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Well, apparently, I didn't turn into a giant pumpkin on my birthday, which is a good thing because, as my soon-to-turn-11-year-old son pointed out, that actually would've meant I'd first turned into a horse-drawn carriage. So then I said, "Fine, then I'll turn back into Cinderella," to which he replied, "Yeah right, old man, you're no princess, either!"

But pumpkins and princesses aside, I was still able to catch a couple bands for my birthday at the Triple Nickel Tavern. After missing the first two acts, a man named Andrew Anderson and a band named R.J. Fletcher, I arrived midway through a set by the Bremerton, Wash., two-piece, Simon and Go Fuck Yourself, a snarky and sarcastic pair of Colorado expats who play throaty acoustic punk rock with a heavy Oakland-come-Olympia vibe.

Following SGFY was a nicely polished set from Tumbledown, the new alt.country.rock.billy band from international pop punk "phenomenon" Mike Herrera of MXPX. A kindly bunch, the lot of them, with "video diary" footage to prove it at myspace.com/atomleech.

But enough of that old "new school" punk rock, there's a whole batch of new "old school" punk bands coming down the pike, and you can soak up a few at an all-ages showcase at Sunshine Studios (3970 Clearview Frontage Road) this Saturday, March 21. Leading the pack will be the relative scene vets Stab Crew ("We'll Stab You!"), joined by a new local punk 'n roll and/or roots 'n boots project called the Bludgeon Brothers, which should appeal nicely to those in the market for some vintage '77- to '83-style punk. Also on the docket will be the "Boi's of Oi" themselves, 99 Bottles, a new side project consisting of "one part A-hole, two parts Stabtastic, one Gutterrunt and a Dego" (who happens to be my Peak Scooter Club mate, Mario Delabetta).

Jack Medicine, the Daniel Johnston/Ron English conspirator who may or may not actually be the multi-talented "human octopus" known as Don Goede, has returned from a series of shows on the Left Coast. It included one highly coveted opening spot for Mike Watt and the Secondmen at L.A.'s legendary Spaceland and another for Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo at a benefit for the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Backed by the words of Abraham Obama artist English and the music of local scene veterans Velvet Rut, Mr. Medicine (Jack, if you will) will again be performing as Ron English's Electric Illuminati at the Pikes Peak Center's Studio Bee (190 S. Cascade Ave.) next Thursday, March 26. The charming gypsy-folk-meets-haunted-circus sounds of Edith Makes a Paper Chain will set the tone for the free performance.

There are a few more interesting events going down this week. Ready?

My boy Black Pegasus is celebrating his own day o' birth, and the brand new Brass Knuckle Collabos CD, with an all-ages blowout at the Black Sheep on Saturday, March 21, with special guests Liquid Assassin, the ReMINDers and MaCaAtic Crew. Also that Saturday, ex-Posis songbird Xanthe Alexis and country crooner Ashley Raines will share a free bill at the Ancient Mariner in road-torn Manitou Springs. And lastly, on Wednesday, March 25, all the way from Dublin City, Ireland (no, not U2), alternative rockers (still not U2) Mike Got Spiked (told U so!) will play a free set of alt.rock.n.roll at the Rocket Room. Check 'em out!

That's that. Smell you later!

Send pix, press releases and belated birthday wishes to adam@csindy.com or myspace.com/atomleech.

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