by  • October 23, 2011 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Kissing Party – Waster’s Wall Kissing Party’s latest record, “Waster’s Wall,” still reflects a little more Belle & Sebastian than it’s probably meant to. And I’m putting that out there right away because of Gregg Dolan’s reported frustration with that comparison. But it’s not mired in the Brit-pop band’s lo-fi jangle. For this record,...

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

    by  • September 5, 2011 • NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

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

    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:...

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    New(ish) Threads – Reviews of new(ish) Matt Shupe, new Thurston Moore, and Il Cattivo

    by  • June 23, 2011 • NewsThreads, Record Reviews, Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Matt Shupe - The Greying Heart

    Starting a new job can suck – especially for your online magazine. That’s the explanation for my long absence on the ‘Thread – and I’m stickin’ with it. Now to get back into the swing, and get you readers some well-deserved regularity… But on with the news: This week we’re presenting three fantastic albums,...

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    New Threads – From Denver: Deadbubbles, The Outfit; from Oakland: tUnE-yArDs

    by  • April 18, 2011 • Local, Locals Only, National, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

    The Outfit - Broken West Wishbone Test

    This week we offer a look at a few new threads that run the gamut in sound and intention, and we like just about all of it. From a well-deserved (if awfully early in the their life) tribute to Denver’s Deadbubbles, to The Outfit’s indecipherably titled debut – still full of promise, to tUnE-yArDs,...

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    New Threads – Inactivists release “The War on Jazz Hands” to a hungry public at the Walnut Room

    by  • April 1, 2011 • In Denver Live, Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

    If there's one thing we need less of in this world, it's got to be those annoying flapping fingers at the end of swirling hands, and a more worthy cause for war probably doesn't currently exist. And yet, as a country, we're dang near broke. But I already digress . . . ...

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    New Music Threads – Local heroes Veronica & The Raven & The Writing Desk offer up fun and surreal tunes, and live shows to fill your holiday nights

    by  • November 28, 2010 • Locals Only, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 1 Comment

    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...

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    Gangcharger and Smoothbore – two Denver bands release new tunes, noise in a new direction

    by  • October 17, 2010 • Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

    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...

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    New Music Threads – Murder Ranks and St. Elias add new life to Denver music

    by  • August 26, 2010 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 0 Comments

    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,...

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    The “Denver Sound,” long dead, makes room for lighter, noisier, funner genres in the scene

    by  • March 3, 2010 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Locals Only, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 2 Comments

    Ideal Fathers plays a smart, thrilling, fast-paced style that lends itself to high-intensity slasher films, especially if they're made in Japan. (Photo: MySpace/Ideal Fathers)

    The world-famous "Denver Sound" has petered out. Which is not to say that the beautiful, often over-the-top and heavy handed gothic alt-country sound isn't significant anymore - not at all. That sound helped put Denver back on the musical globe in the '80s and ‘90s, and still attracts its fair share of fans. It's still...

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    Live DenverThread Review: The Inactivists provide some sweet, sickly heartbreak for the love-challenged

    by  • February 9, 2010 • Denver Venues, In Denver Live, Local, Locals Only, NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 1 Comment

    Scott Livingston isn’t someone you want to wrong, particularly in the arena of love. As frontman of Denver band The Inactivists, a band known for its nerdy humor mixed with artsy rock, he’s got a soapbox that’s pretty tall. And with the band’s latest record, “Love Songs and Other Songs About Love,” they’ve taken...

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    New Release: Los Straitjackets “Yuletide Beat” available for pre-order – and they have a groovy Holiday Gift Pack, too!

    by  • October 19, 2009 • NewsThreads, Record Reviews • 1 Comment

    Surf-rock's favorite luchadores, Los Straitjackets, have released another rockin' collection of Christmas tunes. (Cover: Yep Roc)

    Rock's favorite luchadores, Los Straitjackets, continue to set the wave for shimmering yuletide surf-rock joy with their latest release, "Yuletide Beat," available for pre-order from Yep Roc Records now. A follow up to their massively popular 2002 holiday release "Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets," the new record has been made...

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