Responsible for one of the most blatant, and let's face it, badass genre-benders in recent history, the screaming "Motorheadesque" hard/rock So-Cal powder keg known as the Bronx — along with its alter-ego, the neo-traditional Mexi-Cali Mariachi band known as Mariachi El Bronx — will hit the Black Sheep on Wednesday, April 14. Unfortunately, the unbearably awesome Japanther has been removed from the bill. But in a sick twist of fate, the Sheep has added Australia's Violent Soho, as well as a set from a couple of my own personal childhood heroes, Sean Wheeler from Throw Rag and Zander Schloss from the Circle Jerks! The fucking CIRCLE JERKS! Excuse my profanity, but like the vice president says, "This is a big fucking deal!"
While I am on the subjects — of Zander Schloss and super-badass mariachis, that is — have you ever seen the 1987 Alex Cox movie Straight to Hell, starring Joe Strummer, Dick Rude, the Pogues, the Circle Jerks, Elvis Costello, Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Jim Jarmusch, etc.? Courtney Love plays a hideous hag of a pregnant junkie ("the role she was born to play") and a young Schloss plays Karl, the "disco wiener" salesman. "Salsa y Ketchup / You tell me and I'll fetch up / K-A-R-L-S Disco Wiener Haven." Anywho, it's just about the greatest "story of blood, money, guns, coffee and sexual tension" ever filmed, and you'd do yourself well to check it out immediately. While you're at it, check out thebronxxx.com.
Next up, it looks like the city's in for another rude awakening. Another "rude boy" awakening, that is! In addition to Skankin' Sundays at the Rocket Room, where DJ Nun-Chuck spins classic dancehall, dub and ska (waves 1 through 3), this Friday, April 9, there looks to be a head-to-head Skank-Off between the Rocket Room and the Triple Nickel Tavern.
Fighting for the 555 will be Santa Cruz, Calif.'s Dun Bin Had, playing a powerful blend of snot-fueled ska-punk reminiscent of some of East Bay's finest (Grimple and Crimpshrine shine through hard!), along with local punk rock favorites Stab Crew and the Ideal Citizens. The Rocket Room boasts the far "picklier" skankin' horn punk sounds of Denver's A-OKs, who are definitely capable of throwing a spectacularly skanktastic party, with the Gutter Runts and rookie CSC punx Arach Attack opening. Bring on two pitchers of PBR, there's gonna be a skank-down!
Now, if everything I just said left you feeling dirty, or uncomfortable, or icky even, well I've got two events just for you.
Firstly, this weekend marks the seventh annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor. This year featuring Al Jarreau, Spencer Day, Madeleine Peyroux and Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum, and hosted by the legendary Earl Klugh, this is easily one of Colorado's premier jazz events. For more information, tickets, etc., visit weekendofjazz.com.
Secondly, fans of super-sappy, inspirational and saccharine mainstream pop/rock in the vein of Coldplay, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, etc., had better head over to Stargazers Theatre on Thursday, April 15, when local singer-songwriter Michael Child will release his debut EP, The Tension. Meant in no way as an insult, Michael Child's music, clean and crisp, could very easily find itself blanketed across the "Red State" radio nation, Good Morning television programs, or at the very least, as the backdrop to countless teenage cable docu-dramas.
Good show, Mikey — see you at the Grammys.
The rest of you, smell ya later!
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