'Please contact us if you are wealthy," pleads Jacob Carver, better known to some by his stage name "Gabe from the Future."
The bassist for local three-piece 4 Moons — which has carried on in the tradition of its psych-rock predecessor Melting Temple — says the love of music isn't the only reason the band is returning from its five-month hiatus.
"4 Moons took time off to focus on personal matters, but now we're broke. So, we'll be playing lots of shows and selling trinkets, which is great for our fans."
This Friday's show at the Black Sheep — the band's first since an opening slot for Tenacious D's Kyle Gass back in early November — will find the group playing one of the earlier sets on a bill with Until They Fall, Death Bed Confession, The Endless Line and headliner Fall From Silence.
Trinket profits, meanwhile, will go toward any number of life necessities, not least of which would be Gabe's trip (assuming he can find like-minded people to carpool with him) down to next month's Psych Fest in Austin, where the legendary Roky Erickson's 13th Floor Elevators will perform.
Most of those trinkets, unfortunately, are still in the planning stage. "What kind of trinkets would you like to see?" asks Gabe.
How about 3D action figures? "That's what I was thinking," he says, "in like spaceships or something."
Elsewhere on Friday, Rawkus will be hosting Disco Fries, a NYC electronic dance duo who recently collaborated with Tiesto, the EDM celebrity who sells tons of records and has had three Top 5 singles on the U.S. dance charts. (Hopefully, he threw some money their way.)
Also in the weeks ahead, you can hear the thoughtful Americana of Nashville singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers on April 10 at Ivywild, the skewed blues of Grant Sabin at Front Range Barbeque on April 11, the smooth sounds of Earl Klugh's Weekend of Jazz from April 9 through 11 at The Broadmoor, and the avant-inclined Peak FreQuency Music Festival at various locations April 11 through 25.
NOW FOR SOME BREAKING NEWS: To our great surprise, The Lumineers have confirmed that local musician Chuck Snow will be featured guitarist on Let It Be (Reconsidered), the band's new track-by-track homage to The Replacements' 1984 breakthrough album.
"We were initially hesitant to reach out to Chuck," admits Lumineers frontman Wesley Schultz, "because we'd heard he despised us vehemently."
But the Denver hitmakers persisted, and soon found surprising common ground. "We'd all stay up well into the evening, drinking jasmine tea and talking about our favorite Mumford & Sons songs," says Schultz. "In fact, it was Chuck's idea to do a mash-up of 'Ho Hey' and 'Unsatisfied,' which turned out amazingly well."
Other guest appearances on the Replacements tribute include Malakai frontman Chris Forsythe's grindcore backing vocals on "Unsatisfied" and "Answering Machine," as well as raps from all three Bull*headed emcees on "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out."
Schultz says the decision to include Springs artists on their new album was unanimous. "We've always felt a great debt of gratitude to the musicians of Colorado Springs," he says, "although we're not sure why."
Let It Be (Reconsidered) will be released by Blank Tape Records on April 1.
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