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Scenesters, update your local music handbook: They Murdered Miracles do not play metalcore or hardcore, but rather "rock-influenced metal." To emphasize and expand their metal sound, they're bringing on high-school pal Nate Packer as an additional guitarist. Vocalist Kyle Houghtaling explains that having two guitars creates a fuller sound, and for them, that means more heaviness during the heavy parts and more melody during the melodic. The first show with Packer will be City of Vanity's CD Release Party/Last Show Ever on Friday, Nov. 4, at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.), but Packer is a permanent addition and will be touring with the band when they leave for the West Coast and Midwest in December.

Tragedy struck Sunday night when Long Island quartet Bayside flipped their van after hitting a patch of ice en route to Salt Lake City. Drummer John "Beatz" Holohan died as a result. Bassist Nick Ghanbarian also was seriously injured, while other members were discharged from the hospital. Touring on the "Never Sleep Again" ticket with Victory Records labelmates Hawthorne Heights and Aiden, the group just had finished a show in Boulder and were outside Cheyenne when the accident happened. Donations to Holohan's family can be made via Paypal at baysiderocks.com.

Here's to hoping Colorado Ween fans (Weenies?) were obsessed enough to pay attention to the band's concert on-sale dates. According to Sarah Coffield at the Boulder Theater, the band's Dec. 1 and 2 shows sold out in about 20 minutes, leading to a quickly organized additional date on Dec. 3 at the Fox Theatre. That, of course, sold out as well -- in less than three hours. After canceling their fall 2004 tour because of "an immediate intervention," Gene and Dean Ween are back on the road in support of their latest CD, Shinola, Vol. 1, which is really quite good.

In town: Wrestle with Jimmy, Jack Quinn's (21 S. Tejon St.), Nov. 4; Tempered, Thunder & Buttons II (2415 W. Colorado Ave.), Nov. 5; Toxic Waltz, Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd.), Nov. 5.

Go north: Sons and Daughters, Boulder Theater, Boulder, Nov. 7; Deerhoof, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Nov. 8; GZA, Fox Theatre, Boulder, Nov. 9; The Breedlove Odyssey featuring Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Jean Grae, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 10-11; Supersuckers, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Nov. 12; Lisa Marie Presley, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Nov. 15.

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