Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Flux has left the building

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 4:02 PM


When Flux Capacitor celebrated its second anniversary at the beginning of December, co-founder Bryan Ostrow expressed his surprise and gratitude that the venue had lasted as long as it did, given the mercurial, impermanent nature of DIY venues.

As if this year had one final trick to play on us, the venue announced yesterday that it would be closing its doors due to coding issues.

“These past two years have been the best, most important ones of my life,” says Ostrow. “We have seen an incredible sense of community — people have started bands, met friends, and more. That will never go away.”

While it was initially believed that the venue simply had a few “minor, simple” coding issues that could be resolved — which resulted in a flood of offers to help from the community — the venue was ultimately deemed “unsafe” by the Colorado Springs Fire Department, citing, per their posting on the venue doors, “sections 109.2, 110, and/or 111 of the 2009 International Fire Code.”

There has been a heightened awareness of DIY spaces in the wake of the deadly fire at Oakland’s Ghost Ship on Dec. 9, which has been followed by the closures of Denver’s DIY venues Rhinoceropolis and Glob.

Ostrow, however, encourages all Flux fans to take heart, as the minds behind the operation are already hard at work procuring a new location.

“DIY isn’t done,” affirms Ostrow. “We ask people to take this in a positive way. The [CSFD] got a call and found things not up to safety code. They do many great things all the time, and were actually kind about the matter. Like we said, the buildings we do this in don’t last forever, but the idea does. We will be back better than ever next year. Same passion, same angst, different room.”
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tom Petty, PJ Harvey, and K.Flay top this week's concert announcements

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 10:27 AM

  • K.Flay

Shows sell out, you get sad, we’re here to help. Here are this week's new concert announcements and on sale dates.

Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 16:
K.Flay, Black Sheep, Feb. 7
DevilDriver, Summit Hall, Denver, Feb. 12
Dance Gavin Dance, Black Sheep, Feb. 25
Voodoo Glow Skulls, Black Sheep, Apr. 2
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, with Joe Walsh, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, May 29

Tickets on sale Saturday, Dec. 17:
Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey, Pepsi Center, Denver, Apr. 23 (On Sale Dec. 17)

Tickets now on sale:
PJ Harvey, Fillmore, Denver, May 2
Elephant Revival, Red Rocks, Morrison, May 21

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Elton John, Guns N’ Roses top new concert announcements

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Shows sell out, you get sad, we’re here to help. Here’s our latest batch of new show announcement for your planning pleasure:

Jonah Werner Christmas Concert, The Loft, Dec. 11
Triple Nickel Anniversary Show, Triple Nickel Tavern, Dec. 17
The Day Before New Year’s Eve with Krizz Kaliko, Dec. 30, Black Sheep
Nappy Roots, Black Sheep, Jan. 13
Hilary Scott, Zodiac, Jan. 20
Mogwai, Boulder Theater, Boulder, Jan 22
AFI, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Jan. 28
Dashboard Confessional, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 31
Hieroglyphics, Black Sheep, Feb. 23 (Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 9)
Elton John & His Band, World Arena, March 16 (Tickets on sale Dec. 9)
Bob Margolin, Stargazers, March 31
MeadowGrass Music Festival, La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, May 26-28,
Guns N’ Roses, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Aug. 2 (Tickets on sale Dec. 10)
Justin Beiber, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Aug. 12
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kanye’s post-meltdown cancellation + latest concert announcements

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 2:35 PM

Kanye and Kim... - in happier times. - PHOTO: OVIDIU HRUBARU/SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock
  • Kanye and Kim... in happier times.

Shows sell out. You get sad. We’re here to help. Here, for your planning pleasure, is our latest batch of
 newly announced concerts and club shows.

The big news this week is that Kanye West has called off the remaining dates on his San Pablo Tour, including a scheduled Nov. 28 performance at the Pepsi Center.

The rapper was reportedly hospitalized in the aftermath of Saturday’s Sacramento show, which consisted of just two songs followed by a rambling rant about Jay-Z, Mark Zuckerberg, Malcolm X, Donald Trump and others.

You can watch it for yourself in the following video, then scroll down for upcoming shows that actually ARE happening.

