While the sunny, "surf's-up" mental images of California have been stalwart pop cultural archetypes over the decades, the stranger and more sinister shades of Hollywood have also carved out a distinct niche in the collective cultural psyche. And, when it comes to things strange, sinister and niche (or carving, for that matter) within the Colorado Springs music scene, who better to breathe life into the undead than long-running horror-glam-garage-punk outfit The Mansfields?
Saturday, Aug. 20, brings a Mansfield family affair to The Modbo gallery, as the band performs songs from its forthcoming concept album, Hollywood Babylon. Meanwhile, the gallery will feature Doug Mansfield's panel paintings corresponding to songs on the album, such as "Who Killed the Black Dahlia," "La Brea Tar Pit Fashion Fiend" and "Sharon Tate Will Have Her Revenge."
If that all sounds a bit grim for a free, all-ages event, you clearly haven't experienced the ghoulish fun and kitschy charm of the much-missed Mansfields, who count KROQ deejay Rodney Bingenheimer amongst their fans. This is an excellent opportunity to hear new music from the group's first full-length LP since 2008's Cramp Your Style.
In another new-record showcase, Americana guitar-slinger Adam Lopez returns to Colorado Springs with an appearance at Stargazers Theatre on Aug. 19. Lopez and His Rhythm Review will be featuring music from their new record, Heartaches, Time Takes, which runs the gamut of American roots styles by blending rockabilly, R&B, honky-tonk country, and, naturally, rock 'n' roll. Lopez, who just completed an extensive European tour, has previously collaborated with Casey James Prestwood and members of The Meat Puppets and The Leon Russell Band.
Elsewhere on Aug. 19, the Colorado Springs Conservatory plays host to two "diva" vocalists with "An Evening of Cabaret." Opera and theater singer Rachelle Fleming teams up with actress Linda Purl — yes, Linda Purl of Matlock and Happy Days, in addition to True Blood, The Office and Homeland — for a proverbial trip through the American Songbook with the works of Johnny Mercer, Vernon Duke and others.
If that weren't enough, here's an overview of some further live music opportunities for the week:
Ann Arbor-based "progressive string swing" quartet The Appleseed Collective stops by The Loft on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
You can also catch Americana singer-songwriter Jason Miller and the J. Miller Band at Front Range Barbeque on Aug. 17.
Meanwhile, at the Black Sheep on Aug. 17, New York metalcore act Meth Mouth headlines a full night of hardcore, joined by Gator King, Casket Path, Nobletruth and Insvrgence.
On Aug. 18, Kansas City hip-hop duo Ces Cru bring their brand of hardcore rap and ever-changing acronyms to the Black Sheep.
Also on Aug. 18, long-running prog rock and classic rock radio staple Kansas hits the Pikes Peak Center.
Rounding out the affairs of Aug. 18, Los Angeles hard rock quintet Gemini Syndrome plays Sunshine Studios, joined by Goatsilk, Myth of Creation and Glass Delirium.
For metal fans, Aug. 19 provides a good excuse to head to Denver's Bluebird Theater to catch Japanese doom-metal standouts Boris performing the entirety of their critically acclaimed album Pink to commemorate its 10th anniversary. To further sweeten the deal, they're joined by Earth, arguably the progenitors of the whole doom/drone metal subgenres.
Aug. 20 brings African- and Latin-inspired DJ/producer JSTJR to Rawkus, with TevinDraft, Super Duper and Re-know in tow.
Finally, Druids, possibly Des Moines' finest psychedelic metal exports, grace the Flux Capacitor on Aug. 20.
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