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click to enlarge We bet Magic Cyclops knows why there are so many songs - about rainbows. Find out at The Rocket Room on Friday.
  • We bet Magic Cyclops knows why there are so many songs about rainbows. Find out at The Rocket Room on Friday.

So this is pretty cool: Always one to take care of its own, The Black Sheep is throwing a special deal out for local bar and restaurant employees (of legal drinking age). Through January, the Sheep will offer free admission to these folks for any show with a ticket price under $10. All you have to do is show them a pay stub to prove your employment and, bam, you're in like Flynn Errol Flynn, I believe. Apparently, dude was good at getting "in" things.

Give that deal a try this Friday, Jan. 11, when The Jack Trades kick out some super-fuzzed, Black Keys-style, white-boy blues from their forthcoming CD (available as a download at myspace.com/thejacktrades or at the show in abridged EP format). Also on the bill is Mike Villalva's new rockabilly/western outfit, Mike Villalva & the Outlaws. And Mikey, buddy, I love you, but can't you make like Ritchie Valens and come up with a name we can pronounce?!

Also at the Sheep is Saturday night's Karl Alvarez benefit show with Get 3 Coffins Ready, The Boxsleeves, Stab Crew and Karl's current band, Underminer. You may remember a while back when Karl, who earned bona fide punk rock royalty status for his stint with the Descendents, suffered a near-fatal heart attack. He survived, but has been hit with an equally crippling hospital bill. Get out there and knock back a couple in the name of cheating death. It's the least you can do.

It's also a big weekend over at The Rocket Room: First up is Friday's Magic Cyclops EP download/release party, with special guest performances from City Mouse, Hussy and Harvey Knuckles. Magic Cyclops, if you haven't heard, is the self-described emotronic comedy emcee/DJ out of Davenport, Iowa, who has made Denver home following a bizarre fan-tossing incident that resulted in the breaking of both of his wrists.

Almost famous throughout much of Colorado, this will be Magic Cyclops' first trip south on the I-25. But hes no slouch, having (according to his Web site) shared the stage with acts as big as Arcade Fire, as legendary as the late Wesley Willis, and as lame as the Spin Doctors. He's also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Tom Green Show, been covered by Drag the River, and DJ'd an art show after-party for Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo!!! Get a taste of the insanity at myspace.com/thequadcitymadman.

Saturday night's all right (for fighting ... and getting songs like that one stuck in your head) at The Rocket Room, with the return of the Spgz' garage rock torchbearers, The Nicotine Fits complete with the promise of some tasty new licks. They'll be performing alongside Denver grease punkers The Swanks and Spgz power poppers, the Lazy Spacemen. Blow it up!

And lastly, for those who prefer their music loud, their lights low and their women naked (well, almost), this Saturday's local metal showcase, Shadefest, at Jerry's Lounge Club 56 (2790 Hancock Expy.) is right up your alley. Shadefest, which I believe is Jerry's first foray away from its previous business (which was showing off nekkid ladies), features a smorgasbord of local metal acts: Another Shade of Hate, Inimicus, Marriage of Convenience, Step to Every Pit, Sawed Off and Khrinj. Also appearing (in various stages of clothed-ness): the Go Go Gore Girls and Misty's XXX Girls!

Woah-ho! I will definitely smell that one later!

Keep Adam's nose tuned to all things happening in the local scene. Send your band photos, demos and show info to adam@csindy.com

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