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click to enlarge Catch The Wheel at Laura Belles this week. But, in the - meantime, watch the guys climb the stairway to heaven. - JARED YANEZ
  • Jared Yanez
  • Catch The Wheel at Laura Belles this week. But, in the meantime, watch the guys climb the stairway to heaven.

Season's greetings, everyone! Are you all having a merry Christmas? Lists checked, credit cards swiped, gifts wrapped, ready to go? What's that, you say? We've got Thanksgiving first? Oh right, I almost forgot ...

Well, I, for one, am very thankful. I am thankful for the love and support I receive from my amazing family and my wonderful friends. I am thankful for my truck and my scooter and my record collection, and that writing this column is the closest thing I have to a "real" job. I am especially thankful that, for the most part, everyone seems to think I am a decent enough writer. (Ha, fooled you suckers!) I am thankful for the abundance of live original music that has been dominating the local nightlife for the past year or so. And I am thankful for all the bands and venues that keep throwing shows worth going to. If that isn't enough, here are some more reasons to be thankful:

First, be thankful that Abracastabya, whose highly anticipated debut recording is in the final mixing stages, will be popping its The Rocket Room cherry along with Eyes Caught Fire and Denver's Tornado Alley on Friday, Nov. 23.

Then, be thankful that Monument garage rock band The Wheel will be parking its heavy guitar- and organ-driven psych-wagon down at Laura Belle's on Saturday, Nov. 24. If you have yet to catch its "highly acclaimed rock 'n roll show," this is the perfect opportunity. Go ahead, check the boys out. You'll be thankful you did.

Later, the band that's risen from the ashes of many a local favorite (Against Tomorrow's Sky, Betting on the Muse and The Deadites to name just a few), El Torro de la Muerte, will be putting it all out at The Rocket Room on Sunday, Nov. 25. Also on the bill, thankfully, are a couple of touring acts out of California: The Peculiar Pretzelmen and Zoe Vermillion.

In other news, Manitou Springs' darling, Posis, is extremely thankful to be hooked up with Peter Barker (former chief engineer of Sony Records) at Threshold Sound & Vision Studios in Santa Monica, Calif. From the flavor of the "leaked" tracks, it sounds like Posis will have some dangerously jazzy jams on its debut release, slated for December. You can catch the band live, before they blow up all Bjrk style, at The Ancient Mariner on Saturday, Nov. 24. Bjrk who?!

The Murder Formula is totally thankful for its new bass player. His name is Colin Colfescu, and he shares the official title (along with my second favorite, super badass ex-Derby Damer Brat Benatar) of "Scene's Most Hardcore" for his performance in the first and only Black Sheep live bug-eating contest. You really should have been there, but maybe he will give a repeat performance when The Murder Formula hits Denver's version of theElement, Lifespot (7562 S. University Blvd., Unit K1, Centennial), on Saturday, Nov. 24, or on Sunday, Nov. 25, when it opens for A Life Once Lost at The Black Sheep. Bring lots of worms!

Also thankful this season is Back Row, the Colorado College all-male a cappella group that was selected, for the second year in a row, to appear on the compilation CD series Best of College A Cappella. Congratulations, gentlemen.

And lastly, I am thankful for you all putting up with the theme of this week's Reverb.

Smell you later!

Keep Adam thankful for his contributors by sending band photos, demos and show info to adam@csindy.com.

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