Queensryche, with Armored Saint,
Black Sheep, Dec. 15

The Wailers, Fox Theatre, Boulder, Dec. 28

Talib Kweli, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Dec. 29

Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Denver, Dec. 31

Decadence NYE, featuring Testio and others, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Dec. 31

The Expendables, Black Sheep, Jan. 11 (Tickets go on sale Nov. 25)

T.I., Cervantes, Denver, Jan. 11

Passafire, Black Sheep, Jan. 26

Devendra Banhart, Boulder Theater, Boulder, Feb. 3

Less Than Jake, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Feb. 3

Datsik, 1stBank Center, Denver, Feb. 4

George Porter Jr., with Zigaboo Modeliste and John Medeski, Boulder Theater, Boulder, Feb. 9

J Boog, Black Sheep, Feb. 11

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Barenaked Ladies, Sting and Bruno Mars top new concert announcements

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Sting wants to be your valentine. - PHOTO: ERIC RYAN ANDERSON
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  • Sting wants to be your valentine.

Shows sell out, you get sad, we’re here to help. Here is our latest batch of new show announcements for your planning pleasure. (Note that Barenaked Ladies tickets go on sale this Friday; Sting and Bruno Mars shows go on sale next Monday.)

Wynonna & The Big Noise, Parker Arts Center, Nov. 18

Elephant Revival w/ Colorado Symphony, Boettcher Concert Hall, Nov. 26

Kanye West’s “Saint Pablo Tour,” Pepsi Center, Nov. 28

Drowning Pool, Black Sheep, Nov. 29

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pueblo Memorial Hall, Dec. 1

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, 3 Kings Tavern, Dec. 30

Run the Jewels, Fillmore, Feb. 11

Sting, Fillmore, Feb. 14 (Tickets on sale Nov. 21)

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pepsi Center, March 2

Art Garfunkel’s “In Close-Up Tour,” Lone Tree Art Center, March 7

Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz, Broadmoor, Mar. 30—Apr. 1

Barenaked Ladies, Pikes Peak Center, May 13 (Tickets on sale Nov. 18)

New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men, Pepsi Center, June 10

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, June 18, Paramount

Bruno Mars, Pepsi Center, Oct. 30 (Tickets on sale Nov. 21)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

6 bonus quotes from Mormon punk band Tartar Control

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 1:20 PM


The two human members of hardcore Mormon band Tartar Control have a lot to say.

So much so, in fact, that there wasn’t room for all of our favorite quotes in this week’s Tartar Control interview.

You can go there to find the group's lead singer Robert Selander and guitarist-vocalist Sean Hart holding forth on everything from the missionary potential of Pokemon: Go to the construction of their own robotic bandmate.

Meanwhile, as a bonus for hardcore music fans and Mormon iconoclasts, here are six additional quotes that didn’t quite make the cut:

Sean on Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 2012 defeat: “We were devastated. I thought for sure that he was a shoe-in. And honestly, this election season, I will be writing him in for president. And Robert will be doing the same.”

Robert on his and Sean’s high school band The Smiths: “We didn’t know that was already taken.”

Robert on Sean’s description of Tartar Control's debut CD cover: “What Sean said about Robot coming with us to Heaven, that’s not true. He can’t come.”

Robert on Leftover Crack: “For the first two years of listening to Leftover Crack, we couldn’t decipher what they said. And that’s really the fun of listening to punk rock, is decoding it.”

Sean on the vulgar elements in Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book of Mormon: “They’ve done so much to bring popular attention to the church, but it’s a double-edged sword, I know. And we hope to be on the other edge of that sword, and hope to be equally as sharp.”

Robert on the importance of skepticism: “You can’t take everything we do literally. That’s silly. Who would do that?”

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Second wave of Riot Fest acts includes Julian Marley, 2 Chainz, and Gogol Bordello

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 1:59 PM

When Riot Fest unveiled its lineup last month, organizers promised a second wave of acts to follow. Earlier Tuesday morning, they announced a handful of additional artists who'll be playing the Denver music festival, which will be taking place at the National Western Complex Sept. 2-4.

The most significant — for Jamaican music fans, at least — will be Bob Marley's son Julian performing Bob Marley & The Wailer’s 1977 Exodus album in its entirety. Other newly announced acts are Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa, 2 Chainz, and The Lillingtons.

The festival also announced that single-day tickets will go on sale Tuesday, along with additional three-day festival passes. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Riot Fest unveils 2016 lineups

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Even Donald Trump cares about Riot Fest!
  • Even Donald Trump cares about Riot Fest!

So Chicago gets Morrissey. Denver gets Jane's Addiction. And we all get Ween.

