We all knew it was bound to happen sooner or later, but now it is official. Jermaine Rogers, a veritable legend in the field of concert poster art, pop art and dare I say fine art (as in, "Damn, that art is lookin' fine!"), has been called back up to the big leagues ... Brooklyn, N.Y. As such, he will be closing up his ridiculously unlikely showroom across from the Skee-Ball at the Manitou Springs Arcade.
Fortunately, as he puts it in his official farewell address, "moving a bunch of paper sucks," so he and his local associate, the talented musician/composer known as Animus Invidious, will be "doing a bit of purging over the next few weeks." If there was ever a time to start "investing" in art (which is really an investment in yourself, if you think about it), now is the time! For more information and shop hours, and to keep tabs on Jermaine's inevitable NYC domination, keep your eyes on jermainerogers.com. Damn you, Brooklyn, damn you!
And speaking of Goddamned Brooklyn, back to steal another lick of that tasty Colorado Springs' lollipop is Brooklyn's Kaiser Cartel, with a syrupy set of its nectarous and toothsome indie pop minimalism at our very own "beehive" of hipster activity, Shuga's, at 9 tonight (Thursday, July 22). The "cartel" — which isn't really much of a cartel, given that it's the duo of Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel — writes mysteriously simple, catchy and truly beautiful songs that sparkle, refresh and attract like static electricity crackling above a load of fresh laundry. This is by no means the duo's first appearance at Shuga's, but with recent song placements on the HBO series Bored to Death and ABC's Private Practice (MTV and Discovery Channel, too), plus countless rave reviews pouring in for their latest release, Secret Transit, we can only hope it won't be their last. What Brooklyn giveth, Brooklyn taketh away. More info at kaisercartel.com.
Now, taking a "stab" westward, Seattle's brightest shining stars, the Redwood Plan, will be twinkling over the Black Sheep next Thursday, July 29, and it just so happens that their new keyboard/percussion guy, Will Brown, is a C.S. expatriate, a veteran of the great High Life House, a good friend, and all-around hipster extraordinaire! Anyhow, the Plan is going off "without a hitch" all over Seattle with an aggressively infectious blend of super-dancy electro grrrl-punk. And with a killer slot at this year's Bumbershoot, not to mention unwavering support from Seattle's KEXP (one of the nation's most influential indie radio stations), it appears these kids are going to get pretty big. Check 'em out for yourself at theredwoodplan.com. You can thank me later.
Lastly this week, I am saddened terribly to have to report on a benefit show being held Friday, July 23, at the Black Sheep for the family of Grindscape bassist Jimmy St. Yves, who recently suffered a tragedy far too difficult to imagine, and much too personal to divulge. Suffice it to say, we are a community that pulls together in times of need, and the St. Yves family is truly in need of love and support. The show lineup includes the absolute core of the metal scene including Malakai, Try Redemption, S.T.E.P., Frozen Eternity and what will no doubt be a remarkable set from the Grindscape guys themselves.
That's all for now. Smell ya.
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