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click to enlarge Habituals Oz strikes a Henry Rollins pose. - JOHNNIE ENGER
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  • Habituals Oz strikes a Henry Rollins pose.

Fans of really heavy "progressive" metal, take note: The local black metal death-bringers in Alabaster Morgue are "celebrating" (as only black metal death-bringers can) the release of their self-titled debut slab (featuring the surefire hit, "Too Cool for Flossing"), Friday, June 20, at the Black Sheep. This lightning-fire "art metal" sextet, playing with Drive-in Massacre, Bohemian Grave and Recondite, has been staking out the local metal scene since 2005 and is gearing up for a guzzler summer tour, covering many a coast and border.

Not to be a drag or anything, but on a serious note, dental hygiene is no laughing matter. You may be too cool for flossing, but fer Christ's sakes, at least pack a toothbrush.

Fans of classic metal, it's time to bust out the Aqua Net and stretchy pants: Colorado legend Jag Panzer is back! Originally formed in the early '80s under the moniker Tyrant, and jamming originals between Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Rainbow covers, Jag has since been kicking and screaming through the decades. Having recently lost guitarist Chris Broderick to Megadeth, Jag, without hesitation, nabbed Christian Lasegue (who played lead on its underground classic "Chain of Command") as its new lead guitar, and is back in the saddle, ready to bring "the rock" back to Union Station this Friday with locals Section 16 and Sixty 8.

You might as well just make it a whole heavy metal weekend, "cause there's another sick showcase on Saturday night, also at Union Station, with Habitual, Step To Every Pit, E.V. Loud and NUK-L-HED. So. Much. Metal. Soo. Heavy. Can't. Even. Blink.

On the much lighter side, Andy Tanner, writer and singer of songs, will play a few (songs, that is) at the Rocket Room on Saturday. Best known for his work with Colorado power-emo pioneers Laymen Terms, Andy will croon a few pretty ditties, solo-style. Speaking of "pretty ditties," Andy will be joined by indie-pop jailbait Christina Dietz, who is blowing up her 100,000-plus MySpace friends with her "stimulating" country romp, "Let's Just Kiss." Seriously, there ought to be a law! Oh, right ...

Completing the package will be the "still waters run deep" Americana of the talented Ashley Raines and the Halcyon Birds, playing one night the previous (Friday) over at the west side's Front Range Barbeque.

So, last week, I told you about Pueblo's latest all-ages venue, the Victoria, and said something like "no more excuses, Pueblo," or something dumb like that. To set the record straight, Pueblo has had one of the more dedicated venues in the LoCO scene, Phils Radiator (109 E. C St., Pueblo), which, despite rumors, is not a radiator repair shop. It is a bar, and it has shows. Good shows, too. Like this Sunday with At the Scene, Highfive, Take It To 88, Drive-in Massacre, In Blood We Are Bound and 3 Cheers For Bloodshed. Six bands, 5 bucks, hell yeah, no more excuses, Pueblo!

I leave you this week on a somber note. The legendary Punk House (Chapel Perilous) dog, Gritch, passed away after over 14 years of loyal service to the scene. She will be missed by many a stumbly drunk.

Smell you later ...

Send music, photos and memories of Gritch to adam@csindy.com or myspace.com/atomleech.

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