Following up on the news of the Misfits reunion 
that will be taking place at this year’s Denver and Chicago Riot Fests, event organizers this morning announced the first round of bookings for the multi-genre event.

Among the acts who’ll be playing both cities are Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, the Meat Puppets and the aforementioned Misfits.

Other bands will be playing only one city. Like Denver, for instance, where fans can see Jane’s Addiction performing Ritual De Lo Habitual in its full glory, while the Chicago lineup boasts Social Distortion doing a 20th anniversary rendition of White Light, White Heat, White Trash.

NAS, Sleater-Kinney and Tyler, the Creator will all be playing Denver, while Chicago has a lock on Method Man & Redman, Rob Zombie and The Specials.

Meanwhile, Chicago’s Morrissey devotees can swoon over the fact that their beloved idol will be headlining down that way. Up here, their Colorado counterparts can appreciate having one more excuse to feel miserable.

Denver’s Riot Fest will be held at the National Western Complex Sept. 2-4. The Chicago version runs from Sept. 16-18 at Douglas Park.

Look for plenty of details about both events at

Meanwhile, here is the full Denver lineup to date…
The Original Misfits (Featuring Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Wolfgang Von Frankenstein), Ween, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction, Sleater-Kinney, NAS, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums, Descendents, NOFX, Underoath, Bad Religion, Thursday, Tyler, the Creator, Pepper, Jake Bugg, Motion City Soundtrack, Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady, Yo La Tengo, Sleigh Bells, Chevy Metal, Vince Staples, Suicidal Tendencies, Flatbush Zombies, The Dandy Warhols, Hatebreed, Lagwagon, The Aquabats, Glassjaw, The Wonder Years, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Danny Brown, Against Me!, Meat Puppets, Leftöver Crack, Dan Deacon, Murder By Death, Rogue Wave, Converge, Billy Talent, Fucked Up, Set Your Goals, Juliette Lewis & The Licks,Touché Amoré, Frnkiero andthe Cellabration, Pouya, White Lung, Plague Vendor, People Under the Stairs, Fat Nick and Don Krez, Violent Soho, Judith Hill, Tigers Jaw, Bleached, Diarrhea Planet, Planes Mistake For Stars, Dee-1, Kirk Knight, Somos, Turnover, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Bryce Vine, 3Teeth, Night Riots, Holy White Hounds, Jule Vera, Microwave, Death Spells, Diet Cig, Donna Missal, High Waisted, Culture Abuse … MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reunited Misfits to headline Riot Fest

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Some good news for anyone who’s mourned the fact that the “classic” Misfits lineup has not walked among us for more than 33 years: Cofounders Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only have buried the hatchet, at least for the moment, in order to play Riot Fest shows in Denver and Chicago.

The two Jersey horror-punk originators will once again be flying their fiend-skull flag, with longtime guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and an as-yet-unnamed drummer coming along for the ride. At this point, the band has given no indication whether the reunion will extend beyond the two festival gigs.

This morning’s announcement is just the tip of the iceberg for Riot Fest organizers, who’ll be occupying Denver’s National Western Complex Sept. 2-4. Look for the full three-day lineup to be announced next Wednesday. 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stream the new Haunted Windchimes EP here

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 12:10 PM

  • Melissa Ahlin
The Haunted Windchimes are releasing their new EP, Rattle Your Bones, on Friday, but thanks to The Bluegrass Situation, waiting is optional.

Inaiah, Chela, Desirae and Mike have graciously decided to stream the whole eight-track affair two days before the physical release and the sold-out release show at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo. As of this moment, the band has no other Colorado shows announced through the end of September, but if that changes, we'll have the news here.

Don't forget to check out the music video for Sun Shining Bright here.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Radiohead ends disappearing act with new single and video

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Here's some good news for Radiohead fans who felt more deprived than usual after the band blacked out virtually all of its social media presence earlier this week.

Turns out it was all a clever way to set up the release of a new video, which was posted earlier this morning.

