Merry Xmas and a big fat, "Ho, Ho!" to you all! Traditionally, December in Colorado isn't the hottest time to be hitting the clubs, what with all the "witch's tit" weather going around, but if ever there were a weekend to brave the frosty bitters, and get your "mams" all toasty on some smoking-hot live original music, this is it.
Like I revealed in last week's Reverb, you will most certainly want to hit up the Triple Nickel Taverns big anniversary blow-out, which boasts pre-reunion solo sets from Drag the River's Chad Price, with opener Hussy (featuring the Nickel and Drag's very own JJ Nobody) on Friday, Dec. 21. Then, theres even more Drag fun at the Nickel on Saturday, Dec. 22, with Drag's Jon Snodgrass playing a bill alongside Zach Boddicker and The Boxsleeves. Merry Xmas, indeed!
And while you're in the neighborhood anyhow, you best saunter south a few blocks to The Rocket Room, which is launching a fairly respectable weekend of its own. Friday, the place will have the oddly paired but nonetheless remarkable lineup of two of my local favorites: the evermore enchanting Abracastabya, whose debut album is set to drop on Feb. 9 at hi-dive (7 S. Broadway, Denver), and Jeremy Grobsmiths uber-metal cease and desist resisters, Thruster (with a promised Christmas surprise). Beautifully brutal, or brutally beautiful - you make the call!
Then, for its Saturday service, The Rocket Room is offering up the bearded indie stylings of the artists formerly known as The Punk Rock Gods, Be Thou My Vision, along with the experimental noise-core assault of Colonial Excess and the inconceivably awesome Bud Ford's mighty electric dulcimer. Now, I know what you are thinking: the electric dulcimer? Hell yeah, the electric dulcimer! If we are really lucky he will bust into the Motorhead classic, The Ace of Spades! Seriously, check it out. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. And despite the fact that his dad falsely accused my dad of thieving from Cripple Creek Dulcimers (740 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs), years before I was born, I am still going to plug that store as the premier destination for all of your last-minute, dulcimer-related Christmas gift emergencies!
Not to be outdone, The Black Sheeps chiming in with some first-rate, all-ages action as it rolls out locals The Murder Formula and Drive In Massacre alongside Denverites Aristea and Viper : Viper on Friday night, only to follow it with another all-star lineup for Saturday: locals Eyes Caught Fire and leer43, alongside Denvers The Pickup Artist and Genre Theory.
If you need an earlier fix, head to Kinfolks on Thursday, Dec. 20. I just heard that everyone's favorite local indie/jazz fusion act, Poesis, will be releasing its debut disc there with a live performance. Sorry for the short notice!
Lastly, be sure to keep your newspaper dial tuned to Reverb next week for an extra-special 2007 year-end wrapup/New Year's Eve preview, with extra-special guest commentators Mike Stephens, Mike Nipp and Jeff Fuller, former bandmates in Against Tomorrows Sky and currently of the most excellent bands Loverleigh, Thruster and El Toro de la Muerte (among others).
Until then, peace out, Girl Scout! I'll be smelling you later!
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