So, last week, once again, I said something dumb like, "No more excuses, Pueblo!" And again, no more excuses are needed. You see, for the third time in just as many weeks, I am reporting on a different PeeCO music venue.
This time, it's the Steel City's dearly protected underground mystery spot, the Fallout Shelter (if you don't know, I ain't telling!), which, this Friday, will host Metal Blade Records' doom-grinders, Gaza, along with the likes of hometown thrash-grinders Wake of Suffering, the down-tempo ambient death metal of Ashes of the Ancient and the experi-metal of Quetzalcoatl. H-E-A-V-Y!
And then on Saturday, the Fallout Shelter will showcase the talents of some of the best-named bands I have come across in many a blue moon ... namely, Amish Noise, Albuquerque's one-man, psychedelic Afro-beat pusher (who just so happens to be an official member of Team Beard USA, and will be representing our fine nation in the only international sporting event still worth watching, the World Beard and Moustache Championships). Also appearing: Sonic Vomit (Pueblo grindcore), Seed of Rebellion (mechanically industrial metal) and the band with the name that takes all the cakes, Denver's premier minimalist acoust-o-matic Bossanova troupe, Yuzo Nieto and the Hand that Rocks the Dreidel. Check out myspace.com/yuzonieto for their acoustic guitar cover of Sir Mix-A-Lot's infamous "Baby Got Back," second in its insane inanity only to the Ben Folds cover of the good Dr.'s "Bitches Ain't Shit." Now that's some real conversation for yo ass!
And now to report a little bit more above ground ... like way, way above ground, in the mainstream ... Evergreen Terrace, everyone's favorite band named after an obscure Simpsons reference (though I prefer the now-defunct local alterna-rockers Langdon Alger), will be taking a break this Friday from its little Warped Tour thing to spend an evening with new local buddies the Hazel Branch, Before We're Done and Runsfasterscared over at the Black Sheep. Fear not if you miss it: They will grace the main stage at Warped on Sunday at Crapvesco Field ...
The fraternal Santa Monica indie-pop duo, Stepsonday, is sapping it up at the Rocket Room on Friday night. The Brothers Turner (Jason and Chad), currently touring in support of their debut album, Little Light, play a sincere and melodic brand of indie rock, not unlike the sounds of Ben Folds, Death Cab for Cutie or Weezer. Also slated to appear are two neighborhood favorites, the shoestring hypnotists Abracastabya and Manitou's most premium indie-jazz-rock quartet, Posis.
All the action in the Springs on Saturday night is going to be at the Rocket Room, with the return of Arizona drunk-a-billy howlers the High Rollers along with the well-pomped solo rockabilly crooner The Chris Winters Show. Good times, good times ...
Hey, jealousy! Before you go joking on the Gin Blossoms for their "big gig" Sunday at the Gold Rush Casino & Hotel in Cripple Creek (you may have seen the Vegas-style billboards plastered around town), just remember this: They are also playing the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning and the Wisconsin State Fair ... so there!
And before I bid you all adieu, I want to thank my beautiful wife for seven years of holey matrimony. Bless her poor heart!
Smell you next time!