While there's no embedding available at this point, you can view the video by clicking this link:

The single itself will be available for purchase from iTunes, along with the other usual outlets, tomorrow. 
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Haunted Windchimes debut new single, video

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 3:47 PM

Pueblo-based bluegrass band The Haunted Windchimes didn't plan on writing their fourth studio album when they met up with Chandler Pratt while on tour near his studio in Modesto, California. During their downtime, they swung by to knock out a few easy recordings.
"We go and start recording what we think we're going to do — just a song or maybe two — and it clicked right away," says Inaiah Lujan (vocals/guitar/bass/percussion). "Before we knew it we had eight songs, and it was all kind of ready to go ... I guess what I'm getting at is that we weren't even intending to make an album, but once we were done with this process — it took three days I think — we discovered we had an album's worth of material."

Lujan says that the band, which includes Desirae Garcia (vocals/baritone uke/bass), Chela Lujan (vocals/banjo) and Mike Clark (vocals/fiddle/guitar/mandolin), were stoked with the new material and happy that it all came together.

The new album, titled Rattle Your Bones, is set to be released on May 13 on Shadow Pine Music. Until then, enjoy their new music video for lead single "Sun Shining Bright." Pick up tickets for the album release concert at this link.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Puscifer at the Pikes Peak Center

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 10:51 AM

My colleague Bill Forman interviewed Puscifer's Carina Round in this past week's Indy, and the two of us caught Sunday night's spirited performance at the Pikes Peak Center. 

The visual show was dominated by a Lucha libre cast, as you'll see in the pics below. Tool and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan — last in town to the best of our recollection in 2004, at the City Auditorium with A Perfect Circle — kept his own wrestling mask on during the whole spectacle. And Round put on quite a physical performance too, in and outside the ring. 

I'll let the pics tell the rest of the story:
Puscifer's luchadores acted as an opening act with a lengthy wrestling bout. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Puscifer's luchadores acted as an opening act with a lengthy wrestling bout.

Drummer Jeff Friedl (also of A Perfect Circle, Filter, Eagles of Death Metal) was set up front-stage. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Drummer Jeff Friedl (also of A Perfect Circle, Filter, Eagles of Death Metal) was set up front-stage.
Carina Round and Maynard James Keenan spent much of the performance in the ring together (not fighting). - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Carina Round and Maynard James Keenan spent much of the performance in the ring together (not fighting).
One luchador with a distinctly Harley Quinn vibe. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • One luchador with a distinctly Harley Quinn vibe.
Maynard James Keenan proffered many a dramatic pose, reminiscent of his performances with Tool. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Maynard James Keenan proffered many a dramatic pose, reminiscent of his performances with Tool.
The luchadores stuck around for the whole show, at times re-entering the ring as the band sat down on bleachers to cheer them on. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The luchadores stuck around for the whole show, at times re-entering the ring as the band sat down on bleachers to cheer them on.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Obamas to play 2016 SXSW

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Obama straightening Bob Dylan's Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. - PHOTO BY RENA SCHILD / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • Obama straightening Bob Dylan's Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

SXSW has scored something of a Super Wednesday coup.

The ever-expanding confab announced Wednesday morning that President Barack Obama will join its “keynote conversation” during the event's interactive component on March 11, while First Lady Michelle Obama will give the first keynote address at SXSW Music on March 16.

The organization says the President will be talking about technology as it relates to entrepreneurs and current political issues, while the First Lady will celebrate Women’s History Month with, among other things, a “call to action to support girls’ education.”

You can find more information about all of the above, as well as SXSW conferences in general, at

Meanwhile, here’s a classic video of a much-younger Barack Obama talking about his love for Earth, Wind & Fire, Jay-Z, and other over office faves:

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Grammy winner's Colorado Springs roots

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM

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Sure, Lady Gaga’s distended David Bowie medley may have felt like a ten-minute demo reel of 20 glitzy car crashes.

And yes, that guy from Hamilton’s rap acceptance speech was a little embarrassing, especially coming right on the heels of Kendrick Lamar’s serious-as-your-life hip-hop performance.

And of course the “rockin’ finale,” in which Pitbull was joined by Joe Perry and Robin Thicke, was not, as he claimed, “history in the making” — at least not in a good way.

But Grammy voters did better with some of yesterday's awards, including a Best Folk Album win for Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s full-length debut as a duo.

Colorado Springs actually has a long-standing connection to Washburn, who graduated as Colorado College’s first East Asian Studies major in 1999 and gave the school's commencement speech in 2012.

Earlier this month, the duo spent three days at the college, where they held master workshops, performed at the Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, and appearing on the faculty-member hosted KRCC program Critical Karaoke.

So congratulation not only to the two winners, but also to the local college that helped make it all possible. You can stream the Critical Karaoke program here.

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