Welcome to yet another Thanksgiving weekend edition of Reverb, thee source for all your last-minute "ditch the relatives" information.
In fact, this year you can forget all about gobbling turkeys, because on Friday, Nov. 27 at the Triple Nickel Tavern, it's all about the Spittin' Cobras. Consisting of current and ex-members of both the groundbreaking German industrial group KMFDM (which, despite popular opinion, does not stand for Kill Mother F'ing Depeche Mode, or Kill Mom For Drug Money, but some serious and boring German phrase, like "Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid" instead), and the infallibly sordid, vile, degenerate and outright awesome Chicago psych/garage band turned hardcore San Fran punk rock super-freaks, the Dwarves, the Spittin' Cobras spew venom-soaked, high-octane, party rock, blasting down the thin white line between punk and metal. Touring their debut album, a hefty hunk of AC/DC meets Motorhead called Year of the Cobra, this stop in the Springs is just one of four Colorado shows (probably because Colorado is so damn awesome).
And, to sweeten up the deal, the Nickel is kicking off this full-blown cornucopia of rock 'n roll's bountiful harvest with our very own shake, rattle and rollers, the Nicotine Fits, not to mention a rare performance from the mythical beast of a band, Unikord! More information on the Spittin' Cobras can be found, where else, at myspace.com/thespittincobrasrock.
Now, I am going to go out on a limb here, but perhaps not everyone reading this column digs that particular brand of ass-kicking rock 'n roll, and perhaps a tip on a more mellow affair is in order. Well, thank goodness Nikki Lunden has taken up residence in Colorado Springs, performing at the Shovelhead Saloon on Dec. 4 and McCabe's Tavern on Dec 5. Lunden takes her inspiration from outspoken female singer/songwriters like Sheryl Crow and Ani DiFranco. Find more about Nikki on, you guessed it, myspace.com/nikkilunden.
For those looking for something completely different, unrehearsed and outright entertaining, there is nothing like watching musician friends get together and just do what musician friends do — make great music. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to catch some improv action this week.
First, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the aforementioned McCabe's Tavern is hosting the 30th annual (if they remember correctly) "night before Thanksgiving" Hungry Farmer house band reunion jam. Fronted by the incredibly talented singer/guitarist/chiropractor Lewis Mock, with support from the Tavern at The Broadmoor house band and anyone reminiscent of the old Hungry Farmer scene from the mid '70s to early '80s, the group pounds out a few rounds of golden oldies, and classic rock hits. "This reunion thing happens every year on the night before Thanksgiving," Mock tells me. "We never know who is coming or what will happen ... Some of them get drunk, some play music, some just hang out."
Which brings me nicely to my last tip, Anonymity Guru, at Modbo (17C East Bijou) this Friday, Nov. 27. Nisa Ari, David Siegel, Jacob Eichengreen, Becca Siegel and Devin Maloy invite you to bring your own instrument and join them in playing swing, Latin, funk, and "who knows what," or "just come and enjoy some seriously swingin' music."
Happy Thanksgiving, smell you later!
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